Reaching 100 episodes of a television series used to be a major accomplishment. It was the traditional threshold for a show to be able to enter syndication. I’m not sure if that still applies these days. Multiple streaming platforms, in addition to all the cable networks and the Big Three, have altered the television landscape […]Read more "Community: Season 6 — a review"
I recently finished watching every episode of the CW series Supernatural. I’ve gone on record as saying I’m not a fan of binge-watching television shows. Even when I’m watching a long-running television series such as The West Wing or Shameless, I prefer to watch no more than two episodes per week. Circumstances sometimes change those […]Read more "10-List: Essential Supernatural Episodes"
I hold to the belief that most entertaining fiction, whether found as television, cinema, stage plays, comic books, video games or print media, is highly predicated by two main requirements. The first of these is competent worldbuilding. A story’s settings must be realistic within the fictional milieu. The back story, the reasons why the story […]Read more "Firefly: Cast Personae (how to create character-driven science fiction)"
Back on January 1, 2020, which seems a lot longer ago than it should, I published a post titled An Argument Against Binge-Watching (Happy New Year!) in which I outlined the reasons I prefer not to binge-watch television or streaming series. I stand by those reasons. The Macmillan Dictionary blog defines binge-watching as the “now […]Read more "An Argument in Favor of Binge-Watching (crawfishing on an earlier statement)"
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m going to allow you to take a brief look at the real man behind the curtain here at Firewater Corporation. I’m about halfway through watching Season 7 of this series as I’m typing this review of Season 5. It’s been about three months since I […]Read more "The West Wing: Season 5 — a review"
What can I tell you about the U.S. series Shameless that I haven’t already said in my reviews for the previous five seasons? Season 5 was the series low point for me, so far. It was still good, just not as good. Season 6 is better than it’s immediate predecessor. Maybe not up to the […]Read more "Shameless: Season 6 — a review"
I recently watched all of the Joss Whedon series Firefly. Again. The first time I watched it was still years after it was born, and died, on FOX. The series had only one season, and yet it was burned into the collective unconscious of the nerdgeist. The Whedon connection helped, of course. It was my […]Read more "Firefly: a Master Class of Science-Fiction Worldbuilding"
I arrived at this television series, which aired for five seasons on AMC from 2011 to 2016, the way I arrive at most things: ass-backwards. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware that the show existed, or if I said American westerns didn’t appeal to me. I love a good western, and still […]Read more "Hell on Wheels: Season 1 — a review"
Another ten-episode offering from Netflix. It’s bittersweet, since the series has been cancelled. Originally, the series was supposed to end at Season 4, but the pandemic screwed up all sorts of timetables and schedules, and, if what I’ve read today is true, the fourth season was eighty-sixed entirely. I’m secretly hoping this is another Internet […]Read more "GLOW: Season 3 — a review"
The Boys was a revelation. This is the superhero television show that I’ve been waiting for, apparently. Comic book deconstructionism, as a movement in superhero comics, owes some of its longevity to the work done in the 1980s by writers like Alan Moore and Frank Miller. Moore and Miller, and others of their ilk, attempted […]Read more "The Boys: Season 1 (Amazon original) — a review"