A new study suggests that superheroes may not be the best role model kids. Who would have thunk it? Truth, justice, and the American way. It’s all good, right? Turns out kids may not be learning what we’d hope they would. Read more about it here.
TV has asked us to identify with a lot of antiheroes—mob bosses, teachers turned drug kingpins, Soviet-era spies who kill sweet old ladies—but embracing genocidal war criminals feels like a bridge too far. Even worse, Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle vilifies the resistance. It’s like they remade Casablanca, but focused on the problems of Colonel Strasser, and they made Victor Lazlo a self-righteous doofus. Plus Juliana is now some kind of crazy superhero with a role to play in every single time frame and all her idiotic decisions save the world.
And that is the elevator version of my Season 2 Review up at The Agony Booth, but you should read the whole thing for yourself. Plus too, the book is better.
This week on The Exorcist — The Griefbearers: Father Tomas makes some dumb calls, and Father Marcus goes along, probably because he’s exhausted or bedazzled by Tomas’ good looks, or possibly under the influence of Satan. We say good-bye to at least one, but maybe two supporting players. Casey’s exorcism is completed but it didn’t exactly go as planned, and it looks like the Rance family will be moving to Canada but not for the same reason as tens of millions of their compatriots.