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The Sopranos, Part II

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)

The first two seasons each have two arch-villains: one from the underground, another from the government. In the first season, Tony’s position is threatened by Uncle Junior and by Jimmy Altieri, who turns informant for the federal government. In the second season, the danger escalates on the government front as the primary threat comes from the subversive and patient Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, Read more …

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The Sopranos, Part I

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Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 here)

It’s been twenty years since it premiered, and twelve since it concluded, so we can now claim with a dose of certainty that we have a historical perspective on it. Yes, folks, I’m talking about The Sopranos, David Chase’s crime drama that redefined modern television. Ditching the episodic format for season-long sagas while still presenting slice-of-life vignettes centered around Tony Soprano, The Sopranos made such hits as Breaking Bad, The Shield, and The Wire possible.

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Yet More Oppression Porn:
The Handmaid’s Tale, Season Three

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The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale is well-crafted in almost every way. The cinematography is outstanding. The dialogue is good. The acting is excellent. Its fictional universe is interesting, and it has a dark, dystopian beauty to it. However, the season doesn’t hang together. I got quite bored with it and stopped watching after getting enough information to scrape together a review. (I know what happens in the rest because I cheated and read the plot summaries after watching two-thirds of the season.)

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Star Trek: Discovery

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Star Trek: Discovery (henceforth referred to by the fitting abbreviation STD) is the sixth Star Trek television series, and a direct prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. The first season premiered in 2017, and the second premiered this January. The plot centers around the exploits of the USS Discovery amid a war between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets.

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How Six Feet Under Helped Bring Down the Religious Right

Six Feet Under‘s main characters

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It is well known that death is as much a part of life as taxes, and yet there are very few creative works that deal with the mechanics of death. Who digs the grave? Who cuts and engraves the headstone? What happens behind the scenes at a funeral parlor? What is it like to grow up in a house where the remains of the recently departed are embalmed in the basement? Read more …

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A Judeo-Christian Walking the Earth:
Highway to Heaven

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There needs to be formal recognition of the genre of TV shows where the protagonists “walk the Earth.” The best explanation of these was given by Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) to his partner Vincent (John Travolta) in the film Pulp Fiction:

Jules: First, I’m going to deliver this case to Marsellus, then, basically, I’m just going to walk the Earth.

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My Name is Earl: A Review

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“You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things, and wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me.” So began the early episodes of My Name is Earl, a comedy series which ran from 2005 to 2009 and followed the life of working-class white man Earl Hickey on his quest to make up for all of his past sins. This series from writer and director Greg Garcia combined genuinely funny and creative writing with an unfortunate proto-SJW mindset which elevated “victim” groups and denigrated white people in a way that is increasingly prevalent in popular entertainment today.

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The Punisher

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About a month ago, a friend suggested I check out The Punisher, Netflix’s 2017 series. Wary though I am of the Marvel Comics Universe and modern entertainment, I must say what he said about the series was rather appealing. So, I bit the bullet and watched the thing. Now, recently, Netflix announced that it would be canceling the show due to attempts by Disney Read more …

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Comedy as Occupied Territory:
It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

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Few outside England and under 50 will have noted the passing last month of one of Britain’s great comic character actors: Windsor Davies. Although born in North London, he was actually Welsh by parentage, gifting him an accent he made much use of, delivered in a timber-shaking baritone. Read more …

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The Way of the Gang in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (more frequently Gurren Lagann) is a 2007 fantasy adventure by Gainax. It’s an explosive, white-knuckle roller-coaster ride of mecha action, as well as featuring stunning dialogue and character design. Read more …

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Are You Local?
The Grotesque Genius of The League of Gentlemen

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus sent a shockwave through 1960s England as its anarchic and surrealist comedy completely overturned televisual orthodoxy. The show was the result of a collaboration between a group of supremely talented, middle-class Englishmen (and one American) who, whilst challenging the norms of mainstream comedy, still kept the irony and biting satire that have always been the staple of English comedy at its core.

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Anime Among the Ruins: Girls’ Last Tour

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Girls’ Last Tour (2017)
Directed by Takaharu Ozaki
Written by Tsukumizu

Girls’ Last Tour is a short (twelve episodes, manga-based) slice of life/adventure anime. Unlike the cutesy and safe setting of contemporary Japan common to the genre, Girls’ Last Tour is a post-apocalyptic journey through an industrial wasteland. Read more …

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A Reminder that England Still Exists:
Detectorists

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Metapolitics – the technique of altering our culture, to prepare the way for political change – is the primary strategy of the White Nationalist movement. It’s what most smart cookies promote to get us out of this godawful mess. But to change the culture, we must become part of it.

