Character Interpretations for the Rest of the Avengers from Age of Ultron

Finally, after getting through all of those (awesome) season finales, I get to finish looking at the characters from Avengers 2. Here’s my previous general impressions post, and my look at Black Widow and Hulk. And as Age of Ultron generated a lot of discussion, even about topics that don’t often get much attention, there are plenty of other different perspectives out there worth hearing–I’d link to some of the ones I’ve come across, but I need to run off to lab for a bit. Then sleep. Then con. Continue reading “Character Interpretations for the Rest of the Avengers from Age of Ultron”


The Originals: Klaus Being Awful, Character Agency, and Diversity

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Genre: Supernatural

Synopsis: A family of thousand year old vampires returns to their former home, New Orleans, becoming embroiled in the power struggles between vampires, witches, and werewolves. The head of the house is the paranoid, erratic, and controlling Klaus–a force to be reckoned with for his allies as well as his enemies. And the rest of our protagonists have to navigate his moods while trying to protect their own. Continue reading “The Originals: Klaus Being Awful, Character Agency, and Diversity”

Character Interpretations for Black Widow and Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Following up on my general Age of Ultron post, here’s my interpretations/reactions for Black Widow and Hulk’s plot lines–who I grouped together because they happen to be my favorite characters and because I have the most to say about them, not because they coincidentally ended up with a romantic subplot together. A less in-depth follow up post for all the other characters will follow. Continue reading “Character Interpretations for Black Widow and Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Avengers: Age of Ultron, General Impressions of Good But Flawed

The Avengers 2, Age of Ultron

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Genre: Superhero, sci-fi

Synopsis: The Avengers launch a mission to retrieve Loki’s scepter, which is a success and doesn’t make international news for destroying any major cities. So Tony Stark decides to spice things up by creating his own villain, and things go downhill from there. Continue reading “Avengers: Age of Ultron, General Impressions of Good But Flawed”

Science in Media: Stringency, Contradictions, and Cloning

Just a few weeks ago, I had my first thesis committee meeting. This means that I passed my qualifying exams (yay). And it means that I now have a thesis committee made of several professors with whom I will meet at least once a year, to check the progress on my project. They’re there to advise graduate students and make sure we’re on track.

So in honor of that, I’m going to highlight some positive examples of scientific portrayal in media, as opposed to my usual rants. (Though I don’t promise to be completely rant free, just to highlight some positive examples.) Continue reading “Science in Media: Stringency, Contradictions, and Cloning”