Monster of the Week: The Siren

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John William Waterhouse, The Siren, 1900

The Siren (1900) by John William Waterhouse

Temptation can take many forms, but the fear of being seduced by the song of a siren has haunted mankind for millennia. From a secluded island home, Sirens enthrall passing sailors with their supernatural song. Their voices cast doom on those who hear their call.

Their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul in a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption.”
-Walter Copland Perry Continue reading

Pele: Hawaii Fire Goddess

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The_goddess_pele_by_arthur_johnsen

Pele by Arthur Johnsen

In Hawaiʻi, the name Pele evokes images of molten lava, flame, and boiling oceans. Pele is a powerful and volatile creator, known as Pelehonuamea (“Pele of the sacred land”) and ka wahine ʻai honua (“the woman who devours the land”). Through her destructive power, Pele is responsible for creating and shaping the landscape of the Hawaiian Islands in an ongoing cycle of devastation and regeneration. Continue reading

A Call to Alarm in Hawaii

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Missile alert HawaiiOn Saturday, January 13, an erroneous alert about a ballistic middle inbound for Hawaiʻi created public fear and confusion. This personal essay isn’t our usual type of content at The Supernatural Fox Sisters, though dealing with a potential missile threat was certainly a spooky situation.

Sleeping in on Saturday morning in Hawaiʻi—sounds lovely, doesn’t it? To many it evokes images of palm trees gently swaying outside the window as waves are heard crashing in the distance. When you finally venture outside you feel the hot sun on your face and hear the birds singing in the trees. Our most recent Saturday in Hawaiʻi was a very different experience. Continue reading

Doctor Who Christmas Special Review: Twice Upon a Time

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Two Doctors Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time

Two TARDIS’s are better than one. The First Doctor (David Bradley) and the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

For many, the family, feasting, and festivities of December 25 have merged with the tradition of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Since the rebirth of the Doctor Who series in 2005, we’ve come to anticipate the Christmas spirit that emerges from the intersection of space and time. “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, does not disappoint. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E05 Review: Choose Your Pain

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Lorca captured Star Trek Discovery Choose Your PainIn “Choose Your Pain,” Star Trek: Discovery showcases the skills of its cast in an episode filled with conflict, collaboration, and moral uncertainty. The story reveals more about the Discovery characters we’ve already met, brings back someone from Star Trek’s future/past, and introduces a new recruit for the crew. “Choose Your Pain” not only serves to help us understand the characters better but also takes a shot at explaining the complicated organic drive to the audience once again. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E04 Review: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

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Burnham analyzing Star Trek Discovery Butchers KnifeNow that we’ve been introduced to the USS Discovery, her crew, and her mission, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” gives us a taste of what these Mycelium spores can do. We’re also reminded that the newly unified Klingon Empire remains a serious threat to the Federation. Exploring concepts of morality in wartime, Star Trek: Discovery follows some of the same themes we’ve seen in other franchise series such as Deep Space Nine. Yet the show continues to forge its own path, embracing the dramatic practices of contemporary television. “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” shows us that you don’t have to be a redshirt to die on Star Trek: Discovery. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E03 Review: Context Is for Kings

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Michael Burnham Star Trek Discovery Context is for KingsIn “Context Is For Kings,” we finally get to meet the namesake of Star Trek: Discovery. The starship Discovery is a brand-new ship on a mysterious mission. It’s a scientific vessel, but with locked lab doors and black alerts. And it may hold the secret to winning the war against the Klingons. Continue reading