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[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted October 26, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:02pm PDT

Confession time: I'm not a huge fan of lists.

I'm not sure why, exactly. I think it has something to do with the onslaught of "Best TV Shows Ever" lists that have plagued both the written and online media in the last couple of years. Or maybe it's the fact that the more cynical-minded side of me can't help but see the idea of lists as a whole as a... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted October 19, 2014 (Sunday) @ 12:18pm PDT
"That doesn't really sound like something they let you have, if you work for the President." – Josh

I've said it before, and as surely as the sun will rise, I'll say it again: The West Wing is all about its characters. The political themes and storylines, for all their built-in idealism that makes them stick sharply out on ... read more

[Twin Peaks] Jay, posted October 16, 2014 (Thursday) @ 12:01pm PDT

Have there been many second episodes that were not fallings off from the excesses and intrigues of the original pilot? I'm not referring to second episodes of a season, which belong to a different branch of the taxonomy, I mean second episodes ever, or in the case of an opening arc, the first episode independent of that. Futurama's moon t... read more

[The Inside] Noah, posted October 14, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 7:19pm PDT

It seems that while [1x02] and "Old Wounds" are brothers, [1x02] got more Minear's milk. (Hey, I warned you.) "Old Wounds" has nearly the amount of depth that [1x02] had, but doesn't communicate it nearly as well. In both [1x01] and [1x02], there were no wasted scenes, and the dialog was of a consistently high quality. Unfortunately, the... read more

[Blog] Jay, posted October 10, 2014 (Friday) @ 11:54am PDT

America, I think we need to start seeing different zombie shows. No, it's not you, it's me. Too much has changed and I don't feel connected anymore. It's not that I didn't enjoy our time together. I did, I swear. I do remember all that we've been through together, all the thrills and the excitement, blood throbbing in our ears, ... read more

[The Inside] Noah, posted October 8, 2014 (Wednesday) @ 5:49am PDT

Without a single reference to the plot of [1x01], "Everything Nice" manages to pick up exactly where that episode left off. It advances some of the series' most important themes, setting up the character arcs for Rebecca and Paul. It also has some good moments of character continuity. But it is also an effective and (as ever on The Inside... read more

[Blog] Jeremy G., posted October 5, 2014 (Sunday) @ 4:14pm PDT

Hello, everyone. Jeremy here. I've got a special surprise to share with you all this week.

As many of you may recall, Mike, our humble overlord, wrote an article a few months ago about the first season of Orphan Black, the sci-fi cult hit on BBC America. In his article, Mike praised the show for its innovation and intrigue, not to mention t... read more

[The Inside] Noah, posted September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 3:41pm PDT
"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction." -Cynthia Occelli

Despite its poor to non-existent reputation among all but a few devoted fans of creator T... read more

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[The Inside] Noah, posted September 29, 2014 (Monday) @ 9:25pm PDT

Hello Critically Touched community!

I'm Noah, and I will be reviewing the short-lived The Inside! It is from my interests in philosophy and literature that a large part of my appreciation of The Inside comes, as the show is at the same time philosophical and literary. However, don't think I will be approaching the show only dryly and academically! The Inside is far too good and far too much fun for that. I hope my reviews will be able to communicate that as well as the intellectual material.

What ultimately makes it a great series is the profound human truth at the core of the show. Anyone who has suffered, be it physically or emotionally, be it all at once or over many years, can relate to the journey that Rebecca Locke takes through the 13 episodes. Like Buffy, she is a character whose life is almost universally identifiable. Unlike Buffy, however, we are not immediately drawn to her personality through clever dialog and humor. Rebecca takes time to learn to love, as does the show. When I first saw The Inside, I felt that it started out okay and got pretty good by the end. But there were niggling questions and a sense of uneasiness that the show left me with. As I went back to it more and more, I realized there were depths to the show that I hadn't perceived, and that they were present from the very beginning. Some of this is hard to see because the show is ostensibly a procedural - there's no plot continuity. But the characters and themes are completely serialized, and I'm always being surprised by just how well the show fits together as a whole.

All this is to say, give it a chance to grow on you, and be aware that you may have to watch it twice or more to have a full appreciation of it. It's worth it. On my fourth full re-watch, I'm still finding many new insights and connections that I hadn't noticed previously.

I'll be posting the first review tomorrow evening, and I expect to publish on a weekly-ish basis after that, though some episodes might need more time to do justice to. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the show and the reviews!

[The Inside] MikeJer, posted September 28, 2014 (Sunday) @ 4:52pm PDT

I'm quite pleased to announce another new show to be reviewed here at Critically Touched. That show is Tim Minear's (of Angel and Firefly fame) swiftly cancelled and forgotten gem, The Inside, starring Rachel Nichols (currently seen on the sci-fi series Continuum). A new writer will be coming on board to take on this task: Noah Burns. He will introduce himself in the coming days, as well as releasing his first review.

One note on The Inside is that it never got a DVD release. To my knowledge, the only place to watch this show is on YouTube or in the realm of torrent files scattered over the internet. Click Here to watch the first episode on YouTube. The show was also aired out of order, so please follow along the episode listing here on Critically Touched, as that is the order Minear intended.

Good luck, Noah!

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