Morning Memo for Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Morning Memo for Thursday, September 1st, 2016

All (okay, some of) the things in my mind I wish I had time to blog about today. Some of these things may get a full post later, but most will not. As always, many more links can be had by visiting TLP’s Facebook page.

Philosophy, Re: the Power and Impotence of Words

 

My approach to philosophy, by which I mean the ongoing pursuit and love of wisdom, has always been one of joyful or even ecstatic curiosity and enjoyment. My approach to Philosophy, by which I mean the long history of pre-existing philosophical work that one is made to study when one asks to formally study philosophy, is uhhh… …adversarial. There are good things (e.g. taoism) one can find that will hold up pretty well today, including some bits from the Western tradition like Aristotle or the Cynics. Mostly though it is men (and in Western philosophy, white men) writing from a place of privilege in a racially and culturally homogenous society that is not technologically advanced. I am increasingly interested in the problems that result.

For example, let’s talk about the MOTD quote in the image above. It is similar to the first line of the tao te ching (incidentally it is the only line that really matters) in pointing out the fundamental flaw of words, which is that they do not actually convey experience:

the tao that can be spoken of is not the true tao

That’s it. You can’t get there from here. That’s the first line! Everything that follows is an at least slightly untrue representation of tao, because tao cannot be represented. As mind fucks go, it is a good one, because interpersonally and politically, once someone realizes that what other people are saying is an imperfect attempt to describe their own experience, it gets easier to empathize, be curious, and find common ground. There is certainly still a great deal of value in the idea that words are, if not meaningless, then at least a mere stepping stone to meaning. But there is also a problem with this.

Both Laotzi and Zhuangzi wrote as Chinese men in China’s ethnically monotonous, male-dominated society of the time. Put them in a modern society with a multi-ethnic population, advanced technology, and ubiquitous information and what happens? We don’t know. They might be Trump supporters! Make the Wall Great Again! Deport the Mongols! We just don’t know.

We do know (thanks, psychology!) that words have power. Not just in the accurate-but-nonetheless-coopted-by-woo-woo-new-age-people “words shape perception and perception creates reality” kind of way, but in the oppression and social justice kind of way. For instance, here is a definition of stereotype threat:

Stereotype threat is a situational predicament in which people are or feel themselves to be at risk of conforming to stereotypes about their social group.

Stereotypes are spoken (words) both among persons and also in ways that are published and/or broadcast for mass consumption. The current body of evidence tells us that there is a real impact in marginalized folks’ lives, starting at a very early age, as a result of being exposed to stereotypes.

Another example of the power of words is #BlackLivesMatter. Just say it sometime, somewhere, and watch how fast you can find out a lot about the political and cultural inclinations of the people around you (or the people on your Facebook feed, or Snapchat, whatever). Three words that are, in the United States, radical and revolutionary and have had a dramatic impact on personal perceptions, interpersonal relationships, and increasingly on political institutions and our whole culture. And those three words are particularly powerful. They make a simple proposition, an obvious one, that should not warrant any argument – but holy shit do a lot of people argue with it anyway – and they apply to any and every situation – police brutality, criminal justice, education policy, housing policies, etc – where our society is built around the devaluing of, and violence against, black lives.

Now I will masterfully resolve this paradox between how important words can be to shaping cultural norms and personal experiences, but also their unimportance and basic meaninglessness in the face of nature and personal experiences… …just kidding! But it’s good to be thinking about.

Politics, Re: The Trump Cycle

I am pretty done with the Donald Trump Show and am spending less and less time reading, or even clicking, links related to either Donnie or his Trumpsters. I know other folks who tend to follow things pretty closely and get scared every five weeks or so when the polls appear to narrow. So I wanted to lay out the Trump Cycle, as I have seen it, to explain why I’m always saying/writing “just chill out” about Donald Trump.

Part 1 – The Escalator Pitch: Donald Trump rode down an escalator in 2015 and said Mexican immigrants are… …well he said terrible things that I don’t need to repeat. The Escalator Pitch is when Donnie is at his worst, but trying to present his best. It’s the point where polls turn against him. (This is where we are at in the cycle right now, after last night’s lawn-cross-burning-of-a-speech in Arizona.)

Part 2 – The Spiral: This is when Donnie is at his worst and not even trying to look his best. Retweeting white supremacists, saying whacko crazy shit that his spokespeople trip over themselves to defend for the 24 hours before Donnie contradicts himself again, rinse and repeat. He is just a landed, famous, flailing racist for a few days or weeks, and his poll results get even worse. (This is where we will be this weekend while his newest campaign makeover artist goes on “news” shows to soften up Wednesday’s remarks, while Donnie tweets even more extreme comments on the same and other topics.)

Part 3 – Rock Bottom: This is when Donnie is (relatively) quiet, is facing a huge landslide defeat according to polls, and sometimes is looking to fire one of his top campaign staff. First it was Lewandowski, then Manafort, and my money is on voter fraud expert – and by that I mean he is good at committing voter fraud – Steve Bannon being next. Donald’s decline in the polls slows during this time. (We should be one to three weeks away from this happening.)

Part 4 – MSM CPR: This is when the media, which needs a horserace to get viewers and/or pageviews and needs those to sell ads and needs ads to have money and needs money to… …buy stuff? Anyway this is where the so-called mainstream media resuscitates Donald Trump’s campaign by posting hilariously anti-reality articles about how Donald Trump is about to pivot and he is going to moderate himself and blah blah blah. The media does this for days, maybe even weeks, before Trump decides to inhale what they’re pumping into him, probably because he notices that when they start doing this, his decline in the polls stops. (We won’t be due for this to happen again until near the end of the month.)

