Review: Agent Carter – Season 1

When Agent Carter debuted as a short film on the DVD of Iron Man 3, it was released to almost universal praise. It marked the first time Marvel stepped up and made a female character the central protagonist. It proved so popular that Marvel decided to create a prequel miniseries of the same name to fill the midseason gap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, with Marvel’s much darker Netflix shows beginning in April with Daredevil, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proving to have much deeper ties to the rest of the Marvel universe than previously thought, does Agent Carter still have a footing?

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Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Two years after his disappointing sophomore album, Hall of Fame, Big Sean has returned with his third album, Dark Sky Paradise, with much heavier involvement from mentor Kanye West and the conspicuous absence of heavy collaborator No I.D.. These factors may seem like a bad thing to some people, but honestly, this is the album that Big Sean should have made years ago.

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Review: Doctor Who – Series 8

Doctor Who celebrated 50 years of existence last year, and ended its anniversary celebration by regenerating the eponymous Doctor into a 56-year-old grey-haired stick insect or, as he prefers to be called, Peter Capaldi. Some worried this was a risky move, bringing in an older actor after every Doctor since the “reboot” of the show has been a young(ish) actor. Others worried about lead writer Steven Moffat continuing to hold the position after complaints of overcomplicated plots and misogynistic writing during his run. Another complaint was the blandness of concurrent companion, Clara Oswald, as played by Jenna Coleman, I am glad to say, these complaints can all be shoved away. This is the happiest I’ve been with Doctor Who in years.

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Review: Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

In 2012, Killer Mike released an album entirely produced by El-P called R.A.P. Music. They then formed a group called Run the Jewels, and released an album of the same name in 2013. These were both the albums of their respective years for me. So you can probably guess what I think of Run the Jewels 2.

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Review: T.I. – Paperwork

The self-proclaimed “King of the South” has returned again with his ninth studio album, Paperwork, first in a trilogy and a spiritual successor to his 2008 effort (and arguably his most popular album) Paper Trail. T.I. has given himself quite a goal, and hence has recruited Mr. “Happy” himself, Pharrell Williams, to executive produce the project, even moving to the same label to facilitate it. However, it’s ironic that, following a single called “No Mediocre”, his album is so middling.

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