‘Downton Abbey’ and the Weight of History

‘Downton Abbey’ succeeds by reminding us of the human face of history.

The Liturgies of ‘Shaun the Sheep’

Deep down, we are liturgical creatures, designed to live, to learn, to work, and even to play according to guided rhythms.

From Cthulhu to Christ: Why H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Despair Is Still Worth Reading

Lovecraft reminds me of just how small and loathsome I truly am apart from Christ; and he does so with carefully wrought and vivid imagination.

“Is It Too Late to Change the Name?” Redemptive Identity in ‘Ant-Man’

Ant-Man takes on the identity of a hero first, and only starts to act like a hero afterwards.

Survival and Life in ‘Wayward Pines’

What makes ‘Wayward Pines’ particularly intriguing is the way it dramatizes the distinctions between truly living and merely surviving.

Sir Christopher Lee: Exploring Evil for the Sake of Greater Goodness

The late actor believed in showing the tragic horror yet also the willfully evil of his onscreen villains.

Zach and the Vinestalk: Zach King’s Six-Second “Fairy Tales”

In his Vine videos, King creates a fictive world that is, in one sense, enchanted.

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock, and the Right Kind of Reason

Spock’s dedication to a life of controlled emotion is admirable—is, in fact, in a sense quite Christian.

‘Agent Carter’ and ‘The Bletchley Circle’: Pursuing Justice in a Weak Society

Like Deborah and the other prophets, Peggy Carter and the Bletchley Circle use their gifts to pursue whatever justice may be attained in a weak, fallen world.

“Something Good, Something Bad, a Bit of Both”: Natural Law, Nihilism, and Guardians of the Galaxy

It is precisely the contrast between the damaged yet ultimately sympathetic heroes and their maniacal foes that make Guardians of the Galaxy tick.

Haunting Theology: How the Gothic Mode Can Speak to Christians

The Gothic is here to stay, and if we choose, we as Christians can be all the better for its presence.

‘S.’ Marks the Spot: Navigating J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s Meaningful Maze

‘S.’ can help remind us of the need to soldier forth and forge relationships, across space, across time, across texts.

Enlightened Pirates and Savage Civilizers in NBC’s ‘Crossbones’

In ‘Crossbones,’ it is in many ways the bloodthirsty pirates who best exemplify the principles of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment.

Dream Builder: Recognizing Clark Ashton Smith’s Legacy in Fiction

Relatively few people may know of Clark Ashton Smith, but he deserves wider recognition as a poetry and prose stylist whose works demonstrate the capacities of the human imagination.

The Scapegoat of ‘24’: Jack Bauer Bears the Sins of the Community

In ’24,’ Jack Bauer becomes a sort of Neocon Christ figure, a hero who vicariously takes on the suffering of the American people to save them.

Michael D. O’Brien’s ‘Voyage to Alpha Centauri’: A Trip Worth Taking?

If O’Brien used his visual instincts to lavish greater imagery upon his subject matter, his writing could live up to the praise it has received in conservative circles.