The Very “Human” Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery

In season two of Star Trek: Discovery, both the virtues and the flaws of classic Trek’s humanism are on display.

Kim’s Convenience and Finding Solace in Imperfect Parenting

No matter the culture, parents will always be parents, and the fears that cling to us that we might be doing irreversible damage to our children—whom we love more than life itself—reflect back to us in the best stories about families with children.

The Suffering Service of Jim Hopper

And, as inevitably as Hopper strives against the darkness of the Upside Down, he also struggles to choose the higher goods before him.

‘Bigger on the Inside’: How Gateway Fantasy Gives Space to Our Longings

No one who journeys through a magic portal or gateway or liminal space in such a story believes the world or worlds on the other side will be smaller.

Empathy, Compassion, and Giving Back in the Geek Community

Dungeons and Dragons is a game deeply rooted in empathy; seeing it used to urge compassion should inspire us all.

Believing the Unbelievable in Amazon’s Good Omens

Herein lies a tricky challenge for the Christian viewer of Good Omens: how comfortable am I suspending disbelief to enjoy an imagined story that flirts with my most preciously held beliefs? 

Time in the Telling: How Stories of Time Help Us Grapple with a Fallen World 

All of time itself is but a dream from which the people of Narnia—and, let the reader understand, all of us—will someday wake.

HBO’s Chernobyl and the Communal Nature of Sin

Chernobyl is an excellent show… with its emphasis on the net effect of human sin—the disproportionately catastrophic results of seemingly small errors.

Reality TV and Our Kingdom of Spectacle

Competing for titles, money, contracts, and (sometimes even) a person’s affections, all for the entertainment of an audience, can cause figurative deaths—devaluation of a person’s worth, the consumption of their soul.

Don’t Turn Away from the Trauma of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us

When you see the fate of these boys, will you look away?

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Providence” (Series Finale)

This series has poignantly shown us that it was longing that defined the lives of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

Don’t Disparage Fiction

Fictional stories can help us see more clearly truths and falsehoods that seem complex in the real world.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Nowadays” (Episode 7)

Their relationship has become a sad reminder that you can have it all and still have nothing.

Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway

Tim Conway shone a ray of light in a dark world by doing small things with great laughter.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “All I Care about Is Love” (Episode 6)

The tragedy of Bob Fosse was that however good he was at what he did—and he was very, very, very good—he never felt good enough.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Where Am I Going?” (Episode 5)

It’s not excusing his hurtful, hedonistic behavior to observe that something is broken inside Bob Fosse.