It was here in this office that I first heard your name. It was Nazir who first told me what a jewel we had found. What a sword for Allah. – General Akbari Funny thing about swords, General: they have two edges. Brody may have once been a “sword for Allah,” but he can also [...]
First, my apologies for never writing up Fallout on its own. My business trip was exhausting and once I saw the episode, well, it was amazing and I wanted to do it justice. Masters of Sex has been steadily improving. At the beginning, I found it an excellent, sexy melodrama with some scientific and historical [...]
It’s winter-finale time on Scandal. Like all seasonal festivals, this one observes certain traditions: the torture of one cast member by another, for example. Merry hijinks (blackmail, prostitution, murder) are part of the fun, and new romances round out the festivities. As usual at this time of year, I’m bah-humbuggy about all of it.
(Warning: Spoilers below!!! Proceed at your own risk!! Note that I have used appropriate spoiler warning etiquette and am leaving a few lines of space or text between my warning and any actual spoilers!) I can’t really recall a more dramatic or shocking episode of THE WALKING DEAD. I was an unfortunate victim of unintentional [...]
I guess I’m going to Yemen! – Chandler Bing, Friends Years ago, near the end of the last century, I watched Chandler on Friends swing all the way back from loving the annoying girl he’d once hated, to hating her again. Dude told this girl he was being sent to Yemen, just to shake her [...]
“Show, don’t tell” is among the best advice writers can get but it is generally ignored in American television. In a medium where success is measured by the number of viewers, every decision on story must skew towards “what will make for a larger audience?” Therefore literary reference, subtlety, and lack of full, absolute, and [...]
It’s hard to explain what ESOPUS is. It’s presented as if it’s a magazine (“current issue”) but it’s more like a collection of folio reproductions. The current issue includes The Faintest Ink: Matthew Weiner’s Notes for Mad Men, 2006–2013. “Most of these notes were jotted down on the run, or at a party, or in [...]