Game of Thrones Recap: And Now His Watch Is Ended

Game of Thrones was fantastic this week, you guys! Love love love. Might be the best one yet (yep, I totally said it), and it will definitely go down as one of the top episodes of all time. Without further delay, here is the recap for “And Now His Watch Is Ended”

Jamie and Brienne

Thankfully, the ep started off with Jamie right away, since we were eager to see how he survived his unhanding. The answer is, not surprisingly: not well at all. His hand is tied around his neck to tell his shame, and he falls off his horse into the mud. The bandits kick and beat him, especially when he tries to fight them with his other hand. Brienne is watching out for him the best she can, but there isn’t much she can do.

Later in the episode, a defeated mud-encrusted Jamie sits at the fire with Brienne, refusing to eat. She tells him to eat, to live and take revenge. She also goads him about his whining, crying, and quitting, and calls him a woman – yes his lot in life just got a bit crappier, but he’s still a damn Lannister and all that. He begrudgingly eats, and then Brienne is downright nice about him saving her from rape prior to his hand being chopped off. Her father has no actual riches to speak of, but Jamie lied for her – she asks him why, but he won’t answer. I really love them as unlikely comrades in their currently shitty situation.

Bran & Littlest Stark, Hodor, and Tonks

We briefly see Bran dreaming again of the three-eyed crow, and the redheaded boy is with him as well. This storyline is dull at the moment, I hope something interesting happens soon.

Hit the jump for more from this explosive episode of Game of Thrones!

Game of Thrones Double Recap: “Dark Wings, Dark Words” & “Walk of Punishment”

Greetings, fans of Westeros! Welcome to my double recap of episodes two and three – “Dark Wings, Dark Words” and “Walk of Punishment”. I have to say, I felt that so little actually happened in episode two that it only warranted a short summary, not an entire post/recap. Not a ton of action in that one! Good thing episode three was really important – I’ll get to that craziness in just a minute. But first things first!

Episode 2: Dark Wings, Darks Words

Beyond the Wall

Poor old Samwell, still getting crap from his fellow Night’s Watch brethren. One asshat in particular is goading him on, pushing him around. The commander stands up for him, and tells the bully that Samwell is in his charge, and if anything happens to him, the commander will kill the bully. Glad Samwell still has someone grumpily looking out for him.

Only a brief glimpse of Jon Snow, Ygritte, and the wildlings – they are watching a warg, or person who can commune with animals and see what they see, with his eye white and blank. Jon has never seen a warg, and neither have we. That leads us to…

Bran & Littlest Stark, Hodor, and Tonks

…Bran and his whole ability to dream through the eyes of the wolves, and seeing the crow with the third eye mean he is also a warg. He is met in the forest by the adorable redheaded kid from Love Actually! He tells Bran he’s a warg too, and tells the group to follow him. There are several scenes of them trudging around the countryside talking. Hopefully something more interesting will occur there soon

In King’s Landing

Supposed queen-to-be Margaery and her grandma invite Sansa for tea, trying to figure out what the deal is with Joffrey. Sansa finally breaks under the women’s questioning and says he’s a monster. They only look a little worried, I suppose they feel Joffrey can be dealt with. Margaery ,meets with Joffrey later in his chambers and he shows her a new crossbow – it is all very suggestive and phallic. Margaery seems shrewd, I hope she will gain the upper hand with Joffrey soon – she seems well on her way already. We also see Tyrion making out with handmaiden/whore Shea. Same old, same old from these two.

Hit the jump for more!

Full Cast and Details for “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”!

Way back when, we dropped the details on DC’s 2013 animated film lineup. The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 was released in the beginning of the year, while Lego Batman: The Movie and Superman: Unbound are slated for release next month.

We finally have details for the last movie announced for 2013: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox!  Slated for release on July 30, 2013The Flashpoint Paradox (a slightly updated title from its original) follows Barry Allen, as he wakes up in a world completely unlike the one in which he fell asleep.  I mean that literally: Allen falls asleep at his desk and wakes up in a world unlike the one he knew.  Superheroes are at war, dead characters are alive, alive characters are dead, and, most pertinent to Allen, he has no powers!

Official synopsis:

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Teaming with a grittier, more violent Dark Knight and Cyborg, Flash races to restore the continuity of his original timeline while this new world is ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans. With breath taking action and an all-star voice cast, it’s a bold, emotional vision that will forever change the landscape of the DC Universe.

While the Geoff Johns/Andy Kubert Flashpoint miniseries isn’t my favorite DC event in the recent history, The Flashpoint Paradox is easily the most ambitious comic-to-film adaptation DC has ever done, and I’m certainly looking forward to it.  The cast is a little Grey’s Anatomy heavy, but there are few names here that should make any DC animated fan happy.

