The Killing: Ghosts of the Past

The Killing: Ghosts of the Past

Apr 23, 2012

I am again becoming frustrated by this show. There is so much to love: Really! There is! So I don’t know why they want to reach into the Television Tropes bag of tricks so often. Or…reach into the bag? Sometimes it seems Veena Sud is just turning it upside down and shaking. The prostitution, the […]

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The Killing: Ogi Jun

The Killing: Ogi Jun

Apr 16, 2012

Another moody, character-driven episode. I’m still pretty pleased with this season. There’s a sense of integration, which is one of the things we lost last season. This week, bringing back BFF (Sterling) and Jasper, it felt like something; like the show was a whole, not a series of disconnected parts serving as clues in a […]

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The Killing: Numb

The Killing: Numb

Apr 10, 2012

In Episode 2.03 of The Killing, everyone is looking for a way to feel. I want to say right off the bat that this is not great television. It is, on the other hand, very good television. If we weren’t judging by the roller coaster of very good and very bad that was Season 1, […]

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The Killing: Reflections/My Lucky Day

The Killing: Reflections/My Lucky Day

Apr 1, 2012

I’ve already posted my review, so here’s a light discussion about spoilery things, and a chance for you to chime in. Did you watch? Did the show redeem itself for you?

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Review: The Killing Season 2 Premiere

Review: The Killing Season 2 Premiere

Mar 28, 2012

Episode 201: Reflections Episode 202: My Lucky Day Note: My habit last year was post-episode recap posts; that will resume next week. Last year, there was this new show, The Killing. It started brilliantly. I raved. Other writers raved. There was raving. And then The Killing squandered our good will with a series of baffling […]

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It’s Official! Mad Men Premiere Date (plus more premieres)

Jan 14, 2012

Finally! Mad Men Season 5 will premiere Sunday, March 25, 2012. Episode 501 will be two hours long and run from 9 to 11pm Eastern time. Subsequent episodes will run from 10 to 11 Eastern. Season 2 of The Killing premieres Sunday, April 1, with a two-hour episode airing from 8 to 10 Eastern. The […]

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Basket of News, July 2-8, 2011

Jul 8, 2011

January Jones: She’s the kind of a girl who makes News of the World. [Yeah, yeah, yeah… And not a moment too soon, as NotW will close this weekend after a 168-year run, amid scandal. -K] Is the media’s obsession with Christina Hendricks’ curves overkill? Meanwhile, CH offers health tips.  Also, Christina is Emma Stone’s […]

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Basket of News, June 18-24, 2011

Jun 24, 2011

If you didn’t read about and watch Roberta and Deborah being interviewed (and asked about) at the Critic’s Choice Television Awards, where Mad Men cleaned up, you should do that now. [No, the Lipps didn’t make me write that. Please. -K] Jon Hamm inked a three-year Mad Men contract with Lionsgate TV and network AMC in the eight […]

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Hatred for The Killing

Jun 21, 2011

As you know, I didn’t experience intense vitriol against the season finale of The Killing. I found it middling, and disappointing, and I thought it had good moments. I am not the only person on the Internet who didn’t hate it, but it kind of feels like that. So, here’s a collection of hated-it links: […]

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The Killing: Orpheus Descending

The Killing: Orpheus Descending

Jun 19, 2011

The season finale of The Killing had intense emotional highs and lows. It had a small number of scenes that didn’t work, a larger number that could be complained about for minor reasons, and a number of knock-out scenes. Orpheus Descending may not have been perfect television, but it had my heart pounding. SPOILERS AHEAD:

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The Killing Finale Post May Be Delayed

Jun 18, 2011

Nobody panic. I am not going to be able to get the screener until Sunday and I may not be able to have a review written up in time for my usual 11:05pm post. You’ll get it ASAP, I promise.

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Critics Choice Television Awards

Critics Choice Television Awards

Jun 13, 2011

So, the Critics Choice Awards have never done television before. And because it’s the Critics Choice, it’s all prestige television that critics really, really love. Which doesn’t stop people from bitching (“where’s Treme?”). Blah blah blah. We’re happy because Mad Men was nominated in every category for which it is eligible (rundown below the fold). […]

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The Killing: Beau Soleil

The Killing: Beau Soleil

Jun 12, 2011

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID. The Killing has thoroughly regained its stride. I wonder if it isn’t too late. There are structural flaws that this show needs to address. These flaws were apparent even in the excellent first few episodes: How do we make a murder mystery interesting for 13 hours? Once we saw a […]

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