Game Of Thrones 7.07: “The Dragon and the Wolf” Review

No One Walks Away From Me A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The penultimate season of Game Of Thrones often sped along at a reckless pace, ensnared by a seven-episode limitation. When the announcement of the shorter season was made, there was a concern that the show would become so ensconced within … Continue reading Game Of Thrones 7.07: “The Dragon and the Wolf” Review

Game Of Thrones 7.03: “The Queen’s Justice” Review

Masters Of Whisperers A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Master Of Whisperers is a role shrouded in understandable secrecy. It is negligible whether their role is performed in the cesspool alleyways of King’s Landing, underneath the vaulted stone arches of Dragonstone, or amidst the Great Pyramids of Meereen. What is vital … Continue reading Game Of Thrones 7.03: “The Queen’s Justice” Review

Game Of Thrones 7.01: “Dragonstone” Review

Welcome Home A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! As the ashes from the destruction of the Sept of Baelor were still settling upon the smoldering cobblestones of King’s Landing, white ravens had been sent from the Citadel of Oldtown to signify that winter was indeed here. This table-setting yet excellent premiere episode … Continue reading Game Of Thrones 7.01: “Dragonstone” Review

American Gods 1.08: “Come to Jesus” Review

Pray For It A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! In the times before Christianity had arguably become the primary modality of Germanic religious paradigms, there were a plethora of Pagan religious cultures, beliefs, and traditions that were deeply entrenched within the region. With the advent of Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, however, this … Continue reading American Gods 1.08: “Come to Jesus” Review

The Americans 5.07-5.08: “The Committee on Human Rights/Immersion” Review

Breaking Apart A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Loyalty is a virtue that portends a profoundly deepened, palpable thread of belonging, of trust, even of faith. Loyalty in that paradigm signals that there is a true investment on the behalf of an individual, be it towards another individual, an institution, or perhaps … Continue reading The Americans 5.07-5.08: “The Committee on Human Rights/Immersion” Review

The Americans 5.05-5.06: “Lotus 1-2-3/Crossbreed” Review

Busy and Irritated A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Americans in its penultimate season is a series deconstructing the realities of ruminations and the difficulties they present when reflecting upon one’s life and the choices made within it. Consequently these two installments of one of television’s best dramas are heavy with … Continue reading The Americans 5.05-5.06: “Lotus 1-2-3/Crossbreed” Review

Homeland 6.11-6.12: “R Is for Romeo/America First” Review

Reflections A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! A central thoroughfare is critical for the success of narrative structures. Just as importantly, however, the narrative branches that spring out of that central thoroughfare need to be able to hold their own weight, as well. If the branches are weak, they ultimately drag down … Continue reading Homeland 6.11-6.12: “R Is for Romeo/America First” Review

The Americans 5.04: “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Review

Carobs & Honey A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! In 2004, American journalist and historian Thomas Frank published a book entitled What’s the Matter with Kansas? Frank’s primary focus was on the radical shift in populism in his home state, the kind that went from holding corporate thieves accountable to the kind … Continue reading The Americans 5.04: “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.16: “Legacy Of Mandalore” Review

Home Cold Home A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! “Legacy of Mandalore” is a terrific episode of Star Wars Rebels, showcasing the sort of complex character and narrative continuity the show doesn’t always espouse. It isn’t as strong as the previous outing and the dialogue is considerably weaker, but there’s nevertheless a … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.16: “Legacy Of Mandalore” Review

The Americans 5.01: “Amber Waves” Review

Accidents A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! “O beautiful for halcyon skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the enameled plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, Till souls wax fair as earth and air And music-hearted sea!” -Katharine Lee Bates, “America the Beautiful” The Americans … Continue reading The Americans 5.01: “Amber Waves” Review

Homeland 6.02: “The Man in the Basement” Review

Why? A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Homeland’s most unique asset outside of Claire Danes finally garnering that pivotal, career-defining role as Carrie Mathieson is its ability to age in ways one wouldn’t have expected. The first season remains one of the finest seasons in television history, the second bungled in the … Continue reading Homeland 6.02: “The Man in the Basement” Review

A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.05-1.06: “The Wide Window” Review

Fierce and Formidable A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The unfortunate saga of the Baudelaire orphans has been an interesting one till this juncture but it reaches its most intricate, dizzying heights in “The Wide Window”. The two-parter focusing on the Baudelaire’s tumultuous journey near Lake Lachrymose is the most tightly focused … Continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.05-1.06: “The Wide Window” Review

“Jackie” Review

Camelot A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! “Don’t let it be forgot That once there was a spot, For one brief, shining moment That was known as Camelot.” Camelot. In 1960, the musical production of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe opened on Broadway. Based on the T. … Continue reading “Jackie” Review

A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.03-1.04: “The Reptile Room” Review

Dramatic Irony A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Life is a conundrum of esoterica. As Klaus explains, Dr. Montgomery Montgomery’s (a terrific Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) phrase of choice is in reference to life being a mystery ubiquitous with obscure objects or documents. The lives of the Baudelaire … Continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.03-1.04: “The Reptile Room” Review

A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.01-1.02: “The Bad Beginning” Review

In Loco Parentis A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The aura of nostalgia is a powerful one in the storytelling era of today. A part of that power has risen out of a desire for comforting stories of the past that are at least familiar, if not perhaps as comforting as one … Continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events 1.01-1.02: “The Bad Beginning” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.12-3.13: “Ghosts Of Geonosis: Parts I & II” Review

Returns A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The interconnectivity of narrative universes has become quite the trend, evidenced most strongly by the film and television properties Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. In one sense, it makes the respective universes feel more connected and lived-in. In another, it can create a narrative hindrance … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.12-3.13: “Ghosts Of Geonosis: Parts I & II” Review

“Fences” Review

Sins of the Father A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! “In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t … Continue reading “Fences” Review

Luke Cage 1.06: “Suckas Need Bodyguards” Review

Coffee A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The pacing of Luke Cage is a unique beast. At times, Marvel’s latest television offering feels languid in its narrative exposition and at other times the effect is of a nice surprise when consequences arrive in quick succession. A little before the halfway mark of … Continue reading Luke Cage 1.06: “Suckas Need Bodyguards” Review