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Star Trek: The 10 Funniest TNG Episodes Ever | ScreenRant

When it debuted in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation was the series that carried the torch of the Star Trek franchise into a new era of television. With a new crew, led by a new captain, aboard a new Enterprise, it set the pace for every Star Trek series after it. With its streamlined sets, updated aesthetic, and stentorian acting style, it was here to be taken seriously. It had left Mr. Spock and his drumming circles and Captain Kirk and his moon princesses behind so that Star Trek could mature.

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Or so it appeared. The original Star Trek series didn’t have a little something called a holodeck, where crew members could live out their most raucous fantasies in a virtual environment of their making. It didn’t have a Q, an omnipotent space diva whose only wish is to pester Captain Picard and his crew out of boredom. These whimsical differences allowed for some truly hilarious episodes in TNG, breaking up the solemnity and showing that the series could loosen up when it wanted to. Here are ten of the funniest episodes ever.

10 “FISTFUL OF DATAS”

Taking on the tropes of classic Spaghetti Westerns like “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “Fistful of Dollars,” this episode places Worf, Deanna, and Data in the American Old West, after a power surge to Data’s programming affects a holodeck activity that Worf is participating in with his son.

While Geordi attempts to make Data into a sort of “systems back up” in case anything goes wrong with the ship’s computer, Data becomes a part of the Deadwood, South Dakota holodeck adventure as Frank, an outlaw who takes on town sheriff Worf and Deanna as a gunslinger. More characters take on Data’s appearance and skills, including a saloon girl, to much hilarity.

9 “DEJA Q”

The Enterprise has serious matters to attend to when the planet Bre’el IV faces an asteroid moon falling from orbit. So, of course, it’s the perfect time for Q to arrive naked on the bridge, because he’s been stripped of his powers by the Continuum for causing too much mayhem in the Universe.

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Now a human asking for asylum, Q is at Picard’s mercy, who will only help him if Q helps them with the Bre’el IV catastrophe. When Q gets his powers reinstated, he reappears on the bridge with a mariachi band and women for Riker.

8 “QPID”

This episode is a trifecta of fun: it involves Vash, the hot-headed treasure hunter that caught Captain Picard’s eye on his vacation to Risa, a bored and mischievous Q, and a fantasy adventure. As the Enterprise hosts an archaeological symposium, Vash and Picard are reunited, but Q makes three a crowd. He offers to rekindle the romance they had as thanks for Picard’s help returning his immortal powers.

Picard rebuffs Q at first, causing Q to have to resort to stronger measures. He transforms Picard into Robin Hood and Vash into his lady love, Maid Marian. Several members of the crew including Worf, Data, and Riker are transformed into his merry men, to their extreme dissatisfaction (Worf: “I am not a merry man”).

7 “DATA’S DAY”

Episodes concerning Data’s study of humankind and his quest to adopt the affectations of humans have led to some of the most emotional episodes on TNG, including the most hilarious. The episode “Data’s Day” focuses on his internal monologue as he goes about his various tasks and interactions.

His friend Keiko Ishikawa and Transporter Chief Miles O’Brien are soon to be married, and Data has to learn all about prenuptial jitters, as well as tap and ballroom dancing. Though it’s touching whenever Data tries to understand the complexities of human emotions, the episodes focused on the practice are often unintentionally funny.

6 “THE NAKED NOW”

Using a similar plot to one of Gene Roddenberry’s un-aired teleplays for Star Trek, the crew  fall victim to a strange ailment when they respond to a distress call from the SS Tsiolkovsky, a vessel undergoing scientific monitoring of a supergiant star.

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This episode is for Star Trek fans who love to see a strange temporal anomaly or an unexplainable dimensional rift causing crew members to act completely differently than normal. We see someone showering with their clothes on, Wesley acting intoxicated, and Data experience his first intimate encounter with chief of security Tasha Yar. At the end, everyone goes back to normal as though it were all a bad dream.

5 “IN THEORY”

While Data didn’t have extensive experience in the realm of romance, he felt it was a vital part of unlocking the full comprehension of human existence, and thus pursued it wherever it seemed appropriate. In “In Theory,” he begins a relationship with a fellow crew member, Jenna D’Sora, much to the rest of the crew’s confusion.

This episode is amusing on several levels as Data attempts to be the “perfect boyfriend” and then, at Jenna’s behest, whatever type of boyfriend she wants him to be. At each step, he gets relationship advice from Riker, Worf, Troi, Guinan, and Picard, and each has their own perspective on how he should proceed. 

4 “PHANTASMS”

Data decides that when powering down for the evening, he shouldn’t just monitor subroutines and go into low stasis mode. He should have dreams like humans. He therefore creates a dream function to do this, except that it malfunctions and he begins experiencing nightmares instead.

At one point, Counselor Troi is baked into a “cellular peptide cake with mint frosting,” and that’s just the start of his bizarre hallucinations. Did we mention the rest of the crew starts eating the cake? It’s definitely one of TNG’s strangest episodes, but a riot to experience.

3 “MANHUNT”

Any episode featuring Troi’s man-crazy mother is sure to bring the laughs, and with an episode titled “Manhunt,” you know to expect nothing but innuendos to split your sides. When the crew of the Enterprise-D escort two Antedean ambassadors to a special conference, they find that the aliens won’t be the only life form they transport when they’re forced to pick up a shuttlecraft.

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Out pops Lwaxana Troi, with special orders from Starfleet to give her every diplomatic courtesy. She proceeds to wine and dine Captain Picard, who she has focused on during “The Phase,” when middle-aged Betazoid females reach the peak of their sexual drive. It’s worth watching just to see Picard skulk cautiously around his own ship, anxiously trying to avoid her.

2 “RASCALS”

As the name implies, the episode “Rascals” pertains to a small group of misfit kids getting into trouble, only this time it’s several members of the Enterprise crew! Captain Picard, Keiko O’Brien, Ensign Ro, and Guinan return from the planet Marlonia when a transporter accident causes them to turn into 12-year-old children.

The “children” still have their adult minds, and comedy ensues when a diminutive scrunch-faced Picard tries to give orders on the bridge, and a bratty Keiko O’Brien doesn’t understand why her husband is acting oddly around her. He relinquishes command to Commander Riker, and tries to accept his newfound status while the rest of them come to terms with it as well.

1 “THE ROYALE”

When the Enterprise encounters debris from a NASA ship that’s hundreds of years old, they are shocked it reached the area of space it did. Commander Riker, Worf, and Data investigate it on the planet where it crash landed, only to find themselves entering the lobby of an old casino hotel called The Royale.

Unable to communicate to the Enterprise, they discover that when the ship was contaminated by a race of aliens, its crew was forced to play out the pulp novel entitled Hotel Royale. Only when Data, Worf, and Riker start participating in gambling to buy out the casino may they leave it.

NEXT: Star Trek: 10 Times TNG Broke Our Hearts


2019-07-14 07:07:16

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

The 10 Best Episodes Of Friends Ever, According To IMDb

With over two hundred episodes spread over ten seasons, Friends somehow managed to deliver mostly outstanding, hilarious, and timeless episodes. The sitcom stands as one of TV’s best, most popular, and most binge-worthy. Not even the passage of time seems to affect the significance and relatable nature of Friends.

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It’s 2019 and we’re still re-watching Friends, referencing characters, events and lines from the show, and discussing it with other fans. Favorite episodes are often a topic of conversation, so we decided to consult IMDb and find out which ten episodes have the highest rating. While some were easy to predict, a few entries might surprise you.

10 “THE ONE WITH ALL THE THANKSGIVINGS” (SEASON 5, EPISODE 8)

Let’s get one thing straight, Friends is the ultimate Thanksgiving show. Every Thanksgiving episode feels like a special event, but the one that stands out is the Season Five installment titled “The One with All the Thanksgivings”, which happens to be the tenth-highest-rated Friends episode on IMDb with a 9.2 rating.

After having their traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Monica’s, the friends start reminiscing about their worst Thanksgivings. We get several hilarious flashbacks, like Joey putting his head inside a dead turkey, Ross and Chandler’s unforgettable 1980s hairstyles, pre-weight-loss Monica, and other unforgettable Friends moments.

9 “THE ONE WITH ROSS’S WEDDING: PART 2” (SEASON 4, EPISODE 24)

The Season Four finale has got an IMDb rating of 9.2. It’s one of those episodes where everything works, every scene is funny, and all the actors are fantastic. In “The One with Ross’s Wedding: Part 2”, a pregnant Phoebe desperately tries to warn the gang that Rachel is coming to London to tell Ross she loves him.

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It all culminates in the second half of the episode when we find out that Monica and Chandler slept together, and Rachel arrives before the wedding but decides not to say anything. Just as we thought the wedding was saved, Ross blows it by saying “take thee Rachel” instead of Emily, ending the season with Friends’ biggest cliffhanger ever.

