Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Headed Back to the Classroom Edition

Because I don’t already have enough on my plate, I’ve decided to teach a course next semester at a local college. This used to be not only my bread and butter but my chosen career until I burned myself out, dropped out of grad school, and started working a regular 9-5 gig. It was the right choice and while I have no desire to finish up my PhD, the lure of teaching introduction to American government at this time was too interesting an opportunity to turn down. And, of course, the extra stew will come in handy now that I have car payments to make.  Thankfully I’ve taught this class over 20 times so while I haven’t had a class since 2007, the prep work should be fairly minimal as I just have to update my lecture notes.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

So while I get caught up on all that has changed in American politics in the last decade (it’s been quiet, right?), get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you may have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:


  • The international trailer for Black Panther:


  • Ready Player One:


  • Annihilation:


  • 15:17 to Paris:


  • The second season of Jessica Jones:


  • Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time:


  • The Last Five Years:


  • Corporate:


  • The Terror:


  • The Clapper:


  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure:


  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:


  • Insidious: The Last Key:


  • Bright:


  • A teaser for the WarGames reboot:


  • Death Standing:


  • Homeland, season 7:


  • The Detour, season 3:






Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda performs Hamilton in three minutes:


  • A bad lip reading of Stranger Things:


  • Christmas Carpool Karaoke:


  • The cast of Netflx’s One Day at a Time reboot recreate the opening credits of the original show:


  • Call Me By Your Name meets Monsters University:


  • Star Wars characters sing “MMMBop”:


Chance the Rapper does the weather for WGN:


  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents “Lannister on the Bannister”:


  • Peanuts meets Riverdale on The Tonight Show:

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