WandaVision Recap: A Grief Observed (Episodes 1 & 2)

WandaVision is zany and funny and nostalgic, with occasional bursts of creepiness and dread.

TV Favorites of 2020 from CAPC Staff

Our team highlights their favorite TV shows from 2020 that managed to break through the dark days and deliver a bit of goodness.

How the Muppets Helped Me Contemplate My Mortality This Christmas

Just as Scrooge re-evaluates his life and actions when he comes face-to-face with his tombstone, so too does the tradition of memento mori ask us to evaluate our lives in light of eternity.

The Mandalorian Recap: I Am Your Father (Season 2, Episode 8)

In the untrained hands of one so powerful as Grogu, the Force is a recipe for calamity.

Longing for Mercy: Cobra Kai and the Meaning of Christmas

Cobra Kai’s lack of mercy on display makes us look for a different way, which the Christmas tradition provides. Christmas is all about mercy.

The Mandalorian Recap: Sacrificing the Sacred (Season 2, Episode 7)

We’ve had to do what we’ve had to do, which meant saying goodbye, for a time, to the good things—even some of the sacred things—in order to survive.

The Mandalorian Recap: Boba Fight! (Season 2, Episode 6)

This episode did for Boba Fett what Rogue One did for Darth Vader.

The Mandalorian Recap: A Child by Any Other Name (Season 2, Episode 5)

My favorite idea of any Star War is when that dusty old Jedi teaching is shredded and burned to the ground.

Control of the Board: How The Queen’s Gambit and Hamilton Tell Our Stories

The female experience in life very frequently feels like that of a queen on a chessboard, especially when we get into traditionally male-dominated spaces.

Let the Story Live a Natural Life

For creators and the participants both, there lies a danger in loving a story to its own detriment. A perverse love fails to love a story for the good within it, but rather desires it to go on and on, never ending.

The Mandalorian Recap: Guns and Ships (Season 2, Episode 4)

And so it came to pass that in one fell swoop, the showrunners connected The Mandalorian to the worst ideas of the prequel and sequel trilogies.

The Mandalorian Recap: The Way Is Not This Way (Season 2, Episode 3)

Even if your inward-facing, self-replicating church—or Mandalorian group, for that matter—never becomes a cult, in my experience, it can (and does) start to get weird.

The Vow: Stories of Truth and Deception

The thing about lies is that eventually they have to give out. No matter how badly liars want truth to be relative—it isn’t.

The Mandalorian Recap: Safety Not Guaranteed (Season 2, Episode 2)

Look, I’m not a youth pastor, but if I were, I would tell you teens that just as the wages of sin is death, the wages of eating a Frog Lady’s eggs means getting eaten alive by a thousand baby space spiders.

Ted Lasso Is Rooting for You

Ted Lasso is striking, in this particular time, because it shines a light into our own darkness.

The Mandalorian Recap: Put on Your Mean Faces (Season 2, Episode 1)

But The Mandalorian also really really wants to delight and tickle its Star Wars fanbase. To a fault.