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Snap Judgement: Making Light of The Light

By Barry Neenan

Last year, I caught up on a beloved piece of modern pop culture I had been missing out on, and watched through the entire run of Young Justice. And it was… fine. A solid B Minus. Pairs well with chocolate.

There’s a few critiques I could point to; overall I found the tone too dour, and I didn’t really connect with any of the main characters. (It’s a bad sign my favourite member of the team is Wolf, who is a wolf. Not a wolf-man, or a talking wolf. Just a wolf. He’s a good boy, Brent.) But moreso than anything else – and this is tragic, coming from me – I could not stand the villains.

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Snap Judgement: Hail Jerry Full of Grace

By Barry Neenan

This year, I caught up on a beloved piece of modern pop culture I had been missing out on, and watched through the entire run of Parks and Recreation. And it was… fine. A solid B Minus. Pairs well with pork chops.

The show loses major points, and my respect, because of Jerry. And if you’re a fan, and just chuckled to yourself that Jerry does indeed suck, that attitude is the exact problem.

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Snap Judgement: Haida’s Gonna Hate – Or Not

By Barry “IronicSnap” Neenan

I often claim there’s no such thing as a bad trope. No matter how tiresome or problematic a concept is, there is – theoretically – a way to do it ‘right’. To either treat it as appropriately uncomfortable, or somehow execute it with a minimum of awkwardness.

That’s lip service, to an extent. There’s some tropes I struggle to see as redeemable. Some have become real pet peeves for me, like the Nice Guy, a man we’re supposed to root for as he ineffectually pursues a woman who may not be interested to begin with.

And that makes it all the more impressive that I, and thousands of other nominal adults, would die for Haida, the accountant who is also a hyena.

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