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Literal Misfits

August 30, 2011 by


Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans often bemoan the fact that no television show of BtVS caliber has been created since Buffy‘s last season. They wonder if an heir to the Slayer throne will ever appear on the airwaves again. Then along came the British superhero dramedy Misfits. Though it seems more similar in subject matter […]

The Fragile Bodies of Mad Men

August 16, 2011 by


I’ve gone a month without health insurance. With every ache and pain I worry about what it could mean, projecting the cost of a hospital visit, wondering about how other uninsured people handle the anxiety. My body feels more fragile than it ever has because I know that one mistake while chopping vegetables or crossing […]

Colbert in Company: The Takeover of the Television Persona

June 12, 2011 by


On June 19, skymechanic and I are going to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute  to see Stephen Colbert and a host of other celebrities in a limited-release recording of the New York Philharmonic’s revival of Company. This post isn’t about Company (though someday I’d like to discuss its proto-manchild protagonist) but about media coverage of […]

Abed the Hero: Race and Role-playing on “Community”

May 24, 2011 by


Though we as viewers like to think of a hero as driving the action of his story, the machinery of a television show – where its plot comes from – is rarely located within its hero. Perhaps this is because television shows grant their heroes subjectivity as a matter of course. Viewers are granted insight […]

Helga’s Makeover, Part Two

April 8, 2011 by


After being slighted by her peers for failing to properly perform femininity, Helga takes action. She heads to the corner store for some teen girl magazines, which she slips in with her other “usual” reading at the store. Helga knows that the hyperfemininity of teen mags doesn’t mesh with the tough exterior she’s created. As […]

Helga’s Makeover, Part One

April 3, 2011 by


Like so many children of the nineties, I’m a huge fan of Hey Arnold!. Oddly enough, I always found myself identifying with Helga G. Pataki, the school bully and secret romantic. That disconnect between the bully and romantic personas, like the disconnect between Helga’s brusque demeanor and the girly pink bow she always wore, reflected […]