Archives for October 2014
Reign Report: "Blood for Blood"
The good news about the second season of Reign is that we’re getting actual production stills that give us something to look at! The bad news: this episode was kind of a mess. The season had such a great start that this episode (which tried to shoehorn in royal blackmail via really good nurse-actress hoping to trick Francis into admitting he killed the king, which is just a WILD thing to try to get to pay off, plus religious intolerance that suggests another grain-shortage actual power problem and sort of… Read more »
I do not drink....vampire puns.
Today at the AV Club, I have a TV Club 10 article! Usually these focus on ten standout episodes of a single show, but why try for something difficult when you can try for something impossible? I went for ten episodes of vampire television that are either exceptionally good or noteworthy in amazingly hilarious ways. (You can tell the general rubric we’re working with when I mention that every single vampire series had two things in common: bloodlust, and nightclubs.) Watching something like 200 hours of vampire television with a… Read more »
Boardwalk's Half a Gangster, Sleepy Hollow's Abyss
On Sunday I wrote my last-ever episode recap of Boardwalk Empire, as the series drew to a close after five seasons. The fifth season was an interesting experiment—not always successful, but interesting—in how to navigate a huge time jump with an enormous cast at a very fast-moving period in history, and as I said in my final review, appropriately titled “Eldorado,” the whole season functioned as something of a Victorian death: just short enough not to outstay its welcome, and just slow enough to make amends. Boardwalk Empire is one… Read more »
Reign Report: "The Lamb and the Slaughter"
Last night, literally everything that could possibly happen on an episode of Reign happened. Over at the AV Club, I ding it for being overstuffed, even though I give it points for trying to have an episode overtly about women negotiating relationships based on limited choices, even if it ended with Narcisse standing over the body of his wife and confiding in Lola, who I swear has gotten more romantic bounce-around than literally anyone else on this show. It was also a christening, which meant a parade of costumes, the… Read more »
Sleepy Hollow: "The Weeping Lady"
I had to check that title, since I literally don’t even remember what this episode is called in the face of the revelations we had. Namely, Katrina Van Tassel met up with a lady to talk about Ichabod Crane, and when that lady gave her shit, Katrina brushed her right off the side of a cliff. So while technically the villain of this episode is the ghost that drowns any lady who gets Too Close to Ichabod, like this Laura Palmer cosplayer: Th real villain of this episode is pretty… Read more »
Catwoman 35: "Comfort to the Hurt of the King"
It’s my first comic book day ever. CATWOMAN #35, “Comfort to the Hurt of the King,” is in stores now! It’s been sort of a surreal process; I got the first call about the opportunity from Mark Doyle at the beginning of the year, and after I got the gig came the plotting and planning and arcs and character sketches and some historical research because why not? before I ever sat down and began my first script, and since then it’s been costume references and more plotting and more writing… Read more »

Recent Work

TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

TV Recap: Bates Motel, "Hidden"

Fiction: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home", Clarkesworld

Film: How many movies about grief this year? All of them,

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,

Book Review: How to Read a Dress,

Nonfiction: A Doom of One's Own, Clarkesworld

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  • Whether you will, or no

    I wrote a piece for VICE about consent as fantasy element in the 18th-century “Beauty and the Beast,” and a little about what happens to the shape of the tale when a retelling (say, I dunno, Disney) alters those elements: “How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became the Darkest Tale of All.“

    An excerpt:

    The most powerful force in Beauty and the Beast isn’t magic, or even love, but consent. Most retellings of Villeneuve’s version are careful to keep it. The Beast is clear that Beauty must know what she’s getting into. (In Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 version, it’s still more explicit: The Beast warns Beauty’s father to “be honest with your daughter. Describe me to her just as I am. Let her be free to choose whether she will come or no…”) Later, the Beast asks Beauty herself if she comes willingly. And that first dinner is marked by the Beast’s deference to her wishes. Beauty’s earliest surprise is how much power she wields. Even in his nightly request that Beauty marry him, he defers. Andrew Lang emphasized the power dynamics in 1889’s Blue Fairy Book:

    “Oh! What shall I say?” cried Beauty, for she was afraid to make the Beast angry by refusing.
    “Say 'yes’ or 'no’ without fear,” he replied.
    “Oh! No, Beast,” said Beauty hastily
    “Since you will not, good-night, Beauty,” he said.
    And she answered, “Good-night, Beast,” very glad to find that her refusal had not provoked him.

    Lang was one of many who used marriage proposals for the nightly request (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 retelling was the first), but Villeneuve was under no illusions about the story’s undertones. In her original, Beast asks Beauty to sleep with him. Beauty’s power is the ability to withhold sexual consent.

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