December 6, 2005Feature
PODCAST: Envy, or Morality Plays for Today's Audiences
A commentary on Murphy Brown's "Soul Man"
Ahem. Back on topic.
So what does Murphy Brown have to do with medieval drama? Quite a lot, actually. In our first exploration of the Seven Deadly Sins, we talked about pride, the gateway sin. This time, we uncover envy. Envy might not lead to the other seven deadlies — it could, but it doesn't have to — but it can sure lead to lying, cheating, backstabbing and... well, more about that later.
This week's exemplar episode? Murphy wants to join an exclusive men's-only club. Simply put, she gets jealous of the guys in the office. With humorous, albeit predictable sitcom results. ("Albeit"? Seriously, dude. — Liz) The name of the episode? "Soul Man." Fitting, since we'll be talking a lot about sin and redemption. (Trust us, it's not as churchy as it sounds. Unless you want it to be churchy, in which case it's just churchy enough to be interesting to you, but not churchy enough to put off people who don't like it churchy.) ("Churchy" is a funny word.)
Coming soon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and gluttony. (That is, if I can get Whitney Cox's blessing to talk about the Jossverse.) (Churchy.)
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