Author Archives: Jim Knipp

True Detective S02 E06: Church in Ruins

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True Detective” continues its messy second season with an ‘everything AND the kitchen sink’ episode six.  Clues start to fall into place, Ray and Frank take turns trying to channel Mike Brady, and the crew participates in the strangest, most far-fetched party infiltration since Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks had to save the virgin Connie Swail from the clutches of P.A.G.A.N.  An episode that was three parts tension tempered by two parts silliness, nonetheless, it got the job done and set us up for the final quarter of the season.  Find out more after the break.

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True Detective S02 E05: Other Lives

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“It’s never too late to start all over again,” Ani Bezzerides assures a reluctant Ray Velcoro; and apparently our “True Detective” showrunners took that advice to heart, as episode five explodes in a tangled highway of new and resurfaced plotlines that bring us back to the bad old days of episode one.  Find out what I really think after the break!

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True Detective S02 E04: Down Will Come

CRAP! I had to go and waste a good “Game of Thrones” comparison way back in episode two of “True Detective,” didn’t I? For one stinking, surprising  killing of a major character (who didn’t even stay dead!) Now what am I going to do? I can’t use the same line!

Hell with it, I’m going there again. “True Detective” interrupts a perfectly serviceable, quiet episode with a “Game of Thrones”-ian style blood bath that left you unable to look away from the screen (or take notes for a recap), find out what I think (as if you don’t already know) after the break.

...all it needed was this guy swooping in from the valley and it would have been perfect...

All it needed was this guy swooping in from The Valley and it would have been perfect…

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True Detective S02 E03: Maybe Tomorrow

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Our second season of “True Detective” may have finally found its stride as we discover Ray Velcoro’s fate, get some more character backstory, and say a tearful goodbye to Stan in an exquisitely tense and weird episode three.  Find out more after the break.

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Jim Knipp On… Dungeons and Dragons

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

Sometime around 1980, the twelve-year old version of me happened upon a book with the very promising title of “Monster Manual.”  I had no idea what it was, but the pages were filled with line-drawn pictures of various monsters of myth and history: unicorns and dragons, dinosaurs and something called “Green Slime.”  The book included descriptions of these beasts, and a series of arcane looking numbers and letters labeled ‘Treasure Type,”  “Armor Class,” and most mysteriously “THAC0.”  I wanted to buy that book badly, but I was broke so I did the next best thing.  I convinced my best friend to buy it, and then I borrowed it (for like six months).

...can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Little did either of us know the decision we made standing in that Waldenbooks aisle would change both of our lives forever.  Find out how after the break…

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True Detective S02 E02: Night Finds You

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A somewhat uneven “True Detective” tries to find some traction.  Three sets of teams begin the investigation into Casper’s murder, we hear about some pretty messed up childhoods, and (SPOILER ALERT) “True Detective” appears to go all “Game of Thrones”-y as a major character may not make it passed the second episode. Find out why after the break!

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True Detective S02 E01: The Western Book of the Dead

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“True Detective” kicked off its second season with an almost impossible task:  How do you successfully follow up a first season that mystified and enraptured audience with an original, gordian-knot of a story, lush scenery and a score that translated onto the screen as visual poetry, and actors playing at the top of their game, bringing characters that still resonate a year later.  The short answer is, ‘you don’t.’  Find out why after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E10: Mother’s Mercy

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Not a whole lot of mercy to be had as our season finale of “Game of Thrones” proves George R.R. Martin’s story framework still rules, major (and I mean major) characters fall, and ten million teenage girls cry themselves to sleep.  Let’s discuss, after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E09: The Dance of Dragons

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Time to recap this week’s Game of Thrones

“Leave me alone.”

“You’ve got a job to do, let’s go.

“Can’t, too depressed, go away.”

“Uncurl yourself from the fetal position, get out from the corner, and sit in front of your damn computer, NOW!”

“Fine… but not until after the break.”

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Game of Thrones S05 E08: Hardhome

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A breathtaking episode eight of “Game of Thrones” complete with lots of action, lots of pieces falling into place, ice zombies, and the return of ‘old blue eyes.’

...really, really old blue eyes...

…really, really old blue eyes…

Find out more after the break!

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