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“Stranger Things 2’”s got a lot on its mind, but its characters still rule

This article contains spoilers for “Stranger Things” season one. Nostalgia is a poor man’s way of romanticizing the past for cheap emotional resonance; in film, television, music, it’s pandering, bypassing a link with an audience...

“Arrow” season 5: Back from the brink of death

“Arrow” has been a bit of a mess lately. As the one show that brought forth The CW to mainstream success back in 2012, and cracked open the shell for consequential superhero shows to...

The Flash Season 3: The Scarlet Speedster is losing his charm

This article contains light spoilers Let’s get this straight: “The Flash” is a fun show. Its first season burst with excitement and confidence — a special kind of confidence that’s hard to come by in...

“Twin Peaks: The Return”

This article spoils major plot points of “Twin Peaks” seasons one and two. David Lynch and Mark Frost introduced “Twin Peaks” with a straightforward question that distanced itself from its 1990 soap-opera contemporaries: Who killed...

“Riverdale” Season 1: An engaging, but unusual teen drama

When “Riverdale” first premiered in late January of this year, the CW network had largely been infested with more action-oriented superhero shows — with the network pushing the likes of “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow”...

“13 Reasons Why” is a gripping, unfiltered high school tale

Silence can be a powerful act. Perhaps fear resonates through your whole body as you struggle to find the right emotion to react to a specific event, so you stay silent. Or maybe you...

The potential of the “Iron Fist” stumbles in its execution

Netflix took a risk when it announced that it would be producing TV shows based on lesser-known Marvel properties such as “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” and that it would all...

Riverdale presents gritty rendering of Archie Comics

Back in the 1940s, Archie Comics debuted the happy-go-lucky teenage adventures of Archie Andrews and his friends as they live through high school life in their town of Riverdale. It was a colorful, innocent...

FX’s “Atlanta”: Donald Glover’s 10-week short course in storytelling

Being a racial minority is not easy. Aside from a lack of representation, seeing your culture appropriated and your voice interpreted as either for or against the state (e.g. Colin Kaepernick) can make you...

Superheroes: The fight between television and film

The superhero genre has become a staple in today’s film and television industry. It’s become the driving force of contemporary blockbusters, with many of them becoming the highest-grossing movies every summer. Marvel and DC...