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The Fifth Year: How to Get Away with Meh

The Most Exciting News in the World (Plus Q&A)

I still can’t believe I actually get to write this post. But here goes. This is pretty much the most exciting, terrifying, holy-shit-this-mix-of-emotions-is-going-to-make-me-burst-into-tears announcement I’ve ever made in my life, and so I’m just going to blurt this on to your lap before I spend another half-hour dancing around the house with excitement.

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Best Episodes Ever: The Flashback

So, we’re back – a little late this week, since Solo made my brain come leaking out of my ears and unable to write anything beyond “argh bleeeuuuuh”¬†for the last few days. But we’re back! In fact, we’re flash-back, as this week we take a look at episodes that delve back into the past. And yes, I cringed as hard at that transition as you did. On with the article!

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TV Characters I Would Fight: Part Eight

I have my next one of the Best Episodes Ever series coming this week, I promise, and it’s going to be about Bojack Horseman so you can just go ahead and get excited about that right now. But I’m death-busy at the moment, which means that my stress levels have just been carving in a straight upward line and so it’s time to take that out on some TV. Yes, it’s time for another instalment of TV Characters I Would Fight! Without further, get drunk enough that you won’t feel the punches and let’s begin:

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Carrie Recaps: Part Eighteen

Spring turned to Summer. I went to Spain; I came back. UnREAL ended. My book is coming out. Riverdale is done for. I started a series dissecting television. I sat in parks, drinking kombucha and staring off through the trees, and all the while the wind whispered through the leaves, a familiar refrain: “Write a fucking Carrie recap, you loser, you fucking imbecile”.

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Jurassic Park Retrospective: Jurassic Park III

What happens when a movie falls apart before shooting starts? Jurassic Park III, apparently.

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Movie Review: Deadpool 2

A pizza cutter of a movie: all edge, no point

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Riverdale S2E22: Brave New World

As soon as Riverdale opened with the cop-out of Jughead’s death, I knew this wasn’t going to be my favourite finale of all time.

But then I’ve never much been one for a finale. The second-last episode, last week’s bloodbath masterpiece¬†in Riverdale’s case, are normally the real climax of the season, and now we’re just left to tie up loose ends. And the loose ends are…not the most interesting.

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Best Episodes Ever: The Twist

 

So, week three, and it’s time we really blew our minds with a good twist. Nothing beats a twist when it’s pulled off with real panache: I wrote about this in a previous post regarding How to Get Away with Murder last year, but great twists are hard to come by, difficult to pull off, and yet every show you watch is likely frantically trying to conjure up something from that elusive alchemy that’s going to get everyone talking. Sometimes, as The Walking Dead proved last year, commitment to a bad twist can all but derail your entire show and leave your viewer base feeling cheated and disillusioned. But a good twist, done right, can change the course of a show for the better – and I think there’s no better example of that than Attack on Titan – season one, episode five, First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part One. I feel like it goes without saying, but there are obviously spoilers ahead for the first season of AoT, a show which is worth going into spoiler-free if you haven’t seen it already.

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Jurassic Park Retrospective: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The franchise was so preoccupied with whether or not they could have Jeff Goldblum front their movie, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

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Riverdale S2E21: Judgement Night

I mean, seriously, where to start with Judgement Night? It’s the tautest forty minutes of TV you’ll see this month, packed to bursting with reveals, revelations, and last-minute twists – and I thought last week was strong. But it’s really an incredible display of the sheer ambition that Riverdale has delivered on in this second season, a climax to a half-dozen plots that have been simmering for almost two dozen episodes leading up to this explosive (literally and figuratively) denouement.

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Best Episodes Ever: Action

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