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Wednesday, September 4 2013

‘Luther’: Idris Elba is Stellar, Again

When the crimes here are standard TV fare -- the copycat killer and the middle class vigilante -- the dramatic filler of the series, Luther’s personal life, bears undue weight.


Thursday, August 22 2013

“Say My Name”: Mythologizing Heisenberg As an Allegory for the American West

Once a viewer starts tuning into the subtleties of those affected by the collateral damage of Walt/Heisenberg's victories, it's hard not to read the show as a satire that challenges us to rethink our romanticized assumptions about American Westward conquest.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

A City in the Desert: Landscape and ‘Breaking Bad’

From cinematography to editing, each episode of Breaking Bad feels meticulously crafted, the director's authorial hand ever present to lead the viewer through the story. Every shot is as precise and deliberate a storytelling tool as the scriptwriting or the actors" performances.


Dodge City, Tombstone, the OK Corral and ‘Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life’

Historian Andrew Isenberg's absorbing, meticulous account of Wyatt Earp's life is a must-read for anyone who loves American history and tales of the Old West.


Monday, August 5 2013

Why Peter Capaldi Will Be an Amazing Doctor Who

The announcement, surprisingly, was not a left-turn that many were expecting. Some are raising hell over his place in the canon. You know what? It's going to be really, really hard to top Capaldi.


Monday, June 17 2013

Lessons British TV Needs to Learn from US TV

British television viewers are hungry for cutting edge programs -- most only available legally in the United States. But will the BBC listen?


Tuesday, November 27 2012

Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.


Thursday, October 20 2011

The World’s Favourite Parlour Game: The Quite Interesting Brilliance of ‘QI’

We rarely equate television game shows with admirable life philosophies, but the BBC's QI with host Stephen Fry pulls it off by making us think as well as laugh.


Wednesday, October 5 2011

It’s a Very Complicated Thing, Time: ‘Doctor Who: Day of The Daleks’

Not only does this address the global political climate with plot lines that mirror actual events of the early '70s, it's also the first time a Doctor Who story really explored the idea of a time paradox.


Wednesday, September 28 2011

‘Diana Rigg at the BBC’: A Worthy, Albeit Partial, Tribute to a Worthy Actor

Beyond Emma Peel: A new BBC collection highlights Diana Rigg's performances in everything from sketch comedy to the plays of Henrik Ibsen.


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Some Holiday Fun With Mr. Bean (Mixed Media) [9.Dec.10]
John Barrowman Is an Entertainer with a Capital E (Notes from the Road) [1.Nov.10]
LOST in Memorabilia (Channel Surfing) [20.Aug.10]
Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (Reviews) [23.Mar.10]
Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus (Reviews) [22.Mar.10]
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (Reviews) [25.Feb.10]
Robin Hood: Season 3 (Reviews) [10.Feb.10]
Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (Reviews) [3.Feb.10]
TV’s First Female Hero: Annie Oakley (Channel Surfing) [7.Jan.10]
The Brontë Collection (Reviews) [10.Dec.09]
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (Reviews) [4.Nov.09]
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin (Reviews) [3.Nov.09]
Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (Channel Surfing) [26.Jul.09]
Torchwood: Children of Earth (Channel Surfing) [20.Jul.09]
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