Daenerys’s Dragons Are (Mostly) Grown Up
In a season premiere otherwise lacking in flashy payoff moments, Game of Thrones gave us a thrilling look at Daenerys Targaryen’s adolescent dragons, who certainly aren’t babies anymore. After torching a creepy warlock in last season’s finale and hunting/roasting their own food on the boat ride from Qarth to Astapor, all three of Dany’s “children” have become gorgeous, fire-breathing death machines in their own right. Though they’re not nearly as big as they’re doubtless going to get by the series’ end, the scene was a wonderful example of what Game of Thrones‘s gigantic special-effects budget can buy, and a rare unambiguously uplifting moment in a show that loves to remind its audiences this isn’t a nice cheery fantasy world where the heroes always win. Dracarys!
Community Gets Back in Top Form
In the middle of a season where Dan Harmon’s absence has been all too noticeable, Community‘s “Herstory of Dance” has been lauded as a fun, and more importantly, funny return to the show at its best. There’s “Britta”-ing, hijinks, and one of the more over-the-top Dean Pelton costumes to date, not to mention weighty storylines for most of the major characters. Britta attempts to come up with a feminist alternative to a Sadie Hawkins dance, with predictably disastrous results, and Abed attempts to maneuver a classic sitcom double-booked date, with refreshing moments of self-awareness and personal growth for both. It may not have been “Modern Warfare,” but it’s good to know that one of television’s most avidly loved (and endangered) shows isn’t a completely lost cause.