Andrew Bloom

A Decade Before the Mall of America Did, Children’s Television Had a Black Santa Claus, and the World Didn’t End

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Disney did it way before Mall of America.

How Daredevil’s Season 2 Finale Dragged the Whole Season Down

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What is it, to be a bad finale? Does it give even the better elements of your season a disappointing aftertaste?

How Sexism Ruins Ghostbusters for Everyone, Even the People Who Don’t Care

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Sexism poisons the well.

Agent Carter: The Different Paths of the Hero and the Villain in “Smoke and Mirrors”

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The series has the strongest lead among Marvel’s television offerings, and it lets star Hayley Atwell carry the show in both its comedic and dramatic moments.

ReBoot’s First Two Seasons: The Birth of Computer Animation on Television

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ReBoot, the first fully CGI television show (which, incidentally, predates Toy Story by about a year), may very well be inextricable from the medium in which it was expressed.

The Sopranos in “College”: The Seeds of the Show’s Spiritual Successors

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In its first season, The Sopranos planted seeds that would be harvested years later by shows like Mad Men and Dexter.

The Final Season of Mad Men: A Parade of Absentee Mothers and the Double Standard

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The final season of Mad Men sketched the contours of one of the most persistent double standards that American society still struggles with today — the different expectations of men and women in their role as parents.

Marvel’s Unshared Universe: ‘Age of Ultron’ and Continuity in Broad Strokes

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If you had jumped right from The Avengers to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and missed all the films in between, would you really have missed anything in terms of continuity?

What ‘Agent Carter’ has that ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Doesn’t, and Why it Matters

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‘Agent Carter’ has the all-important piece of the puzzle that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has never seemed to be able to place.