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“Faith is only a word, embroidered.” — A Primer on The Handmaid’s Tale, coming to Hulu

On April 26th, Hulu is premiering the first episode of its TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s prize-winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Frankly, an extensive adaptation of that work couldn’t have come at a better time, and while it’s horrifying that it’s necessary, I’m nonetheless looking forward to it. The Handmaid’s Tale is an excellent novel telling a compelling story; and there’s a reason why now’s the time to tell it. Continue reading →

Emerald City and White Male Villainy: How the Wizard Destroyed Oz

I’ve recently finished the first season of Emerald City, the NBC TV adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s children’s novel The Wizard of Oz. The show takes many artistic liberties with the text, transforming it into something new, but this meta won’t be a comparison piece between the novel and the show (not least because it’s been ages since I read it). What the many transformations amount to, however, is the fundamental narrative of a man finding fault with his lot in life and taking the opportunity in a new world to reinvent himself — by subjugating others. Continue reading →

“I’m the nanny!” — Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Oh, I have missed this. So, so much. I found some of Moffat’s Christmas Specials a little bumpy, but I really had fun watching this. The story was well-paced enough, the nefarious plan was engaging rather than entirely foreseeable, and the script combined fun and suspense as well as a few wistful moments following on the heels of the previous episode, The Husbands of River Song. Continue reading →

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Summer

Rory is… back in Stars Hollow, in spite of her fervent denials. Feeling like a failure and unable to think her way out of that corner under her own steam, she moves back in with her mother and Luke.

Summer is easily the weakest out of the four episodes, so this review will be relatively brief, at least compared to the one about the somewhat meatier Spring.

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Winter

Ten years after the Season 7 finale, we are back in Stars Hollow, our little New England town that seemed to get nuttier and yet more endearing with every festival and tradition-fuelled shenanigans. Hell, I’ve even missed Taylor — but only a little bit. The Netflix revival was a highly anticipated event, with the enduring fanbase to boost it to the top of the ratings stats for a single-day release. All four episodes went live on Nov 25, worldwide, and so the Internet has been a-buzz with what it all means and what’s going to happen next (if indeed anything is going to happen). Continue reading →