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

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...

Vikings season 3 episode 4 review: Scarred

Laura Akers Review Mar 19, 2015

Vikings' complex portrayal of its women characters continues to fascinate and inspire in season three episode four, Scarred...

Vikings season 3 episode 3 review: Warrior's Fate

Laura Akers Review Mar 9, 2015

Religious tolerance, or lack thereof, comes under scrutiny in this week's episode of The History Channel's Vikings, Warrior's Fate...

Vikings season 3 episode 2 review: Wanderer

Laura Akers Review Mar 1, 2015

This week's episode of The History Channel's Vikings cleverly sets the stage for conflict to come...

Castle season 7 episode 16 review: The Wrong Stuff

Laura Akers Review Mar 1, 2015

Castle delivers a strong episode which would have been even better had it trusted its fans to get its sci-fi references on their own...

Vikings season 3 episode 1 review: Mercenary

Laura Akers Review Feb 20, 2015

With a bigger budget, The History Channel's Vikings improves upon the strengths of its first two seasons in this season 3 premiere...

Castle season 7 episode 15 review: Reckoning

Laura Akers Review Feb 19, 2015

Even if the plot in this week's Castle left much to be desired, the performances were as strong as ever, Nathan Fillion's especially...

Castle season 7 episode 14 review: Resurrection

Laura Akers Review Feb 16, 2015

The 3XK storyline makes a welcome return in this week's episode of Castle...

Castle season 7 episode 13 review: I, Witness

Laura Akers Review Feb 9, 2015

Castle serves up one of its most engaging and well-structured mysteries for a long time in I, Witness...

Castle season 7 episodes 11 & 12 review: Castle, P.I. & Private Eye Caramba!

Laura Akers Review Jan 26, 2015

Castle shaking up the status quo appears to be paying off, judging by its recent fun and entertaining episodes...

Castle season 7 episode 10 review: Bad Santa

Laura Akers Review Dec 15, 2014

Castle finally delivers a satisfying, surprising Christmas and mafia-themed episode. Here's Laura's review of Bad Santa...

Castle season 7 episode 9 review: Last Action Hero

Laura Akers Review Dec 7, 2014

This week's Castle takes its name from a 90s Arnie action spoof, but does it deliver on that meta promise? Here's Laura's review...

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