If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a huge fan of choice-based games. When I heard Netflix’s Black Mirror came out with an interactive episode, I was intrigued. However, as I completed all five endings, I began to feel like this piece of content wasn’t made for me.
In the Golden Age of TV, we have more critically acclaimed content than ever. With the increasing segmentation of audiences, showrunners no longer have to cater to the lowest common denominator and can write specific content for specific audiences. And with subscription based television, we’re treated to shows like Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale — two series that would never see the light of broadcast network in their current forms. And yet, with all this amazing TV surrounding us, Netflix’s season 2 of GLOW still shines as bright as its name.
Last night, The Simpsons aired an episode in which they briefly addressed the 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu. The documentary discusses the cultural impact the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has had on South Asian representation in other media, as well as the direct impact of the character on prominent South Asian and Indian actors’ lives.
Now, I won’t actually be speaking on whether the representation of Apu is fine or not in this post. I’m not Indian and I just don’t think I really have any say or insight into what is or isn’t offensive representation. However, I still think the way writers displayed their views on the subject was still ignorant.
A quick Google search of “Nicholas Cage’s acting career” will get you article after article delineating the timeline of his massive rise and fall as an actor. But, as one of the three people on this planet that actually enjoys Teen Titans Go! it’s no surprise that I’d actually like Nicholas Cage as well.
One of the things I enjoy about TTG! is its subversion of children’s cartoons and more broadly its subversion of reboots. It’s extremely campy and fully self-aware of how highly regarded its previous incarnation was. These are also two qualities of Nicholas Cage he often practices but never gets credit for.
Nicholas Cage is primarily known for his uncomfortable performances in movies such as The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, and plenty more. Most, if not all, of the films that leave Cage with a bad rap come after his Academy Award-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Now, this came out the year I was born and so I don’t really remember ever living in a time where Nicholas Cage was regarded highly as an actor. But I’m assuming Leaving Las Vegas had an M. Night Shyamalan-type effect on audiences, where there’ll always be that one movie so good, all the bad ones will be magnified as a result.
Good Girls aired its second episode last night, slightly dipping in the ratings since it’s premiere last week at the end of February, but still managing to outpace NBC’s The Brave, which is in its second season. Still too early to tell how the show will fare, although it is barely holding onto it’s “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a 61%.
(Mild spoilers ahead)
Despite a longer run than its source material Teen Titans, which aired from 2003-2006, and ratings that rival those of broadcast television, it seems that Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! can’t catch a break with the critics.