The Televangelists: An Apocalypse You Can Believe In

Revolution

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Last week, Slate's Torie Bosch posted a rather unorthodox critique of NBC's new sci-fi series, Revolution. She didn't seem to actively dislike the show, but something about it bugged her... the fact that the women in the show's post-apocalyptic society still had perfect hair. The daughter of Revolution, Charlie (played by Tracy Spiridakos), wears carefully tousled waves with a … [Read more...]

Live Free or Die Hard? Walter White's Spectacular Imaginative Failure

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Editor's Note: Spoiler alert if you're not up to date on Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad has always been about the .111958%. In season one we see a flashback of high school chemistry teacher Walter White at a chalk board discussing the chemical makeup of the human body. He is able to account for 99.888042% of the elements that constitute a human being. Wondering aloud about the remaining .111958%, Walt tells his former love interest that there has “got to be more to a human being than that.” … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: Revenge of the City Hunter

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Over the last year, Netflix1 has been drawing newcomers into the expansive world of Korean dramas (or K-dramas) by making a number of shows available and then pushing them into the Recommended Viewing lists that make up their browsing experience. South Korea's television produce is part of what's been termed the Korean wave, a surge in the international visibility of Korean pop culture. … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: NBC's Olympics coverage could be so much better

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. I'm going through withdrawal. After two weeks of reveling in the Olympics, I've returned back to "normal" life where gold medals, world records, and inspirational feats of human strength and prowess are few and far between. I might have to fire up my DVR every so often during the next few weeks to get another little fix... at least, until the 2014 Winter Games commence. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: It Takes a Village (of Time-Traveling Dinosaurs)

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. My toddler and I watch Dinosaur Train nearly every afternoon after she wakes up from her nap. The PBS show follows the Pteranodon family, a nuclear clan of 5 pteranodons and an adopted Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy. During each episode, Buddy and his family explore the Mesozoic Era, meet its inhabitants while learning about the natural world, sing catchy tunes, … [Read more...]

Sex & Thrones: Four Christian Views on Sex in “Game of Thrones”

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There are two things you should know about Game of Thrones (otherwise known as the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire). It is among the best epic fantasy stories ever written (sorry, Wheel of Time) and it is for "mature" readers/viewers only, really. Ever since HBO premiered their adaptation of the first novel last April, the popularity of the series has grown tremendously. The first episode of Season One attracted 2.2 million viewers (Wiki). By the season finale of the second … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: The Angelic Ambiguity of "Haibane Renmei"

What comes to mind when you see the word "anime"? Chances are, the list probably includes such tropes as giant robots, ridiculously proportioned female characters wielding ridiculously large weapons, angst-ridden male characters, lots of sex, lots of violence, and lots of violent sex. This is understandable, when you consider most of anime titles that have informed the American awareness of the art-form. However, anime, along with manga, is an incredibly diverse field, with titles and stories … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Does "Bunheads" Have The Right Moves?

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Fans of the retired TV series Gilmore Girls learned to expect certain things from the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, during its seven-season run. Things like the quirky small-town setting, charmingly humorous dialogue, a strong supporting cast, acoustic guitar strumming in the background, a bold sprinkling of pop culture references, and a savvy-yet-rebellious lead female who … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Pretty Little Liars Unravel the Truth

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Tuesday’s Season Three premiere of Pretty Little Liars displayed all the elements that make the show, part teen drama and part mystery, successful: vulnerable but brave teenage girls, rainstorms and secluded rural settings, and layers upon layers of plot twists. This season, there’s a new “A” in town, and the four protagonists face the uncertainty of figuring out the identity of … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: Game of Thrones and the Postmagic World

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. It was no surprise that I really liked Game of Thrones when I first started watching it. In fact, I knew I was going to like it before I had even seen the pilot episode. I was, after all, the kid who had read a certain trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien time upon time -- getting into the thick backstory and looking at old maps of a place that never existed. I would later, of course, go on to … [Read more...]


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