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The Expanse

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The Expanse is a SyFy network original series that is now nearing the end of its third season. The Expanse is the most imaginative and absorbing science fiction series since the reboot of Battlestar Galactica (2003–2009). Read more …

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Waco: The Incident that Kickstarted the Right

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Waco
Developed by John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle
Directed by John Erick Dowdle & Dennie Gordon
Starring Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Sparkes, Rory Culkin, Shea Wigham, Melissa Benoist, John Leguizamo, & Julia Garner
Paramount Network, 2018 Read more …

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A Note on The Orville

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The Orville is a new science fiction/satire series created by Seth MacFarlane (Fox, 9 p.m., Thursdays). It takes place 300 years in the future, and MacFarlane is captain of a space ship, the Orville.

If Seth MacFarlane hasn’t read The Culture of Critique, he must have guessed what it has to say. Read more …

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More than a Tawdry Tabloid:
The Meaning of the O. J. Simpson Affair, Part II

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The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Directed by Ryan Murphy & Anthony Hemingway
Starring, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, Steven Pasquale, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and others
2016
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The Kings of Winter

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In the first part, we examined the concept of the Kali Yuga and its parallel in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Long Night. In this part, we will cover the Stark family, who sits at the core of the fantasy saga.

The fledgling Night’s Watch and Bran the Builder win the Battle for the Dawn and civilization is spared an early grave. Read more …

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The Long Night of the Kali Yuga

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“I don’t want any more stories,” Bran snapped, his voice petulant. He had liked Old Nan and her stories once … They left her with him all day now, to watch over him and clean him and keep him from being lonely, but she just made it worse. “I hate your stupid stories.”
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More than a Tawdry Tabloid:
The Meaning of the O. J. Simpson Affair

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The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Directed by Ryan Murphy & Anthony Hemingway
Starring, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, Steven Pasquale, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and others
2016
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Prelude to A Song of Fire & Ice

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A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), better known for its TV counterpart Game of Thrones, became a pop culture phenomenon late in the last decade. It has since garnered a worldwide fan base and a cult of die-hard fans that seek clues and dream up theories of the story’s arc and plots. Of course, this isn’t the first time medieval fantasy has swept the modern world by storm. Read more …

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Shinsekai Yori & the Impossibility of Coexistence

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Reviewing anime for a White Nationalist site can be hard, for the want of good subject matter. There are infinite complaints that can be made against mainstream anime that reflects Western memes. Read more …

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Cultural Marxism & a Race-Mixing Agenda:
13 Reasons Why

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13 Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher and now a Netflix original series, follows the trail left behind by the late Hannah Baker, a high school junior who committed suicide. She leaves behind thirteen tapes – each dedicated to a specific individual at her high school, each of whom served as the building blocks to her suicide. Read more …

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An All-American Dad:
A Review of The Man in the High Castle

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Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell)

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Amazon Studios, created by Frank Spotnitz
2015-present

The second season of the record-breaking show, The Man in the High Castle (hereafter TMHC), debuted last December on Amazon’s streaming service. The story is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, which establishes the setting: an alternative history scenario where the Third Reich and Imperial Japan won the Second World War and now (the show is set in 1962) occupy the United States, with Japan controlling everything west of the Rockies and Germany the Eastern seaboard. Read more …

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Lessons from Reality TV:
PBS’s Colonial House & Texas Ranch House

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Reality TV, it’s the lowest of the low, right? Not really. Reality TV has been a powerful genre precisely because it allows one to watch a person ripped from modern day life into an entirely different world. Reality TV is a perfect venue to see how a person reacts to a severe social change and project oneself into that situation.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Valentine’s Day Special 
The Vermont Teddy Bear is a Giant Phallus

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February 5, 2014

Last night I was so bored I actually turned on Fox News. I do this now and then, with the same sort of feeling I get when I pass a roadside accident and, against my better judgment, turn briefly to glimpse the carnage. It was around 10:30, so the execrable Sean Hannity was on. After a minute or so of the usual Obamacare coverage they went to a commercial. It was then that I received the revelation, and my life changed forever.  Read more …

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — A Cautionary Tale, Part 2

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9 David McCallum and Robert Vaughn in an early episodeAct Three: “The Mush from U.N.C.L.E.”

Eventually someone pointed out that there is a law in New York State prohibiting the exploitation of “U.N.” or “United Nations” for commercial purposes, so “U.N.C.L.E.” had to be given a meaning. Read more …

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — A Cautionary Tale, Part 1

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Teaser:

On August 14th, Warner Bros. will release its big-screen adaptation of a television series most moviegoers under the age of 60 have never even heard of: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (NBC, 1964-1968). Read more …

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Better Call Saul!

