LOST Meaning-Making

Rather than simply escapist television, I would argue that for many fans of the series their experiences of LOST were highly religious in nature. While numerous definitions of religion exist, one rather basic definition could be that which attempts to explain the meaning of life and what happens to us during and after death. There can be no doubt that, according to this definition, LOST functioned as a religious text. [Read more…]

Vampires Define Them: The Portrayal of Religion in TRUE BLOOD

Next week, I will be participating in a conference, “Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture,” at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I will be presenting a paper entitled “True Blood, Real Life?: Religious Fundamentalism, Gay Rights, (Non)Violence, and the American South in True Blood.” [Read more…]

Life After Death?: Virtual Resurrection

Nearly every episode of the five seasons of Battlestar Galactica offered fodder for theological, moral, or ethical discussion, while also providing an action-packed, engaging narrative.  Building on the success of this series, the creators developed a prequel series, Caprica, which takes place on the titular planet and focuses on the Adama and Graystone families, both [Read More…]