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...]

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...]

Raging Devil: DAREDEVIL and the Failure of Imagination


Posts have been sparse on Pop Theology over the last few months. Richard and I are working to correct that. Of course, with constant Netflix series either releasing or returning and the impending tidal wave of summer blockbusters, we have our work cut out for us. Over the weekend, I finished the new critically-acclaimed Netflix series, Daredevil. I loved it, even though it was a failure...of a sort. Warning: spoilers galore. … [Read more...]

Summer Silliness: Sharknado 2 & Black Jesus


I never thought I’d say this, but thank God for cable television. As a Basic Cable family, we hold on to the Box because it lets us watch Comedy Central, Rachel Maddow, and the occasional broadcast for my hometown sports teams, the Reds and the Bengals. Most of the rest is wall-to-wall reality TV – nothing but “Redneck Vacation” and “Pawn Stars” as far as the eye can see.But something about the summer makes Cable throw caution to the wind, and the result is some pretty ridiculously wonderful … [Read more...]