Author: Nola Pfau

Wayward Sisters Need To Find Their Path

Supernatural 13.10: “Wayward Sisters” Philip Sgriccia (Director), Robert Berens & Andrew Dabb (Writers), Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Kathryn Newton, Briana Buckmaster, Katherine Ramdeen, Yadira Guevara-Prip (Cast) I’ve watched a lot of Supernatural in the last few weeks; it’s been the latest show my husband and I have had on in the background as we’re doing other things. Sometimes we actually sit and watch it, most of the time we’re at least following along. You know how that is, right? A show that’s not good, but that’s good enough. Consequently and quite by accident, it’s put me in the perfect...

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The Gifted Explores Privilege, Rage, and Redemption

In episode four of Fox’s The Gifted, the ensemble cast’s arguable lead, father of mutants, and former anti-mutant prosecutor Reed Strucker launches on a long explanation and apology to mutant underground member Polaris, after some frank revelations have significantly altered his worldview. It’s a short scene; only a few minutes long in the middle of a larger episode plot, but it takes the time to convey some very important ideas related to rage and redemption. I want to get into what those are, and why they’re so important, but first, the scene itself: REED: I know I’m probably not...

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We Need A Hero: The Troubled Morality of the MCU

There’s a moment in Spider-Man: Homecoming where the film’s villain, Adrian Toomes, AKA The Vulture, delivers a neat, concise rationale. He raises the point that, in elevating his status and the status of his family via the business of arms dealing, he is no different from Tony Stark, billionaire/philanthropist/etc. Spider-Man sputters a response, but it’s weak and unconvincing before the grandiose point being made. It makes for a well-crafted villainous monologue, the kind that amply sets the stakes in a story’s final act before the hero disproves it, usually with the crushing truth of violence.  There’s a bit of...

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Tim League’s Redemption of Devin Faraci

Eleven months ago, after accusations of harassment were leveled against him, Devin Faraci resigned from his Editor-in-Chief post at Birth.Movies.Death. It was a quintessential “life comes at you fast” moment, wherein the allegations against Faraci were brought up specifically in response to his public condemnation of then-Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s statements about assaulting women. Prior to these allegations, Faraci had very publicly traded on the reputation of being a male ally of feminism; to hear the charges brought to light was a harsh reminder that some individuals will profess any ideals they can in order to have access to a victim....

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