Part 5 – Okie Doke: Donnie goes ahead and runs the con being set up for him by the media and says something less-than-usually-stupid about foreign affairs, or maybe makes a less-than-usually-hateful comment about immigration, or maybe even gives a speech from a teleprompter without calling more than a few people names. Now all those pundits can write about how he might be able to win, getting their ad-revenue-inducing pageviews by playing on your fear of the end of the Republic. Donnie’s core Trumpsters are mostly fine with his seemingly moderating about a topic, whatever it is, because their support for him is not about policy it is about white identity and besides at this point they’re in on the con. Donnie’s national poll numbers tick up slightly and het gets closer to competitive in a couple states because he is reaching the voters who think and vote based on white identity politics, but they don’t want to see themselves or be seen that way. (We were just here yesterday.)

Now it is a big media ecosystem and there is lag between how each part of the cycle runs, such that you might have the Okie Doke poll bounce happening even while some media outlets are still pushing a comeback narrative and one campaign spokesperson is still on TV explaining something from The Spiral even while another campaign mouthpiece is being shown the door. But the complexity and overlap are all the more reason to step back and take the longer view of the whole thing. Avoid the coverage. He is just doing the same thing over and over again and the overall trend is towards Donnie losing the electoral college vote in a huge way. Or YUUUUUGE, as they say.

Nerd stuff, Re: New Westworld trailer is much more interesting, also NSFW

Nerd stuff is lite today, but here is a trailer for HBO’s new sci-fi show Westworld:

 

This trailer simultaneously makes me more excited to see the show and also more concerned it will, like so many other recent TV shows, just be too harsh for me.

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Morning Memo for Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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Morning Memo for Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

All (okay, some of) the things in my mind I wish I had time to blog about today. Some of these things may get a full post later, but most will not. As always, many more links can be had by visiting TLP’s Facebook page.

Philosophy, Re: Eudaimonian Parenting

Aristotle’s moral philosophy is referred to as the Nichomachean Ethics, the ten scrolls on the subject Aristotle wrote and dedicated to his father and/or son, Nichomachus. (Such a better dad than Plato!) I can’t get behind everything in there – e.g. Aristotle’s disdain for, and confusion about why people like, mental/physical ecstasy – but for the most part I maintain that an Aristotelian approach to behavior and relationships is a good thing, particularly in the context of a taoist view of the universe, nature, and life itself. The central concept (and goal) of Aristotle’s ethical system is eudaimonia, which basically means “human flourishing,” and if anyone has yet come up with a better concept to put at the center and horizon of thinking about human behavior, I haven’t heard about it. (This statement is not made cavalierly, but after years of reading about and debating the various and sundry objections to a wellness-centric morality and finding all such arguments to be lacking merit, or lacking a coherent alternative organizing principle for ethics, or both.)

I tend to spend a lot of time philosophizing about what I am doing and the last few years that has involved a lot of philosophizing about parenting and/or being a father. As my son gets to an age where he is beginning to really have his own personality, his own evolving personal relationship to suffering/pleasure, and an increasingly complicated set of material, emotional, and social preferences that interact with all that, I find myself increasingly looking for how I can synthesize my longterm, or big picture, parenting choices that are focused on his excellence (diet, education, exercise/activity, sociopolitical awareness, emotional intelligence & mastery, etc) with the short term, one-day-at-a-time focus on happiness. In other words, I try to figure out how each day we are together can be both immediately enjoyable and also fulfill longterm goals, and it is an interesting back and forth. (This is probably just a fancy way of describing what most parents are doing most of the time.)

For example, breakfast: We eat the same thing for breakfast everyday, unless there is some occasion not to (have to leave the house early, decide to go out to eat, etc). Since the breakfast rarely involves sugar, but rather a mix of greens, fruit, and protein, this was not – compared to, say, donuts – “immediately enjoyable” for my son when we started. I initially had to be very affirming and even entertaining about the eating of the protein and greens, but now when I put the food in front of him he just eats it – greens and protein first, usually. He says “mmmmm” and increasingly asks for more eggs. And our days got even better as a result of this, because protein in the morning really is important both physically and mentally. He even drinks tea with me now, which is just delightful.

Eating the same, healthy breakfast every morning is one of the best things I’ve learned to do in my adult life. I decided to take a chance that the benefits – getting a full, balanced meal without having to make or debate choices first thing in the morning – would apply to by child if I took the time to get him used to it. So while initially focused on long-term excellence (healthy, growing) at the expense of some short-term suffering (the months of not wanting to eat his eggs) we have now arrived at a point where there is no debate about breakfast, it is really healthy, and we really enjoy it. Having an ongoing dialogue between happiness and excellence of my child to arrive at a state where the two are integrated; this is what I mean when I say Eudaimonian Parenting.

Politics, Re: About (the stories about) those polls…

In the last few days you may have seen poll-related headlines about “Toomey pulls ahead in PA Senate Race” or “Trump Closing in on Clinton” or whatever. All of those headlines are related to a large set of polls put out by the same polling organization at Emerson College, and they only involve landlines (so no mobile phone calls). All of which is to say: don’t freak out. These polls are outliers and their methodology contains likely explanations for their abnormal results. Donald Trump’s “pivot” on immigration is not getting him anything but scorn from his alt-right base and probably nothing has really changed. Everybody chill.

Nerd stuff, Re: New Warriors feat. Squirrel Girl coming to TV, maybe

 

All the superhero clickbait today is based on a report from TV Line that Marvel and ABC are looking for someone to broadcast and/or stream a New Warriors TV show:

Described as the junior version of The Avengers, the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers, one of whom would include Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl). For the record, SG can do more than just communicate with the world’s vast squirrel population; she also possesses super-speed and strength.

Super Girl is high on the list of fan favorites to get a TV show or movie. I am still hoping for Kamala Khan or a near-immediate move to the big screen for Riri Williams, but New Warriors could be good too.

