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[WEST WING] Posted April 18, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.

"You're not going to win, so you can't lose." – Amy

In addition to complex stories, engaging characters, and palpable atmospheres, modern quality TV is widely identified by its use of episodic follow-up. The increase in serialization has allowed story and emotional content to spill out beyond the confines of the individual episo... read more

[BLOG] Posted April 4, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.

Late last November, Netflix released the entire first season of Jessica Jones, its newest Marvel Comics-based series, for public viewing. That same day, Amazon Prime unveiled the full premiere season of The Man in the High Castle to any and all of its subscribers. Ever the diligent viewer, I consumed The Man in the High Castle... read more

[BLOG] Posted March 31, 2016 (Thursday) -Jay
"Computers aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing." - Joe

"Screw the dance. I want to change the music." - Cameron

Nostalgia has long been something that I've had a vexed relationship with. Being that our culture is so reliant upon it for the production of new material, there's a desire to se... read more

[BLOG] Posted March 24, 2016 (Thursday) -Jeremy G.

I don't enjoy reducing my life to simple declarations. Many people I know have a motto, a line by which they live their life – but I've never been content with compressing the essence of my goals/views/emotions down to a single statement. (This may explain why I constantly find myself changing my signature over on the forums.) A large part of th... read more

[WEST WING] Posted March 21, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.

"Is there any suspense at all today?" – Steve

I have no idea how to read someone's palm. Tea leaves hold no inner meaning for me. My Magic 8-Ball has been gathering dust on the attic shelf for many a year, and there's little chance I will ever get the sort of prescient newspaper subscription that blessed Gary on Early Editio... read more

[WEST WING] Posted March 14, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.
"I'm not sure I can watch anymore. No, wait, I can. I can." – Toby

One of television's oddest coincidences occurred just a couple of months after the airing of "Game On". In January 2003, NBC premiered a drama titled Mister Sterling, a show centered on an idealistic US Senator. Created by West Wing writer Lawrence ... read more

[WEST WING] Posted March 7, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.
"You pay for these things for such a long time." – Bartlet

The differences between the average politician and the standard television writer are vast and varying. One would not think to put the two on the same logistical level – certainly, both are experts at spinning lengthy stories that make you believe things they've entire... read more

[WEST WING] Posted February 29, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.
"I don't know what winning looks like." – Leo

To the charge that mankind always favored the easy solution, late novelist Charles Bukowski had this to say: "The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable."

At the risk of alienating some of my less cynically-minded readers, I'm inclined to agree. The "straight line" ... read more

[TWIN PEAKS] Posted February 24, 2016 (Wednesday) -Jay

If a device has framed our early approach to Twin Peaks, it's been a juxtaposition of the many-handed approach to direction with the few-penned take on scripts. Along the way, we've seen instances of the camera being especially complementary to the happenings and others where the two aren't on close terms.

Artists who can manage both wr... read more

[WEST WING] Posted February 22, 2016 (Monday) -Jeremy G.

Welcome to Politics 403. If you are signed up for this class, you have no doubt completed the required prerequisites of Politics 401 and Politics 402. If you ha... read more

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