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Jenny: Okay, it's episode four and Black Sails is finally, finally setting sail for its shores of magnificence! The Walrus takes a time-out from piracy to perform some important ship maintenance; we learn a very great deal more about Mrs. Barlow's background and her history with Flint; Eleanor does some maneuvering to acquire the guns that Flint needs to go after the Urca; and the Max plotline continues to make me want to maroon the showrunners on an uninhabited island to die of thirst.

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We follow on from The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For the Lamb's Cry with an equally Fuller-sih titled episode. Choose Your Pain? Oh lord, is it emo in here or is it emo in here?

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Welcome to possibly the most gothically titled episode we'll see all season. And you know what that kind of title means, right? Yep, The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For The Lamb's Cry is chock full of feelings, and they start with Michael's uniform.

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As everyone knows, Renay is a huge fan of The Expanse series of books by James S. A. Corey, and was hugely excited when the TV show first came out. I was a little slower to get into this new set of space adventures but now I'm in, and I'm loving the TV show. Here are six things I enjoyed about the first episode, Dulcinea.

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Last year, at San Diego Comic Con, Star Trek fans watched 1:45 minutes of slow-mo spacecraft action, and it became clear Star Trek: Discovery was going to be emotional. Then, in May, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh walked across a sand dune together, and it became clear that Star Trek: Discovery was going to be EMOTIONAL. Major new mainstream sci-fi where two chromatic women talk to each other? Major new mainstream sci-fi where two chromatic women are engaged in a mentor/mentee relationship? This is most definitely the future liberals want.

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Quinn King and Rachel Goldberg lying on striped sun loungers

The first series of Lifetime's 2015 show, UnREAL is set in the brutal, claustrophobic world of Everlasting; a reality TV show styled on dating programs like The Bachelor. UnREAL's world exists on three planes: the backstage world of the crew; the on-camera world of staged Everlasting moments, and the "behind the scenes" (perpetually filmed) world of the Everlasting cast. On-camera and behind the scenes, a group of women compete for the attentions of Adam Cromwell; the wealthy, currently disgraced, heir to a the fortune of a British hotel magnate. Back-stage. the largely female crew vie to push these women, or "their girls" as they call them with a faint whiff of pimps, into creating drama that will send the show's ratings through the roof. Despite the private mansion, the helicopter rides, and the champagne laced dining experiences, the world of Everlasting is just as hard and savage as any dystopia you've seen on the big screen in the last few years.

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Thursday, May 12th, was a day of highs and lows for fans of television shows that feature female superheroes. First came the news that Supergirl -- an imperfect show, but one with a lot of promise and a strong focus on relationships between women -- was renewed for a second season and will be moving from CBS to The CW. This change is likely a good long-term move for the show, since The CW has a friendlier viewer demographic, and several of the other DC-related shows are already there (allowing for easier crossovers). Unfortunately, I barely had time to be happy about this development before ABC announced that Agent Carter will not be receiving a third season.

Friends, this sucks. CA: Civil War spoilers behind the cut. ) Unless it's continued in the comics, or the show finds a home on another network, Peggy's story is really over. And while I enjoyed the story that she got, she deserved so much more.

So, let's talk about that story. When I last looked in on Agent Carter, we were halfway through the second season, and I was happy so far, with a few reservations. And in the end, I don't think my opinion changed much -- the show did a few things I didn't care for, but I had a good time watching it. The season held together as a single story, and it ended in a satisfying manner overall. Except, of course, the final scene, which ended the show on a hell of a cliffhanger (which may now never be resolved). But as for where Peggy herself ended up, I'm reasonably content.

Spoilers! )

There is a fan-created petition asking Netflix to save Agent Carter, with over 80,000 signatures as of this writing. I don't have high hopes for it to succeed, but who knows? In the meantime, I will cherish the two awesome, if imperfect, seasons we received, and hope for Peggy's story to continue in some form. I already got more time with Peggy Carter than I'd dared to dream, and maybe my dreams will come true again someday.
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I was a huge fan of the first season of Agent Carter. I loved pretty much everything about it, but most of all I loved Peggy herself. Peggy Carter has been one of my favorite characters since we first met in Captain America: The First Avenger, but I had long assumed that, because of the time jump in Steve Rogers's story, that we were unlikely to ever see her again, except maybe in an occasional cameo. Her story was done, consigned to the dustbin of Steve's backstory.

And then, suddenly, it wasn't. First came the Agent Carter short, included with the video release of Iron Man 3, and then everyone was clamoring for more. And, by some miracle, Marvel listened, giving us one excellent season and renewing it for a second despite somewhat soft ratings numbers. And truly excellent it was — not perfect, for various reasons, but a solid, engaging show with a wonderful female character at the center. For this reason, I had high hopes for season 2, which premiered in mid-January, with two more episodes than the first (ten instead of eight). As of this writing, we're halfway through the season, and I think that's a fine time to check in with the show and see how it's doing. Short version: pretty well, I'd say, although it hasn't improved on the major flaw of the first season nearly as well as I might have hoped. But they've put us on a heck of a roller coaster, and I can't wait to see where the ride takes us.



Cutting for spoilers through S2E5 )

I can't talk about this show without mentioning its place in the current trend of superhero ladies on the small screen. In the 2015-6 TV season, we've had no fewer than four comics-based shows with female leads and a healthy representation of women among the supporting cast: Agent Carter, Supergirl, Jessica Jones, and Agents of SHIELD (Daisy Johnson is the show's co-lead along with Phil Coulson, and the main cast is about half women). (I don't know enough about the DCU shows outside of Supergirl to comment on whether they fit into this trend.) Meanwhile, movies lag sadly behind, with DC's Wonder Woman set for 2017, and Marvel's Captain Marvel now pushed back twice, into 2018, and no other female-led projects on the horizon. It's so strange to me that we can see female heroes gain critical and popular success in television — not to mention the obvious success of related films with female leads and co-leads such as The Hunger Games series, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and yet executives can still claim that making a movie about a female superhero is too risky.

I'm glad to see that Agent Carter continues to prove this assertion wrong, and I hope it keeps doing so for many seasons to come.

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