  • The Flash/Barry Allen: Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne: Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”)
  • Flashpoint Batman: Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • The Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom/Eobard Thawne: C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”)
  • Aquaman: Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, plenty of awesome things in the early 90s)
  • Wonder Woman: Vanessa Marshall (“Young Justice,” “Metal Gear Solid 2”)
  • Cyborg: Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”)
  • Superman: Sam Daly (“The Daly Show,” and, er, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • Gen. Sam Lane: Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
  • Green Lantern/Hal Jordan: Nathan Fillion (“Castle”)
  • Deathstroke/Slade Wilson: Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
  • Lois Lane: Dana Delany (“Body of Proof”)

That’s one hell of a lineup, don’t you think?  Kevin Conroy returns as Batman; Nathan Fillion again donning a green ring (figuratively); Dana Delany returning as Lois; Ron Perlman reprising his Deathstroke, and even Sam Daly taking up his father’s mantle as Superman… there’s a lot here to like (or at be intrigued to see.)

With a July release, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more of this from Comic-Con. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know if we hear more.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is set for release on July 30 on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for the full press release!

Review: Star Wars #4

Brian Wood’s journey through the Star Wars galaxy continues this week with Star Wars #4. Action and intrigue abound as the Rebels and Imperials continue to square off from opposite sides of the galaxy, dealing with internal and external conflicts alike. Issue #4 feels a bit more like filler than

“Game of Thrones” Recap: Valar Dohaeris

Greetings, TV lovers! I am back from hibernation (which is ironic, since winter is coming) to bring you this season’s Game of Thrones recaps! There is a lot to keep track of in these crazy realms, so hopefully you are all caught up on seasons one and two, and ready for more political intrigue, new allegiances, and lots of dirty guys and gals in armor.

After the obligatory here-is-what-you-missed-while-you-were-hiding-under-a-rock recap of season 2, the premiere, entitled “Valar Dohaeris” allows us to relive Daenerys’ rage filled fire at her dragons’ warlock captures, and we heard them shrieking and ripping things to shreds. Score. Those blue-mouthed weirdos scare me.

Beyond the Wall:

Then there is fat friend, Samwell Tardy, running through the snow away from the white walkers. He is attacked by a zombie white walker, but Jon Snow’s wolf saves him! Huzzah. The Lord Commander, Mormont, helps out by lighting it on fire. We learn that poor hapless Samwell hasn’t sent out the ravens like he was supposed. Idiot. I still like him though!  I also like me some Jon Snow, and we catch up with him and Ygritte at the wildlings adopted ‘king’ who used to be a night’s watchman (aka Aberforth Dumbledore – Ciaran Hinds! Approve). Jon sees a giant hauling wood in the camp, a first for him and the viewers. Once faced with the not-king, Mance Rayder, Jon tells him about the white walkers and says he has come to fight and wonders if he has chosen a fighting side. This goes over well, and he is accepted.

In King’s Landing:

Cersei pays Tyrion a visit. He is still recovering from the battle and has a deep scar across much of his face. Cersei tries to weasel of out him why he was to meet with their father later that day. The two trade barbs but she doesn’t get any information. We soon discover that Tyrion wants to leave King’s Landing and take up residence in Casterly Rock, the Lannister ancestral castle/home. Since his older brother Jamie joined the king’s guard and gave up his inheritance, Tyrion insists it is his by right. Tywin thinks very differently, slandering Tyrion, his dwarf stature, his preference for wine and whores, the whole deal. Tyrion stomps off.

Hit the jump for the full recap!

“Arrested Development” Returning on May 26!

We’ve known for a while now that the hilarious Arrested Development was defying YOLO-enthusiasts everywhere with its revival via the streaming giant Netflix. Back in 2011, we heard “first half of 2013.”  In 2012, we heard “May.”  Now, we finally have a set date:  Sunday, May 26, 2013! (Kudos to

Review: Doctor Who, “The Bells of St. John”

Right, then, Clara Oswald. Time to find out who you are.

After losing her twice before (in “Asylum of the Daleks” and “The Snowmen“), the Doctor finally meets his impossible girl again. But just who is Clara “Oswin” Oswald?

If you were expecting to find out everything today, you were gravely mistaken.  Still, we have a strong, fun episode to get us back into the swing of things and re-re-reintroduce us to the universe’s next companion.

“The Bells of St. John” marks Jenna-Louise Coleman’s first official appearance as companion Clara. These first companion episodes (as they should be) are all about the chemistry and the spark between Doctor and his newest assistant. The Doctor needs to be so amazing and spectacular that the companion wants to be whisked away by this youthful, 1100-year-old man, but the companion also needs to be as intriguing and challenging to make the Doctor offer the ride. They have to work best off of each other, and they have to overcome the foe together.

Hit the jump for the full Who review!