Author: Thomas West

Aesthetics and Affiliation in Gotham

When Fox’s drama Gotham first premiered, it immediately became clear that its villains were going to be one of the primary foci. After all, while the series’ ostensible protagonists are Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the very young Bruce Wayne…


The Conflicted Populism of Parks and Recreation

Though widely praised for its political optimism and progressiveness, NBC’s Parks and Recreation also expresses a more complex and pessimistic view about the American voting public.​


Jessica Lange’s Abject Femininity

Understanding the full complexity of Lange’s recent work requires considering it as a layer in the sedimentation of her star text and acting style.