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Dark Crystal Age of ResistanceAn Age of Resistance: Legends, Myths, and Shadows

It was a surprise. The Jim Henson Company had been seeking to revisit the world of Thra for quite some time. There were, of course, developments. TokyoPop’s Legends of The Dark Crystal and The Dark… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #69: Umbrella-ella-ella-eh

Tom and Shawn bid Joan Lee a fond farewell and ponder the passing of an age; Spider-Man: Homecoming breaks some new ground; a bit of DC drama knocks Shawn for a loop; Netflix’s next comics-related… [more]

stranger-things-show-coverStranger Things: Nostalgia, Loss of Innocence, and Parental Anxieties

Please note: This discussion of Stranger Things includes spoilers for the series. Stranger Things struck a chord with Netflix viewers immediately. My own experience with the show was slightly delayed—having young children will do that… [more]

STRANGER-THINGS-netflix-clarkeMr Clarke from Stranger Things: The Importance of Experts

The pop cultural touchstone of the moment (or, at least, one of them) is the Netflix series Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers and currently drawing the appreciative fascination of the world. With its… [more]

orange-new-black-season-4-trailerOrange is the New Black Season 4: Non-Spoiler Review

Orange is the New Black was always an interesting, innovative show, both in its subject matter and even its mode of distribution (Netflix). But last season, the narrative became unfocused, the hole at the centre… [more]

static1.squarespaceDavid Brent – Life on the Road Now Coming to Netflix in August

“I’ve got one song, it’s about rock and roll, but it’s a metaphor for sex.” -David Brent In April, we were treated to the teaser trailer for David Brent: Life on the Road, with Ricky… [more]

Snoop_Dogg_Trailer_Park_Boys-1024x863The Trailer Park Boys Return for Season 10

Trailer Park Boys has turned itself into a cottage industry. Growing organically (pardon the pun) from a short film by Nova Scotia filmmaker Mike Clattenburg, the Boys had their own Showcase TV series from 2000-2007,… [more]

469735950Jessica Jones and Netflix’s New Storytelling

SPOILER WARNING Jessica Jones has a lot going on. It’s about trauma, PTSD, rape, and domestic abuse. (Oh, and superheroes, and Hell’s Kitchen, and the Marvel cinematic universe MCU). The fact is that Jessica Jones… [more]

Mads MikkelsonPlease God Let Netflix Save Hannibal

It was inevitable that Hannibal would be cancelled. There’s just too much about it that defies the conventions of network TV. It’s gory and creepy, yet utterly sophisticated. The sort of middle America viewers giving… [more]

Jim-Carrey-as-Count-Olaf-in-Lemony-Snicket-s-A-Series-Of-Unfortunate-Events-jim-carrey-29299783-1360-768Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events to Hit Netflix: Jim Carrey Still to Be Involved

In late 1999, American novelist Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) took the YA circuit by storm with his new series debut, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginnings. With reviews mostly positive throughout the years,… [more]

orange-is-the-new-black-s-3-posterOrange is the New Black Season 3

Like many people this weekend, I marathoned the entire third season of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. (Many of us are also working on Sense8, which is a much more complex and… [more]

1x08-1x09 (1)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 8-9, “Shadows in the Glass” and “Speak of the Devil”

Daredevil isn’t exactly breaking new storytelling ground, which isn’t saying particularly much since it’s simply a new version of a superhero story that’s been told before. What it is doing effectively is reinvigorating some of… [more]

DD 1x02-1x04 (1)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 2-4, “Cut Man,” “Rabbit in a Snowstorm,” and “In the Blood”

With the introduction of Wilson Fisk at the end of Daredevil’s fourth episode, the series completes putting its pieces in place. Fisk’s been behind the scenes up to his reveal at the very end of… [more]

o-TRAILER-PARK-BOYS-facebookTrailer Park Boys Season 8: More Maple-Infused Drug-Related Fun. (No Spoilers)

The new season of Trailer Park Boys was released this past weekend on Netflix, with all ten episodes going live at the same moment in true 2014 style. It really is a new era for… [more]

Charlie CoxCharlie Cox is Daredevil

Marvel has confirmed the rumors that Charlie Cox has been cast as Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series, scheduled to run 13 episodes in 2015. Cox is best known for playing Tristan Thorne in the… [more]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posterThe Marvel Cinematic Universe is About to Become the Marvel TV Universe

One of the things that bugs me about franchises is that people rarely see them objectively, from a remove. The most fondly remembered installments overshadow everything else, even when “everything else” is the larger work.… [more]