I’ve been on the fence about Glee since the Britney/Brittany episode. Does one just stop watching, or hope it gets better? I’ve found that as soon as I’m ready to boycott the TV juggernaut, there’s Darren Criss being our Teenage Dream, or an episode so solid making me squee about the show’s comeback.

However, I’ve come to realize Glee has an issue worse than overblown productions, pointless guest stars, or the ridiculous plot lines; it’s ruddy sexist.

Think about it. Are there any females on the show that could be considered good people? Rachel Berry has been manipulative and self-serving since the pilot. Having the last Glee director fired because you weren’t getting solos? Classy. New girl with pipes comes to town, and Berry has her sent to a crack house. Will’s ex-wife faked a pregnancy so he wouldn’t leave her. Quinn told Finn that he knocked her up knowing it was Puck who was the baby-daddy, then sabotaged the adoptive mother to try to get her child back after she gave her up. Sensing a pattern here? Almost every female on Glee is portrayed as crazy and manipulative.

It seems to favour men over women in justice of their stories. Santana is outed by Finn, in public, but sings “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (which is what admitting to yourself and others regarding sexuality is all about, insert sarcasm here) and all is forgiven. Karofsky is outed by the guys on his football team and tries to kill himself.

The other girls seem to be just doe-eyed and submissive in the vein of Emma Pillsbury, Brittany and Tina. Mercedes seems to be the exception to this, though I’m sure if they had more screen time (someone give Tina some lines!) they would become negative stereotypes I would grow to hate as well.

Which leads me to last night’s episode, “Choke,” a great episode that seemed like it had been found in a time capsule from 2009. It had season 1 written all over it, even a storyline that I could back: Domestic abuse. Throughout it was handled wonderfully, until the end. During the beautiful version of “Shake it Out,” Coach Beiste flashes back to giving Cooter another chance after he hit her. This moment instilled me with feminist rage. What’s worse? She has the glee girls and the Sue’s (black and original recipe) trying to help her walk away; and she’s ignoring the help.

I mean, we’ve already had this whole problem in the real world with Rihanna/Chris Brown. Maybe they’re just trying to explore this issue more in the show, but I’m just overwhelmed with how not-ok this is. Teens, maybe even younger, watch this show. They may start gleaning that it’s ok if your boyfriend abuses you, because he loves you and promised he won’t do it again, and no one else is going to love you.

Part of me just wants to think, this is what comes from a show written by three men. But no! Joss Whedon has been writing strong capable women since 1997. It can be done. Hey, can Joss Whedon be the head writer for Glee? Honestly, the only male character I can think of that’s a poor representation of a human is Finn Hudson.

Does Glee just need more female/pro-female writers? Is this just bad or lazy writing? Or do all us girls need to give Ryan Murphy the smack-down on feminism?

When it doubt, look to Harry Potter. At least, that’s what Marvel and Sony are planning for the latest Spider-Man reboot.

When Tom Holland showed up in Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man, fans were obviously hesitant to throw too much weight behind his version of Peter Parker. The webslinger had been seen at the forefront of a blockbuster movie twice in the past couple decades, and even the biggest Spidey fans were wary of yet another incarnation.

But Holland swung himself right into our hearts with his charm and enthusiasm, both on screen and off. The cast took him under their wings and fans were soon to follow. So, when it was announced that he’d be starring in another solo Spider-Man film, titled Homecoming, the response was optimistic.

There are a lot of things Marvel and Sony are doing differently for Homecoming, not least of which is actually working together. Peter is also much younger than we’ve seen him in the past, and his story will focus as much on his time in school as his time fighting bad guys.

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In fact, the school year may even help structure Homecoming and subsequent Spider-Man solo films. Speaking to Collider, Kevin Feige even said they may take a leaf out of Harry Potter’s book:

“Should we be able to make more after [Homecoming]? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”

This structure allows for a consistent progression of time for both the characters and the world. We’ll say goodbye to Peter at the end of the school year, but welcome him back again at the beginning of the next. It allows for changes to take place over the summer, for new threats to materialize, and for the story to stretch its legs and develop over the course of nine months, rather than a few short days.

