All right, chicks and chaps, we've come to the home stretch. My Top Five picks for the Best Shows of the Lustrum await you. Those of you just joining us can read the Introduction to the list, and check out read more
Twin Peaks without its mythology is like Ben Horne without Jerry Horne, you know? (sighs) Fine, I'll back up.
I enjoy the first two episodes of Twin Peaks, a lot actually. Reviewing them has helped me appreciate all the foundation they lay for character arcs, the surprising amount of forecasting to future events, the organized chaos of their un... read more
All right, ladies and gents, let's kick things off. For those of you who've missed it, here's the Introduction to this list, explaining the parameters, as well as what a "lustrum" is. If you've already read that, scroll down to see my picks f... read more
Come near the end of every year, the crop of Internet denizens who comprise the serious television community take to their typewriters and make their case for what they believe are the television shows that best made the last 365 Earth-cycles worth sitting through. They label these lists with titles like "Best Shows of the Year" (an objective-soun... read more
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
"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
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
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
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