Oct 012014
 

MING-NA WEN, HENRY SIMMONS, NICK BLOOD, CHLOE BENNET

A year ago, I never could have imagined saying this: Agents of SHIELD is genre fiction done right.

Last year, the show floundered, frustrated fans, and occasionally dangled fascinating plots that never went anywhere. It’s obvious in retrospect that Agents of SHIELD was spinning its wheels waiting for Captain America: Winter Soldier to be released, so it could catch up with that movie’s happenings. (Spoiler alert on the movie.) Continue reading »

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Sep 292014
 

mos-revolution

Masters of Sex Season 2 ended with a cry of anguish for almost all concerned. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was, as a title, disappointing. In retrospect, it is literal: Masters and Johnson will not air a television special, certainly not a revolutionary one. Meanwhile, the subversive and angry intent of the title’s origin is lost. That seems like title abuse.

There were five basic threads of the Masters of Sex season finale: Ginny and her custody issue, Bill’s impotence, Barbara and Lester, Flo and Austin, and Libby’s affair with Random Black Sex Machine With No Discernible Personality. I may be broadcasting how I feel about that last one a little bit. Continue reading »

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Sep 292014
 

Hello Basketcases! After much discussion in comments, I have gotten verified and official information from AMC:

This is, indeed, Hell on Wheels’ first 13 episode season. The schedule is…

Episode 4.10: October 4
Episode 4.11: November 8
Episode 4.12: November 15
Episode 4.13 (Season Finale): November 22

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Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

 Posted by on September 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm  Hell on Wheels, Slideshow  5 Responses »
Sep 282014
 

Hell on Wheels: Two Trains

The theme of this week’s Hell on Wheels, Two Trains, is alliances. Even the title, ostensibly about the final battle between Cullen Bohannon and Sydney Snow, suggest two different conveyances to an ultimate goal, and choosing how to get there. Continue reading »

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Scandal Recap: Hoping is Bad

 Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Scandal, Slideshow  No Responses »
Sep 262014
 

OliviJakeWelcome, Scandal Nation! Season 4 has begun, Olivia Pope has returned from paradise for some reason, Gettysburger has a new sandwich on the menu called the Underground Railroad, and pretty much everything is a mess. Shall we discuss how our friends are doing in the fake nation’s capital?  Continue reading »

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Basket of News, Sept. 20-26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

AMC is making a seven-figure pitch to advertisers who want to be part of the final episode of Mad Men next year. (via Polly Draper) AMC is also looking for people (mostly Los Angelinos) to appear in a documentary promo for Mad Men. The Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey drew an average audience of 8.4 million [...]

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Television Review: Gotham

Television Review: Gotham

Sep 25, 2014

Gotham is a coattail-riding kind of show; wanting to have its superhero cake and eat it too…or something. It’s riding the wave of superhero success, certainly. Television is still figuring out how to do that in a way that keeps pace with the phenomenon that is happening at the movies. There have been successes and [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Sep 24, 2014

This week’s epiosde of Hell on Wheels: Under Color of Law, got us back on track. While not a brilliant episode of television, it was very good and I’m feeling it. Under Color of Law did a lot of things: For one, it looked in on every major character that the show has (and several [...]

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Masters of Sex: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Masters of Sex: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Sep 22, 2014

Libby is on the floor rolling around with Robert. This has been inevitable for quite some time. We understand Libby to have been gawking at Robert with a complex desire for years. She wants The Other, she wants a less sanitized life, she wants the Sexualized Black Man, she wants wants wants and gets nothing [...]

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Blog Note

Sep 21, 2014

Professor Spouse and I went away for the weekend. There will be a Masters of Sex post on Monday and a Hell on Wheels catch-up post on Tuesday.

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Basket of News, Sept. 13-19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014

At The New York Times, A.O. Scott features Mad Men in his essay in the death of adulthood in American culture. Edge magazine features Vincent Kartheiser in an interview and photoshoot, Harry Hamlin in a full interview, and Rich Sommer in a shorter one. (via Polly Draper) Jon Hamm talks to Australia’s Daily Telegraph about Mad [...]

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Calometrics

Sep 17, 2014

For Masters of Sex fans, here’s a 1954 commercial for the diet pill being promoted by Austin:

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Masters of Sex: Below the Belt

Masters of Sex: Below the Belt

Sep 15, 2014

Masters of Sex really is an amazing show, and Below the Belt took us in an unexpected direction. It was clear that at some point, Bill Masters’ impotence would be resolved, but then the episode misdirected us, sending us into Virginia’s distaste for the situation, spoken by Betty, but Betty was not a symbol or [...]

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