Friday, July 11, 2014

The End Has Arrived

For my 12 readers that noticed, it's probably easy to see I haven't posted very much of late.  Well, I've recently become a lot busier in the regular old 9-5 world, and I no longer have the time to devote to this pursuit that I once did.  As a result, it is time for me to hang it up.

Three years ago, I decided I had enough opinions about television that I decided to start this little blog.  At the time, it was just a way to get my dumb thoughts about television out into the world.  It turned out to be extremely exhilarating at times, cathartic at others, and exciting most of the time.  I loved being a part of the conversations surrounding our favorite shows, and giving my rarely unique opinion on them.

But now it's time to say goodbye.  I want to thank everyone who ever read a single word on this website.  You have no idea how awesome it is to have an opinion about something and have someone actually read  it.  From the very beginning, my biggest supporters (and contributors) have been my family.  I was an adult man who decided to start shooting from the hip about television on the internet.  They were right there with me the entire time.  I can't say enough about how lucky I am to have these people around.  Anytime you begin a new challenge, you always find your most ardent supporters. I'll never receive a higher level of support than what I receive from my family on a daily basis.

In closing, this was awesome.  The whole thing.  From the stupid ramblings in the beginning to the slightly more polished works towards the end, it was all awesome.  Thanks for anyone who ever a part of it.  We're lucky to live in an age where the amount of good television has never been higher.  Though I shall issue no more decrees from the Czar's throne room, I beg you to go forth and continue to seek out the best television has to offer.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Game of Thrones Review "The Watchers on the Wall" - Blackwater 2: Castle Black Boogaloo

At this point, we’ve come to expect a lot from the 9th episode of a season of Game of Thrones. We’ve seen Starks get murdered and imps defend the capital city. In the latter case, the wonderfully crafted insular episode was directed by Neil Marshall, who returned again tonight to direct another episode where the outnumbered attempt to defend their fortification. However, the last edition starred the most dynamic group of characters in the Game of Thrones universe. Tyrion led the defense of the city. Cersei drank all the wine. The Hound started his odyssey. And Bronn hit the biggest shot in the history of shots. It was a tour de force of all-star characters and incredible moments. When we remember the series, “Blackwater” will always be an episode that stands out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

24: Live Another Day Review "4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m." - Uncaged

24: Live Another Day Episode 5 Day 9: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (2)
That was delightfully, and preposterously insane.
In the show’s new incarnation, 24 has been able to casually sidestep many of the landmines that submarined or badly damaged previous seasons of the show. Still, in the previous episodes you could see the seams slowly starting to pull apart. Instead of slowly tearing at the seams for the next few episodes, the show ran itself right through a wood chipper. The various narrative leaps throughout this congested hour would make Bob Beamon stand up and applaud. Given how tight and composed the previous two hours were, I was kind of surprised to see the show unleash its crazy in one fell swoop. While some of the old tricks the show pulled seemed tiresome, I had a tough time drumming up angst about it because of three simple words: “Jack Bauer’s here.”

Monday, June 2, 2014

Game of Thrones Review "The Mountain and the Viper" - The Main Event

Television series are increasingly event driven in 2014. With the Nielsen people still moving the needle of who stays and goes (admittedly less so than before), shows have to work hard to draw eyeballs on a weekly basis. In a lot of cases, shows are starting to build to big “event” episodes throughout the course of a season. Live events draw more viewers than anything else these days, so television shows are doing whatever they can to turn episodes during the season into something resembling a live event. Though it certainly doesn’t need to do it (for many reasons), Game of Thrones has become the Don King of event episode hype. Moments in various episodes build and build until they lead us all right where we want to go. Nobody does it better, and tonight’s episode was another example.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mad Men Reaches for the Top Shelf

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 1 Time Zones (4)
There are very few shows that age well. Shows become beholden to the television industrial complex and often find themselves pushing characters in directions they never thought possible when they began. As shows wind their way toward a conclusion, even the best ones struggle with ideas of tying up loose ends. Anytime someone sets out to tell a story, there’s a natural compulsion to bring resolution to characters, plant the flag on a central theme, and wrap a story in a way that is satisfying artistically and commercially. With all the different masters to serve, it’s a small wonder when a show does end well.