‘Instant Hotel’ Teams As ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ Clans

By | August 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Lists, Pop Culture, Roleplaying Games, Television|

The question on everyone's mind while watching Netflix and Seven Network's Australian reality series Instant Hotel is, of course, what clan from Vampire: The Masquerade are each of the teams? Fear not, fellow Australian Reality TV fans. The guide to every Instant Hotel team's VtM clan is finally here. Terry & Anita - Assamite This [...]

From ‘Game Of Thrones’ To ‘Arrested Development’: “Acceptable” Incest In Media

By | April 22nd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies, Television|

Warning: discussion of abuse and sexual assault. Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Incest is, rightfully, often seen as abusive or repulsive, but the topic is explored in media anyway. Shows like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development have brought the sexual taboo back into cultural discussion. At times, incest [...]

“The Dragon Prince” D&D Homebrew – Moonshadow Elves

By | September 19th, 2018|DnD, Dungeons and Dragons, Television, The Dragon Prince D&D|

Very minor spoilers for Netflix's The Dragon Prince. Netflix's The Dragon Prince hit the streaming service last weekend and I may or may not devoured the entire first 9-episode season in a single sitting. In short, it is fantastic and should appeal to any fan of D&D-style high fantasy.  The show honestly feels like a [...]

‘Roseanne’ and Acceptable Ignorance

By | April 10th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for Roseanne Though the Roseanne reboot's announcement was met with excitement, the return of the show has been met with, at the very least, skepticism. While many remember that Roseanne tackled issues within the working class head on, they forget Roseanne Connor's problematic views, which led to major storylines. Roseanne came from a place [...]

Orange is the New Black and the Beautification of Litchfield

By | November 20th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for Orange is the New Black. The fifth season of Orange is the New Black started with a bang. Chaos overtook the prison. This has been escalating steadily since season three. The plotlines have gotten less believable, and the show has been increasingly rooted in fantasies of violent revenge. However, questioning whose fantasy is [...]

Pearl From Steven Universe Shows Us a Non-Stereotypical Femme Lesbian

By | November 6th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Pop Culture, Television|

Spoilers for Steven Universe. Pearl takes on many feminine roles on Steven Universe. She takes on much of the traditional parenting of Steven, worries over him in battles, and uses ballet and other delicate maneuvers in battle and in the rest of her life. Even her outfit is the most feminine of the three, featuring [...]

Stranger Things 2 Legitimizes Mental Illness While Giving a Magical Solution

By | November 3rd, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for Stranger Things and Stranger Things 2.  Stranger Things 2, like the first season of the show, does many things right. The characters and plot are expertly crafted, and it has turned the show into a phenomena. The second season of the show deals with many of the consequences of the actions taken by [...]

The Patriarchy’s 27 Dicks: Gender and American Vandal

By | October 30th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for American Vandal  American Vandal is a seemingly simple story filled with juvenile humor. As the show goes on, it tricks its viewer into getting invested in a story about spray painted dicks. One of the other compelling features of the show is that the characters are ridiculous enough to be funny but grounded [...]

Mabel’s Magic Scrapbook, Adulthood, and the Lack of Consequences in Gravity Falls

By | October 24th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls is a fantastic, magical place. Creatures like gnomes and unicorns are real, but there is also a darker, more sinister side to the magic of the city. The second season of Gravity Falls explores the darkness of magic and human relationships. Still, all shows and summers must end eventually. [...]

Cartesian Dualism and Steven Universe

By | September 6th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Pop Culture, Television|

Spoilers for Steven Universe  Steven Universe is filled with Gems. Throughout the show, Gems insist that their bodies are simply a conscious manifestation of light, whereas their gems are what they truly are. Their bodies are material and replaceable, and their gems are their souls. A body without a Gem is simply light while a [...]