8 “THE ONE WITH THE RUMOR” (SEASON 8, EPISODE 9)

The one with Brad Pitt ranks at number eight with a score of 9.3. This Season Eight Thanksgiving episode, titled “The One with the Rumor” guest stars then-husband of Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, as Monica and Ross’s high school friend Will. Monica runs into him and invites him to Thanksgiving dinner not knowing that Will hates Rachel, who was “a little mean to him in high school.”

Soon enough, secrets start coming out and Rachel is hurt and shocked to find out that Ross and Will not only founded the “I Hate Rachel Green Club,” but also started a vicious rumor about her. Meanwhile, Joey is suited up in Phoebe’s maternity pants in an effort to finish almost an entire turkey.

7 “THE ONE WITH THE VIDEOTAPE” (SEASON 8, EPISODE 4)

In this Season Eight episode, Ross and Rachel try to explain to the others how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier, but they disagree over a crucial question: who came on to whom. Luckily (and weirdly), Ross has the entire ordeal on tape, but it’s not what you think. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica discover they got fake-numbered by another couple.

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In a flashback to six weeks ago, we find out that Joey taught Ross his magic never-fail story. The same story that Rachel heard from a friend, who heard it from some guy, aka Ken Adams, aka Joey. Not knowing the true source of the story or that people are familiar with it, Rachel used it on Ross. The moment it all comes together is just fantastic.

6 “THE ONE WITH THE PROPOSAL: PART 2” (SEASON 6, EPISODE 25)

In the Season Six finale, Chandler does such a great job at making Monica believe that he never wants to get married that he almost pushes her right back to Richard. Because, while Chandler is talking about pigs, Richard tells Monica that he does want to marry her and give her everything she’s ever wanted.

In this hilarious mix-up of an episode, both the characters and the audience are put through an emotional roller coaster before we’re finally put out of our misery when Monica and Chandler propose to each other in the show’s most romantic moment. “The One with the Proposal Part 2” has a rating of 9.3, and while it may not be one of the funniest Friends episodes, it is definitely one of the most memorable and significant ones.

5 “THE ONE WITH THE EMBRYOS” (SEASON 4, EPISODE 12)

In this fan-favorite episode that holds a rating of 9.4, while Phoebe was getting pregnant, the others decided to go for a friendly wager. What started out as a silly bet on whether the guys can guess everything that Rachel bought at the store turned into a full-blown quiz where the stakes were Monica’s apartment and the Chick and the Duck.

The dedication with which Ross approached his task as the test-maker and host is so Ross and absolutely ridiculous, the questions are hilarious and the answers even more so, and the contestants’ enthusiasm is infectious. As you watch, you get dragged into this bizarre contest, eagerly anticipating the outcome.

4 “THE ONE WITH THE PROM VIDEO” (SEASON 2, EPISODE 14)

In order to give Ross hope that he and Rachel are meant to be together, Phoebe shares the lobster theory with the gang, creating one of the show’s most iconic catchphrases “he’s her lobster.” Meanwhile, Joey finally makes money and buys Chandler a flashy bracelet, which he secretly hates, and Monica and Ross’s parents drop off some of Monica’s old things, including a videotape.

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Turns out the video in question is of Monica and Rachel’s prom night. The tape reveals some fascinating details from the past, like Monica’s girth and Rachel’s old nose, much to Joey and Chandler’s amusement. But, most importantly, Rachel finds out that Ross was willing to take her to prom when they thought her date had stood her up. Overwhelmed by his gesture, Rachel kisses Ross.

3 “THE LAST ONE: PART 1” (SEASON 10, EPISODE 17)

The first part of the Friends series finale holds a rating of 9.5 and follows two plotlines: Chandler and Monica becoming parents and Ross pondering what to do about Rachel. Much to Monica, Chandler, and shockingly Erica’s surprise, Erica gives birth to twins.

Ross goes back and forth on whether to tell Rachel he loves her till the very last moment. When the new parents arrive at the apartment, the gang is delighted to meet Jack and Erica, but the celebrations don’t last long since Rachel has to leave for the airport. Ross then finally makes up his mind and decides to go after her, setting up the epic conclusion that comes in Part Two.

2 “THE LAST ONE: PART 2” (SEASON 10, EPISODE 18)

Speaking of Part Two, the last episode of Friends has a score of 9.7 and it is the one episode that made everyone cry (and still does to this day). Ross and Phoebe are trying to catch up to Rachel before her plane takes off and, by mistake, end up at the wrong airport.

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Aboard the plane, Jim Rash plays the hilarious and paranoid passenger who spreads ‘phalange’ panic and thus, indeed, prevents the plane from taking off on schedule. Ross and Rachel have their romantic airport scene, but she still leaves for Paris. Or does she?

1 “THE ONE WHERE EVERYBODY FINDS OUT” (SEASON 5, EPISODE 14)

“The One Where Everybody Finds Out” is the very best episode ever. At least, that’s what the 9.7 IMDb rating suggests. As the title implies, this is the episode in which everybody finds out about Chandler and Monica.

Phoebe sees Monica and Chandler making out from Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment and freaks out. Later, she and Rachel decided to mess with the couple and Phoebe tries to seduce Chandler in order to force them out of hiding. Monica and Chandler get wind of their intentions and attempt to foil their plans.

NEXT: The 10 Best Comedy Movies Of All Time, According To IMDb


2019-07-14 01:07:19

Irina Curovic

Friends: 10 Funniest Ross Episodes | ScreenRant

Ross Gellar is easily the most underrated Friends character. People consider him to be either rather annoying, or without a distinct feature like someone like Phoebe or Joey might have; however, Ross actually possesses the funniest moments on the show.

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There are certain episodes that are Ross-centric, and these are the most hilarious ones you’ll find on Friends. More often than not, Ross finds himself in embarrassing situations, ones that might be humiliating for him, but offer us hours of endless laughter. Now, go back and watch these 10 funniest Ross episodes on Friends.

10 The One With All The Resolutions – Season 5

Ross is generally the friend who realizes how dim Joey is, but when he gets desperate, Ross always goes to Joey for advice. We saw it here in its best form when Ross got stuck in his own leather pants when he couldn’t pull them back up.

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Taking Joey’s ridiculous advice, Ross attempted to lather lotion around his legs to lubricate the pants back up, but ended up making a paste due to the combination of powder and lotion. The kicker was that poor Ross had gotten the leather pants as part of a New Year’s resolution to do something different everyday – getting kicked out of your date’s apartment with no pants and paste on your legs counts, maybe?

9 The One With Ross’s Sandwich – Season 5

Don’t you just hate it when you’re going through a divorce and your boss eats your sandwich? We’ll tell you how not to react by pointing out how Ross went insane when the same happened to him.

Here, Ross’s fury knew no bounds, and he exploded in rage shouting “My Sandwich!?” repeatedly at his boss. That wasn’t the only rage induced moment of the episode either, as Ross would then be tranquilized and act like a complete goof for the rest of the episode. He got suspended from work, but at least he definitely didn’t care about his sandwich anymore.

8 The One With The Girl Who Hits Joey – Season 5

Ross displayed being cheap quite a lot during the show, such as when he didn’t want to share his 50 cents with Phoebe for lottery prize money, or when he took everything from a hotel room because it was built in the price of the room. However, we’re going to have to side with him on this one.

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Despite having just moved in, Ross was singled out for not paying 100 bucks for a departing handyman – or as Ross called him “Just man”. The episode had Ross in a failed attempt in gaining the favor of the rest of the tenants, and ended with him being caught in the act for eating the handyman’s cake, making a sad (actually hilarious) attempt at hiding the fact as well.

7 The One With Unagi – Season 6

Ross is almost always right in stuff that concerns trivia, but in this instance he looked like a complete moron when he thought Unagi was a state of total awareness. Ross would then try to prove it by claiming he had Unagi while Phoebe and Rachel didn’t.

But we all knew Ross was always a scaredy cat, as Phoebe and Rachel would ambush him at his house, causing Ross to scream like a little girl. They would do one better when they caught him trying to return the favor, only beat him into submission. The end credits scene was the funniest of all, where Ross ended up being attacked by a couple of women he thought were Phoebe and Rachel – looks like Unagi wasn’t flowing through Dr. Gellar as good as he thought it was.

6 The One With The Cop – Season 5

The number 298 is one every Friends fans knows intimately, and we won’t elaborate on that because when you know, you know. Ross mentioned this number during the scene where he purchased a new couch, wanting the phrase “come here to me” to sound both friendly and seductive.

