Monday, September 27 2004
Ground Zero, the address -- spoken here as goal, location, memorial, toxic vapor -- is also necessarily disturbing as such.
When I watched Blue Collar TV, I couldn't help but think of how homogenized images of 'working class' folks have become.
Monday, September 20 2004
In LAX's first scene, the airport director (Michael Murphy) kills himself.
Bank robbers gloated that by the time HMPD arrived, they'd be '...halfway to Maui,' as if there are no cops on the Valley Isle.
There's no bigger Mark Cuban fan than Mark Cuban himself.
'If [Osama] came in my yard, I'd kill his ass.'
Monday, September 13 2004
You never see the sex on TBS, whereas HBO promised at least one very racy, very explicit (simulated) sex scene per episode.
The show goes to predictable lengths to reveal the costs of Dr. Connor's heroic dedication.
LeBlanc makes us believe that Joey has grown up a little since we last saw him, while providing fans with old-school Joey moments.
The structure of Jack & Bobby is more ambitious and convoluted than most teen fare, investing its heroes with a historical weight and grandeur, even if that history is fictional.
Tuesday, August 24 2004
The boys are so moronic that it's hard to care what happens to them.
Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.
When was the last time a cabinet officer led troops into potentially dangerous situations?
Thursday, July 29 2004
Wife Swap reinforces the idea of competition between women: whose house, kids, husband, and techniques for coping with daily life are better?
Things I Hate About You may reinforce gender stereotypes, but in a less offensive and vindictive manner than most of its peers.
Monday, June 21 2004
In addition to diversifying their resumes, the series gives Hilton and Richie multiple opportunities to show off their 'spoiled, rich girl' personas.
The current ubiquity of fertility-drug-induced multiple births makes the Chase family seem a very modern clan.
Tim and Ingrid must also contend with a pretentious host who, with deadly seriousness, delivers the most hackneyed speeches this side of Jeff Probst.
Tuesday, May 18 2004
Unlike most sitcoms, Friends was willing to tease out the inevitable happy ending over its entire decade of existence.