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Review: Game of Thrones, “The Door” (Season 6, Episode 5)

It seems like the general consensus is that “The Door” is not only the best episode of Season 6 so far, but also the best episode of Game of Thrones since last year’s “Hardhome.” There’s a lot to like, from the earth-shattering revelation about the White Walkers to the wonderful skit in Braavos that reenacted Season 1. It also helped ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “Book of the Stranger” (Season 6, Episode 4)

Most fans will remember “Book of the Stranger” for its finale. Daenerys Targaryen’s fiery coup over the Dothraki leadership certainly marks a turning point for the story. For me, this was the episode when I realized the potential of Sansa Stark. I admit that I hadn’t been a fan of Sansa Stark. During the first season, she came across as ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Bullroarer Took’s Pickled Cauliflower”

I am naming this for Bilbo’s legendary ancestor who was apparently so big (for a hobbit) he could actually ride a horse. Bullroarer Took was known for attacking some goblins during a particular battle and “knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “Oathbreakers” (Season 6, Episode 3)

In most video games, the player controls a character and attempts to overcome some obstacle. If your character dies, he or she gets resurrected and tries again. Some games limit the number of lives you can use before getting a Game Over, but even then you are usually given another chance to beat the game. In other words, in video ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “Home” (Season 6, Episode 2)

The title of the second episode of Season 6 is “Home,” but it could just as easily have been “Parents.” One way or another, each of the younger characters had to come to terms with the legacy of his or her (often overbearing) parents. Even though Ramsay and Tommen and Yara and even Bran never interact, they’re all dealing with ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “The Gaffer’s Potentially Pungent Potatoes”

  I like to picture Sam’s father, Hamfast Gamgee (otherwise known as “the Gaffer” or “Old Gamgee”), holding court at The Ivy Bush and challenging his fellow hobbits to make some good old mashed potatoes as pungent as possible. The Gaffer would most likely have the upper hand, being an accomplished gardener, of course. He’d know where the tastiest Shire ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “The Red Woman” (Season 6, Episode 1)

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing each episode of Season 6 from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Season 6 is a milestone for the franchise as it will be the first to continue the story beyond George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice books. Fortunately, Martin provided showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss with a rough ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Roasted Asparagus with Mustard Sauce”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Hobbits probably grow asparagus all over the Shire and pluck them right out of the ground as a crunchy, healthy snack! Be sure to get lovely, thick asparagus stalks for this roasted recipe; skip the sauce and change your oil flavor for variety. Please follow this link to my blog for the Savory Seasoning recipe! ...

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When Joss Whedon returns to television

Image source: http://goo.gl/Hh6RFr Joss Whedon is a master of his craft. He’s been long known as a boundary-breaking, genre-bending pioneer in the film and television industry, having created or worked on many beloved projects ranging from television classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, to major blockbusters such as Toy Story, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s The ...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer First Reactions

Ever since Disney announced Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last March, fans haven’t seemed sure what to expect of the film. All seven previous Star Wars films focused on the Skywalker family saga. However, Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, has been advertised as something different. It’s the story about the Rebellion’s attempts to steal ...

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