On The “Rape As Backstory” Trope

A few weeks ago, after I’d (finally) gotten around to finishing season one of Top of the Lake, I posted some thoughts about the rape as backstory trope, and my distaste for it. I figured that while it could be an instance of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon gone awry, there seemed to be far too many fictional women who’d been raped or sexually assaulted in some way. Read More On The “Rape As Backstory” Trope

New Show Recap: Scandal, 3×15, “Mama Said Knock You Out”

It’s an exciting week for Scandal watchers, who get to meet the oldest Grant children, something we’ve all been waiting for since the series began. Oh, wait — you WEREN’T waiting to meet them? What’s that, you say? That you wish they could send the baby off to boarding school, too? I’m with you, but we’re stuck with them for at least this episode. Read More New Show Recap: Scandal, 3×15, “Mama Said Knock You Out”

New Show Recap: Scandal, 3×14, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

This week in Scandal, questions got answered, and we said goodbye to one of the few predominantly decent characters left on the show. We also got to see some of our favorite monsters and demi-monsters act like human beings, or at least try to. Read More New Show Recap: Scandal, 3×14, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

New Show Recap: Scandal 3×11, “Ride, Sally Ride”

Well, we’ve waited a long time for Scandal to return, but return it did. This episode wasn’t full of bombshells, but it set a lot of storylines in place. Read More New Show Recap: Scandal 3×11, “Ride, Sally Ride”