joellemonique
Joelle Monique
joellemonique
A contributor for Playboy and Hollywood Reporter Joelle writes about film, television, and comic books. A speaker, host, and avid podcaster her reviews have been featured on NPR, BBC1, and ET.
Aug 31
25

Joelle only mentioned Henrietta Lacks specifically, but there is a long history of white medical exploitation of black people in the US, from J. Marion Sims to the Tuskegee syphilis study and beyond.

Aug 31
18

Random observations: If those children’s ouija board was not lying then George is haunting that house too? Read more

Aug 17
28

Excellent use of Tall Skinny Papa as a character-building shorthand for Ruby, who (judging from the song choice) seems to be modeled after Rosetta Tharpe. Sister Rosetta started off as a child prodigy, playing guitar and singing religious songs before making a fairly brief attempt at more secular work driven by the

Aug 17
14

I think its possible the trench fighting was referencing more than one historical war. The fantasy and sci fi allusions in that sequence went beyond the three I mentioned and of course they were other historical references like Jackie Robinson. Read more

Aug 17
16

I always set a low bar for adaptations, just to keep myself from being too disappointed too often - but I clearly needn’t have worried here. That was an utterly amazing hour of television period let alone for ‘genre’ fare.

Aug 17
12

See it's Korea, but it looked more like WWI than anything else with the trenches— of course I'm not too familiar with the Korean War, like many other people.

Aug 17
29

Glad you are recapping this show, @Joelle Monique. I very much enjoyed your work on The Watchmen recaps.

Aug 17
47

* Was the battle scene in the opening set in WWII or during the Korean War, where Atticus served? Read more

Aug 17
12

You really can’t have black folks running in a period piece without “Sinnerman” on the soundtrack, can you.

Aug 16
53

The producers had to hire a special tailor and develop a new type of fabric to make Jonathan Majors’ white tee that tight.

Dec 16
99

Imagine my disappointment when Keene’s speech mirrored almost word for word what my college-educated friends told me this weekend; that they were suspicious of a show like Watchmen because whose agenda is it serving really? idk maybe the agenda of people trying to be more open and empathetic?

Dec 16
36

Regina King was a revelation for me, in this. I know she’s been in some other good things, it’s just mostly not stuff I’ve watched. Going through her IMDb history, the most recent thing I probably would’ve seen her in season 6 of 24, but I watched that a really long time ago, and I doubt she was given much to do. Read more

Dec 15
32

The journey was great. I was just a little disappointed by the ending. I know this is a very comic book guy thing to say and HBO’s Watchmen is a new story in a new medium and all that, but Dr. Manhattan being killed that easily (or at all, really) feels like a cheat. If you’re going to have a bunch of characters Read more

Dec 15
48

Finally, it has been my absolute pleasure to take this journey with you guys. Your comments, theories, and general messages of joy made an already great show, a wonderful experience. Thank you so much, TV Club.” Read more

Dec 15
59

Yup. He was terminated as an FBI agent and the contents of his desk given away - including “a jug of what appears to be some kind of canola oil”.