Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mister Ed TV Star Alan Young Dies

First appeared on Blogcritics.

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When I heard that Alan Young, human star of the TV series Mister Ed had died at 96, I felt genuine sadness. Young played the bumbling but genial Wilbur Post, owner of a talking horse named Ed, in the series that ran from 1960-1966. If you are of a certain age, you watched this show as a kid and had no trouble believing that Ed could not only talk but out maneuver his human owner in every situation.

Young had a appeared on many other shows and even won an Emmy for The Alan Young Show, but his real ticket to fame would be playing straight man to a palomino that was like Samantha to his Darrin (from the old Bewitched sitcom with only Darrin knowing that his wife was a witch).

The most enjoyable but frustrating part of the show was that no one else ever heard Ed speak. So there was always this, “Who are you talking to, Wilbur?” situation when someone walked into the barn mid conversation between horse and man. The flustered Wilbur would then have to explain things – again and again – while Ed neighed and whinnied in his stall like a sly equine fox.

Ed always got himself into precarious situations that would require Wilbur’s intervention. Sometimes he would order something extravagant over the phone or say something rude that would be overheard by other humans, and it was usually Wilbur who suffered the consequences.

Ed (the voice of old cowboy star Allan Lane) had a distinctive and authoritative voice, and when he would drool, “Hello, Wilbur,” it was both funny and condescending – always a case of the horse showing the man who was boss. Ed also had a soft spot for Wilbur’s extremely pretty wife Carol (Connie Hines) who always seemed to think that her husband was rather eccentric or bumbling due to his tendency for pratfalls.

Ed also delighted in taunting Roger Addison (a perfectly cast Larry Keating) as the slightly haughty next door neighbor who (like nosy Mrs. Kravitz in Bewitched) knew something was up in that barn but had no idea that Ed was a talking horse.

Somehow or other Young was able to come off as the kind and affable guy with a talking horse, straight man to a palomino. It was clear that Wilbur not only loved Ed but that Ed loved Wilbur despite his taunting.

I think of the show fondly now and feel sad to know Alan Young is gone. You may think that a show about a talking horse was pure silliness, but it worked for six seasons of course, of course.

Rest in peace, Alan Young.

Photo credit: CNN

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TV News: 24: Legacy – The Clock Will Be Ticking Without Jack Bauer

First appeared on Blogcritics.

When we last saw stalwart 24 anti-hero Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), he had selflessly traded himself for tech wiz and his only friend left in the world Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and was being taken in a helicopter to Moscow where he most definitely didn’t have a dinner date with Vladimir Putin. This was in the last incarnation of the series known as 24: Live Another Day.

24legacy-ep101sc86-rm00353hires1jpg-6da78a_765wNow FOX, in announcing its prime time lineup for the 2016-2017 season, reveals that there will indeed be another pressure filled 24 hours for fans of the series, but it will not include Bauer. Sutherland, along with other 24 vets Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, and Evan Katz, will all serve as Executive Producers of the series, so we can be assured that the pedigree that we have come to know and love will be intact.

This series will cover the 24 hours in 12 episodes, just as Live Another Day did, meaning each week two hours will elapse in one hour instead of having 24 one-hour episodes as in the original series. This “real time” format is one of the elements that made 24 groundbreaking in the beginning, as well as the sometimes complex – and at other times rather annoying – plots and subplots that could seem to take forever (even though it was ostensibly 24 hours) to resolve.

jack-bauerThe fact that Bauer and his CTU counterparts were fighting terrorists in the aftermath of 9-11 was compelling and timely, and each season Jack’s human nature eroded a little more, especially as he kept losing friends and loved ones. By the time Jack got to Live Another Day, he had become a killing machine and his humanity – whatever shards that were left – surfaces occasionally, as when he sacrifices himself for Chloe.

In the new series we get a new hero in Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins of Straight Outta Compton) as a war hero who returns home with more baggage than a 747. Like Bauer in the early episodes, Carter has a wife whom he loves and wants to protect. The trailer provided by FOX makes it clear that this is not going to be easy, and if the series follows the format previously established, Carter's wife and any subsequent paramours won't be around too long.

