Arts & Leisure

House of Cards and Isaiah 14

As the second season of House of Cards begins Friday, it’s worth remembering that the Netflix political drama last left us with a prayer. In last season’s finale, Frank Underwood, the politician who has schemed his way through a twisted plan of revenge, enters a church, gets on his knees…  [more]

The danger in Sherlock’s ‘unconquerable soul’

Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock has finally begun in the United States. Mentioned on many 2013 top 10 lists (including mine), Sherlock offers a contemporary spin on the titular detective. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as his faithful sidekick, Watson, the show features great acting, perfect chemistry,…  [more]

Downton Abbey and enduring tragedy together

It's possible, given that Downton Abbey is a British television show re-aired across the pond for American audiences, that you already know the events of Season 4, which premieres on BBC America Sunday. If you are like me though, you haven't gone in search of spoilers on Wikipedia or elsewhere.…  [more]

Repentance, reconciliation and Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

I’ve felt for some time that Duck Dynasty was a ticking time bomb. I think the Robertson family has too, considering this Christmas season you could buy almost anything with the bearded faces of the reality-television stars on it. Cash in before someone says something stupid. Enter Phil Robertson. The…  [more]

Top Ten 2013: Television

10. Hannibal I’ve mentioned before my philosophical problems with Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the charming serial killer created by novelist Thomas Harris, but Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller’s take on the character provides something new: a hero (Hugh Dancy as Will Graham) worth rooting for. Most people talk about the show’s grisly…  [more]

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