Monthly Archives: January 2011

Business, always business

Season two ends in much the same way that season one does, with a montage exploring the fallout from this year’s case.  And, much like last year, little has changed or, rather, the wrong things have.  Continue reading

The X-Files: The Complete First Season

One of the most impressive things about The X-Files is how good it was right out of the gate.  That famous Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) chemistry was there right from the beginning as the two FBI Agents investigated various paranormal phenomenon across the country.  There are certainly some growing pains here, mostly with the mythology episodes, but the stand-alone stories hit the mark far more often than not. Continue reading

I need to get clean

So, was that a redemptive episode or not?  My enjoyment of Frank’s character makes me predisposed to forgive him, but the facts don’t support such a simple conclusion.  Continue reading

It pays to go with the union card every time

Wallace’s death last season was as brilliant as it was tragic.  Beyond the trauma of watching a young, likeable character get gunned down, we had to assess the killing as a twisted rite of passage for Bodie and Poot, a decision all the more horrific for being necessary.  This season’s tragic murder Continue reading

The world is a smaller place now

If “Duck and Cover” was about the characters asserting their identities, “Stray Rounds” is a firm reminder that circumstance is still the master of their fate.  Continue reading

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Complete First Season

Much as I enjoy this season, I must admit that Buffys first outing should be reserved for completists.  There are certainly some pleasant surprises like Nightmares and Prophecy Girl but there are an equal number of cringe worthy episodes like *shudder* I Robot, You Jane.  The season-arc sees Buffy (Sarah Michelle-Gellar) squaring off against The Master (of vampires, played by Mark Metcalf) while trying to also lead the life of a normal teenager.  Its nothing that isnt recapped in subsequent years and those new to the show would be better served by starting with Season 2. Continue reading

David Simon lays into Baltimore Police Commissioner

I’ve never just posted a link to another site’s content before, but this is simply too good to pass up.  Apparently, Baltimore’s Police Commissioner had some unflattering things to say about television’s greatest drama.  David Simon, never one to be silent, gave a stinging rebuttal that you really should read in its entirety.  Here’s an excerpt for those of you feeling lazy:

But publicly, let me state that The Wire owes no apologies — at least not for its depiction of those portions of Baltimore where we set our story, for its address of economic and political priorities and urban poverty, for its discussion of the drug war and the damage done from that misguided prohibition, or for its attention to the cover-your-ass institutional dynamic that leads, say, big-city police commissioners to perceive a fictional narrative, rather than actual, complex urban problems as a cause for righteous concern. As citizens using a fictional narrative as a means of arguing different priorities or policies, those who created and worked on The Wire have dissented.

You know what they say Commissioner Bealefeld, Come at the king…

How come they don’t fly away?

After all the plot advancement in the last couple of episodes, “Duck and Cover” gives us some defining character moments.  “Defining” may be a bit misleading, as none of these choices seem terribly pivotal, but the way the characters respond to the various challenges here is much more about who they are than it is about what they do.  Continue reading

The human part… that doesn’t come back

The last episode of the first season of The Walking Dead is interesting fodder for viewers who enjoy a philosophical discussion about life (Is this a life?  What makes us human? Are humans merely the sum of their decisions?  Is there something more?).  Continue reading

Don’t worry kid, you’re still on the clock

Backwash” sees both the writers and the cast firing on all cylinders as all the plots take a big step forward.  It’s odd to call The Wire slow when so many plots start bearing fruit all at once: Continue reading