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Miscellaneous TV Write-ups

See below links to my miscellaneous write-ups on all things television for Culturess, /Film, and ScreenRant.

Culturess

10 shows that prove we’re in a golden age of queer comedies

77th annual Golden Globes live stream: Watch online

Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden to star in Amazon’s A League of Their Own remake

Bob’s Burgers: Our 10 favorite episodes, ranked by how much we love them

Bob’s Burgers: The definitive ranking of Thanksgiving episodes

Cheryl and Toni, Micah and Jose, and 5 other LGBTQ+ couples we’re obsessed with this year

Everything we know about HBO Max so far

GLAAD reports more LGBTQ+ characters than ever before on television

GLOW’s cancellation highlights a frustrating trend regarding which shows Netflix axes

Haute Dog is here to brighten up your 2020 with fun antics and cute dogs

Here’s how you can watch Hulu’s Hillary docuseries online

Hulu’s Hillary: A portrait of America’s most hated woman

James Comey is no hero, and Showtime’s The Comey Rule won’t change that

Netflix piloting a speed-binge feature for some terrible reason

No one asked for a Weeds sequel, but we’re getting it anyway

PEN15’s sophomore season is full of heart and magic

SNL’s cold open is the queer pandering we deserve

Space Force: Everything we know about Steve Carell’s new show so far

The Crown’s season 3 trailer is finally here!

The first Stranger Things 4 teaser arrives “from Russia with love”

Transgender actress Josie Totah set to star in Saved by the Bell reboot

Haute Dog’s Jess Rona spills the tea on competitive dog grooming

Haute Dog’s Matt Rogers shares the secrets of hosting and culture

The trailer for Shrill’s final season shows off a bold and brave Annie

Shrill’s final season is a bittersweet testament to friendship

Final season of Special sees Ryan fully embrace his identity

/Film

The 20 Best Bob’s Burgers Episodes Ranked

15 Shows Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine You Need To See

ScreenRant

Joe Pera Talks With You: The 10 Best Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb

Mrs. Fletcher: 10 Cringiest Moments From Season 1

New Girl’s Coach: 9 Major Characters Who Had to Leave Sitcoms

Queer Eye: 5 Things Netflix’s Reboot Does Better Than the Original (& 5 It Does Worse)

Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! 10 Hilarious & Unforgettable Memes

Sex Education: 10 Hilarious Memes Only Netflix Fans Will Understand

The Circle: 10 Things That Prove It’s A Reality Show Version Of Black Mirror

Bling Empire: Most Popular Cast Members, Ranked By Instagram Followers

Lupin: The Main Characters, Ranked By Intelligence

Molly

Star Wars Coverage

See below links to all of Star Wars write-ups for Pop Culture Club, Culturess , Dork Side of the Force, /Film, and The Mary Sue.

Pop Culture Club

How The Force Awakens Helped Me Grieve

Culturess

Our first look at Keri Russell’s character in Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker

Ewan McGregor can’t stop talking about the new Obi-Wan series

Is Disney continuing to queerbait fans with The Rise of Skywalker press tour?

The Rise of Skywalker: Was Kylo Ren redeemed?

The Rise of Skywalker: How did the movie handle Carrie Fisher’s legacy?

Look to J.J. Abrams’ first TV show to understand The Rise of Skywalker‘s ending

Sorry, Baby Jabba: Baby Yoda is the only baby the Star Wars universe needs

Why Obi-Wan showing up in the Andor series would make perfect sense

Dork Side of the Force

Why Mitch McConnell is our Galaxy’s Emperor Palpatine

Why #ReleaseTheJJCut fan movement is here to stay

Why Star Wars is the perfect comfort watch right now

How you can marathon Star Wars to celebrate May the 4th

How Star Wars revived its franchise with Episode I

How Star Wars actors’ careers have changed through the decades

5 little-known facts about the Star Wars Holiday Special

/Film

Star Wars Movie Villains Ranked Least To Most Powerful

The Mary Sue

What’s Going on With Star Wars’ Shift to TV and Storytelling Growing Pains?

Molly

How The Force Awakens Helped Me Grieve

WARNING:  Major spoilers for Star Wars:  The Force Awakens follow. 

I haven’t written anything since my mother passed away at the beginning of September, aside from the obligatory posts on social media. The idea of writing anything else seemed too exhausting, albeit necessary.

But when I watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my family, like millions of other people, and heard the uproarious fanfare, felt it in my bones I knew I would have to write something.

My mother was a huge Star Wars fan. Growing up, I had seen Star Wars so many times I couldn’t comprehend the reveal that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. My family played Star Wars Trivial Pursuit (which my brother always won), Star Wars Monopoly (which my sister always won), and watched all the movies endlessly. We even had Star Wars Christmas one year and watched the Star Wars Holiday Special (which was definitely missable).  In her later years, my mother collected Star Wars t-shirts. She was known for wearing them almost every day with cool sneakers and her pearls and diamonds. When she started teaching again, her students thought she was awesome for this. At her funeral, we asked people to wear Star Wars t-shirts in her honor rather than black.

My mom especially loved Han Solo. For years, a go-to gift for her would be anything to do with Harrison Ford–Indiana Jones movies and memorabilia, Harrison Ford biographies, Han Solo coffee cup, you name it. She was known for saying that The Empire Strikes Back was her idea of a love story (though she also loved Hanover Street so that may have just been a cover).

Watching The Force Awakens with my brother, sister, their spouses, and my dad, I knew we were all thinking about my mom. It was impossible not to. And when I realized that they were going to kill Han, I felt a little sick for a split second. Not because of the storytelling, but because of my mom. If she were here, what would she think? Will this make my dad cry? (Yes.)

But as I watched it unfold, I couldn’t help thinking that there was a beautiful symmetry in all of it. Han had the perfect send-off. The whole movie was one big Han Solo tribute in the best way possible, which my mom would have loved, and undoubtedly has already watched 100 times over wherever she is. I realized that, if my mom had to go too soon, it was fitting that Han was with her, guiding her on her journey.

Obviously, I know it doesn’t work that way. But that’s the great thing about fiction. Big characters become real to us after a while in ways we don’t fully understand. If midichlorians can be canon, then why can’t my mom have her happy ending with Han Solo in the sunset?

Maybe the Force is with us after all.

Molly

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