"Scepticism is the beginning of Faith." - Oscar Wilde
Many film directors are somewhat contemptuous of television as a medium and are accordingly loathe to operate within its confines, or perhaps merely use it as a career springboard to attain recognition in order to reach the Silver Screen.
In 1989, and perhaps even now, it was e... read more
"You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty." – The Emperor
Taken at its simplest level, Mulan is a well-made and highly entertaining animated feature based off an ancient Chinese legend. Taken at a deeper level, it's a telling story about family duty and the preservation of honor. But at its most intricate, Mulan... read more
The addition of Robert Engels to the writing staff completes The High Triumvirate of Twin Peaks Scribes who, in and of themselves, were credited with all of season one and all but eight episodes of season two. The remaining eight were split amongst three other writers, whereas on the directing side, it was uncommon for any non-Lynch to get more t... read more
"The wolf is always at the door." – Don Henley
It pretty much goes without saying that the six-episode stretch which caps off Season Two is one of the most game-changing periods in The West Wing's history. We're heading towards yet-uncharted territory, and things will not be what Bartlet and his staff consider "normal" fo... read more
"You've been the king of whatever room you walked into her entire life." – Dr. Griffith
Well, we've arrived at what is probably the weakest episode of the whole second season. (Though given that, as I've stated, the second season has no bad episodes, that's a pretty light criticism.) "Ellie" is an episode with some good ideas, so... read more
"…and in the process, we hope the people force us to do good things." – Bartlet
If you sat down with another West Wing fan and asked them to name their favorite Season Two episodes, chances are you'll get a rather unsurprising list. Most will mention the two-part premiere, ["2x10"], and ["2x18"] (though some may go for br... read more
"They've been giving you some pretty decent style points." – Abbey
There are certain settings in the world of storytelling that seem right at place in a broadcast network series. Take school, for example. The typical American school year runs from September through May, the same as the typical network series. Thus, a series like <... read more
Ladies and gentlemen, you are witnessing an historical moment in Critically Touched history. For the first time since this site's official inception, an article about Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been published… by someone other than MikeJer.
I will pause while you gasp in astonishment.
Done? Okay. Anyway, the very existence of this artic... read more
The good ship Twin Peaks Ship is now sailing out of the safe and coherent harbor of the first triptych of episodes, all penned and mostly directed by the Frost/Lynch team (with the exception of the more modest stewardship of Duwayne Dunham, but then what 90s kid would complain about the man who brought us Homeward Bound: The Incredible J... read more
"We can't govern if we don't win." – Toby
Back in the early days of television, there weren't many shows, but there were a whole lot of episodes. During the Fifties, Wagon Train and early seasons of Gunsmoke regularly churned out nearly forty episodes every season, airing with only scant summer breaks. As the years w... read more