"Downton Abbey" recap: Ep. #5.4

Almost 24 hours after this week’s Downton Abbey has aired, I’ve been doing some thinking amid my rapid emailing and business-handling. Even though this season is shaping up to be one of the better seasons, there are still a few things that are not shaping up as well as it could. I’ll just down the bulleted points.

"Selma": Birmingham, AL, Trenton, NJ and Google Join in on Free Screenings

Selma is still going strong, and I couldn’t be happier, especially since the free student screenings have finally come to Birmingham (as well as Trenton, NJ)! I was waiting on this to happen, since Birmingham is one of the epicenters of the civil rights movement. I am surprised Mayor Bell, who always has something to say about something happening “for the good of the city,” didn’t have a quote in the press release.

Analyzing the Costumes of "Empire": The Lyons

Empire  is a show that’s soapy, dramatic, and fun. Of course, with a show like this, the costuming is going to come into play. Thankfully, the show takes a pages from Dynasty and Mad Men, especially if go by Tom and Lorenzo’s expert analysis of those characters’ closets. 

The Empire characters say a lot about themselves through their clothes, so let’s see just what they’re telling us.

"Sleepy Hollow": Tom Mison Gives Hints About Season Finale and a Death

Every day, it seems like there’s more and more Sleepy Hollow news. The closer we get to that post-season, the more people will be giving their two cents on the possibility of a third season and just who is going to be dying in the finale. If I’m being honest, it seems like that death is being foisted on us pretty hard. Kinda makes you wonder if a certain witch is going to die, doesn’t it? I make no promises and neither do they, but the idea of a death coming is being teased with a wink and a nudge, it seems. Weird.

Queer Coded: Loki (the "Thor" Franchise)

There is a lot to unpack about Loki. First, he’s a mythological character that has the ability to change from a man to a woman to an animal to anything else. He’s also advancing the LGBT cause in his own comic book, in which he’s bisexual (not to mention able to change gender, although this isn’t entirely knew; he spent many Marvel issues back in the day cavorting in Lady Sif’s body and in Norse mythology, he turned into a mare and gave birth to Slepnir, a horse with eight legs and proclaimed the best of all horses).

But the comic book also poses a bit of an issue: has Loki become a pro-LGBT character simply because he’s popular and could actually be a great way to diversify Marvel’s pantheon of characters? Or is has he been turned into an bisexual character because he’s a villain? In short, was he a character that suffered from queer coding before he was actually turned into an LGBT character?

"Sleepy Hollow": Reading More Post-Season Tea Leaves

Since the TCA comments came out, people have either been freaking out, maintaining hope for a third season, or silently hoping for Sleepy Hollow to get its death throes on.

I think that even though the Cancellation Bear is right in saying that S3 isn’t a definite lock, I won’t say that the show is going to pull a complete Marie Antoinette (or Headless Horseman) and get its head chopped off. But, I will say that, like Marie Antoinette, the show pushed the buttons of its subjects one time too many, and the people are ready to storm Versailles and rob the show of its vestments.

With that said, here’s a rundown on all the theories and rumors I’ve come across.