The Bridge Pilot: Bodies on the Border

Last night was the much anticipated (for me, at least) premiere of The Bridge, the new FX drama about homicide detectives on the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As I wrote earlier, I was curious and nervous about the prospect of a TV show dealing with the staggering number of murders committed … Continue reading

Veronica Mars on the Border

This week my brilliant friend Megan and I submitted a draft of our essay on Veronica Mars and feminism to our editors. (Yay!) As we were brainstorming and planning our paper, I kept coming back to the relationship between fictional Neptune, California and the U.S.-Mexico border. Clearly, I had the border on my mind after … Continue reading

Colbert Report: Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen interviewed Andrew Solomon on his new book Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. It sounds interesting!  I think there’s something a little troubling about the way he defines “dramatically different,” because focusing on differences such as disability, criminality, mental illness, transgender experience, or … Continue reading

Don and Sally: Mad Men 6.13: “In Care Of”

So,  no one died. I just watched the Mad Men season 6 finale and I just have a few thoughts. There wasn’t much in the finale regarding Sally and Don, but what there was was pretty significant. Let’s not forget, also, that the title of the finale, “In Care Of” references the letters getting sent … Continue reading

Sally Draper, Badass: Mad Men 6.12

In Mad Men 6.12 “The Quality of Mercy,” we see the fallout from Sally’s discovery about Don begin to unfold. I was surprised, however, that it came in the form of a request to go to boarding school. Betty senses that something’s up, but assumes it’s something more run of the mill than walking in … Continue reading

What Sally Saw: Mad Men 6.11 “Favors”

“Dear God,” is right. And has Don ever looked worse? [If you haven’t watched tonight’s Mad Men, you might want to stop here for now.] A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an overly-long post about Sally Draper and how she functions on a symbolic level on Mad Men. One of the layers of meaning … Continue reading

The Sally Draper Mystique

Spending the first portion of my summer sick in bed gave me the opportunity to do something I’d been meaning to do for sometime. I reviewed Mad Men in a condensed timeframe, watching particularly for the development of Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka). I’m drawn to Sally for various reasons. She’s a fascinating character for thinking … Continue reading

Heads Up: The Bridge on FX

Monday night I saw this ad on TV: First of all, it is super creepy, but it also uses the now iconic image of the pink crosses honoring the dead and missing in the Juárez, Mexico feminicide. My interest was piqued, not from an entertainment standpoint, but because I just did an analysis of literary … Continue reading

Glee: Shooting Star

Oh, Glee. Why do you do the things you do? I’m going to be brief on this because it’s been talked about a lot already, but I think there’s something really complicated and frustrating about how Glee‘s school shooting episode, “Shooting Star,” played out. First of all, they did an episode about a school shooting. … Continue reading

The Evolution of April Ludgate: A Celebration

In the shadow of a looming How-the-edit-do-I-get-this-all-done-and-well breakdown, I turn to my happy place, Parks and Recreation. I’ve written before about Ron Swanson’s feminism and the growth of his character while also hinting at a post about April Ludgate. I’ve been thinking about it since January. There are many loveable characters on Parks and Recreation. … Continue reading