Thursday, January 17 2013
Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.
Wednesday, January 11 2012
The small screen offers up the usual suspects, proving once again that, with a few exceptions, what's good on today's prime time schedule will stay that way until the next best-of list.
Wednesday, January 12 2011
Running the gamut from the ever-present to the new and novel, PopMatters' TV picks prove that, as a medium, the small screen challenges the big at every entertainment (and aesthetic) level.
Thursday, May 13 2010
Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.
Friday, January 8 2010
Aside from one or two new shows, this look at the Best of TV 2009 seems awfully familiar. A look at early '60s admen? A practically incomprehensible drama about an island of airplane crash castaways? The Americanization of a UK workplace comedy? That definitely rings a bell.
Friday, September 28 2012
Fringe's Walter is the embodiment of how our noble instincts are corrupted by our inherent ability to ignore the morality of our deeds.
Friday, November 4 2011
With "Novation", Fringe conjures a kind of archetypal nightmare touch: you return to father and lover and they don’t know you; no one knows you.
Thursday, April 1 2010
As Fringe's focus zooms in on the tension between Walter's paternal and ethical obligations, it skirts the nostalgic fluff that usually consumes the Flashback Episode.
Thursday, September 24 2009
Unlike her TV predecessors, Olivia is not moved by transcendent belief or duty. Uncertainty hurts her.
Tuesday, September 9 2008
The formula set in motion by the Fringe pilot is familiar, but also devious and delightful.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
At first I thought there were just too many episodes of Fringe that began with someone turning into a pile of slime.
Monday, August 1 2011
There was both good and bad news for the so-called geek and nerd audience, as Fringe survived its move to Friday night, but they were left with no Space Opera with the cancellation of Caprica and Stargate Universe.
Thursday, April 8 2010
All my serialized sci-fi shows seem to have turned into one-hour drama versions of choose-your-own-adventure books. I’m still trying to figure out if this is a cop-out or a stroke of genius. Maybe it’s both.
Monday, January 25 2010
The recent and depressingly bland episode "Johari Window" was another in a distressingly large number of dull episodes bookended by a few spectacular gems. Will Fringe ever fulfill its potential and become a consistently great show?
Thursday, February 26 2009
Like the Observer - the strange man who keeps popping up during investigations then disappearing - "Fringe" has mysteriously vanished. The Fox drama has made…
Friday, February 6 2009
LOS ANGELES - For some fans, sci-fi's always been as much about the relationships as about the little green men and displaced polar bears. "The…
Tuesday, September 9 2008
BEVERLY HILLS - Ever wonder what inspires the creators of some of TV's top thrillers? Old TV thrillers, it turns out. Take the case of…