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The legendary scene this episode is known for was when Ross had Chandler and Rachel navigate the couch on the staircase, shouting “Pivot!” at the top of his lungs. Not only did the couch not “Pivot”, it got stuck, forcing Ross to cut it in half and claim to the store they had it delivered to him that way. Ol’ Cheapo Ross resurfaced when he took $4 store credit in compensation.

5 The One With The Memorial Service – Season 9

Ross’s mom gave him an overinflated sense of importance, one where he now needed validation that everyone saw him as special. So, he ended up having a memorial service for himself after a feud with Chandler went awry, where Chandler had their college alumni thinking Ross died after getting hit by a blimp.

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The comedic aspect had arrived earlier with Ross and Chandler trading shots, with the former editing pictures of Chandler to make it appear as if he was out and proud, before the hilarity moved over to Ross eavesdropping on potential people arriving to pay their respects after his supposed death. Unfortunately, only “party boys for Chandler” turned up.

4 The One Where Ross Is Fine – Season 10

David Schwimmer is a master at comedic timing where physicality is involved, and you won’t find any better than this episode, where Ross was inebriated throughout and acted as if he was in denial about the world ending.

Ross would obsess over fajitas; pick up an extremely hot plate without oven mitts and laugh about it; and then take off his pants and dance for Joey. The whole episode is dedicated to Ross acting insane, and the punchline is how he’s “fine” through the ordeal. If that’s what being fine looks like, then imagine the horror if Ross wasn’t fine.

3 The One With All The Rugby – Season 4

It’s a shame we never got to see Red Ross in the flesh, because by all accounts he sounds awesome. Here, Red Ross appeared very briefly when he went in for the kill in a match of Rugby. Earlier on, “Dead” Ross had gotten pounded for attempting to impress Emily by playing Rugby with a bunch of Brits.

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He would have trouble getting into a huddle in the first place, ending up dangling by his legs and calling out to Joey for help. After half-time, Ross would claim he thought he was dying and for Phoebe to tell his son he loves him.

2 The One With Ross’s Tan – Season 10

Always count “Mississippi-lessly”, children, unless you want to end up looking like you got a tan from the sun. Ross found this out the hard way when he got spray tanned multiple times the same side as he made a very big error in counting.

By the conclusion of the episode, Ross looked like a circus freak, with the front half of his body being a different skin tone from his back. The funniest thing is the part we didn’t get to see; and that is the fact that Ross hauled himself in public looking the way he did for everyone to witness.

1 The One With The Routine – Season 6

Ross and Monica are sibling goals because of their very close relationship; they’re also both losers in personality. In this episode, Ross convinced Monica to go with their former routine, which was something you use in your application for the Loser Academy for Nerds, as they “stole” the stage.

Still, it was both hilarious and impressive to see these two siblings own the scene, and their antics even before the dance are such we want to see again and again. The best bit was when Ross thought he’d done a bang on good job at the dance, and kept getting into the face of the director as if he was going to be cast in the Step Up film series.

NEXT: 5 Things The Office Did Better Than Friends (& 5 Things Friends Did Better)


2019-07-13 09:07:08

Saim Cheeda

The 10 Worst Doctor Who Episodes Ever According To IMDb

There are now eleven new seasons and five new doctors since the reboot of Doctor Who in 2005. Each doctor has had their fair share of ups and downs both on the show and in the ratings. While most of the seasons tend to average about 8 out of 10 stars as rated by IMDb users, every season had at least one episode that dipped down below 7 stars. Great television is in the eye of the viewers, and, for every episode, several thousand viewers have turned out to tell us their opinions. These are the ten those voters liked least.

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10 The Curse of the Black Spot — 6.8/10

This piratical episode from season 6 finds the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) onboard a 17th-century ship. He, Amy, and Rory meet a crew who are being picked off by a ghostly Siren apparition. The men have no way to fight. Worse, they are taunted by a black spot that appears on their hand before she kills them.

Viewers went into the episode expecting a claustrophobic psychological thriller, but that’s not that this episode tried to be. It, like many pirate stories, was just a bit campy. If that’s not your thing, the fact that the black spot is a common myth that’s been told a thousand times will make the episode feel even worse.

9 Love & Monsters — 6.2/10

“Love & Monsters” is one of David Tennant’s early episodes as the Tenth Doctor. In it, an early encounter with the Doctor leads regular guy Elton Pope to create a group known as L.I.N.D.A. to study him. It’s all innocent fun until the mysterious Victor Kennedy joins their group. Suddenly, his friends begin to disappear, and they need the Doctor to save them again.

Reviewers mostly fall into two camps; “Love & Monsters” is either an absolute gem or the worst episode in Doctor Who history. Some people love the humor, while others love the melancholy. Some people love that it tries something new for the Doctor, and some people think the Doctor isn’t present.

8 In the Forest of the Night — 6.1/10

On a seemingly normal day, while the twelfth doctor (Peter Capaldi) was in London, every town in every country in the entire world woke up to find that a forest had taken back over the planet overnight. The Doctor, Clara, and Danny have to keep a group of schoolchildren safe while also solving the problem of all the trees. 

People generally agree that the setting is beautiful and just a bit haunting—the Nelson Column rises out of the forest like a human relic in a post-apocalyptic world. However, people who disliked it say the episode didn’t have a solid story, the characters didn’t do anything useful or found ending a bit trite.

7 Fear Her — 6.1/10

It’s the 2012 Olympics in London. The Doctor and Rose are there to see it, but get distracted by a scary phenomenon—children are disappearing right before their very eyes. In their quest to find out what’s happening they find a little girl who is able to trap people in her drawings, with a bit of alien help, of course. 

People who hate “Fear Her” see it as mainly a filler episode. The alien story wasn’t that compelling, the acting wasn’t that amazing, and the whole thing was either predictable or obvious from the trailer. Even Doctor Who can’t please everyone.

6 Sleep No More — 6.0/10

For the first—and probably only—time Doctor Who tried its hand at the ‘found footage’ storytelling method. We stumble across Clara and the Doctor wandering the halls of a ship under attack and quickly learn that the Sandmen are responsible. The crew has designed sleep pods where they can get a month’s worth of sleep out of the way quickly, and these seem to be the source of the Sandmen’s ire.

Like “Love & Monsters,” viewers were not appreciative of the show trying something new. The episode begins with the warning, “Do not watch this,” and the reviewers that hated it would encourage you to take that warning seriously.

5 Resolution — 6.0/10

Each holiday special is highly anticipated, and the Thirteenth Doctor’s first holiday special was no different. After watching fireworks across several time periods, the fam is called back to Earth in 2019 to figure out what mysterious and ancient threat has been unearthed and revived. When they realize that it’s a resurrected scout Dalek, they hurry to defeat it before it can call a fleet shouting “Terminate!” to Earth.

The Daleks were a nice callback to decades of Whovian history that delighted most fans. Raters generally agreed that this episode wasn’t the best of the holiday specials, but it was satisfying enough. From here on in our list, the worst-rated episodes all star the Thirteenth Doctor. The Doctor regenerating as a woman was widely derided by fans, so it’s worth considering that those opinions may color the low ratings for the next four episodes. 

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4 The Witchfinders — 5.9/10

The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions head to 17th century Lancashire, where they become embroiled in a witch trial at Bilehurst Cragg. They quickly realize something more sinister is at work though and seek to solve it in order to save the women who are being condemned as witches by the dozen. Of course, aliens are a big part of the problem. 

This is one of several episodes in season 11 that IMDb raters cite as the reason why they’re giving up on Doctor Who. Most of the low star reviews cite lesser writing and that the show has become too overtly about social justice. This episode, in particular, is criticized for ignoring the chief Gallifreyan law of time travel—non-interference in a cultural issue.

3 The Battle of Ranksor Av Kolos — 5.5/10

After the TARDIS picks up distress calls, the Doctor and fam go to the planet Ranskor Av Kolos. There they find a powerful psychic race, the Ux, who have been tricked by Tzim-Sha into building him a weapon powerful enough to shrink Earth so he can get revenge for his previous defeat there. He has already shrunk several other planets, so, even after defeating him, the Doctor must return them back to their rightful size and place with the TARDIS. 

While people applauded the show’s return to “pure” science-fiction with this episode, many complained that it was a bit anti-climactic for a season finale. 

2 Arachnids in the UK — 5.2/10

One of the early episodes for the Eleventh Doctor tells an earth-bound tale of spiders made giant by pollution. The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan find themselves in Sheffield trying to find the source of the giant spiders who are killing people, and it leads them to a greedy hotel developer who just wants a quick buck.

After the triumph of “Rosa” the week before, some reviewers thought “Arachnids in the UK” was a big letdown. It involved neither space travel, nor time travel, nor aliens. For people who come for the science fiction, animals-made-bad-by-radioactivity is a little too old hat for an episode that aired in 2018.

