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 2 episode 6 review: Futamono

Laura Akers Review Apr 9, 2014

There's a chink in Hannibal's dramatic excellence, Laura argues: the show's treatment of its women...

Hannibal season 2 episode 5 review: Mukozuke

Laura Akers Review Apr 2, 2014

Hannibal's creators deserve to be showered in Emmys for this week's spellbinding episode...

Castle season 6 episode 19 review: The Greater Good

Laura Akers Review Mar 31, 2014

Laura finds herself disappointed by the latest episode of Castle, which failed to live up to its promise...

Hannibal season 2 episode 4 review: Takiawase

Laura Akers Review Mar 25, 2014

Don't be put off by Hannibal's gore, says Laura, the real horror in this show has nothing to do with blood...

Castle season 6 episode 18 review: The Way Of The Ninja

Laura Akers Review Mar 24, 2014

One or two frustrations stop this week's Ninja-themed Castle from being the entertaining romp it should have been...

Hannibal season 2 episode 3 review: Hassun

Laura Akers Review Mar 18, 2014

The seams of Hannibal Lecter's "person suit" are unravelling in this week's episode. Here's Laura's review of Hassun...

Hannibal season 2 episode 1 review: Kaiseki

Laura Akers Review Mar 4, 2014

Hannibal's season two opener looks prepared to deliver on the rich promise of season one. Here's Laura's review...

Castle season 6 episode 16 review: Room 147

Laura Akers Review Feb 27, 2014

Plenty about this week's episode of Castle doesn't ring true. Here's Laura's review of Room 147...

Castle season 6 episode 15 review: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Laura Akers Review Feb 24, 2014

Castle goes back to high school in the latest episode. Here's Laura's review...

Is Hannibal the best network TV series in years?

Laura Akers Feature Feb 12, 2014

Laura thinks so, and urges viewers to catch up with Hannibal's complex, exquisite first season before its return...

Castle season 6 episode 14 review: Dressed To Kill

Laura Akers Review Feb 7, 2014

Castle channels The Devil Wears Prada this week to tell an affecting story about Beckett's mother...

Dracula season 1 finale review: Let There Be Light

Laura Akers Review Jan 28, 2014

Did NBC do Dracula a disservice by skipping the pilot process? Here's Laura's review of the season one finale...

Castle season 6 episode 13 review: Limelight

Laura Akers Review Jan 23, 2014

A strong performance from Molly Quinn as Castle's daughter Alexis elevates a thinly drawn mystery in this week's episode...

Dracula episode 9 review: Four Roses

Laura Akers Review Jan 21, 2014

After a long, slow series, Dracula is finally hitting its stride. Here's Laura's review of the penultimate episode...

Castle season 6 episode 12 review: Deep Cover

Laura Akers Review Jan 16, 2014

Laura puts Castle and the so-called Moonlighting curse under the microscope in this week's review of a derivative but well-acted episode...

Dracula episode 8 review: Come To Die

Laura Akers Review Jan 14, 2014

Investing time in Dracula might just pay off if the momentum of its last few episodes is anything to go by. Here's Laura's review...

Dracula episode 7 review: Servant To Two Masters

Laura Akers Review Jan 8, 2014

Dracula's paucity of story is holding it back. Here's Laura's review of Servant To Two Masters...

Castle season 6 episode 11 review: Under Fire

Laura Akers Review Jan 8, 2014

Despite a cliched premise, Castle's cast performances save the day. Here's Laura's review of Under Fire...

Dracula episode 6 review: Of Monsters And Men

Laura Akers Review Dec 10, 2013

Dracula appears to be floundering, and this week's crowded narrative doesn't help. Here's Laura's review...

Dracula episode 5 review: The Devil's Waltz

Laura Akers Review Dec 2, 2013

Too many storylines make this episode a jumbled mess. Here's Laura's review