Author Archives: wlivings

About wlivings

I'm a PhD student in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy at Florida State University. My primary work is in human rights and pop culture.

To Nora, with Love

This post contains spoilers for the finale of “The Leftovers.” If you haven’t seen it yet, maybe come back another time! Justin Theroux deserves all the praise he has received for his portrayal of Kevin Garvey in HBO’s “The Leftovers.” … Continue reading

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The Day Phil Coulson Fell: Pitilessness on Maveth

(Warning: This post contains spoilers from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three.) Frodo: . . . What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance! Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed his … Continue reading

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Frank Underwood’s Moral and Political Limits

(Warning: This post contains spoilers from the fourth season of House of Cards.) I don’t remember who got me into House of Cards. It might not have been a single person at all. Perhaps I just gave into all the … Continue reading

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On Dr. Henry McCord’s Expansive Curriculum Vitae

Don’t get me wrong, as a doctoral student in religious ethics I’m thrilled a main character in a network drama is a professor of religion. Madam Secretary (Sundays 8/7c on CBS) is one of the few shows I watch week … Continue reading

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“Dead is dead”: The Return of Kit Harrington Does Not Mean the Return of Jon Snow

Responding to questions about Jon Snow’s fate at the end of “Mother’s Mercy” (s. 5, ep. 10), showrunner Dan Weiss claimed “Dead is dead.” Several sightings of actor Kit Harrington at shooting locations prompted HBO to release a season six … Continue reading

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“Am I a good man?”: Lessons from the Twelfth Doctor’s Moral Dilemma

At the beginning of “Into the Dalek” (s. 8, ep. 2) Peter Capaldi’s Doctor returns to ask Clara Oswald a question. Twelfth Doctor: I need something from you. I need the truth… Clara, be my pal. Tell me: am I … Continue reading

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