TV Check-In: The Flash, Revenge and TVD

by Matthew Thompson

I was hoping to do a series of posts covering the end of various network shows that wrapped up this month, but I just haven’t had the time. So I decided to just pick out some shows whose endings this season felt noteworthy for one reason or another. These contain spoilers for the shows, so make sure you are caught up before reading any of them Continue reading

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Game of Thrones “The Gift” Review

by Matthew Thompson

Last week I had reached my breaking point with two storylines that I have found to be problematic all season and the result was my least favorite episode of the show in some time. I gave the showrunners some (I feel) much deserved flack for these moves. This episode didn’t really change my opinion on either of those plotlines, but I am happy to be able to praise another change that sat better with me this week Continue reading

Atlantic City Boardwalk Con Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

I had the opportunity to go to last weekend’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Con. My brother was able to get me a VIP pass because he was working at the event which gained me some extra access. This was the first time I’d ever been able to go to one of these types of conventions and I had a blast (I’ve included some random pictures I took at the event though the panel ones came out a little grainy!) Continue reading

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Review

by Matthew Thompson

Wolfenstein: The New Order caught me by surprise and ended up being one of my favorite games of 2014. I also happen to love the new trend of standalone downloadable expansions that has sprung up in recent years, so The Old Blood seemed right up my alley. And I certainly enjoyed my time with it, but a number of factors kept it from reaching the heights of its predecessor Continue reading

Game of Thrones “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” Review

by Matthew Thompson

I expected we were headed for this episode’s ending for a few weeks now, but was hoping against hope that maybe someone would intervene before we got here. The result is one of two major problems plaguing this week’s installment of Game of Thrones that leave me questioning the showrunners in the aftermath Continue reading

Best of 7th Gen: #13-Mario Kart Wii

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.)

Before Mario Kart 8 sped onto the scene last year and lapped the rest of the series, my favorite Mario Kart was the Wii entry. This isn’t a particularly popular choice, but Mario Kart Wii was the first game in the franchise to really tick all the boxes for things most important to me in the long-running arcade racing series Continue reading

Breaking Down the 2015 TV Upfronts: ABC, CBS and The CW

by Matthew Thompson

Things got a bit busy for me this weekend and I didn’t have a chance to work further on my breakdown of last week’s Upfronts. Because of this, I have decided to roll the remaining three networks into one post. So here are some quick thoughts on what ABC, CBS and The CW showed off Continue reading

Breaking Down the 2015 TV Upfronts: FOX

by Matthew Thompson

I am always up for a good procedural. Some of my all-time favorite shows at their core are exactly that. And yet I found myself a little disappointed that of the four drama trailers FOX released to the public on Monday, they all seemed to be twists on that style of show. There was just a real lack of variety in these offerings. Heck even two of the comedies they showed off seemed fairly similar with two leading men who find a second act in life that involves them reconnecting (or just connecting) with their families Continue reading

Breaking Down the 2015 TV Upfronts: NBC

by Matthew Thompson

As Upfronts approached and I saw what was coming back to the various broadcast networks, I came to realize how little I watch that is still on NBC. Long-time favorites like Parenthood and Parks are now over and the network even cancelled the other shows I had been tuning into this past season (About a Boy, Marry Me, and A to Z). Even though I rather liked the first season of About a Boy, I won’t exactly mourn the demise of those three shows, but it leaves Hannibal as the lone series I still watch on the network. So the question is: would that change with the new series NBC was showcasing at the Upfronts? Continue reading

Game of Thrones “Kill the Boy” Review

by Matthew Thompson

“Kill the Boy” is bookended by some scenes in Essos, but the meat of this episode focuses on the happenings in the Northern parts of Westeros. Despite covering multiple storylines in each region, it feels like we just cover two main plots this week because of the obvious interconnectedness of things in each area. This gives the episode a very focused feeling, something I love to see in a Game of Thrones episode Continue reading