New CW reboot ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ is trying too hard

I just finished watching the first episode of The CW’s new Roswell reboot. There’s certainly potential in the show’s premise, but right now … it’s trying too hard. In college, my freshman roommate introduced me to Roswell — a beautifully cheesy teen drama that ran 1999-2001 — and I was quickly hooked. We’d stay up … More New CW reboot ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ is trying too hard

“Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” — Batman Rewatch 2018

Holy flashbacks, Batman! I was raised on Adam West and Burt Ward’s Batman TV series. Every time we visited my grandparents’, my grandpa produced a new video tape of episodes he’d been taping since our last visit. The 1960s show — in all its unapologetically campy and cheesy brilliance — is one of the earliest shows … More “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” — Batman Rewatch 2018

Diversity in Hollywood: The Power (and Limits) of Narratives

I’ve always been a bit of a reluctant blonde. I don’t dislike my hair color, but blonde has never felt like me. I wasn’t a cheerleader. I have never cared about makeup or fashion. Growing up, I was the one who was good at school. I’d also worn glasses since age five, and I was … More Diversity in Hollywood: The Power (and Limits) of Narratives

Arrow & Kreisberg: Just an Illusion of Inclusion & Equity?

The CW’s expanding collection of DC Comics shows have been my favorite for a while. I’ve deeply admired the ways showrunner Greg Berlanti and his staff write strong female characters, aren’t afraid to have POC love interests, and have — again and again — cast their shows with actors who more accurately reflect the ethnic diversity … More Arrow & Kreisberg: Just an Illusion of Inclusion & Equity?

Glossary: How to Talk About America’s Racial Wounds — With Pop Culture Examples

Hey there. If you’ve been following the news, then you’re likely aware that hundreds of (literal, flag-carrying) American Nazis recently marched around Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying tiki torches, injured 19 people, and killed a woman. America’s racial wounds. They’re a thing. White Americans have spent over 400+ years, since we first started living on this continent, … More Glossary: How to Talk About America’s Racial Wounds — With Pop Culture Examples

Pride & Prejudice is Emotional Manipulation and We All Fall for It

When it comes to the great romances of literature, it’s pretty hard to beat Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy of Pride & Prejudice. If you’re familiar with Jane Austen’s classic novel, or one of its many film adaptations, you probably love Mr. Darcy. He’s the perfect romantic hero: brooding and intense, a bit misunderstood, but with a heart of … More Pride & Prejudice is Emotional Manipulation and We All Fall for It