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by Jovana Grbićon Fringe
The Fringe culture grows on you. Few viewers exposed to its first-season episodes found the show particularly infectious; in fact many viewers cast a jaundiced eye toward the Fringe Division as bad Mulder and Scully clones. By season two, Fringe seemed to chart a new vector and find its direction. It saw an outbreak of new viewers: its popularity went viral and viewership grew at a fevered pitch. This growth in popularity reflects the more literal infections germane to Fringe, whose role Jovana Grbic´ , PhD, clarifies.
Fringe is not a show about biology or infectious diseases in the same way that Breaking Bad inherently incorporates chemistry or CSI is naturally about forensics. Of the three-plus seasons to date, only a handful of episodes directly deal with communicable diseases, bioweapons, and the threat posed therein.
In fact, the season-two episode “What Lies Below” (2-13) is probably the only stand-alone episode of the … read more»
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The online protests began around the time the makers of The Vampire Diaries cast Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert. Were fans of the book series worried that Dobrev couldn’t carry the central role? Nope. Were they advocating for another fan-favorite candidate? No again. There was no way Dobrev … read more»
by Jen Chaneyon Friday Night Lights
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by Joel N. Shurkinon the books of Michael Crichton
A History of History
Writers find time travel irresistible. In his novel Timeline, Michael Crichton entered a field rich with some of the most inventive and clever of writers in a tradition going back 300 years.
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