Sep 292014
 

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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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Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

 Posted by on September 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm  Hell on Wheels, Slideshow  1 Response »
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

Scandal Recap: Hoping is Bad

Sep 26, 2014

Welcome, 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? 

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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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Hell on Wheels 4.07: Elam Ferguson

Hell on Wheels 4.07: Elam Ferguson

Sep 14, 2014

There’s a part of me that just wants to say, “What was that?” Hell on Wheels episode 4.07, Elam Ferguson, focused on Elam, but not really. It was much more about the people affected by Elam; people he did not recognize. Elam did not understand that Cullen, Eva, and Psalms all loved him and wished [...]

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Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

Sep 9, 2014

[Here's another reprint of a lost article. It garnered lively discussion last spring.] When Peggy Olson wants to dress up, she wraps herself up in a bow. Well, not “dress up” exactly. I think it’s specifically when she wants to please a man, or be sexy or beautiful. She doesn’t wear bows to church or [...]

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Christmas 1969

Christmas 1969

Aug 13, 2014

Saw this photo and immediately thought it might be something we see before the show wraps.

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Family Dining

Family Dining

May 21, 2014

Inasmuch as the courting of the Burger Chef account by SC&P has been a major storyline during the first half of Mad Men‘s seventh season, food has been discernibly used as a motif. The plot of The Strategy (7.06) centers around the development of a “family” themed ad campaign for Burger Chef that parallels Pete, [...]

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"Wow, Freddy, that’s a home run."

“Wow, Freddy, that’s a home run.”

Apr 29, 2014

Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, opens with Freddy pitching Peggy. This is, of course, a perfect role reversal, since Freddy is the person who truly discovered Peggy could write. In Time Zones, Peggy hears the pitch and says “Wow, Freddy, that’s a home run.” In the Season 1 episode Hobo Code, Freddy said to [...]

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Unplanned Obsolescence

Unplanned Obsolescence

Apr 29, 2014

Mad Men episode 7.03, Field Trip starts with Don sitting in a theater watching 1969′s Model Shop. On the screen at that moment, the movie’s protagonist (played by Gary Lockwood) is behind the wheel of his car tailing his love interest and the object of his desires. Both are driving convertibles, but Lockwood’s is a much older looking vehicle. [...]

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