The chief criticism levied against Outlander, both in print and on the screen, is that there is a substantial amount of groundwork and backstory, both prior to the inciting incident and during the rising action. This makes for a slower pace than your typical action-adventure piece. Forget the sex and violence (yeah, right… good luck […]
Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman: Not the loquacious sort, are you? Mike Ehrmantraut: We can’t all be as blessed as you. So, Saul Goodman is a joke. A stupid joke. “S’all good, man.” Hardee har. Better Call Saul episode 1.04, Hero, gets us back into the flashback era of Saul’s youthful life of crime, sometime in the […]
Love may not conquer all, but it can conquer quite a lot. Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 8, the official season finale—although the “Christmas Special” will serve as the season finale in the U.S.—did the usual combination of wit, and stupid, and fun, and dull. It’s the must-watch TV that we wonder why we watch. […]
I don’t think any two episodes of The Walking Dead have been as different as these. Them was a tone poem on the weight of grief; The Distance is another move-the-plot step out onto the old tightrope of risk and trust. I found both episodes satisfying, for completely different reasons.
AMC has released a large photo gallery of Mad Men Season 7 (Part 2). Now, I ask that none of you go nuts. These photos are gorgeous, but I invite you to remember that when the promotional gallery for Season 6 was released, you all went bonkers trying to figure out what the party was. […]
We’re just about eight weeks out from the return of new Outlander episodes, so there’s no time like the present to revisit the past. I do not hold myself up as the paragon Outlander expert. I’m just a fan who’s intrigued by storytelling, who sees this series of books and shows as delicious study material, and who […]
Woe to them that call evil good and good evil. –Proposition Joe My very best friend Albert watched The Wire from the beginning–either when it originally aired, or as soon as each season became available on DVD–and has been telling me about it ever since. He’s watched many other series since that time, and has […]
Somewhere in my holiday shopping I wound up with two free months of Amazon Prime. And then one of my best friends started watching, and then the Golden Globes, and then they had the 1-day everyone-can-watch-Transparent-for-free day on Saturday, and I could no longer resist. It’s so rare for me to bingewatch anything, especially a […]