Mad Men Part 2: The Limitations of Self on Madison Avenue in the 1960s

The 1960s in America represented a time of great turmoil. The decade saw the murders of a president and a civil rights leader, the threat of a nuclear missile attack, and a war. The decade also began the shift away from the 1950s expectations of marriage and family along with working the same job, whether …

She Weaves a Pattern All Her Own: The Affair – Season 4 Episode 9

The story we were told last week was not entirely true. Not even in the ballpark of truth. And in a powerhouse hour of TV with more than a few twists and painful revelations, we learned what really happened to Alison the night she died. Last week belonged to Joshua Jackson, from beginning to end. This week …

The Surprising Quality of Canadian Comedy: A Primer for Americans

One of my favourite exchanges from The West Wing is a typically Aaron Sorkin back-and-forth between Amy Gardner and one Donatella Moss, who’s just been informed she was actually born in Canada, and was therefore endowed with certain inalienable rights. “Canadian, huh?” Amy asks. “Yeah,” Donna responds. “You feel funnier?” “No, but I am developing …

World and Time Enough for “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

“Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?” - Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife [Note: Plot spoilers for The Time Traveler's Wife and Doctor Who] It’s no secret that Steven Moffat loves Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. The book’s concept of lovers living in out-of-order timelines became …

Sharp Objects Episode 5 (“Closer”): A Celebration of Silence

Welcome back to 25YL’s analysis of Sharp Objects. "Ripe" left us on a cliffhanger, with Camille frenziedly racing after her younger sister, Amma. Camille feared she might be next in line to be murdered by the local serial killer after having had a vision of her toothless corpse in the creepy hunting shed. "Closer" begins with the …