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  • Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E03) “The Knockdown”

    Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E03) “The Knockdown”

    Period series can be a challenge, especially in a contemporary climate. However, the creators of the Canadian mystery series Murdoch Mysteries established early in their first season that they weren’t afraid to tackle the often problematic issues which stem from a focus on history. Racism and sexism are repeatedly addressed in the series, even appearing as early as episode three of the first season. The case of the week in “The Knockdown” revolves around the death of boxer Amos Robinson (Andrew Hinkson). After winning a match […]

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  • Classic Film Through a Feminist Lens: “Come September”

    Classic Film Through a Feminist Lens: “Come September”

    Mother Nature’s a clever gal She relies on habits  Take two hares with no cares  Pretty soon you have a room full of rabbits  The lyrics above from the Bobby Darin song “Multiplication” crafts a clear image of the tone of the 1961 sex comedy Come September. The film is up-front and open in its’ treatment of sex. The narrative comes from a number of points of view. Not only does it show the prevailing views of sex coming out of the early 1960s, but also […]

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  • Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E05) “Bloody Mary”

    Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E05) “Bloody Mary”

    Previously on Supernatural: Sam and Dean faced off with their first (not quite yellow eyed) demon and won. On this week’s episode, the infamous “Bloody Mary” urban legend is front and center. The brothers are called to Toledo Ohio to investigate the suspicious death of a man, who was found dead with his eyes liquified. The “official” cause of death is a massive stroke, but all signs point towards something supernatural. Upon visiting the family, they meet the victim’s two young daughters. The youngest daughter, […]

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  • Lucifer Recap: (S02E05) “Weaponizer”

    Lucifer Recap: (S02E05) “Weaponizer”

    Previously on Lucifer: Lt. Decker (Lauren German) stumbles from a smoking car crash. She’s bleeding and confused. Life can be fragile, especially when you keep company with angels. Especially a bunch of celestial beings who are tied together by their dysfunctional family life. A lingering question hangs over the story. Will God, or “Dad” as he’s affectionately known, kill Chloe? Lucifer has broken a promise to him by allowing “Mum” to remain on Earth. Will Dad go back on his word as well? This week’s episode, “Weaponizer” […]

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  • Conviction Recap: (S01E04) “Mother’s Little Burden”

    Conviction Recap: (S01E04) “Mother’s Little Burden”

    Previously on Conviction, drama rocked the CIU. The basis of the procedural is built around a cover-up. If the media discovered that the rebellious Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) had been arrested with a bag of cocaine in her purse, only to be rewarded with a plum government job, there would be scandal. Sure enough, right as Hayes and DA Wallace (Eddie Cahill) are ready to move their simmering relationship to the next level, the news breaks. The media knows everything. Luckily, the Morrison’s know damage control. While they prepare for her national […]

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  • Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E02) “Glass Ceiling”

    Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E02) “Glass Ceiling”

    “Sometimes these things just come to me.” This statement sums up the borderline genius investigative skills of Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson). He sees these clues, and understands them at an almost instinctual level. This episode of Murdoch Mysteries, entitled “Glass Ceiling” sees our intrepid Detective plunged into another complicated murder investigation, which only he can solve. As the episode opens, William Murdoch finds himself contemplating a station move and hopeful promotion. However, the conversation is interrupted by the delivery of a trunk to Station House 4. […]

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  • Classic Film Through a Feminist Lens: “One, Two, Three”

    Classic Film Through a Feminist Lens: “One, Two, Three”

    The subject of the Cold War was a common one in the cinema of the middle 20th century. However, there were precious few Cold War comedies. One, Two, Three stands as one of the few (along with Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). The film is a fun and interesting one, dealing not only with issues of sex and gender but politics as well. However, with a closer analysis, the fifty-five year old film proves to be […]

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  • Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E04) “Phantom Traveler”

    Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E04) “Phantom Traveler”

    Previously on Supernatural: Sam and Dean saved the residents of a rural town from an active and vengeful water spirit. On this week’s episode, the boys tackle their first demon. The Winchester’s arrive in Pennsylvania to help Jerry Panowski (Brian Markinson, who Dean and John had solved a poltergeist problem for in the past. When Jerry discovered electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) on a black box salvaged from a recent plane crash, he immediately thought of the Winchester’s. As they speak with the survivors, Sam and Dean discover that the plane went down after […]

