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[SPOILERS] Captain America and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Followup: On Merging Canon

A few months ago, I wrote an article about some of the challenges Joss Whedon was facing with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and how I thought they might be circumvented. Much of what I speculated would happen in that article has, in ...

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine, And Breaking The Mold

Taking home two Golden Globes after only twelve episodes on the air, Fox's police procedural/workplace comedy hybrid Brooklyn Nine-Nine is already making plenty of waves. The accolades the show is achieving are certainly well-earned — it's tightly written, juggles its two genres ...

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Inside Llewyn Davis and Ulysses the Cat

Inside Llewyn Davis is about a lot of things. It's about a very specific time and place in the history of folk music, namely Greenwich Village in 1961. It's about grief and moving on with your life, and being an artist ...

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We Are The Districts: Income Inequality and Media Control in “Catching Fire” and Real Life

A few months ago I went to a reading by Margaret Atwood, who was on a book tour for the final installment of her MaddAdam trilogy. I asked the author of such dystopian classics as The Handmaid’s Tale how she ...

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Has Joss Sold Out?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.represents a lot of changes for Joss Whedon. It's the first time one of his TV outings has been backed by a major studio, and the first time he's had to work within an existing intellectual property for ...

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[SPOILERS] The World’s End and the Maturity of the Human Race

The World's End, the final installment in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Cornetto trilogy, deals with the same themes of growing up and maturity as the first two installments. The film's climax, however, seems to subvert not only the trilogies ...

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PANEL REPORT: Zelda And Comparative Religion

This Sunday at Connecticon 2013, Chalkey and I had the chance to lead a panel on Zelda and Comparative religion to sold-out room. The discussion was lively and fascinating, and even as we shared the research we’d done, a room ...

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Power to the People? – The Returns of Arrested Development and Veronica Mars

Many fandoms know the pain of losing a beloved series. Few get to see their lost loves return for an encore almost a decade later. But this year, not one but two cult shows will give their devoted fans ...

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Death and Morality in Clue and Heathers

Recently my brother and I had a free evening and decided to see what was on Netflix. By sheer coincidence, we ended up choosing two films with an odd amount of resonance – 1985’s Clue and 1988’s Heathers. Though one ...

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Race and Gender in Temeraire

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details from most of the Temeraire books. While I don't think it spoils any big twists, if you want to read the books without knowing what happens at all, stop reading now. Naomi Novik's Temeraire ...