Pete Fenzel shares his thoughts on Norm MacDonald’s video podcast series and AMC’s Better Call Saul.

The Handmaid’s Tale Unlocked: Episode 9

We analyze Episode 9 of The Handmaid’s Tale, focusing on the scene in which June tries to talk Janine down from the bridge, along with the episode’s larger themes about choices, freedom, and how patterns of behavior reflect power dynamics.

The Handmaid’s Tale Unlocked: Episode 8

We analyze Episode 8 of The Handmaid’s Tale, focusing on the ballerina music box that June receives from Mrs. Waterford, along with the episode’s larger themes about infantilization, role-playing, and compartmentalization.

The Handmaid’s Tale Unlocked: Episode 7

We analyze Episode 7 of the Handmaid’s Tale, focusing on the scene in which Luke haggles about the cost of his boat trip to Canada, as well as larger themes about luck, the kindness of strangers, and privilege.

The 90’s Sketchbook, Part 3

Mark further embarrasses himself with drawings from his 90’s pre-teen sketchbook. Star Trek V? A “No Fear” t-shirt? What was he thinking? This “Next Generation” drawing isn’t so bad, though.

The Handmaid’s Tale Unlocked: Episode 6

We analyze Episode 6 of the Handmaid’s Tale, focusing on the scene in which the Handmaids prepare to enter the banquet with the Mexican ambassador, along with the larger themes and elements of the world of the show that are illuminated by this scene.

The Handmaid’s Tale Unlocked: Episode 5

We analyze Episode 5 of the Handmaid’s Tale, focusing on Offred’s conversation with the Commander while playing Scrabble, and larger themes about normalcy and playacting in romantic relationships and dictatorships.