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.
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 [...]
Warning: spoilers ahead! Well, if we had imagined that Phillip/the Guv’ner/Brian Herriot was possibly on his way to becoming a reformed man, with a renewed sense of compassion and empathy, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Dead Weight, clearly proved we’re as gullible as the people who have fallen victim to his manipulations. By [...]
A lot happened in this episode of Masters of Sex, not just in the plot-forwarding sense, but in the This Is Meaningful sense. It was almost overwhelming; I wanted, in the end, to have some sense of how all these different struggles tied together. The title of the episode, Involuntary, provides a clue. It specifically [...]
It’s hard to get your bearings in the often upside-down world of Scandal. Serious matters like violence and death flash before us, then vanish. Big ideas get whittled down to nothing. What we thought was a game suddenly gets serious. And sometimes, the impossible is suddenly possible: the dead rise and greet the living again. [...]
“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 [...]