Agent Carter: Bridge and Tunnel – Surviving Toxic Masculinity

Written by Eric Pearson, Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus, Jack Kirby, and Stan LeeDirected by Joe Russo Following the end of World War II, things changed and didn’t at the same time. Women and minorities contributed greatly to the victory, and weren’t content with going back to “their place.” This eventually led to the Civil RightsContinue reading “Agent Carter: Bridge and Tunnel – Surviving Toxic Masculinity”

DVD Review – Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2

Following the popularity of the first collection of black and white vintage Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White, the good folks at Disney decided to do a bit more digging and see what they could come up with from this era of animation. The result is a supplementalContinue reading “DVD Review – Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2”

Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon – Failed Execution in Many Ways

Written by George F. Slavin, Stanley Adams, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor Sometimes a story sounds great on the surface; I can hear the pitch for this one now: “You’ve got this planet that’s overpopulated because they’ve eradicated disease and they concoct an elaborate ruse to steal Captain Kirk’s germs…” Okay,Continue reading “Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon – Failed Execution in Many Ways”

Mark Twain – A Documentary by Ken Burns

He wrote as though there had been no literature before him… as though he had discovered the art of telling a story about these folks that inhabit this continent… And that there was no other continent – it’s like something that rose up out of the sea and had no history. And he was justContinue reading “Mark Twain – A Documentary by Ken Burns”

Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield – All Lives Do Matter

Written by Oliver Crawford, Lee Cronin, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor Star Trek got away with many cultural commentaries over its short run, due to the fact that couched in the science-fiction setting, many of the commentaries went right over the head of the censors. That’s not the case with LetContinue reading “Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield – All Lives Do Matter”

Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End – Life Goes On

Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, and Jack KirbyDirected by Louis D’Esposito My adventures in watching the Marvel Universe in chronological order now lead me to the series Agent Carter. I’ve watched this before and enjoyed it quite a bit, so watching it again is something I’d enjoy. New York City 1946. PeggyContinue reading “Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End – Life Goes On”

Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy – Mental Illness in the 23rd Century

Written by Lee Erwin, Jerry Sohl, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Herb Wallerstein The problem with writing for the future is that the writers craft stories from the time they are in. Since the 1960’s, we’ve made great strides in understanding mental health and realizing that there are many aspects to it. OfContinue reading “Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy – Mental Illness in the 23rd Century”

Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius – My Fair Elasian

Written by John Meredyth Lucas, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Meredyth Lucas Running out of plot ideas in this third season, the writers here turn to Shakespeare and craft their own version of The Taming of the Shrew, involving a reluctant bride, a stuffy ambassador, and the Captain of the Enterprise. TheContinue reading “Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius – My Fair Elasian”

DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947

In an animated world where mice, ducks, and even another dog all act like human beings, Pluto is an enigma: a dog who acts like a dog. Long recognized as Mickey’s canine companion and pal, Pluto actually at one time belonged to Minnie. Pluto’s earliest incarnation came in the animated short The Chain Gang whereContinue reading “DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947”

Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love

Written by Joyce Muskat, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Erman When I’m writing these review, I usually watch the episode at least twice to feel like I have a comprehensive understanding of what’s going on in the story. With The Empath, I really didn’t want to watch it a second time. IContinue reading “Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love”