Lost and Found: The Tie that Binds (WandaVision to the MCU)

What is the thematic consistency that binds together all the stories of the MCU?

1980 vs. 2020: Anxiety We Have Heard on High

Comparing 1980 and 2020 reveals how pop culture dramatizes our anxieties.

WandaVision Recap: What the Blip! (Episode 4)

This week’s WandaVision takes us back to MCU’s most iconic event: Back when Bruce Banner un-Blipped every Blipped being back to their bereaved baes.

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.

WandaVision Recap: Whatever Happened Happened (Episode 3)

Whatever is happening, the world as I tend to frame it is far too small; my conception of it, too limiting.

Nature Is Healing: All Creatures Great and Small

What James Herriot did as a vet—and what he does as a storyteller—he shows us the healing nature of healing nature.

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.

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.