As of the day I’m typing this review, The Gifted, FOX’s entry into the Marvel mutant sweepstakes, has not been renewed for a third season. Whether it gets renewed or not, I’m tapping out after this season. It’s not that this has been a terrible show. It is an okay superhero series, with some […]Read more "The Gifted: Season 2 — a review"
The first season of The Gifted surprised me. No, it didn’t surprise me by being more of the same “mutant superheroes being persecuted and treated as the unwanted minority du jour.” That comic book trope has been with us since at least the beginning of the X-Men, and isn’t likely to go away. The surprise […]Read more "The Gifted: Season 2 Premiere: Episode 2.1 “eMergence” — a review"
When I first started watching The Gifted, I was prepared to hate it. In fact, if I’m honest with you (and I always am), I think I wanted to hate it. I had convinced myself that I didn’t need more of the Bryan Singer-version of mutants presented as a metaphor for bigotry and persecution […]Read more "The Gifted: Season One – a review"
Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “Demons.” On this day in history, the band Warrant breaks into the US Top-10, in the #10 position, with “Cherry Pie.” I’m not sure if it’s the […]Read more "Welcome to Twin Peaks:/\/\ First-Watch Recap: Season 2: Ep. 2.6 “Demons” (Original airdate Saturday, November 3, 1990) — a review"
It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."
I don’t make New Years resolutions anymore. Instead, I generate lists of goals I plan to achieve, or things I’m just looking forward to. The plans don’t always stay the same, and the goals aren’t always achieved. It’s the planning that’s the important part. That, and the looking forward. Which I’ve become convinced, more than […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2019 Update) — Happiness Is . . ."
There was a time, and not that long ago, mind you, that I wouldn’t have made the argument that I prefer shorter television seasons. I mean, if you love something, you want more of it. Right? Which reminds me of a story my father once told me. He came from a large family, and he […]Read more "In Praise of Shorter Television Seasons"
Let’s say it again: Happiness is having something to look forward to. If you insist that ending a sentence with a preposition is a cardinal sin (is this a sin committed by a cardinal? But, I digress—), then my personal happiness mantra could be written thusly: “Happiness is having something to which you are looking […]Read more "Series I Plan to Watch. Someday."
I didn’t watch the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan. I also didn’t watch their wedding (I’m assuming it was televised). Nor did I watch Charles and Diana’s wedding, or Diana’s funeral. Or William and Kate’s wedding. None of that. Because I wasn’t interested. I don’t understand the obsession with Britain’s royal family. I don’t […]Read more "The Crown: Season 4 (Netflix) — a review"
I was a fan of The West Wing even before I finished watching the first season. Season 4 was the only season since the first that didn’t start with the resolution of a cliffhanger. Even the relatively weak cliffhanger between the second and third seasons involving the question of whether Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen) […]Read more "The West Wing: Season 4 — a review"