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The Fall of the Eleventh: 5 First Signs of Greatness

By on Oct 16, 2013 in Pop Culture | 0 comments

  This year, midnight will strike Eleven as we bid farewell to Matt Smith and welcome Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in TV’s timeless (sorry) Doctor Who. I’ve been through this before: the shock, the anger, the bargaining, more anger and tears, then finally, sweet acceptance. The Doctor himself taught us, “How can anything get started if nothing ever ends?” And so this Christmas, we experience the bittersweet joy of regeneration one more time. With the 50th right around the corner, I thought it fitting to begin what will likely be a lengthy mourning period with a series of Top Five posts. For this first list, I want to focus on the episodes that cemented Matt Smith as one of the Great Doctors in my mind. I still remember when David Tennant announced his retirement from the Doctor, thinking, “Well, that’s that then.” The announcement of Matt...

Wherefore Not Wonder Woman?

By on Oct 5, 2013 in Pop Culture | 0 comments

Wonder Woman may be the most highly anticipated film that seems destined to never happen. Yes, yes… the vaguest of casting notices for the Man of Steel sequel (currently known as Batman vs. Superman) first reported by Bleeding Cool, has everyone in a tizzy that the ‘physically strong woman who appears 25-33′ might be a certain raven tressed Amazon. Or a villain. Or Batman’s girlfriend. Or some combination of all three. Whether this rumor holds water is irrelevant. It’s the palpable salivation all around the world over the mere possibility of a Wonder Woman anything that is relevant. First it was Joss Whedon’s rejected script. Then the aborted David Kelley show that featured a pleather clad Adrienne Palicki. Then some rumored project from the CW tentatively titled Amazon. Finally, and most recently, a fan made trailer from Rainfall Films almost broke...

New TV Rundown: Week 2

By on Sep 30, 2013 in Television and Film | 0 comments

Last week, the Gods of Television delivered unto us a spate of new big concept dramas and the return of two former television icons… The Blacklist (NBC/Mondays, 10 pm) The Blacklist may be one of the more promising new shows of the season, if only because of Spader. But even without The Man Who Would Be Ultron, The Blacklist offers viewers a compelling thriller with some nice twists and turns. As “Red” Reddington, Spader is that slick talking, morally ambiguous “villain” that has the DNA of a potential cult icon. I’m air quoting the word villain because the exact nature of his character is one of the show’s great mysteries. Is he a traitor trying to expiate his sins? An absentee father trying to rebuild a relationship with his daughter (not confirmed and possibly a red herring)? A good man who gave up everything to go deeper than any spy before...

And So Autumn Brings Its Color and Its Fall: New Television Run-Down – Week 1

By on Sep 20, 2013 in Television and Film | 0 comments

Oh, September, with your waning days of summer, your first days of school, and your last days of careless joy — and your television – your glorious, glorious television, when a handful of new shows will emerge as hits, some will hang around listlessly  like an unemployed uncle, and others will burn bright for an episode before banishment to that great Netflix Queue in the Sky, filed under “Shows that Never Got/Deserved a Chance.” As has become tradition, FOX is out of the gates first this week, returning to us the waning New Girl and the waxing Mindy Project. It also delivers several new offerings: the atrocious Dads, the pleasant Brooklyn 9-9, and the mythology heavy, yet surprisingly enjoyable Sleepy Hollow.  Dads Maligned before its first episode even aired, Dads, starring the dormant Giovanni Ribisi and a misused Seth Green, concerns the relationships of two...