Posts by Peter Counter

Game of Thrones Episode 4.10 Recap

Doing justice to its title, the Game of Thrones season finale passes the torch to the next generation of throne-gamers: “The Children” have finally ascended to vitally important roles, no longer playing the victims to the machinations of their parents. Happy Father’s Day!

Game of Thrones Episode 4.9 Recap

The power of “The Watchers On The Wall” is that, after 38 episodes of being told again and again that good people are weak because of their codes, we are finally shown hope in the most unlikely of places.

Game of Thrones Episode 4.8 Recap

“The Mountain and the Viper” is about history. Some people dwell on the past and worry, others look back and find identity. One specifically unfortunate man has allowed his past to fester, making him prone to a mind-crushing lust for vengeance.

A Million Ways To Die In The West Review

Say what you want about Seth MacFarlane, that man can write a “guy pooping into a hat” joke that’ll really make you think. But unfortunately, too much of A Million Ways To Die In The West is oddly serious and laugh-free.

The Man Who Ate Himself:
Hannibal Season Two

When it comes to understanding exactly what to expect from Hannibal, the two most important characters are symbolic representations of who Will Graham and the titular serial killer are not. At least not anymore.

Game of Thrones Episode 4.7 Recap

“Mockingbird” is all about unfunny jokes: lies that are told to make sense of chaos and control the actions of others. Game of Thrones is not a funny show, but this episode illustrates that it still has a use for humour.

Hannibal Episode 2.12 Recap

“Tome-Wan” is Hannibal at its most distilled and sustained. Showcasing the series’ underlying dark humour, this is the tightest, most mesmerizing hour of the series. To use the words of Mason Verger: I am enchanted and terrified.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition: The Preview

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition returns to the Bell Lightbox for the show’s fourth season. A virtual tour of The Wall, props from the Purple Wedding, and the hidden contents of a box make Westeros feel more real than ever.

Game of Thrones Episode 4.6 Recap

“The Laws of Gods and Men” sticks with the season’s contemplative pacing, taking inventory of its characters past deeds while demonstrating how much catharsis a well written and performed monologue can evoke.

Hannibal Episode 2.11 Recap

“Ko No Mono” shifts to an unreliable narrator, allowing us to experience the first truly heartbreaking moment in Hannibal. Using the most iconic image from Red Dragon, we also get a glimpse at who’s really pulling the strings in this show.

Hannibal Episode 2.10 Recap

In addition to being Hannibal’s most self-reflexive hour, “Naka-Choko" features a really steamy sex scene that takes place in two separate rooms and involves four humans, a theremin, and a Manstag.

Game of Thrones Episode 4.4 Recap

This week’s Game of Thrones has a lot to say about the promises we make (and break) in order to assert our identities. It also has a lot to show off in terms of how babies get made.

Hannibal Episode 2.9 Recap

In “Shiizakana” we are asked to forget the fast paced, twisty-turny, Will Graham-on-trial arc that velocitized our television watching appetites earlier this season, and to get used to the emotional and psychological contemplation of the now classic Hannibal as an episodic nightmare format.