It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 24 — The Best Television (and Voice Impressions) of 2011
Sons of Anarchy is having one heck of a season, no? Whether or not Kurt Sutter agrees with most of the criticisms of the mediocre third season, it is apparent that he decided to push the series back towards the things it does best in season four. Now that we’re coming to the final stretch … Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Hands”
When I checked in with Sons of Anarchy last week, I couched many of my praises with some concerns. Sons had been having a very good season that led to a number of truly great moments last week, moments that I didn’t actually expect to come until the end of the season. But amid … Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Family Recipe”
I don’t have a whole lot of time this evening, but I wanted to jot down a few things about this season of Sons of Anarchy, which I haven’t written about since the season premiere. You can also check out my extended thoughts on the season by listening to a podcast Les Chappell and I … Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Fruit for the Crows”
In the latest episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, I'm joined by my buddy Les Chappell for a lengthy discussion of Sons of Anarchy's rock-solid fourth season and Les shrewdly shills for FX and their smartphone applications. Reminder: You can now subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, should you like to do so.
“We’re not a gang, we’re a motorcycle club.” Like many of you, I come into this season of Sons of Anarchy with complicated feelings. As I’ve discussed a few times, I found the third season to be pretty tepid, but I don’t think I was as disappointed as most – if only because I didn’t … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Sons of Anarchy, “Out”
With September upon us, the fall television season is just around the corner. At random times over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some preview-like pieces about what is to come over the next few months. Just like last year, I haven’t seen any of the season’s new series – no pilots or anything. … Continue reading Fall Television “Preview”: Four series with problems to solve
As Sons of Anarchy's third season comes to close, I found myself wondering if I could even muster up the energy to write about the finale, "NS," and the season as a whole. I looked back to my thoughts on the freaking awesome premiere, "SO," and also my Summer Surveillance posts on the series -- … Continue reading Season Finale — Sons of Anarchy, “NS”
Tonight, the finale to Sons of Anarchy's third season airs on FX. It's a 90 minute episode that, as you can see, showrunner Kurt Sutter has been hyping on Twitter. The last two Sons finales have been pretty damn great, as have the other extended episodes of the series so I should be filled with … Continue reading How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?
It might have taken most of the season, but Sons of Anarchy's third season is finally resembling the heights of season two, as "Firinne" feels like both the culmination of a lot of frustrating times for Jax and us at home and a launching pad for some interesting things to come in the final three episodes. After the … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Firinne”
I haven't checked in with Sons of Anarchy for a couple of weeks because I've still been generally disappointed with the direction of this season, but I had planned on writing up some musings on "Turas" no matter how good or bad it turned out to be. Thankfully, last night's episode felt more propulsive and … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Turas”
If you've been following along with my thoughts on season three of Sons of Anarchy, you probably recognize that I"m a little cold on this season -- and I think, for good reason. Things have been really slow-moving and honestly, at some times, boring. I've said previously that I totally understand where Kurt Sutter and … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Widening Gyre”
I could very easily explain my lack of posting about Sons of Anarchy by noting that hey, I'm in graduate school and I've been fairly busy over the last month. But though that's certainly part of the equation, I can't just leave it at that. I've been frustrated and even disappointed in Sons of Anarchy … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “The Push”
Sometimes even the best of series have off episodes. "Caregiver" is solid in a number of ways, but feels sometimes feels obviously manipulative or like attempts to extend stories that perhaps don't need extending. I'm not sure that I want Gemma back in Charming and A-Okay, but having Tara make a very stupid an unrealistic … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Caregiver”
After a gripping premiere full of characters taking action, "Oiled" is much more subdued and exposition-heavy, as Sons of Anarchy settles in with its multitude of plot lines for season three. And while the ending result is not as enjoyable as "So" last week, the more subdued approach here is necessary to move forward.Early in … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Oiled”