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Class Warfare - Classism, Fascism and Whitewashing in Cobra Kai, season 4

This longread examines Cobra Kai , season 4,  through a Marxist lens, with some queer-feminist elements included as well.  Note:  I'm a Marxist critic who examines heroism in American media—on US soil, but also abroad (as US global hegemony continues to be a reality).  For those who are curious, many of the arguments contained within stem from my broader research, including the anti-fascist book that I'm currently writing .   I've watched the entire series so far. Season 1 was originally made for YouTube Red and felt like a standalone show. Season 2 and 3 were also made under its tenure.  Season 4 is the first season made under the Netflix banner and feels rather different.  Personally I consider season 4 a much better outing than 3, if purely for a refusal to rely strictly on nostalgia and callbacks by giving everyone something to do. This helps me forget about its problematic elements. The  Karate Kid  was a lily-white story about boy-meets-girl, the lady and the tramp. C
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The Promethean Quest and James Cameron's Military Optimism in Metroid

This longread analyzes the role of the Promethean Quest and military optimism in the Metroid franchise. This includes Metroid Dread , which Nintendo just announced. Apart from an  introduction and conclusion, there are three main sections: Metroid Dread: Thoughts and Impressions Gothic Analysis, part 1: The Promethean Quest Gothic Analysis, part 2: Military Optimism Update, 7/13/2021:  I've been constantly revising and expanding on the Military Optimism section. As a result, it's considerably more lengthy than the other two sections. I may release it separately at a future date, but have held off doing so for now due to formatting issues. Update, 8/4/2021: I've started writing a book about heroes in popular media. Instead of a lone article, " The Promethean Quest and James Cameron's Military Optimism in Metroid" is going to be one of that book's chapters. Future chapters shall be released on my blog in preview-sized chunks. Stay tuned! (artist:  Nick van