When Bloodborne came out in 2015 from FromSoftware, it didn’t ping my radar. For so many years, I enjoyed games solely as narrative devices, a means of telling a story. The Zelda series, or the JRPGs that dotted my PlayStation felt more complete than platformers or roguelites that held little plot but levels and levels of intense action. Bloodborne seemed like more of the same; an entry into the Souls series of games (that have a reputation for being extremely difficult), Bloodborne situates players in a world of monsters and combat with little to no explanation for what’s going on. I’m told that this is a hallmark of Souls games, and that piecing together the plot and lore is part of the fun (looking at you, friend-of-the-pod, Kyle!), and to begin with, I didn’t find it engaging. With nothing to go on, I’m not sure why my nameless hunter is roaming the streets of Yharnam, slaughtering inexplicably hairy monsters and listening to their groans and screams.Read More
Rick continues to find idols and win immunity challenges, leaving everyone stymied in their attempts to vote him out. After pretending he will play his idol for Julie at tribal, everyone votes out Aurora. Tonight: there will be many challenges, and someone will return from the Edge! Will they be able to make it to the final 3? And who will be the Sole Survivor? Will we lose our minds in anger and frustration? Let’s find out!Read More
With Riverdale’s season finale airing tonight, we have a LOT of questions that still need to be answered — some of them stemming from last week’s episode, “The Dark Secret of Harvest House.” Here, we parse through the penultimate episode and make our final predictions about Season 3. Join us, won’t you? *cue cult chanting*Read More
RON CLARK wins the loved ones reward challenge and picks Gavin and Julie to get the reward. Victoria and Lauren scheme, in case Rick has a hidden immunity idol (he does!). They decide to vote out RON CLARK if Rick plays his idol. Rick plays the fake advantage menu that RON CLARK had given him, then plays his hidden idol. Gavin, using Aurora’s 2nd vote, and Lauren vote for RON CLARK, Rick votes for Aurora, and everyone else votes for Rick. RON CLARK is shocked! But he is finally sent to The Edge. What will happen this week is anyone’s guess, so let’s find out!
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We’re nearing the home stretch of this season—and boy has it been a marathon. How will the writers wrap up this whole Gargoyle King plot? Let’s see if they can! In typical Mary fashion, I’ve split up this ep into groups of characters.Read More
Wardog is the biggest threat and tries to create an alliance with Rick and RON CLARK, the other big threats. Rick thinks no one is scheming but him, but the women of Vata, led by Julie and Lauren prove him wrong by voting his “ally” Wardog out after Rick wins immunity. Will Rick go home this week? Will RON CLARK do something bad? Let’s find out, in this week’s re-cap…
In a media culture that is saturated with true crime television at the moment, it takes a special show to stand out from the crowd. Hulu’s new television series The Act, which just finished its first season, is that kind of special show. Based on a Buzzfeed newspiece written by co-showrunner, producer, and writer Michelle Dean, The Act follows the tragic story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee.
Read the Buzzfeed article to get the details of the case. Then watch Mommy Dead and Dearest for even more shocking details. If you’re anything like Mary and Emily, you’ll still be fascinated by this fictionalized account of this unbelievable story. Here’s why…Read More
A few nights ago, Todd and I had a familiar conversation about what to watch while eating dinner together. He suggested a new sketch comedy show on Netflix, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, and I agreed. After all, it was only about 20 minutes long, and if it was bad, we could just stop. That is the joy of Netflix after all.
But we didn’t stop. We kept watching episode after episode until we had watched the entire series. Episode after episode. For the most part, I sat with my mouth hanging open in shock.Read More
Hi everyone! We’re back with another dark, and I mean that literally, episode of Riverdale. So let’s dive right in.Read More
This month, over a year after its initial premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, Unicorn Store was finally released on Netflix. Here at BSG we are known advocates of Brie Larson, from her incredible work in Room to her turn as action hero Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel — but how did we feel about Larson’s directorial debut? Read on as Kelli and Mary dissect childhood fantasies, Art World expectations, and the Lisa Frank aesthetic in this conversation about Unicorn Store.
(Spoilers to follow.)Read More