Ah, Phineas and Ferb, legendary chronicle of the immortal adventures of Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, it may have only been a year or so since you were yanked from the airwaves, but it feels like so much longer. Now that those halcyon days of eternal summer have passed into the rearview, I find myself longing for your exuberant […]Read more "Moooommmm!!: A Feminist Reading of Phineas and Ferb"
There’s a lot of advice floating around for would-be writers, ranging from the omnipresent (read always, write always) to the niche (write at this time of day, always write this many words per day, etc.), but the two best pieces I’ve ever received both dealt with what is probably the hardest of all moments to […]Read more "A Tribute, to the Redemptive Science-Fiction of Person of Interest"
I have a conflicted relationship with Sense8, Netflix and the Wachowskis’ sci-fi/fantasy experiment from last June. On one hand, its writing is absolutely atrocious. It ignores the entire concept of showing over telling, it has no sense of pace or plot, its worldbuilding is all over the place, and its dialogue is filled with some of […]Read more "Sense8, The Oscars, and the Second Diversity Argument"
I’m not a fan of binge-watching. In my mind, television, like every serialized medium, is best when experienced week-by-week—the anticipation building with every cliffhanger and every inexorable countdown to the next episode, all that tension to be released in one euphoric rush before the cycle begins again. In comparison, blasting through a season in one dazed weekend […]Read more "A Tribute, to the Wild, Wonderful Weirdness of Gravity Falls"
(If you haven’t read Part I of this two-part post, it’d probably be a good idea to read that one first. And this time, major spoilers for Jessica Jones, so if you read through my previous spoiler alert, prepare to be majorly spoiled.) (I’m not kidding. I’m spoiling end of the final episode here. Go watch it.) Superhero comics […]Read more "Daredevil and Jessica Jones: Complex, Dynamic Antagonists, and Why They Matter (Part II)"
(Minor spoilers for Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. If you haven’t, go watch them. They’re worth it.) Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk and Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave: beyond their roles as antagonists in Netflix series based on Marvel comics, they have very little in common. One is a businessman attempting to take over Hell’s Kitchen through, essentially, gentrification (that must have been a fun pitch to […]Read more "Daredevil and Jessica Jones: Complex, Dynamic Antagonists, and Why They Matter (Part I)"