Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files 11x02 "This"

The X-Files 11×02 Review: “This” and That

The X-Files 11×02, “This,” is where Glen Morgan captains the USS MSR and sails us into the sunset as we all wave to Chris Carter, who stands desolately on the shore of My Struggle Island.

Come aboard with me as I review “This.”

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Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files 11x01 "My Struggle III" Photo: FOX

The X-Files 11×01 Review: A Rant

The X-Files Season 11 Episode 1 is Chris Carter’s third installment of his putrid “My Struggle” arc. To be honest, we didn’t need “My Struggle” or My Struggle II.” And it sounds like it doesn’t end here. We might be getting a fourth piece of crap, based on William’s struggle.

Oh, joy.

I have so many things to say about this premiere episode, of which I liked maybe 90 seconds, so join me as I rant about this hour of garbage television.

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THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ryan Green/FOX

2017 Year In Review: The Entertainment & Humanity That Saved Us

2017 has been what we here at Writes of the Roundtable would politely call a year of trash…but we’ve already covered that. Just to be on the “fair” side of things (and actually close out this hellfire with something positive), we present to you an actual roundtable about things we loved. You might even say these things saved us in 2017. God knows we needed something to.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi: Brilliant or Awful?

Arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated movies of the year, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered last week — to mixed reaction. While many fans, both new and old, loved the movie, there were also very vocal fans who hated it. This is a relatively common theme with longstanding franchises: Diehard fans feel very strongly about how storylines should play out and what actions characters should take, so much so that when expectations aren’t met, many fans are left feeling disappointed and let down. With the introduction of so many new characters, and surprising turns for the beloved characters of the original trilogy, it only makes sense that The Last Jedi elicited similar responses. Below, our ragtag group of writers weighs in on their thoughts and reactions. How do your opinions match up against ours?

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Harvey Weinstein is 2017 trash. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2017 In Review: The Entertainment & Humanity We’ve Canceled This Year

2017 has been what we here at Writes of the Roundtable would politely call a year of trash. In looking back, there are so many awful things that have happened — both in entertainment and real life — that we don’t even know where to start (much less end) with trying to make sense of it all. But, just so we can fit in with the cool kids and offer up our own 2017 year in review piece, here are our thoughts on the worst of the worst in entertainment and humanity. If only we could have actually canceled it all.

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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

I, Tonya Is The Olympic Season Gut Punch We Deserve

My first thought upon hearing about this year’s release of I, Tonya? “Nope.” As a lifelong figure skating fan, I am, quite frankly, sick of the Tonya Harding story. I’m sick of feeling like a sport that I love only exists once every four years, when “the insane true story” — as the I, Tonya trailer calls it — gets dragged up for rubber-necking fodder.

At least, that’s what I thought before I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of the film. I, Tonya is exactly the strange, sensationalized dark comedy that, with the movie’s first trailer, caused me to roll my eyes. But somehow, that created the Olympic season gut punch that we all deserve. All of us, from the skating fans that wish people would see our sport the way we do — not solely as tabloid fodder — the folks who eat this shit up, and even the people who might think they flat out don’t care one way or another.

It is, after all, quality entertainment.

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Once Upon a Time

Can Once Upon A Time Survive This Season?

This is a tricky one. On one hand, this season of Once Upon a Time is actually ten times better than the series has been for the last few years. On the other hand, you got rid of 66% of the beloved cast, and there are people that are very upset. That being said, the ratings are in the toilet. Can Once Upon a Time recover from this? I don’t know. I’ve seen it done before. Sometimes, fan favorites, regardless of how crappy their numbers are, get the renewal anyway. This will come down to if ABC really wants to invest. Of course, with the graveyard slot it, seems like the network’s faith in the fairytale drama is fading.

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