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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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?
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]