What a silver fucking lining, right? It’s kind of a tricky concept and one which is thrown around on the show with far too little explanation or examination. Does it mean that every single magician is always in pain? Are those who are in more pain thus more powerful magicians? What does studying have to…… Continue reading A Eulogy for The Magicians, Part 2: Magic Comes From Pain
When Quentin finds his way to Brakebills University, he has spent his life trying to reconcile two worlds, the one around him and the one in his head. The one around him is dark and depressing. In the first season, the real world is shot in shades of dark blue, grey, and black. Existence is…… Continue reading A Eulogy for The Magicians, Part 1: The Space Between
I was left with two possibilities, then: Quentin was really gone, which carried its own issues, or the creators of the show were going to extreme measures to make us all think he’s gone.
Where to even begin?I cried. I cried even though I “knew” that Quentin Coldwater’s death would not be permanent. Alice came back from the dead. Penny died and he’s still on the show. Quentin would be back.The signs were there, too. There were bits and pieces throughout the finale that suggested Quentin would return.Then I…… Continue reading There has to be more to The Magicians’ season 4 finale
There are a shit ton of spoilers below. I’ll put some nice Avengers art here as a break. I think that’s enough space. No? More? Okay then. Okay, that should be enough. I really liked Avengers: Infinity War but I didn’t love it and I wanted to love it. That Ending The ending is problematic…… Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War was pretty okay, I guess.
Twenty, thirty years from now, when the story of Fugazi is written by smarter people than me, they will probably point at “The Argument” as their crowning achievement, the culmination of their evolution as a band and the pinnacle of what they could do. That would be hard to argue with.I point to this: I…… Continue reading Discography: Fugazi, Part 8: The Argument
It became fitting that Fugazi released an album of outtakes (and documentary) when they did. The band had already gone their separate ways and were making music together less and less frequently. The writing should have been on the wall.It’s hard to call “Instrument” an actual album, as it’s not. It is exactly what it…… Continue reading Discography: Fugazi, Part 7: Instrument
“End Hits” deserves the shit that it’s gotten from Fugazi fans, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great album.If “Red Medicine” was the beginning of a new era for the band, “End Hits” is them pushing the envelope of that era, seeing what the limits are. It’s as if they were pleasantly surprised by…… Continue reading Discography: Fugazi, Part 6: End Hits
“Red Medicine” was the first Fugazi album I ever bought when it was released. Up until this point, I’d been playing catch up.There’s a decent argument to be made that this is their best album. It’s certainly the first salvo of the band taking their songwriting to the next level.Right from the start, something is…… Continue reading Discography: Fugazi, Part 5: Red Medicine
If there was a darkness about “Steady Diet of Nothing,” “In on the Killtaker” was Fugazi exorcising it.”Killtaker” alternately features the most aggressive and, up until that point, the most beautiful songs Fugazi had recorded.If you were unsure what you were going to get after “Steady Diet of Nothing,” you knew from the first song,…… Continue reading Discography: Fugazi, Part 4: In on the Killtaker