"Well… we're afraid of everything." – Josh
"On the Day Before" centers around a reception at the White House. No, seriously. Watch it again.
It's weird, given that episodes like ["1x07"] and ["2x03"] have already shown Bartlet and Co. taking part in gala events, but the function that "On the Day before" is focused on is never s... read more
"We might want to think about putting this fire out." – Sam
"Ways and Means" is a very busy episode, thanks in great part to the amount of story the previous episodes have saddled it with. Not only does the Bartlet administration have to contend with the ramifications of the MS scandal, but they're also in the process of launchin... read more
"No one gets left behind."
There's a hard, cynical edge separating 21st-century animated films from their 20th-century counterparts. This can be largely attributed to DreamWorks, which Shrek-tacularly reinvented the fairy tale genre around the turn of the century, leading to an endless parade of animated films that consist of wise-g... read more
I want to rave about "Pre-filer". It's Tim Minear's take on the "killing serial killers" sub-sub-genre of the "serial killer" sub-genre of the American crime show genre. (Whew.) As is to be expected, it's the best thing I've ever seen done in it's class. The final 15 minutes in particular are among the best in the series. But "Pre-filer"'s middle ... read more
"I've never been nervous talking in front of big crowds. It's talking to one person…" – Bartlet
You can thank a substantial lack of action, less eye-opening flashbacks, or a more leisurely pace when noticing that "Manchester" doesn't rank quite as highly as "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" when it comes to season openers. But for... read more
"Our numbers are less then yeasty." – CJ
Something is different.
That's an observation which can be easily applied when comparing the first two seasons of The West Wing with the third. Something is different, as real-world events made the series into something tonally dissimilar than Sorkin's original intent.
Yet th... read more
"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
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
"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
"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