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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012
    Watched the two-hour Mad Men season opener. Nicely sets things up for another year of tension and intrigue while the world goes meshugenna.

    The most interesting character this time around was Pryce, whose world is right on the edge of falling apart. Most priceless scene:

    Pryce dealing with the incredible clod whose wallet he'd found, rather than his girlfriend as he'd hoped.
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    I'd forgotten how much I loved Mad Men.

    I like how they've decided to tackle race this season.

    Surprising that there was no Betty at all in the first two episodes.

    Additionally, I like the contrast they set up between Trudy and Joan as new mothers, very nice.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    Surprising that there was no Betty at all in the first two episodes.

    They're learning!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    It looks like there will be some Betty in the next episode.

    Looks like The Killing is coming back. I'm not sure why. I'm in a small minority of respecting (if not exactly liking) the ending of the last season; the fatalistic message of "life means being fucked by powers beyond our control" isn't pretty, but it fits the times. Diving back into that landscape of pain and burned bridges would seem masochistic.
  2.  (10526.65)
    Just finished watching the finale of Alcatraz and several thoughts immediately come to mind [No spoilers here btw]:

    1: The premise is good and the cast, for the most part, are fine. Some of the cast are actually even better than fine and manage to rescue several episodes by virtue of their brief appearances.

    But this then begs the questions:

    a) Coming in as a mid-season replacement, how is it possible to include so many fillers in a 13 episode run?
    b) If you're not going to round it all off neatly (which is to be expected since you've only run for 13 episodes) why hold back so much for so long and then blurt your load in the last forty-five minutes?

    c) Why cast Sam Neill and then get him to play a one note character?

    OK, c) was more of a general question but I still stand by it.

    I'd like to see this renewed though I doubt it will happen judging from the ratings. The fact you could probably cut about five episodes from the middle of this run and not lose anything other than an absolutely awful episode, ('Paxton Petty' which features the worst writing I've ever seen in an Abrams related project,) is not the best way to keep your quirky detective show on the air. As stated above I'd like to see this renewed because the last few episodes really picked the pace up again and the central characters from the flashbacks (Jonny Coyne's, Warden James in particular) are fantastic. Unfortunately, I think this one may go south with very little fanfare. Ho-hum, at least I still have a few episodes of Fringe before that possibly gets cancelled as well.
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012 edited
    Justified was great last night. The next couple episodes look like they're going to be balls-to-the-wall and everything was set up just beautifully.
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
    Yet another Justified latecomer and convert. I started it because of recommendations here and a mancrush on Timothy Olyphant that needed to be sated after I ran out of Deadwood. Blasted through the first season and into the second. Boyd Crowder's arch has been outstanding.
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012

    He disarmed him.
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2012 edited
    @ DJ Stawes

    Limehouse disarmed him after opening his piggy bank...
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2012 edited
    Justified needs to be on every week, in perpetuity. If Mad Men weren't back, I don't know what I'd be doing now.
  3.  (10526.71)
    I'm starting to get screeners for some of last seasons shows. Enjoying Showtimes' "Shameless" so far.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012 edited
    Some of the stuff that comes out of Boyd's mouth is great, he's the sort of bastard I love-to-love.

    It was a while back, but I enjoyed Timothy Olyphant in Damages.

    I don't know why it is, as I like American Dad and Family Guy, but I can't watch The Cleveland Show. I've only tried a couple of times, so maybe I'm missing something. I've asked other people and they feel same.

    Looking forward to seeing new Mad Men.
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
    I started enjoying America Dad once I learned to look at it as like, the Marvel Ultimates version of Family Guy. Different versions of the same characters retelling similar stories with a few pointless variations to make it more badass.
  4.  (10526.74)
    Has anyone noticed how awesome HBO GO is? I mean seriously, having access to the entire Sopranos, the Wire, Oz? Thank you.

    So I'm just about to start season 3 of Six Feet Under, and watched 1 episode each of The Wire and Deadwood. The Lady sure loves some 6FU, and for being a show about a funeral home, it's pretty badass. I didn't think I would like it at first, but it's more than grown on me. The Wire may not be her cup of tee, and definitely not Deadood, so may have to save those for when she's out.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
    You should be watching Deadwood right now.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
    @ government spy: Some of my favorite shows EVER you mentioned there, especially The Wire and Deadwood. Six Feet Under was good viewing, too.
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    "The Wire" is the best use of the long form narrative in television in the last 20 years. When I finished it. I found it ruined any television for me for awhile. Nothing has matched it for me.
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    "The Wire"... When I finished it. I found it ruined any television for me for awhile.

    That pretty much sums it up. I tried to go back and watch The Shield, which ran for the same length of time and was massively hyped. It's good, but it just can't match The Wire in terms of narrative and social commentary. However, you do get to see how much Walton Goggins has evolved as an actor if you compare the first season of The Shield to Justified. He was excellent in The Shield, but Justified has allowed him to surpass the role that made a lot of people love him in the first place.
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    Heh, someone said that whereas Wire is like good wine, Shield is like good beer. A fair comparison, I think. It's really easy to overhype Wire but damn it was a good series.
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
    What made /The Wire/ distinctive, now that I really come to think on it, is that the main character and focus of the story truly was the city and its institutions, power structures and roles. The individual players stories and characters move around and through the city, while constantly running up against the limits of their power as individuals. It really could be used as a beautiful illustration of Foucault's ideas about power, discipline and institutionality as the 20th century's old, monolithic, centralized power structures - centralized education, government, police, journalism, unions - wind up in turn showing their ultimate futility and insufficiency.