The Homage is Not Enough: on the Limits of Nostalgia-First Narratives

In the summer of 2016 everyone started telling me that I had to watch a show called Stranger Things. I was reluctant. The reluctance came from the way it was sold: the entire series was one large nostalgia fest for ‘80s Spielberg, Stephen King novels, and Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not that I don’t like …

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The World Needs Bad Men: How the Bush Era Caused the Anti-Hero Wave that Gave Rise to Trump

Toward the finale of the 2016 election, Mike Huckabee took to Fox News to give a defense of Donald Trump that I’ve been mulling over in my head ever since. I see Trump as Capt Quint (Robert Shaw) on the boat, Orca, in the movie "Jaws." He's salty, drunk and says incorrect things. He spits …

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The Short Story I Wrote Inspired by Wes Anderson and Carlos Castaneda

You may have noticed this blog's recent lowered activity. Nothing new since early August, with only a handful of new posts since the beginning of summer. What is the deal, you may ask. Where is your latest needless fan theory? Where is my latest exhaustive Batman dissection? How have you still not reacted to the most …

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Will True Detective’s Second Season be to True Detective as Halloween 3 is to Halloween?

Matthew McConaughey recently stirred up some folks by saying that yes, he misses playing Rust Cohle and, yes, he would consider reprising that character, if given the right opportunity. “Would you ever consider going back,” his interviewer asked him. “Yeah, I would," McConaughey answered.  This fueled some speculation and some argument. Questions like what would …

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How Hulu’s The Path is an Homage to Dennis Reynolds

Update: this article contains spoilers for only the first season of The Path. Apparently the show is now on its third season. I'm stunned to say I've seen every episode of Hulu's bizarre cult drama The Path. It's somewhere between a guilty pleasure and an amusing frustration, ten episodes of Scientology-mocking melodrama starring a cast of actors from your …

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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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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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What Would Christian Bale Do in Season Three of True Detective?

I'm one of the lone defenders of True Detective's second season. So far, I can count on one hand the people I know who actually liked it. While I disagree with many of the complaints and criticisms that have been leveled and hurled against it, I'll admit that some of the complaints were grounded in …

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What Would Faulkner Say About True Detective Season Two?

In a previous post, I've argued that no one should call a show good or bad until the end is known. Which means, now that the end is known, we can decide if True Detective's second season was good or bad. People love complaining about how confusing the plot of this season was. And I won't …

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Thirteen Ways to Fill the Flat Circle After Season Two of True Detective

Well, Season Two is over. Whether you are satisfied with the ending or not, chances are that you are a little bummed that you don't get to watch it next week. Lucky for you, we have a list of things to watch and read if you are a fan of True Detective. Time might be a …

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