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  • THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E13) The Romance Recalibration

    THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E13) The Romance Recalibration

    I have a variety of pet peeves about television– especially sitcoms. I hate seeing characters on long-running shows devolve into caricatures of themselves (like they did on Friends). I hate shows where so-called friends are constantly deceiving each other and then having their lies unravel in outrageous manners (i.e. the plot of every episode of Friends). And I hate when TV writers use adultery or the temptation of adultery as the go-to way to keep married characters interesting (you know– like on Friends). […]

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  • THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E12) The Holiday Summation

    THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E12) The Holiday Summation

    The Big Bang Theory crew has spent the holidays apart, and now that they’re all back together for their first group meal of the new year, they’re catching up. Sheldon and Amy spent Christmas in Texas, where Amy initiated them telling Sheldon’s mom that they’re living together. Much to Sheldon’s surprise, they didn’t get the “religious lecture” his siblings had received when living in sin. Instead, Shelly’s mom is relieved to see that he won’t be spending his middle years […]

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  • DOCTOR WHO 2016 Christmas Special Recap: (S10E00) The Return of Doctor Mysterio

    DOCTOR WHO 2016 Christmas Special Recap: (S10E00) The Return of Doctor Mysterio

    Can you believe that the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” is the only new episode of Doctor Who to air in 2016? That means that 2015’s Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” was the last new episode, and (spoilers!) that what we’re seeing in this year’s special is the immediate follow-up to the Doctor’s last date with River before she went off to die in “Forest of the Dead.” The Return of Doctor Mysterio begins more […]

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  • George Michael’s Last Christmas: 2016 Claims Another Victim

    George Michael’s Last Christmas: 2016 Claims Another Victim

    Like others, I have been shocked repeatedly this year by the artists who have passed away. However, I didn’t break down when I heard that David Bowie or Alan Rickman or Leonard Cohen died. For me, the one that hit that hard was George Michael, who reportedly passed peacefully today, Christmas day.* I suppose there’s something poetic in his marking this day in this way, since Wham!’s “Last Christmas” is indisputably the best Christmas song of all time. But I would […]

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  • Sex on Good Girls Revolt: A 2016 Win (that Amazon didn’t care about)

    Sex on Good Girls Revolt: A 2016 Win (that Amazon didn’t care about)

    (Warning: spoilers ahead.) One of the things on the list of “ways 2016 was the worst” is Amazon cancelling the highly rated and tracking-better-with-women-than-their-other-original-content program Good Girls Revolt. When I watched episode one of this show, it didn’t quite meet the high standards for period programming that Mad Men left me with. My review of the pilot was, “meh.” But I didn’t have anything else to watch that weekend, so I wound up watching episode two. And three. And then […]

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  • A 2016 bright spot: Seeing Hillary through others’ eyes at the DNC

    A 2016 bright spot: Seeing Hillary through others’ eyes at the DNC

    I think we can agree that 2016 has been… challenging. Whether you’re holding your breath for this year to be over or not, I hope you’ll agree with me that there have been some rays of light that shone brightly, many of which were televised. There are three moments in 2016 when I felt like I was seeing something so new and revolutionary on television that I cried, and the second* was retired four-star general John Allen’s speech about Hillary Clinton at the […]

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    2016 gave us lemons, but Beyoncé gave us LEMONADE

    As the year winds down, there are a lot of people calling 2016 the worst ever for different reasons. Maybe they’re unhappy about world events, the US election or the many beloved people who passed away. I definitely agree that this year has dumped a lot of lemons on us, but there were some undeniably bright spots, too. There are three moments in 2016 when I felt like I was seeing something so new and revolutionary on television that I cried, and […]

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  • THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E11) The Birthday Synchronicity

    THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E11) The Birthday Synchronicity

    Honestly, if The Big Bang Theory is going to skip weeks (like they did last week, for example), you’d think they’d time it so that new episodes didn’t go up against opening nights for geeky movies. Why air a relatively important story like the birth of Howard and Bernadette’s daughter against the opening of Rogue One? I know that’s where I was tonight, and it’s sheer willpower that had me watching TV as soon as I got home so I could contribute […]