But first we have to see if Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the hit both Marvel and Sony are hoping it’ll be.

How are you feeling about the current developments regarding ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?

Netflix has passed on picking up Agent Carter for a third season, and now they’re explaining why.

The cancellation of Agent Carter sent shock waves through the Marvel fandom. We get so few female-led properties in the superhero world, and Peggy was unapologetically kickass on every level. When ABC didn’t renew the show for another season, fans immediately started pitching to Netflix, hoping they would give the S.H.I.E.L.D. founder a new life.

Alas, it wasn’t to be so. In an interview with EW, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explains why they decided to pass on the opportunity.

The first reason was because they’re looking for “truly original brands to own.” Netflix, as you probably know, already has a pretty clear corner on that market with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, both of which have been wildly popular, as well as their upcoming series Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all four of which will eventually merge into an Avengers-esque crossover series called Defenders. Plus, the Punisher is getting his own series, too.

ABC had already owned and put out two season of Agent Carter, which means, creatively, Netflix couldn’t take over the show and make it their own. They would have to honor what came before and make sure it had the same look and feel. Considering how wildly popular their original series have been (for reference, check out the current buzz about Stranger Things), it’s understandable that they’d rather focus on something they can build from the ground up.

The second reason why Netflix passed on Agent Carter is a bit more technical in that the streaming service likes to release its original content globally, something that would be difficult, if not impossible, due to Agent Carter’s current international restrictions. As Sarandos says, passing up on Agent Carter was “a business decision more than a creative one.”

But neither of those reasons make the situation any better for fans of the character and her solo show. While Netflix would’ve been an ideal place to watch Peggy’s next great adventure, we’ll have to hope the showrunners and Hayley Atwell can swing something else instead.

Are you disappointed Netflix isn’t picking up ‘Agent Carter’?

New Snapchat teasers for AHS season 6 reveal a bit more about the cryptic installment. Well, sort of.

Blink and you’ll miss the new season 6 teasers for AHS. Coming to FX September 14, the hit anthology has gone well out of its way to keep the buzz surrounding the series almost non-existent.

New teasers from Snapchat brought about clues regarding the location, another bit of support for Ryan Murphy’s teaser that more children will be involved, and, of course, a creepy staircase. You can watch the compiled clips below thanks to the magic of Tumblr.


We have a farm house! A creepy mobile with an even creepier hand! And some people grabbing at ankles from under a stairwell! Where would a horror show be without those? (I’ll be honest I jumped at the hand in the crib. I’m not immune to the horror that AHS is capable of achieving!)

So, what can we make of all this? Not much, but we are going to try.

In the last teaser, released at the FX Exhibition at Comic Con, we were able to see a steel building within which fans got to immerse themselves in the AHS Fearless VR teaser that placed them on a stretcher and wheeled them through a creepy lab filled with fetuses in jars. All that was reminiscent of past seasons where doctor’s experiments led to some rather terrifying results. Perhaps this is the thread that ties the entire series together.

Keeping that idea rolling, we now have a greenish monster hand taking a knife from a child’s crib. I’m hoping that the “monster” figure only appears in teaser form, much like some of the past years where the content in the trailers never appeared on screen.


The most impressive and highly intriguing trailer is the farm house with the smoke creating the mysterious question mark/number six that has come to define the season thus far. Farm houses are terrifying enough, if that is what the setting is meant to signify, but mix in a basement of horrors and you have my attention, AHS.

Personally, I am loving the slow burn of information for season 6. In the past, casting announcements dominated the news cycle and 13 to 14 teasers per season was overkill. Keeping the audience at arms length is doing a great deal more to subvert expectations, which the show needs after two, arguably three, lack luster seasons.

AHS season 6 premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.