The 100 “Survival of the Fittest” Review

by Matthew Thompson

I’ve really fallen in love with The 100 this season. Its only major shortcoming so far was Finn’s arc this past Fall. I felt the change in his character came on a bit too suddenly and the fallout from his attack against the Grounder village had a negative effect on the show for a bit as a result. I do like how it wrapped up though and I give the writers credit for how they handled Finn’s exit. Last week they wrapped up the aftermath of that storyline allowing this week’s episode “Survival of the Fittest” to fully move forward beyond that plot point Continue reading

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

by Matthew Thompson

With an eye-catching trailer at last year’s E3 and a quality developer like Ubisoft Montpellier behind the project, I’ve been meaning to get around to Valiant Hearts: The Great War for a some time. Now that I finally have, I’m sorry I waited so long. Valiant Hearts is a wonderful and unique title, one that would have surely found a spot in my top ten games of 2014 had I played it before creating that list Continue reading

Black Sails Season 2 Premiere (“IX”) Review

by Matthew Thompson

Season 2 of Black Sails opens up right where it should: out on the high seas. But instead of checking in on some of the characters we’d grown familiar with last year, the first scene introduces us to a new one, Captain Ned Low. He and his crew are boarding a neighboring ship whose captain tries his best to reason with Low, but to no avail. Low shows us what he’s about by killing the crew, taking his plunder (including a woman sure to play a crucial role in the season going forward), and lighting the ship afire before sailing to Nassau Continue reading

TV Check-In: Revenge Season 4 (Episodes 1-13)

by Matthew Thompson

As much as I hate to admit it, Revenge seems to have lost all its steam this season. It is hard to pinpoint where it started. The show has never been the same after its excellent first season. Seasons 2 and 3 were both dragged down by some complications in the main plot (like The Initiative) and terrible sideplots (like anything involving Declan or Charlotte). This latest season doesn’t suffer from these exact issues, but it has plenty of its own that have really hurt the show (Spoilers for Season 4 to follow!) Continue reading

Best of 7th Gen: #17-Mark of the Ninja

by Matthew Thompson

(I am counting down my 25 favorite games of the last console generation. I explain a little about how I put the list together in this introduction. And you can see a collection of all my articles on the Best of 7th Gen compiled here.)

Every generation of gaming sees new talented developers burst onto the scene. Klei was one such dev for me in the seventh generation. Their unique artstyle and attempt at Devil May Cry-style combat in two dimensions is what attracted me to Shank and it turned out to be a solid downloadable revenge romp. The sequel managed to grab me in the most unexpected of places, their stab at the Horde-style cooperative modes that became such a popular addition last gen. But it was their take on the stealth genre, Mark of the Ninja, that remains their greatest accomplishment Continue reading

My Most Anticipated New TV Shows of Spring 2015

by Matthew Thompson

As I did with games, I want to peer into 2015 and see what there is to look forward to on TV. I’m not going to talk about any returning shows like I did in the Fall as it is for the most part the shows I touched on in my year-end awards. Instead I’ll just be focusing on new shows. Specifically those set to air some time in the first half of the year (things like Westworld I will discuss when there is some more info later on). Here are the five I’m most excited to see plus a few more Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Games of 2015: Part 2

by Matthew Thompson

I’m back to finish up my countdown of the games I’m most excited to play in 2015. If you missed Part 1 you can check it out here. Now onto my top five Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Games of 2015: Part 1

by Matthew Thompson

2015 looks to be a banner year for gaming. All the newest consoles have over a year under their belt now and seem poised to deliver the kind of titles we hope for when we plop down money for a new system. It was honestly hard to narrow it down to just ten and there are undoubtedly a number of promising titles we don’t even know about yet that are set to release this year. Well let’s get to it. Here are numbers ten through six on my most anticipated games of 2015 countdown Continue reading

The Best of the Rest in 2014

by Matthew Thompson

I’ve talked a ton about games and TV over the past couple of weeks, so I thought I’d take a quick look at some of my other favorites from 2014 in areas like music, books and so on. Here it goes Continue reading

The Worst of TV in 2014

by Matthew Thompson

I’ve talked about all kinds of good things TV brought us in 2014, but I feel the need to talk about some of the bad too. Now I try to only watch quality TV. While I’m not always successful in this venture, I’m sure I miss out on the real bottom of the barrel stuff. So this just happens to be some of the awful moments, storylines and shows I happened to catch last year plus a little bit about why I thought they were so bad (Warning: These will contain spoilers for the shows in question, so you might want to skim by if you haven’t seen them or just read on and be happy you didn’t have to suffer through them like I did) Continue reading