As we are not, currently, part of the establishment’s culture, the tendency of the Right is to view existing popular culture from an “identitarian” perspective. But is this justified? Read more …

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Oppression Porn for the Obama Coalition:
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2 (2018)
Produced by Hulu
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Sydney Sweeney, Max Minghella, Joseph Fiennes, etc.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1) is based on the book of the same name that is both a femi-porn rape fantasy like Fifty Shades of Grey and a hard, alarmist look at the drop in the fertility of high class, intelligent, white women. Read more …

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The Handmaid’s Tale:
An Indictment of the Sexual Revolution

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1 (2017)
Produced by Hulu
Based on the 1985 book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, & Ann Dowd

I decided to watch The Handmaid’s Tale with some trepidation, Read more …

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Cobra Kai

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I just concluded a very satisfying orgy . . . of nostalgia. By that I mean that I finished watching season 1 of the new series Cobra Kai on YouTube Red. Before the NEETS accuse me of giving money to the Jews, I’ll have you know that I have a free 30-day trial that I intend to cancel before I am charged. Elements within the Alt Right have already discussed the show a bit, Read more …

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Lessons for White Advocates in The Looming Tower

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The Looming Tower (2018)
Produced by Hulu
Based on the 2006 book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
Creators: Dan Futterman & Alex Gibney
Starring Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Bill Camp, Louis Cancelmi, Virginia Kull, Ella Rae Peck, Sullivan Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, & Eisa Davis Read more …

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Metalocalypse Männerbünde

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Metalocalypse is a cartoon show created by guitarist Brendon Small and comedy writer Tommy Blacha which first aired in 2006 and continued for four seasons, concluding with a one-hour special “Klok Opera.” Read more …

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Seriál Vikingové

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Rozesmutněn nad ztrátou Perníkového táty (Breaking Bad) jsem několik let hledal seriál, kterým bych ho dokázal nahradit. Read more …

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Vikings—The TV Series

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Czech translation here

Still mourning the loss of Breaking Bad, I have been searching for several years for another series to follow religiously – without success. Now and then I try a few episodes of something, only to be reminded in yet another way of the depth of the doodoo we are sunk in. Read more …

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid vs. Ethnonationalism

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Kyoto Animation, 2017

Anime is typically bullshit, and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is no exception. This seemingly inoffensive, slice of life cartoon is made of the same sugar-sweet superficiality that liberals and weebs wrap around themselves as a protective blanket against hurt feelings. Read more …

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The Detectorists:
Communal Roots & Communal Movement

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The Detectorists
BBC Four, written, created by, & starring Mackenzie Crook
2014-2015

In October 2014, The Detectorists debuted on BBC Four. It has since made it to this side of the pond via Netflix and, while certainly imperfect, can be heartily recommended to White Nationalists or any of our sympathizers who might long for television programming that does not inspire thoughts Read more …

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Traditionalist & Degenerate Themes in Game of Thrones

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Warning: spoilers ahead

IronThrone2Game of Thrones is perhaps the single most popular mass cultural product today. One indicator: In 2015, the show’s Wikipedia page was among the ten most-visited in English, German, French, Italian, and Russian, a remarkable distinction. Game of Thrones really is one of the major planks of our “global culture” as produced by the media masters in America. Given the show’s popularity, it is worth examining the values it promotes.  Read more …

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Catching Up with Kevin Sorbo

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Actor Kevin Sorbo, 53, starred in two popular television shows, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999, 111 60-minute episodes) and the sci-fi series Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda (2000–2005, 110 60-minute episodes). He starred as Hercules in the first and Captain Dylan Hunt in the second.

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Race Hustle: The Crying Indian

Iron Eyes Cody Sheds Glycerin Tear

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The White Man as Environmental Malefactor

Older Americans will recall a famous TV commercial known as “The Crying Indian.” The 60-second spot debuted on Earth Day 1971, but ran from 1971–1983. Read more …

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“The Flash in the Pan”:
Fascism & Fascist Insignia in the Spy Spoofs of the 1960s

Dean Martin as Matt Helm

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One of my guiltier pleasures is the “Matt Helm” films of the 1960s. There were four of these, all produced by Irving Allen and starring Dean Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. The first (The Silencers) appeared in 1966. The story behind these films is an interesting one. In the 1950s Irving Allen was partnered with Albert R. (“Cubby”) Broccoli. Things came to an end, however, when Broccoli announced that he was interested in purchasing the film rights to the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming. Read more …

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Burn Notice

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen

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Burn Notice is now more than half-way into its fourth season on the USA Network. It is one of my favorite TV shows.

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