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Sent in by a good friend. I particularly appreciate that they got Poohcard’s jacket so right.

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Meme of the Day, aka MOTD

Quote, from Khalil Gibran:

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry,

the philosophy which does not laugh,

and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Image: lion dad submitting to lion cub face sniffing

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Voyeur Recap: Game of Thrones, “The Winds of Winter”

Welcome to TLP’s Voyeur Recap – a guide for staying conversant with friends, family, and colleagues who are really into a show that you do not have the time and/or desire to watch. The first and so far only series to be included in this feature is HBO’s Game of Thrones. (FYI spoilers abound)

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Lovely view.

What is Game of Thrones? Based on a series of novels written by Coldplay frontman Chris RR Martin, Game of Thrones tells the story of the conscious unseptupling of the seven kingdoms of Westeros right before they all plunge into the first cold, lonely winter in many years. The winter brings with it an army of magical zombies and their hordes of mindless, ravenous servants called “wights,” which are obvious allegories for music industry execs and groupies, respectively. The books, which were written as a way for Martin to cope with his difficult feelings during his divorce from actress Gwyneth Paltrow, have been criticized for the absurdly emo way major characters just get brutally killed off without warning – except for the attractive (and mostly underage) women who are terribly mistreated, but always survive to have sex, commit murder, or stand naked in fire again another day.

What is a Voyeur Recap? The voyeur recap is here to help non-viewers like us stay conversant with friends, family members, and colleagues who are watching the show and talking about it. All of the information provided about the show is completely accurate, except for the stuff that is totally made up. Folks who watch the show are also welcome to read and get a laugh from this recap, but be aware there are spoilers.

Which episode just aired? Sunday night’s episode was season 6 number 10, the season finale, titled “The Winds of Winter” and I need to confess that I actually did watch this episode after reading about it.

What happened in the episode (and what should you say about it)?

In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister killed, had killed, or had tortured to death everybody that has been mean to her. She got kids to kill one guy, she got a zombie to (it is implied) rape a woman to death after Cersei spends a minute wineboarding her (which is how one-percenters torture folks), and she got another kid to stab a guy in some catacombs so that we could watch him slowly realize the big thing Cersei was about to pull off. See, these religious fanatics called the “Faith Militant,” who wear dirty pajamas all the time and believe folks wearing real clothes are sinners, had an adversarial relationship with Cersei and her family because of all the fancy clothes the Lannisters wear. Things got really ugly and there was to be a trial of Cersei at a church called the Bale of Skeletor, or maybe it was the the Sept of Baelor, I can’t keep all the names straight. Anyway it doesn’t matter anymore, because down in those catacombs Cersei had found some magical napalm left around by a previous angry monarch type, and she used it to blow up the Skeletor, everyone in it, and anything nearby it. Good news for Cersei: all her enemies in the city were killed all at once and she became queen. Bad news for Cersei: one of her enemies in the city was Margarine, the wife of Cersei’s son, King Tommen. It turns out Tommen was one of those people that really loves Margarine (you know how some people are) and he self-defenestrated when he realized what his mother had done. That’s how Cersei became queen; sort of the Game of Thrones version of leaning in, I guess.

What to say: “What good is a crown if you have no allies left to help you keep it?” or “I hope she saved some of that wildfire to use against the wights later!” or “So wait, her goal this whole time was to protect her children, and the result is that they’re all dead… …wtf?!”

What to predict: “Jaime will have to kill her himself, I bet. Knowing this show, probably while they’re having sex.”

What to say for a laugh: “Now I know why they call it King’s Landing. Ha Ha Ha! Dead kids are totes funny.” or “I guess it is too late to tell her that when folks say moms have to make sacrifices for career advancement, they don’t mean it so literally.”

Up in the North, the ever creepier and crazier Lord Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger, revealed to Sansa Stark that his long term goal is to sit on the Iron Throne and have her as a wife, which doesn’t make a lot of sense since he has spent years moving himself geographically further away from the throne while also marrying Sansa off to several other men even creepier than himself. When Littlefinger moved in for a smooch, Sansa denied him in a classic “man misinterprets woman’s loathing every iota of his existence as her wanting a kiss” moment. Elsewhere in Winterfell, a guy named Davros who fans really like despite the fact that we all know he eventually creates the Daleks, confronted Melisandre about that one time she convinced a guy to burn his daughter at the stake for good luck, but he got bad luck and died instead. Awkward! Davros asks Jon Snow to have Melisandre executed, but instead Jon gets all Solomon on it (probably because Melisandre brought his ass back to life) and expels the Lady in Red from the North. Later at a big meeting of Northern families, a prepubescent lady named Lyanna Mormont shames a bunch of old lords into supporting Jon Snow as the new King in the North. Folks got really excited about this scene on Twitter, despite the fact gaining this title has so far been a death sentence for loved and loathed characters alike.

What to say: “Where was Ghost this whole time?”

What to say for a laugh: “Winter may have come, but Littlefinger got blue balled. Lulz!”

What to tweet/hashtag: #LyannaMormont2016 – because fandom loves ambitious girls so long as they don’t grow up to be ambitious women.

What to predict: “So I guess Cersei and Baelish are going to need to get married or something before they realize they have no friends.”

Meanwhile, in Riverrun or the Twins or Somewhere, Walder Frey gets a few moments on screen with Jaime Lannister to remind us that both of them are awful and Walder is just grossly so. Later we get to see Walder eating meat pie and complaining that his sons aren’t around. The servant girl feeding him turns out to be Arya Stark, who apparently learned how to change faces after all, and she lets Walder know that she killed, carved, and baked his sons into the pie he has been eating. Walder only gets a moment to process this fact before Arya slits his throat, just as Walder’s bastard son Walder did to Arya’s mother Catelyn a few seasons back. Fans of the show on Twitter went wild with joy when this happened, which makes sense because comeuppance is satisfying, but is also a bit off considering that a girl killed two people, fed them to their dad, then killed him too.

