A Franchise Goes Boldly Backward
By MANOHLA DARGIS
The latest spinoff from the influential TV show is a testament to television’s power as mythmaker.
- A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society: the myth of Eros and Psyche; a creation myth.
- Such stories considered as a group: the realm of myth.
- A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal: a star whose fame turned her into a myth; the pioneer myth of suburbia.
- A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.
- A fictitious story, person, or thing: “German artillery superiority on the Western Front was a myth” (Leon Wolff).
[New Latin m[ymacr]thus, from Late Latin m[ymacr]thos, from Greek mūthos.]
- Greek Mythology. Apollo, the god of the sun.
- The sun.
[Middle English phebus, from Latin Phoebus, from Greek phoibos, shining, Apollo.]
Charles Dickens--Little Dorrit--CHAPTER 28
... that ruddy-headed gentleman shone in at the door, like an elderly Phoebus. ..
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Act 4, Scene 4
SCENE IV. The Shepherd's cottage.
Bight Phoebus in his strength--a malady
Most incident to maids; bold oxlips and