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The Vampire Diaries returned this past week as a new breed. There are so many different, striking elements that were brought out in the episode, “Bring It On”. This is the first we have seen of Elena since she lost her brother, her last remaining family member, and she “turned off the switch” to her humanity. Any feelings she once had, both of loss and despair, as well as love and morality, are long gone. Surprisingly enough, this has even severed the sire bond to Damon, which made it so she had to obey any action he told her, although it didn’t affect her feelings for him (a detail that hasn’t been brought to attention nearly as much as it should have). Breaking the bond and letting Elena express her true, uncompromised feelings is all Damon wanted, but now without the love the bond was built on, Elena is more reckless and monstrous than ever imagined.
Probably due to the success of American Horror Story, it seems that horror TV is seeing a new resurgence. While many would simply go the safe route and place themselves in the genre of "thriller" or "mystery," two new shows in particular can be classified as true horror due to their relationship with cinema history. Both of these shows tell the stories that audiences could only speculate about for decades, and reveal the origins of two of the most iconic characters in horror history. Of course, I’m talking about Bates Motel on A&E and Hannibal on NBC.
The raunchy sex comedy is a hit and miss genre for me. For one, I don’t like the word "raunchy." It sounds like a word you’d use to describe expired ranch dressing – if words had a smell, this one would smell pretty bad. Secondly, most sex comedies tend to feel like they were written by a 15 year old kid who just saw the Girls Gone Wild commercial on Comedy Central and wrote a movie about it. That being said, if a good story is at its center, sex comedies can be smart, irreverent fun. For a Good Time Call... is plenty raunchy, somewhat well written, and smells like wasted potential.
Hannah’s downward shame spiral has now ventured into dangerous territory for her emotional and mental health. Last week, Hannah was beginning to show signs of a return to the OCD days that plagued her in her adolescence. Now she has fully submerged into its murky depths. In this episode, her OCD tics are in full swing including repeatedly picking her wedgie in the elevator until she reaches eight and blinking her eyes until that count is also eight, the number that makes her comfortable.
Some of the best moments of any type of war story are when two people, each from the opposing side, are forced to meet and commune under their larger circumstances. These scenes are sometimes peaceful or even friendly, sometimes they are quite hostile.
From gutsy, iconoclastic solo artists to fiercely independent veteran acts, this week looks like a great week for new music. The big news, of course, is that David Bowie has finally come out of hiding, emerging from a cloud of rumored bad health that surrounded him, not to receive a knighthood, but to unleash The Next Day, his first record since 2003's Reality. Critics have been going ga-ga about this record since word of it broke a few months ago, and it's easy to understand why. Not only did it seem very possible that we'd never hear from the Thin White Duke again, but both of the singles released so far, "Where Are We Now" and "The Stars Are Out Tonight", are vintage Bowie: cool, calm, collected, and about 100 years ahead of their time.
Ever wanted to go to a bar where everybody knows your name? Me neither. Bars are for drinking in, not socializing. Or maybe I just have a serious drinking problem? Anyway, this week we’re looking at Cheers, one of NBC’s longest and most successful sitcoms.
Here at Anime Invasion, while I do my normal weekly reviews of the shows I have been following for this season, I also would like to make a few comments on the state of anime and big news surrounding it. Many big things have hit the internet this weekend, such as the Domino’s Pizza ad in Japan which featured “Scott, President of Domino’s Pizza” introducing the new app featuring Vocaloid Idol, Hatsunke Miku (which I can say I begrudgingly downloaded onto my iPad). While you can only order pizza from it if you are from Japan, you can still use the app to take pictures with the virtual pop idol herself (which, to my shame, I have done).
Have you not been able to make it to the movies often enough to know what's coming out this year? Maybe you have a few movies you want to see, but aren't really up to date on what else is coming out? Or, maybe you're just curious about Alex Ramadan's Most Anticipated Movies of 2013! If anything, you'll learn a few release dates! So, shall we begin?
Welcome to the Week of Legends, a column that summarizes this week in League. If you were wondering what skins are on sale this week, how patches affected your champion, or about the metagame, click on after the break.