Since this is 24 there will be the behind the scenes machinations with politicians as well as putting Carter in imminent and constant danger in the field as he tries to stop yet another terrorist threat. Carter will also be involved with a new version of CTU, the counter-terrorist organization that Bauer once led and that eventually hunted him as if he were as bad (or worse) as the terrorists.

Credit FOX with casting Hawkins (for diversity as well as someone as different as possible than Sutherland's Jack)  in the lead role and for going with any entirely new cast. It is a brave and necessary and compelling choice, for any remnants of the old gang would hamper the potential success of the proceedings.

My one gripe is that they held on to the “real time” format. No matter how iconic that old clicking down clock was on 24, it also became a hindrance in later seasons and prevented the story from going in different directions that it could have if not locked into the 24-hour format. Jack couldn't board a trans-Atlantic flight, go cross country, or even have time to grab a snack or go to the bathroom. It seems likely Carter will be in the same restrictive and cumbersome position this time around.

24_LEGACY_1463416016738_2628000_1280x720_686637635901As a fan of the series I am happy to get any version of 24 back, though I am sure the purists are going to be crying about Jack Bauer’s absence. The thing is that Bauer’s ghost is going to be hovering over every second of this series and, as Hawkins establishes himself as the next 24 hero, he will either be able to shake off the Bauer sawdust and sing, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” or the poor guy will be haunted by a specter that keeps saying “Damn it!”

FOX has positioned the premiere episode to debut directly after the Super Bowl in February 2017, and after that the show will move into the usual 24 Monday time slot. Hopefully that will be the kind of kick-off Hawkins and company will need to get 24: Legacy all the way down field for a touchdown the series' fans want and need.

Until then, I will sign off as I always did when reviewing all those episodes from 2001-2010 seasons and 2014's 24: Live Another Day – Klaatu Barada Nikto!

Photo credits: FOX

Monday, May 16, 2016

Please Don’t Cut and Paste This Post

First appeared on Blogcritics.

We have all fallen victim to a subtle form of social media bullying found on Facebook or other venues when we have been basically told to “share” or “cut and paste” something. We are told if we do not do this, we really aren’t someone’s friend and something diabolical as a Sith Lord from Star Wars.

On Facebook my friend Karin responded to this never ending barrage of calls to “share” and “cut and paste” by calling out everyone who asks her to do this. Being a cancer survivor herself, it is not that she is unsympathetic to those who ask to do these things for everything from Alzheimer’s disease to zygomycosis. She rightly notes that this is “a form of bullying even if that was not the intention.”

cut2cnnWe also get similar emails from people who are pushing one agenda or another. When I see the sender’s address sometimes I already know it’s today’s latest bashing of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump. It doesn’t end there because I get a plethora of emails regarding all sorts of topics, and it’s always the same thing: “Send this back to me when forwarding to others,” and then the cryptic warning noting “if you hit delete, I’ll know where you stand.”

I hate to break it to all the people who seem to have so much time on their hands that they can forward all this content to everyone on their contact list or on social media multiple times on a daily basis – we respect your opinions but are not here to be your conduit to getting them out to even more unsuspecting individuals. It is incredulous to think that people should do this because of friendship and that the very nature of that relationship hinges on doing your bidding.

cut1ABCThis brings to mind the Facebook “cut and paste” hoax of a few years back that circulated for a while. The basic gist was that anyone who cut and pasted something on Facebook – stories, personal photos, and other material – was surrendering copyright to Facebook. While that turned out to be unfounded, it sort of brings up the whole notion of what are we doing cutting and pasting someone else’s post and making it seem like our own.

I have to admit that sometimes I have felt pressured to “cut and paste” because an old buddy, relative, or someone I care about has asked to me to do so. I have even acquiesced on occasion, but later on I have thought about it and wondered why I did. Even if I am “sharing” someone else’s post, there is a more than likely chance that the people reading it are going to think that I generated this thing (even if it states that I shared someone else’s posted material).

So seeing Karin’s post today on Facebook got me thinking that I too have felt pressured – and what is bullying but pressuring someone to do something that they do not want to do – to share or cut and paste, and like the not so crazy Howard Beale (Peter Finch) from the movie Network, I’m standing up and saying, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take this anymore.”

