Why Your Westworld Fan Theory is Not a Fan Theory

Madness descended upon the internet earlier this week when the Westworld showrunners stormed into a the /r/westworld subreddit for what proved to be one of the larger online pranks in recent history. The gist of the prank was simple: the Westworld team announced that they would be spoiling the entirety of the show for the …

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Why That Game of Thrones Fan Theory Is Not a Game of Thrones Fan Theory

The internet loves a good fan theory. The trouble is, the phrase "fan theory" has started to go the way of words like content or hipster or artisan or any of the other words whose definitions are so vague, so all encompassing, that they have very little meaning at this point. "Fan theory" is currently …

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The Rick and Morty Fan Theory That Explains Total Rickall and Rick Breaking the Fourth Wall

An avid Rick and Morty fan has many questions, some of which were answered (or at least addressed) in the Season 3 premiere that aired on April's Fools Day. These questions include: Is Rick C-137 truly the Rickest Rick? What makes him Ricker than all other Ricks? Is Morty C-137 the Mortiest Morty, or the Rickest …

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Fan Theories

I've been trying to write this article for a while. Years. While I try to avoid listicles, I've found that, at times, they have their uses. These are my opinions and observations on what we talk about when we talk about fan theories, and what they are, and how we should talk about them. No one has …

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Twelve Questions and Answers About The Moonborn (with No Spoilers)

I've received a number of questions about The Moonborn: or, Moby-Dick on the Moon, my novel that came out on Monday, November 14th. While I love getting questions about it, I decided to put together this list for people who might have questions and would like an easy answer. Note that there are no spoilers, …

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Is Hannibal Buress the Architect of Eric Andre’s Pain? The Fan Theory No One Asked For

If you aren't familiar with it, The Eric Andre Show is a post-modern talk show starring Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress, two comedians who are either parodying a late night show or trying to escape one. In its description of the show, Hulu describes it as the "most manic and unorthodox late night talk show ever …

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Some Commenters Just Want to Watch the Internet Burn

A strange thing happened today. Those of you who have read this blog with any regularity will recall my True Detective review in which I offered a fan theory about the fate of Ross Geller's son, Ben. It was a strange blog post, in that it ended up being a theory about a show I haven't …

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The Real Ending of Breaking Bad: No One is Okay

With Saul Goodman once again gracing our televisions as of last week, it's a good time to reflect on Breaking Bad. Specifically, on its final episode, the polarizing finale entitled "Felina." Of course, many people loved the finale. But, on the other hand, there were those who found no satisfaction in it. Or, more accurately, they …

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The Most Important Ross Geller Analysis of 2015

With the year ending, it's time to write and reflect about something that I had never thought about until 2015: the Friends character Ross Geller, portrayed by David Schwimmer. During August of this year, I wrote an article in which I suggested that perhaps Ross lost custody of his son, Ben Geller, in the later …

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Commenters Gonna Comment: Responses to a Ross Geller Fan Theory

After several waves of intermediate virality regarding a theory about Friends, this blog and its author have received some very entertaining feedback, through the legions of recappers, bloggers, and commenters that have thoughts and feelings regarding my suggestion that Ross Geller was an inept father who lost custody of his son. My initial response, when reading some …

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