What to say about it for a laugh/grimace: “I always just assumed it was Shepherd’s pie, but now I am really wondering if it is shepherds pie! So gross…”

What to say: “Did anybody but me notice that when Arya told him he was eating his sons, Walder made a regurgitation face instead of, you know, actually throwing up? Because I’m pretty sure he should have actually thrown up.” 

In other North-ish news, Samwise Gamgee made it to a big library with a cool light and a lot of books and nobody knows why he is there yet. More consequentially, north of The Wall, Benjen ‘Coldhands’ Stark ditches Bran (who is six feet tall and can’t walk) and Meera because Benjen can’t go south of The Wall due to magic spells written into the stone that are bad even for good guy zombies. The undead Benjen does not even so much as craft a new sled for Meera to use to pull Bran before he rides away on his horse. What a shitty uncle! Of course there is a nearby tree so Bran and Meera get straight to work on… …having a vision into the past, where Bran learns for sure what we all already figured out back in the pilot episode, that Jon Snow is no bastard son of Ned Stark but is instead born of a union between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Folks got really excited about this on Twitter too, which is fine. This is like the one scene you can really just be happy about. I mean, other than that poor woman dying after childbirth without ever holding her baby and Jon Snow having grown up his whole life shunned as a bastard despite being two kinds of royalty and Ned Stark being thought of as a bit of a hypocrite because he came back from a war with a bastard kid even while being preachy about honor all the time. Other than that stuff, a purely uplifting development for the series!

What to say if you want people to think you read a lot even though we all know you just binge watch streaming television all the time: “That library just looked like heaven to me. I would so make the same face as Sam did! And totally leave my wife and child behind on my way in!”

What to say if you are the kind of ass that wants to keep the Jon Snow parentage non-mystery alive a bit longer: “Well you didn’t hear everything Lyanna whispered to Ned, so maybe Jon isn’t Rhaegar’s son. He does have Baratheon-looking hair, you know.”

What to say to be clever: “So I guess a few episodes ago they could totally have burnt Jon’s corpse and he still would’ve come back to life, maybe with a flaming sword or some dragon eggs or something, and no scars. Thanks for nothing, Wun Wun.”

In Dorne, and then in Essos, and then back near Dorne again, Varys visited Dorne to forge an alliance between the Sand Snakes, Tyrells, and his choice for eventual ruler Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen. Dany stayed in Essos to break up with her NSA sex pal, Daario, because nobody brings a side piece with them when they’re off to reclaim their family’s throne on another continent. Duh. Then – and really, this was sweet – Dany made Tyrion the Hand of the Queen in a scene that was magnificently played by actor Peter Dinklage. After all that they set sail apparently for Dorne, because the next time we see them they are all together – Dany, Varys, and Tyrion – at sea in a fleet with the Greyjoys, Tyrells, and Dornish navy, with Dany’s Dragons flying overhead.

What to say to sound like everybody else: “WTF does Varys have a teleporter now? How did he get from Meereen to Dorne back to Meereen again in an hour?!?!”

What to say to sound smarter than everybody else: “STFU, the different scenes in the episodes, like the different plots of the season, aren’t all happening concurrently and in real time. Just use common sense to figure out how things fit together instead of complaining about not having everything explained to you.”

What to say to make peace if you are caught between those two people: “It’s true the show does have a flexible relationship with narrative time that can be off-putting, and the information is there to figure out what is going on. Let’s just agree that a little “three weeks later” text at the bottom of the screen would help sometimes. Anyway, who do you think would win in a fight between Star Trek and Star Wars?”

What to say if you are a woman in a mixed gender and/or age group discussing anything of consequence: “Do shut up. Let the grown women speak.”

What to say for a laugh: “Well I have to admit I really thought we were dorne with that subplot. Eh? EH? DORNE with that subplot! Get it?!?!” (Be sure to explain it in detail if people don’t laugh the first time.)

Further Reading:

HBO released an infographic to let everybody know for sure that Jon is a Targaryen.

Vox Media: “Game of Thrones season 6 was good TV that shows why the series will never be great

io9: “Game of Thrones Showrunner Confirm There Are Only 15 Episodes Left, Max

Screen Rant: “Game of Thrones Showrunners Tease Next Seasons

Questions?

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Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “Absolution / Ascension”

TLP’s Progressive/nerd/parent reviews contain lots of spoilers and are intended for folks who have already watched the show and are looking for some supplemental commentary and analysis.

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Outfit envy. Well, except for the murder vests. I don’t want one of those.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episodes 21 & 22 “Absolution / Ascension”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – May and Daisy had some dialogue that managed to be more about Daisy than about Hive, so it earned all three points. It was, I believe, the only scene in the two hours to actually score 3 points – which is a bit off for a show with four important women in the action – but at least the one scene passed the test.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Mack and Elena score three points this week, as they tend to do. The scene was pretty funny, too, with Elena razzing Mack about how long it takes him to set up a gadget. Mack and Daisy also had some good scenes.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Sad that the show chose to finish without any LGBT representation, especially after what was otherwise Agents of SHIELD‘s best season for said representation so far. Hoping they do better in season 4.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – The episode could have gone for five kittehs, but instead they chose to try to manipulate viewers by keeping us guessing every few minutes about which character was going to die. It became not just boring, but off-putting, and that cost a kitteh. Otherwise, it was a pretty great double episode. The end was a satisfying resolution to the season’s storyline. They even kept up with the “anyone taken prisoner by SHIELD is gaurunteed to escape within the hour” continuity from other recent episodes. The writing in this episode was definitely above average for the series with a lot of delightful humor. The little taste of next season at the end was pretty cool. I appreciate that it was enough to make us wonder what is going on, but not a cliffhanger to leave us in agony for months. (More about that in a future post about TLP’s wishlist for season 4.)

