Last week, the true Queen of Survivor watched as the “queen” of Vokai was dethroned. On Lairo, Chelsea found an idol and Kellee was given one by the Survivor Idols, Boston Rob and Sandra. But what will happen this week? You can only know if you keep reading this re-cap (or if you watched the episode)!Read More
Welcome back to Survivor: Island of the Idols. Last week, one of our beloved recappers picked a person who proved herself to be shrewd and able to deflect votes from herself when her name came up, and our other recapper picked *checks notes* the person who got voted out this episode? That can’t be right. *checks notes again* Huh. Well, without further ado, let’s get to tonight’s recap of Survivor: Island of the Idols!Read More
When Candace Chen, an office worker at a big name publisher specializing in overseas production in China, agrees to keep working when most of her coworkers stay home--sick with a new disease called Shen fever or fearful of contracting the disease--she doesn’t expect to work through the apocalypse, but that’s exactly what happens. As Candace continues going to work each day, she watches New York crumble around her, the infrastructure deteriorating with no one to maintain it, businesses shutting down. The world is ending.Read More
Mary & Emily are avid watchers of MTV’s long-running reality TV series Catfish. So when they learned that MTV was releasing a new show called Ghosted, all about tracking down people from your past who have totally disappeared on you without a word, they both knew they were all in. And then they found out former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay (or is it Abasolo now?) was going to be a host. That’s when they decided they had to review it for the blog. Here is that review. Some spoilers for past Ghosted episodes to follow.Read More
It’s Fall premiere season, and lots of new shows aired on network TV this week. Interestingly, a lot of shows caught my eye, and so I’m now delivering to you, dear reader, a rundown of television shows you could add to your weekly lineup. I’ve watched them all for you so you can pick out your favorites.Read More
Our long Survivor-less nightmare is over! That’s right, Survivor is back and Mary and Todd are back to re-cap it. So let’s find out who will outplay, outwit, and outlast all of the other castaways on tonight’s premiere of Survivor: Island of the Idols!Read More
Hello, and welcome to another installment of YA Book club, the place where Emily and Mary talk all things YA! This month, we’re talking about Warcross by Marie Lu. This novel follows Emika Chen, a young woman on the brink of financial disaster, unable to pay her rent and in debt. When Emika hacks into a Warcross tournament, she unintentionally catches the eye of Hideo Tanaka, the founder of the Warcross games and a tech billionaire. As Emika and Hideo grow closer, Emikia is tasked with finding a dangerous hacker who threatens to jeopardize Hideo’s business--and his life. This novel has been compared to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but is notably different because it features a female protagonist and a less sweeping (though perhaps more personal and dangerous) plot. Join us, as we discuss Warcross!Read More
Hello! We are only a couple weeks away from the premiere of Survivor: Island of the Idols, the 39th season of the powerhouse reality show that has cornered the market on people on an island kicking other people off the island. (Also, if you are hankering for more Survivor content and missed our ode to the Queen of Survivor, then head over and check that out!)
So today, Mary and Todd are bringing you our professional opinions about who will outwit, outlast, and outplay all others when Survivor returns on Wednesday, September 25.Read More
On its face, Superstore is a show about the rights of retail workers, laborers people sometimes overlook or abuse. A disgruntled cast of employees struggle with daily events in a Walmart-style box store named Cloud9, with plenty of interstitial weird scenes from customers (think, a melting carton of ice cream in an aisle of kitchen appliances, which the show revisits throughout the episode as it slowly melts).
Created by Justin Spitzer, whose pedigree includes Scrubs and The Office, Superstore has a comedy pedigree to be proud of. The writing walks a line between heartfelt and funny, mean and realistic. The cast is stacked, with America Ferrera both starring and producing, and Ben Feldman (who you might remember as the guy who cut his nipple off on Mad Men) acting alongside her as co-star. Other notable cast members are Lauren Ash (playing the weird, gruff Dina), Colton Dunn (Garret), Nico Santos (Mateo), Nicole Bloom (Cheyenne), and Mark Mckinney (as the overtly religious Glenn). Mark Mckinney, a true comedy treasure, is a particular gem among the cast, as he balances the role of store-father and boss well. With this ensemble, the show is bound to be funny, but it’s also full of such heart that it deserves a more critical eye.
(Spoilers for seasons 1-4 of Superstore to follow)
Mary here, your resident Wheel of Time nerd. Last time I checked in with the blog about the Wheel of Time, I shared my dream cast for Amazon’s new series, and before that I talked about how I was enjoying the series, which I’m reading for the first time. Currently, I’m on the fourth book, The Shadow Rising, and still slowly making my way through the series. There are only 14 books, so I’m sure I’ll finish. One day.
To discuss the new casting news, I’ve called in resident Wheel of Time expert, Todd, to help me wade through all this excitement.Read More