Hey, Geeks, welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. Recently I went through a box of my old stuff and came across an old Gameboy with a Pokemon Red cartridge still crammed into the back of it. I admit — it made me nostalgic. But the thing about rose-colored glasses is that red flags just look like… flags. And Pokemon has a lot of things in it that should make people pause. Via Giphy Pikachu is angry. Probably not as angry as he should be. Pokemon is Really Just Sentient Cockfighting for Children YouRead More →

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The final season of Game of Thrones is set to see lots of characters come together who have been separated for a very long time. One of the biggest will be Jon Snow and Arya Stark. These two characters haven’t interacted since the second episode of the show, but from just that one scene, we can see how strong their connection is. Needle In the one scene where Jon and Arya interact directly with each other, Jon gives Arya her sword, which she names Needle. That sword has been a huge part of Arya’s character throughout the entire series. The sword is stolen from herRead More →

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Westworld inspires all kinds of armchair philosophy — careful examination of every nuance, googling every keyword for maximum allusions, wild indulgence in what the show is saying about the human condition – but it’s more than that. “Akane No Mai” keeps the answers tantalizingly out of reach, but it also serves up some satisfying payoff in world-building, narrative impact, and character development. After waiting half a season, we finally get to visit Shogun World. Dolores and Teddy’s relationship has finally gotten interesting. And Maeve is a bloody goddess. Also, more new questions. Because, Westworld. Did well all go back and rewatch the original town shootoutRead More →

Westworld’s “The Riddle of the Sphinx” is the strongest episode so far this season. Though it lacks both Maeve and Dolores, the focus on the mysterious machinations of the Delos corporation, the expanded capabilities of the host technology, and the increasingly murky timelines provides fascinating fodder for new questions and wild speculation. This is Westworld, after all, and that’s half the fun. Grab your tinfoil cowboy hats, ‘cause it’s time to get weird! The episode opens with a nice homage to Lost, executive producer J.J. Abram’s previous trip down the psychological rabbit hole. Much like Desmond in the hatch, we find James Delos living inRead More →

In many, but not all, political realms, it’s the people behind the scenes that have the most influence. Game of Thrones is no different. Sure, it’s easy to name some important characters. Jon Snow is unmatched on the battlefield and his sense of honor has gotten him in trouble a few times, but still, it’s pretty easy to call him a hero. Daenerys Targaryen has come to power step-by-step, playing on her strengths and the loyalty of the common people — it’s easy to call her a heroine. But it’s someone else who seems to have a true love of the entire country of Westeros,Read More →

Westworld’s “Virtu e Fortuna” picks up the pace from last week. Just as its title references Machiavelli’s juxtaposition of virtue (or will) and fortune (or fate), the episode continues to explore the balance between the hosts’ programming and their new self-directed path. Dolores is well aligned with Machiavelli’s idea of a willful leader, but it’s the bittersweet glimpses of her humanity that stands out this week. That and, of course, the proper return — and expansion — of Team Maeve. The opening scene finally gives viewers a peek inside another park, “The Raj,” where Colonial India acts as an on-the-nose parallel for the entire DelosRead More →

Spoilers for Season 2, Episode 2 Most shows have their share of lackluster setup episodes and it seems that Westworld is no exception. The second episode of season two isn’t a major stumble, but it failed to leave the impactful impression that viewers have come to expect. Recovery is likely, but what’s worrying is that a lot of the drag seems to center around the primary protagonist. Are we reaching Dolores fatigue? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the revolution. Rise up, hosts! Let the women lead you. But, in a story about finding consciousness and identity, Dolores seems to have strayed from theRead More →

Westworld is back! It’s time to delve back into all those questions of self and consciousness and meeting your maker, to unravel the mysteries of the Delos corporation, and of course, to get our weekly dose of sex and violence. With the premiere of the second season, what’s exciting me most, though, is that this revolution — this brave new future — is overwhelmingly female. This is apparent from the get-go, in the gorgeous new credit sequence. The iconic image of the half-formed host in its circle of creation, once male, is now female. More obviously, the image of two hosts having sex has beenRead More →

The last season of Game of Thrones will have lots of surprises, but one thing we know will happen is that Aegon Targaryen — aka Jon Snow — will find out who he really is. How he deals with that revelation is up for debate, but there’s a scene in the last episode of Season 7 that seems to set up what might happen. Before Jon leaves Dragonstone and heads back to Winterfell, he has an emotional conversation with Theon Greyjoy in the Dragonstone throne room. Theon commends Jon on his honesty in King’s Landing before revealing that he always thought he needed to chooseRead More →

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Deaths are a hallmark of Game of Thrones. Ever since Ned Stark lost his head, it’s been clear that no one is ever safe. Scores of characters have died in a myriad of ways. For me, the best deaths aren’t the most gruesome or even the most surprising, although both of those characteristics factor into my list. I believe the best ones are the ones with the most impact. The way the characters around them react is as much a part of the death as the death itself. Often times this results in some really great snippets of dialogue. 5.  Walder Frey (Season 6, EpisodeRead More →