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[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 21, 2014 (Sunday) @ 4:15pm PDT
"When we run for reelection… I'd vote for somebody else." – CJ

Know what? I love Allison Janney.

I loved her in Juno. I loved her in American Beauty. I even loved her in that one really stupid episode of Lost. And of course, I love her on The West Wing.

Know what else? I'm not alone. The Television Ac... read more

[Twin Peaks] Jay, posted September 15, 2014 (Monday) @ 11:42am PDT

When I've tried to explain Twin Peaks to people and its role in the furtherance of television as a medium, I've said it's like the moldy bread left out next to the fruit bowl that yielded penicillin. But maybe that's not wholly fair; maybe it's more like discovering that alternating current was more useful than direct, or that the universe... read more

Twin Peaks, Pop. 51,201 + you! <3Link
[Twin Peaks] Jay, posted September 15, 2014 (Monday) @ 12:24am PDT

Hullo. My name is Jay Yencich. You probably know me from my overview of the first season of American Horror Story on this here website. Or if not that, then you perhaps have read my baseball journalism elsewhere. If you find this somehow after reading one of my poems, well that's just weird and you're weird.

Speaking of weird, Twin Peaks! This quirky and bizarrely influential early 90s classic is going to be my first series review here. It is a journey that will teach us about Tibet, how the FBI should really behave, and, most importantly, owls and what they're up to (the answers will surprise you!). Along the way, we will encounter multiple homicides, love triangles fashioned in the Sierpinski mode, doppelgängers, spiritual possession, drapes (silent), curtains (red), a Civil War reenactment, feats of uncanny strength, pine weasels, cross-dressing DEA agents, talking logs, backwards-talking people, and giants. Even listing all these things, I'm surely missing something.

For example, continuity and character-driven story-telling in a long view, for Twin Peaks was among the first series to assign itself a very strict timeline of events to go along with an expansive storyline and colorful characters. The enterprise isn't perfect-- what virgin attempt is?-- but we trod along that blazed trail to this day.

The first review is up now ( "Northwest Passage" [1x01] ) and from here out, I expect to update monthly, generally around the middle of the month depending on what I have going on. For your snacking enjoyment as you accompany me on this journey, I may recommend the cherry pie and the coffee, but steer clear of the creamed corn. You'll know why eventually.

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 14, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:18pm PDT
"If you think I can pardon a turkey, then you've got to go back to your school and insist that you be better prepared to go out in the world." – Bartlet

A series of events all take place around a national holiday. Whether or not by conscious thought, the behavior of the various characters all comes to in some way reflect upon said... read more

[Twin Peaks] MikeJer, posted September 12, 2014 (Friday) @ 6:55pm PDT

MikeJer here. I'm very pleased to announce that a new show is being reviewed: Twin Peaks! This is a quirky, surreal, dramatic, absurd, and entertaining older show that had a definite influence on the television landscape. For those of you that have not seen it, I suggest you do, although it admittedly may not be to everyone's taste.

With that, I pass the torch to our latest show reviewer here at Critically Touched: Jay Yencich. He has previously contributed a Blog post on the early struggles of American Horror Story. Please welcome him to the community, if you haven't already.

The review of Twin Peaks's first episode, "Northwest Passage", will be published relatively soon.

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 7, 2014 (Sunday) @ 3:46pm PDT
"There isn't going to be a change." – Toby

A lot happens on The West Wing. The show's breakneck pace allows each episode to cram major amounts of story and development into the space of forty-two minutes. Characters talk fast, but more to the point, they act fast, and the show deftly sustains drama week in and week o... read more

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MikeJer, posted September 2, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 11:02pm PDT

I'm on the lookout for some assistance in the creation of some new/updated art assets for Critically Touched. In the past I've done this all myself, but I'd like something more professional going forward. If you have some talent in this area and would like a shot at contributing to the site and seeing your work featured, please contact MikeJer at mikejer[at]criticallytouched[dot]com. Thanks!

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted August 31, 2014 (Sunday) @ 5:01pm PDT
"We play with live ammo around here." – Sam

You could make a case for short deadlines, executive meddling, or ad-libbing actors, but for my money, a scriptwriter's biggest enemy is "exposition". Every dramatic plot worth its weight in setup comes equipped with niggling details that the writer must share with the audience so that t... read more

[Blog] Jeremy G., posted August 24, 2014 (Sunday) @ 8:40am PDT
"My parents keep asking how school was. It's like saying, 'How was that drive-by shooting?' You don't care how it was, you're lucky to get out alive." – Angela

Once upon a time, a television show debuted focusing on a teenage girl struggling to make her way through high school. Although she was a commendable student, she en... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted August 17, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:07pm PDT
"Took two years." – CJ

A quick rewind to remind: Last week, I dipped my spoon in the somewhat controversial pot of liberalism and its portrayal on television, despite the fact that I made a silent pact to myself that I wouldn't be addressing politics directly in my reviews. (My excuse: the episode was begging for it.) Well, that a... read more

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