Girls: How a Generation Learns To Take Control

One of the strangest things I’ve noticed on Lena Dunham’s show Girls is how much the character Hannah closely resembles the public persona of the show’s creator. She’s a brash, narcissistic know-it-all who tends to talk until everyone around her becomes bewildered, angry, or both. What I find so interesting is that author-insert characters tend to…

Black Mirror: The Boundaries of Horror

Crafting a solid horror story is at once incredibly difficult and even harder to explain. Like comedy, horror is entirely subjective—without a solid framework, good elements can end up being dog-piled by the unnecessary and repetitive. Unlike comedy, however, which can create effective commentary through satire and wit, horror’s strengths remain deeply rooted in a…

Westworld: Dissonance

Spoilers for Westworld season 1 What is humanity? What elements define our progress, and how do we rationalize our sentience in a manner that doesn’t involve an excuse of divine intervention? Are we gods, or are we animals who simply strayed too far from the natural cycle of life and are clawing to find our…

Master of None Captures the Real Symptoms of the Internet Age

Spoilers for Master of None If there’s one thing I hate, it’s misrepresentation. Over-reliance on stereotypes, broad characterizations, and one-note characters meant to send a message or move a plot along don’t have much of a place in modern entertainment. And yet, it’s not uncommon to see old, out of touch depictions of the “millennial.”…

Breaking Bad: Destiny

Spoilers for Breaking Bad Walter White lost control of his life a long time ago when he had to compromise between keeping his job at a potentially multi-billion dollar company or providing for his new family with what little money he could salvage from selling his shares. From then on, he continued to settle and…

Stranger Things: Tropes & Clichés Taking on a Life of Their Own

The Duffer Brothers’s Stranger Things, which premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016, rigidly follows formulas set by writers and directors of the 80s. In fact, it could be argued that Stranger Things is simply a prolonged homage to the works of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. Entire subplots and characters are ripped straight from…