Samantha Olthof

A politer reciter, a Canadian writer. Hiking with my puppy is my happy place.
The Expanse

Why We Can’t Wait for ‘The Expanse’ To Return

By Samantha Olthof 

The resurrection of ‘The Expanse’ may have been the best thing that could have happened to this beloved space opera.

His Dark Materials Trailer

Shot by Shot with the ‘His Dark Materials’ Trailer

By Samantha Olthof 

One girl in all the worlds will wield the power of the Golden Compass

Sharp Objects

Rage, Control, and Rituals of Violence in ‘Sharp Objects’

By Samantha Olthof 

‘Sharp Objects’ deftly contrasts two kinds of female serial killers and the generations of ritual abuse that tie them together.

Dead Poets Society

‘Dead Poets Society’ and the Beat Generation

By Samantha Olthof 

Thirty years later, the magic of this Robin Williams classic endures because of the thirst for learning that it continues to inspire.

Blade Runner Übermensch

Übermensch in the ‘Blade Runner’ Franchise

By Samantha Olthof 

‘Blade Runner 2049’ expands on the themes of parenthood and superhumanity introduced in the 1982 film.


13 Things We Learned from the ‘Chernobyl’ Companion Podcast

By Samantha Olthof 

The show made incredible attention to detail while presenting a compelling narrative of a historical event.

X Men Days Of Future

Retcons and Adaptations: A Discussion of Canon in the X-Men Film Franchise

By Samantha Olthof 

As we approach the end of Fox’s tenure in charge of the X-Men, it seems like a good time to take a look back at how they have addressed continuity over 12 films and almost two decades.

Sophie Turner Dark Phoenix

‘Dark Phoenix’ Only Sort of Rises at The Box Office

By Samantha Olthof 

‘Dark Phoenix’ not only had a worse opening weekend than X-Men: The Last Stand or X-Men: Apocalypse, it opened worse than every other film in its franchise (yes, that’s including X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Black Mirror Million Merits

Black Mirror: How ’15 Million Merits’ Colorized the Horror of a Fame-Driven Economy

By Samantha Olthof 

When the only escape from mundanity is overnight stardom, ‘Black Mirror’ tells us we underestimate what lies beyond the curtain.