Category Archives: Television

Longform Television: A New Frontier?

Hey everyone! This is going to be a longish, academic post, but I wrote an analytical essay that never got published so I wanted to publish it on my own blog instead. Let the academia begin!

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The Second Half Of Stranger Things Understands Sacrifice

Hello, everyone! I’ve had several days to digest after watching the last four episodes of Netflix’s new series Stranger Things and I’m ready to write my second review of the season. In my last review, I touched on what I liked about the show, such as its score and design, but noted that in order for the show to be great, it needed to move past its homage to 80’s cinema. The second half of the season wasn’t perfect, but it had a strong emotional core and some surprising twists. The 80’s homages were too integral to the storylines for the show to completely shake off, but as the episodes got better, even the John Hughes rip-offs started to shine.

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Oh, Steve.

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The First Half of Stranger Things Is Fun and Familiar

Hello, everyone! After watching the first four episodes of Netflix’s new series Stranger Things, I’m going to split my review into two parts, one for each half of the season. That way I can tell you what I think about the season without having to write 8 reviews. The first half of the season has left me intrigued and excited to watch more. Most importantly, it reminded me that old-school horror synth tracks are the best. The opening theme is my jam.

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Outlander Review 2.09: Je Suis Prest

Hello, everyone! We are in the Outlander  home stretch. Only four more episodes to go. And we get an extra treat: a 90 minutes series finale. I wondered how they were going to fit the alien invasion into only 60 minutes.

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Outlander Review 2.08: The Fox’s Lair

Hello, everyone! On a scale of misty-eyed (1) to hysteric sobbing (10), last week’s Outlander episode was a solid 6. With “The Fox’s Lair,” the writers focus on Scottish capers and high schoolish theatricals to take us to level negative 15 sadness. I like being on level 6 sadness as much as the next emo kid, but I can respect a show that prioritizes balance over melodrama.

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Part of a balanced breakfast

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Outlander Review 2.07: Faith

Hello, everyone! Sorry this is such a late posting (8 days after the original episode aired…oops!), but I’ve been up to my ears in end-of-the year school projects, so alas, my blog had to come second. But enough about my tedious day job, let’s talk about Outlander. We’re seven episodes in, which is a tad more than halfway, and “Faith” was a definitive ending to the French arc of Season 2. Good riddance to France, I say! I’m tired of pretending that Prague looks like Paris because it really, really, doesn’t.giphy37

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Outlander Review 2.06: Best Laid Schemes

Hello, everyone! This is my 70th post! What better to write about then another Outlander episode? I’m so proud of all of us.

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Outlander Review 2.05: Untimely Resurrection

Hello, everyone! Last week, Outlander left us hanging with a rousing Scottish brawl. This week, Outlander ended with something even worse: an angry Jamie. I  like my Jamie happy and healthy, not angry and shouty. But then again, the drama is so delicious!

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Maybe that’s why I watched three seasons of Gossip Girl

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Outlander Review 2.04: La Dame Blanche

Hello, everyone! We’re in week four of Outlander Season Two, which means it’s already time for reviewers to start criticizing portrayals of rape. Don’t you just love critics?

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My Ten Most Memorable TV Moments Part 1

Hello, everyone! I’ve been re-watching Season 2 of Hannibal this week and it got me thinking about memorable television scenes. They’re not necessarily the most shocking moments, but the ones that have remained in my head long after I’ve seen them. The reason I mention the Hannibal television show is because nearly every scene in that show is specifically composed with longevity in mind. The show aims for eternity rather than for the present, which I find to be such an amazing form of craftsmanship. So, with that in mind, I decided to compile a list of the most memorable scenes (in my opinion) that I’ve seen on television. **Mild to extreme spoilers ahead. **

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