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  • Conviction Recap: (S01E03) “Dropping Bombs”

    Conviction Recap: (S01E03) “Dropping Bombs”

    Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) may have a 9-5 job with CIU, working to uphold the integrity of the U.S. justice system. However, Hayes hasn’t changed. She’s still the same girl. As this episode of Conviction opens, Hayes and D.A. Wallace (Eddie Cahill) speak with the media. Everyone (Wallace included) seems incredibly quick to imply that the girl in front of them is the “new” Hayes Morrison, and that they’ve tamed the former party girl. This throws Hayes into a quest. She needs to […]

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  • Lucifer Recap: (S02E04) “Lady Parts”

    Lucifer Recap: (S02E04) “Lady Parts”

    The last three episodes of Lucifer has shown us one thing to start this season. Between his current and former job, and his less than functional family life, the King of Hell is perfectly justified in seeking therapy. As this episode starts, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) visits Dr. Martin (Rachael Harris) for a long-overdue session. Perhaps it’s due to his family issues or the lingering presence of his mother, but Lucifer’s in need of a distraction. The Prince of Darkness got himself his first smart phone. In […]

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  • Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E01) “Power”

    Murdoch Mysteries Rewatch: (S01E01) “Power”

    Last week, the 10th season of the long-running, Canadian, mystery series Murdoch Mysteries premiered on CBC. While we wait for Ovation (which airs the series as “The Artful Detective”) to release the U.S. 10th season premiere date, I’m rewatching of the show, starting from the pilot. The pilot opens in a fully realized turn of the (20th) century Toronto. Our main characters are all at a public display, presenting DC power over the more dangerous AC. Unfortunately, death spoils the show. As she pulls the power switch, “Miss. Toronto Electric and Light,” Alice Howard (Tamsen […]

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  • Classic Film through a Feminist Lens: ‘Where the Boys Are’

    Classic Film through a Feminist Lens: ‘Where the Boys Are’

    . The early years of the 1960s conjure a very specific image in US popular culture. The classic teen film Where the Boys Are is a complicated one. The gorgeous and polished studio picture shows a more layered society as it relates to gender and sexuality than is commonly associated with the early 1960s. The story follows midwestern college students Merritt (Delores Hart), Tuggle (Paula Prentiss), Melanie (Yvette Mimieux) and Angie (singer Connie Francis in her first film role). As the film opens, the girls plan their escape from the […]

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  • Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E03) Dead in the Water

    Supernatural Rewatch: (S01E03) Dead in the Water

    Episode 3 of Season 1 of Supernatural checks off water monsters in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) mystery of the week. In “Dead in the Water“, the brothers find themselves on another detour from finding their Father, as they wind up in Wisconsin on the trail of something causing a series of drownings in a rural lake. The episode has by far the most emotional weight seen so far in the young show. The pilot episode followed a series of events which transpired […]

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  • Lucifer Recap: (S02E03) Sin-Eater

    Lucifer Recap: (S02E03) Sin-Eater

    It seems, even as the devil himself, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) can’t get any privacy from his meddling mother (Tricia Helfer). Previously on Lucifer: After somehow escaping hell, “Mum” finds her way to Los Angeles, and stumbles back into the life of her reluctant son. Lucifer is the King of Hell. The Prince of Darkness. Nothing can cramp his style, or can it? After her reappearance, “Mum” has turned into that houseguest most impossible to get rid of. A mother. To make matters worse, she’s […]

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  • Conviction Recap: (S01E02) Bridge and Tunnel Vision

    Conviction Recap: (S01E02) Bridge and Tunnel Vision

    As this week’s Conviction opens, former first daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) continues to challenge all of the rules dictating her life. Hayes is brash, ballsy, and completely willing to sleep with the hot waiters working at her Mother’s (Bess Armstong) campaign events. As Lou Grant said to Mary Richards, “You’ve got spunk. I hate spunk!” Coming off of their first successful case, the Conviction Integrity Unit needs a strong follow-up. Do they pick one of the many dated conviction files covering the tables, […]

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