Smartphones, Guns, and Black Mirror: The Shaping of Our Technology

Like Daly in the Black Mirror episode “USS Callister,” guns and technology allow us to imagine a world in which we call the shots.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Dazzling, Remarkable, and Hopeless

Fortunately, Jesus Christ Superstar Live! was only a play—a surprisingly good play—and not reality.

Is Mrs. Maisel So Marvelous?

Though we gravitate toward Midge’s beautiful and witty story of overcoming, it is modeled upon an American myth that to be free we must ultimately be unencumbered and successful.

Jessica Jones: Consent, Autonomy, and Being Remade in Man’s Image

Jessica Jones is a distinctly feminine hero story in a male world delivered to us in the era of #metoo.

Duty, Desire, and The Crown Season Two

The Crown shows us that we cannot live on duty alone.

The Bachelor and the Weight of Voyeurism

The Bachelor did what the WWE did years ago—they stopped insisting on the totality of their own illusion.

Gotham: Moral Dilemmas and the Darkness within Us All

Gotham deftly shows the destructive nature of sin, leaving no one immune to its temptations or effects.

Resolution and Failure in Broadchurch Season 3

The story of Danny Latimer’s murder and its effects on his family that lingers long after the end of Broadchurch season 3.

New Girl, Landlines, and Business, Man!

Sometimes it takes a “landline” and a little bit of getting up in each others’ business to see exactly how much friendship works for our good.

The Rhetoric of Nostalgia: How Our Collective Craving for Nostalgia Calls Us Home

What Stranger Things and its 1980s nostalgia-evoking counterparts do so well is to call us back to a place and a time that feels to us very much like home.

The Punisher and Change from the Outside In

The Punisher reminds us we live two lives: an inner life and an outer life, and that decisions we make here in this life affect our eternal souls.

The Harrowing Hope of This Is Us

The popular drama has shown me more meaningful ways to hope.

Is Neighborly Love Enough in The Good Place?

The Good Place is an exercise in thinking through how we relate to each other as neighbors and what responsibility we take toward intervening in a broken world.

Walking in Joyce Byers’s Footsteps: Motherhood in a Stranger Things World

Joyce Byers—an axe-wielding woman who strings lights in the darkness to lead her son home and who knows when to let her son feel actual pain—is a paragon of motherhood.

Friends-giving Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

For adults who don’t have a family of their own, Friends-giving is a trend that provides much-needed communion in the loneliness of the holidays.

Trauma, Failure, and Lingering Evil in Twin Peaks

Lynch offers a sort of witness bearing that is desperately needed in an age as numb and distracted as our own.