Readers, yours truly is not a person to whom the positives of life are either readily apparent or understandable, but even someone as typically dour as myself can’t deny that we are living in a golden age of television.
Now I’m not exactly sure why that is- why all of a sudden we seem to have had a jump in quality and quantity of shows. An age thing, perhaps? I considered that, but as much as we could argue that we simply prefer the television shows we had when we were in our 20s, I don’t think my generation is alone in the belief that TV is better now than it was a decade ago.
Let’s try to figure out why. Continue reading
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Tagged 30 Rock, a list, actor, american horror story, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, CGI, exec, firefly, GIF, golden age, Hannibal, house of cards, internet, network, quality, quantity, Random, Sherlock, spin-off, television, tom hanks, TV, tv show, webisodes
It’s one of those weeks where Friday rolls around and I find that I’m writing my fifth post of the week. Granted, two of them were reviews and one of them I co-wrote, but it’s still a lot. One of my favourite things to do to shake up the ol’ grey matter is watch a little TV, so of course I ended up finding myself unable to blog about anything else but the finale to Season 5 of Community.
It’s not working.
Strangely enough, this is the show that’s appeared most on this site [save for 2 Broke Girls, but y'know]. While I began with discussing Season 3’s wonky airing schedule, I very soon turned to providing constructive criticism. Then came two posts where Gordon and I discussed Seasons 4 and 5, respectively, in which I took to defending the show and the directions it was taking [in contrast with his outright vilifying it]. Having just come off of that last episode I’m not sure I can maintain that stance anymore. Continue reading
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Tagged Abed, Asperger's, Chang, Community, critique, Dan Harmon, fanbase, finale, gimmicks, jokes, NBC, Season 5, Sheldon, sitcom, six seasons and a movie, television, The Big Bang Theory, TV, writing
I had written this entire intro prior to watching this episode about how we should probably start readying ourselves to bid Deke adieu. The show had been moving towards him and Max breaking it off with no hope of reconciliation for some time. That and the fact that Eric Andre’s joining FX’s upcoming comedy Man Seeking Woman as one of the main cast. Altogether it seemed to point towards us not having much longer to enjoy the presence of one of my favourite Blewish [that's half-Black half-Jewish] comedians.
This is literally the last time I’m going to bring up the rom-com narrative style that has permeated the show basically ever since Deke showed up [first mentioned back in Episode 13]. He and Max have had their ups and downs, but it all came to a head last week when his parents decided to cut him off completely. When last we saw our heroines they were on a mission to push Deke’s dumpster house clear across the city in order to reconcile him with his folks, trading his relationship with Max for financial stability and overall a better life. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Cake Cake Cake, Beth Behrs, Bridezilla, Caroline, Cast, CBS, conclusion, Current Total, dance, Deke, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Eric Andre, Flo, Kat Dennings, Lindsay Lohan, Mario Kart Love Song, Max, maxoline, progressive, relationship, review, S3E21, Sam Hart, scrubs, song, television, TV, wedding
Before we get started I should probably give the obligatory warning about spoilers. Spoilers below, beware! [Seriously, there are a lot of spoilers -Ed.]
So, I watch Game of Thrones.
I watch it for the awesome female characters, although a little begrudgingly. I mean, do they have to put boobs in my face EVERY SINGLE EPISODE? It’s like the writers are sitting around and realize “Hey guys, we don’t have any of the main characters’ boobs in this episode! What are we going to do?” and then the guy in the back of the room is like “Why don’t we set another scene in a brothel!” and everyone goes “Oh yeah, great idea.” Seriously, I challenge you find me two episodes in a row without boobs. Continue reading
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Tagged death, Family Guy, Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, How I Met Your Mother, killing off main characters, Look at the Flowers Lizzie, shame day, television death, The Red Wedding, The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, writing
Ladies, and I say that because Demetri Martin has proven that if you end any sentence with that it becomes creepy but had nothing to share about starting with it,
How are you doing? Just trying to keep things casual and upbeat [and polite, because I am Canadian, after all] before we move on to a subject I’m trying to form an opinion on. You can be sure that if I was even 23% sure of myself this would be a post that confidently projected my opinions as being truths, but alas, here we are.
Last week I came across an article on the AV Club on what you probably know to be one of my favourite shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It concerned one character in particular, Detective Charles Boyle, and how much of the season followed his attempts at wooing fellow officer Rosa Diaz. Now they weren’t, and I’m not, making any comments about workplace romances- the focus was instead on the fact that she was clearly not interested in him.
Posted in feminism, internet, relationships, television
Tagged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Charles Boyle, dating, friend zone, Full Boyle, harassment, interested, nice, nice guy, no, perseverance, persistence, refusal, relationships, rom-com, romantic comedy, Rosa Diaz, tenacity
Here’s something regular review readers don’t get from me very often: I wish this episode had been longer. After what was basically a filler issue last week [and one that seriously had me picking apart Han's place on the show] this Monday night had us returning to the narrative that this half of the season has built itself around: the pastry school and Max’s relationship with Deke.
That’s right, Eric Andre is back after his character had the flu and went on a skiing trip. Every move this show has made so far, including the mild inconvenience that was Max finding out he was wealthy, has pointed towards him sticking around. She’s not one for relationships or even trusting others, and the way they’ve grown closer has made it seem like nothing short of death/something truly dramatic could break them apart. So this week the two girls meet Mr. and Mrs. Bromberg [as in the Bromberg Elevators, the ones that are in every building in the city, as in the Bromberg Colo-Rectal Centre at the New York Hospital].
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Not Broke Parents, Beth Behrs, Brombergs, Caroline, Cast, CBS, characters, Current Total, dancer, David, Deke, from the block, Genet, Jeff Garlin, Kat Dennings, Max, money, pastry school, poor, review, rich, S3E20, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Stripper, television, Todd VanDerWerff, TV, wealthy