Test Pilot: File #56, Over There

Test Pilot #56: Over There Debut date: July 27, 2005 Series legacy: A seemingly forgotten, only barely controversial look at soldiers’ lives in Iraq Welcome back to Test Pilot, friends and foes. We’re rolling through our latest theme on War on Terror television. Hopefully you enjoyed the piece on Sleeper Cell from last time. If … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #56, Over There

Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

Test Pilot #55: Sleeper Cell Debut date: December 4, 2005 Series legacy: A well-received, but mostly forgotten product of a mostly forgotten time in Showtime's history Happy Wednesday ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back to another edition Test Pilot. Today, we begin our 13th theme, one that I am very curious to see play out over the next eight … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

#TVFail Entry 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”

The accused: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael” The crime: A rushed didactic response to the September 11, 2001 attacks Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all planned … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”