Some sad but not surprising news today: Channel 4 has decided not to renew the primary color extravaganza that was Utopia. The show got dismal ratings throughout its run even though it enjoyed a cult following online and was mostly well-reviewed. And while I recommended that you tune in for the second series a few months … Continue reading Channel 4 Will No Longer Be Looking for Jessica Hyde
A few days ago, some eagle-eyed fans at a Long Beach Comic Con spotted an official DC t-shirt featuring Superman bending Wonder Woman over with the caption: Score! Superman does it again! Around the same time, another DC-approved shirt (pictured above) was seen online encouraging women to reach for the brassiest rings -- not so much … Continue reading The Sexist DC T-Shirt Debate; Or, Why Are We Still Dealing With This Shit?
Given that just the other day I argued that we needed to wait and see before passing any real judgment on Capaldi's brand-new Doctor, I'm going to dig deep and try to find nice things to say about yesterday's premiere episode instead of just ranting on ad nauseam.And the only real way I can think to … Continue reading Doctor Who’s Deep Breath: Pros and Cons
Surely a new Doctor's first episode is always met with a strange mixture of hope, resentment and apprehension because part of what's kept Doctor Who on the air for so long (apart from that little decade-and-a-half-long break) is the fact that a new actor always brings a new set of possibilities to the role. And as … Continue reading Can Peter Capaldi Save Doctor Who?
Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker's very weird, very wonderful Twitter Twilight Zone, will be back on BBC4 Christmas day. And if you were worried that the show might lose its gloomy viciousness, fear not: Brooker said he's looking to make it a cross between the traditional "ghost story at Christmas" and the Amicus' compendium horror movies of the … Continue reading Black Mirror Is Going to Have a Christmas Special Because of Course It Will
Marvel announced Tuesday on The View (of all places) that in an upcoming comic series, Thor will be deemed unworthy of Mjolnir (or "mewmew" for any Kat Dennings fans out there), and the power will instead be bestowed on a previously unknown female earthling. The story will launch sometime in October with series writer Jason … Continue reading Three Cheers for Marvel: Thor Is Now a Woman
What do those pesky feminists want from female characters? This debate about seems to go on forever. Not among feminists, of course, but among people who want to roll their eyes about "those feminists" always demanding that every show have a strong lead female character. Which of course is not what most feminists want … Continue reading You Should Be Watching Channel 4’s Utopia
[This post contains major spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the last two episodes of SHIELD. You've been warned.] Hopefully we can agree that the last few weeks have been a major turning point in quality for SHIELD. While the show still isn't perfect, its major issue -- namely that it couldn't pick and stick with a … Continue reading SHIELD Needs to Just Let Ward Be Evil
If Hannibal's first season did one thing perfectly, it was in helping us to forget what we already knew. Sure, we know that Will Graham will get out of jail, be cured of his wonky clock disease and will go to live on the beach in Florida in tiny shorts and Wayfarers and a … Continue reading Hannibal Season 2: The Dinner Party is Over
Dustin Rowles over at Uproxx has been covering True Detective with a certain amount of rabid enthusiasm since its debut early last month. Today's first article (he does like 3 a day -- the man is obsessed) is in part about creator and head writer Nic Pizzolato's now-deleted tweet hinting that the next season will star female detectives. To catch … Continue reading Next Season of True Detective Might Star Women, Internet Rages