Supergirl celebrates Valentine’s Day with a salute to Venom

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After a two-week hiatus (which came right on the heels of a five-week hiatus), Supergirl returns with a belated celebration of Valentine’s Day and an even more belated homage to Tom Hardy’s Venom. Okay, to be fair, I’m not entirely sure Menagerie’s role was actually a nod to Venom, as the symbiotic alien villain has…

Macy's origin story gets a lot more complicated on Charmed

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“You’re Dead To Me” deals with the fallout of Macy learning that she was resurrected, and pretty quickly we’re treated to a flashback that establishes the logistics of that. Marisol and Macy’s father summoned a necromancer from Tartarus to bring their dead baby back, but as with most spells of this nature, it came…

The Walking Dead stops in its tracks to explore the mind of a girl we just met

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Almost any character on a TV show contains a world of storytelling possibilities. As a means of establishing the character of Alpha, the harsh and violent new antagonist and leader of the Whisperers, “Omega” is bluntly effective. As an episode of The Walking Dead, it’s pretty thin gruel.

True Detective promises heavy lifting but shrugs off its weightiest issues

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“The Final Country” feels like it’s breaking new ground showing teenage Becca Hays (Deborah Ayorinde) as Wayne drives her to college, his truck loaded down with furniture and boxes. The absence of adult Becca looms over the third season, starting well before Wayne lost her at Walmart. It’s one more thread tying Wayne…

We're running out of ways to describe how much of a mess Shameless is right now

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After mostly meandering through the back half of its ninth season, Shameless finally revealed its endgame for Fiona’s fall from grace at the end of this week’s episode. Fiona’s collapse has been precipitous, but it has mostly been self-destructive, with her siblings forced to pick up the slack but mostly in terms of…

Bob's Burgers reminds us there is no greater love than a girl and her goose

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Since returning to the Bob’s Burgers beat earlier this season, my general sense of the show is that it’s, well, pleasant. That already connotes a criticism, and that’s not my intention. It’s just that the show has figured out a reliable formula not just its jokes or its stories, but also for each of its characters.…

Academy tries to make up for Best Original Song gaffe with a Bette Midler performance

Humbled after a few humiliating spins on a roller coaster that began with the announcement, then eventual retraction, of the “Best Popular Film” category back in August of 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is attempting to appease its now thoroughly ruffled membership, as well as the audience for…

NYPD investigating commander who reportedly told unit to shoot 50 Cent "on sight"

A NYPD commander is currently under investigation for telling his unit to “shoot him on sight” if they saw Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, at a NYPD-sanctioned boxing match last June, as as the New York Daily News reports. Although Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez reportedly tried to pass the comment off as a…

The Star Wars: Episode IX wrap party featured a human disco ball and John Boyega singing Vanessa Carlton

Star Wars: Episode IX—We Still Don’t Have A Title Yet officially wrapped shooting this past Friday after nine long months, and that only means one thing: wrap party! And it was truly a wrap party: Episode IX marks the official end of the so-called “Skywalker saga,” completing the narrative arc that began with the…

These Books Spark Joy... Since, Well, They Don't Take Up Physical Space

Yo, it’s Sunday which means Amazon’s running a big sale on Kindle eBooks. This time around, you get to pick from two dozen digital copies of books that don’t really have a particular theme... Weird. Some have ominous names and others... don’t. It’s like a digital version of the used rack at your bookstore except no…

Last night's SNL sort of sucked, but that "Lollipop" sketch was pretty sweet

“Grr, how do you waste Don Cheadle?,” growled a frustrated nation of Saturday Night Live viewers after last night’s pedestrian outing. But there were a few bright spots (including a killer set from musical guest Gary Clark Jr.), none brighter and sillier than a sketch where a roadhouse fistfight is temporarily…

Jussie Smollett case now formally a clusterfuck as Chicago cops accuse him of staging the attack himself

After the better part of a weekend in which the Chicago Police Department was publicly careful about pushing back against news reports suggesting it was investigating the racist and homophobic attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett last month as a hoax, the dam has apparently begun to break. CNN reports tonight…

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