Author Archives: Laura Merrill

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Columns
Buffyversity: Buffy One of the Vampire Slayers

By | Jan 11, 2021 | Columns

It’s no coincidence that the rise of fascism in the United States coincides with the rising ubiquity of superhero movies. One doesn’t cause the other, but a singular feeling contributes to both of them: a desperate desire for one strong person to solve all of our problems. It’s easy to understand where that desire comes […]

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Five Thoughts on Westworld’s “Decoherence”

By | Nov 30, 2020 | Television

Beep boop hello, fellow humans who are definitely not robots who just think you’re humans, and welcome to our review of HBO’s science fiction series, Westworld. This episode emphasizes Westworld’s Marxist view of religion, explores Halores’ complicated sense of identity, and features the number one worst group therapy session ever. There will be spoilers for […]

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Five Thoughts on Westworld’s “Genre”

By | Nov 23, 2020 | Television

Beep boop hello, fellow humans who are definitely not robots who just think you’re humans, and welcome to our review of HBO’s science fiction series, Westworld. This episode is all about the failures of capitalism, how it picks winners and losers, how it harms them all to varying degrees, and how revolution is possible through […]

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Buffyversity: When Every Episode Feels Like Halloween

By | Oct 27, 2020 | Columns

Any episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer could be a Halloween episode, but there are only three official holiday-themed ones, in seasons two, four, and six. It might seem surprising that this show wouldn’t lean into the Halloween-spirit every year, but it makes sense in the show’s internal logic, because supernatural beings find Halloween gauche. […]

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