TMNT: April O’Neil Kicks Ass, Takes Names

As a child of the 80s, I grew up well-versed in all things pertaining to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and retain a good deal of emotional investment in all things TMNT-related. So of course I rushed to see the new CGI movie. There are lots of good things to say about the film, but […]

The Women of Babylon 5: Talia Winters

In previous entries in this series, I have praised Babylon 5 for treating its women characters like people, and not like stereotypes or plot devices. But even a great show like B5 is not perfect, and its treatment of Talia Winters is one of the show’s biggest failures. Talia Winters is the resident commercial telepath […]

The Women of Babylon 5: Delenn

Delenn, the Minbari ambassador to the Babylon 5 station, is one of the most complex characters on the show, and also seems to be one of most misunderstood. I’ve spoken to many people who regard her as a “Mary Sue,” where the audience is constantly told how wonderful she because everyone loves her. I disagree. […]

How I Met Your Mother: Sauce for the Gander

How I Met Your Mother  is normally a very entertaining show. It isn’t breaking any new ground, and certainly falls into standard TV demographics with its cast (all of the characters are young, white, professional, heterosexual, and of course photogenic), but it does usually feature excellent writing. One of the things that makes the writing […]

The Women of Babylon 5: Commander Susan Ivanova

Commander Susan Ivanova is intelligent, sharp-witted (and sharp-tongued), dedicated, and, like most characters on Babylon 5, defined by what she does. She is second-in-command of the Babylon 5 space station throughout the first four seasons of the show, responsible for the day-to-day running of what is essentially a small city number over 250,000 humans and […]

The Women of Babylon 5: Introduction

Babylon 5 was a highly unusual television show for many reasons. Most famously, it proposed to tell a highly-involved story over the course of five years, and more amazingly it was able to do so. While it has become common (some would say trendy) in recent years for shows to feature tight continuity and multi-season […]