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by: Meredith Mantel | Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:11pm

(Trigger warning: sexual assault)

Buckle up, folks; this is gonna be a tough one. Tuesday’s episode of NCIS addressed the topic of sexual assault in the military. At times, the dialogue came off as a bit preachy, but overall, I applaud the writers of NCIS for choosing to address this growing problem.

I appreciated the way NCIS portrayed the junior officer who’d been sexually assaulted. She doesn’t want to press charges, she changes her story, and she runs the gamut of emotions from fear to anger to suspicion. I liked the fact that she admitted to having been out partying, enjoying a few drinks that night, and not really...

by: Evan Mantel | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 3:19pm

They say honesty is the best policy, but whoever said that probably didn't have an article or blog to write and zero inspiration. With that said, welcome to one of my best blog posts ever.

The problem is that I can't ignore last night's episode of SHIELD. It featured important new information as well as a constant stream of tension that succeeded in continuing SHIELD's newfound quality. I could easily bullet point the necessary information for you, but let me tell you, bullet points aren't sexy; I don't care what they say in Bullet Points 101.

The big news (SPOILER ALERT, sorta... unless you've seen Winter Soldier in which case you probably understand more about...

by: Evan Mantel | Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:25am


How dare you, SNL! That was insulting, and I'm sick of it. Screw off.

Do I sound mad? Well, I'm mad – hopping mad at that opening sketch. It was distasteful, disingenuous, and disgusting. Does the left really think that little of us? Do they really look down at us as if we are stupid?

No, I don't mean Republicans. I already know that's how the left thinks about Republicans. That's old news. I'm talking about SNL's portrayal of 18-29 year olds – me and my fellow Millennials.

 “...we can help job creators get you guys off this lawn and back to work. Who's ready to get back to work.”

That was Taran Killiam as Paul Ryan to a crowd of my generation. The silence...

by: Evan Mantel | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:16am

Hydra SigniaWell, they finally did it. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD finally combined an interesting television show (the show has been steadily building up steam so to speak) and the full force of the Marvel world. Sure, we've had a Nick Fury appearance before (when the show was middling at beast), an Asgardian appearance, and alien technology (those last two felt like Marvel tag-alongs).

I don't know about you, but my head is still spinning from the fakes and feints of this last episode. I'll try not to spoil it for you if you haven't watched, but suffice to say I did not see that coming. Kudos to the writers with the foreshadowing by Agent (for SHIELD or Hydra???) Hand when she talked about Hydra...

by: Lauren Levy | Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:49am

For fans of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, last night’s Week 4 episode was an exciting one. For the first time in the history of the show, viewers were able to vote to pair the celebrities with different ballroom dance partners for one week of training and competition. While celebrities will return to their original partners next week, they still had to make it count since one pair will be going home next week based on this week’s scores and next week’s scores combined.

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by: Evan Mantel | Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:24am

Marvel's Agents of SHIELDI have questions. Not about the clairvoyant. That chick was always kind of annoying and giving Coulson difficulty. That makes sense. No, my questions are about Deathlok, a.k.a. Mike Peterson.

First, how evil do I have to become to get such a cool nickname? Can someone create a bad guy name generator on the web that doesn't suck? I could spend hours on that sight if it churned out names like Deathlok. The names I got on the websites that a quick Google search ("bad guy name generator") either sucked or were too specifically designed for games like Dungeons and Dragons. Not a bad game, but not the type of bad guy names I was hoping to generate. Make this happen...

by: Evan Mantel | Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:46am

RevengeDoes something ever come out of your mouth in an instant and the next you wish you could take it all back? If you're anything like me (and I hope for your sake you aren't), this is something of a weekly occurrence.

Sometimes, I just come off as ignorant. Sometimes, I appear quite foolish. But sometimes, as the words cascade over my open lips, I wish I could stuff those horrifying SOBs back into my mouth as fast as they are coming out. Those are the bells I really wish I could unring. They are the hollow point bullets that rip through the metaphorical flesh of the person with whom I'm speaking.

"Forget it. Forget I said anything."

Never a good conclusion to a fight. Those words are almost without fail preluded by a vicious accusation or personal...

by: Mike Ciandella | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:18pm

With plenty of action, puns and celebrity guest stars, Psych has finally aired its last episode after eight seasons. Deon Richmond, Val Kilmer and Billy Zane guest starred, and the writers managed to fit in plenty of running jokes and references to earlier seasons and still have a decent plot.

But the real plot of this episode isn't where Shawn and Gus end up, or whether or not the mystery is solved or whether or not the quota of obscure 80s references is reached. The real plot is whether or not Shawn will finally come to grips with his inability to confront his problems. Throughout the series' eight season run, Shawn has used his antics to avoid dealing with his real-world problems. Yes, it's a comedy, but it's also an almost tragic story of the eight year...

by: Lauren Levy | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:01am

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Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars has commenced, and Week 2 kicked off last night with high energy and ended in a double elimination. But the shining moment of last night's episode came from Candace Cameron Bure, famously known as DJ Tanner in the 90s family sitcom Full House. Candace, also the sister of actor-turned-evangelist Kirk Cameron, is also a wife, a mother of three and an outspoken believer in Jesus Christ.

A frontrunner who received a score of 9 last week from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for her contemporary dance, Candace was assigned a rumba...

by: Meredith Mantel | Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:46pm

This is the second time the writers of “Intelligence” have recycled bad guys from previous episodes. On the plus side, at least they recycled interesting bad guys. On the negative side, this is only episode 12 of season 1.

Villains don’t have to be a one-and-done deal; there’s a right way and a wrong way to weave them into the story.

Right way: write consecutive episodes that utilize the character in a contained story arc. The focus of the arc becomes the hero facing the villain and ultimately defeating him.

Right way: allude to the villain throughout the season. The villain is introduced and temporarily defeated in one episode, but the villain’s nefarious actions are rumored throughout future episodes (perhaps the villain occasionally shows up again in future episodes). This builds tension for the inevitable...