Mario’s Philosophical Odyssey

Mario’s Philosophical Odyssey By Edwardo Pérez I must confess, I have no idea how to play Super Mario Odyssey – other games such as Mario Kart, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario 3D World fit my skill level, but Odyssey baffles me. My nine-year-old son, however, mastered it out of the box as if…

The Good Place and Philosophy 

The Good Place and Philosophy  The Good Place, the Bad Place, and Other People George A. Dunn   In 2016, NBC premiered The Good Place, surely one of the most unique half-hour sitcoms of all time. It’s unique not only due to its principle protagonists all being dead (except for one who’s an anthropomorphized vessel…

One Tribe: Black Panther’s Altruism

One Tribe Black Panther’s Altruism By Edwardo Pérez “A man who does not prepare his children for his own death is not a good father,” says T’Chaka, the father of T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who becomes the next Black Panther king in the film Black Panther. It’s an emotional moment spoken between father and…

What Even Matters Anymore?

What Even Matters Anymore? Saturday Night Live and Our Faustian Bargains By Edwardo Pérez The Last Jedi gave us a nihilistic view to ruminate on as we finished out 2017, not just of Star Wars, but of the state of our (dis)union – it was the perfect ending to a year that saw new levels…

The Sound of Psychos

The Sound of Psychos Clowns and Chaos in American Horror Story Andrea Zanin   “The clown is a creature of chaos. His appearance is an affront to our sense of dignity, his actions a mockery of our sense of order.” – Tom Robbins In American Horror Story: Hotel, John Wayne Gacy shows his face in…

Fullmetal Alchemist and Personal Identity

Fullmetal Alchemist and Personal Identity By Darian Shump   “I kill, therefore I am.” – Barry the Chopper (FMA: Brotherhood, Episode 8: The Fifth Laboratory)   In Episode 7 (“Hidden Truths”) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the Elric brothers infiltrate an abandoned government complex they suspect was used to conduct experiments on condemned prisoners in an…