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Daredevil as a symbol of civic responsibility in the wake of tragedy

[ 71 ] April 14, 2015 |


Here’s my first long-read culture piece for Salon — and not surprisingly, it’s about something extremely nerdy. Excerpt:

The larger argument the show makes is about the nature and necessity of different kinds of heroism — and the kind of social responsibility they entail. “Daredevil” almost never strays from Hell’s Kitchen, an area of New York City which, the audience is repeatedly told, was effectively demolished by the events in Joss Whedon’s first “Avengers” film. The Avengers were responsible for repelling an alien invasion, which is highly commendable, don’t get me wrong — but someone has to pick up the pieces of the society that’s shattered by the collateral damage, and that’s what shows like “Daredevil” are explicitly about.

In fact, all of the shows Marvel will be producing with Netflix take place in this same small slice of the Marvel cinematic universe — and all of them address the human cost of having your city host a Hollywood action sequence. This is something Hollywood itself has never done, and television only rarely. Even the closest, the third season of “Battlestar Galactica,” had the feel of a reconstruction happening elsewhere, due its visual and narrative references to Iraq.

Daredevil’s certainty — and the desire for it — isn’t a reflection on the world the audience lives in, but in the large cinematic one Marvel is creating. Which is, I acknowledge, something of a cop out. The work is produced and proving to be quite popular in a historical moment rife with divisions between the authority of those who govern and the people they are supposed to protect — but in traditional noir fashion, the show is quite critical of the established authorities. “Daredevil” does not encourage viewers to kowtow to police, as the NYPD is institutionally and irrevocably corrupt…

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 1 — “The Wars to Come”

[ 73 ] April 13, 2015 |


Game of Thrones is back, and so are we! In this episode, we discuss the show’s first-ever flashback, CGI harpys, and so much more.

To read Steven Attewell’s piece on Daenerys and the question of Iraq vs. Reconstruction as historical metaphor, see here.

PS: SEK edited out all the episode 2 spoilers he accidentally let loose because he’s an asshole, but just in case he missed one, he’s sorry — and an asshole.


How and why Sally Draper ends up being Mad Men’s most important character

[ 11 ] April 12, 2015 |


For a long time now I’ve teased y’all about my theory that Mad Men is really all about Sally instead of Don “The Dick Whitman” Draper. Here’s my attempt to prove it once and for all. Because it’s something I wrote, I don’t find it nearly as compelling as it should be, but if nothing else it’s a means of starting to reevaluate an ensemble show that’s — understandably — tied to the idea that its lead character is a dapper silhouette of a man.

Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast — The Flash — Amanda Marcotte, Arturo Garcia & SEK

[ 9 ] April 6, 2015 |


I grant you — no pun intended — that the image there is probably the least Flash-y image of Barry Allen I could find online, but I assure you that you’ll enjoy the hour-and-a-half Amanda, Arturo and I spent talking about the CW’s hit series. We covered all the angles as only the three of us could — meaning that Amanda and Arturo said very smart things about race and class and gender while I just cursed once in a while to remind people I exist and how I roll.

In all seriousness, though, I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we did producing it.

Game of Thrones podcast — Season 2, Episode 10 — “Valar Morghulis”

[ 2 ] April 6, 2015 |


And with this post, Steven and I have now matched Game of Thrones episode-for-episode…but unfortunately those fuckers are about to start another season, so you have much more to look forward from us in the coming months. Enjoy!

Community podcast: SEK and Arturo Garcia on the problems with #SixSeasonAndAMovie

[ 8 ] April 2, 2015 |


So my soon-to-be-former Raw Story cohort Arturo Garcia and I decided we had things to say about the sixth season of Community, and what better place to say them then in a podcast?* It contains spoilers for all episodes up to the fourth as well as rampant speculation as to how the season would conclude in an ideal world.

*I say “soon-to-be-former” because I got a new gig as a staff writer/assistant editor at Salon and my thinking is, “life-altering announcements are always best made in footnotes.” I start in mid-April and will have more details about what I’ll be doing there in the next few weeks.


Game of Thrones podcast: Season 2, Episode 9 — “Blackwater”

[ 4 ] April 1, 2015 |



Game of Thrones podcast: Season 2, Episode 8 — “Prince of Winterfell”

[ 3 ] March 31, 2015 |



Game of Thrones podcast: Season 2, Episode 7 — “Man Without Honor”

[ 3 ] March 20, 2015 |


Game of Thrones podcast: Season 2, Episode 6 — “The Old Gods and The New”

[ 2 ] March 19, 2015 |


Game of Thrones podcast: Season 2, Episode 5 — “The Ghosts of Harrenhal”

[ 3 ] March 12, 2015 |


Game of Throne podcast: Season 2, Episode 4 — “Garden of Bones”

[ 1 ] March 11, 2015 |


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