1 The Tsuranga Conundrum — 5.1/10

The Doctor and company are trapped onboard a medical ship in a far-flung galaxy, injured and without the TARDIS. An alien entity attacks, and they must quickly defend the ship before it’s completely eaten and they all die.

Nearly 5,000 viewers have rated “The Tsuranga Conundrum” as the worst Doctor Who episode to date. While there are some viewers who, by episode five of the new season, remain upset about a female doctor, the majority of complaints about this episode are about the writing. There’s too much exposition, character development feels shoehorned, etc. We’ll see how season 12 fares.

NEXT: 10 Iconic Aliens Who Should Return to Doctor Who Next Season


2019-07-13 03:07:23

Valorie Clark

Star Trek: The 5 Best Episodes Of Voyager (& The 5 Worst)

Out of all the Star Trek spinoffs in our little corner of the universe, Star Trek: Voyager seems to be the most divisive when it comes to how good or bad it was. The stories waver between brilliant and outright silly, and it’s true that the plot and storylines took some crazy chances that seemed to reflect the unusual circumstances of the lost ship itself.

RELATED: 15 Worst Star Trek Episodes Of All Time

No matter what side of the fence you’re on, you have to agree that the show had some dizzying highs and lows. Here are five of the best Star Trek: Voyager episodes, followed by the five worst.

10 Best – Caretaker, Season 1

There’s a lot to like in the very first episode of Voyager, especially if you’re a fan of other Star Trek shows. The space station Deep Space 9 is the launch point of the show, literally. This was the last port of call for the USS Voyager before it was lost in the Delta Quadrant. It was teased that Riker from The Next Generation was going to be her captain.

The characters are introduced in tandem with the exciting plot, so there’s little downtime in the action to make room for worldbuilding and character development. The plot follows Tuvak’s mission to infiltrate Chakotay’s crew into eventually meeting the Caretaker, the entity responsible for bringing the ship to the Delta Quadrant.

9 Worst – Fair Haven, Season 6

One of the best things about Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Holodeck, but the practicality of the system was always in question, as it seemed to give the crew no end of trouble. By the time Voyager came around, the novelty had worn off, and that’s no more apparent than in this eye-roller of an episode.

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The setting of a quaint Irish town is a nice start, but the stereotypes that inhabit it would make anyone cringe. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Lucky Charms mascot showed up. Plus, this whole thing is a hologram, so remind us why we or the crew of the USS Voyager needs to care about it.

8 Best – Meld, Season 2

Anyone who appreciates writing that asks the tough questions about human nature will like this episode. Tuvok catches a murderer on the ship, and the killer says he did it because “I didn’t like the way he looked at me.” The logical mind of Tuvok is unsatisfied by this answer and attempts a Vulcan mind meld to discern the true motivation. He not only discovers that the killer was telling the truth but begins to experience the same uncontrolled, violent rage that led to the murder.

In an interesting plot parallel, the actor who plays the murderous Lon Suder is Brad Dourif, who played a similar role in The X-Files episode, “Beyond the Sea.” In this show, he claimed to have psychic powers and made another famously logical character, Dana Scully, question her own perspective about the unknown.   

7 Worst – Favorite Son, Season 3

We all wanted to see more of Ensign Kim, but we didn’t want this ridiculous episode. This is a great example of how writing can go off the rails for no other reason than to exploit old tropes that nobody likes. Why subject Kim to the tiresome “planet of lusty women” trope?

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As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, the fawning women are shallow, sexist stereotypes that would alienate any female viewer. It gets even worse. It turns out that Kim is actually from this planet and isn’t human but Nasari, a race native to the Delta Quadrant. Wait, what? Why was this even necessary?

6 Best – Flashback, Season 3

It’s not just a great story with some amazing performances. It explores the whole concept of memory through the character of Tuvok, and are there any bad Tuvok episodes? “Flashback” was Voyager’s contribution to several shows that were made to celebrate the franchise turning 30 years old, so we’ve got some satisfying fan service and cameos to enjoy as well.

George Takei makes an appearance as Captain Hikaru Sulu of the USS Excelsior, and the setting is the same time frame as the last Star Trek film to feature the original cast, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Grace Lee Whitney, who played Kirk’s yeoman Janice Rand in the original series, is also an Excelsior crew member. The theme of memory featured here is no coincidence.

5 Worst – Spirit Folk, Season 6

Do you know what’s worse than a bad episode of Voyager? Another bad episode about the same thing. As if our first visit to the land of Irish stereotypes wasn’t bad enough, we end up here again only a few episodes later. The whole idea of holographic projections being self-aware is interesting to a point.

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Moriarty of The Next Generation and the projection of the Doctor are compelling examples, but the extremes this episode goes to is beyond silly. Is every holographic projection capable of self-awareness? For the millionth time, we have to ask why is there a Holodeck if it’s so dangerous, and why even have safety protocols if they’re always turned off?

4 Best – Message In A Bottle, Season 4

Not only is this an exciting episode, as it allows Voyager to contact Starfleet after four years of being completely out of touch, but it also has some amazing humor and features the Doctor, one of our favorite characters. He has to contend with another holographic Doctor, played by Andy Dick of all people.

The episode serves an important function in the series, introducing a new race called the Hirogen and a communications network that plays an important role in future episodes. The Doctors must also rescue the USS Prometheus from Romulan control. The setting is gritty, with the malevolent Romulans lurking in the background, and the comedy of the dueling Doctors is welcome levity.

3 Worst – The Fight, Season 5

Critics call this the Star Trek Fight Club episode, and this particular entry has a lot of critics. The character of Chakotay never really had a place to be in the show, except to be constantly fooled by Seska or Tuvak’s schemes, and “The Fight” doesn’t do him any more favors. The stereotypical view of Chakotay’s Native American heritage is never handled very well, and this episode is a glaring example, as his heritage gives him some kind of inherent gateway into spiritual knowledge.

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Skills, attributes, and technobabble are tossed into the mix just to make a pre-determined plot work and are never brought up again. As much fun as cameos are, the appearance of the Groundskeeper who also mentored Picard back in the day falls flat.

2 Best – Timeless, Season 5

And then Voyager crashed and almost everyone, except Chakotay and Kim, dies. That’s how the amazingly epic the 100th episode of Star Trek: Voyager starts off. It was even directed by LaVar Burton, who makes a cameo appearance as Geordi La Forge from The Next Generation.

The ship crashes while attempting to use a cosmic slipstream as a shortcut to get home. Although almost the whole crew is dead, the ship is preserved, and the few remaining crew members and their allies attempt to turn back time and give it another try. The special effects are stellar and the story is visceral; at one point they find Seven of Nine’s frozen body and salvage her for parts, and Kim has some serious survivor’s guilt. It’s both deeply heartbreaking and uplifting.

1 Worst – Threshold, Season 2

If the other entries on this list are a piping hot mess, then this one is a dumpster fire. One of the most jarring things about it is that the plot starts out to be quite engaging. We start with Torres, Kim, and Paris trying to break the trans-warp barrier to get the ship back to the Alpha Quadrant faster.

Sounds like a compelling plot, but by the time we get to the end, Paris devolves into a lizard, kidnaps Janeway as his reptile bride, and they make a few amphibian babies on a planet that looks like Dagobah from Star Wars. To make it even worse, it’s never explained how the Doctor got them back to normal.

NEXT: Every Star Trek Series, Ranked Worst To Best


2019-07-11 01:07:55

Kristy Ambrose

Netflix Cuts The Hateful Eight’s Extended Version Into 4 50-Minute Episodes

Netflix cuts The Hateful Eight Extended Version into four 50-minute episodes. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the 2015 western thriller is available to stream in its original form, however the April 25 addition of the longer cut shows that Netflix lists the film as a “Season.”

Distributed by The Weinstein Company, The Hateful Eight chronicles the meeting of eight strangers during a blizzard. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh headline the film, though it features an accomplished ensemble cast of supporting players like Channing Tatum and Bruce Dern. Produced for approximately $44 to $54 million, The Hateful Eight earned over $155 million at the box office and earned three Oscar nominations, with the iconic composer Ennio Morricone winning for Best Film Score. Like all Tarantino films, The Hateful Eight made headlines for its controversial racial and gender-related themes, and the film’s release preceded the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. The Hateful Eight was originally intended to be a sequel to Tarantino’s 2012 western Django Unchained, and a script was leaked in 2014. Ultimately, the final version mostly resonated with fans and critics alike, as The Hateful Eight currently has a 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and a 76 percent audience score. 