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Readers of this site are aware of my great love for Breaking Bad (see here and here). Just about every like-minded man I know who saw the series found the story of Walter White, high school chemistry teacher turned drug king pin, to be as inspirational as I did. Weirdly inspirational, of course. But these are weird times. Walt’s story was not intended to be a glorification of crime (though, well, it does kind of turn out to be). It’s the story of a man becoming a man; becoming what he is. It’s the televisual, inspirational equivalent of Fight ClubRead more …

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True Detective & The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

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“It is a book of great truths,” I said.

“Yes, he replied, “of ‘truths’ which send men frantic and blast their lives. I don’t care if the thing is, as they say, the very supreme essence of art. It’s a crime to have written it, and I for one shall never open its pages.”

 — The Repairer of Reputations, Robert W. Chambers

True Detective is widely considered to be one of the best TV series ever broadcast. Read more …

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Don Draper’s Last Diddle
The Finale of Mad Men

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Having followed Mad Men from the start, with initial enthusiasm[1] gradually tempered by the increasingly exposed triumphalist agenda,[2] I found the series finale, pumped (or pimped) by the network as “the end of an era,” Read more …

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“This is a shirtsleeve operation”:
Judaic Crypsis in the Final Season of Mad Men

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Caddy Danny Noonan (working-class Irish American): “I planned to go to law school after I graduated, but it looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college.”

Judge Smails (rich WASP): “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”

Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)

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A Dearth of Intelligence
Robert Durst, Jinx or Jew?

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“What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course.” — Robert Durst

One of the oddities of the current scene is that only White Nationalists, or “race realists,” are allowed to mention the intelligence of the Jews. In fact, they seem to have a shameful obsession with it, especially the latter group, who seem to think it can provide evidence for another of their hobby-horses, the all-pervasive relevance of IQ and genetics.  Read more …

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Breaking Badge:
Touch of Evil through the Lens of Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad (AMC)
Created and produced by Vince Gilligan.
January 20, 2008 – September 29, 2013 (62 episodes)

Touch of Evil (Universal)
Written, directed, and starring Orson Welles
“Preview” version (108 min., released on DVD 1993); Theatrical release, 1958 (93 min.)
“Restored” version, 1998 (112 min.)[1]
Based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson Read more …

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Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner

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Editor’s Note:

patrick-mcgoohanI am reprinting Collin Cleary’s classic essay on Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner as a sequel to Andrew Hamilton’s article on Danger Man. Cleary’s essay is available in print form in his Summoning the Gods: Essays on Paganism in a God-Forsaken World, Read more …

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Danger Man

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Danger Man star Patrick McGoohan

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“Somewhere along the line I am going to meet with an arm of this octopus, and when I do it will lead me to a head, and when I find that I shall cut it off.” — John Drake in “You Are Not in Any Trouble, Are You?” (1965)

I recently watched the 1960s English television series Danger Man (1960–1962, 30 mins.; 1964–1968, 1 hour) starring Patrick McGoohan. It was a popular spy show that made McGoohan a star and enabled him to produce his cult television series The Prisoner (UK, 1967–1968). Read more …

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Counter-Currents Valentine’s Day Special 
The Vermont Teddy Bear is a Giant Phallus

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Last night I was so bored I actually turned on Fox News. I do this now and then, with the same sort of feeling I get when I pass a roadside accident and, against my better judgment, turn briefly to glimpse the carnage. It was around 10:30, so the execrable Sean Hannity was on. After a minute or so of the usual Obamacare coverage they went to a commercial. It was then that I received the revelation, and my life changed forever.

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Benefits Street:
A Snapshot of the British Underclass

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benefitsstreet2Benefits Street is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the day-to-day lives of the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, England, 95% of whom are unemployed and claiming benefits. It is a compelling snapshot of the underclass that is growing in every city in the Western world.  Read more …

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Adieu, Breaking Bad

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This past Sunday AMC aired the final episode of Breaking Bad. I wasn’t expecting to feel this way, but it’s as if a chapter in my life has come to an end.

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“All or Nothing”:
The Prisoner & Ibsen’s Brand

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Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

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A number of years ago I wrote an essay offering an interpretation of the cult TV series The Prisoner (anthologized in Summoning the Gods, published by Counter-Currents).

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From Groundhog Day to Gilmore Girls

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Groundhog Day (1993); 101 minutes. Director: Harold Ramis; Writers: Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay); Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Gilmore Girls (2000–2007) Created by Amy Sherman. Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Edward Herrmann, Melissa McCarthy.

“She began to sing about trying over and over again until you succeeded. Read more …

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Game of Thrones, Season 2

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(Caution for those who read below – for the web is dark, and full of spoilers. If you haven’t read the books, stop what you are doing and read them.)  Read more …

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Firefly

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Joss Whedon’s Firefly is a science fiction series that lived and died on the Fox Network in the Fall of 2002. Fourteen episosdes were shot, but only eleven were aired before the series was canceled, to the consternation of the surprisingly large number of loyal fans that the show conjured up in the split second of its existence. In my view, Firefly is one of the best sci-fi shows ever, second only to Battlestar Galactica Read more …

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