The Big Bang Theory hit the midway mark of its sixth season last week with “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” so we’re taking stock of the gang and where they are in their gloriously geeky relationships.

Leonard & Penny

Considering their turbulent past, The Big Bang Theory‘s most enduring on-again-off-again flame has been relatively stable in season 6. (That is to say, they haven’t broken up!) The main problems the two have is potential romantic interlopers, though Penny’s lukewarm feelings about their present and future have presented issues as well.

In spite of her hesitancy early in the season, Penny isn’t beyond feeling a bit possessive of her nerdy boyfriend. Enter Alex, Sheldon’s attractive and unsubtle assistant, of whom Penny made her jealousy quite clear. Until making her feelings neon-level clear in “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” Leonard was oblivious to the fact that Alex actually was romantically interested in him. Though Leonard wasn’t interested in Alex, he was (perhaps excessively) flattered by her attention, which in turn upset Penny, though after a (sort of) cello-accompanied apology, Penny softened and later confessed to Leonard that she often felt insecure about her lack of scientific smarts, as Leonard experienced insecurity about his looks.

Dr. Hofstadter hasn’t just been a bystander in the drama-causing department, however. Leonard was supportive of Penny’s decision to began taking college courses again, but in all the wrong ways, leading to disappointment between them. He also developed his own prickly patch of jealousy over Penny’s interactions with cute British classmate Cole, which Penny found both irritating and insulting.

But ultimately, it was that jealousy which ended up facilitating a high point in the couple’s relationship so far. As Penny reassured Leonard that he had nothing to worry about, she blurted out the words which she had previously been determined not to say. “You know I love you!” she said, as though it were the most natural thing in the world, and though the pair decided to downplay the moment, it was a touching – and reassuring – moment both for Leonard and fans who have been supporting the couple throughout the show.

Sheldon & Amy

Like Leonard and Penny, Sheldon and Amy have been taking baby steps down Romance Road in season 6. In the season premiere, the couple celebrated their second anniversary (has it been that long already?) but disaster nearly struck when their contractually-stipulated dinner date was interrupted by Raj – at Sheldon’s invitation. Thankfully, some last minute words-from-the-heart (and Spiderman) saved the day for Sheldon and Amy.

Amy’s devotion to their relationship (and keeping Sheldon devoted) has been a theme in season 6. According to Amy, she and Sheldon will be married in four years (which we think is optimistic, but go for it, Fowler) and perhaps as part of her game plan, Amy continued to advance their couplehood wherever possible. Halloween proved to be a middling success in this case, as she and Sheldon were semi-coordinated as as Raggedy Anne and “Raggedy C3P0” – it’s no Blossom and Joey, but at least she got the wig on him.

Amy also attempted to nudge Sheldon into more consistently boyfriend-like behavior, dropping hints (…sure, let’s call them “hints”) that he should side with her over his Fun-With-Flags friends. It took a little intervention from Penny (and Long Island), but Sheldon ultimately complied – albeit with a certain amount of bemusement.

But perhaps the biggest step in Sheldon and Amy’s relationship was Amy’s almost shocking success at wheedling some sexual satisfaction out of Sheldon. Sure, she had to get the flu to do it (and then milk that virus for all it was worth) but in her bizarre, almost creepy way, Amy managed to get some physical attention from her famously fussy boyfriend. Can true love be far behind?

Howard & Bernadette

As the newlyweds of The Big Bang Theory, the Wolowitzes might have expected a little romance and private time at the beginning of their marriage. But (this being The Big Bang Theory) things went just a little bit differently for the unlikely lovebirds, and wedded bliss has not been quite so easy to come by – though it has been hilarious.

Season 6 began with Howard rocketing to outer space – about as far away from his new wife as possible. (Which is impressive even for Howard, we think.) Skype kept the two in touch, though communications began to break down as Howard’s time in the stratosphere wore on, especially as it became clear that Astronaut Wolowitz had told his mother that he and Bernadette would live in her house, while promising Bernadette that he would move out into her place like a real, grown-up husband.

The Ma Wolowitz situation came to a head upon Howard’s (somewhat lackluster) return, when Bernadette insisted that Howard move into her apartment. He complied after dragging his heels a bit…only to have Bernadette turn around and move him right back in with his mother after indulging in a touch of nostalgia.

Bernadette’s parents also presented a hurdle for the newlyweds. Bernie tried to facilitate a little familial bonding between Howard and his taciturn father-in-law, which both men powerfully resisted. Happily (though ironically), the two did find common ground over the prospect of a forced fishing trip, which turned into a much more pleasant weekend spent shooting craps.

Raj

Oh, Raj. What is there to say? The Big Bang Theory‘s lovelorn fifth wheel hasn’t had much luck with the ladies this season, we’re afraid. On the bright side, Howard’s atmospheric adventures left Raj with an opening for a new ‘bro,’ which turned out to be filled quite happily with comic book store owner Stuart. Even with Howard’s return, Raj and Stuart have continued to enjoy borderline-romantic outings, throwing Halloween parties, and spending comfortable evenings together. (Congratulations?)

But Raj hasn’t given up the hunt for Ms. Right, though he remains frozen-tongued around women unless saturated with alcohol. Penny, Amy, and Bernadette’s attempts to set him up at a bar failed due to Raj’s bizarre standards…though he may have walked away from the evening nursing a crush on Amy. Raj has also recently confessed to laying the groundwork for eventually seducing Alex, but given her preference for Leonard and his selective mutism, we’re not yet convinced that this is a perfect match.

But hey, Raj, surprise us, buddy. We know you’ve got it in you!

What do you think is in store for our favorite couples?

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Read full article

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

neil-patrick-harris-series-unfortunate-events-netflix

“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Read full article

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

luke cage premiere date

We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

luke cage mike colter

Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

luke cage clip

Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Read full article

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Bringing back characters is one of the major reasons why characters on this show can never have closure. In the aftermath of season 5’s most remarkable death, Once Upon a Time took the necessary steps to give Regina closure. In Neal’s apartment (once again, reviving Neal’s presence for Emma), Regina began to process the reality of her life through a letter from Robin.

Once Upon a Time season 5 regina robin

Kitsis makes note that Regina’s course of action this season will deal with processing her grief. “I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s what makes her Regina,” says Kitsis.

We already caught some of that in the season 6 opener where Regina talks with Snow White about her character’s story and its various interpretations. If the feather floating away from Regina on the bench was a nod to her finding the strength to let go even a little bit, what will Robin’s return mean for her mentally? Regina needs all her faculties to face the most terrifying adversary this season– herself.

What will Robin’s return look like?

Maybe he will appear Jiminy Cricket style and remind her of her best qualities as she faces the Evil Queen. Or perhaps he will appear to save his daughter through some kind of intrinsic bond that exists between them? Maybe that feather actually means a bit more than we give it credit for!

Once Upon a Time season 5 episode 100 review regina robin henry

Kitsis and Horowitz note that Sean Maguire will have “an arc” meaning it is likely that he will appear in more than one episode.

What are some of your theories for Robin’s involvement in season 6? Let us know in comments!

Once Upon a Time season 6, episode 2, “A Bitter Draught,” airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.