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Today, Netflix released The Hateful Eight Extended Version and lists the film as a four-part season rather than a 210-minute film. “Season 1” begins with the “episode” entitled “Last Stage to Red Rock,” which is followed by the subsequent episodes “Minnie’s Haberdashery,” “Domergue’s Got a Secret,” and “The Last Chapter.” Under the “More Like This” section, The Hateful Eight is unsurprisingly correlated with the original film, in addition to the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latter of which is a six-chapter anthology film that Netflix didn’t separate into various sections. Under Netflix’s “Details” tab for The Hateful Eight, the streaming service notes that Tarantino’s film is “Gritty” and “Controversial.” On Twitter, it didn’t take long for people to express their concern about Netflix’s decisions to chop up The Hateful Eight into four episodes. 

The Hateful Eight originally released on Christmas Day 2015. For many, it was a cinematic event, as Tarantino’s film received a roadshow 70mm film release. For context, Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master also screened in 70mm, making it the first fiction film to have such a release since Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 film Hamlet. 

For Netflix, the decision to break apart the The Hateful Eight Extended Version will fuel the debate about the differences between a theatrical viewing experience and a domestic streaming experience. Steven Spielberg has been on record many times about his concern for Netflix’s distribution model, though the streaming service is reportedly set to acquire the famous Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, allowing for weekend theatrical screenings of Netflix Originals. Even if the “Season” version of The Hateful Eight may not seem problematic, it’s definitely not a good look for Netflix. 

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Source: Netflix


2019-04-25 11:04:06

Q.V. Hough

The 15 Worst Episodes Of Game Of Thrones According To IMDB (And The 10 Best)

Game Of Thrones is a very lucky fantasy drama. Unlike many of its genre brethren, like the more sci-fi LOST or Battlestar Galactica, its episodes don’t polarize its fan-base. The series is almost universally loved by those who watch it around the world, making it a surprisingly popular part of pop culture, despite airing on a premium cable network.

Even the most popular television shows aren’t perfect. For every outstanding episode, there’s going to be one that doesn’t hit with fans. Issue of pacing, or cramming too much story into an hour, or unpopular characters taking center stage, can cause fans to turn on an episode even when it’s a critical success.

Thanks to sites like the Internet Movie Database, fans and critics alike can rate episodes on a scale of one (the worst) to ten (the best.) With tens of thousands giving their feedback for a single episode, the ratings provide a good metric for measuring which of hours of Game Of Thrones are really best – or worst.

On IMDB, the best Game Of Thrones episodes have a 9.9, while the worst have an 8.1. That’s not a huge gap in quality, so an episode of Game Of Thrones called one of “the worst” is a pretty pleasing hour of television. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up The 15 Worst Episodes Of Game Of Thrones According To IMDB (And The 10 Best.)

25 Worst: S3E07 The Bear And The Maiden Fair (8.8)

Not the absolute worst of episodes, the season three episode “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” still ranks among the lowest ten. While it doesn’t appear that anyone truly hated it, the episode doesn’t have the same punch as others in the season.

Set near the end of its season, the episode worked more as a bridge between episodes than as its own story. It followed Jaime deciding to help Brienne, Tyrion dealing with the consequences of his engagement to Sansa, and a whole lot of people trying to make decisions. Ratings among IMDB users stand at 8.8, so it’s still respectable, but not a standout.

24 Best: S4E02 The Lion And The Rose (9.7)

In season four, Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon finally married. Their houses were joined in “The Lion And The Rose,” and many fans and critics alike labeled it as one of the best episodes of the series so far.

More than 38,000 IMDB uses rated the episode, averaging a 9.7. The episode wasn’t big on battle scenes or dragons, but instead on political intrigue. Moments that should have been boring remained tense as the audience waited for the other shoe to drop. When the episode culminated in Joffrey’s poisoning, fans couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

23 Worst: S1E02 The Kingsroad (8.8)

Most television shows can struggle to find their footing in their first few hours. While Game of Thrones had a solid first episode, it’s second misses the mark by just a tad. Like many of the episodes that fans find fall short, “The Kingsroad” is a transition episode.

A lot of the episode requires main characters to spend their time on feet (or horse) traveling to a new location. The audience was introduced to a lot of new locales, new characters, and new plot pieces moving into place very quickly. It left little time to catch up, but also didn’t grip the audience like the pilot did.

22 Best: S2E09 Blackwater (9.7)

As season two of Game Of Thrones drew to a close, the battle for King’s Landing came to a head. Stannis Baratheon’s ships came to town and battled the Lannister soldiers under Tyrion’s command. The decision to focus the storyline of the hour solely on King’s Landing proved a very positive one.

Despite so much of the episode happening in the dead of night, and in questionable lighting, “Blackwater” was a hit with many fans because of its thriller sensibilities. The stillness of the water and the confidence of Stannis’ men was dashed by Tyrion’s “wildfire.” Sansa learned what came with invasion from a blunt Cersei. Audiences were captivated.

21 Worst: S7E01 Dragonstone (8.7)

With the debut of season seven, fans knew that Game Of Thrones neared its logical conclusion. As a result, expectations for the premiere, “Dragonstone,” were very high.

While fans loved Daenerys making her homecoming and Arya getting revenge, most criticisms of the episode lie in other directions. Plenty of fans dislike that Sansa and Jon can’t see the same threats coming (which is still a concern a season later.) That, however, wasn’t what landed the episode in the worst slot. Instead, that was the result of a cameo by singer Ed Sheeran. Fans found his cameo distracting instead of adding to the episode, ranking it with an 8.7.

20 Best: S4E10 The Children (9.7)

Season four went out with a bang – or rather, it went out with several. The season finale, “The Children,” marked the end for several characters the audience grew to know over the previous four years.

The many losses proved that even this far into the series, it could still surprise people. Tyrion disposed of both his father and Shae, while Bran and Arya both made decisions about their future. A huge highlight of the episode for many was the match between Brienne and the Hound, which many fans praised as one of the best fight sequences they’d ever seen. The episode remains a fan favorite.

19 Worst: S6E07 The Broken Man (8.7)

Helping to wind down season six of Game Of Thrones, “The Broken Man” was another transition episode in a long line of mixed-reviewed transition episodes. The episode served to put pieces in place for future story-lines, but it didn’t deliver the standout sequences viewers knew the show for.

The bright spot in the episode for most viewers? The introduction of Lyanna Mormont. The young leader quickly became a fan favorite for those who worry about the uneven treatment of women throughout the series.

18 Worst: S5E05 Kill The Boy (8.7)

By and large, critical reception of the season five episode “Kill The Boy” was favorable, which is why it’s a bit surprising that it landed among the 15 worst Game Of Thrones episodes.

Though fans largely enjoy the rise of Daenerys to a capable leader and Jon Snow learning how to secure his own future, it’s likely the Ramsay Bolton of it all that drops the rating among IMDB users. Ramsay is a character the audience loves to hate, largely as a result of his treatment of Sansa Stark, and this episode only scratched the surface of how controlling he would be.

17 Best: S4E06 The Laws Of Gods And Men (9.7)

Season four still ranks highly for a lot of viewers out of all eight seasons. It featured several strong stories, but it also featured performances that could carry entire episodes. It’s one of those performances that sees “The Laws Of Gods And Men” as one of the best episodes of the series.

While the episode features other story-lines, the standout is the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the poisoning of his nephew. Though he maintains his innocence, the audience watched as character after character gave testimony against him until he finally lashed out at everyone. It was a great character driven episode.

16 Worst: S3E02 Dark Wings, Dark Words (8.7)

When a series relies on political machinations as much as it does effects spectacles, slow moving episodes can make some fans antsy. The early season three episode “Dark Wings, Dark Words” is one of them.

This episode doesn’t have those water-cooler moments to get people talking. Slower pacing of the plot also put some people off. There are important events in the episode – like the introduction of a few new characters. Most of the audience didn’t care if Theon Greyjoy was captured or if Margaery Tyrell found out the extent of Joffrey’s cruelty just yet though.

15 Worst: S1E03 Lord Snow (8.7)

Not very many season one episodes make this list. Like the episode before it though, episode three “Lord Snow,” does land among the worst. Of course, it does it with an 8.7 ranking from IMDB users, so at its worst, it’s still better than most dramas fans rank online.

“Lord Snow” primarily focused on Jon Snow’s first interactions with the men at the Wall. His deciding to train those who didn’t have his upbringing is admirable, but hardly the highlight of the episode. In an hour focused largely on backstory and exposition, the highlight was Arya getting to take sword fighting lessons. All of that exposition would eventually pay off, but for viewers first starting the series, it didn’t feel like it.

14 Best: S6E05 The Door (9.7)

If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan who wanted Hodor’s backstory, the season six episode “The Door” gave it to you, and then broke your heart. The emotional punch of the episode made many fans love it, and earned it a 9.7 rating on IMDB.

In addition to Hodor’s heartbreaking backstory, the episode also opened up more of the show’s mythology as we found out more of what Brans’ abilities allowed him to do. The threat of the White Walkers became more prominent, while Sansa, Daenerys, and Tyrion all had to make critical decision affecting their political futures. It provided movement all around.