So to all my friends, relatives, and associated persons, please understand that I am not going to share, cut and paste, or in any other way disseminate your messages of love, hate, anxiety, and fear. Please do not send me religious emails with flickering candles that warn me that I must forward and return to you when I do. Please don’t warn me that by not sending these things that I will be punished and the only way to reap the rewards is by sending it on. 

Please don’t ask me to forward your jokes, your angry rants or someone else’s angry rants. I am happy to read and consider what you send, but when I hit delete it’s not the end of the world but rather the end of my interest in what has been sent.

I guess I am being rather anti-social about social media, but so be it. The truth is that I go online to connect with people and see how they are doing. Like anyone else I will “like” something I find interesting, moving, or meaningful; however, if I come across something that is inappropriate or offensive, I don’t go out of my way to post a negative comment or click “Like” and then choose the “angry” symbol; I merely keep scrolling like a swimmer trying to get quickly out of the undertow.

On occasion I will share something I find meaningful – usually George Takei's and Julian Lennon’s posts – and that will continue; however, I never have any expectations regarding what I share or like and hope for none in return. I will continue to do the same with emails of things of a similar nature, but I never have or nor I ever will ask anyone to share something and base our connection on whether or not a person does so.

The online world should be a better place than it is and, just like the real world out there, it is up to us to make a difference. Here’s hoping that anyone who has read this will take it from whence it came and in the good spirit behind it. If this article bothers you, please feel free to “unfriend” me or stop sending me emails; I’ll miss your connection but will understand.

Photo credits:  CNN, ABC News

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No Selfie Awareness

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I see it all the time in the most unusual places – someone stopping to take a selfie. Sometimes it is a dangerous situation like the edge of a subway platform or a street corner with buses and trucks whizzing by. I am amazed by the general lack of concern regarding personal safety in an effort to capture one’s image for some purpose – perhaps it is a chronicle of life as it unfolds but in some cases it could be as life ends, and that’s rather disturbing.

According to Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary, self-awareness is “knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character” that one would suspect comes from some kind of introspection. On a deeper level it should allow people to understand themselves better through self-study of their behavior, feelings, and beliefs.

“Selfie-awareness” is a completely different thing. The drive to take one’s photo in every possible daily situation seems the antithesis of self-awareness. There is no introspection involved in taking a selfie, especially in totally awkward or inappropriate situations (like taking one at a funeral or in the bathroom).

self2-foxnewsConsider the story of Deanna Pilling, a Manhattan mother who traveled to Utah State University to pick up daughter Mckenna after she completed her freshman year at the school. Wanting to surprise the girl in a novel way, Deanna went into her dorm room and took a selfie while lying on the girl’s bed. Unfortunately, Deanna was in the wrong room causing much embarrassment for her daughter.

Why you may ask would this woman find a need to take this picture and send it? Mckenna (apparently not that embarrassed) tweeted the photo and it has now gone viral – but there was obviously not an ounce of thought process involved here, proving that selfie-awareness is obliviousness at its nadir.

We have seen all kinds of selfies over the years, many from celebrities that are confounding because we wonder why these over exposed individuals crave even more exposure. How many times do we need to see Kim Kardashian in various states of undress? At this point it has gone beyond selfie-awareness to perhaps self-obsession, but Kim is not alone. The whole world it would seem is now consumed with the selfie.

According to Forbes Magazine citing a United Nations report, 7 billion people on this planet now have cell phones – more than those 4.5 billion with access to flushing toilets. This means more people can take a selfie than those who can take a comfort break on a toilet bowl. Obviously, communication seems to be more important than sanitation for a great many individuals.

How many of those 7 billion are taking selfies everyday can only be estimated, but judging from what I see on a daily basis here in New York, there must be billions and billions of images being snapped all over the globe. New York is a major tourist destination, but the locals are just as guilty as visitors of taking selfies all over the city.

