Author Archives: Merlin

Hero in a Halfling: Not so “Epic”

I vaguely remember back when Shrek first came out, with the trailers declaring something like, “The prince isn’t charming, the princess isn’t helpless, and the ogre is the hero.” It was a funny, clever subversion of the classic fairy tale … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #183: Strong Women

“That was what men wanted, wasn’t it? Soft, helpless women that they needed to protect?” – From A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin Before I say anything else, let me just say, with absolute clarity: no, that is … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, May 19, 2018

Spoiler Alert! Well, this is it. The end of the season. Gotham and Agents of Shield both delivered strong, emotional finales this week, though the former set up its next season and the latter, for once, just wrapped up the … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #182: For Our Mothers

“There isn’t a little boy born who wouldn’t tear the world apart to save his mommy.” – The Doctor, Doctor Who Series 1, Episode 10, “The Doctor Dances” What better quote for Mother’s Day, eh? The exact circumstances surrounding this … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, May 12, 2018

Spoiler Alert! Between Gotham and Agents of Shield, this week delivered us a one-two punch, laying us out and paving the way for the final blow of next week’s season finales. Gotham had its greatest crisis to date, and even … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #181: The Girl Warrior

“I am a warrior, but I’m a girl, too.” – Suki, Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1, Episode 4, “The Warriors of Kyoshi” Among the many things the original Avatar show got right: the strong female characters. 🙂 When Sokka … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, May 5, 2018

Spoiler Alert! So, both Gotham and Agents of Shield aired this week, both of them hit hard and built up the suspense as they finally drive us headlong towards their respective season finales. The stakes are high, the explosions are … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #180: Is Belief Blind?

“We all deceive ourselves, when we want to believe… False light can only lead us deeper into darkness.” – Aemon Targaryen, A Feast for Crows A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin This quote is technically two … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, Apr. 28, 2018

Spoiler Alert! Looking at my entire lineup as it currently stands, The Gifted has been approved for a second season (yay!) coming in five or six months, Black Lightning had its season finale last week and has been approved for … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #179: Life’s Not Fair

“Sometimes life is unfair. And sometimes we lose things. And sometimes we make mistakes. And some of these things can never be fixed, no matter how powerful you become. Some things just are. And everyone has to live with that.” … Continue reading

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