Hunting Good Will (Shakespeare)

By |2017-08-04T23:10:43-05:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Dwight Longenecker, England, Senior Contributors, Television, William Shakespeare|

Hunting Will Shakespeare will be a continuing pursuit. It is almost as if the hunt for him is a hunt for humanity and a search to understand ourselves… My oldest son, Benedict has rightly observed that TV series are now more interesting than movies. Many of the series are well written, well budgeted, and [...]

War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson

By |2017-07-13T22:08:14-05:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Film, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Myth, Senior Contributors, Superheroes, Television, War|

The perennial moral that Wonder Woman learns is that evil, and the war which is one of its manifestations, can never be finally destroyed in human history… It’s been many years since I’ve been in the habit of watching films. It’s not because I’ve turned my back on the motion picture as an art [...]

Star Trek: Five Decades Later

By |2017-05-04T23:51:43-05:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury, Star Trek, Television|

Star Trek is a modern allegory and mythology for late Western Civilization. The series worked best when Captain Kirk stood for willful impulse; Mr. Spock for aristocratic reason; and Dr. McCoy for democratic passions… The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s, 2016) [...]

“Foyle’s War”: Against the Modern World

By |2017-05-08T10:05:39-05:00March 18th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Film, Television, World War II|

Ostensibly about the Second World War, Foyle’s War actually concerns the war against the encroaching doom of the modern world… From time to time I am asked, “Father, how do you get so much done? You write books and essays, maintain a blog, run a parish, build a church, lead pilgrimages, and go on speaking tours [...]

The Inspector Morse Mysteries and a Lost Eden

By |2019-01-10T13:57:31-06:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Justice, Mystery, Oxford University, Television|

In the murder mystery, the portrayal of an apparent Eden is broken by the intrusion of crime, and the specific crime of murder, so that by the intervention of clever and wise persons the social world can be healed and order restored… There’s a wonderful moment in one of the old Inspector Morse shows—the [...]

The Balkanization of a Boutique World

By |2017-03-14T10:07:05-05:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, Information Age, Technology, Television|

As we retreat into our respective corners to enjoy the things we enjoy, we enjoy less and less in common with one another. The bonds that hold us together are loosening… Few things have changed day-to-day American life as much as the free flow of digital entertainment and information from producers to consumers over [...]

Life in the Image-World

By |2019-09-05T12:54:46-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Character, Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Film, George Stanciu, History, Information Age, Modernity, St. John's College, Technology, Television|

Recently, I went with a group of friends to a concert of American choral music based on black spirituals. At the intermission, my friends and I spoke excitedly about what we experienced. The sole musician amongst us praised the balance of the ensemble and the conductor’s energy. One woman noticed how nervous the lead [...]

Hail and Farewell, Brother John McLaughlin

By |2016-09-02T11:26:26-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Featured, Pat Buchanan, Politics, Television|

Issue one! To understand John McLaughlin, it was helpful to have been a 13-year-old entering an all-boys Jesuit school in the 1950s. For when John yelled “Wronnng” at me from his center chair of “The McLaughlin Group,” it hit with the same familiar finality I had heard, many times, from Jesuits at the front of [...]

Is “Downton Abbey” a Fairytale?

By |2016-08-13T22:23:43-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, England, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, Senior Contributors, Television, World War I|

The roaring success of the English television drama Downton Abbey had little to do with the grand house, the sumptuous costumes, the superb cast and intricately intriguing storyline. Having just finished watching the final season, it occurred to me that the series’s success has everything to do with fairytales. […]

Has the Digital Age Eclipsed the Television Age?

By |2016-08-02T22:07:50-05:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Modernity, Politics, Technology, Television|

In order to explain surprising political phenomena like Donald Trump and Brexit, we have to look at the unprecedented impact of new technologies on our total environment. Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, has entertained the thesis that the television age, which brought people together, is over. He opines [...]

TV’s “Gotham”: Drama at Its Best

By |2014-11-23T00:14:58-06:00November 23rd, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Fiction, Television|

For seventy-five years, Batman has played a significant role in the American mind and in American culture. He is, for all intents and purposes, an American original, equivalent to Natty Bumppo and Huck Finn. He even possesses many of the same qualities of each of these nineteenth-century literary figures. As Bruce Wayne, he is [...]

The Complex Universe of the Big Bang Theory

By |2014-09-29T11:54:11-05:00September 30th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Peter A. Lawler, Television|

The highly rated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory compensates for its lack of refinement (it has a laugh track!) with its brains. The show began with characters who were more like caricatures of four types of physical scientists: the theoretical physicist (Sheldon Cooper), the experimental physicist (Leonard Hofstadter), the astrophysicist (Raj Koothrappali), and the aerospace [...]

On Happiness and Cable News

By |2014-06-25T14:32:42-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Happiness, Television, Truth|Tags: |

I often wonder what benefit is derived from the obsession so many of us have with cable news. From my observation, the byproducts of watching and listening to the pundit class drone on are anger, mistrust, and, if we are honest, abject hatred for the opposing opinion. All that is offered on these channels are the superficial [...]

Doctor Winchester, Mozart, and the Devil

By |2019-11-26T16:18:54-06:00March 15th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Television|

The final episode of the hit TV series, M*A*S*H aired on February 28, 1983, garnering an astounding 125 million viewers, the most in television history at the time for a single program. The show, set in an American Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH unit) during the Korean War, ran for eleven seasons and told the [...]

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