While we are more connected than ever through phones that can track our every movement and then broadcast it across the planet, there seems to be an increasing distance among people. We walk around looking at our phones instead of talking to people. We sit in parks and on beaches staring down at our devices instead of looking at the view. In restaurants people are checking their phones constantly instead of engaging in a discussion with their dining companions. Even in my own home I have been watching TV and turn to notice everyone else looking at a device instead of what’s on the screen, never mind turning everything off and having an actual conversation.

At this point the selfie has become a liability. Our desire to chronicle everything – and sometimes it seems truly to be everything – has taken us to a place of emotional oblivion. While wanting to capture every moment we have lost the ability to appreciate the seconds, minutes, and hours of our lives in a tangible way.

Instead of sending a selfie of you eating a slice of pizza, why not put the camera down and enjoy eating it. Forget the selfie standing in front of the ocean; turn around, breathe the air, and appreciate the beautiful view. By wanting to show the world everything we are doing we are diminishing it; the story we hope to tell is reduced to images that in the end mean nothing, fractals of our lives that add up to nada.

author5I have been guilty of taking a selfie here and there, but in the end they are no doubt like most selfies – deleted by the receiver, multiplied images that inevitably have a factor of zero. Guaranteed that is the fate of most selfies, except ones like the one tweeted by Mckenna Pilling, and then they go viral and become part of the vast unwashed sea of infamous selfies that will be eventually forgotten as well.

I am not sure where the world is going in 2016, but selfie awareness tends to make me think the picture is no longer worth a thousand words. If that is the case, selfies have been even more detrimental to the world than we can even imagine.

Photo credits: CNN, FOX News

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Marking Ten Mother’s Days Since Losing My Mom

First appeared on Blogcritics.

Mom with me when I was around 2 years old.
To quote Dickens, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times” these last ten years since my mother passed away. “The best” moments involved my own children growing up during this time; “the worst” is that they are doing so without her.

All the events that take place in a decade – the birthdays, graduations, holidays, dance recitals, soccer and baseball games – are things I wish she could have attended, but I do believe in my heart that she has been there all the time in spirit. Still, it’s not the same for my children who wish their grandma was there to hug, kiss, and to praise them.

Mom, Aunt Ruth, and Aunt Margie
Mom was one of three sisters, and we lost them over this time as well (Aunt Margie passing a few months before her and Aunt Ruth passing in 2015). The three sisters were such a team – though each had friends they were each other’s best friends. Their unbreakable bond was such that even in sickness and eventually death they were connected.

Many years ago when I went to my young nephew’s party, one of his friends saw my Mom and aunts getting out of the car and he said, “Your three grandmas are here.” In essence only one of them was his grandmother, but they all loved their nieces and nephews so much that it seemed as if they were all grandparents to them.

Besides the obvious things I miss about Mom, there are all those moments shared between mother and son – indelible minutes and hours where she and I spoke, laughed, hugged, and cried. During good and bad times Mom always would listen, would never judge, and offered advice in a gentle and loving way – usually I took it.

Then there are those times before I can remember, those intimate mother and child ones that I wish had been recorded in my mind if not on film. I have enough still photographs, ones showing the love in her eyes and the pride in her smile. I know how much she loved me, and the vacant feeling in my heart that her loss created has not been assuaged even after ten years. I doubt it ever will.

Still, this is Mother’s Day which means it is not about me – it is about my wife, the mother of my children, and the sadness inside me will have to stay there quietly because we are celebrating her today (and all the other members of the family who are mothers). I will make merry with them because I know the integral role a mother plays in a family and how a mother takes a house and makes it into a home, and that should be celebrated.

On this day I miss Mom, her sisters, and my grandmothers – they were all strong women, yet loving and gentle in their strength. Each affected my life in so many tangible ways, but perhaps the intangible ones are the most lasting – the evanescence of their hugs and kisses and laughter hangs in the air all around me.

I always tell my kids that “Grandma is watching over you,” and I do believe that as much today as I did ten years ago. I know that she is with me, and in fleeting moments I feel her in a room – a cool draft or the scent of her perfume. One time a few months after she died, I walked into her bedroom to look for something and her stereo went on - Nat King Cole began singing "Unforgettable" (one of her favorite songs), and I knew Mom was there with me.

