Children in The Twilight Zone

As I mentioned in my post about The X-Files, The Twilight Zone was a favorite show of mine in my own youth. When I set out to cover childhood in spooky entertainment, I was curious to see what childhood looked like on The Twilight Zone. I could not remember many episodes that featured kids. When … Continue reading

Learning from Tami Taylor. Learning from Our Stories.

I was in a relationship with another person (I call him He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named) when the last few episodes of Friday Night Lights aired. I was gripped by the argument between Coach and Tami while he puttered about, not really understanding what I was so invested in, since he hadn’t watched the show before. If you haven’t … Continue reading

The Bridge’s Disappointing Twist

Remember over the summer when I was so hopeful about The Bridge and the way the show shed light on the multiple institutions that allowed for the continual mass violence against women on the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly the border between El Paso and Juarez? Oh, I should have known. For the first few episodes, The … Continue reading

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

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

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