As anyone who has ever heard me talk about my childhood of my favorite books knows, I LOVE science fiction and fantasy. I was raised on superheroes, I run a biweekly Dungeons and Dragons game, and I audited a science fiction graduate seminar. I’ve forced people to read The Southern Reach Trilogy. I’m invested in promoting the work of Octavia Butler. Considering my love of sci fi, I’m always disappointed when stores have lackluster “genre fiction” sections that only cater to pulpy paperback readers and Game of Thrones fans (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but like Ariel, sometimes I want more).
Today Mary and guest blogger Todd Osborne talk about one of their new favorite shows, Runaways, a Hulu original based on the Marvel comic series of the same name.
The show follows a group of friends--Alex, Chase, Karolina, Gert, Molly, and Nico--as they discover that their parents are not what they seem.
As always, this post will be full of spoilers (though lighter ones than usual). Read more under the cut!
2017 is drawing to a close, which means it's almost January, and almost time for the The Bachelor. The Squad has always approached The Bachelor franchise with varying levels of enthusiasm (meaning everyone is enthusiastic except for Kelli), but the 22nd season is a special kind of bummer, as it's centered around less-than-ideal Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Junior. Come January 1st, we will be subject to approximately four hundred hours worth of some white dude's legendary make-out skills. Now is the winter of our discontent. Full stop.
Though we're disappointed in The Bachelor himself, we have reached a stage of acceptance (you can read Susan's blog post about the process here). Anyway, Arie's not so important — the Squad is all about girl power, and we're still excited to watch 29 women forge long-lasting friendships and drink lots of free alcohol. The cast of the 2018 season has been revealed, and we're here to offer our first impressions. Check them out after the cut.
This past week, Riverdale gave us its first ever Christmas episode. I want you to think about this for a second: this entire show started at the beginning of the Riverdale school year. That means that everything we’ve seen since the very first episode of this show has taken place over the course of less than five months. Just soak that in.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is not just a Christmas episode, but it’s also the mid-season finale (which means that we’re only halfway through this shit, people). Because it’s the last episode for a couple of weeks, a LOT went down, but don’t worry — I’m here to outline every stupid detail for you.
Sadly, Mary was not able to join in on this particular adventure, so this week the thoughts and hot takes are all mine. That being said, please enjoy this very special and very long Christmas edition of the BSG Riverdale recap.
Because I’m a masochist, I decided the best way to read Carrie Fisher’s memoir, The Princess Diarist, was not to read it at all, but to listen to it. I knew going in that it was Fisher herself who narrated her story, detailing her life before, during, and after Star Wars: A New Hope. Like many of the people Fisher writes about in her memoir, I was introduced to Star Wars at a young age. I think I was seven; my brother would have been two. We rented A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi on VHS and our lives were never the same. I wrote ardent fan mail to my heroes — addressed to Leia, Han, and Luke. My brother wept openly when Darth Vader died. We kept A New Hope, never returning it to the video store down the block. It was, and is, part of our lives.
One of the things Fisher said she loved hearing about most was which characters the littlest Star Wars fans loved. But The Princess Diarist isn’t just the ultimate cache of knowledge for the nerdiest of us all. Instead, Fisher’s memoir works through some of the most fundamental questions that a woman is faced with as she grows up, in each stage of growing up. The memoir can be split thematically into three sections—before, during, and after—though they weave together throughout the entirety of the book, which gives the listener a sense that Fisher is speaking directly to them. Storytelling, the way you might talk to a friend as you recount the most important things in your life.
The eighth episode of Riverdale’s second season focuses mostly around the retirement of FP Jones from the Southside Serpents. I didn’t know that gang retirement was a thing, but there are a lot of things that I didn’t know were things before this blessedly informative show brought them into my awareness.
The episode’s title, House of the Devil, may be referring to a 2009 horror film of the same name - one of my favorites, if you’re looking for something spooky to watch. However, unlike some of the other titles, I’m not sure how this reference really works with the themes or events of the episode. We don’t get anything particularly Satanic, but we do get more information about the Riverdale Reaper and the murder house, plus the most iconic use of the song Mad World since Donnie Darko. Why didn’t they name this episode Mad World? Idiots.
Anyway, read on (if you dare) for Mary and Kelli’s spoilerific two-part recap of Riverdale S2E08: Mad World. I mean, House of the Devil.
If you’re a DC fan like me, then you probably had veiled and desperate hopes for this month’s Justice League—anything to replace last year’s Batman v Superman. And if you’re like me, then you were perhaps pleasantly surprised by the latest film. It maintained the seriousness of the DC comics, as well as the darkness of the threat its main villain carried. And since the threat is darker, the team assembled to fight it is darker. But thanks to Joss Whedon’s influence, we got more comedy in the balance. The overall disappointment with this film was the blatant male gaze that uplifted the macho and the overbearing, and belittled the feminine and the powerful. I will point out things the film did well, but unfortunately, that aspect tainted the majority of the storyline, so much so that it wrote the title of this article itself. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at areas where this film succeeded and failed, starting with the team itself.
Watch out for spoilers after the cut!
On this past week’s episode, "Tales from the Darkside," Riverdale plays with a new format inspired, we can only assume, by the 1980s horror series of the same name. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of Tales from the Darkside before I googled it today, but a Twilight Zone-esque anthology series created by none other than George A. Romero seems more than worthy of checking out. In fact, it might even be a better show than Riverdale.
Okay, it’s most likely a better show than Riverdale, but… we’re still here.
The episode opens with a static title card informing us that what we’re about to witness is a retelling of the “tragic events that befell the town of Riverdale,” and without further ado, we’re dropped into the action. Join us, won’t you, for our recap of these… TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE.
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