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Lost Recaps S1E11: All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

I took one look at the title of this episode, and only one thing came to mind. Because if you bring up cowboys and daddy issues in the same sentence, I am simply obliged to share with you this iconic Magnetic Fields faux-country gay banger, Papa Was A Rodeo. Here, listen to it now – if you sync it with reading this recap just right, it’s like Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd, except actually interesting.

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Normal

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I have hear many people wishing to return to ‘normal’. It makes me sad because I want to say this – please understand that your ‘normal’ never existed. It is a construction which has been used to seperate and bestow upon a privileged few a life of (relative) luxury, comfort and on-demand services, whilst resigning the majority to a standard of ‘normal’ far inferior to what you would consider adequate for yourself.

Think about this – how many times recently have you heard someone criticise Chinese eating habits as being ‘not normal’? Yet no one bats an eye (accidental pun but I stand tall) at the miserable life (42 days on average) of a battery farm chick because we consider that ‘normal’. Have you ever heard someone describe Africa (the whole continent) as being ‘incapable’ of achieving normality? Yet most Westerners don’t think it abnormal to homogenise millions of independent…

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: 3

When it comes to the worst Monster of the Week episode of The X-Files’ second season, the choice is a remarkably easy one. Season two was a giant leap forward for the show: the mythology was established enough to start growing into some of the most exciting event television of the nineties, and the Monsters of the Week became more creative and unique. A typical weak episode of season two is one where not everything hangs together: such as Fearful Symmetry, Aubrey, and Our Town. They aren’t disasters – due to the to the chemistry of Mulder and Scully, the confidence of the writers, and in many cases, the cinematic presentation of each episode. I dare you to find a more brilliantly directed show in the nineties than The X-Files, especially in this confident second season.

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Why The Rise of Skywalker Failed the Sequel Trilogy

And it’s because I love The Force Awakens.

No But Listen

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The Intrusively Accurate Anxiety of Pure

Honestly, I’m offended.

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Creativity Right Now is Hard (But Please Keep Doing It)

I’m going to be real with you: writing this blog, this last month, has been tough.

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Lost Recaps S1E10: Raised By Another

When it comes to genre television, a baby is never good news.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Blood

Season two of The X-Files does what every second season of a show should do: it expands the scope of the show’s universe, explores the main characters in greater detail, and throws off the training wheels of its first year.

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A Farwell to Angst

A girl and her angst

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