The First Black Bachelorette: A Hopeful Lament

Whether or not ABC moved in the right direction for the right reason, it undoubtedly is the right direction.

The Upsidedown Heroism of ‘One Punch Man’

The heroic ethos at play in One Punch Man runs counter to the world’s expectations.

The Island: A Longing to Be Real in a World of Inequality

Superstore is asking us to consider what it means to live in a divided country, to stop pretending like we can ever be all the same.

Rurouni Kenshin and Reverse-Blade Apologetics

In Rurouni Kenshin, the reverse-blade sword is a sign to those who know him that Kenshin is different: a counter-cultural man of principle with a higher purpose.

Daniel Tiger’s Rhythms of Grace

The songs of Daniel Tiger have become little liturgies that shape my daughter’s days.

Missing the Point: Anne with an E Is Something Else

A sense of who Anne is and a certain integrity about her portrayal is necessary if she is to matter at all.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rethinks Regret

In the fourth season, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are forced to face one of their greatest foes yet: their own regrets.

The Disabled Sainthood of Speechless

The show refuses to follow the “inspirationally disadvantaged” cliché found in lots of fiction that features disabled characters.

A Priest for All Seasons: Murder, Mystery, and Contentment in Father Brown and Grantchester

As a practicing Catholic, I know that confession must occur even in the summertime, when the confessional booth is stuffy and both priest and penitent are itching to be elsewhere.

Fate/Zero and the (Un)holy Grail

Fate/Zero provides us a tragic story of idolatry straight from the playbook of scripture.

Survivolatry: American Darwinism via The Walking Dead

Although it’s fiction, The Walking Dead reaches into our nonfiction hearts and draws to the surface survivolatry we excuse in ourselves.

Samurai Jack: Finding Freedom through Forgiveness

Samurai Jack reminds us of the power of forgiveness and of relinquishing past sins.

The Handmaid’s Tale Evokes a Longing for Peace and Justice

To many, the world of The Handmaid’s Tale looks eerily similar to our contemporary moment.

13 Reasons Why: When Only Grace Will Do

What do we do with our imperfect virtue, our guilt, our pathetic attempts at love?

The Not-So-False Dichotomy of Fate/Zero

Submission to a worthy and trustworthy person emboldens, even in the fictional relationships of Fate/Zero.

Let Me Help You Make Your Mind up about The OA

Though flawed, The OA is beautiful, heartbreaking, and deeply hopeful.