Other times outdoors it can be wind chimes followed by a ladybug landing on my arm. Mom always told me to make a wish and blow the ladybug away and it will come true. This has happened often enough over the years, and some of my lady bug wishes have come true. I like knowing Mom keeps sending those ladybugs my way.

I did go to her grave and place flowers there, and I know that she is not there, but I do this out of respect as my father taught me. She is here; she is there, and she is truly everywhere, and I take comfort in that. I still miss her terribly, and ten years and even ten more after that will not stop me from missing Mom; that is forevermore just like her love.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War – How Do You Choose a Side? 

First appeared on Blogcritics.

When you were a kid you used to dream about a movie like Captain America: Civil War but never believed it could happen – getting all your favorite characters into one film to go up against the forces of evil. Well, directors Joe and Anthony Russo must have had those dreams too and brought it all together with a kick-ass story and a stellar cast. Captain America: Civil War is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of.

Of course, this is an Avengers movie in essence, though the title tells us it’s a Captain America film, and in truth, it is because Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is at the center of this story, pitted up against Robert Downey’s Tony Stark in what seems like an inconceivable battle, but all the incongruity of Avenger fighting Avenger is explained and the battle of super friends really does make sense.

There is a danger in any movie that has so many characters, especially daunting ones like Stark and Rogers who have carried their own films but are now part of Marvel’s ever expanding brand, to lose something in the process. It is now almost a given that there can no longer be a standalone movie with any of the Avengers characters only because it is inconceivable that at least one or more of the others wouldn’t get involved to some degree; luckily there is nothing to be worried about here.

The plot is solid and sets up the “Civil War” deftly as we see Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) being revived from the deep freeze back in 1991 Siberia to take on a super-secret mission. We flash forward to the present time and the Avengers are trying to stop Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and others from stealing a biological weapon in the African country of Wakanda. When captured by Rogers, Crossbones detonates a bomb to kill them both, but when Wanda/Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tries to move the blast away from Rogers she accidentally kills innocent civilians in a building.

635927855231765983-TRA0880-v012.1025-2What follows is the premise as to why the Avengers will break into factions. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) informs them of the UN Sokovia Accords (ratified by 117 countries) that will provide checks and balances for the team. Stark believes it is necessary (considering his complicity in the Ultron disaster in that country) and Rogers thinks it will inhibit their abilities to help people. Thus the conflict begins.

The two sides align behind Stark (Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, and new recruits Black Panther and Spider-Man) and Rogers (Falcon, Barnes, Scarlett Witch, Ant Man, and Hawkeye). If this appears a little too conveniently and evenly balanced it is, but each character’s reasoning for taking sides is understood.

This sets the table for a battle between the two sides that seems incongruous considering the history of the group; however, the luxury of a film 147 minutes long is that this ensemble cast actually gets time for each character’s motivations to make sense, and new additions Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) particularly get moments to shine.

Of course, all is not as it would seem here, and although Stark and his team are trying to bring in Winter Soldier for his crimes and Rogers is out to stop them, the real villain behind everything is a Sokovian named Zemo (David Bruhl) who sets these events in motion but also – as is usually the case with Marvel villains – has distinct reasons why he feels his cause is a just one.

The script by Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely is filled with great dialogue and, in particular, humor even during battle sequences. When the very young Spider-Man calls The Empire Strikes Back an old movie and uses it to demonstrate how to defeat an opponent in the same way Luke Skywalker took down the AT-AT attackers, it is quite hilarious.

635927830827125544-SP-35243-ROverall, this film could have been called Captain America-Iron Man: Civil War because Downey has almost as much screen time as Evans, but that is not a criticism. The core of the film is the battle between the two old friends who both have deep connections to events that motivate their actions. It is a battle of wills and brawn, but is not a question of will the best man win, but rather will they not kill one another?

Cinematographer Trent Opaloch’s ability to capture the breadth and scope of this film, including massive battle sequences, and Henry Jackman’s rousing score set a pace what seems for the most part like a theme park ride that only accelerates. However, there are moments when the velocity slows down enough to give us scene gems like Stark going to Peter Parker’s Queens apartment to recruit him for the team and when Vision (Paul Bettany) attempts to cook for Wanda.

