Anyone else still thinking about that Black Mirror guinea pig?

A Black Mirror Fan Theory This post is part of Fan Theory Fridays, in which we share and explore a new fan theory about a film, television series, book, or other fictional narrative. Like a lot of people, I like the show Black Mirror. I enjoy watching it, even when it's overly dark or predictable …

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What References, Depictions, and Themes Should We Anticipate in Fargo’s Season 3?

While this blog's last Fargo article gave you a list of ways to get hyped for the forthcoming third season, it didn't go very deep into what we've seen in Fargo so far and what we can expect in the third season. The following is some of what I expect to see in this upcoming third …

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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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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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Was Seinfeld a 1990s Greek Tragedy?

It's known as the greatest sitcom of the 1990s, starring the arguably most famous comedian of all time. But is Seinfeld even a comedy? Or would we be better off labeling it as a tragedy, owing its themes and plot structures to Sophocles and Euripides more than Cheers and Bunker? Let's take a look. Jerry's …

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True Detective vs. Friends: Did Ross Geller Lose Custody of His Son?

Enjoy fan theories? Check out more fan theories here, or buy D. F. Lovett's novel The Moonborn here.  A recent scene in True Detective got me thinking about something I haven't thought about in a long time: Friends. In probably the saddest scene of the second season, Ray Velcoro and his son Chad eat pizza in silence …

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Don’t Call a Show Good, or Bad, Until The End is Known: On Ballers, True Detective, and House of Cards.

In a previous post, I mentioned Herodotus's lesson, to "call no man happy until he is dead." My specific application of his lesson in that case was to say that the biggest issue with HBO's Ballers is the tendency for the episodes to end on soft, conflict-free notes. But I also failed to bring the …

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How Taylor Kitch’s Paul Woodrugh Should Have Been Introduced in True Detective

So far, so good, for Season Two of True Detective. Except for one aspect of the first episode that didn't work for me. There are four main characters in this season, double the number of the first season. None deserve the label of protagonist. And of the four, none serve less of a purpose in …

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Why Silicon Valley’s Approach to the Bechdel Test is Brilliant

We all know what the Bechdel Test is.  Or, if you don't, it's that rule, invented by Alison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, about fiction which describes whether or not a work approaches gender in an appropriate way. Among the many works that fail the test are Star Wars (not a …

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What’s Missing From True Detective Season Two

Am I the only person disappointed that the episode didn't end with Matthew McConaughey showing up to the crime scene, winking at the camera, and saying "All right, all right, all right.  Turns out time really is a flat circle." Other than that, pretty good episode.  Very different from the first season, but if it …

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