Waiting in Vain: The Redemption Arcs That Never Came

When we think of TV protagonists, we usually picture a hero – a morally righteous person seeking to make the world a better place. And when they don’t start out that way, we expect to accompany them on a journey of self-improvement, in which they discover important things such as love, happiness and the true meaning of friendship.

But not every main character takes that journey. In this article, I examine four protagonists whose redemption arcs never came – Tony Soprano, Jackie Peyton, Greg House and Bojack Horseman. Continue reading


Not Too Clever to Get Caught: when deception doesn’t work out

Some of our TV heroes do morally questionable things. Dexter is a serial killer who satisfies his urges by killing people who escaped legal justic. Jackie Peyton of Nurse Jackie is secretly addicted to pain medication. Walter White of Breaking Bad manufactures crystal meth. These are all secrets that they need to keep from their nearest and dearest, yet much of the tension and drama comes from the fact that they ultimately fail to conceal their secrets. In this post, I delve into our favourite TV shows once again to reflect on the success and failure of keeping secrets. Continue reading

Nurse Jackie, addiction and how it’s everyone’s fault but mine

Last Sunday, I burnt through the entirety of Nurse Jackie season six in a single day. Even at a point in its run where most series would have run out of steam, the show remains excellent; however, this season felt darker than ever, and even a little painful to watch. As Jackie fell ever deeper down the rabbit hole of drug addiction I decided to thrash out my feelings in blog form.

WARNING!! Unashamed spoilerage and post-game analysis to follow Continue reading