Low points: It was obvious to anyone paying attention, as soon as Lincoln said he was going to leave the team and “see the world,” that he would be the agent who died at the end of the episode. I am mentioning this because not only was the gold-cross-as-existential-hot-potato a bit overwrought on its own, it was also an insulting distraction once Lincoln’s fate was so heavily foreshadowed. Without question it was the low point of the two episodes as it took away from the story and even made me hate the writers a bit. In the end, Lincoln does his noble sacrifice, but it felt unecessary. Fry the manual controls, have Daisy quake-crush Hive a bit and carry Lincoln off the jet, leave the jacket behind – and ta-da, Hive dies and we keep a good character. But no, they wanted viewers, and they decided to get them by promising to kill an agent. *sigh*

Highlights: The action and dialogue during the missile base sequence were really great. Mack is a great character, played fantastically by actor Henry Simmons, and he was an ongoing highlight for both episodes. Elena was great too. And we got back good Lincoln, yay! Plus, and I know I said this back at the mid-season finale too, but we finally get to see Ward die (again), and it sure does seem really permanent this time. I liked Hive better than Ward as a character, but despised Ward enough to be glad to see him go again in any form. Speaking of bad guys who needed to go, Fitz – Fitz! – managed to take out Giyera in a move that was definitely a highlight of the last half of the episode. In real life, I wish death on no one, but in fiction I want the villains to get it and get it good. This episode delivered plenty of that.

Dad edits: Yikes, what would even be left of this episode if it was edited for a younger kid? Not much. If my kid were old enough to watch the show, I think a discussion about Daisy’s condition would be interesting and fruitful. Particularly her decision to ask Hive to take her back – that was Agents of SHIELD keeping it real and I was impressed by that. Not much else happened to really talk about, mostly just action. And that’s fine!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c 

There is currently no official trailer for season 4 (and the fan trailers all suck) but this post will be updated whenever one becomes available.

Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “Emancipation”

TLP’s Progressive/nerd/parent reviews contain lots of spoilers and are intended for folks who have already watched the show and are looking for some supplemental commentary and analysis.

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From the dept. of “Why didn’t we try this sooner?!”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 20 “Emancipation”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2/3 – May and Simmons discuss Hive (a male) briefly in the computer room. All the other interactions among women are in a large group setting. I miss the May/Simmons dialogue from earlier in the season. That was good stuff.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Mack and Elena have one of their heart to heart conversations in what I guess is the SHIELD lounge. It is a good scene and earns all three points.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Still no Joey means still no points earned for LGBT representation, which is the obvious downside of having only one LGBT recurring character anywhere on the show.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺/5 – The episode started with an obligatory nod to the events of Civil War  that was handled pretty well. Then it just kind of coasted on expository dialogue and glacial plot development for a while. Then it got thrilling and awesome, with action, story, effects, and a few twists all in the last few minutes (and also, more exposition). It was basically 30ish minutes of two kittehs and 15 minutes of five kittehs, so I am awarding a messy average of three kittehs.

Low points: May actually said “you need to straighten up and fly right.” She actually said those words in that order. Also, yet again, someone escapes from a woefully inadequate and unguarded containment cell. This makes three episodes out of the last five that this has happened. You’d think they’d have a whole SWAT team staged around every cell at this point. This is definitely deep into lazy storytelling territory; people in containment cells make it off of SHIELD’s base more often than the agents do!

Highlights: I don’t know if I already said this or not, but it is great for me as a viewer to finally be able to appreciate actor Brett Dalton on the show. I never liked Grant Ward as a character. He was boring as a SHIELD Ken doll in season one and somehow, against all odds, was even more boring after he was revealed to be a Hydra sleeper agent in season 2. By the beginning of season 3, Ward was both murderous and whiney, neither of which are appealing characteristics. But here we are near the end of season 3 and, ever since Ward became Hive, he has been interesting and even fun to watch. But I digress. Lash was definitely the highlight of the episode, both because his scenes were cool and because the character, who has a problematic power level, was finally killed. In his final act, Lash saves Daisy from Hive, redeeming himself as an inhuman and giving us a last moment with Dr. Andrew Garner (even if we didn’t get to see Blair Underwood in the role again, which would have been really nice).

Dad edits: I don’t watch this show with my kid. Even if he were older and we did watch this show, I’m not sure how much there would be to talk about. Since we are in the final hours of the season, the show is busy wrapping up loose ends and moving pieces into place for the endgame. This always makes for extra thrills and emotional payoffs for regular viewers, but it also necessarily leaves out the kind of philosophical storytelling that made “Spacetime” such a great episode, or the kind of flashback driven character study from “Paradise Lost,” which was another season highlight. Hopefully the finale will provide a bit more parent/child conversation fodder.

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Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “Failed Experiments”

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

From the looks of this dude, Gargamel is in for a world of hurt.
From the looks of this dude, Gargamel is in for a world of hurt.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 19 “Failed Experiments”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 1/3 – I don’t recall any of the women on the show talking to each other during this episode.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – (Blue dudes don’t count as people of color, just FYI.) Mack and May, again, score three points a little more than ten minutes into the episode (and a few times later on). Mack and Daisy have some moments together towards the end as well.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Sigh. Another zero. Like last week. Please do better.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – This should have been a three, or even two, kitteh episode. But they started with Kree aliens and that kept me glued to the screen until I saw more Kree aliens at the end. So basically the show cheated, but it worked. Four kittehs. MORE ALIENS PLEASE & THANK YOU.

