Right now it's Dexter. A month ago it was Walking Dead. Before that Trailer Park Boys. Before that...well, let's just say I've been with a lot of shows. The list of shows I've binge-watched is so long I almost want to lie to people about my number. I feel like the girl who went hog-wild … Continue reading Binge-Watching Made Me a Plot Slut
There's no good way to end a highly acclaimed television series. The viewer's expectations are insurmountable, and most likely contradictory. We want the characters to live forever and get what they want, but if a writer does this, we'll complain that the end was cliche and boring. It's the great human contradiction: we want to … Continue reading The Breaking Bad Finale: 7 Reasons Why It Worked
A meek, yet brilliant high school teacher discovers he has cancer, cooks meth to pay for chemo, becomes intoxicated by the power of being a drug lord, beats cancer, keeps cooking meth, becomes a sociopath. That's a crude exposition of the transformation of Walter White's character in AMC's Breaking Bad over the course of five … Continue reading The Beautifully Drawn Deterioration of Breaking Bad’s Walter White
Sunday's finale of Mad Men's penultimate season showed anti-hero Don Draper commit two of the most evocative acts in the show's history. He told the truth. Twice. Well, that's evocative for him anyway. He's the ultimate liar. Here are some facts on his dubious nature. Fact One: His name is Dick Whitman, and he's gone … Continue reading Two Truths and a Whole Mess of Lies: Is there any Salvation for Mad Men’s Don Draper?
There's no way Matthew Weiner and the other producers of Mad Men could have planned it. Two weeks after our country endures the Boston Marathon Bombing and the ensuing manhunt, AMC airs "The Flood," an episode in which the mid-century modern clad characters in the show grapple with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The … Continue reading Mad Men Helps Us Grieve