There is a TV trope called the “Pseudo Crisis.” It’s usually a cliffhanger leading into a commercial break that is easily resolved following the delivered info on how to brighten our colors and whiten our teeth. It’s a cheap manipulative device meant to keep us watching whatever we’re watching. Done too often, it loses its […]Read more "Arrow: Season 6 premiere “Fallout” — a review"
A little over a week ago, while my wife and I took a train trip from Memphis to New Orleans, I watched Patton Oswalt’s new Netflix comedy special on my iPhone. Patton Oswalt is always funny. He is EveryNerd, and has a wry, self-deprecating sense of humor that I enjoy. I’m not new to Oswalt’s […]Read more "Netflix Original: Patton Oswalt: Annihilation – a review"
I imagine that series finales are incredibly dificult to write. Only a handful of these have really left me feeling satisfied. I liked how Person of Interest ended, for instance. Also The Shield and Sons of Anarchy. A few others I could think of, if I gave myself some time, and none of these would […]Read more "Halt and Catch Fire: a final season review"
This was my second reading of Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams. I felt I owed it to myself to read it again after reading Batman: The Long Halloween and giving it a lackluster review. I had read Hush long before Halloween, even though it was actually published later. Unfortunately […]Read more "Batman: Hush – a 15th Anniversary review"
00:45:01 – 01:00:00 So…as this chapter kicks off, Chancellor Palpatine comes right out with it and asks Anakin: “They [meaning the Jedi Council] asked you to spy on me, didn’t they?” The Dark Lord of the Sith is no one’s fool. Anakin hems and haws, not really answering. He’s torn between his twin […]Read more "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: The Sith Legend of Darth Plagueis (And, Forewarned Is Four-Armed)"
Let’s all just admit it. We knew Barry Allen would be back in Central City after his moment of self-sacrifice at the end of Season 3, when he went into the Speed Force to save the universe, or somesuch thing. We even suspected that he would be back by the first episode of the […]Read more "The Flash Season 4 premiere: Ep. 4.1 “The Flash Reborn” — a review"
00:30:01 – 00:45:00 Chapter 3 of this Revenge of the Sith installment of the 15-Minute Force picks up still on the balcony of Senator Amidala’s highrise apartment. This will be a relatively quiet chapter of the movie, after our action-packed opening half-hour. It will be full of meetings and political shenanigans. Anakin and Padme continue […]Read more "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: Anakin Skywalker, Double Agent"
It bothers me when Gilmore Girls is referred to as a “chick series.” I am an older man (I shuddered a little when I wrote the word “older,” but I guess it’s true), middle-aged only if I live into my 100s, which looks doubtful. While my testosterone levels may be lower than when I was […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 2 — a review"
When the new season of DC superhero shows premiered on the CW this fall, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was the one I was least anticipating. It’s also the one I decided I would stockpile to watch later when the other shows go on hiatus because my roster is full of so many current television […]Read more "DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3: Ep. 3.1 “Aruba-Con” – a review"
00:15:01 – 00:30:00 As our previous chapter of the 15-Minute Force concluded, Anakin Skywalker had just lopped off Count Dooku’s Christopher Lee head at Chancellor Palpatine’s command. When Anakin paused for a moment to feel a little bad about it, Palpatine reminded him that he was already a bad person who did bad […]Read more "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Two: Jedi Balls on the Titanic (Or, A Question of Paternity?)"