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Bury Your Gays: How a 1930s Hollywood Production Code is Killing Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters Today

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Note: The following article contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Orange is the New Black, and The 100. If you’re an LGBTQ television fan, chances are you’ve seen your favorite lesbian character killed off — Tara McClay, Poussey Washington, Commander Lexa, just to name a few. And if you’re part of gay fandom culture, you might also be familiar with the #LexaDeservedBetter and #LGBTFansDeserveBetter hashtag riots when The 100 killed off their beloved lesbian warrior in //

‘Hannibal’ Changed the Game for Women and Gender on Television

January 18, 2018 // 1 Comment

NBC’s Hannibal likes to play with, twist, and tear down sex and gender stereotypes. Hannibal is a serial killer — prim and proper and baking in an apron. Will Graham is sweet and gentle… and also an ex-cop swilling whisky in his lumberjack shirt. They both appear one way to outsiders. But inside they are almost inverses — both of each other and of what you might expect. This is before we even consider the way two male original characters in Thomas Harris’ novel Hannibal //

‘Once Upon a Time’ Has a Consent Problem

December 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

Red hand on city crosswalk sign
For seven seasons, Once Upon a Time has grouped together packs of fairytale characters and allowed us to catch a glimpse of how they interact, solve problems, and slay monsters (both real and internal ones). We have seen characters find love, experience heartbreak, deal with self-doubt, find and lose their magic, and literally kill dragons. And when dealing with magic, Once Upon a Time has showed us that some villains put on disguises to get something out of another character that they //

Star Trek’s Economic Model — Fantasy or Future?

October 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

A small model of the U.S.S. Enterprise starship from Star Trek
One of the most well-known facts about Star Trek is that human beings no longer collect paychecks, and they aren’t obsessed with the consumption of material things. Now, most people hear this statement and assume that everything in Star Trek is free and that you can have anything you want. While that is technically true, it’s not how things unfold in the future. But, why is that? Well, in the absence of a currency-centric economy, humans of the future are shown to be focused on //

Fairy-tale Reboot: ‘Once Upon a Time’ is Back With a Ton of New Stories

October 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Once Upon a Time is back at last! After a five month hiatus, the hit fairy tale series is coming back to television for its seventh season and almost everything has changed. (Don’t freak out!) Henry Mills, the little nugget we were all introduced to in season one, is now all grown up and has decided to look into the other books he found in the Sorcerer’s mansion. Since his family’s book is now closed and everyone got their happy ending (or beginning), he is looking for a new adventure. //

The Hannibal Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: When Fans and Creators Converge

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to put numbers on a fandom. Different social media platforms, inevitable overlap, and the fact that plenty of fans don’t participate, make it hard to say how many Fannibals (Hannibal fans) there are. Based on educated estimates, and the fact that NBC’s Hannibal was a fairly niche show, we know we are comparatively pretty small. That’s understandable for a ‘dead’ fandom, two years after cancellation. However, the obsession with the Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter //

Will Riverdale’s Faux-Progressivism Continue in Season Two?

August 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Not every story is what it seems. When the teaser for season one of the CW’s Riverdale first appeared, audiences were intrigued and delighted by the cornucopia of progressiveness. The cast, while still predominantly white, suggested an attempt on the CW’s part to cast minorities — Ashleigh Murray (Josie) and her Pussycats are black women, Ross Butler (Reggie) is Asian-American, Camila Mendes (Veronica) is Latina. Furthermore, the teaser highlighted a fleeting kiss between Betty and //

Finding Hope in the Impossible: How Star Trek Will Save the World

August 4, 2017 // 2 Comments

To save the world, Star Trek needs a reboot. When Star Trek: The Original Series debuted in 1966, fans were awed by the futuristic technology and equipment featured on the show. From the starship Enterprise to the tricorder, Trek established a yet unforeseen view into the future; one that was possible to attain. And now, 50 years later, we have seen exactly how much of a lasting effect Trek had on our development as a species. 3-D printing, the Internet, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, cell phones, //

History of the Future: Everything You Need to Know Before ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

June 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

Created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, Star Trek has become a cultural icon that has spanned over five decades. Noted for its cultural influences and progressive civil rights acts, Trek included one of television’s first multiracial casts and the first onscreen interracial kiss. While the original show only aired for three seasons, Star Trek now spans over six syndicated television shows, 725 episodes, and 13 major motion pictures. Not to mention the hundreds of graphic novels, comics, //

Is There Hope for the Future of ‘Once Upon a Time’?

June 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the sixth season of Once Upon a Time. Now that the news has been released about cast members leaving and the series finale has aired, the wait is on to see what the new, rebooted Once Upon a Time (OUAT) is going to be like. At the end of the season six finale, we saw a grown-up Henry Mills (Andrew J. West) opening the door of his #815 apartment to the sight of a little girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez), who claimed to be his daughter. This perfectly //