13 Worst: S5E03 High Sparrow (8.7)

Season five proved to be a very divisive season for fans and critics. Interestingly, while the early episode “High Sparrow” proved a hit with critics (earning a 100% in the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate scores,) fans were a bit more disappointed with it. They ranked it at an 8.7 for IMDB.

The episode served to begin bringing together the stories from seemingly far reaches of the Game Of Thrones universe. Arya began her real training, Sansa plotted revenge, Jon achieved a higher standing in the Night’s Watch, and Margaery started making moves against Cersei. That wasn’t enough to satisfy everyone.

12 Worst: S5E02 The House Of Black And White (8.6)

The episode prior to “High Sparrow,” called “The House Of Black And White,” actually disappointed some fans even more. Its rating dropped to an 8.6.

This episode was all about characters making difficult decisions, but perhaps those decisions weren’t enough for some fans. A standout was actually Sam’s speech getting Jon elected to the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but perhaps this is one episode where fans wished for more Jon Snow? There were many separate stories going on other than his, and not many of them started weaving together until the end.

11 Best: S7E04 The Spoils Of War (9.8)

With season seven, fans knew that more and more characters who were apart for years would have to interact again. After all, the series was almost over. In the fourth episode, “The Spoils of War,” those reunions, as well as some new interactions, made it one of the best episodes of the series at a 9.8.

The episode sees Jon Snow and Daenerys learn a bit of Westeros history, Arya reunite with two of her siblings, and Jaime face off against a dragon in battle. Fans waited six years to see Arya and Sansa finally in the same room, and they weren’t disappointed. Likewise, seeing Daenerys and Drogon battle Jaime Lannister’s forces was a sequence people kept talking about.

10 Worst: S6E01 The Red Woman (8.6)

While the season six premiere is a relatively solid hour of television when compared to other fantasy-dramas, it is among the worst of the Game Of Thrones fare for a particular reason. Those fans who love the novels find that the storyline for Dorne just didn’t make any sense.

Events in Dorne happened very quickly in this particular storyline, eliminating characters who actually had a large presence in the books. It confused those who used the books as a blueprint of the series. At least the reveal of Melisandre AKA “The Red Woman” being truly ancient gave fans an interesting look into her character.

9 Worst: S5E01 The Wars To Come (8.6)

The season five premiere of Game Of Thrones is another case of a solid episode with a lot of critical love that fans disagreed with. While the episode initially had an aggregate score of 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB users landed it at an 8.6 rating.

It’s not entirely clear what the fans disliked about this particular episode, but as a season premiere, “The Wars To Come” did require setting a lot of plot pieces into place. It’s also possible that because so many people loved the season four finale, they were simply hoping for more when the show returned.

8 Best: S6E10 The Winds Of Winter (9.9)

The season six finale marked one of four nearly perfect episodes – at least according to IMDB users. It scored a 9.9 (as did the final three “best” episodes on this list.) “The Winds Of Winter” was like wish fulfillment for so many characters and fans.

Daenerys finally got her alliance and set sail for Westeros, Arya took her revenge on the Frey family, the North declared Jon Snow their king, and Cersei made a major play for the Iron Throne. Because the episode featured so many turning points for so many characters, fans were immediately anticipating season seven.

7 Worst: S2E02 The Night Lands (8.6)

Like many of the worst Game Of Thrones episodes, the season two episode “The Night Lands” features both a lot happening – and nothing happening. The episode was similar to the season one hour “The Kingsroad” in terms of content and pacing.

That similarity meant there were a lot of separate stories going on, and none of them seemed to link together. Daenerys waited for her messengers, Jon Snow learned what the Craster family did with their sons, but more interesting than any of that was the brief moment where Arya opened up to someone. She told Gendry her real identity after learning he knew her father.

6 Worst: S6E08 No One (8.5)

As season six wound down, there were quite a few plot points that needed to be put to bed in order for story to move forward. “No One” was the episode that attempted to do that.

The episode brought an end to Arya’s time with the Faceless Men, saw Brienne and Jaime both fail at their real missions, and had Cersei prepare to “pay” for her crimes. The episode wasn’t one of the flashier hours of the series, and perhaps that’s why people were a bit disappointed with it, ranking it at 8.5. To have so many arcs end anticlimactically was a surprise.

Of course, one of the worst episodes came before one of the best.

5 Best: S6E09 Battle Of The Bastards (9.9)

One pattern fans noticed in the tail end of the seasons is that just before the finale episode, plenty of battles and tragic losses must occur in Game Of Thrones. That’s certainly true in the season six episode “Battle Of The Bastards” as well.

While there was plenty of tragedy to go around as many characters had their final episode, there were also a lot of turning points for characters. Sansa proved herself by bringing Jon Snow reinforcements and getting revenge on Ramsay Bolton. Daenerys got to take out a major threat with the help of her dragons. Yara Greyjoy found herself a new alliance. The episode became a favorite with its cinematic action sequences and its women on top.

4 Worst: S6E06 Blood Of My Blood (8.5)

Despite some stellar episodes in season six, there were quite a few that just missed the mark. The mid-season hour “Blood Of My Blood” was one of them at an 8.5.

While there were some fans who enjoyed getting to see what Sam’s home life was like, the majority weren’t all that interested in him taking Gilly home to meet the parents. The episode also provided a lot of scenes with characters making plans and talking about what they were about to do without actually doing anything. As a result, it provided a bit of a disappointment.

3 Best: S5E08 Hardhome (9.9)

One time it seemed that critics and fans could agree on an excellent hour of television was in season five’s “Hardhome.” The episode earned perfect marks from critics at The AV Club and IGN. IMDB users ranked it nearly as high with a 9.9.

The episode followed a string of hours providing set up, so its action sequences provided some much needed payoff. The Night King and his army of White Walkers taking on the Night Watch and the Wildlings was a sight to behold.

Of course, just two episodes earlier, the show hit its low with the worst episode according to IMDB.

2 Worst: S5E06 Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (8.1)

If there’s any episode of Game Of Thrones that is nearly universally hated, it might be this one. During the middle of season five, the series delivered fans “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” and the vast majority of fans didn’t like what they got, and IMDB users gave it an 8.1 as a result.

The episode itself had a lot of other things going on, but it’s most remembered for the assault of Sansa Stark. Season five began promising big things for all of its female characters, and while it delivered for some, it turned its back on others. In fact, for Sansa’s pivotal scene, the show literally did that – not even giving the audience Sansa’s point of view of her attack, but instead, focusing on those observing her, further disappointing fans.

1 Best: S3E09 The Rains Of Castamere (9.9)

While fans of the books on which the series is based expected the “Red Wedding” to happen at some point in the series, the season three episode still provided them with an emotional punch. Because of that, “The Rains Of Castamere” is a favorite for those familiar with the books, as well as those who’ve never read them.

There were plenty of other plot pieces set in motion for other characters, but the bulk of the praise for the episode lands on Catelyn and Robb Stark attending a wedding that ended in a massacre. The performances of Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden were fantastic and losing both characters (as well as numerous others) in one fell swoop proved anything goes on Game Of Thrones.

Do you agree with these IMDB rankings? Or should there be a whole different set of Game Of Thrones episodes at the top and bottom of the pack? Let us know in the comments.


2019-04-25 04:04:01

Amanda Bruce

Friends: Joey’s 10 Most Memorable Episodes

Joey Tribbiani may not be the smartest cookie in the jar, but he’s is the funniest. Portrayed by Matt LeBlanc, Joey provided countless hilarious moments in the course of Friends‘ ten seasons. While Chandler had the best one-liners, Joey had the best catchphrase, “how you doing?

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Of course, there’s more to Joey than just that one line. Each friend has had a number of episodes in which they got the opportunity to shine (to take center stage or steal it from someone else), but today, it’s all about Joey and his most memorable episodes. There are a few honorable mentions, including “The One with the Ride-Along,” “The One with Joey’s Bag” and pretty much all the Thanksgiving episodes, but these are on another level of Joey goodness.

10 “The One With Joey’s Porsche”

While Ross and Rachel were busy getting a divorce and Phoebe, Chandler, and Monica were babysitting the triplets, Joey spent his time pretending to own a Porsche. Of course, he didn’t stop at that. He invented a whole life. One in which his equity investments got him the Porsche, as well as his place upstate. However, once the real owner showed up and took the car, Joey was back to being just Joey.

