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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Separation of church and state

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the mid-season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., stop reading now. READ FULL STORY

'Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular' react: Cross-promotional cheer for one and all

Let’s be real: the Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular is a cross-promotional commercial. Gaga gets to perform songs from her new album ARTPOP, and the Muppets remind us why we love them long enough to get excited for this spring’s big-screen Muppets Most Wanted. That doesn’t mean the special is boring — on the contrary, it’s delightful! Yet it’s still a commercial, making me feel the way I feel after watching a charming Black Friday ad: equal parts warm, fuzzy, cynical, and depressed by consumerism overtaking the so-called “holiday spirit.” But why fret? It’s Lady Gaga and the Muppets!

The “spectacular” kicks off with an introduction from Pepe the King Prawn, who thinks he’s starting his own special. Silly King Prawn, this isn’t your special — or even The Muppets Show that I desperately want back on TV — it’s a Gaga/Disney 90-minute promotional feature! In the real introduction, Gaga shares that the first time she fell in love was during the holidays. That’s sweet until she reveals that her first love was Kermit, which, sorry, is just weird. Sprinkled throughout the showcase are various sketches featuring the Muppets and special guests such as Kristen Bell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But the spectacle of this spectacular comes from the musical performances. Here’s a run-down on the night’s extravagant productions:


'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: May day

Spoilers ahead: Was there just a ghost on S.H.I.E.L.D.? Because I’m pretty sure there was a ghost on S.H.I.E.L.D. And that means that I’m confused on so many levels. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: Raging Thormones

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… okay, so this isn’t Star Wars, but it sort of felt like it with the whole universe intro. However, in the S.H.I.E.L.D. world, things are a little less poetic and a lot more by-the-book, so here goes nothing: In ancient times, people believed in gods and such, which eventually evolved into myth and folklore. But as Coulson explained to Skye, these so-called gods were really just aliens. Example number one? The oh-so-dreamy (even May thinks so!) Thor and his Asgardian homies. But that’s enough history for now. Let’s get to the goods! READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' vs. 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Are the DC and Marvel worlds colliding?

This week, my Tuesday and Wednesday nights looked eerily similar, and not just because I was sitting on my couch eating Chinese food and watching television.

On Tuesday’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team headed to Russia to defuse a very large, very dangerous weapon. The very next night, my Arrow peeps discovered they needed to rescue one of their own from — what do ya know? — Russia. Plus, by the end of Arrow‘s hour, I was listening to talk of a serum that could be used to create an army of super soldiers. For a second, I was positive I was back in the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe talking about Centipede. But I wasn’t! I was on a boat in the middle of the ocean — in the middle of a universe where “superheroes” didn’t exist. What was happening?!

So after I realized that these were, in fact, two very different shows, one of which lives in the Marvel universe (S.H.I.E.L.D., obviously) and the other in DC Comics, I started to get a very bad headache. Not to mention that while reacting to both shows, I now have to deal with an annoying number of period-filled acronyms — S.H.I.E.L.D., A.R.G.U.S., H.I.V.E — not cool, guys. Basically, after having this realization, I only had one option: A compare-and-contrast, seventh-grade-style.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: Distrusting the system

So last week’s episode helped me to realize that I actually care about these people, and this week confused/intrigued me. I’m now not only shipping Skyward, but I’m also semi-invested in Skye’s back story, and getting to be the same with Coulson (though not as much). Basically, I’m invested, and I have questions, so let’s get into this, shall we? READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: Near-death experiences

Guys, I’ve had a realization: I’m way more emotionally invested in this show than I thought. Sure, I’ve always shipped Skyward, but it’s more than that. I officially care about these S.H.I.E.L.D. folk, which means tonight’s episode was stressful. Let’s get to it! READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland': Third episode's the charm?

If you’re on the fence about a new TV series, it only seems fair to abide by the three-episode rule. Pilots are notoriously unreliable as quality barometers. Second episodes can be even trickier; they’re generally filmed long after those initial episodes have wrapped, and they’re tasked both with delivering additional exposition and giving a general roadmap for where a series is going.

By the time a show’s third episode airs, though, there should be enough evidence to judge whether it’s worth sticking with. At this point, main plot arcs, major characters’ personalities, and a series’ general tone should all be pretty well established. If they’re clicking, you may as well go ahead and get invested; if they’re not, it could be time to jump ship and free up some DVR space.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland doesn’t exactly pass the three-episode test. Much like its network-mate S.H.I.E.L.D., Wonderland isn’t a bad show, per se — but it’s also not great, or at least not as engaging as its parent show Once Upon a Time.


'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: All in a name

It’s that time again, mere mortals! Time to travel to a world in which superheroes exist, Agent Coulson is the funniest man alive, and “hacktivist” is a word. Let’s get to business. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: I've got my eye on you

Eyeballs! Aliens! Night guns (or something)! Welcome to this week’s dose of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What started as a diamond heist with 55 military men wearing red Jabbawockeez masks and newsboy caps quickly turned into a S.H.I.E.L.D. case after Coulson revealed that the thief behind one severed hand and $30 million worth of missing jewels was an ex-agent once trained by Coulson himself. Viewers, meet Akela Amador, the one-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who appeared to have gone to the dark side by robbing people with her eyes closed… thanks to telepathy? The details were yet to be determined. READ FULL STORY

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