Finale Fever

In the land of network television, the month of May can mean only one thing. Say it with me kids, ‘Season Finale!’ Good or bad, season finales are always an interesting proposition. The fact that a creative team attempts to encapsulate an entire season of plot lines into one episode is impressive. Unfortunately, the 44-minute … Continue reading

Over & Out: The Cancellations of 2011

The verdict has been in for some time for a lot of shows, but this week brought about a spate of surprising (and not so surprising) cancellations. It’s not surprising to see a lot of these shows on the chopping block. Across the board, this was one of the weakest television seasons of the last … Continue reading

Fringe: First to Last

Well, I didn’t expect that. A season spent jumping between universes ends with a trip forward in time. This is exactly what I love about Fringe. Like its predecessors, LOST and Battlestar Galactica, Fringe is not afraid to take risks in its storytelling. They look danger in the face and say, ‘Whatever, dude!’ And with … Continue reading

Top 10 of 2010

This year has been an interesting one for television. 2010 gave us the finales of a few shows (LOST, Flight of the Conchords, Heroes) and introduced us to numerous shows of surprisingly high quality (The Walking Dead and Justified). As ratings plummeted in the wake of a shift to DVR viewing, networks are still slow … Continue reading

Fringe: First People, Second Thoughts

The plot thickens…again. Fringe has been on its game the past two weeks with episodes that have  furthered character arcs, posited some crazy ideas and fleshed out the mythos a bit more. This week brought us closer to what might be some honest-to-goodness answers AND the resolution of something that’s been nagging me since the … Continue reading

Fringe: Altered States of America

I was watching Fringe recently and thought about the on-screen weirdness that permeates the series. I thought about how most people view the show and think of it mainly as the next iteration of X-Files-ish storytelling, but realized the vast differences between the two. Without getting into the complexities of it all, let’s just say … Continue reading

Delicious Serial: Longform Storytelling on the Tube

Television has grown up in the last few years. It’s not a stretch to say that we’re living in a ‘Golden Age’ of sorts, in terms of quality TV. Almost every facet of production has risen to a level rivaling that of major motion pictures. After all, big thoughts require big wallets. The writing of … Continue reading

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