Writing

It’s Not Ibsen, Sure, But I’ll Miss It

(Originally published 12/20/2019) On BoJack Horseman’s Impending Ending Image via Fandom With an eight-episode drop slated for January 31, BoJack Horseman — the first animated original series to air on Netflix — will come to an end. Endings are an opportunity for creators to shape how audiences will reflect on what they’ve seen. Given the tendency of television finales to determine the course of a show’s afterlife (Dallas, Buffy, Lost, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, et al.) it’s hard to overstate the importance of a given series finale, let alone one

Writing

What Is Dead May Never Die

(Originally published 10/11/2019) What Is Dead May Never Die: ‘Succession’ and the Legacy of Traditional Media Facing pressure from my friends, family, and feed, I caught up on HBO’s Succession just in time for its season finale this Sunday. Aside from the titular question of who’s to take control of Waystar Royco — a multibillion-dollar media conglomerate — after patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) either retires or dies, the series hinges on the struggle by such legacy media institutions to remain viable, profitable, and relevant amid widespread changes in prod