The second episode of season 3, “Don’t Be Ridiculous” is what the creators of the show call a “Nora episode,” since she will be our main POV (point of view) throughout the episode. This is one of those Leftover episodes (very much like the whole first season) that dwell on the desperation of the characters confronting what seems like a cruel and meaningless universe. Nora has lost her children and her husband during the Sudden Departure, and just when she was rebuilding her life with Kevin and Lily (the daughter of Holy Wayne and Christine), Christine decided to take her back. The episode feels like a punch in the stomach, but it is also a moving exploration of what it is to live with nothing to live for. Nora is like the Biblical Job without the faith, shit just keeps happening to her, and she is getting to the point where she can’t take it anymore. If you think this sounds grim, the episode does have a funny plot that includes Mark Linn-Baker from the 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers as himself. We also get a glimpse of Kevin Sr. in Australia and what I think might be the Four Horse(wo)men of the Apocalypse!Read more "”Don’t Be Ridiculous” The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 2 Recap"
Welcome to this recap of the first episode of the third and last season of HBO’s The Leftovers. The episode offers a bit of everything: a prologue that contextualizes the main theme of the season (waiting for the end of the world), it reboots itself in terms of some of the characters and the main […]Read more "The Book of Kevin: The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 1 Recap"
The third and final season of the HBO series The Leftovers is upon us, with its premiere scheduled for April 15th. We live in the era of peak TV, with an incredible amount of great TV shows. There is Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Americans, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Expanse, Girls, The Young […]Read more "The End is Near, and I Can’t Wait for It: Getting Ready for the Third and Final Season of The Leftovers"
In the Divine Comedy, the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri imagines a journey through the afterlife that takes him through Hell, Purgatory, and finally, Paradise. In this dramatic journey he is not alone, as he navigates the horrors and dangers of Hell and Purgatory with the help of the Roman poet Virgil, and is guided in […]Read more "HBO Crashing: Pete Holmes, Dante, and being Saved by (Divine) Comedy"
Does God exist? Do we have any evidence of it? And can a multi-camera sitcom with an old fashioned (and sometimes annoying) laugh track offer a meaningful discussion of these questions? The Netflix reboot of the TV show One Day At A Time says yes! Seeing Yourself on TV: Popular Culture as a Mirror The […]Read more "Talking Religion with a Laugh Track: God, Church, and Faith in Netflix’s One Day At A Time"
As you may have heard, we live in the era of Peak TV, which basically means there are so many good shows out there in so many different platforms that it has become increasingly stressful to figure out what to watch. Since this is a blog that focuses on religion in popular culture, here is a […]Read more "Religion on TV: a list for 2017"
Pius XIII, Donald Trump and the Religion of Narcissism. Last night, HBO released The Young Pope (#TheYoungPope), a new TV series created by the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2013 for The Great Beauty). The show explores the complex character and the intrigues surrounding the newly […]Read more "HBO’s The Young Pope: Make the Catholic Church Great Again!"