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Rant on CBS

I am bringing another rant to you all, which, of course, is entirely unrelated to writing. Maybe by the end of the year I can get this writing blog back on track. In the meantime…

I am really annoyed that CBS does not make their shows available on television in any other way except during the day and time the episodes originally air. They do not allow their shows to be aired on Hulu and very rarely do old seasons show up on Netflix. Why?

Seriously: why? Is there some marketing benefit that I am missing out on? Are they really THAT successful and popular that they can sacrifice the, what I can only imagine is a significant portion of, viewership that no longer watches television like we did in the 80s and 90s? Continue reading

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Why I still watch Castle, Part II

Castle Season 5 Episode 16 Hunt

Christopher Heyerdahl and Nathan Fillion

Last year I posted about a fun episode of Castle. Well, last night’s episode rivaled that one and by the end, had me in tears, sobbing about how awesome it was.

I’m going to talk about the episode a bit, but my real reason for this post is to mention Lee Lofland, who has a really interesting blog called The Graveyard Shift.  I stumbled across his blog, because I have recently decided upon a new story to write. This one is a mystery, so while I was doing some research, I came across his book, Police Procedure and Investigation. Continue reading

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The Following: Episode 5, “The Siege”

The Following

Agent Ryan Hardy and Professor Joe Carroll

I have rather been enjoying The Following, that is, up until Episode 5: “The Siege.” To be fair, I did not not enjoy this episode, but instead of pure, unadulterated fun, I finished the episode feeling exceedingly annoyed with many things.

To start, do the writers understand the meaning of “siege” because the title misled me to expect an entirely different sequence of events? While I do not wish for my television to be predictable (a trait which Episode 5 claimed in nearly every other aspect), I do not think it is fair to deliberately mis-name an episode simply to mis-lead the audience. Again, to be fair, I really do not think this was intentional; I just think someone must be a poor namer.

Warning: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD.

Ah, so many contrivances! A different reviewer has pointed out that “previously, all the thrills were from the violence,” and that this episode was one of the best so far, due to its suspense.  I can agree with this statement.  This episode was enjoyable largely due to the suspense.  That said, there were so many contrivances created to drive this suspense, along with the wholly gratuitous deaths, that despite the suspense, this show irked me for the first time.  I’d like to point out that this is a relatively rare experience for me.  Usually, if I am irked by a show it is because it starts off that way and I either end up no longer watching it (Revolution, Beauty and the Beast) or having it grow on me despite its irksome nature (Terra Nova).

It seems that I am not the only one who had problems with this episode. I particularly liked “Things Episode 5 of “The Following” Has Taught Me.”  Nevertheless, I would like to contribute my own thoughts to the blogosphere… Continue reading

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The Americans

The_Americans_2013_IntertitleSo, the novel is…well, I’m thinking about it. Why does life have to get in the way like it does?  So many other things to deal with throughout the day. And I’m a master procrastinator, and what does this procrastinator do to facilitate the procrastinating? She watches television!

I just finished watching the first episode of The Americans. When I first saw the trailer for this show, I was definitely intrigued, but I wasn’t totally sold. Well, throw it in the bag, because they’ve convinced me to buy!  Having grown up in the 1980’s I adore this show and can totally relate – the music, the cars, the outfits. I also think that having grown up in this time period, the show hits the nail on the head for me in terms of making me feel slightly uncomfortable rooting for the spies. As an adult, obviously, I have a different understanding of that time period and the players in the Cold War, but as a child, I just remember being scared that the Russians were going to drop a bomb on us. I wonder how others have reacted to it, particularly those under the age of 30.

The Americans

With this first episode the creators, writers and everyone else have done an excellent job balancing the human side of this couple with their reality and their conflicting loyalties. Add to that expertly executed suspense and I think this may be my favorite new show of the season. (I’m still a fan of 666 Park Ave., but since they’ve canceled that show and haven’t even aired the final episodes, my enthusiasm for it has most definitely waned.) I think I was expecting something drier and not quite as exciting.  Something more…historical? But, they seem to have the history in there, while making it exceedingly entertaining to watch. And that last scene!

The timing on this show also seems appropriate, as opposed to something like Zero Dark Thirty, which admittedly I don’t know much about, but seems to be in very poor taste, especially in light of that Esquire article. The creators of this show waited at least two epochs (the post-Cold War era and over a decade of our current era) before they created this show, which allowed them to create something that feels real instead of something that feels like propaganda. Well, as real as an undercover KGB spy thriller in which the FBI agent that is pursuing them lives next door can feel real. But, any which way you slice it, it is some damn fine television.

Edit:

After writing this post I had a quick look around at what some other bloggers are saying about this show.  My first impressions Continue reading

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Annoyed at television networks…and viewers

First of all, I am in a dissertation revision haze, so I hope this blog post is coherent.

I just found out that 666 Park Avenue is being cancelled and I am really bummed about it…and annoyed that stupid shows like Go On, Revolution and Beauty & the Beast get renewed, but shows that actually have a engaging storyline and interesting characters are getting axed.

Now, I realize that 666 Park Avenue is no Firefly…*meaningful look about awesome shows getting killed before they’ve had time to blossom*…but I thought it was one of the best new dramas of the season.  Yeah, there were a few issues about character motivations and such, but nothing as glaring as what can be found in Revolution.  I blame it on whatever idiot named the show “666,” which immediately alienates a huge audience who will not tune in on principle because of the name.  Although, I have noticed that television shows about the devil tend not to do well…Think Tru Calling and Joan of Arcadia – as soon as a devil character was introduced the shows got cancelled.

But seriously, folks. I am not a harsh critique.  Really, I’m not.  So, when I find it painful to sit through a show like Revolution or Beauty and the Beast, I think, “Well, surely these will get cancelled.”  Nope – people LOVE them!  Whitney?  Utterly painful, but it’s getting a third season from what I hear.  And I give shows a chance.  I do!  I gave Animal Hospital a chance even though it looked really stupid and actually thought it was not half-bad.  Cancelled.  I like Jimmy Fallon, but I watched one episode of Guys with Kids and thought…well, honestly I didn’t think much at all about it.  I didn’t like it enough to watch a second episode, but I didn’t find it painful like Go On.  It got a request for more episodes.  Political Animals – brilliant.  Cancelled.  Although, to be fair, I think that show was always meant to be just one season.  The Neighbors?!  I could barely get my 10-year old son to sit through an entire episode, he thought it was so stupid.  Full season.  Arrow?  Well, actually, Arrow is the only one where I seem to agree.  I think it got a full season.

I am starting to feel like there is something wrong with me.  Why is it that shows that I feel have potential or value seem to lack viewship, whereas shows I am convinced are the stupidest sh*t seem to have millions of people who love them?  Is it me?  Or it is them?  Because I know everyone has different tastes, but…um,…I tend to think people are just stupid and watch television with a completely uncritical eye, happy to swallow anything that gets shoveled their way.  Plot not simple enough or laid out from the beginning?  Any thinking involved?  Does it make you question your moral values?  Forget it.  (How in the world did a show like Lost survive for so long with its convoluted storyline?)  People would rather watch ANOTHER procedural, as long as there are some pretty faces involved.  I see no other logical explanation, but with this trend I may have to *gulp* give up television altogether.

I’d be happy to hear your thoughts.  Perhaps someone out there has an answer for me.

Thanks for listening.  Back to revisions now…*sigh*

/rant

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