Alphas Rewatch: Episode 1

Series: Alphas Rewatch

Spoilers: Alphas season 1, episode 1

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Image Description: Poster divided into six pictures, each a close up of one character’s face. All seem active and engaged in something, and only Nina is looking directly at the camera. Top left is Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie), a white man in his thirties. Top center: Nina Theroux (Laura Menell), a (white?) woman of a similar age. Top right is Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn), an older white man. Bottom left shows Rachel Pirzad (Azita Ghanizada),a young woman of Middle Eastern descent, bottom center Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), a middle aged black man. In the bottom right is Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright), a young white man. Below the pictures is the name of the show, “Alphas”, and the tagline “Super, but human.”
(picture from IMDB.com)

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Review: Inside Out

Spoiler Warning: None

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Image Description: Poster for Inside Out, Five cartoon characters, personifying fear (back left, a purple man in a sweater vest cowering from…something), joy (back center, a Disney Tinkerbell-esque figure with blue hair and fair skin), disgust (back right, a green woman with long eyelashes and a look of disgust), anger (front left, a short red man with a shirt and tie and his head on fire), and sadness (front right, a short, roundish blue woman with big glasses) stand in front of a background of colorful circles. At the bottom, the tag line “Meet the voices inside your head” and the date “June 19.” Image taken from IMDB, film by Disney Pixar.

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Anthology: Queers Destroy Science Fiction!

Spoiler Warning: I tried to avoid spoilers, but if you want to be really careful you might want to skip some of the story descriptions.

Trigger Warning: I didn’t really go into detail about those elements which are likely to be triggers, but there are some stories in the anthology which have potential triggers. Of the ones I read, I think “Trickier With Each Translation” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam describes sexual assault in some detail (though it does not progress beyond that), and “Nothing is Pixels Here,” by K.M. Szpara, while a fantastic story (which I discuss more below), could be triggering for someone with dysphoria.

A Note on Language: I use the word “queer” throughout this post, partly because that is the word used in the anthology. However, I wanted to warn for that because I recognize that for some people it is still a slur. (I’ve categorized the post as lgbtqia+, however, since that is the most widely recognized term).

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Image description: Cover of Queers Destroy Science Fiction!. Image from Lightspeed Magazine. In the foreground is a head, split down the middle, one side feminine, the other masculine. Set just behind that, in the upper left and lower right of the image, are two couples, two women and two men respectively. In the background is a spacescape.

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ALG: Voice and Agency in Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose

Series: Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoiler Warning: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Trigger Warning: Briar Rose is about the Holocaust. I don’t talk a huge amount about the camps themselves in this post, however.

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Image Description: Cover of Briar Rose, by Jane Yolen. Roses grow on barbed wire. In the background there is the shadow of a face: closed eyes, nose, and a mouth. Picture taken from Amazon.

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Archetypal Looking Glass: Disney’s Maleficent

Series: Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Maleficent. Basically just all of the spoilers for Maleficent.

Trigger Warning: While I do think Maleficent is potentially triggering for some people I don’t know how best to express the specific triggers. I think that some of the relationships and events in the movie could hit some very specific abuse related triggers, and I discuss some of those relationships and events in this post. I can imagine that the loss of Maleficent’s wings, which I do not discuss at length, could also be triggering.

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Image Description: A poster for Maleficent, taken from IMDB.com. Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, takes up most of the foreground. She wears a black cloak and has her horns wrapped in leather. Her lips are full and bright red, and her skin is white. Her cheekbones are high and enhanced, and there is a crow perched near her shoulder. Behind her is Aurora, who long blond hair and is wearing a light blue dress. The background shows a large kingdom with a castle on one side and a wall of thorns on the other.

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Archetypal Looking Glass: Agency in Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland

Series: The Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoilers: Spoilers for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente. Major spoilers at the end of the review have a warning and several line breaks before them.

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Image Description: Cover of “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making. A red cover with an oval image of a little girl and a wyvern with it’s wings chained. The little girl is holding an over-sized key.

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Seeing My Heart on a Page: Diversity in Poetry and Rabbi Brody’s “Etz Chayim She”

Since it’s a holiday and I don’t have time for a normal post, it seems like a good time to recommend a book which came out recently which doesn’t exactly fit in with what I normally talk about on this blog (that is, scifi and fantasy), but which does have to do with something I am very passionate about. And while I’m talking about this book, it seems like a good time to talk a little bit about diversity in poetry, and what that means. And get ready, because I’m also going to be talking a little about my own experiences with religion and gender.

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