How Bridgerton Turned Steamy Regency into a Story of Female Agency

With Bridgerton, viewers show up for an uncharacteristically steamy Regency romance that delivers on the tropes but also delivers a thoughtful exploration of female agency in male-dominated Regency England.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Truth, Empathy (and Virtue?) (Episodes 1 and 2)

Can The Mysterious Benedict Society, a book that skewers screen-based media culture, be fully realized on just such a screen?

Loki Recap: The Cruel, Elaborate Trick (Episode 4)

Perhaps Loki’s moment of self-clarity all the way back in episode one was actually describing the TVA itself: “It’s part of the illusion. It’s the cruel, elaborate trick conjured by the weak to inspire fear.”

Loki Recap: The Walking Wounded (Episode 3)

At the very least, even if you learn that much of what you loved was an illusion or enchantment, your pain is the grief of something real.

Looking for Mercy in Netflix’s Lucifer

As believers, while we acknowledge the reality and transcendence of divine law, we also recognize its shortcomings—it cannot make us righteous—and its supersession by mercy.

Loki Recap: Out of Time (Episode 2)

With the introduction of the Multiverse, this is the sort of plot device that will bring about resurrections and connect all sorts of stories that weren’t supposed to be connected.

“When Your Friends Are Your Family”: The One Where They Get Back Together

But the idea that people go through a stage of “friends as family” and then graduate into “real” family is one I find to be a less-good story.

Loki Recap: Glorious Purpose (Episode 1)

And while Loki can’t articulate why he wants to rule, he is certainly attracted to power.

The One That Taught Us What Adulting Was All About

Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross gave us something greater to aspire toward: togetherness. 

Raised by Wolves: The Temptation and Trauma of an Android Eve

Raised by Wolves shows us a world where the tools we’ve fashioned (AI) are placed in the position of fashioning us.

Fugitive Lights: The Renaissance of a Cold War Phenomenon in the 21st Century

Whatever makes me search declassified FBI documents about UFO phenomena is the same thing that keeps me searching the pages of Scripture.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Brick by Brick (Episode 6)

As a Black man, Sam Wilson carries the lineage of America’s broken promise, by both heritage and by lived experience.

Battlestar Galactica: A Retrospective Look at a “Jewish” Tale of Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation

But what the writers knew that the viewers did not is that history—as Battlestar understood it—was neither linear nor cyclical. Quite surprisingly, and to the consternation of more than a few, it was Jewish.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Deconstructing America (Episode 5)

“I owe you an apology,” the Winter Soldier tells Sam. “I’m sorry.”

The Long Obedience of Sunderland A.F.C.

Throughout Sunderland’ Til I Die, the club burns through new coaches, players, and strategies attempting easy tweaks and quick fixes. But there is no single problem keeping them from winning.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: A Truer, Better Captain (Episode 4)

It is not normal for those with power to lay it down for another’s sake. To those insecure in their power, this feels like surrender. It feels like shame. Humiliation.