11. Netflix and Hulu: “A Relative Amount of Creative Freedom” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #12: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang #11: Netflix and Hulu What do #8, #9, and #17 on our list have in common? All of them exist (in the U.S. at least) solely on the internet via either Netflix or Hulu, streaming video services that have expanded their original vision from letting us watch existing television programs to creating original programming. You can’t watch House … [Read more...]

17. House of Cards: “Only Us. Small. Solitary. Striving.” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #18: Jason Isbell - Southeastern #17: House of Cards (Netflix) Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is a Democratic Congressman out for revenge after he is passed over as Secretary of State. This original web drama series produced by and available exclusively on Netflix, is set in Washington D.C.’s political scene, as Frank maneuvers and manipulates people and events to … [Read more...]

21. The Mindy Project: “Delivers the Laughs Without Delving into Snark” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #22: Cart Life (PC) #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) These are the things I should tell you about The Mindy Project: Mindy Kaling is a woman, she is curvy, she is Indian, she is funny, she writes/produces/directs and she stars in her own television show. But here is what I really want to tell you: Mindy Kaling is spinning a web of romantic comedy nostalgia around herself, straining to … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on Homosexuality: Abusing the Yuck Factor

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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has recently come under fire for some comments he made about homosexuality in an interview reported by GQ. In all honesty, I'm surprised it took quite this long for controversy to arise from the strong opinions of a conservative gun-toting and bible-thumping family watched weekly by 14 million Americans. In the interview, Phil says many things about his Christian faith, but there are some particulars from the conversation that have stirred up groups like GLAAD which … [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 … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: An Existential End to the Governor’s Hope

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Checkmate. There’s no more chess for the Governor after Michonne stabs him through the heart. His assault on the prison confirmed what viewers suspected last week: the Governor is back in full-force. His resurgence comes as he reconciles himself to his immutability. Experience has told him he can’t change, no matter what Rick says. The normative role of his experience leaves … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: In which the Governor Remembers who He Is

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How do you accept who you are when who you are is a monster? Often culture teaches us to love ourselves just as we are. Accept who you are and you’ll find the happiness you seek, we are assured. The Governor’s struggle to accept himself, however, seems a far more complicated matter. While he wants to be Brian-- a simple family man, far more interested in survival than in rebuilding civilization--, he realizes in this episode that he has to be the Governor. The Governor’s return comes only … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 11: Best of Show

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Ask fans for their favorite moments from any story and you’ll get a full spectrum of responses. Some quips, plots, characters, special-effect bits, anything, will rise to the top because of that strange wibbly-wobbly (see what I did there?) force of “meme”-ification. Other favorites will be all over the place because of personalities and histories. Recently I began viewing the television series Arrow on Netflix, and I strongly identified with the older-brother hero, Oliver. Days later, … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 10: Showing the Perfect Forever-Love Story

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Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine.  Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism” Part 9: From Dark Sci-Fi to Joyous Fantasy Christians may have one deadlocked … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Governor Returns, but will He be Redeemed?

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. An entire episode about the Governor? I’ll admit, I’ve been curious about what happened to him after the end of last season. We all knew he was going to make a comeback, but this isn’t exactly the same Governor. He is seemingly changing, and that change is tied up in finding a new family. The return of parenthood, however, just doesn’t seem like a believable story of … [Read more...]


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