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Daredevil vs The Punisher, Elektra, Foggy and everyone in Season 2

April 10, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television No Comments →

In the first few episodes Jon Bernthal makes us think the show is called Marvel’s The Punisher.

DAREDEVIL, the vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, is not the biggest badass in this season of the Netflix series that bears his name. He’s not even the second. More like the fourth or fifth. However you may feel about comic book adaptations — and there are people who will not watch comic book adaptations because they have fixed notions about grown-up behavior — you will find yourself agreeing that Daredevil has the best and most brutal fight scenes in the business. They’re not just cleverly choreographed (by Philip J. Silvera) or wonderfully photographed (by Martin Ahlgren) or thrillingly edited, they look like they hurt.

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Season 6 is coming: T minus 20

April 04, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →


We were snoozing through Batman v Superman when Jason Momoa appeared, waking us up for 30 seconds. Even as an email attachment.

Lucifer and Damien: Evil needs a hug

April 01, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →

Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar.

WE KNOW that evil is at large in the world — you only have to read the news to be reminded of this. This year, the spirit of evil, a.k.a. the devil is the headliner of two new television shows. How does he measure up? Can traditional biblical evil compete with the more recent representatives, such as Lorne Malvo in season 1 of Fargo, The Purple Man in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, or Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones?

I must report that in its current TV incarnations, Fox’s Lucifer and A&E’s Damien, evil is a pathetic underachiever. This is good news if you expect the worst parts of Revelations to come to pass any minute, and bad news if you demand smart, well-made television. Lucifer and Damien are evidence that the devil does not exist, because if she did she would smite their producers, or at least send them a plague of boils. (No, wait, those are the good guys.)

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Bradley James as Damien Thorne.

Our countdown to Game of Thrones Season Six begins now.

March 30, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →


The new season of Game of Thrones starts on April 24, and since I am looking forward to it almost as much as Ricky was looking forward to the Madonna concert, I asked Ricky to reprise his ilang tulog na lang series for my favorite TV show.

P.S. That is not a spoiler, you’re just really late.

Deny it all you want, he’s alive.

Would you watch a travel show hosted by these two?

March 21, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Projects, Television, Traveling 6 Comments →


Me and Pepe Diokno (With our advertising team Crizza and Mick at the back). Yes, it’s an odd combination, but in a good way or a bad way?

John Oliver is the voice of sanity for these troubled times

March 14, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television 3 Comments →


EVERY GENERATION has its voice of sanity. In the 1950s when the McCarthy witch hunts threatened the same freedoms it claimed to safeguard, America had the esteemed news anchorman Edward R. Murrow. In the 1970s when the oil crisis, the Watergate scandal and the unwinnable war in Vietnam shook American self-belief, it was the unimpeachable anchorman Walter Cronkite. In the early decades of television, the audience looked to news anchors to help them understand the world. Anchormen were solid, trustworthy, the foundations of a world that made sense.

But the world grew bigger and scarier, and then it was no longer enough to have the news delivered on TV every night. There were too many questions and unsatisfactory answers. Those in charge were hiding things; the people didn’t know whom to trust anymore. So they turned to someone who did not claim to have all the answers. Not only did he not profess to know the truth, he even described his nightly broadcast as a fake news show. He shared the audience’s anxiety, and he dealt with this anxiety by laughing in its face.

Read our TV column, The Binge.