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Monday, June 23 2014

‘Brazil With Monty Python’s Michael Palin’ Isn’t the Brazil You’re Thinking of

This BBC series is a nice way to learn some things about the world's fifth largest country, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Thursday, May 29 2014

‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Thursday, May 22 2014

‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.


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.


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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]
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