Having fallen victim to being the fake owner of a Porsche, Joey had a Porsche throw up on him (resulting in the fetching look pictured above), hoping it would help him to keep deceiving people. Joey’s attempts to maintain his “image” didn’t end there, either. Being quite the craftsman, he made a Porsche model out of cardboard boxes and covered it up with a protective car blanket. He would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

9 “The One With Joey’s New Brain”

Joey enthusiastically announcing that he’s getting a new brain never gets old. In this awesome season seven episode, Joey’s Days of Our Lives character, Dr. Drake Ramoray, comes out of his coma and gets a new brain. Joey explains that when he comes out of the “brain transplant,” he’s going to be Jessica Lockheart in Drake Ramoray’s body (causing Ross to whimper in despair at the scientific strangeness of it all).

Cecile Monroe (portrayed by Susan Sarandon), who plays Jessica Lockheart, gives Joey some tips about ‘being’ the character. Of course, Joey being Joey, he hooks up with her, but he does actually learn how to play Jessica by “owning the room”. The scene in which Joey makes his big entrance as Jessica (with bandages over his head) gets us every time.

8 “The One Where The Stripper Cries”

Or, as it should have been called, “The One with Joey on Pyramid.” This is yet another great episode from season ten. While all the plotlines in this episode are hilarious, Joey’s guest appearance on Pyramid is by far the funniest.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: Joey on a game show equals disaster. You’re right. He lost almost every round even though his partner’s clues were obvious.

Joey gets cocky when he has to guess things you find in your refrigerator, but manages to mess that up too, because apparently it’s common to find items such as paper, snow, a ghost, a dog, a rock, and the Earth in one’s fridge (the “paper, snow, a ghost” line is still one of Joey’s most memorable). He was equally hilarious and oblivious trying to explain things associated with the U.S. Congress.

7 “The One With The Birth Mother”

In this season ten episode – wow, Joey had some pretty great moments in season ten – Phoebe reluctantly sets Joey up with one of her friends. Joey promises to treat the girl right, and he might have followed through with his promise if she hadn’t reached for his food.

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The poor girl took a couple of fries from Joey’s plate, which got him a bit agitated to say the least. Turns out, Joey doesn’t share food – not even a couple of grapes with Emma. When Phoebe teases him about it, Joey utters the unforgettable line “Joey doesn’t share food”. Still, he decides to give the girl a second chance, but somehow ends up eating her piece of cake while she was answering the phone. When she returns and catches Joey all smudged with chocolate, Joey just smiles and says, “I’m not even sorry”.

6 “The One With The Baby Shower”

Let’s play Bamboozled! Don’t worry if the rules seem too complicated (or downright ridiculous), you just need some practice to get into it. We’ll just let Joey Tribbiani, the host of Bamboozled, break it down for you: “You spin the Wheel of Mayhem to go up to the Letter of Chance, you go past the Mud Hut through the Rainbow Ring to get to the Golden Monkey, you yank his tail and boom, you’re in Paradise Pond.” What’s complicated?

Joey’s practice contestants, Chandler and Ross, loved their time on Bamboozled, even though Joey hadn’t yet memorized all the rules and had to check what a Google Card is and how the Wheel of Mayhem works. However, this didn’t stop him from using his phony host voice, which only made lines like “I should know that” and “this is embarrassing” more hilarious.

5 “The One With Joey’s Fridge”

In this season six episode, Joey’s almost 30-year-old fridge breaks, so he goes around trying his best to get other people to pay for it. After failing to get the money from Rachel, he tries his luck with Chandler.

When Chandler walks into the apartment he finds a nauseous-looking Joey, eating ice-cream next to a table covered with empty containers. Befuddled, Chandler opens with “well you don’t look good, Joe”. Joey then matter-of-factly explains that the fridge broke, so he had to eat everything. Classic Joey.

To get Chandler to pay for the fridge, Joey paints quite the picture, where they’re a divorced couple, Joey has custody of the kid, the kid died and now he has to get a new kid, so Chandler should give him $400. This, surprisingly, doesn’t work, so Joey then tries to get money from Ross by pushing him into the fridge and claiming Ross broke it.

4 THE ONE WITH MONICA’S THUNDER

While Monica accused Ross and Rachel of stealing her thunder, we’d argue that her thunder was stolen by Joey. When the gang decided to go out to celebrate Monica and Chandler’s engagement, Joey dropped a bomb when he said he’s supposed to be playing a nineteen-year-old the next day. He even went through the trouble of putting on a ridiculous outfit –which for some reason included Chandler’s underwear– to prove that he can pass for nineteen, uttering the unforgettable line “s’up with the wack PlayStation s’up”.

Even after Chandler told him that “on a scale from one to ten – ten being the dumbest a person can look” he is “definitely nineteen,” Joey kept trying to act nineteen, mostly by saying “wack,” even though everyone else was dealing with much bigger issues.

3 “The One Where Rachel’s Sister Babysits”

In the fifth episode of Friends’ last season, Monica and Chandler task Joey with writing a letter of recommendation to the adoption agency. Their first choice was Rachel, but when Joey protested, they decided to let him write the letter: a decision they almost came to regret. Fearing he won’t sound smart enough, Joey takes Ross’ advice and uses a thesaurus for bonus intelligence points.

Joey writes a very, very smart letter from the bottom of his full-sized aortic pump, using the thesaurus on every single word, including his name (which became “Baby Kangaroo” Tribbiani). On his second try, Joey didn’t go for smart at all but instead dropped off a handwritten letter –complete with drawings– at the agency. Luckily for Chandler and Monica, the agency loved it, thinking Joey was a child.

2 “The One Where Joey Speaks French”

In this season ten episode, Joey auditions for a part that requires him to speak fluent French, which he can definitely do (according to his resume). Phoebe, who actually does speak fluent French, offers to teach him and hilarity ensues. The name of Joey’s character is Claude, so Phoebs starts by trying to teach him how to introduce himself.

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However, every time she asks him to repeat the words “je m’appelle Claude”, Joey speaks gibberish. Every Joey scene in this episode is absolutely hysterical, giving us some pretty hilarious lines such as “blay de la blay de blu blah blay,” Joey’s audition and conversation with the director and his victorious “tout de la fruit” at the end.

1 “The One Where No One’s Ready”

In this side-splitting episode from the first half of the third season, an increasingly nervous Ross is waiting for his friends to get ready so that they can go to his big event. However, for one reason or another, everyone seems to be taking their sweet time. Joey and Chandler, for instance, get into the most mundane and asinine argument about who gets to sit in Monica’s chair.

Their entire fight is hilarious, but it all comes to a head when –after having his underwear hidden by Chandler– Joey decides to do the complete opposite, which in his mind means putting on all of Chandler’s clothes. Joey wearing everything Chandler owns, uttering the now-famous line “could I BE wearing any more clothes?” is one of the funniest Friends scenes ever.

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2019-04-23 01:04:13

Irina Curovic

Jonathan Frakes to Direct Episodes of Patrick Stewart’s Picard Series

Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that he will direct two episodes of the forthcoming Picard solo series starring Patrick Stewart. Frakes is perhaps best remembered by the Star Trek faithful for portraying the popular William Riker in The Next Generation, but more recent years have seen him achieve acclaim as a director rather than a star in front of the camera. Despite an impressive array of directing credits across a wide range of TV shows, Frakes is never too far away from the world of Star Trek and has shot episodes of Discovery, Voyager, Deep Space 9 and TNG, as well as the First Contact and Insurrection movies.

However, another title will soon be added to the canon of Star Trek TV shows: a solo series for Patrick Stewart’s Enterprise-D Captain, Jean-Luc Picard. The legendary actor himself confirmed the news at a Las Vegas Star Trek convention last year and the new series will continue Picard’s story following his last appearance in Nemesis, supposedly exploring new sides of the famous character. Discovery‘s Akiva Goldsman is involved and the series is expected to premiere later this year on CBS All Access. Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have been cast in supporting roles and Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper has been recruited as director.

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Another familiar Star Trek figure who will be acting as director in the Picard series is Jonathan Frakes. During an interview with Trek Movie, Frakes confirmed his role in the project, stated his interest in directing for the upcoming Georgiou solo series and discussed his feelings towards working on this ambitious new Star Trek venture with an old friend, claiming:

“I’ve been booked for what they call the “second block,” which is episodes 3 and 4… I am so looking forward to it, I can’t tell ya… I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised. I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged, [laughs] sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it.”

Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series will likely be warmly welcomed by Star Trek fans, primarily because the man clearly has a strong affinity for the franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The director has delivered arguably some of Discovery‘s strongest episodes, such as “Despite Yourself” and “Project Daedalus” which managed to combine a familiar Trek tone with new, modern elements to great effect. It’s also worth noting that Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series could potentially pave the way for a fan-pleasing Riker cameo.

However, Frakes’ creative input will also help maintain a sense of continuity between the various Star Trek stories currently in production. A pitfall of running Discovery, the Picard series and the Georgiou series concurrently (and that’s without considering any of the big screen Trek output in the works) is that the fictional universe can start to feel disjointed and fractured. Having a familiar pair of hands helping to steer the ship should certainly help avoid that issue.

