ISA HOPKINS

Raconteur. Adventurer. Kimchi Enthusiast.

I Want to Believe

Four and a half years after the second “X-Files” feature film was released – nine years after the series ended its nine-season run as the show that, alongside “The Simpsons,” put FOX on the map as a network – fans are calling for a third film, and there are indications that the studio is listening.   The odd thing about this isn’t that fans want more; fans of anything almost always want more. .. Read More

A Song of Ice & Feminism, Part Two: In Defense of Sansa Stark

I know I said I wasn’t going to post a big long thing about “A Song of Ice & Fire,” but in email conversation with my dear friend Patrick Barry (who is, like, 80% responsible for the existence of this blog in the first place), it came about that I have Lots of Thoughts about the person who seems to be pretty universally least-liked among all of the series’ point of view characters:.. Read More

A Song of Ice & Feminism

I recently completed a breakneck, obsessive read of George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice & Fire” series (aka “the Game of Thrones series”, as HBO has made it known).  My brother, a devoted fantasy fan, has been attempting to get me to read the books for well over a decade; other friends have chimed in over the years, and after I saw a couple episodes of the show and my brother explained to me.. Read More

The Rules of Television Feminism

Generally, I’m a big fan of dialog – although I may disagree with a position, and vociferously so, there’s not a lot that someone can say that will cause me to shut down listening to that person altogether, particularly if they’ve already proven themselves to be a fairly rigid and compassionate thinker on the whole.  But this week, a feminist blogger who I had followed regularly committed the highest act of intellectual abuse.. Read More

My Beef With “Glee”

“Glee” is kind of a big deal right now.  They’re getting gushing write-ups in Rolling Stone, episodes of “The Office” devoted to them, and, oh yeah, outselling the Beatles.  The “Glee” Christmas album is predicted to be this season’s biggest hit.  There’s no show I find so simultaneously entertaining and enraging as this High School Musical for the slightly older set. First, what “Glee” does right: it captures beautifully the unironic joy of.. Read More