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    Rage Against the Talent Machine: A Festive Tale of X Factor Fatigue

    December 2009 was a truly bleak midwinter. In a year of deep recession following the prior year’s financial crash, the sub-zero UK temperatures were the least of many people’s sources of misery—and to top it all off, the ghosts of Christmas past still haunted the charts. The position of Christmas number one, you see, is […] More

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    Sizzle for the Season with the Spice Girls “2 Become 1”

    When the Spice Girls served up the single “2 Become 1” 25 years ago, it arrived in time to get its hooks in the holidays. The smooth ballad delivered a dose of sonic sensuality perfect for fueling fireside romance on long winter nights. The fact it connects to Christmas may seem a slender thread, but […] More

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    Wrap Your 2020 in a Joyful Holiday Delusion With Community

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I don’t know about you, but my psyche is a sucker for holiday decorations, chestnuts roasting and marshmallows toasting. ‘Tis the season of sharing tasty comestibles, joyous movies, TV specials and ritualistic traditions with kith and kin. The Community classic, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,” is a festive holiday fantasy. […] More

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    My Mom, Greg’s Mom, and Josh’s Sweet Dance Moves!

    ‘My Mom, Greg’s Mom, and Josh’s Sweet Dance Moves’ is the first holiday episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It stands out to me because it highlights the roots of a lot of Rebecca’s problems. We have all seen it countless times, when anyone on television (even in real life) addresses their issues, usually in therapy, it comes […] More

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    Christmas Episodes That Feel Like Home

    It’s my favourite time of the year! We’re only three days away from Christmas day and on Christmas day I love to go through my list of all my favourite shows and binge their Christmas episodes! To be honest, I do this all year round, but now it’s extra special. So I’m sharing my personal […] More

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    Mr. Robot S4E7: 407 Proxy Authentication Required

    Mr. Robot S4E7, “Proxy Authentication Required,” focuses entirely on the situation Elliot finds himself in after Vera kidnapped him at the end of the previous episode. It ran commercial-free, with a tighter aspect ratio than normal, and was presented as occurring in five acts, with the title card for each hitting the screen where otherwise […] More

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    Mr. Robot S4E6: 406 Not Acceptable

    Mr. Robot S4E6 “406 Not Acceptable” centers around three hostage situations (and ends with a fourth). Each varies in terms of both method and goal, but it is not hard to connect each to the episode title. In fact, the narration from Mr. Robot here itself seems to me to cross a certain line, as […] More

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    Mr. Robot S4E5: 405 Method Not Allowed

    Mr. Robot S4E5, “405 Method Not Allowed,” contains only two lines of dialogue. In this way it is reminiscent of what may be the best episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Hush.” But unlike in Buffy, where the inability to speak is intrinsic to the plot and related to the powers of the Gentlemen who […] More

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