Low points: When the Hydra peeps went Ark-of-the-Covenant on screen, that was gross. Also, Lincoln injecting himself with the serum. Not because he did it at all, but just because it was this week’s “Lincoln is out of control because he loves Daisy” bullshit, and now they’ve added “self-destructive behavior” to the list with “violent rage” of toxic masculine behaviors the show is associating with true love. Boo!

Highlights: Dr. Radcliffe has quickly become the comedic treasure of the show. Fitz and Simmons are really providing a lot of smiles as they keep developing their much overdue romance. May’s seduction/knocking-the-fuck-out of James was all kinds of entertaining. Also, ALIENS! And then aliens fighting people with powers! Hell yes to all that. Daisy and Mack at the end… …I almost put it in low points, because it was heartbreaking. Really though, the two of them delivered the only real drama of the episode and it was compelling. It made Daisy’s swayed-by-Hive storyline worthwhile for the first time and was just very well done.

Dad edits: Meh, not so much. This isn’t a show I watch with my kid and, for the third week in a row, there was a lot of good story movement but not much in the way of stuff to discuss with an older kid. I mean, there is the obvious “don’t sign up for a medical experiment in an abandoned town,” but that really should be part of the basic stranger-danger conversation, not its own separate discussion.

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Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “The Singularity”

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

Okay, I admit it: I would have loved just an hour of these two dressed up and flirting.
Okay, I admit it: I would have loved just an hour of these two dressed up and flirting.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 18 “The Singularity”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – May and Simmons discuss whether or not Simmons should carry a gun and how she knows when to use it. Distasteful subject matter to me, but it earns three points.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – The episode opens with exposition between May and Mack about the state of the base and the team after the closing events of the previous episode, which earns three points. Not much else in the episode, though.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Alas, no Joey, no Russo points. The show either needs an LGBT regular or a lot more LGBT guest stars (please, go with a regular).

Kittehs: 😺😺😺/5 – Sooner or later, after “Spacetime” and “Paradise Lost” being abnormally strong episodes, the show had to have an average episode. This was it. The season arc moved, Lincoln’s arc moved, Daisy’s new arc moved, but nothing especially gripping happened. I found my mind wandering too often for the episode to be awarded more than three kittehs for engagement.

Low points: So the new thing is Lincoln is a wild child who can’t control his rage. I would find this compelling if it wasn’t being presented part and parcel with his love of Daisy and desire to see her again. Here is a tip for writers: don’t ever make a man’s rage in service of something noble. That isn’t what happens in real life when men rage. Ever. Plus, I liked Lincoln as the mostly-gentle type he used to be. But c’est la vie.

Highlights: The suicide/murder vest conversation was morbidly hilarious. The Fitz/Simmons scenes are fun. Simmons said “sex!” They talked about sex. It shouldn’t be such a big thing, but I suppose it is (nerds on network TV, after all). And really, the Fitz/Simmons relationship as well as what their pursuit of Dr. Radcliffe were the only higlights of an otherwise perfunctory episode. Oh wait! Simmons shooting Hive/Ward a few times – that brought a smile to my face.

Dad edits: Yeah, I got nothing. Kid is too young to watch this show and I can’t find any theme in the episode that would make for good philosophical discussion if he was older. It was just a fun hour of TV, nothing more. (And that’s fine!)

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Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “The Team”

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

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I don’t have superpowers, but just FYI to anyone looking, I will sign up for any team/league/whatever that provides flattering black jumpsuits.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 17 “The Team”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – Technically Simmons tells May she can’t move and May is all like “whatever I can fly,” but it is dialogue that could have been between any two characters and was in a room full of people. I’m only awarding the 2.5 points because the room was half full of badass women. (Same goes for later Daisy/Elena dialogue.)

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Several scenes in this episode could score three points, but the first to do so without question is Joey and Elena in the elevator, talking about Joey’s ruined date, in Spanish. Mack talking to Elena (also in Spanish) is a close second place for best Shukla scoring scene.

Russo Score: 3/3 – Yay they did better this week! We got to see Joey be crucial to the whole episode and even first showed up while out on a date. Yes, his date was ruined by the call to duty, but the thing wasn’t underplayed or overplayed, just a gay man on a date.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – Gotta give some credit – two minutes into the episode, there is a meeting among the proto-Secret Warriors team that is: 50% women, 25% LGBT, and 75% non-white. This shouldn’t be a big deal and it shouldn’t be just for one episode, but the reality is that this is no small deal even if just for one episode. And on top of the way better than usual representation, a great story was told, with a four kitteh level of engagement. Nice job Agents of SHIELD, y’all have really hit your stride.

Low points: I don’t find it to be good storytelling when Coulson doesn’t tell Daisy et al., what is going on. Sure, if he had then the episode would only have been twenty minutes long and Daisy wouldn’t have gotten away, but it still would’ve been better storytelling from the standpoint of believable character behavior. Also, let us once again note that SHIELD’s containment pods seem to be woefully undersurveilled, which is kind of amazing considering that this is an intelligence organization. Especially after last week’s seatbelt buckle escape, it seems like they’d have figured out that some eyeballs and a tazer would be good to have nearby any containment unit.

Highlights: Well let’s be honest, as good as this show is when it is focused on the regular people, Agents of SHIELD is at its best when people with superpowers are kicking ass. And there was plenty of that this episode. The banter among the inhuman team of Daisy, Lincoln, Elena, and Joey was a real treat as well, especially later in the episode. The first 10 minutes of the show really were the best, including the regular human-folk holding fort in the supply room. Later on, other good things happened, with a highlight probably being Daisy doing away with Malick. That guy had it coming and I always like to see a bad guy get what’s coming. Best moment: Elena’s self-translation of what she said to Joey as “Screw SHIELD” – priceless 😂. Oh wait! How could I forget?! Fitz and Simmons! It is so nice the show is finally getting them together and letting us spend a few minutes each episode enjoying all that.

