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Recent articles by Natalie:


Claire Vaye Watkins goes on an autofictional odyssey out West in her latest

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness follows a woman, also named Claire, who abandons her family during a bout of postpartum depression in favor of a road trip through significant places in her past. → Read More

Y: The Last Man Mourns the Greats in “Weird Al is Dead”

This week’s Y: The Last Man starts with a vigil and ends with vigilantes! → Read More

Y: The Last Man Goes on a “Mann Hunt” to Find Humanity’s Reluctant Savior

This week’s Y: The Last Man gave us a heartwarming reunion for the comic’s greatest love story—no, I’m not talking about Yorick and Beth, obviously I mean Agent 355 and her collap… → Read More

Y: The Last Man Makes New Allies and Enemies in “Karen and Benji”

So this was the first episode of Y: The Last Man where I immediately wanted to click to the next screener the moment it was over! This bodes well for future episodes, in that the series seems to be… → Read More

Ranking Cinderella Adaptations

Where does Amazon Studios’ Cinderella rank alongside the last 70 years of movie and TV adaptations? → Read More

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Finale: Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

For a long time now, watching The Handmaid’s Tale has been an uneasy undertaking. In wanting to honor June Osborne’s (Elisabeth Moss) trauma and road to recovery, I nonetheless found he… → Read More

The Nevers Finale Explodes Its Entire Premise With an Old Trick

Over a decade ago, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse incredibly recontextualized its first season with “Epitaph One,” a dystopian flash-forward revealing a glimpse of the bleak future that … → Read More

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4: Does June Want to Be Saved?

It’s been two years since the previous season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale aired, one of many ongoing television series that experienced a longer-than-usual hiatus due to covid. … → Read More

7 More Swoon-Worthy Fantasy Romances

The last time I wrote about the swooniest fantasy romances, I said that fantasy romance is like a box of chocolates. And at the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump, it just gets truer with time: Whi… → Read More


Compelling Queer Romance Eclipses Sci-Fi Stakes in 'Winter's Orbit'

This charming, trope-laden sci-fi romance started life as an original story posted to a fanfiction site, and it wears its fannish influences proudly. Fake-dating? Hurt/comfort? Sunny/grumpy? Yes! → Read More

Lupin Part 2: What to Expect

We’ve studied all the clues: From Sherlock Holmes to The Hollow Needle, here are our predictions for season 2 of Netflix’s gentleman thief series, Lupin. → Read More

7 SFF Stories That Grew Beyond Their Original Worldbuilding

Authors build elaborate worlds through everything from carefully-chosen foods to amateur map-making to breathtakingly detailed wikis, their attention to detail a signal that these are worlds worthy… → Read More

Bridgerton: Best Shows to Watch After the Netflix Series

Keep the Bridgerton glow going with these romantic, daring, thrilling series. → Read More

6 Comforting SFF Podcasts

Your relationship to podcasts may be different now than it was a year ago. As 2020 draws to a close, you might feel stuck in place—but podcasts are still there to transport you. If you’re str… → Read More

The Christmas Chronicles 2 Review: Kurt Russell’s Hot Santa Sequel is Too Nice

Netflix’s Santa Claus sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2, is an overstuffed stocking that fails to take the necessary narrative risks to be memorable. → Read More

Ready Player Two Review: Ernest Cline’s Soulless Sequel Beats a Dead Horse

The Ready Player One sequel sets out to explore the ethics of escapism, but fails its own quest. → Read More

Happiest Season Review: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis Make Christmas Classic

Clea DuVall and Kristen Stewart’s queer Christmas rom-com Happiest Season deserves to join the holiday movie canon. → Read More

The Queen’s Gambit: The Real History Behind Beth’s Green Pills

Are the green pills in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit for real? Well, yes...and no. → Read More

9 Complicated Female Narrators Who Will Surprise You

The debate around what it means to call a female character “unlikable” best crystallized in a 2013 interview in which novelist Claire Messud confronted the interviewer’s point abo… → Read More

Over the Moon Review: Lunar Lessons in Grief

Glen Keane’s animated musical shoots for the moon and succeeds in a pitch-perfect examination of loss. → Read More