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Shaggy and Scooby in LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood

‘LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood’

LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood combines the cleverness of LEGO animation and the goofy humor of Scooby-Doo, in a cartoon movie that’s been updated for modern day. Disclaimer: I was given a free copy by Warner Bros. for the purposes of a review. LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood begins with a familiar scene: Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and […]


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Avengers cartoons: MARVEL'S AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION

Are Avengers Cartoons as Good as the Movies?

Marvel is everywhere, not just in movie theaters. A bunch of Avengers cartoons have aired on TV for years. But, how do Avengers cartoons stack up against the blockbuster movies? And are they part of the Avengers canon? Media Medusa’s comic book expert, Mike Brown, breaks down the Avengers cartoons that you can watch on demand […]


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Claire and Jamie’s Theme Song from ‘Outlander’

Listening to Claire and Jamie’s theme song from Outlander takes me right back to their wedding. Oh, this theme won’t leave me alone! And I keep hearing the sad, soulful cry of the flute when she says, “I’ll love you any way I can,” in the season finale. Bear McCreary, Outlander’s composer, has generous explanations of all his themes, […]


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The X-Files Season 10 "Home Again"

‘The X-Files’ Season 10, X-Flop?

The X-Files Season 10 created a lot of expectations. Because the original series has become legendary, and Mulder and Scully are folk heroes by now. Then Chris Carter’s 10th season (Season X, so to say) arrived in six neat little packages. A bit like a pilot series for a new show. And it wasn’t very good. […]


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HBO Now Binge-Watch List and Drinking Games

For years, people were tied to their cable TV just so they could watch Game of Thrones. Now, HBO has a stand-alone service through an app called HBO NOW. When you sign up for HBO NOW, you can watch all that HBO offers, without having to do it through a cable or satellite service. You can […]


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‘The Magicians’ TV Series – Season 1 Review

The Magicians TV series on Syfy is so much more than I thought it would be. However, that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Magicians TV series is based on three novels by Lev Grossman. In the first book, The Magicians, we meet Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, […]


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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Review: What Needs to be Fixed

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is so close to living up to the hype that was set up by its sister shows, The Flash and Arrow. But a few key factors keep it from gelling. We’re seven episodes into the season, and it will most likely be renewed for next season. But for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to be a hit, […]


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10 Best Justice League Cartoons to Binge

Justice League cartoons have been around since the ’60s. Believe it or not, Aquaman used to be all the rage. When he teamed up with his superhero friends, Justice League cartoons became very popular. Recently DC has been pumping out straight-to-video Justice League cartoons. Let’s take a look at the 10 best Justice League cartoons, from […]


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Martin Freemand as Dr. Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in 'The Abominable Bride' / BBC

‘Sherlock’ Review: Holmes, Sweet Holmes

The New Year Special of Sherlock, long awaited and heralded by slightly confusing teaser trailers, has come … and gone in less than two hours. Was the wait worth it? Was the hype justified? Was it Sherlock as we know it? Yes, maybe, no. In short – The Abominable Bride, which was watched live by […]


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Reviews of Medieval ‘Bastard Executioner,’ ‘Last Kingdom’

One of these TV shows is awesome and the other makes me yawn just thinking about it. After Game of Thrones raised the bar to dramatic new levels for shows with armor and swords, I was psyched for The Bastard Executioner with its cool name and engaging promos. After actually seeing an episode, I was very disappointed […]


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- "My First Thanksgiving With Josh!" -- Image Number: CEG106a_0090.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Rachel Bloom as Rebecca and Gabrielle Ruiz as Valencia -- Photo: Tyler Golden/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Thoughts on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Last May and June, I saw some of the ads for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. It’s not. They don’t tell you that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical in the ads. It is a musical. Like, a classic, over-the-top, hammy musical with the tone of, say, the ’80s Annie movie […]


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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / ABC

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Review

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is based on the famous comic strip by the late Charles M. Schulz, titled Peanuts. After the success of the first Peanuts holiday cartoon, titled A Charlie Brown Christmas, producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez decided to create a Halloween cartoon special. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, […]


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Emma Swan Turns Dark in Once Upon a Time Season 5

‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 Flips the Script

Once Upon a Time Season 5 is two episodes in, and weaves a tale that’s part Disney princess, part fairy tale and part legend. The series is stretching beyond its normal borders, looking for fresh material; instead of relying almost exclusively on Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has introduced Storybrooke’s residents to King Arthur and Camelot. […]


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‘Midwinter of the Spirit’ Review

One of the more exciting new items on the British TV schedule for Autumn 2015 was the announcement of ITV airing Midwinter of the Spirit, based on Phil Rickman’s novel of the same name, adapted by Stephen Volk. Rickman’s stories involving a female cleric in an English backwater were long overdue for a screen treatment, […]


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Picture shows: (l-r) Jenna Coleman as Clara, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Adrian Rogers, © BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Essential Episodes for ‘Doctor Who’

A friend asked me recently, knowing I’m a Whovian expert, for some essential Doctor Who episodes to introduce someone to the series without getting too deep into the massive story arcs. Here is the list I came up with and the rationale behind each suggestion, which are not necessarily in any order. New To ‘Doctor […]


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Public Morals / Ed Burns and Michael Rappaport / TNT

‘Public Morals’ Mingles Cops and Criminals

I’m going to start this review of Public Morals by praising Brian Dennehy and his Irish accent. I had actually thought that Dennehy, an actor who appeared in some very fine movies over the years, had stopped making movies (or what have you) after The Big Year. Mr. Dennehy brings a lot of presence to Public […]


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MR. ROBOT -- Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/USA Network)

‘Mr. Robot’ Wants Me to Join fsociety

Mr. Robot, USA’s runaway summer hit TV series, is intense. It pulls you in and, before you know it, you’re blinking at the closing credits. Part of the reason you can’t look away is that you spend most of the episode just trying to figure out what’s going on, and what’s coming next. As TV […]


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‘Blindspot’ Season 1 Review

From executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) comes “Blindspot.” A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible […]


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ONCE UPON A TIME - "Heroes and Villains" - In the aftermath of the Snow Queen's spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook's fate hangs in the balance as Gold's quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future, on the winter finale of "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jack Rowand) SCOTT MICHAEL FOSTER, ELIZABETH LAIL, GEORGINA HAIG, JARED S. GILMORE, JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN, JOSH DALLAS

Is ‘Once Upon a Time’ Still a Fairy Tale? Or a Nightmare?

Once Upon a Time, the fairy tale drama on ABC, premiered in the fall of 2011. Before Frozen and Maleficent and Into the Woods and Cinderella, there was Once Upon a Time. It was refreshing, back then, to see our favorite fairy tale characters interact with each other. The twist was that these characters — Snow White, Prince Charming, the […]


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The Affair / Showtime

‘The Affair’ Review: Questions, No Answers

The problem might be that because of Mad Men, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, I’m starting to expect more from a show. The current excellence of so many individual TV programs has made me expect more from the medium of television itself. And that’s my problem, not the show’s. But the bottom line, although […]


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