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  • “Filler Episodes” Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation

    “Filler Episodes” Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation

    We’ve all had that issue. You’re watching our favorite TV show. You’ve had a series of really plot-heavy episodes that got you really excited for the main story. And then you have one episode where everything seems to grind to a halt and the characters spend a whole 22-45 minutes doing the most tedious things […] More

  • The Breaking of “Narrative Promises” Through the Lens of Supernatural, Marvel, & More

    The Breaking of “Narrative Promises” Through the Lens of Supernatural, Marvel, & More

    In early November, amidst the pressure of states changing colors and electoral votes being counted, the internet briefly shifted its attention to a, for some, long-awaited episode of television. On fans’ screens, after over a decade of possibility, and many both gentle and harsh denials of the ship’s existence by The Powers That Be, Cas […] More

  • Friendship Goals: Girlie Vigilantism in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman

    Friendship Goals: Girlie Vigilantism in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman

    Emerald Fennell’s new feature film Promising Young Woman is visually stunning, tightly written, and even though it masquerades as a rape revenge fantasy horror film (which it is), it’s more so a love story. I don’t mean that it’s a romantic comedy—it is certainly not that—but it’s a film about the family you choose, your […] More

  • Wonder Woman 1984′s Cheetah Is All Wasted Potential and Bad Implications

    Wonder Woman 1984′s Cheetah Is All Wasted Potential and Bad Implications

    Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t just one of the few superhero movies to have a female lead with the titular heroine, a.k.a. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot). Even in a market already saturated with superhero fare, it’s one of the few to feature a female supervillian. Even juicier—and, potentially, hilarious—is that it’s the Cheetah. How delicious to have […] More

  • Nick Spencer’s New Spider-Man Twist Literally Demonizes The Mentally Ill

    Nick Spencer’s New Spider-Man Twist Literally Demonizes The Mentally Ill

    Let me introduce you to Harry Osborn of Spider-Man, a character who meant the world to me when I was a teen. You know, Norman Osborn’s son, Green Goblin II, inexplicable hair? That guy. Oh, you’ll have seen him in various Spider-Man movies and cartoons over the years, but they don’t give the full picture. […] More

  • I Went to Hoth to Go Behind the Scenes of The Empire Strikes Back at 40

    I Went to Hoth to Go Behind the Scenes of The Empire Strikes Back at 40

    There’s a thick bloom of condensation tracking across my sunglasses, and I can’t see out of my left eye. A ferocious wind blasts across the rocks with such force that I slide backward down the incline. Panicking, I dig my unwieldy cross-country skis—I’ve never used them before—into the powdery snow and hope that when I […] More