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Sam has loved, and loved to hate, movies and board games since he was a wee lad. He has been schooled in the ancient art of critique from an early age, reading every review (especially the bad ones) that he was able to get his hands on. Starting in the Golden Age of the early internet with Hollywood.com and advancing through the years with Rotten Tomatoes, IGN, and RedLetterMedia, he is hard-pressed not to remember a rating or particular comment about a movie released in the last 15 years. He has dreamed of the day when he could add his voice to the discordant chorus, and finally that day has come...

The Walking Dead S7E2 Review: “The Well” [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.   “I don’t know what the hell’s going on, in the most wonderful way.” In “The Well” we got the episode I feared we would get for the Season Premiere: the Carol/Morgan update. Episode 2 is a much more […]

The Walking Dead S7E1 Review: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! turn back now if you haven’t seen the premiere episode of The Walking Dead.   Breaking Rick Well, the long eight-month cliff-hanger came to an end last night with the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead. Some part of me feared they would begin with a Carol episode in a tragic way […]

Television / Web Series Review: High Maintenance

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High Maintenance is a series of charming, funny, and offbeat short stories by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfield. It began life as a Vimeo web series, but has since been picked up by HBO. Each episode centers around different customers of a Brooklyn-based bike-messenger/pot dealer known only as “The Guy” (played by […]

Board Game Review – Codenames

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Last week we reviewed Dear Leader, a game about a delusional dictator.  This week we review a game about espionage.  Is this becoming a series of geopolitical board game reviews?  Will Risk be next?  Who knows! Codenames, by Czech game designer Vlaada Chvátil, is a game where two rival spymasters take turns trying to get […]

Board Game Review – ‘Dear Leader’

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What do you get when you mix improv with a human rights disaster? Dear Leader, a new Kickstarted board game by Tim Hutchings, who was kind enough to provide an early edition to us at Echo Base. The game is easy to learn and asks its players to be on top of their creative game. One […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep 10 “The Winds of Winter” [SPOILERS]

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Spoilers Ahead. So here we are at the end of Season 6.  The finale.  The conclusion of one story and beginning of another.  And it did feel like a conclusion.  Three arcs wrapped up this week with the consolidation of power in the North, the departure of Daenerys from Dragons’ Bay, and the end of […]

Game of Thrones Season 6 Ep 9 Review: “Battle of the Bastards”

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Spoilers, as always, ahead. War is Hell Episode 9 was one of the strongest episodes in a (mostly) strong season of Game of Thrones.  The focus was clear: Mereen and Winterfell.  The stakes were clear: slavery and death.  The sides were clear: heroes and villains.  A classic setup that played out through two entirely different […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep8 Review: “No One”

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Spoilers. I think I can sum up the five major plotlines touched upon in “No One” as follows: Arya to the Faceless Men- “It’s not you, it’s me, and I am a me.” The Hound to the World- “You’re shit at dying.” Jaime to the Tullys- “You’re literally small fish in my way.” Cersei to […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep 7 Review: “The Broken Man”

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Spoilers Ahoy. Who is the “Broken Man” to which the title refers?  As discussed in earlier reviews, Game of Thrones Season 6 has been especially unkind to its male leads.  The only real success stories for our heroes has been Tyrion’s agreement to extend slavery, but only for seven years, and Jon Snow cheating death […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep6 Review: “Blood of My Blood”

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Warning: Full Spoilers to follow! The theme of this season of Game of Thrones seems to be the interaction of past, present, and future.  Through Bran’s flashbacks we witnessed the birth of the White Walkers and the death of Wyllis.  The former originating in the past.  The latter the future.  We have also seen the […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep 5 Review: “The Door”

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Full analysis and spoilers to follow. Hodor?  Hodor!  Hodor… Game of Thrones was in an unusually revelatory mood in “The Door,” giving us both origin stories for the White Walkers and Hodor.  First, the White Walkers. Bran spent much of this episode gallivanting (thanks for the vocab lesson, Theon) through the past and present.  He […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep 4 Review: “Book of the Stranger”

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Full analysis and spoilers to follow. Ladies’ night!  Game of Thrones is rounding the bend of its sixth season with its female leads riding high.  Let’s get right into “Book of the Stranger” and dig into this female-empowering episode. Sansa Jon Snow is dead inside.  And, well, outside as well to some extent.  The cost […]