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Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting The Crystal Shard

In the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale, four unlikely (sort of) heroes (sort of) join forces (sort of) to defeat an evil wizard (sort of) wielding unimaginable power (actually, it’s pretty imaginable). Welcome to our look back at the Dungeons & Dragons novels of yore, where I read these classic fantasy books to see what treasures might still lie within… and what horrors, too. Read More >>

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Porco Rosso is Hayao Miyazaki’s Most Underrated Masterpiece

It’s pretty safe to say that if you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen at least one Hayao Miyazaki movie (and likely more). Along with the legendary Studio Ghibli, the anime production company he co-founded, Miyazaki has made some of the greatest and most celebrated animated movies ever. But there’s one film of his that always seems to get lost among his other achievements, like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. It’s the movie where pigs fly. Read More >>

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The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

Turns out while violent pleasures have violent ends, Westworld’s season three finale was a violent end that had very little pleasure in it. That is, if you were hoping for something more than a basic sci-fi action flick. It turns out everything the show has been building up these past seven episodes is nothing much at all. Read More >>

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Westworld Reveals Dolores’ True Plan and Much, Much More

You want answers? The penultimate episode of Westworld season three has them. Caleb’s mysterious past? Check. The full extent of Serac’s depravity? Check. The identities of Maeve’s new B-Squad? Check. The surprise betrayal, badass fight scenes, and disturbingly cool future tech were just bonuses. Read More >>

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A Fantastic Westworld Brings Back Those Violent Delights

This is what we’ve been waiting for. Even more than last week’s excellent enigmatic episode, last night's Westworld felt more authentic to the first two seasons of the show in ways that were wonderful – and occasionally jaw-dropping – to behold. It was a violent delight from start to end. Read More >>

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Westworld Is Confusing Again, But in the Good Way

If you’ve been waiting patiently for Westworld to start messing with your mind again, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is there are some deeply mysterious, confusing questions raised in tonight’s episode. The bad news is that I don’t think all of them have answers. Read More >>

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The Walking Dead, That Was One Goofy-Ass Episode

With the Whisperer War about to reach its bloody zenith and everyone’s lives on the line, The Walking Dead apparently isn’t afraid to let things get weird first. And the assault rifle-toting ray of sunshine who made her debut last week was only the half of it. Read More >>

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Dolores’ Devious Plan Comes Together on a Wonderfully Wild Westworld

If you’ve found the first three episodes of season three to be a slow burn, good news – Dolores just tossed on some gas. Her plan kicked into high gear tonight, but we also got the long-awaited return of the Man in Black, some of the season’s big secrets were revealed, and there were even a few violent delights along the way. This is the Westworld you’ve been waiting for. Read More >>

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Even Decapitated, Alpha’s Still a Major Threat on The Walking Dead

Alpha may be dead, but the leader of the Whisperers hasn’t quite finished her reign of terror. Come on, did you guys really think it was going to be that easy? Read More >>

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Westworld Begins to Amp Up With a Charlotte Hale Mary

It’s been an uncharacteristically slow, straightforward start for Westworld’s newest season, but the series is finally returning to its strengths by leaning hard into one of the show’s biggest mysteries: Who the hell is in Delos director Charlotte Hale’s body? Read More >>

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On The Walking Dead, Michonne Takes an Acid Trip Down Memory Lane

The zombie apocalypse’s premier swordswoman is finally back, and she’s brought some major revelations with her. If tonight’s episode ends up being the last time we see Michonne, The Walking Dead certainly has sent her off in style. Read More >>

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The Walking Dead Goes Game of Thrones With a Medieval Battle and a Deadly Twist

The results were less visually impressive than Game of Thrones, possibly because Game of Thrones had a much larger budget. But The Walking Dead’s version of a medieval fight still managed to make the pitched battle between the inhabitants of Hilltop and the zombie armies of the Whisperers overwhelming, brutal, and disorientingly chaotic. And then, much like in Game of Thrones, it was in the aftermath that the real drama began. Read More >>

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Westworld Returns With a Brand New World (But No West)

The thrilling, enigmatic, occasionally bananas HBO series Westworld is back, although you may not have recognised it. Much like Delores and Bernard, the season three premiere has left the troubled park and its massacre behind for the outside world, where Delores is planning her Host revolution. Unfortunately, it turns out the real world isn’t quite as interesting as the one full of killer robot cowboys. Read More >>

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The Whisperer War Begins on a Shockingly Great Walking Dead

I’ve probably said this before – I’ve been recapping this show for eight years, I’ve probably said everything before by this point – but I am done trying to make sense of whether The Walking Dead is a good show or a bad one. It’s clearly going to be both, forever. Because after four middling-to-garbage episodes in a row, it gave us one that was rad from start to finish. Read More >>