This week we sit down to discuss “The Lion and the Rose,” a game changing episode that sees the death of a major player. Written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Alex Graves,“The Lion and the Rose” leaves us with plenty to debate, and joining us to dive deep into Martin’s universe is Sound On Sight comics editor, Logan Dalton.
That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality sympathetically. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the US drama thirtysomethingfeatured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time.
Veep, Season 3, Episode 02 “The Choice” sees the staff scramble to establish Selina’s position on a major issue, in an insightful yet funny episode.
Since Winter, Channing, and the group broke Tate out of Death Row, the latter has expressed a strong desire to confront the people who put him in jail in the first place. Tate’s earlier efforts to escape have been hampered by the FBI-led manhunt as well as Winter insisting that his first priority is to look after Bo, an assignment Tate has shown some interest in carrying out. However, Bo’s disengagement of Tate’s ankle bracelet at the end of last week’s episode gave him his first real opportunity to follow his own agenda. This week’s episode puts the focus on Tate’s history, in an exciting episode that alters character dynamics permanently.
Some of you might be wondering why there’s a new episode of This is Our Design considering nothing happened in the most recent episode of Hannibal. Really, it was just an episode featuring 42 minutes of a black screen. Weird. Oh, well. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick still managed to analyze the darkness with the help of their fabulous guest, Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club. One of the three is an expert in music, one is an expert in pronouncing the names of actors and actresses, and one clearly knows everything about the Japanese language. We’ll let you figure out which is which. This week, topics include concepts of love in Hannibal, how to get the best use of a stationary character and some more discussion of why Dr. Chilton is a strong candidate for this season’s MVP. Also returning, of course, are the segments “Kate’s Classical Corner” and “The Devil in the Details.” Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
“A Material World” opens with a scene that is basically right out of any true The Good Wife fan’s dreams: Alicia Florrick and Diane Lockhart getting plastered together on martinis. The two commemorate their friend Will, confess to their insecurities, share a few secrets, and shake hands, coming away with a vague notion that they will begin work on merging Lockhart Gardner and Florrick Agos.
It would be an insult to say the “The Lion and the Rose” merely lives up to its hype; it utterly destroys the meaning of hype. Alex Graves directs an extraordinary instalment, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and incredibly entertaining. It has passion, raw emotion, true terror, and a palpable sense of evil. Despite knowing George R. R. Martin insists on ending each wedding with a gruesome death, as a non-book reader, I was shocked with the end result. It’s also worth mentioning that Martin himself wrote this particular episode, only the third after “Blackwater” and “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.” This time around, he’s given us a royal wedding and and in doing so, kills King Joffrey, His grace, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm. Martin’s teleplays are so well structured, constantly subverting fantasy tropes and switching things up, I can’t help but wish he wrote more.
Review of Grimm, Season 3, Episodes 17 and 18
Ragnar — who is so ill-inclined to violent acts unless they serve a purpose — opens tonight’s offering by killing and skinning a rat. It’s our first look at the new gears he’ll be settling into; those being of a political ingenuity which is new for the age. Still, the insistence upon drawing in mythological aspects mar the otherwise crystalline set up of Ragnar’s major rivalries and other minor character conflicts: what is the point of investing ourselves in the bruises or pitstops our heroes must grapple with, should their paths already be preordained? The animals which populate the screen tonight don’t fall into either categories of frustratingly explicit or string-pulling metaphor, however: they at least serve as easily-understood doubles for some of the onscreen cast.
As one half of a season (series? say it ain’t so, NBC!) finale, it’s hard to judge “Basic Story” in a vacuum. Double that when it’s an episode where nothing actually happens – until everything is happening, and the fate of Greendale is in the balance, as is the sanity of every member of the Greendale 7 (except Shirley, I guess? She just kind of vanishes at some point). In those final moments, it does feel like Community is straining a bit to give its finale purpose, throwing in tease after tease (including one I’m really hoping is just a big, fat mislead for “Basic Sandwich” to demolish) – though again, the episode plays things so close to the chest it’s hard to tell what’s actually going on.