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"
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"
The OA: Stranger than Stranger Things Netflix released over the holidays, almost without any warning or publicity, the new series The OA. This new show, created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who previously have collaborated in the movies The Sound of My Voice and The East, is a mystery sci-fi drama about Near Death […]Read more "Netflix’s The OA: Embodying the sacred and the metaphysical power of movement"
HBO recently aired the finale of the first season of Westworld, answering many of its most important questions and mysteries (Who is the Man in Black? What is the Maze? Who is Wyatt? Were there multiple timelines? Are there other parks?). There are many blogs, sites, and podcasts devoted to the show in which you […]Read more "Buddhism, Nietzsche, Jung, Christianity, and Plato: Religious and Philosophical Themes in Westworld"
Since in this blog I have been discussing some of the TV Shows in which religion or religious issues play a big role, I decided to create a list of some of the most interesting shows right now on network TV, cable, and streaming services that deal with this topic. The list is not exhaustive, and […]Read more "Religion on TV: A List"
Fargo Season 2 and the Massacre of Sioux Falls FX recently aired the finale for the second season of Fargo. I promise I will get into the UFO business, but before, let me do a little recap. This season explored the legendary (at least by Midwestern standards!) “Massacre of Sioux Falls,” which was briefly mentioned […]Read more "Fargo, UFOs, and the Meaning(less) of Life"