“Live Bait” isn’t a bad episode, but much like last week’s “Internment,” it can’t help but feel a little bit like filler. Everyone wants to know what the fallout of Rick’s decision to oust Carol is. Spending an episode exploring Hershel was nice. Spending an episode (and from the previews, stretching it out to two) looking at what happened after Woodbury for The Governor is nice. They’re interesting character studies that highlight something the show is very good at — tightening in focus on one person and really exploring what their lives are like at various points during the apocalypse. Usually that person is Rick, so seeing the scope broadened to Hershel and The Gov is a welcome change of pace. Last year we had a strong Merle-centered episode as well. (It does not escape my notice that many of the characters who could have used more audience sympathy, like Andrea or Lori, did not get a slavishly crafted 45 minutes of story time.) Continue reading
Q. So I have a friend that is significantly younger than me. He’s a nice kid, but very socially awkward. I try to give social pointers as much as I can, but I don’t think he really takes any of the advice I give him. Continue reading
So, you think that retailers being open on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Oh, and that retail workers should be grateful for the chance to earn extra money, because hey, aren’t they making time and a half, and shouldn’t they actually be thanking their employers and the customers for giving them such a great opportunity?
First off, high five on perpetuating the notion that retail workers are a lower class of humans who couldn’t possibly appreciate having time to spend holidays with their families. We all really appreciate that whole perspective not having died out yet. Continue reading
Find out what’s happening outside our bubble after the cut. Continue reading
A female director-screenwriter-choreographer makes basically the best Bollywood movie ever.
Today marks the memorial for all my trans brothers and sisters killed during the previous year. It is also the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week. It is a difficult time for the trans community. Continue reading
What Would I Say? is the newest app to take Facebook by storm. Reminiscent of the now-defunct Horse_ebooks Twitter account, the app takes snippets from your previous Facebook posts and recombines them into new phrases. Most of the statuses it generates are pretty nonsensical, but sometimes it creates absolute gems. Continue reading
Presented without any more comment. The list of my sisters and brothers killed in the past year for being trans or gender non-conforming. Continue reading
Oh, greetings, my sweet peas and lovely kittens, greetings to you all. Continue reading
One of my earliest musical memories was when I discovered that songs could be about more than the writer’s direct experience. Music could exist as part of a greater artistic picture, with each portion enhancing the other to make an amazing whole. I learned how songs could inspire artists who were not musicians, and how that would later impact what I wanted to do with my life.
You’ll find the winner right after the cut. Continue reading
Kalinda has something (briefly) to do! Not only that, Peter is back, Eli gets a lady friend, Robyn saves the damn day, and one of the special guest stars is pumpkin Pop Tarts. Delicious. Continue reading
This week is about white feminism (it’s not doing such a good job), women in the kitchen (no one’s talking about them), Scandal (is it a scandal?), poetry (it’s queer), sexy Latinas (people need to stop), and awesome young women fighting the power (they pretty much rock!). Continue reading
After only a few months, the Ashes are back! Starting in Brisbane on Thursday, Australia will try to win again in what feels like decades, and there will be many sleep-deprived people in England, dealing with a time difference that means play starts at midnight in the U.K. But we’re not quite there yet, so let’s use this spot to get into the mood and learn all about cricket’s charming oddities.
Down to four shows, because I dropped Coppelion. Tokyo Raven, Galilei Donna and Samurai Flamenco were all awesome this week, though. Tokyo Raven was more comedic but did have some important plot elements in it. Galilei Donna was another heavy drama episode. Samurai Flamenco was the best episode I’ve seen in a long time. Just fun to watch. Continue reading