Dad edits: Well for sure we would revisit the conversation about whether or not you should sell people something called “containment pods” if they don’t, you know, contain things. At any rate, I don’t watch this show with my kid, but can’t think of much in the episode to discuss with him if he were older and we did watch it together. Fun to watch, just not much to discuss. Except maybe this: communicating with people is always a better option that hiding things from them.

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Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “Paradise Lost”

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

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Being heirs of a vast fortune and power over an international organization is clearly rough. So rough.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 16 “Paradise Lost”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – Some combination of May, Simmons, and Daisy have dialogue as part of larger group scenes a couple of times during the episode. (I only award all three points if two women talk to each other alone, even if just for a moment.)

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Daisy and Mack shared several lines of personal and plot related dialogue early in the episode.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Seriously how hard is it to just have on single LGBT series regular? Just do it already. My zero key is tired and LGBT fans everywhere deserve more. Do better.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – Following on the heels of “Spacetime” is not an easy task for any episode, but “Paradise Lost” did it well. The episode managed to advance the overall season’s plot arc, introduce a new character, and provide character development for both Gideon and Hive. Four kittehs because, for the most part, I couldn’t turn away.

Low points: Giyera’s escape was seriously lazy, bad storytelling, let me count the ways: nobody bothers to watch a super dangerous inhuman in a containment pod; a fucking seatbelt buckle is strong enough to pry the doors slightly open; said doors are apparently easy to fully open once cracked (reminder: this is a pod meant to contain the most dangerous beings on the planet); Coulson, who watched the guy give May a run for her money earlier, tries to go fisticuffs with the fellow; Giyera, whose power we have been reminded this very episode only works on line of sight, is able to move the controls in the cockpit that he cannot see; Giyera is appareantly immune to the various laws of physics that negatively impacted everyone else on the plane during its tumultuous descent. I think that about covers it.

Highlights: The backstory on the Malick family, which also ended up providing some development of Hive’s powers/memory retention, was really well done and compelling. Powers Booth really does a great job playing Gideon as the character is caught in a vice of his guilt about the past and fear of the future he was shown in “Spacetime.” Still he seems to relish his role as a father in the present, at least until Hive/Ward/Little Bro Malick kills her. This wasn’t a highlight in the sense of being fun, but it was compelling storytelling and really good acting.

Dad edits: I don’t watch this show with my kid (way too young). If I did, we would talk about professional integrity and how you should always build containment doors that can contain things like, say, seatbelt buckles – or just get out of the business. We also might talk about how fear of death is one of the only things that can give love of family a run for its money in this world. Also, don’t kiss alien boys with parasite tongues. Bad news there.

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Supergirl: Progressive/Nerd/Parent Season 1 Recap & Season 2 Wishlist

TLP’s Progressive/Nerd/Parent recap of Supergirl season 1, wishlist for what we’d like to see in season 2, and the current news about the show’s next season.

In season 2, it would be nice to see the writers develop the character beyond "Ally McBeal with laser vision."
In season 2, it would be nice to see the writers develop the character beyond “Ally McBeal with laser vision.”

Supergirl Season 1 Progressive/Nerd/Parent Recap:

(This only includes the episodes TLP reviewed, which are numbers 6, 7, and 9 – 20)

Bechdel-Wallace Scores: Average 3/3 – Highest  3+/3 (episodes 6 & 9) – Lowest 2.5/3 (episodes 7 & 12)

Shukla Scores: Average 1.5/3 – Highest 3/3 (episodes 13 & 16) – Lowest 0/3 (episode 18)

Russo Scores: Average 0/3 – Highest 0/3 – Lowest 0/3

Kittehs: Average 😺😺😺/5 – Highest 😻😺😿😾😺/5 (episode 13) – Lowest 😾/5 (episode 19)

Low points: The award for worst episode goes, hands down, to the penultimate episode of the season, Myriad. The worst storytelling decisions during the season were, in no particular order: Winn and Kara having a no good, very bad, completely terrible relationship; the way the DEO gradually became a hybrid of top secret government agency and The Max (the diner where the kids and their friends all hung out on Saved by the Bell); anything involving, or not involving, Superman. (I will elaborate on all these points, and the problematic representation scores, in the season 2 wishlist below.)

Highlights: The award for best episode goes to number 13, For the Girl Who Has Everything, with World’s Finest and Falling tied for second place. The best storytelling and/or performances of the season, in no particular order: Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers & Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant – both were fantastic all season long; while the romance between Kara and Jimmy formed seemingly out of nowhere, and the Lucy/Jimmy stuff was weird, it was nonetheless pretty great that Kara and Jimmy got it together right before the end of the season; bringing J’onn J’onzz onto the show was both smart and tons of fun; the crossover episode with the Flash was a blast.

Dad edits: The show was very kid friendly (if you’re okay with standard superhero type fighting scenes, which we are). There were a handful of moments all season long that just needed to be skipped over for my young kind, but most of the trouble he had with the show came from times when the plot was just too erratic for him to follow. That’s not an age thing, either – even a lot of the story is over his head, he can still basically find and follow the conflicts driving the plot. The episodes full of plot holes were the episodes that left him bored, disengaged, or asking questions. There was also a lot more gun play that I would prefer my kid see; the show deserves some credit, but only a little, for showing guns racked or holstered much more often than fired. Still – there is a Kryptonian on your team, and your enemy is impervious to bullets. Put the guns away, people!

Supergirl Season 2 News:

The series is moving from CBS to The CW for season 2 for reasons having to do with money and/or The CW being more watched by viewers in Supergirl’s target demographic (read: young folks).

Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s, has been cast to play the President of the United States for an unknown number of episodes during season 2.

Sadly, it seems Calista Flockhart’s character, Cat Grant, may not be a series regular now that the show has moved to The CW.

