Month: April 2014

Dead Kings: The Henriad in The Wire

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[[Major spoilers for The Wire]] For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison’d by their wives: some sleeping kill’d; All murder’d…. — Richard II I have strong feelings for The Wire. As in “let’s run away to Europe and live happily ever after” feelings. It was […]

On House of Cards and Frank Underwood’s Southernness

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I was slow in getting to House of Cards. I’ve never cared for political shows, mostly because Sorkin’s are considered to be the cream of the crop and he doesn’t write characters as much as he writes walking microphones that screech his rants. What got me interested in House of Cards was not only the show’s strong critical response but also the fact that Kevin Spacey’s character (Frank Underwood) was from Gaffney, South Carolina, which […]

The Most Cordial of Monsters: On True Detective and Year Walk

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Major spoilers for True Detective and Year Walk. Horror writing is a tough gig.  In an age where we can go home, flip on our TVs or computers, and watch the daily horrors unfold from the safety of our living room, it is difficult for the genre to retain its power to terrify audiences in games, movies, and television shows. Stacking grisly dismemberment upon incest and pop psychology just doesn’t have the same effect on […]