Category Archives: TV

Subtext and subversion: Part Two

Carrying on from the previous post, below is a detailed, episode-by-episode rundown (with pictures!) of Ragnar and Athelstan’s relationship. I present this not as a “This is why my slash ship is canon” manifesto, but instead as an illustration of the relationship itself, so folks can … Continue reading

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Subtext and subversion: Vikings edition

Long time, no post! Life’s been chaotic in recent months (no need to bore you with details), and to keep from melting down, I’ve spent a fair amount of my (limited) free time escaping into my usual happy places of pop culture and fandom. … Continue reading

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Problematic entertainment, part two

Carrying on from the specific-show discussion in part one. In this segment, I’ll explain why I keep watching the problematic stuff I do, while I also ditch stuff that’s theoretically less problematic.

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Problematic entertainment: Game of Thrones edition

Warning: The below piece includes discussion of sexual assault, as well as spoilers for the current seasons of Vikings and Game of Thrones, and mild spoilers for GoT’s source books. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and saw last night’s … Continue reading

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Token chicks and superheroes: Thor 2 and the Bechdel Test

Thanks to the world’s best roomie giving us a date night, M and I went to see Thor: The Dark World last night. Not only did I enjoy it more than I expected to (it was also much funnier than … Continue reading

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Are commercials an endangered species?

Fascinating little Variety story here reporting on the Television Critics Association events going on this week. It covers comments from Netflix’s chief content officer regarding whether his company might make their ratings public. Gist: “Why would we do that?” Money quote: “If people watch it … Continue reading

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Proportionate response: sexism edition

Having a bit of deja vu this week that calls back to the Benedict Cumberbatch thing, and the fact that we hold famous people to dichotomous standards: simultaneously worshiping/defending them from reasonable criticism and tearing them to absolute bits when … Continue reading

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