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  • THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E10) The Property Division Collision

    THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S10E10) The Property Division Collision

    It’s finally time for Leonard and Sheldon to divide their belongings, and for Sheldon and Amy to settle into the apartment they’ve taken over from Penny, in this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. What’s happening with Amy’s apartment right now, why change-phobic Sheldon is still the one trying to acclimate to new digs and why nobody ever questions the fact that it’s Sheldon who’s moved across the hall into Leonard’s wife’s apartment instead of Leonard are all things we […]

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  • STEVEN UNIVERSE Recap: (S04E09) Three Gems and a Baby

    STEVEN UNIVERSE Recap: (S04E09) Three Gems and a Baby

    It’s a cold winter night, and Steven and the Gems are cozy around a fire with houseguest Greg during the only December episode (tears) of Steven Universe. Steven looks out at the falling snow in awe, commenting to his family that he’s never seen it snow like this before. They remember it differently, and before long Greg is playing Steven a song about their earliest days together. Like most episodes, this one lovingly addresses something serious without making you feel bummed […]

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  • In "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming big-screen adventure, a spirited teenager named Moana (left) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. Along the way, she meets once-mighty demi-god Maui (right). Featuring Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

    A MOANA Themed Christmas Tree? You’re welcome!

    If you haven’t seen Moana yet, please stop reading this post and buy your tickets now. It is so gorgeous to look at and so uplifting. Disney couldn’t have timed this release better. Dang. But this isn’t a review. This is my guide to giving yourself a Moana – themed Christmas tree. Here’s what I’d do… First, we’re going to eschew traditional Christmas trees and go for as realistic an artificial palm tree as the budget will support. I like […]

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  • JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION Premieres on Cartoon Network in December

    JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION Premieres on Cartoon Network in December

    There’s another contender for “media depictions of Wonder Woman” coming to the small screen next month when Justice League Action debuts on Cartoon Network. Crossing my fingers again that she’s done well, but expecting to remain loyal to Lynda Carter either way. (Other superheroes also appear, but whatevs.) Here’s what Cartoon Network says:  The world’s greatest DC Super Heroes are heading to Cartoon Network in the premiere of Justice League Action, an all-new animated series that will kick off with “Shazam Slam,” […]

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  • Steven Universe Recap: (S04E08) Gem Harvest

    Steven Universe Recap: (S04E08) Gem Harvest

    Steven Universe is critically acclaimed for its unprecedented depictions of diversity in a children’s cartoon. The program has gently addressed interracial relationships, non-hetero romantic relationships, non-binary gender identities, a variety of familial and social relationships, families with different kinds of parents filling different kinds of roles (widower, mom as primary earner, etc.) and so much more. The program’s consistent message of LOVE is stronger than a message of tolerance, and their Thanksgiving-appropriate special episode this week added another group to the […]

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  • A Steven Universe – Themed Christmas Tree? Whaaaaaaaat???

    A Steven Universe – Themed Christmas Tree? Whaaaaaaaat???

    I think I kind of nailed this Steven Universe – themed Christmas Tree. I hope you agree. Let’s start with another Treetopia.com artificial, pre-lit tree. This one is the same color and shape as Rose Quartz, an appropriate foundation for all of the other gems and humans since without Rose there would literally be no Steven. Next, let’s string on the lights. I selected these novelty guitar lights in honor of Greg Universe, Steven’s dad. You can find them on […]

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  • The Big Bang Theory Recap: (S10E09) The Geology Elevation

    The Big Bang Theory Recap: (S10E09) The Geology Elevation

    Oh my gosh, y’all. This episode of The Big Bang Theory deserves, and gets, a three sentence recap. Bert (Brian Posehn) has won a MacArthur Genius Grant for geology, and Sheldon is ridiculously jealous. Howard has re-discovered a remote-control Steven Hawking he made some time ago, and everyone but him believes it is in poor taste. Steven Hawking Skypes with Sheldon to soothe his ego, and mentions that it would be cool if there was a toy made in his […]

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