Category: TV Shows

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Review of the Japanese drama We Married as a Job!

Cherish Watton recently published an insightful piece on the representation of gender dynamics in the ITV historical drama, Victoria. Although I have not yet watched the drama, Cherish argues that Victoria is a nostalgic work rather than a historical documentary. In other words, the compromised representation of Queen Victoria as...

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Sherlock’s ‘The Abominable Bride’: Abominable History?

From the characterisation of female figures such as Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins to the recent Suffragette film, producers have presented women’s suffrage campaigns in a variety of ways. The much-anticipated holiday special of the BBC series Sherlock aired on New Year’s Day, much to many fans’ delight (myself included)....

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Chinese Empresses in the USA

While Twilight and Gossip Girl have become increasingly popular in China, a well-known Chinese TV drama, Empresses in the Palace (后宫·甄嬛传), was also introduced to American audiences this past March. The show was made available exclusively on Netflix, but the low ratings that followed were a shock: it received a...

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The Spectre of the Gun: Star Trek and the Cold War

It is to be hoped that the premise, influence and sheer appeal of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek need little introduction. The franchise, chronicling the exploratory and diplomatic adventures of various starship crews, has enjoyed phenomenal success largely due to its optimistic, uplifting portrayal of the future—a welcome change from the...

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Why you should watch Outlander online

The Outlander book and TV series is historical fiction, set in both in 1945 and 1740s Scotland; it follows the story of Claire Randall (married to Frank Randall, until her disappearance), a former nurse, and Jamie Fraser, a Highlander Scot from the 1740s. The last episode of the first seasons...