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The Picard solo series is expected to premiere in late 2019.

Source: Trek Movie


2019-04-16 05:04:43

Craig Elvy

10 Most Heartbreaking Buffy Episodes

Buffy the Vampire Slayer told the tale of a girl who was a vampire slayer. Fighting against the physical embodiment of her demons could be therapeutic, sure, but it was also so much more than that. Over its seven seasons, the series boasted horror, fantasy, action, comedy, and drama — as well as a number of truly heartbreaking moments.

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Buffy’s mission to stop the forces of darkness was a struggle, but many of her self-titled show’s saddest moments were recognizably human. Fans saw themselves in Buffy’s challenges and mourned along with her and her friends when tragedy struck. Here, we’re remembering some of the most heartbreaking episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

10 LIE TO ME (SEASON 2, EPISODE 7)

As the slayer, Buffy often seemed wise beyond her years. However, just like the rest of us, she had to learn that the world could be a cold place full of moral grey areas. This episode highlighted the disappointment and confusion that came with her discovery of that reality,

In the episode, Buffy’s friend Ford from Los Angeles comes to Sunnydale to finish out his senior year. Yet, things aren’t as simple as they seem. Ford has only six months left before a brain tumor takes his life. He’s come to Sunnydale to become a vampire, and he plans to trade Buffy for the privilege. Ford ultimately gets his wish, leaving it to Buffy to slay him. Still, Buffy feels bad for Ford and sad that she lost a friend. Her final conversation with Giles about the realities of growing up and coming to terms with the world strikes a painfully accurate cord.

9 GRAVE (SEASON 6, EPISODE 22)

The final episodes of the sixth season of Buffy were a singularly upsetting experience for long-time fans. After the demise of her girlfriend Tara, Willow, the quirky nerd we met in the series’ first episode, went bleakly, depressingly dark. Willow had started practicing magic early in the series, but by season 6 she was abusing it. And when she lost the person she loved the most, she used all her power to lash out at everyone, including her friends. Seeing a beloved character fall so far was harrowing.

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The season finale, “Grave,” was the culmination of that arc. The episode saw Willow fight and almost take out Giles, send a magical weapon after Xander and Dawn, and conjure monsters for Buffy to fight. Yet, the most heartbreaking part was the exchange between Willow, who’d decided to end the world, and her powerless best friend Xander. His love and acceptance stopped her and finally let her grieve her terrible loss.

8 THE PROM (SEASON 3, EPISODE 20)

The senior prom is coming up and Buffy and her pals are excitedly making plans. However, Buffy’s boyfriend is a bit older than the rest of the gang. As a 200+ year old vampire, he doesn’t really get the prom. So after Buffy’s mother, Joyce, points out that he could be a hindrance to her daughter’s future, a broody Angel breaks up with Buffy.

Despite the fact that both Joyce and Angel are ultimately right about the relationship, it’s a devastating break-up. After all, the relationship between the slayer and vampire with a soul had a poetic quality to it. And despite their obvious difficulties, they were clearly head over heels for one another. So when Buffy attends the dance solo and Angel surprises her there, their final dance is a touching and bittersweet farewell.

7 PASSION (SEASON 2, EPISODE 17)

This season 2 episode happens after Angel has become the evil Angelus. One of Angelus’ favorite pastimes is taunting the Slayer and her friends. It’s a hobby that leads to horrible consequences when Angelus ends up snapping Jenny Calendar’s neck. Yet, the thing that makes the situation heartbreaking is what he does with her body. He sets up an elaborate romantic scene at Giles’ place, that ultimately leads him to the remains of his girlfriend.

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A grief-stricken Giles decides to attack Angelus for revenge. With no real powers of his own though, Giles is no match for the vampire. Fortunately, Buffy shows up and saves him. The raw emotion throughout the episode is palpable, especially at the end when Buffy apologizes to Giles for not being ready to take Angel out before he lost Jenny.

6 HELL’S BELLS (SEASON 6, EPISODE 16)

This episode has some interesting moments. Putting Anya’s demon friends together with Xander’s drunk and belligerent family provided the clearest view yet of the different worlds the pair came from. Then came the tear-jerker of an ending. Watching Anya’s dreams of marrying Xander go up in smoke as he jilts her at the altar is unbelievably sad. And her tearful walk down the aisle so she can tell her guests the wedding is off is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in the series.

Xander and Anya had their share of issues, but their abrupt break-up came out of left field ‑ particularly since Xander seemed to come to his decision so easily. Sure, happiness was hard to come by in Sunnydale, but this wedding day break-up was especially cruel.

5 BECOMING, PART 2 (SEASON 2, EPISODE 22)

It’s hard to top “Becoming, Part 1,” the first part of season 2’s two-episode season finale, for upsetting moments. That episode saw Buffy’s friends being attacked, Giles taken by vampires, and Drusilla taking Kendra’s life. Yet, things only got worse in Part 2.

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Angelus tortured Giles for information and Willow was in a coma. Buffy was expelled, and when her mother learned she was the Slayer, she was kicked out of the house. If all that weren’t enough, Buffy’s final showdown with Angelus was harrowing and ends in the most depressing way possible. As Buffy is about to take him out, Willow’s spell returns Angel’s soul to him. Confused, he asks Buffy what’s going on. However, Angelus had already succeeded in opening a vortex that would suck the world into Hell. The only way to stop it is to take out Angel. So Buffy kisses him, tells him to close his eyes, and rams a sword into him. She then despondently leaves town as fans everywhere sobbed uncontrollably.

4 INNOCENCE (SEASON 2, EPISODE 14)

This is the episode where Angel loses his soul after experiencing a moment of pure happiness with Buffy. Before Buffy realizes that Angel has gone bad, they have a devastating exchange. He emotionally destroys her by dismissing their night together, poisoning her memories of what, for her, was an important rite of passage. If that weren’t enough, throughout the episode, Buffy slowly comes to the realization that her boyfriend is no longer a good guy and that she’s going to be the one responsible for taking him down.

Even with that revelation, when Buffy finally confronts Angel, she can’t bring herself to end his life. Despite what he’s become, there’s still a part of her that hopes her Angel is still in there and will come back. Buffy’s sorrow is quietly driven home by the episode’s final scene. Joyce lights a candle on a cupcake for Buffy’s seventeenth birthday, but Buffy decides to let it burn instead of blowing it out and making a wish.

3 THE GIFT (SEASON 5, EPISODE 22)

Most of this season 5 finale episode is spent attempting to stop Glory and save Buffy’s sister, Dawn, the mystical key that will send Glory back to her Hell dimension. Throughout the episode, Buffy is unwilling to sacrifice her little sister, and she fights passionately to protect her. Yet, it’s her final act that makes her truly heroic. Realizing she can take Dawn’s place, she jumps into the portal to seal the door between dimensions — once again saving the world, and her sister.

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Buffy’s end was tragic in and of itself, but it’s her final speech to Dawn that made the moment that much more poignant. Buffy’s request that Dawn be strong and live her life doubled as a request to the fans who wanted to live up to the example set by this iconic character.

2 SEEING RED (SEASON 6, EPISODE 19)

“Seeing Red” is a difficult episode, but the scene that caused it to make this list happens in its last few moments. As Buffy and Xander talk in her backyard, Warren approaches them with a gun. He shoots wildly, hitting Buffy. In the process, a stray bullet breaks through Willow’s bedroom window and hits Tara, who Willow had just reconciled with. Tara doesn’t realize what happened. She only has long enough to comment on the blood splattered on Willow’s shirt before she collapses.

The scene is one of the saddest and most shocking in the whole show. Not only were Willow and Tara a beloved couple who fans were rooting for, Tara was a wonderful character who no one wanted to see go. And the senseless nature of her ending made it all the more heartrending. To this day, Tara’s last words, “Your shirt” will bring tears to Buffy fans’ eyes.

1 THE BODY (SEASON 5, EPISODE16)

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Buffy won’t be surprised to learn that “The Body” is at the top of a list of the series’ most heartbreaking episodes. From its beginning to its end, the episode is a gut-wrenching meditation on death. The episode picks up from the previous one, when Buffy finds her mother’s body on the couch. It takes us through the mundane aspects of a loss: calling an ambulance, informing loved ones, waiting at the hospital. As well as the different ways people process and cope with grief.

Perhaps its most emotionally shattering moments come when Anya, newly human and unsure what to do, gives a monologue that voices the questions we all have about what happens when someone passes away. It’s a question that’s reflected when Dawn later asks Buffy where her mother went as she looks at her lifeless body. The episode is one of the series’ crowning achievements and rings true for anyone who’s ever experienced the loss of a loved one.

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2019-04-13 07:04:53

Cynthia Vinney