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Dexter Disappoints, But All's Not Lost

December 21, 2011

It’s no secret that the sixth season of Dexter was a disappointment. I don’t know if it was the over-reliance on the religious theme, or the underwhelming performances of Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks as the big baddies, or the lack of depth in characterization for anyone other than Dexter and Deb.

Or maybe it’s just that awkward phase in a series’ lifetime between beginning and end, reminiscent of a midlife crises, or perhaps more like those awful tween years.

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Commentary, TV

Four Seasons of Sons of Anarchy – Commentary

December 19, 2011

A few weeks ago, FX series Sons of Anarchy wrapped up their fourth season, setting up the pieces for what promises to be another adrenaline pumping fifth. What’s that? Sons of Anarchy? 

Perhaps to those who hear that name and are unfamiliar with the show, you may wonder what sorts of smart, social-political discussion it can throw within the context of its 1-hour time slot. Well, rest assured, the show doesn’t strive quite for those heights, as anarchism involves far too many tangled and complex strings in and of itself.

This is, however, a positive thing.

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Pitt and Buscemi are back together in 'Hold Me in Paradise'

November 9, 2010

Phil Pirrello of IGN:

We’ve missed seeing Buscemi and Pitt act together, and the episode builds up to their reunion quite well. The actors deliver the goods here, especially Pitt. We can practically hear Jimmy think “Nucky was right” when he watches, as an outsider, Torrio and Capone play cards and speak Italian without any acknowledgement of the man who was just invited to go fight for his former home team. A great scene. Continue Reading…


Pilot Impressions: 'The Walking Dead', AMC's Intrepid Walker

November 1, 2010

As of the premiere episode, AMC has infected viewers all across America with their most audacious original series of viral interest yet, and one of irrefutable brilliance.  This untamed adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s renowned comic book series, The Walking Dead (which first appeared in 2003) acquaints us with Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), our protagonist, an Atlanta lawman, resident and family man who never imagined he’d soon shoot a little girl in the forehead because she’s a raging, lip-less zombie whose social skills have been reduced to rushing him for his tasty entrails (teddy bear in tow, of course).  For the better part of the pilot, the episode focuses on him, one of the few remaining survivors of an unexplained (thus far) zombie apocalypse. Continue Reading…

Commentary, TV

Lost's Final Season: The Endless Debate Continues

August 25, 2010

An amusing (albeit exasperating) critique on the tortuous “revelations” in Lost‘s sixth and final season, by Adam Quigley

Q: Why does falling into “The Source” turn you into a smoke monster that sounds like a machine and judges the lives that people have lead?
A: It just does, ok? [ … ]

Update: Not surprisingly, the article fueled a heated debate in the comments section, which are just as entertaining.  One really managed to stick out, however, as very compelling and zen-inducing:

I’ve come to the conclusion that the two camps of Lost (those who disliked the finale and those who liked the finale) are just like religious nutters and empiricists. The empiricist constantly asks questions, looking for trends in nature that unify all of the little details they’ve been analyzing over and over. The religious nutter doesn’t question and just accepts the world as it is without any curiosity. Authority figures are always right and what they say is always the truth. Once you can see that dichotomy, then you understand why people either liked the finale or didn’t like it.

Submitted by Jason (not verified) on Mon, 05/31/2010 – 07:35.

Whoever Jason is, I want to buy him a cup of coffee.