October 28, 2018

{Beware, traveler. Spoilers for the first episode ahead!}

As an avid fan and scholar of television, I take pride in the fact that I have a solid understanding of the medium. On the whole I’d say we’re good friends. However, every once in a while a show arrives out of the blue, beats me over the head until I’m reeling, and proclaims in a loud, satisfied voice, “Lol oh honey. You thought.” 

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is that show. 

“This is our home, and it’s a place where the...

September 28, 2018

{Beware, traveler, spoilers for all seasons of Elementary ahead!}

In the eighth episode of the sixth season of Elementary (titled “Sand Trap”), Sherlock returns home after a few months of doctor-imposed vacation and is met with a heartfelt hug from Joan. It’s beautiful. And worth re-watching on a loop. 


This alone makes their relationship noteworthy—the 19th century original stories with their social norms and the other adaptations of this supposed “high functioning sociopath” don’t come clos...

September 10, 2018

Ice Kings whose hearts escape and attempt to marry other unwilling hearts. A lumpy purple space princess sporting a wonderfully distorted voice. Unicorn wyrms that only speak in Korean—unless they’ve got a translator that makes them sound like an old man. And then there are our stars: Jake the dog and Finn the human, labels that prove necessary because in the Land of Ooo being human is rare and dogs are orange talking BFFs who also have the ability to shape-shift… because yeah. That’s a thing. I...

June 9, 2018

{Beware, traveler, spoilers ahead} 

Theoretically, the purpose of any blog post is to convey something. To explain to my (embarrassingly small) audience my opinions, to generate new ones in turn, and----as I always hope----to teach. I don't compose blog posts until I feel like I have something to say... until now. There's been no time to unpack and analyze the Sense8 finale. I don't have any groundbreaking reflections. I finished the movie-length episode exactly seven minutes ago and I just need...

May 25, 2018


{Beware, traveler. Spoilers ahead}

Comics and TV fans alike were gutted last week when Fox announced that beloved shows Lucifer and Brooklyn Nine-Nine were officially getting the axe. Now, luckily some networks still have a lick of sense (NBC) so B99 was quickly saved, but as of this writing no one has come to Lucifer's rescue. Yes, we're apparently getting two unaired episodes back-to-back on May 28th, but that hardly makes up for the sudden cutoff, especially when our finale ended on...

March 1, 2018

"Throwback Thursdays" are for metas, rants, reviews, and the like that have already been written elsewhere, primarily on tumblr. Due to tumblr's specific culture there's often a slight difference in the language and tone of these posts. That is, less "professional scholar" and more "exasperated fangirl." Both are useful in their own right.

Originally posted Feb. 5th 2015 

The tl;dr

Owen’s backstory in “Fragments” makes absolutely no sense for his characterization and it was generally just shit...

September 22, 2017

[Head here for an explanation of Throwback Thursdays]

Oh ho. This was an episode and I’ll freely admit that I was 100% fooled by the twist. But let me start with some of the smaller stuff first.

A nice, light beginning with Buffy and Angel coming out of the fictional film “Le Banquet D’Amelia” that, as Buffy helpfully points out, isn’t reeeeally about food. In case the overt ‘we just saw a super sexual film but we can’t have sex’ message isn’t clear, there are subtle touches too, like the cuddling...

August 31, 2017

I'm not much for uploading old photographs or videos, but I would like to get all of my blog posts in one place. Thus, "Throwback Thursdays" will be for metas, rants, reviews, and the like that have already been written elsewhere---primarily on tumblr. Due to tumblr's specific culture (well worth discussing at another time) there's often a slight difference in the language and tone of these posts. That is, less "professional teacher" and more "exasperated fangirl." Both are useful in their own r...

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