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About BethR

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    medieval English literature, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, movies, music, travel, a unified Christian life

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    university English professor
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    Dandelion from "Sugarshock" by Whedon & Moon
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    Singing in the RainTo Kill a MockingbirdCasablancaGalaxy QuestBabette's Feast
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    William Langland, THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMANGeoffrey Chaucer, CANTERBURY TALESJulian of Norwich, A BOOK OF SHOWINGSDorothy Dunnett, THE LYMOND CHRONICLES; THE HOUSE OF NICCOLO; KING HEREAFTERDorothy L. SayersC.S. LewisJ.R.R. TolkienPoetry: John Donne, Edward Hirsch, David Citino, Mary Oliver, Kelly Cherry

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  1. BethR

    The Americans

    The final season (6) finally won an Emmy for writing, and Matthew Rhys won an emmy for Lead Actor. Keri Russell deserved one as well. (I know awards don't mean anything, but I found myself watching the Emmys and wondering what was going on--everything seemed to be going to just three shows.)
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    The Good Place

    Joel, I would love to read your paper. Have you presented it yet? Season 3 starts September 27.
  3. Ha. I love Edwin Turner's responses overall. He's absolutely right--nobody knows what literature will be canonized in 50 or 100 years. My own thoughts on scrolling through this list were along the general lines of "If this is going to be the 21st century canon, depression and cynicism will rule." But then, that was more or less the situation with the 20th c. canon, such as it is, when I went to grad school, which is why I ended up a medievalist, despite having spent my MA on a shelf-ful of late-20th century poets. In other canonicity news, "The Great American Read" books are a bizarre hodge-podge of actual great books, books people think should be considered great, and complete dreck. My fear is that somehow 50 Shades of Gray, The Da Vinci Code, or A Confederacy of Dunces (the most overrated novel in 20th century literature) will the voted up to the top. So everyone, go there and vote for some decent books.
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    God Friended Me

    Coming this fall to CBS. (trailers & featurettes at the link) I reserve judgment.
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    Living Biblically

    Answers In Genesis breaks down every episode, FWIW. Believing in a 6000-year-old creation not actually required.
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    The Nevers

    Joss Whedon signed on with HBO for The Nevers, "a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world." Some have noted similarity with a proposed comic book, Twist, described as "a Victorian female Batman," with which he was associated for a time. No premiere date as yet, but probably not before 2020, is my guess. Apparently Whedon is also still working on a Freeform series called Pippa Smith, Grown-up Detective. Don't hold your breath.
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    And the fan campaign for renewal resulted in Netflix picking up Lucifer for a (shorter) 4th season. I will say that Tom Ellis has done a nice job with the part of "Lucifer," which offers the greatest range of emotions and attitudes. The actress playing the police lieutenant seems more like a model than an actress, but according to imdb.com, she has had several recurring roles in the past. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/feature/a860487/lucifer-season-4-netflix-release-date-cast-trailer-episodes-spoilers/
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    Babylon 5

    B5 is now available for streaming via Amazon Prime. I own all the DVDs, so I haven't actually checked it out, but for anyone who's never been able to see it, now you can--free (with Prime). It's more relevant than ever. I also recommend A Dream Given Form: The Unofficial Guide to the Universe of Babylon 5 (Guffey & Koontz), from ECW Press. Details & background for each episode (and more), plus interviews with J.M. Straczynski, Peter Jurasik, and others.
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I didn't have high expectations, and am not devoted to the larger Star Wars mythos, so maybe that's why I just enjoyed Solo and thought it was a perfectly good summer sci-fi action movie. I left the theater smiling, which was fine. Andrew and Joel Mayward, if you want to find out what happens to a ship's AI in love and embodied (or not), read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and its sequel, A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers. I'm not as enthused about this series as some (there's a third book I haven't read yet), but they do go there. It won't solve the movie's problem, but you can't have everything.
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    I do like Hailee Steinfeld. As for movies (at least) about poets, I'd make an exception for Bright Star, which was quite good with Keats. But that's the only success I can think of.
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    While I don't idolize Emily Dickinson, I don't have a good feeling about this. Why can't she just be an oddball 19th century girl named Emily Jones?
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    Living Biblically

    And cancelled, though a few final episodes will air. It's been fairly incoherent, and probably left every audience it might have been trying to pander to more or less lukewarm. Probably should have read on to Rev. 3:15.
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    And after three seasons, Lucifer appears to be cancelled, though there's a lively fan campaign to revive it. The final episode synopsis at the link doesn't give away anything significant, such as the fact that Neil Gaiman himself does a bit of voiceover narration for the first and (probably) last time as "God." It's a perfectly good series finale, so IMO there's not much point in a 4th season. The season narrative arc of season 3 involved a more-or-less immortal Cain, though. That was...interesting.
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    The next replay to "medical studies & LSD" is also spam. Both of these include links to "essays for hire" sites, which just vile.