Kidding: Every Pain Needs a Name (Episode 3)

In “Every Pain Needs a Name," Kidding increases in both intensity and complexity. Interestingly, this episode revolves around the construct of identity; mostly regarding how identity is altered by trauma, but also how identity is reinforced by those around us, whether they are our family or millions of unknown viewers around the world. In this article, …

Negative Space: Truth and Shadows in The X-Files

Twin streams of light cross in a shadowed hallway, illuminating little. Smoke unfurls from a Marlboro cigarette, and hands seek each other out in a dim hospital room. The iconography of The X-Files is minimal to the extreme and steeped in ambiguity: empty spaces, creeping shadows, and answers hidden beyond the next corner, always out …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse -“The Morning After” (S8E2)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is back for its second episode, directed by 25YL favourite Jennifer Lynch, who wastes no time in diving into the scares. Emily (Ash Santos) is getting undressed in her room within Outpost Three; her lights go out and upon lighting a candle her wardrobe door creeps open. When she checks she's …

Better Call Saul: “Something Stupid” (S4E7)

Any Better Call Saul fan is familiar with that Jimmy No™ feeling: when Jimmy is doing something so incredibly dumb and/or unnecessary that you end up either internally screaming or (if you’re like me) literally yelling “JIMMY NO” at your TV. The aptly titled “Something Stupid” (written by Alison Tatlock and directed by Deborah Chow) …

Kidding: The Unraveling of Mr. Pickles (Episode 2)

Welcome back to 25YL's weekly coverage of the Showtime original series, Kidding. Daniel Shooba and I will be alternating weeks looking at the series, and in case you missed Daniel's look at Episode 1, here's a link to it: Kidding: “Green Means Go” (Episode 1). Our coverage styles will certainly be a bit different, which we …

Ghoul: A Netflix Original Miniseries – “Reveal Their Guilt, Eat Their Flesh”

Now, this is the show I thought I was going to get from minute one. The third and final part of Ghoul brings the tension, horror and bloodshed I was waiting to see, and even further enhances the parallels between it and The Thing. We already knew the characters in Ghoul weren't to be trusted …

Entering The Twilight Zone Part One: The Last Assignment Of Rudy Bine

The following are handwritten journal entries found in an attic trunk. On Monday, June 3rd, 2015, the body of a man presumably named Rudy Bine was found hanging by the neck in his bedroom. The cause of death was ruled a suicide by the coroner. Rudy Bine was, by all physical accounts, a recluse. His …