About Geoffrey Reiter

Geoffrey Reiter is Assistant Professor of English at the Baptist College of Florida. He holds a B.A. in English from Nyack College and a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, along with an M.A. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Downton Abbey: People Talk

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the seventh episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light.Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family.Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End?Episode Six: Downton Abbey: Gu … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Means to an End?

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the fifth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light.Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family.Downton Abbey's most recent episode kept to the more subdued pace consistent with … [Read more...]

CBS’s ‘Intelligence’ Tests the Trade-Offs of Technology

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Warning: This article includes spoilers for the early episodes of CBS’s Intelligence.On January 7, CBS launched its most popular show of the new season, Intelligence. Created by Michael Seitzman, Intelligence boasts an impressive cast that includes Josh Holloway (Lost), Megan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), and John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise). The series follows Gabriel Vaughn (Holloway), an agent commissioned by the fictional US Cyber Command to act as an “ … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Bring the Light

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the third episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.The third episode of Downton Abbey to air on PBS this season introduced some new wrinkles but was primarily dedicated to resolving (or at least working through) some of the conflicts … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the fourth season premiere of Downton Abbey.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.On Sunday, American television audiences got their first glimpse of British hit Downton Abbey’s fourth season. As expected, plenty of changes occurred following the traumatic death of Matthew Crawley in a car accident at the end of the show’s third season. His widow Mary is now left with … [Read more...]

Science Fiction’s Dark Star: Alfred Bester at 100

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It would be easy to miss, but December 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Bester, one of the pioneers of modern science fiction. A Manhattan native, Bester began his career as a writer in earnest in the 1940s, publishing pulp science fiction, penning radio scripts, and doing work for DC Comics on Superman and Green Lantern titles. In the 1950s, however, he followed the trend of science fiction away from the short story magazine world to the realm of novels. It was in this … [Read more...]

‘Atlantis’ Is a Lost City (and a Lost Opportunity)

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Following Doctor Who’s long-awaited return on November 23, BBC America premiered the first episode of another British import, Atlantis. Atlantis follows Jason (Jack Donnelly), a 21st century man who, in seeking his lost father, is brought to ancient Atlantis. There, he quickly finds himself in the odd company of the geeky mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and the dissolute “hero” Hercules (Mark Addy). An oracle of Poseidon (Juliet Stevenson) reveals that Jason originally hails from Atlantis … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Silver Chair’

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Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them. There is no substitute for Lewis’s celebrated children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia: readers can delight in them as children and retu … [Read more...]

‘Ender’s Game,’ Genocide, and Moral Culpability

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Warning: This piece contains spoilers for the novel and movie versions of Ender’s Game. A film version of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel Ender’s Game has been a long time coming, though in the months leading up to its release, the headlines were as much about Card’s social and political views as the content of the book itself. But even before Card’s views on homosexuality took center stage, Card was already courting controversy just by publishing the very book upon which his reputation largely re … [Read more...]

NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Defangs Sin

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On Friday, October 24, NBC premiered its new series Dracula, starring British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role. The show earned surprisingly solid ratings for a late-Friday time slot, suggesting that, like its eponymous vampire, it may possess some longevity. Loosely based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name, Dracula follows the infamous Count to 1896 London, where he is posing as the nouveau riche American inventor Alexander Grayson and promising a new steampunk-style form … [Read more...]


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