Enemies Become Allies – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 3 “Power Broker”

For early access to essays like this, as well as exclusive podcasts, fiction, and poetry, support me on Patreon When you have to turn to a villain for assistance, you know you’ve reached a moral tipping point. It’s a classic trope, made most famous by The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Lecter. Descending further … Continue reading Enemies Become Allies – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 3 “Power Broker”

Finding a New Hero – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode One “New World Order”

The Falcon and The Winter Solider poster art. Source It’s that time again and there’s a new Marvel show to watch on Disney Plus. “New World Order”, the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, places the audience six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes both … Continue reading Finding a New Hero – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode One “New World Order”

The Final Stage of Grief – Review of “WandaVision” Episode 9 “The Series Finale”

The final stage of grief is acceptance and it’s the one that most of us have the most difficulty reaching. All of us have lost someone we love, someone who helped define us and make us the person we are today. Getting to the point of accepting they are no longer going to be with … Continue reading The Final Stage of Grief – Review of “WandaVision” Episode 9 “The Series Finale”

The Dead Are Living and The Living Are Dead – Review of “Wandavision” Episode 6, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular”

Halloween. The one time of the year where it’s perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to think about the dead and the living. Or the living dead. Or in the case of Westview, the “dead” living. Some deeply troubling visions of what is happening in the Anomaly are brought to the forefront in this episode. And more … Continue reading The Dead Are Living and The Living Are Dead – Review of “Wandavision” Episode 6, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular”

Mysteries Revealed and Deepen – Episode 4 of “WandaVision”

Someone please sit J.J. Abrams down to watch the first four episodes of “WandaVision”. Because this is how you build a mystery and then provide some answers while providing new questions for the audience to chew on. “We Interrupt This Program” provides some of the answers to the mysterious goings of the first three episodes, … Continue reading Mysteries Revealed and Deepen – Episode 4 of “WandaVision”

Weirdness in Westview – Review of “Now In Color”, “WandaVision” Episode 3

Three episodes in to the “WandaVision” miniseries and I’m still as deeply intrigued by this show as I was last week. I’ve never been a big fan of sitcoms, mainly because they tend to focus on what I find to be the worst kind of comedy: awkward interactions, absurd situations populated by absurd people, and … Continue reading Weirdness in Westview – Review of “Now In Color”, “WandaVision” Episode 3

Something Strange in the Neighborhood – “WandaVision” Episodes 1 & 2

Poster art for "WandaVision". Source With the first two episodes of the new miniseries WandaVision dropping on Disney+, the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets started on its first slate of stories set after the events of Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man: Far from Home. Using the tropes and storylines common to sitcoms over the eras, WandaVision explores … Continue reading Something Strange in the Neighborhood – “WandaVision” Episodes 1 & 2

A Whole Planet of Nope – Review of “The Passenger”, Episode 2 of “The Mandalorian”

Source Another week has gone by and another episode of "The Mandalorian" has dropped. And this one was a far different but no less enjoyable affair than the last episode. Season openers usually tend to be the action-packed, hit-the-ground-running type of shows, mainly to bring back returning viewers who are looking forward to the new … Continue reading A Whole Planet of Nope – Review of “The Passenger”, Episode 2 of “The Mandalorian”

Review of “The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 1 “The Marshal”

Source It’s that time of year again where we can all forget about the drudgery and disappointment of the Sequel Trilogy and bask in the glow of “The Mandalorian”. I’m a die-hard “Star Wars” fan and have been since I was six years old and watched “A New Hope” for the first time. The first … Continue reading Review of “The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 1 “The Marshal”