Doctor Who Series 7 Roundtable: “Asylum of the Daleks”

Throughout this series/season (whatever your preferred designation is) of Doctor Who, three buddies (Myc Wiatrowski, Tony Nagel and Travis Limbert) and I will chat about each new episode. These conversations are light and fun, but do feature a few Who super-fans, so don’t expect criticism-devoid entries either. Here’s the first one on last week’s “Asylum of the Daleks.” Cory:…… Continue reading Doctor Who Series 7 Roundtable: “Asylum of the Daleks”

#TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

The accused: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock” (Season 1, Episode 17) The crime: Trying too hard to be different from the original series 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…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 11 — Steven Moffat, You Ignorant Slut

  In this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by fellow BGSU Pop Culture MA student Myc Wiatrowski for a much delayed, but still very worthy discussion of all things Doctor Who, including the convoluted sixth season, the finale and why I prefer standalone episodes to whatever the hell Steven Moffat is trying to pull off…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 11 — Steven Moffat, You Ignorant Slut

Review: Luther, Season Two

Luther returned for its second season on BBC America last night. The episodes aired this summer in the UK and I, well, procured and watched them during that time. I’m not going to write weekly reviews about this season’s four episodes for a couple of reasons: I don’t have enough time and I wasn’t particularly…… Continue reading Review: Luther, Season Two

Friday List: The best 15 television pilots

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or…… Continue reading Friday List: The best 15 television pilots

Luther, “Episode Six”

Luther started immensely strong and then unfortunately toiled away in solid, but not tremendously so procedural fare for a few episodes before then flipping the switch on the crazy last week. In the finale to this series’ six-part first run, that sense of crazy continued a nice pace without going too far off the deep…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Six”

Luther, “Episode Five”

Luther has been in something of a slump over its past two episodes, and after episode four, I wondered if the last two episodes of this first season (I believe they’re doing a few 2-hour movie event things in the future) would be even close to as interesting as the first hour. Well, after “Episode…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Five”

Luther, “Episode Four”

I started out loving Luther. You know this. But after a thrilling and frankly fantastic opening episode, the last three have been particularly disinterested in fully exploring the Luther-Alice relationship and at this point, the procedural story has to be really good to make me feel like I’m not losing something when Alice is only…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Four”

Luther, “Episode Three”

After last week’s slightly disappointing effort, Luther’s third episode strikes a better balance between a specific procedural case, the budding relationship between John and Alice and the unraveling of John’s personal life. It’s still messy and sometimes scattershot, but there’s more good stuff happening here. One thing I’ve noticed about Luther thus far is that…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Three”

Luther, “Episode Two”

Without Mad Men and Rubicon, Luther has become my only real appointment television for Sunday nights and thankfully, the second episode delivered a number of good procedural moments and a some nice developments in the ongoing stories with John and Alice. What’s interesting about the episode is that after a pilot that spends all its…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Two”

Series Premiere — Luther, “Episode 1”

I had heard nothing but good things about BBC’s Luther, but I always hear good things about BBC productions and never get around to watching them. However, due to my undying respect for The Wire and particularly Idris Elba’s performance as Stringer Bell, I randomly decided to DVR the first episode of the gritty police…… Continue reading Series Premiere — Luther, “Episode 1”