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Veronica Mars: Iconic Feminist Show and Girl Detective

Veronica Mars: Iconic Feminist Show and Teen Girl Detective

Veronica Mars is one of my favorite television shows, and the title character is a fantastic depiction of a smart, vulnerable, brave, fallible young woman. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend setting aside some time and watching the entire series. (If you’ve got Amazon Prime, it’s available for free there right now or it’s less than $20 per season.) Below I analyze a few episodes from the first season of Veronica Mars, in relation to feminist theory (and just because I love it). About the show In Veronica Mars, the main character, Veronica, attends school while moonlighting as a private investigator. (If you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to come back later, unless you’re one of those people who love spoilers.) Set in a fictional, affluent town called Neptune, California, Veronica Mars frequently covers issues of race and class division, and feminism is addressed through the struggles and triumphs of Veronica and her friends. Veronica is a cute, blonde, white girl from California who viewers may assume is more surfer girl or spoiled brat at first, …

The Walking Dead: Well, that was a finale.

After all season waiting, waiting, waiting for Negan to appear, tonight it finally happened. WELCOME NEGAN AND LUCILLE. #TWDFinale #TheWalkingDead — Fangirlish (@fangirlishness) April 4, 2016 And basically this is me now: Because, yikes! The traps along the road and leading them to where they’d eventually meet him built it up just right. And whew, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a delight, even as a charming psycho with a barbed wire bat. (I’ve been a fan since he was Denny in season two of Grey’s Anatomy and have loved him in everything I’ve seen him in since. He’s just got it.) And let’s be honest, if we’d been following Negan this whole time and it was Rick’s group of strangers coming after him suddenly, we’d think Rick is the bad guy. (And isn’t he? They stabbed those people in the face while they were sleeping the other day!) Looking forward to next season. WHO DID HE PICK?!

Outlander Countdown

Season two of Outlander premieres on April 9! If you haven’t seen any of it yet, you should. It’s interesting, and epic, and captures the female gaze in a fresh, feminist way. Right from episode one… you’ll feel the difference and it only builds from there. (Also, the water mill scene from season one will make you, uh, fan yourself and text your BFF the eyeballs emoji.)

A Tale of Two Deans

This scene mashup of the two Deans (one from the unaired pilot & the one who actually played him on the show) from Gilmore Girls is… interesting. It’s Original Willow all over again. I wonder if the whole unaired pilot is available somewhere to watch… maybe a bonus feature on the season one DVDs? Hmm…

The Americans & Parenting Skills

We spent the evening finishing season two of The Americans. Having been a little kid in the 80s, I spent a few years being pretty obsessed with the USSR, the Cold War, and wanting to be a spy when I grew up, so the show is a nice diversion from regular ol’ modern life. Related: While watching, this happened… I don’t have kids (and never will), but I find it hilarious when otherwise non-violent, good parents say stuff like this. Because I imagine parenting would cause me to think all sorts of similar thoughts very frequently, so it feels really honest. (Plus, the extra layer of humor within the show comes from the fact that her parents are quite violent, except she has no idea, so she’s not afraid of them being so toward her at all. And she was being really insufferable.) Anyway, punching your kids in the face aside, if you haven’t watched the show, give it a try. Seasons 1 & 2 are streaming free if you have Amazon Prime.

Wintertime Tip: Up Your Netflix Game

You’ve got Netflix, right? I know I’m not the only one who watches something on there basically every day. I should really offer to pay them more based solely on the number of times I’ve re-watched Buffy. It’s pretty straight-forward and easy to figure out, but there are a few adjustments that might make your viewing experience even better. First, make sure you’re rating everything you can. That’s pretty obvious and I still forget to do it sometimes, but it really will make a difference and your recommendations will seriously improve. Once you’ve got your ratings situation down, up your game and try out some of the options listed below. Seven Ways to Improve Your Netflix Experience: Add IMDB & Rotten Tomatoes ratings to your account with Chrome extension, Netflix Enhancer. In addition to ratings, it’ll link you to the matching page on each site for quickly checking out reviews. Make sure you’re really watching in HD! Click Your Account, then Playback Settings, then High. Done! (Ah, that’s better!) Change your subtitle settings if the default yellow ones just aren’t …

Original Willow

Did you know Willow in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot was played by someone other than Alyson Hannigan? The re-cast was needed and made for a much-improved pilot (and show), because whooooooooooa. Still, fun to see and so awkward (much like lots of moments in season one).