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[WEST WING] Posted July 5, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

"That was unlike me." – Leo

There is perhaps no single episode in my (admittedly brief) tenure as a television critic as difficult for me to review as "Isaac and Ishmael". In writing these reviews, I'm required to be even-handed and understanding of any extenuating circumstances surrounding the production of the series, and pena... read more

[WEST WING] Posted June 28, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

I always find myself hard-pressed when someone asks me what my favorite television show is. Certainly there are plenty of contenders for the title, and my pick may alternate depending on my mood. But ultimately, it almost always comes down to a competition between three shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Freaks and Geeks, and The We... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted June 25, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" - Mark 8:36

Our journey ends in brothers' meeting, as Dekalog comes to an end not with a bang nor a whimper, but laughter, and after nine episodes of heavy, densely-layered drama, why not a comedic exploration of "Thou shalt not covet ... read more

[WEST WING] Posted June 21, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Watch this." – Leo

Hyperbole is the underhanded enemy of the aspiring critic. When called upon, he is asked to dole out due praise onto the TV series or film he's reviewing, to capture his excitement and wonder in the essence of the written word. And the better in quality the object of his critique is, the more he feels compell... read more

[WEST WING] Posted June 14, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

"It's the smell of freedom… and the chemicals they treat the dashboard with." – Bartlet

The West Wing is home to a supporting cast that's rather wide but not too deep. Numerous secretaries, assistants, and reporters make recurring appearances over most or all seasons, yet very few of them gain actual significance beyond t... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted June 11, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect." - Henry David Thoreau

Several years ago I read a (non-professional) comment that all new directors should be required to test their mettle by successfully making a full silent film to prove they are capable of entirely (or largely) visual-based storytelling. Whilst ... read more

[WEST WING] Posted June 7, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"I'm rooting for Zurich." – Charlie

Transition episodes don't get as much love as the bookending episodes they connect. They exist primarily as dot-connectors, getting a series from one point to another without the emotional highs or shocking twists of the more integral episodes. Naturally, not every episode of a series can deliv... read more

[BLOG] Posted May 31, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

I don't watch bad television. Well, not much of it, anyway. I know people who watch bad shows as guilty pleasures, but I just don't usually have the time for that. Once in a while, I'll seek out a low-budget sci-fi show that's become infamous for its poor characterizations and poorer special effects, and make it through one-and-a-half seasons befo... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted May 28, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke (attrib.)

In my review of ["1x01"] I examined the idea that Kieslowski's eternal inner conflicts were often represented by characters differentiating on a certain subject. "VIII" is cut from similar cloth, as Zofia and Elzbieta reflect varying... read more

[TWIN PEAKS] Posted May 25, 2015 (Monday) -Jay

Somewhere in the ill-defined research for the previous review, I came across an interview with Harley Peyton that attempted to describe how he came to be involved in Twin Peaks. The story goes that Peyton met Mark Frost in the industry, through fantasy baseball, and one day Frost called him up with an invitation to a screening of the pilot... read more

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