About J. Ryan Parker

Killer Serials: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Season 3, Eps. 7-9


The next installment of Killer Serials, in which Tony Jones and I discuss episodes 7-9 of the third season of Orange is the New Black. … [Read more...]

SENSE8 and the Politics of Watching TV


The new Netflix series, Sense8 (by the Wachowski siblings) isn't a great series, but, set in the context of the ever-expanding television market, it is a must-watch series if you care about what type of content gets made.  … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Season 3, Eps. 4-6


Tony and I are back with the second installment of Killer Serials and a look at episodes four, five, and six of the third season of Orange is the New Black. … [Read more...]

True Detective, “The Western Book of the Dead” Post Mortem


Given the ever-improving nature of television dramas, it's difficult to write confidently about a series after the pilot episode or to write off a series after a bad episode or two. How many people absolutely loved the first episode of The Wire? Writers and producers are playing a long game and people who reflect on the medium must adapt as well. Yet as a massive fan of the first season of True Detective, I wanted to weigh in on last night's second season premier, even though there's not much, in … [Read more...]

KILLER SERIALS: Orange is the New Black, Season 3, Eps. 1-3


Good friend, theologian, and author Tony Jones and I are kicking off a new blog series today, which will eventually evolve into a full-on podcast. It's called Killer Serials, and in it we will take a closer look at some of the most talked-about television series from new broadcast and cable series to new Netflix content to old favorites available on other streaming services like Amazon and Hulu. In terms of streamed content, we will write about them three episodes at a time. If the series is … [Read more...]

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: Or Why We Should Celebrate the Rise of the Nones


A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released their latest study on America's changing religious landscape, which finds that young folks are not attending--or leaving--the church in droves. The "Nones" (or as George Clooney's character, Ulysses Everett McGill, referred to himself in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the "unaffiliated") are on the rise. Christians of all stripes continue to speculate and worry about what this means for our future...another case of what Richard Lindsay likes to call … [Read more...]

Grief, Revenge, and Other Ghosts of the Past in Netflix’s BLOODLINE


With so much good original Netflix content, you'd be forgiven for bailing on Bloodline after the first episode or two, especially when Daredevil released only a couple of weeks later. Bloodline's narrative starts slow, even if it is bolstered by stellar performances. If you're patient enough, however, you'll be rewarded with a story that rises to the level of its actors' considerable talent. WARNING: A SPOILER-FILLED REFLECTION AHEAD. … [Read more...]

Cross Roads: Faith and Film Renewal, Tribeca Overview


Faith and film pilgrim and new Pop Theology contributor Kenny Dickson gives us an overview of a selection of films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival that take oppression and individuals' efforts to break free as their central themes.  … [Read more...]