Black Sails Season 4, Episode 3: XXXI Crime and Punishment

*WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW* I always wanted to see a keelhauling–at least, ever since reading about it after a plunge into pirate research fifteen years ago sparked by reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. There was a period in my early teens when I sifted through everything pirate-related I could get my hands on, from copies of…

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Black Sails Season 3, Episode 10 (Finale)

The Season 3 finale of Black Sails displays perhaps some of the best writing we have seen on the series thus far. It begins with Captain Flint shoveling dirt in the middle of the forested slave island, the chest of Spanish gold close by. John Silver materializes out of the darkness and joins him, along…

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Vikings Season 4, Episode 5 Review, or: Ode to Lagertha

Lagertha is one of my all-time favorite female characters on television. She is powerful not only in the physical sense, but fully aware of her value as a human being and as a woman. She doesn’t stand for disrespect in any form, and always avenges herself against those who have wronged her. Season 4, Episode 5 “Promised”…

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3 Reasons You Should Watch the New X-Files

I finally got around to watching the first episode of the new season of X-Files last night, which premiered on January 24, 2016, and I was blown away by how good it was. I had low expectations: fourteen years after the initial series ended, would David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still be able to pull off their…

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