Chitchat: Battleground is one of the year’s best new series [that you’re not watching]

I talk television with a lot of people. Friends, family, other critics on Twitter, vagrants on the street. I just love talking about TV. Because I don’t have the time and resources to do a podcast like I used to in college, I’m going to sort of replicate that experience in textual form in a … Continue reading Chitchat: Battleground is one of the year’s best new series [that you’re not watching]

Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

Test Pilot #39: Kings Debut date: March 15, 2009 Series legacy: Yet another one of NBC’s failed late-aughts drama series Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into the typical, but still lovely rhythms of the feature. Today, we continue … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

#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”

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

If you’d like to check out previous posts in this series, visit the Surveillance Summer Watch page. It's been a long time since I've written about my West Wing viewing and that makes me sad. I haven't watched a whole lot of West Wing lately, and that also makes me sad. That is especially disappointing when … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reflections on season one

If you’d like to check out previous posts in this series, visit the Surveillance Summer Watch page. I spent a good part of my Memorial Day watching the tail end of The West Wing's first season, something that seems like a fitting way for a television nerd to celebrate a very American holiday. Thoughts on the … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reflections on season one

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: A discarded disease

If you'd like to check out previous posts in this series, visit the Surveillance Summer Watch page. With upfronts and a slew of finales, I've only watched three episodes of The West Wing since my last post, but I wanted to post now because one of those episodes introduces a character beat that I have … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: A discarded disease

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message

In only a few short days, I've plowed through the first 10(!) episodes of The West Wing. Benefits of graduating college ladies and gentlemen! I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to write about the episodes because straight recaps would be boring after the fact, and I'm still reading up on the various issues. … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message