An actor named Tyler Hoechlin will be portraying Superman for the first two episodes of the season.

We also know that Supergirl season 2 will premiere on The CW at 8pm on Monday, October 10th, 2016. That link also has some other miscellaneous casting news and new character speculation.

We also know that there will be at least one crossover story spanning episodes of all four DC superhero shows on The CW next year, holy shit!

(This post will be updated as more news about season 2 becomes available.)

Supergirl Season 2 Progressive/Nerd/Parent Wishlist:

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“It’s time to stop talking and start acting.” Or in this case, stop talking and start casting.

Representation: So the Russo score of zero – ZERO – in every episode is unacceptable. The Shukla score of 1 in almost every episode is much better than zero but still not nearly good enough. The Bechdel-Wallace scores are impressive, unless you reimagine the test as the Bechdel-Wallace-Hooks test, and then you realize the scores would drop to zero. There are most certainly LGBTQ people of all genders and ages in National City, there must be more people of color in National City, and some of those people of color must be women. We need to see more of all of them on the show in season 2. A lot more.

Just getting to the point where the show even represents national averages of LGBTQ and/or people of color would be a start, but remember some of these folks need to be superheros and some of them need to be series regulars, too. As mentioned above, we know that Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame will play the President in season 2. The show is giving itself a pat on the back for this, but who cares? We are about to have an actual woman be actual President. The series gets some credit for having Tawny Cypress play Senator Miranda Crane in an episode or two during season 1, but again we are about to have an actual black woman be an actual Senator soon in real life, too. Sure, Hillary Clinton would be the first woman President and Kamala Harris would be only the second black woman to be a Senator, but my point is that Supergirl should stop giving itself a pat on the back for barely keeping up with current events and start pushing ahead to show us our real lives, which involve strong LGBTQ and people of color as members of, and leaders in, our communities. Television is a place where it is possible to show that reality sooner than can be done in the uppermost echelons of elite position and influence in our society. So please, get to it!

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This is the perfect visual representation of the show’s Superman Problem.

Fix the Superman Problem: In season 2 of the (excellent) animated series Young Justice, the core members of the Justice League (Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, etc) have to leave Earth to face trial for attacking a planet while they were being mind-controlled at the end of season 1. All season long, when the Young Justice team seemed in over their heads, there was always a good answer to the question “hey where is the Justice League?”

Supergirl never – not one single time – pulled this off in season 1. Superman either went unmentioned, showed up on instant message to say he wasn’t there because he wants to help Kara trust herself, showed up kind of sort of at the last minute and only for that minute, or – and this was the worst – was inexplicably felled by a mind control device that only effected humans, and then (in the shot above) rendered unconscious by the device being destroyed while all the regular humans were able to go back to their lives. All season long there was an army of Kryptonians plotting to conquer Earth, attacking his cousin, and causing mayhem – and Superman was AWOL the whole time. It was just absurd and distractingly unbelievable.

Since we already know that an actual actor has been cast to actually portray Superman in the first two episodes of season 2, then maybe the showrunners will do some kind of Supergirl/Superman team up that ends up with the Man of Steel having to go off and do something in the cosmos for a while. This would explain his absence for a whole season, no problem (and not for nothing, but they could have done this without an actor in the role for season 1). There is another solution, that I actually like better, but is a lot less likely to happen…

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Hell yes.

Join the Arrowverse: Season 2 being on The CW allows for more than just a crossover. With Barry Allen having begun something like the Flashpoint event in the final moments of season 2 of The Flash, rewriting some small or large pieces of the continuity of all of these shows is not out of the question. This could fix a lot of problems. We could have a reality where Superman has been gone for years, or was killed by Doomsday, or is a bad guy – all of those things would explain why he isn’t around to help Kara out, but wouldn’t disrupt the Jimmy/Kara storyline (since they would not have met without Supes playing matchmaker). It’s also a chance to bring a lot of good people back to life: Rip Hunter’s kids on Legends; Barry Allen’s dad and some new version of Harrison Wells on The Flash; Shado and/or Laurel Lance on Arrow; and did I mention it could be used to solve the incredibly annoying Superman problem? Yeah, I did, but let me say it again: this could provide a bunch of different ways to solve the Superman problem. Plus it gives a chance to merge Kara Danvers reality from Supergirl with maybe an Arrowverse reality where, unbeknownst to us, Kara has been living, looking for Kal-El, and slowly becoming villainously bitter about her cousin’s fate and the barbarity of human society – Supergirl vs. Power Girl, anyone? (Yes, please!)

This could also solve the representation problem! If you combine the LGBT folks on Arrow with the people of color on The Flash and the women on Supergirl… …well then all of those shows could start getting decently balanced representation scores. (Hey, an SJW fanboy can dream, right?)

There are also downsides to this plan. If Kara/Supergirl were present in the Arrowverse, while it might solve the Superman Problem on Supergirl, it would create a new Supergirl Problem for The Flash and Arrow (with the latter arguably already having a bit of a Flash Problem). Plus there is the risk of recreating the Season-3-Fringe-Problem –  it is one thing to create an alternate universe and ask me to care about other versions of the show’s characters, but it is a whole other thing to replace the original characters AND the mirror universe characters with different versions from an alternate timeline. (I mean, Peter was a great character, but I still miss Originalivia.) Then again, Supergirl, has only had one season, and all the continuity changes could be explained away in one or two scenes of expository dialogue without much change to the defining events or characteristics of the regular characters.

I really hope somebody, somewhere is considering this. It would be great to see a Justice League of some kind form on TV (probably would need a different name to avoid irritating the DC/WB movie people). All we need now is to get Gotham to move to The CW on Friday nights and introduce year one Batman. Don’t even get me started on how many problems that could fix!

 

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