Watchmen masks episode 3

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal graphic novel Watchmen is a dense and complex work. When the HBO adaptation was announced, the biggest question would be how closely it would follow the graphic novel, and whether you needed to read it beforehand. The truth is, you can argue both for and against reading the graphic novel, it just depends on what you want out of Watchmen. This is a show that rewards long-time fans, but which also offers a unique experience for newcomers.

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Shows About Murder

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.)

It’s always a good time to do a murder, right? Wait, no. That’s wrong. I’m sorry. It’s always the perfect time to solve a murder! Nothing to see here. No skeletons or otherwise unburied body parts hiding in any closets. Everyone – I mean everything – is a-okay! 

*shifty eyes* 

How about we hop into this week’s Small Screen Stream before I get added to any more lists, yeah? 

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The Simpsons Aspect Ratio Problem Fixed

Disney+ arrived this week to much excitement and glee from fans anxious to stream everything from the new live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian to Disney classics The Lion King and everything in between. However, one of the more enticing library titles from Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox immediately disappointed fans. But thankfully, it’s about to be fixed.

Every single season of The Simpsons is available on Disney+ right now, but when it comes to the first 19 seasons of the show, there was an issue. The aspect ratio for those episodes was presented in the widescreen 16:9 ratio, the shape of your average television today. But those episodes from the first 19 seasons aired when the full screen 4:3 ratio was the standard for television. The result was episodes that lost visual quality and some hilarious sight gags. But Disney+ will have The Simpsons aspect ratio problem fixed in the near future. Read More »

the crown season 3 featurette

Big changes are in store for The Crown season 3, which arrives on Netflix this weekend. To better highlight the passage of time, the series has an entirely new cast playing the British Royal Family, with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth, a part previously played by Claire Foy. A new The Crown season 3 featurette showcases the new cast and the changes in store.

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the crown season 3 trailer new

The Crown season 3 has brought in a whole new cast to show the passage of time. It’s also putting some new characters front and center – like Prince Charles, played this season by Josh O’Connor. Charles has several major plotlines, most notably his early romance with Camilla Shand, and the time he spent in Wales learning the language. A new The Crown season 3 trailer below highlights that storyline.

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Watchmen Lady Trieu living room

This week’s Watchmen episode, “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” nearly threw me for a loop. It took me a while to figure out what the big connection was this episode, and it all starts with those eggs. This episode gave us some major keys to figuring out how this series is going to shake out: something’s going on with cloning. We still don’t know how cloning figures into Lady Trieu’s Millennium Clock, or how Will and Angela play into Lady Trieu’s master plan. But somehow, cloning will take precedence. Here’s a deeper dive at what we learned this week. 

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slow horses

Remember Apple TV+? It launched a few weeks ago and then immediately got left in the dust by Disney+. But the Apple streaming service is still kicking, and not ready to instantly throw in the towel. Instead, they’re looking for new material – and they’ve found it. Slow Horses will star Gary Oldman as a leader of a team of British spies, which sure sounds a lot like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. That’s not a complaint.

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Arrowverse Recap

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

The boys are away this week, which means we get to spend a solid hunk of time talking about Batwoman and Supergirl. I know it’s hard when these mini-breaks crop up when you’re not expecting them, but it’s high time we give The World’s Finest some attention! They’ve been pushed to the side a little bit more than The Flash and Arrow not because they’re inferior shows, but because the Scarlet Speedster and his cranky friend have a lot more interactions with The Monitor and many more lead-ins on the whole Crisis situation. Let’s take a look at what else the Arrowverse had to offer this week. Read More »

Clive Owen as Bill Clinton

As our current embarrassment of a president is bracing for possible impeachment, FX is moving forward with Impeachment: American Crime Story, which dramatizes the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton. And now the show’s producers have found their president: Clive Owen (Children of Men) will step into the shoes of the former Arkansas governor, and we’ll be eagerly waiting to hear if Owen tries to imitate Clinton’s distinctive Southern accent. Read More »

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The Mandalorian The Child Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, “The Child” is the second episode of The Mandalorian, the exclusive Disney+ Star Wars television show. It picks up shortly after the first episode left off and sees the title character (played by Pedro Pascal) on the run with a mysterious baby. It very quickly becomes apparent to the Mandalorian that something isn’t right with the job he’s taken, as he’s quickly attacked by a group of Trandoshan bounty hunters looking to take the child from him.

And it also quickly becomes apparent that this is the episode that will win over everyone who liked but didn’t love the first episode.

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