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SANTA CLAUS: MYTH, MENACE, OR MORON?

Over the past few holiday seasons, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that I haven’t been able to confirm until now. To do this, I made good use of my D.V.R. and a tryptophan hangover (too much roast beast). I binge-watched every Santa-themed movie and T.V. special that aired between Black Friday and Christmas day. As […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.10: What We Become (mid-season finale review)

Over the last few years, television has seen the advent of the “mid-season finale,” or, as network marketing pronounces it, “MID-SEASON FINALE!!” In the past this was more commonly known as the “episode before winter hiatus” or, more succinctly, “just another episode.” Well, not anymore! Now it’s as big of a deal as the season […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.09: …Ye Who Enter Here (T.V. review)

…Ye Who Enter Here, the title of this week’s episode, alludes to the warning at hell’s entrance, “abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” as depicted in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In this case, “hell” is most likely the ancient alien city that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra have been searching for. Or it could refer to […]

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 2: How to Improve Sequel Titling

A sequel by definition is unoriginal, so movie sequels already have one strike against them. Strike two comes from studios saddling them with unoriginal titles. Cars 2 The Expendables 3 Paranormal Activity 4 Final Destination 5 (If they’re on the 5th film, then how final is this destination? Just saying.) Humdrum titles like these do […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.08: The Things we Bury (T.V. review)

My wife and I usually watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together, a series that she initially didn’t want to watch at all. Now, however, she’s so into it that she watched the newest episode without me. Without me, the person who got her into it in the first place! (Same thing happened with Lost, though the […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.07: The Writing on the Wall (T.V. review)

I could easily sit here and summarize the plot for this week’s episode entitled The Writing on the Wall. I could synopsize the subplots and truncate the character arcs. If given enough time, I could recap, rehash, reiterate, and regurgitate the hell out of it and then, once the proverbial dust had settled, I could […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.06: A Fractured House (T.V. review)

The title of this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, A Fractured House, could refer to multiple “houses.” There’s S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, still suffering from its Hydra infestation and fugitive status. Next is the Fitz-Simmons relationship, which resumed last week with Simmons’ return, though not in the direction that Fitz would prefer. Then we have a pair […]

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