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”"
This review is wholly unnecessary. I know that. You don’t have to tell me. I am an unrepentant fan of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s series. I’ve read all five of the novels written by Adams, all more than once. Plus, I also read the sixth novel, And Another Thing . . ., written by Eoin Colfer, […]Read more "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BBC) — a review"
Five years or so ago, I was excited by the fact that HBO had purchased to rights to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and that Jonathan Nolan was attached to develop the project. In my excitement, I re-read the original trilogy, plus the two sequels Asimov wrote in the 1980s. Asimov also wrote two “prequels,” focusing […]Read more "\\/\// Westworld: Season 3 — a review"
This is Firewater, the pseudonym of the person writing this review of the unique television show Dispatches from Elsewhere. For the purposes of this post, imagine that Firewater is You. If you’ve watched this television event, that introductory paragraph made more sense to you. If you haven’t already watched it, strap in, because damned little […]Read more "Dispatches from Elsewhere: Miniseries — a review"
True confession time. As I’m writing this review, I’m already four episodes into the third season of Peaky Blinders. It’s not my fault: These seasons are too damned short. Yes, I said it. Too short. I realize the irony of this. I often complain that American television series have too many episodes in a season. […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 2 — a review"