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Yaysa Roque-Rivera is a college graduate with a degree in Cinema Studies currently delaying the inevitability of graduate school by writing about film and television on the internets. She is passionate and borderline obsessive when it comes to her favorite TV shows which include Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Lost, among many, many others.

TV Theory Of The Week - 'Game Of Thrones': Samwell Tarley, Wildling Prey?

April 8th, 2014 3:28pm EDT
Samwell Tarley
But he’s so lovable! HBO’s Game of Thrones is back with a new season and many complications threatening some of our beloved characters. Like our favorite member of the Night’s Watch, Samuell Tarley, who might soon be meeting his end in a horrifying way. Sure, it’s kind of a miracle that Sam is still alive what with his complete lack of physical prowess, but he has definitely become a likable and sympathetic character and one of the better aspects of the Night’s Watch/North segments of the series. Let’s face it Jon Snow ain’t that engaging, he is whiny and knows nothing, whereas Sam knows a ...
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'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Hand?

March 10th, 2014 3:20pm EDT
'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Han
Perhaps. The promo for the next episode, “Hassun” previews a new crop of murders that are suspiciously similar to the ones Will Graham is accused of committing. The synopsis of the episode states as follows: ’S STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM.

As suggested, the emergence of these crimes will bring up questions concerning Will’s possible innocence as well as the idea of there being a copycat killer out there. But there is also the possibility that the person staging these deliberately reminiscent and elaborate killings is Hannibal himself.

Dr. Lecter coul...
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'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'

March 10th, 2014 10:48am EDT
'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'
It’s here! The first crop of advertising materials for the final season of AMC’s Mad Men has arrived and finally we can scrutinize over every detail and overanalyze every aspect in attempts to make sense of the usually cryptic images. Mad Men is a show infamous for the wild speculation it elicits in its fan base. The sixth season alone inspired many a crazy theory: from Megan’s imminent death to a time-traveling Bobby Draper. Of course, we don’t really need actual episodes to come up with insane theories and predictions, so as we await the season premiere in April 13, the promotional materi...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Seven Wonders' Finale Recap

February 1st, 2014 9:38am EST
'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Seven Wonders' Finale Reca
Oh Coven, cant’ say that I’ll miss you much or that I’m sad to see you go but, you were an often fun, mostly strange and frustrating ride. It isn’t necessarily accurate to say that the finale is an utter disappointment, especially since the entire season has been kind of a let down. But it was virtually free of any shocks or surprises; even the apparent “plot twists” were predictable and expected. As always, there are some great moments, lines of dialogue and performances that make the episode bearable, but it ultimately falls flat and left me feeling cold. Also, where was the horror? This ...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Is This The End Of Fiona?

January 27th, 2014 10:26am EST
American Horror Story: Coven
Let’s face it; whenever somebody “dies” in Coven, it is hard to take it at face value. Time and time again, characters emerged from their apparent deaths to the surprise of nobody. I mean, Madison, Myrtle, Misty, Queenie, Kyle, need I go on? So when Fiona was brutally killed by the Axeman last episode, it is only natural for us to question the validity or permanence of such an act. There is a slight possibility that Cordelia’s vision is a manipulation by Fiona, yes she saw the violent attack and supposed aftermath (Fiona got fed to the alligators), but Fiona is a pretty powerful witch. Or e...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'Go To Hell' Recap

January 24th, 2014 8:32am EST
American Horror Story: Coven
With everything that happens in this latest episode of American Horror Story, “Go To Hell”, it really is a rather dull hour of television. Particularly AHS, which has always provided a smidgen of something to keep me entertained. Sure, it has its bit moments of excitement and shock, but ultimately left me feeling… Underwhelmed? Bored? Indifferent? This season hasn’t been the strongest in terms of story or character, so I don’t expect an instant improvement on that front, but while Coven’s narrative has suffered greatly, its sense of fun and entertainment has never really wavered. Whenever t...
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'American Horror Story:Coven' Theory Of The Week - What Will Be Fiona's Fate?

January 22nd, 2014 9:45am EST
'American Horror Story:Coven' Theory Of The Week
Fiona’s search for immortality has been a major aspect of Coven’s narrative. Along with who will be the next Supreme it is what drives most of the story. The two are intrinsically tied, as Fiona desperately wants to stop the next Supreme from assuming power. She longs to kill her successor in order to remain alive and in power. The season has derived much of its drama and conflict from this very situation and there are many ways these dilemmas could be solved. Fiona is very willing to do anything to get her way. Will this obsessive pursuit be her downfall? 

American Horror Story has a hist...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'Protect The Coven' Recap

January 20th, 2014 9:20am EST
Kathy Bates as Delphine
Well this season is really dragging, huh?

Coven continues to take one step forward, and two steps back in narrative and once again, leans entirely too much on the whole Supreme mystery. I’ve griped about my issues with the season before, and really not much has changed. “Protect the Coven” is another pulpy hour full of the bitchy dialogue and hammy acting we love, but not much else.

Commence Recap:

First up. It’s a Delphine LaLaurie origin story. Yay? Ugh, enough with this character, did we really need a whole cold open to show that she is a messed up psychopath? We kind of already kne...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Could Cordelia Be The Next Supreme?

January 14th, 2014 4:14pm EST
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia
The question of who will be the new Supreme has become the biggest mystery in American Horror Story: Coven, it has also been the main source of drama and conflict on the show. As the series progresses the secret intensifies and it is basically what motivates most of the characters actions. Ryan Murphy and Co. have really milked this storyline for all its worth and will likely wait until the very last moment to unveil the true Supreme’s identity. Fiona is hell-bent on killing her successor and she is on her way to kill the entire coven to ensure just that; Madison is desperate to take power,...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks' Recap

January 10th, 2014 2:13pm EST
Jessica Lange as Fiona
Its becoming more and more clear that Coven is just a big ol’ mess, an undoubtedly fun mess, but an utter mess all the same. American Horror Story has never been a source of exceptionally crafted storytelling, it lacks any kind of subtlety and grace, any nuance or pacing, even logic and continuity. Instead it provides an array of fantastical scenarios full of over the top characters and performances that one can’t help but enjoy. Murder House suffered from not so great characters with questionable motivations and sense (did anyone really care about the Harmons? That show was all about Const...
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