This film doesn’t redefine the genre or even try to do anything different; rather, it elevates what a film based on comics can be to new heights and also leaves the door open for more to come from these characters we have come to know, and for the most part, love (Downey’s Stark does sometimes grate on the nerves a bit).

If you are looking for action, adventure, and a story that makes sense, then Captain America: Civil War is the movie for you and an ideal one to kick-off your summer movie season. The one thing that will be difficult to do is to “choose a side” as the promos suggest because both sides contain characters that seem to be doing the right thing and for the right reasons. How many movies have you seen lately that can make you say that?

Photo Credits: Disney Films

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Outsiders Starring Trump and Sanders – Stay Gold, Ponyboy!

First appeared on Blogcritics.

81mcdwNHzSL._UY200_RI_UY200_If the 2016 presidential race can be summed up succinctly, it is the story of The Outsiders – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders! Your politics may dictate the way you feel about these men, so there is a fifty-fifty chance you either like them or hate them; however, no one can deny that they have shaped the trajectory of this process into something entirely different than anything that has come before.

It is early May and usually the “presumptive” candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties would have been long established. Only on May 3, 2016, did the Republican National Committee Chair Reince Preibus (does that not sound like a Sith lord’s name from Star Wars?) declare Donald Trump “the presumptive candidate” after Trump trounced rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the Indiana primary.

On the Democratic side in Indiana something startling happened – Bernie Sanders beat supposedly presumptive candidate Hillary Clinton. While Cruz and Kasich dropped out of the race leaving Trump holding all the cards on the Republican side, Sanders refuses to do so, and why should he? This late in the game Sanders is still in the hunt, refusing to yield.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz – decidedly on the dark side of the Force along with her Republican counterpart Preibus – is so openly pro-Hillary that when speaking of Bernie Sanders she is rolling her eyes and making facial expressions that are morphing her into looking something like Jar Jar Binks. She will inevitably have to face reality as Preibus had to – but this may not happen until the Democratic National Convention.

trump cnnDespite all the leaders of both parties and their insidious machinations, this is the season of The Outsiders – bolstered by the cold hard truth that many voters want them over the established candidates. What leaders in both of the major party machines are starting to realize is that their time has faded. As noted in Robert Frost’s great poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” the major parties have long gone from green to gold. We have now reached a point where two polar opposites – Trump and Sanders – have shaken the political tree limbs bare, and it is a wakeup call and signals the end of business as usual in American politics.

If you recall the memorable film based on the great S.E. Hinton book The Outsiders, the most haunting scene is when a dying Johnny (Ralph Macchio) tells Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) “Stay gold, Ponyboy.” This is a reference to Frost’s poem that they read in English class and means that Ponyboy isn’t one of the crowd, that he has to distinguish himself from the rest in order not to fade away, to “stay gold” by being different.

Our current Outsiders must grudgingly recognize one another as the antidote to the poison that has sickened both parties. The business as usual philosophy that has paralyzed Republicans and Democrats for years is now in danger of being cured by an injection of stark reality. Trump and Sanders are not anomalies – they present the model of what is the future of politics in America.

While we have awaited the next outrageous and unscripted remark from Donald Trump to either denigrate or praise someone or something, Sanders has been making his own kind of history. By speaking directly to the needs of the American people – especially young people who have been waiting forever for someone in politics to recognize their importance in the political equation – Sanders has been the “gold” in this race for the White House, the Ponyboy that rises above the rest.

bernie-sanders_650x400_41453087327So it is no coincidence that after Trump welcomed the fact that he is the presumptive nominee of the Republicans, he noted that he will be running against “Crooked Hillary” because the DNC – Wasserman Shultz et al – had stacked the deck against Sanders. Trump recognized that his fellow Outsider has a battle on his hands, but Sanders is not giving in to Hillary or the DNC and has lots of fight left in him.

In essence we are reaching the end of the book but not the end of the story. Bernie Sanders staying in the race is necessary and compelling for the arc of the narrative of this primary process to ever reach a denouement that the voters will find acceptable. Outsider Bernie Sanders – the Ponyboy of American politics – is moving forward and not giving up.
Stay gold, Bernie; stay gold!

Photo credits: Amazon, CNN