Laura Akers

Laura Akers is a teacher by calling and a geek academic by nature. Her often too-lengthy writing and her own personal musings tend to revolve around issues of gender, sexuality, identity, politics, religion (and all the other things you’re not supposed to bring up in polite conversation) in TV/film/webseries and other narratives. 

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Recent articles by Laura Akers

Hannibal season 3 episode 8 review: Great Red Dragon

Laura Akers Review Jul 29, 2015

Richard Armitage's spectacular performance as Francis Dolarhyde completely reinvigorates Hannibal season three...

Hannibal season 3 episode 7 review: Digestivo

Laura Akers Review Jul 24, 2015

Has Hannibal season 3 become masturbatory in its auteur vision? Perhaps and perhaps not. Here's our review of the Italy chapter finale...

Hannibal season 3 episode 6 review: Dolce

Laura Akers Review Jul 13, 2015

Dr Lecter is by no means the only threat in Hannibal, thanks to those he has remade in his image...

Hannibal season 3 episode 5 review: Contorno

Laura Akers Review Jul 9, 2015

This week's Hannibal breaks season 3's mould by favouring action over dialogue...

Hannibal season 3 episode 4 review: Aperitivo

Laura Akers Review Jun 29, 2015

This week's Hannibal changes the show's entire landscape when it finally reveals what happened after the Red Dinner...

Hannibal season 3 episode 3 review: Secondo

Laura Akers Review Jun 22, 2015

Hannibal lays some solid groundwork for its eventual endgame in this week's revealing episode. Here's Laura's review...

Hannibal season 3 episode 2 review: Primavera

Laura Akers Review Jun 17, 2015

Bryan Fuller is a master of sleight of hand, as this thrilling episode of Hannibal season 3 shows...

Hannibal season 3 episode 1 review: Antipasto

Laura Akers Review Jun 10, 2015

Hannibal is back with a glorious new episode. Here's Laura's review of Antipasto...

Castle season 7 episode 23 review: Hollander's Woods

Laura Akers Review May 21, 2015

Castle season 7 bows out on a sentimental note, and lacking in suspense. But here's hoping that season 8 will be an improvement...

Castle season 7 episode 21 review: In Plane Sight

Laura Akers Review May 4, 2015

This episode of Castle gets the mystery spot-on, even if it's missing the show's usual Beckett-Castle chemistry...

Vikings season 3 interview: Katheryn Winnick on fight scenes & gender

Laura Akers Interview Apr 14, 2015

We chat to Vikings' Lagertha, Katheryn Winnick about the battlefield, sexual politics and Viking women...

Vikings season 3 episode 8 review: To The Gates

Laura Akers Review Apr 14, 2015

This week's long-awaited battle takes a back seat to what it means to Vikings' characters in season 3...

Vikings season 3 interview: Clive Standen on Rollo, myth & more

Laura Akers Interview Apr 13, 2015

Clive Standen, the actor behind Vikings' Rollo, talks to us about Norse mythology, fight scenes, and historical accuracy in drama...

Vikings season 3 episode 7 review: Paris

Laura Akers Review Apr 9, 2015

The Vikings finally reach the long-promised city of Paris in this week's episode of The History Channel's excellent period drama...

Castle season 7 episode 19 review: Habeas Corpse

Laura Akers Review Apr 7, 2015

The case, not just the cast, really shines in this week's episode of Castle, Habeas Corpse...

Vikings season 3 episode 6 review: Born Again

Laura Akers Review Apr 2, 2015

Michael Hirst's revisionist approach to the portrayal of Viking culture is just one of this show's many fascinating facets...

Castle season 7 episode 18 review: At Close Range

Laura Akers Review Mar 31, 2015

Castle devotes its most recent episode to the Ryan/Esposito bromance that's been a mainstay of the show for seasons...

Vikings season 3 episode 5 review: The Usurper

Laura Akers Review Mar 23, 2015

Are Ecbert and Ragnar good men? Vikings continues to explore the moral ramifications of ruling in this week's episode, The Ursurper...

Castle season 7 episode 17 review: Hong Kong Hustle

Laura Akers Review Mar 23, 2015

Castle betrays its warm, witty, intelligent and dynamic female lead this week with a script that ignores what makes Beckett great...

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