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    The Definitive Ranking of the Halo Campaigns

    The last time Halo was as popular as it is now, Spider-Man 3 was still in theaters—just look how far we’ve circled. Like a ring arcing across the heavens, the Halo series has looped back into itself with Halo Infinite, its critically acclaimed eighth game and slate-clearing soft reboot. With a TV series underway and […] More

  • Anya Jenkins (Emma Caulfield) sits and stares ahead with one eyebrow raised as she tousles her yellow shirt.
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    Anya Jenkins: The Human Heart of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Angel and Spike aren’t the only demons who reclaim their humanity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anya, everyone’s favorite vengeance-demon-turned-cashier, endures the same journey with much less fanfare. She doesn’t get her own spinoff or fulfill some grand prophecy, but her arc runs parallel to the show’s most beloved stories. Across 1,000-something years, Anya goes […] More

  • Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) stands alone in her living room and stares forward in shock.
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    How Buffy’s Structure Makes “The Body” an All-Time Great Episode

    Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s finest moments can mean revisiting its most traumatic. The show’s willingness to reject the comfort-food demands of ’90s television resulted in several ambitious heartbreaks, chief among them the desolate triumph of “The Body”. It’s an episode that stops you in your tracks and keeps a part of you stopped there. […] More

  • A.J. Soprano (Robert Iler) watches FBI agents from behind a headstone during a mobster's funeral.
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    How A.J. Soprano Is the Key to The Many Saints of Newark

    Promotional material for The Many Saints of Newark promises answers to some long-burning Sopranos questions—but take that with a grain of salt. It’s impossible to know to what extent a movie’s creative team is involved in its marketing. Did David Chase, creator of The Sopranos and co-writer of its prequel, come up with the tagline […] More