Category Archives: TV Form And Style

Special Bloody Snowflakes: Cinematic Combat On TV

A television series’ identity, in this age spreading dawn’s rosy rays on the demands of niche audiences, is often a matter of differentiation. You have to make choices based on the resources you have, of course, and with a view … Continue reading

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Genre BOOM

Word has reached my ear by raven that the venerable Beard himself, George R.R. Martin, has signed a development deal with HBO independent from all those thrones and their games. Let’s get the knee-jerk reactions out of the way: AAAAAAAH.  NOOOO … Continue reading

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Patience, Time, And Television Storytelling

The demands of television – what viewers expect and don’t expect out of it – warps narrative storytelling in weird ways. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because what else am I do to without 30 Rock,? Short … Continue reading

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All That Montage Allows: Spartacus Is Better Than You Think, I Swear

So I finally got around to the season premiere of Spartacus, “Enemies of Rome,” and although I had no fears of the show’s quality dipping, the climax in particular reminded me why I love this series and have vigorously defended it … Continue reading

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Princess Tutu, Once Upon A Time, And Utter Ridiculousness

This is a long, nonsensical…musing. But there’s a etiological pleasure to claiming that television is only now getting to be really legitimate as an art form; and by television we really mean cable television, which is totally different and so … Continue reading

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Mad Men And What Foul Dust Facebooks In The Wake Of Dreams

Mad Men is an TV show that goes for the gut in your mind. It’s intellectually pleasurable to digest and discuss, even as it jerks you around like the worst kind of asshole, the one who looks so damn good in … Continue reading

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