My Top Five TV Episodes of 2017’s First Quarter

by Matthew Thompson

By the time I run down my favorite TV shows at the end of the year, I don’t typically have time to focus on specific episodes. So I have decided to remedy that throughout the year. Every three months, I will put together a list of my five favorite television episodes of the previous quarter. Here is my first go at this new feature: my top five TV episodes from the first quarter of 2017 (be warned: these descriptions contain some spoilers) Continue reading

Rectify Season 1 Review

by Matthew Thompson (Images-SundanceTV. The Rectify website can be found here)

(This review contains no major spoilers and mainly focuses on the premise and characters of Rectify, so is a safe read for those who have not yet watched the show.)

With network season behind us save a few stragglers that will be dipping into June, I finally have the time to catch up on some shows that I missed the first time around. One that really caught my eye this past year was Rectify. When 2013 came to an end it found itself dotted across many year-end Best of TV lists. Now that I’ve had the chance to watch the first season of the critically acclaimed drama, it is easy to see why. Sundance really struck gold with their first original series on the network Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Events of Game of Thrones Season 4

by Matthew Thompson

(This blog contains spoilers for the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and what is likely to come in Game of Thrones Season 4. If you have not read all the way through all five books including the most recent one, A Dance with Dragons, you really shouldn’t read this. Go read my Top Five GoT Characters blog instead which is safe for non-book readers or just get away from here.)

With Game of Thrones Season 4 premiering tonight, I thought I’d take a look at what I’m most excited to see from the show this season. I am using my knowledge of the books in conjunction with the trailers I’ve seen as well as the episode titles to speculate about what will be shown this season. So I guess these aren’t guarantees, but it is a good excuse for me to talk about some of my favorite events from the more recent books. Mainly A Storm of Swords, but also a bit of the following two since some of that material seems like it will be in the fourth season. Well here are nine big events I can’t wait to see adapted to the screen in the coming months Continue reading

How Sleepy Hollow Won Me Over

by Matthew Thompson

(This blog contains major spoilers for the first season of Sleepy Hollow… you’ve been warned!)

I reviewed the pilot of Sleepy Hollow and was not the biggest fan. It was just too ridiculous for me to handle and not really what I wanted from the show. I soldiered on though. Despite my reservations about the first episode, it did have the markings of good television so I figured I’d stick with it. I’m happy to say it ultimately paid off Continue reading