"Man, it must be nice being the good guy." – Ralph
If you're of a certain age, you may remember a time when electronic gaming consoles weren't just a dime-a-dozen. A time when kids would regularly head into town with a bagful of quarters, eager to spend a few hours with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and Centipede and Space Invaders. A... read more
I like the fifth season of Justified.
I know plenty of people find it to be dull and disappointing. I know it's considered by many to be the major sore spot in what is otherwise one of this decade's most beloved dramas. But I like it.
Okay, let me clarify: When I say I like the fifth season of Justified, I mean that I like it ... read more
"You're not going to win, so you can't lose." – Amy
In addition to complex stories, engaging characters, and palpable atmospheres, modern quality TV is widely identified by its use of episodic follow-up. The increase in serialization has allowed story and emotional content to spill out beyond the confines of the individual episo... read more
Late last November, Netflix released the entire first season of Jessica Jones, its newest Marvel Comics-based series, for public viewing. That same day, Amazon Prime unveiled the full premiere season of The Man in the High Castle to any and all of its subscribers. Ever the diligent viewer, I consumed The Man in the High Castle... read more
"Computers aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing." - Joe
"Screw the dance. I want to change the music." - Cameron
Nostalgia has long been something that I've had a vexed relationship with. Being that our culture is so reliant upon it for the production of new material, there's a desire to se... read more
I don't enjoy reducing my life to simple declarations. Many people I know have a motto, a line by which they live their life – but I've never been content with compressing the essence of my goals/views/emotions down to a single statement. (This may explain why I constantly find myself changing my signature over on the forums.) A large part of th... read more
"Is there any suspense at all today?" – Steve
I have no idea how to read someone's palm. Tea leaves hold no inner meaning for me. My Magic 8-Ball has been gathering dust on the attic shelf for many a year, and there's little chance I will ever get the sort of prescient newspaper subscription that blessed Gary on Early Editio... read more
"I'm not sure I can watch anymore. No, wait, I can. I can." – Toby
One of television's oddest coincidences occurred just a couple of months after the airing of "Game On". In January 2003, NBC premiered a drama titled Mister Sterling, a show centered on an idealistic US Senator. Created by West Wing writer Lawrence ... read more
"You pay for these things for such a long time." – Bartlet
The differences between the average politician and the standard television writer are vast and varying. One would not think to put the two on the same logistical level – certainly, both are experts at spinning lengthy stories that make you believe things they've entire... read more
"I don't know what winning looks like." – Leo
To the charge that mankind always favored the easy solution, late novelist Charles Bukowski had this to say: "The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable."
At the risk of alienating some of my less cynically-minded readers, I'm inclined to agree. The "straight line" ... read more