Author Archives: Marina Ermakova

The Gifted: An X-Men Series Embracing the Mantle of An Embattled Minority

Synopsis: The Struckers live in a world where mutants are heavily policed in the interests of public safety. Like most people, they never really think about it–not even the father, whose job is to prosecute mutants for using their powers. … Continue reading

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Sense8 2: Psychic Espionage, Fighting Back, and Finding Acceptance

Genre: Sci-fi Synopsis: Eight people all born on the same day are able to communicate across great distances and access each others’ skills–they are a cluster of sensates, sharing a psychic link. A powerful organization hunts them, using their own … Continue reading

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New Campaign for Critical Role Off to an Exciting Start

Genre: Fantasy RPG Synopsis: An assorted group of adventures meet, set out to have a good time at a carnival…only for trouble to find them.

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We’ve Seen Friends Team Up. We’ve Seen Rivals Team Up. But Now We Finally Get a Superhero Team-Up of…Reluctant Acquaintances? (The Defenders)

Genre: Superhero Synopsis: New York vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all team up–quite reluctantly–to combat an old organization of immortals who will destroy the city to get what they want. (Reluctantly, except for Iron Fist. He just wants … Continue reading

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Science in Media: Handling Medicines Without the Proper Understanding of Dosage

Haven’t done one of these in a while. But there’s this scene, in Stranger Things 2, that struck me enough that I had to talk about it. Basically, you have a character with no medical or pharmacological experience whatsoever, filling … Continue reading

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Galavant: Fun, Ridiculous, and Optimistic Medieval Musical Comedy

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy/Musical Synopsis: Galavant is a knight happily in a relationship with the love of his life, Madalena–until King Richard abducts her to become his queen. Naturally, he embarks on a rescue. But by the time he gets to the castle, … Continue reading

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The Brightest Fell, and the Beautiful Tragedy of Deals with the Fae

Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis: October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, half-fae and half-human, not quite belonging in either world. It’s been hard, but she’s finally carved out a home and family for herself. But when her estranged and massively powerful mother shows … Continue reading

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The Gifted: I’ve Missed These Ensemble X-Men Works

Synopsis: The Struckers live in a world where mutants are heavily policed in the interests of public safety. Like most people, they never really think about it–not even the father, whose job is to prosecute mutants for using their powers. But … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Horror Genre for Halloween

I’ve always thought that I didn’t like the horror genre. And it’s true that I don’t like a lot of what I generally expect to see in horror. But since I’ve unexpectedly found myself enjoying a few works in the … Continue reading

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Marvel’s Inhumans: I Wish It Made More Sense

Genre: Superhero Synopsis: A kingdom of Inhumans–people with powers that can be activated through exposure to a substance–exists on the Moon, unbeknownst to the people of Earth. But the king is overthrown by his brother, and the royal family escapes to … Continue reading

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