This Is Us Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

This Is Us Roundtable: Will Jack’s Death Live Up To The Hype?

Jack Pearson’s presence on This Is Us has been vital from the get-go. He’s easily the husband/father of the year and a legend of sorts. The Pearson kids have lived with his memory for more than half their lives; and his death was a turning point for them, which has shaped who they are today.

The moment everyone has been waiting for is just around the corner. After the Superbowl — fitting seeing as how big the game is for the Pearsons — an all-new episode of This Is Us will air. The episode — the one where we will finally find out if all the clues were literal or subterfuge. How did Jack die? The question will finally be answered.

Until then, let’s discuss what might happen.

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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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DCTV Crossover Crisis on Earth-X trailer

DCTV Crossover Roundtable: Nazis, Really?

This evening, the annual Arrow-verse crossover commences. The four shows involved, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, are combining across two back-to-back nights this year, to create a more seamless, cohesive television event (one would assume). Among the action and romance, this year’s crossover promises something new: Nazis. Here, we discuss our thoughts on the DCTV crossover, the inclusion of Nazis, and what that means for our viewing choices.

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Ship Wars Supergirls Karamel

SHIP WARS: Supergirl’s Karamel Edition

Time to deconstruct another OTP…or NOTP, as it were. Our first Ship Wars roundtable featured Once Upon a Time‘s Captain Swan; this time, we’re taking a look at Supergirl‘s Karamel. As is often the case when we start discussing controversial ships, our team is split. While we can all agree that Mon-El has some problems, our takes on whether they’ve been addressed well enough to make him good enough for Kara are, well, agreement isn’t a thing here.

So, let’s jump right in and try to figure out what everyone thinks about Karamel, Mon-El himself, Supercorp, and whether or not Supergirl has even given us any better options.

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WILL & GRACE -- "11 Years Later" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Will & Grace Roundtable: A Must-See Reboot

Will & Grace is the latest in a long line of rebooted fan favorites. But can the newly-returned series live up to its own reputation? Our staff took some time out from our regular television schedules to catch the Will & Grace premiere and share our thoughts. From the looks of it, we’re all in agreement: the series is still an epic win.

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Credit: Shonda Rhimes on instagram: "...and we took a knee in solidarity of racial justice. #takeaknee #greysanatomy #300th"

#TakeAKnee & Other Celebrity Activism: The Good, The Bad & Our Ruined Childhoods

 

Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the National Anthem long before 45 made disrespectful comments about him and any players who supported his choice. But as soon as the Cheeto-in-Chief opened his mouth, plenty of people who might have otherwise ignored what Kaepernick was doing started to talk. The #TakeAKnee hashtag started blowing up on twitter, and even some celebrities got in on the discussion.

But what does celebrity activism mean in this case? And how do we feel about celebrity activism in general? Our staff sat down to share our views on the subject and have an open, honest discussion about taking a knee, celebrity voices, and more.

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SHIP WARS: Once Upon A Time’s Captain Swan

OTP: one true pairing. Canon/not canon. Shipping…Spend time around any fandom and you’ll find a ship or two that is questioned: Which character is best for the lead? Where is the great love story in this show? That character is totally wrong for her/him. Etc. Watch any series; and chances are, you’ll find some sort of love triangle or ship war happening.

Once Upon a Time is no stranger to this. With such a large cast, multiple ships have formed. Some overlap; some are known as a don’t-touch-this-its-perfect ship, like Snow White and Prince Charming.

Snow and David had it easy. They were each other’s true love; and, as everyone seemed to agree, that was not something debatable. For other characters, it’s not nearly as easy.

Emma Swan is one such character. She’s seen her fair share of love interests throughout the series. Emma has interacted with almost everyone on the show, and some chemistry that might not have been written into Once Upon a Time has been felt by fans. By the end of the series, The Powers That Be made it clear that Emma was to end up with Captain Hook. This left half of the fans ecstatic…and the other half vomiting.

Captain Swan has been fought over for years. Our own staff is split on whether this relationship was the best for Emma or not! So, without further ado, let’s discuss.

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Our staff binge watched Lucifer on our summer hiatus.

What We Binge Watched On Our Summer Hiatus

Just like when our teachers used to make us write about our summer vacations for the first day of school, we’re ready to fill our readers in on what we binge watched on our summer hiatus.

Once upon a time, summer hiatus was a death sentence. There was basically nothing on television, so the best you could hope for was a rewatch of your favorite show — in totally out-of-sequence reruns — or a chance to dig through the available rentals at Blockbuster. These days, we have Netflix and Hulu, dvr and full seasons of our favorite series to keep us company. And that’s between all mid-season and summer series that keep summer hiatus from really being a hiatus at all.

Summer hiatus is definitely the best time to binge watch a new series or relive our favorite moments from an old one, though, so read on to see some of our top picks.

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