Hannibal: What do you see?

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Sight is the key to appreciating the design behind Bryan Fuller’s three seasons of Hannibal. Television is first and foremost a visual medium, and no show makes better use of it. The first two seasons of Hannibal take place before the events described…

Jessica Jones: It’s Time to Learn Her Name

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
When Marvel announced that it would be putting out several series on Netflix about street-level heroes, they told us who we’d be getting: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. And as I tried to force everyone I know to be just…

The Flash Season One: “Run, Barry, Run!”

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“Life is locomotion… If you’re not moving, you’re not living.” So begins the famous motto of the comic book hero the Flash, and when adopting the story of Barry Allen for the small screen, it’s clear that this motto was taken to heart.…

Almost Human: Synthetic Soul

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Image from yvrshoots.com ? Created by J. H. Wyman and J. J. Abrahams, Almost Human was a science fiction television show that lasted only one season on Fox—because if there is one thing Fox knows how to do, it’s cancel great sci-fi hits…

Imagine Magic! In Defense of Fantasy Literature

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss Illustration by Dorothy Anne Manuel Fantasy has been a part of the literary tradition since literature began. In fact, the case could be made…

A Good Land for Myths

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Throughout Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, many different characters state that “America is a bad land for gods.”  The novel argues that when many beliefs sail across the ocean to reach our continent, they struggle to survive. While I cannot say whether…

Without Fear: The Devil in Depression

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Art by Dave Mack Superheroes have struggles and conflict. Their stories need this. Without conflict, they wouldn’t have any reason to wear spandex and go jumping off rooftops. But not all conflicts have to be outlandishly dressed villains. The Marvel character Matt Murdock/Daredevil has…

Reach for the Stars! Or in Defence of Science Fiction Literature

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long—my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to…