Atlanta season 3 is meandering, implosive and weird — and we need more TV like it

The latest season of Atlanta is weird. That may sound like stating the obvious. Atlanta is supposed to be weird. Its first two seasons, which aired in 2016 and 2018, established it as exceptionally inventive, unpredictable and adventurous television. And the weirdness is not the only thing, of course. Atlanta would have been essential viewing … Continue reading Atlanta season 3 is meandering, implosive and weird — and we need more TV like it

Marvel’s What If…?: Disposable by design, intermittently powerful, ultimately frustrating

Comic books are disposable entertainment by definition. They started out as stories for kids printed on cheap pulp, serialized in weekly, easy-to-digest installments. A century later, the paper stock might be nicer, the budgets for creative talent higher, and the storytelling far more sophisticated, but this disposability remains inherent to the medium. This is not … Continue reading Marvel’s What If…?: Disposable by design, intermittently powerful, ultimately frustrating

Octonauts: Above & Beyond is teaching young kids about the climate emergency

For the last decade and then some, The Octonauts has been one of the best shows on TV for young kids. There are a bunch of reasons for this: gorgeous animation, strong writing, endearing and memorable characters, and an educational mission that feels genuine and not smarmy. But the thing that always sticks out for … Continue reading Octonauts: Above & Beyond is teaching young kids about the climate emergency