Season 4 of Shameless dares to go a little dark. We never expect things to go smoothly with the Gallaghers, our favorite family in Chicago’s South Side. And, they don’t this season either. We do expect things to remain entertaining, however. They do continue to entertain, but the drama this year, as I said at […]Read more "Shameless: Season 4 — a review"
I never watched this series while it was on the air. It’s not that I never wasted time watching silly stuff. That’s kinda my non-job description. Read some of my posts and you’ll agree with me: I’ve wasted a lot of time during my life. My parents would have agreed with this assessment when I […]Read more "Community: Season 2 — a review"
It’s no secret that Season 3 of Peaky Blinders was my least favorite season of the series so far. The plot was convoluted. It involved Father Hughes the pedophilic priest and his Economic League. There were Russians and Dr. Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A train blows up. There was at least one […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 4 — 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 “Coma.” On this day in history, Maxi Priest had a #1 single with “Close to You.” I thought I didn’t know this song until I listened to […]Read more "Welcome to Twin Peaks:/\/\ First-Watch Recap: Season 2: Ep. 2.2 “Coma” (Original airdate Saturday, October 6, 1990) — a review"
My maternal grandparents were wrestling fans. This means wrestling was playing on their television whenever I visited them, and since we lived in the same smallish town, that was often. They swore that wrestling wasn’t fake. Even when the WWE (or maybe it was still the WWF in those days) had to admit that what […]Read more "GLOW: Season 1 — a review"
I arrived at Community the same way I arrive at most destinations: Ass-backwards. I never watched a single episode while it was on the air, although I was aware of its existence. Of course, I knew who Chevy Chase was. I didn’t care for him on Saturday Night Live, back in the day, but I […]Read more "Community: Season 1 — a review"
It’s true that the first season of Ricky Gervais’ After Life may have wrung the emotional impact from the story of Tony Johnson, an acerbic, atheist, local newspaper reporter dealing with the death of his beloved wife. The first season felt like a standalone narrative. While Tony wasn’t exactly jumping up and clicking his heels […]Read more "After Life: Season 2 (Netflix) — a review"
I’ve written two reviews of this series without talking about its theme music. Let’s remedy this omission, shall we? The title track in the musical score of Peaky Blinders is always the song “Red Right Hand,” by Australian band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The song itself is dark and bluesy, with cryptic lyrics. […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 3 — a review"
You don’t need additional reasons to hate the character Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). You’ll still get more reasons during Season 3, anyway. In most real ways, this Showtime series is about the Gallagher children, not about their father. Frank is more of a force of nature, existing primarily to complicate plots. Seldom are the […]Read more "Shameless: Season 3 — a review"
Let’s get it out there, right in front. No Fitz. Almost no May. That’s nearly a “New Deal” breaker. See what I did there? Dad jokes. I got ’em. I also have a love-hate relationship with time travel stories that I’ve documented somewhere before, in what I choose to call the past (you see, time […]Read more "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 Premiere “The New Deal”"