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The Office: The Decline of Kevin Malone

The Office's Kevin Malone started out as reserved, if not a little slow -- but then he turned into one of the most cartoonish characters of the show. Why did the writers choose to do this? Is Kevin a victim of Flanderization; i.e. reverse character development? In this video we dive into the story of Kevin's mental decline.

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How I Met Your Mother’s Controversial Ending, Explained

How I Met Your Mother's ending has never sat right with fans. Why is this conclusion regarded with such infamy? Should Ted and Robin have gotten together? Did the Mother live up to your expectations? Let's take a look at what doesn't work about the How I Met Your Mother series finale.

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The Bad Boy Trope, Explained

The Bad Boy. He's the guy your mother warned you about. Our culture can't get enough of Bad Boys like James Bond, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Han Solo, Tony Stark, Edward Cullen, Dylan McKay, Joker and Christian Grey. So why is our culture so obsessed with these dangerous guys? Here's our Take on the evolution of the Bad Boy.

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Billie Eilish - The Anatomy of 21st Century Angst

Why Billie Eilish? How does her subversion of what makes other artists successful work in her favor? How did she become the voice of our moment, and what do her music and persona say about our times? In this video we dive into the career of Billie Eilish, and why she represents a new kind of pop stardom.

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The Weird Girl Trope, Explained

She's a Weird Girl, the black sheep of all female character tropes. Why do people misunderstand her, or are even scared of her? What secret powers does the weird girl have?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Fight Club
Addams Family Values

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The Quiet Politics of A Quiet Place, Explained

Was A Quiet Place meant to be political? John Krasinski said it wasn't. So why did so many people read it that way? Just in time for A Quiet Place Part II, we dig into the unexpected political life of the first movie and the messages viewers heard in its silence.

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The Child Prodigy Trope, Explained

Are child prodigies born or made? Do they deserve our envy or sympathy? And what happens when they grow up? In this video we take on the Child Prodigy trope on screen, what they represent in our culture, and why we project our dreams and disillusionment onto these wunderkinds.

The Royal Tenenbaums
Magnolia
Matilda

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Home Alone’s Secret Meaning: Adulting is Hard

What's the secret message of Home Alone? The Macaulay Culkin movie was meant for kids and perfectly captured their fears and desires -- but it also has a deep meaning that speaks to young adults, in our era of perpetual kidulthood. Are we not all, in a sense, "home alone"?

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