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That One Time I Picked Up a Prostitute, and What It Taught Me About Poverty

The following story isn't as titillating as the headline would lead you to believe, but be warned: fairly adult content is contained within. Don't read ahead if you don't want to be offended.

It's also long. So you're gonna need 10 minutes or so. Just FYI.

Several years ago, before I met my wife, I lived in Granite City, Illinois, just a few minutes across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis. I worked at a company located downtown, and one of the great things about living that close to the bustling metropolis was the public transit system. The Missouri-based and Illinois-based transit companies worked together to insure that commuters had multiple options when getting from one side of the river to the other and back again.

So I would drive to East St. Louis, park at one of the MetroLink park-and-ride stations there, take the MetroLink light rail two stops into Missouri, get off the light rail, and the building where I worked was right there after ascending t…

2 Beautiful Beheadings in 15 Minutes: The Allure of “Game of Thrones”

The following article was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 10, 2013.

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, who still thought Dragonheart was a pretty decent film: “All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up.” There are certain television shows that I stumble upon as they premier, and I enjoy way more than anyone else — “FlashForward” was a prime example.  Then there are those series that I just can’t get into.  I saw a few episodes of “Lost”, but it didn’t take.  I saw the first episode of “Glee”, said “I get it,” yet immediately knew I would never have to watch another episode.  Then there are other series that I discover after everyone else.  For instance, I never saw the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” until earlier this year (for the record, it was one of the best series ever broadcast in the history of television, science fiction or not).  And I actually saw Serenity before I ever watched a single episode of “Firefly”. I didn’t have …

2 of TV’s Sherlock Holmes Actors star in “Frankenstein”

The following article was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 8, 2013.

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, who loves fire: “Lock the door.”
“And hope they don’t have blasters.” Now that the rest of the world knows who Benedict Cumberbatch is, we can get back to the real reason the man exists — to play great characters.  The star of BBC’s outstandingly powerful “Sherlock”, Great Britain’s take on the Sherlock Holmes character, Cumberbatch has co-starred with Johnny Lee Miller, star of the CBS drama “Elementary”, USA’s desperate attempt to create a Shelock Holmes series that doesn’t look like a CSI knockoff, in a stage production of “Frankenstein”. The play, adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, premiered in 2011 at the National Theater in London, and a live broadcast is showing in encore performances in theaters throughout the UK and in select U.S. cities on October 31st, 2013. The production is unique in that both leads …

“Under The Dome” Premiers to Good Ratings, Reviews

The following article was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 3, 2013. From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, as imagined in his head before he typed, but not before he hit the delete key about 20,000 times: I’ll admit that several weeks ago, when I first saw the ads for CBS’ new series “Under The Dome,” I laughed a little bit.  The idea immediately brought a few questions to mind.  Apparently, according to users on, they were thinking the same thing… Particularly, what came to mind was The Simpsons Movie (“Trappuccino”.)  And now, it appeared, we had a real life example of this idea. I didn’t know at the time that it was based on a Stephen King story.  So when I was researching new shows premiering, I came across the details for “Under The Dome” and thought, Okay, I have to watch the pilot. I wasn’t disappointed.  To a degree. Apparently, plenty of others are thinking the same thing.  IndieWire has reported that the show has the feel of …

Warner Bros. Bringing 17 TV Shows to San Diego Comic Con

This article was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 3, 2013. From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, who is biding his time while rendering video: One thing I’ve always wanted to check out was the International Comic-Con in San Diego.  Many consider the SDCC the Mecca of geek pop culture, mostly due to its close proximity to movie and television studios, so it’s not surprising to hear that Warner Bros. is charging into Comic-Con this July with 17 of its television shows. Many of the studio’s successful shows are returning, including “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Following,” “Revolution,” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Warner Bros. is also showcasing several of its new shows slated for fall premiers, airing the pilot episodes of some, including the new J.J. Abrams- produced, futuristic cop show “Almost Human” with Karl Urban, post-apocalyptic young person fodder “The 100,” and young-hot-people-with-special-powers drama “The Tomorrow People”.  Frankly, the…

Rogue Archives: The Chemistry of "Breaking Bad"

The following was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 1, 2013. I’m sitting in front of my television, where I have taken many a late-night mini-vacation while my wife sleeps.  Our tastes in entertainment are somewhat different.  For instance, she’s not a Star Trek fan, so she thought Star Trek Into Darkness was “really, really good”.  And we geeks understand why that’s frustrating. Because I want to talk about “Breaking Bad.”  When was the last time the science of a show hooked you, even though it was merely a cursory part of the plot?  Chemistry, as Bryan Cranston’s Walter White explains in the series pilot, is the study of matter, but he prefers to see it as the study of change. Foreshadowing much? As I sit watching the show’s pilot for the 5th time, I can’t help but consider how similar this episode is to a superhero origin story.  There’s a vulnerability and ruthlessness about Walter that is just as compelling as the typical comic book character.  …

Life is precious. All of life.

"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live . . ."

I just heard about two people who died.

One, an elderly man, was unconscious for a week after an accident he'd had. The other, a young many in his 20s, overdosed on heroin. I didn't know either of them, but my heart broke upon hearing this news because their lives didn't have to end the way they did.

And yet I see and hear people defending Planned Parenthood because of some of the services they provide. You know, the ones OTHER than slaughtering children. Because that's what they do -- they slaughter children.

They. Kill. Children.
Do you understand how heinous that is?

If I were to tell you about even one good thing that Ted Bundy did in his life, or point out any positives about Adolf Hitler, you would think I was insane. However, this is the same kind of argument I…