#TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

The accused: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask” The crime: Delaying the eventual union of the series’ primary romantic couple even further by pairing them off with new characters, subsequently creating a fan panic/outrage 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 99-85

Throughout its six years on the air, Supernatural has had a substantial amount of good-to-great episodes, which made this list difficult to compile. However, like any long-running series, Supernatural has aired its fair share of missteps, problem children and downright horrible episodes. These things happen. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing all the series’ … Continue reading From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 99-85

PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

This is the working draft of my presentation at this year's PCA/ACA 2011 conference on Supernatural fans. A few notes: If you recall, I asked for responses from fans, critics, whomever related to Supernatural and its fandom sometime in March. Of course, I quickly realized that adding in a lot of quotes and context from … Continue reading PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

#TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

The accused: Lost, "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Season 3, Episode 9) The crime: Proving that the Lost creative team had no "real plan" to tell their story. 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Tonight, Smallville airs its 200th episode, becoming only the 79th scripted series to reach that milestone in the history of television. This is a massive deal, but for the most part, the industry's biggest and critics are ignoring it. There's no Entertainment Weekly or TV Guide cover. Alan Sepinwall isn't writing about his favorite moments … Continue reading Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

If you follow me on Twitter or caught up with a few of my delayed posts on last week’s television, you know that I spent the first few days of October at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texasand it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I … Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

Test Pilot #2: The X-Files Debut Date: September 10, 1993 on FOX Series legacy: One of the best science fiction television series of all-time, a major catalyst for modern fan cultures and the primary innovator of the use of "mythology" and its balance with standalone, procedural episodes. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

As you hopefully know, I've been away for the last week or so, and for the last part of that trip, I was in San Diego for my first Comic-Con experience. Like I said in my return post, I enjoyed SDCC immensely. I had done lots of research on the event and asked questions of people … Continue reading That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

2009-10 season wrap: Lost

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: The final season of Lost had otherworldly expectations placed upon it -- and that was before the writers decided to introduce a controversial storytelling device in the flash-sideways. … Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Lost

Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

With the round of season finales out of the way for all the major broadcast television series, I've been thinking about which finales were the most effective and why. You know, because I have absolutely nothing to do with my life during the summer -- or any time for that matter. Anyway, what is most … Continue reading Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural