Creating Monsters to Devour Us

Man’s hubris knows no bounds. Mary Shelley knew this when she wrote the now-famous novel, Frankenstein. And so it is a fitting tribute to have her portrait hung on the walls of a mansion in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as a reminder to audiences that the themes of her book are still relevant today. The... Continue Reading →

The Crown: Act of God

I wonder, when was the first time someone blamed God for a horrific act against humanity? And when will be the last time, when He finally shows up (again) to roll His divine eyes and say, “Honestly, mortals, must you blame everything on me? I gave you brains for a reason. You could use them... Continue Reading →

The Crown: Windsor

I’ve never known a Brit without an opinion on the Duke of Windsor, also known as the “abdicated king.” And I cannot guess what the writer thinks of him, either, since he makes him in turns, dreadful and pitiable. “David” enters an England glad to see him (if you ask the wrong people), and loathe... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who: Change Begins With You

One of my friends told me this episode played to her worst nightmare: the inability to research history with accuracy. Historical research is already inaccurate, because unless you’re dealing with sources with proven facts and not eyewitness accounts, hearsay, historian hypothesis, or personal letters, whatever perspective you receive is slanted by someone’s bias. History is... Continue Reading →

Embrace the Emptiness

Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what he believes. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit, without hope, without witness, without reward. People really hate the unknown. They try desperately to predict their futures, to map it out. They consult psychics, develop ten year plans, Google how to get... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who & the Price of Sacrifice

The Doctor had a bone to pick with capitalism this week, which I can’t disagree with; capitalism has its place, but not when it replaces humanity. In this episode, the Doctor slowly unravels the truth: humans have become “inefficient” in a space station, and their suits are programmed to kill expenses – these humans breathe... Continue Reading →

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