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Doctor Who S10 E10: ‘The Eaters of Light’

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Once again Doctor Who explores a mystery from the pages of history itself, what happened to Legio IX Hispana?  As The Doctor and Bill and Nardole journey back to second century Scotland to find the Ninth Roman Legion, they discover a more sinister threat awaits them.  Meet me after the time jump for my thoughts on “The Eaters of Light.”

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: A Cuppa Fandom

When temperatures drop and there’s a nip in the air, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy blanket with a nice cup of tea. This year, instead of giving friends and family just any old tea, give them a tea inspired by their favorite fandom from Adagio Teas. They have tea blends for almost every fandom.

Since winter has actually come, sip on a variety of Game of Thrones blends.

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For the rebel, you can get the entire Suicide Squad.

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You can boil up an array of Wizarding World potions,

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And what could be better than settling down to watch The Doctor’s Christmas Day Special with a mug of Whovian Feels.

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A sample tin, with fun fandom artwork, costs $5.00, or you can purchase an entire collection, like the entire potions collection for $24.00.

If  you’re particularly fond of that special geeky guy or gal, you can head to Society 6 where they have numerous mugs to match that perfect fandom tea.

31 Days of Horror 2016: The Walking Dead – Who Lives, Who Dies?

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For those not versed in The Walking Dead universe, one might assume the monsters are the zombies, but that’s just not true. Like in Bambi, the monster is man, the true villain is always man. In a world gone mad, man must fear himself most. One of the most dangerous villain from the Walking Dead comics is a man called Negan, and in the last episode of The Walking Dead, some six months ago in the most frustrating and tense cliffhanger of the year, the monster was about to kill one, or some, of our heroes from the show. Finally tonight, we find out what kind of monster Negan truly is, and who will be joining the read dead on the series… Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on what happened… warning, there will be spoilers…

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The Ten Percent: Where Scholars Dwell

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent”, a regular column where Ensley F. Guffey and I take turns examining the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. As regular discerning readers of Biff Bam Pop! know, we usually we use this space to discuss a film or television show or comic that gets people talking years or even decades after its premiere. The Ten Percent are the works which stand the test of time, and it’s not a question of genre here in the Ten Percent – slapstick comedy has a place, along with high-toned drama. Quality animation rubs shoulders with science fiction and over there you can find show-stopping musicals chatting with bloody horror. The Ten Percent last because they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.

But this is going to be different for, instead of talking about the show, I’m going to discuss the people. See, there is a small, ferocious band of people known as television scholars. They apply critical theories to television, and they’re not kidding about it. Think of it like this. English literature has scholars. Some of these scholars focus intently on the work of one author – let’s say it’s Charles Dickens.  (Remember that, because we’re going to come back to him.) Now, some Dickens scholars dig into his works to see what can be learned about Victorian society by examining the novels (generally called “texts” in this case), while others look at the texts to discover what can be learned about Marxism, philosophy, the class system of England, teaching itself, and so on – there are a lot of different ways of looking at things.

Television scholars do the same thing, but their “texts” are TV shows, with each episode being the equivalent of a chapter. It’s relatively new (certainly compared to English literature as a field of study!), having only been around for 30 years or so.

While plenty of shows (including The Wire, The Sopranos, and The Simpsons) have been the subject of scholarly works, including graduate theses and doctoral dissertations, the one that is most often the subject of these studies is –

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

By a long shot.

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Creation of Chaos: “From Up on Poppy Hill”

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High school, that time of life when you mock your friend’s lunch, execute a plot to save your academic clubhouse, and meet that special someone who turns out to be your sibling.  I’m either a glutton for punishment, or an eternal optimist, as I give Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki a second chance with Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill in this installment of Creations of Chaos.

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“The Winds of Winter” Blow Strong in the Game of Thrones Season Finale

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Someone get me oxygen, stat. We don’t have oxygen? Christ… fine, a paper bag or something, ’cause I stopped breathing for about an hour and ten minutes and I’m not allowed to pass out until I finish this recap. Find out if I make it, after the bre……… (spoilers ahead)

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There’s a “Battle of the Bastards” on this week’s Game Of Thrones

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New allegiances were struck, old ones moved to very shaky ground, and a whole field of watermelons were sacrificed by a raving horde of foley artists as Season 6 of Game of Thrones nears its thrilling end. Let’s have a spoiler-filled discussion after the break.

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Jim Knipp Reviews Game of Thrones S06 E08: No One

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This week’s episode gave us a tense, thrilling episode that started slowly before reaching its full, butt-clenching, head-popping boil. We are reminded that it’s best not to ever get too happy or self-satisfied, that the Clegane brothers really do have a lot in common, and it’s really the badass ladies who ultimately rule the Game of Thrones. Find out why, after the break!

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Jim Knipp Reviews Game of Thrones S06 E07: The Broken Man

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In this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” an old frenemy returns, the Jaime-Bronn bromance is back, and a lot of characters act against their own self-interest as a second straight placeholder episode jumps between plotlines like a Braavosi Water Fighter on speed. Let’s talk about what it means and all the reasons I’m pissed after the break. (Of course there are spoilers, silly)

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II #1

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We’ve seen the preludes to war in Civil War II in issue #0 and the Free Comic Book Day special, which I talked about here, but this week the main event begins with Civil War II #1. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez bring us the next big epic from Marvel Comics, and you’ve got my thoughts on it, after the jump.

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