Television Category

Game of Thrones does denouemonts really well

We’re coming up to the last episode of this season of Game of Thrones, and we know it’ll have some stunning twist or much-talked-about moment. But we also know that it won’t be nearly as intense as this week’s episode. We know that in some ways it’ll mostly be a wrap-up. Loose ends will be tied […]

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It takes a lot of work to make things simple

Been watching this animated show, BoJack Horseman, on Netflix lately. It’s pretty decent. It’s about a former TV star who’s also a horse (in this world, animals can walk and talk) who is generally depressed and kind of a terrible person. And each season revolves around him trying to be better and then failing. What I find masterful, […]

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Television does a really good job with stories where nothing really happens

The problem with the most recent books in the Game of Thrones series is, more or less, the problem with the most recent season of the show: nothing really happens. Sure, people move around a lot, but there is very little going on in the way of events. Even large pitched battles and changes in […]

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This season I’m liking the Game of Thrones TV show ALOT more than I liked the books

(light spoilers for the latest episode lie ahead) I read A Song Of Ice And Fire when I was in high school (i.e. before it hit the mainstream, you posers =) and as such I think I’m allowed to say that I think the TV show is better. In fact, I already did say it, a few […]

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Watched the final episode of Parks and Recreation

Watched the final episode of Parks and Recreation, and it was really fun. The episode is built around a series of flash forwards that allow you to see what the characters get up to in the next few years (spoiler alert, they’re all happy forever). And when the episode was ending, I found myself getting surprisingly […]

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Is it actually a good idea to have recovering alcoholics in positions of power?

I’ve been rewatching season one of The West Wing, and in that show there’s a plotline where some political opponents of the President try to embarrass his Chief of Staff, Leo, by revealing that Leo spent time, seven years ago, in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. And in the show, this is treated like a […]

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Been watching hella GOSSIP GIRL

Don’t know where this show has been my entire life. It is fantastic (though I’m only at the second season, and I’m sure it’ll become awful eventually). Like every other person my age, I watched Josh Schwartz’s previous show, The OC, but that was always vaguely unsatisfying, since it went off the rails almost immediately. By […]

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There’s something to be said for charm

Started watching a soon-to-be-cancelled ABC sitcom, Selfie, mostly because it’s the first show I can think of that’s had an East Asian male lead (except maybe Heroes, but that was part of a pretty big ensemble cast). It’s a strange show: inspired by My Fair Lady in a way that’s more cute and self-referential than it is interesting. […]

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Been rewatching Season 6 and Season 7 of THE WEST WING

This show changed its structure pretty significantly during its run. For the first few seasons, it was mostly problem-of-the-week stories, with a few arcs that might last an episode or three. I think the most major enduring arc was the scandal over the President hiding some health problem that he had. Even the President’s reelection […]

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Spent the weekend watching two sitcoms that I straight-up loved

So, I am one day from the Bay Area. So many terrible things have happened this week. But I will talk about none of them, and instead talk about the sit-com. I love sitcoms. I even like bad sitcoms. There’s something about the form that’s very comforting. I like them for the same reason that I […]

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