Campy, frustrating, intriguing, laughably ridiculous… all of these words describe the first season of Bates Motel in some form or another, whether you’re talking about plot, setting, performances, or characters.
The biggest problem with sitcom pilots is their need to feel special.
Back in ‘Plato’s Cave’ (which is my favorite hour of television so far this year, in case you’re keeping track), Daniel and Tawney have long talks about the intersection of reality and faith as Daniel struggled to find ways to reconcile himself with the changed, but still unforgiving Paulie, Georgia he returned to.
Coming into the third season of Game of Thrones - and knowing the sheer girth of A Storm of Swords, a book that currently sits unread on my bookshelf – I wondered how the show would inevitably handle a cast of characters and story lines that refuse to stop growing in both amount and complexity. A few episodes …
All spring at Geeks Unleashed, I’ve been covering the first season of NBC’s The Pretender by the episode – a digital journey that culminated with yesterday’s review of the season finale ‘Dragon House’. In case you missed the series or a specific review, here are links to the entire first season: Episode 1 – ‘Pilot’ Episode 2 …
Throughout the first season, there’s been a certain dark beauty to each one of the killers investigated – as well as Hannibal’s cooking sessions, which are doused in the implied knowledge that he’s cooking human meat.
With a title like ‘Sacrifice’, there was no denying that someone was going to die in tonight’s episode.
It always boggles my mind that NBC never aired ‘Kim Kelly Is My Friend’ because of the ‘darker’ material surrounding Kim Kelly’s home life, because it’s such an important episode in establishing her character for the rest of the series.
‘Drip, Drip’ opens with Daniel Holden unable to sleep. It’s 3:14 in the morning, so he sneaks out his window and starts walking down the road, where a scrubby-looking man picks him up, and asks him for help with a project.
I love the second season of any show, good or bad: after taking the first batch of episodes to figure out characters, sophomore efforts tend to show a new found confidence in tone and narrative, able to insert characters into plots and explore dynamics between people in more interesting ways (and succeed in doing it).