Do You Have Time To TV?: On Television Overload

Have you ever felt like there’s just too much television to watch? I have, and it turns out, that’s not just in my head. According to the research department at FX networks, there were “328 scripted first-run prime-time programs aired on ad supported or subscription-based broadcast, cable and streaming networks in the U.S.” in 2014 alone. That’s a whole lot of television. It feels like in the last couple of years, the number of “must watch” and critically acclaimed television shows has increased substantially, and the odds of missing the zeitgeist are high if you aren’t paying rapt attention. How anyone could even attempt to keep up with 180 scripted shows a year is beyond me, and that doesn’t even take into account reality television staples like The Bachelor or American Idol. Continue reading Do You Have Time To TV?: On Television Overload

On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.

Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive and feminist look (even if wildly historically inaccurate) at the life of one of history’s most notorious and fascinating women. Continue reading On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Is Z Nation Worth Your Time? Short Answer: Yes

It takes guts to run a zombie show in the era of the high-concept, high-budget Walking Dead. But Z Nation from Syfy does it the only way it can be done: it’s a run and gun, campy, yell-at-the screen show that doesn’t take itself seriously. Continue reading Is Z Nation Worth Your Time? Short Answer: Yes

Race, Racism and Mental Health: A Look At #OITNB’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

I’m pretty convinced Suzanne Warren’s mother is racist. Unintentionally so, but to detrimental effect. Continue reading Race, Racism and Mental Health: A Look At #OITNB’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

Join the Binge Watch!

“You young kids, you can’t wait for a new season. You have to watch every episode at once. You have no patience!” This was my mother, scolding me for watching the entire first season of Orange is the New Black in under a week. When I pointed out that if streaming services had been around when she was almost-30, she would have done the exact same thing, her response was, “Are you kidding me? Of course I would!” Continue reading Join the Binge Watch!

Remedies for Loneliness

I’ve been spending a lot of alone time lately, partly by choice and partly involuntarily. I suppose I can blame it on the recent chaos that’s occurred in my life, or maybe to the summertime sadness I’ve developed, a la Lana Del Rey (also, damn you Lana). But as I slowly try to get myself out of this slump, I’ve been trying different things to remedy the onset of loneliness — in healthy ways, of course.

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