THE DEAD LADIES CLUB

I deliberately use the word “pantheon” when describing the DLC because, like the gods of ancient mythology, these women typically loom large over the lives of our current POVs, and it is their deification that is largely the problem. The women of the Dead Ladies Club tend to be either heavily romanticized or heavily villainized by the text, either up on a pedestal or down on their knees, to paraphrase Margaret Attwood. … More THE DEAD LADIES CLUB

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In Defense of The Reboot – What the new generation of Trek movies brings to the canon

Many people question whether Star Trek is still relevant today. Modern science fiction is steeped in dystopian literature – does the United Earth and the Federation of Planets still have a place in the hearts of an audience obsessed with doubting their society’s own potential? But this is the message that the reboot brings us – that even when we do not have the world we dream of, it is essential that our mission be an ongoing one, that we never lose sight of bold new opportunities. … More In Defense of The Reboot – What the new generation of Trek movies brings to the canon

On the Companions and How to Define Them

I rewatched “The Beast Below” recently, and was struck by the sheer awkwardness involved in a lot of Eleven and Amy’s interactions. He’s a little cruel, she’s a little standoffish, and they don’t seem to have that lovely click Donna and Ten, for example, had from the beginning. But that is purposeful on Moffat’s part; where Davies makes the companions old friends from the beginning, Moffat builds relationships from the ground up. … More On the Companions and How to Define Them

Missy’s actions at the end of The Doctor Falls are more Good than anything the Doctor has ever done

In the prisoner’s dilemma, there are multiple possibilities: Either Prisoner A betrays Prisoner B and receives the full payoff, a drastically reduced sentence (or vice versa), or Prisoner A and Prisoner B both keep their mouths shut and receive a partial payoff, a moderately reduced sentence. In the even that Prisoner A and Prisoner B both betray each other, their payoff is not in the form of a reduced sentence, since they will both serve full sentences, but instead the payoff is the instant gratification that comes with the attempt at self preservation, even though the attempt fails … More Missy’s actions at the end of The Doctor Falls are more Good than anything the Doctor has ever done

Spock is a successor to Surak in every sense of the word.

While Surak brought intellectual enlightenment to advance Vulcan society beyond its primitive instincts, Spock brought forth intellectual enlightenment that would reunify the severed ties between Vulcans and Romulans, and reunite them in an attempt to finish what Surak began. In other words, Spock broke the barriers between logic and emotion, in hopes of improving the lives of more than just the two species themselves. … More Spock is a successor to Surak in every sense of the word.

Rebirth of the “Son”: the art of Kylo Ren’s redemption

Many would say that The Force Awakens has a rather ambiguous conclusion, leaving the future of its main characters and storyline very open for debate. However, by analyzing the text — or in this case, the film — we can discover potentially eye-opening clues about the future of the Trilogy, particularly in regards to one plot-point: Kylo Ren’s redemption arc. … More Rebirth of the “Son”: the art of Kylo Ren’s redemption

The Joker tells two different stories of how he got his scars in THE DARK KNIGHT. Why?

The Joker is thus “reciting” a “myth” that people create in their own minds when they meet the Joker: the Joker must have been a victim of physical or emotional abuse, and the scars made him so detestably ugly that he went insane to cope. … More The Joker tells two different stories of how he got his scars in THE DARK KNIGHT. Why?