Let’s spill the pop culture tea: ‘Squid Game’ is more than just gory entertainment

The violence of “Squid Game” isn’t merely for entertainment value, rather it and other elements of the hit show provide a powerful critique of capitalism’s consequences, argues Anna Tolkien CM ’24.

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Sun, sand, coup d’etats: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ cast challenges its power structure

When you think of “The Bachelor,” feminism probably doesn’t come to mind. Nevertheless, season seven subverts itself, with contestants standing up for each other and taking matters into their own hands, guest columnist Eliza Powers PO ’25 asserts.

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Film philosophy: ‘Love, Death & Robots’ values individual change over unrealistic goals

The episode “Pop Squad” from “Love, Death & Robots” asserts that we are responsible for individual-level change when societal change is unfeasible, argues TV columnist Simone Bogedal PO ’24.

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Scene it: The constructive modernity of ‘Bridgerton’ should not have stopped at consent

With modern social attitudes and glittery costumes, “Bridgerton” caters more to moral messages than historical accuracy — so glossing over rape sticks out as a major error, TV and film columnist Rorye Jones PO ’23 asserts.

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Front of house: Cop shows perpetuate the myth of the ‘bad apple’

Beneath the lighthearted humor of popular cop shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine lies insidious “copaganda,” pop culture columnist Caelan Reeves CM ’24 argues.

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The bassline: ‘High Fidelity’ offers modern spin on love and mixtapes

Kyla Walker PO ’22 praises “High Fidelity”‘s soundtrack and its power to influence the narrative and drive the show’s plot forward.

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Regularly Scheduled Programming: ‘The Politician’ has my vote

In this week’s TV column, Claire DuMont SC ’23 reviews “The Politician” and its perplexing portrait of the American political system. She writes, “I was surprised to watch the trailer and discover that the show was actually about teenagers, not adult politicians … in a time so fraught with political disillusionment, politics can be like high school drama.”

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