Author Archives: Marina Ermakova

Character Journeys in Once Upon a Time: the Savior, the Evil Queen, and Rumplestiltskin

The last time I talked about Once Upon a Time, I posted an overview of the show’s pros and cons over its six season run. And there were plenty of both. Now I’d like to get into more detail about … Continue reading

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, A Ghost Story About Longing and Choices

Genre: Urban fantasy/ghost story Synopsis: Following her sister’s suicide, Jenna dies in an accident before her time. She’ll remain as a ghost until she bleeds her remaining time from others–making them younger while making herself older, until she reaches her … Continue reading

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How Is It Even Possible for Agents of SHIELD to Be So Emotionally Powerful?

Genre: Action/Superhero Synopsis: SHIELD is tentatively united once again, just in time to face an AI gaining consciousness. When that AI threatens to undo their greatest regrets, however, the real question becomes: will they be able to bring themselves to fight against … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Seem to Finish Mass Effect: Andromeda

You guys, I tried. There are good, entertaining parts to this game–I’ve mentioned them before–but the parts in between them are too much of a slog. At some point, the anticipation that drives me through that slog to get to … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time: At Its Best When Breaking the Mold, at Its Worst When Following It

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Emma is living on her own and working as a bail bondsman, when the boy she’d given up for adoption at birth appears on her doorstep. There’s nothing for it but for her to bring … Continue reading

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BookCon and Stream of Annihilation

So this weekend was packed for me, between attending panels at BookCon and trying to catch some of the one-shot DnD games played at Stream of Annihilation. BookCon My favorite panel had to be Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in … Continue reading

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Round Up: Simple Biologist and Board Games

Simple Biologist: A scientist puts out videos explaining the main concepts in papers put out by researchers. Visiting a Board Game Cafe: Because apparently we have this, in NYC. A couple of friends and I had been planning on going … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale Presents a Disturbing Dystopian Society

Genre: Dystopia Synopsis: June used to have a family and a life, until an extremist government took over. They renamed her, and as one of the few remaining fertile women, assigned her to be a Handmaid–given to an elite household … Continue reading

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A Series of Unfortunate Events has a Charismatic Charm

Genre: Adventure/comedy Synopsis: Three siblings, the Baudelaires, suddenly find themselves orphans. They’re sent to live with a nearby relative, Count Olaf–who, it turns out, only wants their money. He puts them in poor living conditions, uses them as servants, and abuses … Continue reading

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Science in Mass Effect: Andromeda

I’m still not done with Mass Effect: Andromeda–I’m about halfway through the game. It might take me some time to get through it, but in the meantime, I wanted to talk about the impression I’ve had of the game so … Continue reading

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