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The Demonic Force in 'The Whale: Revenge From the Deep'
By Amanda Gilroy
As in its previous literary and screen incarnations, the whale here is a demonic force, producing fear in the whalers (and the audience) even when it is not visible. [26.Nov.14]
'Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Collection (XXXI)' Is Comedy Worth Being Thankful For
Featuring episodes from both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, this Turkey Day Collection is a feast for comedy fans. [26.Nov.14]
The Adventures of Two Boys and an Elephant
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences. [25.Nov.14]
'Major Crimes': Watching People Watching People
By Lesley Smith
The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television. [24.Nov.14]
Jumping the Shark and Surviving: A Reappraisal of the Fifth Season of 'Happy Days'
By Daniel R. Budnik
"Jumping the shark" may be a fun and lingering trope in popular culture, but its truth in relation to the Happy Days episode from which it gets its name is questionable. [18.Nov.14]
Reviews
By Amanda Gilroy
As in its previous literary and screen incarnations, the whale here is a demonic force, producing fear in the whalers (and the audience) even when it is not visible. [26.Nov.14]
Featuring episodes from both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, this Turkey Day Collection is a feast for comedy fans. [25.Nov.14]
By Lesley Smith
The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television. [24.Nov.14]
Just under the surface, the earnest Barry Allen suppresses his darkness in the hope of freeing his wrongly convicted father. [10.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Daniel R. Budnik
"Jumping the shark" may be a fun and lingering trope in popular culture, but its truth in relation to the Happy Days episode from which it gets its name is questionable. [17.Nov.14]
This restoration of the television classic will remind you of all that was wonderful and odd, sweet and quirky, intriguing and terrifying about Twin Peaks. [14.Nov.14]
Columns
Canon Fodder
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences. [24.Nov.14]
Channel Surfing
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [13.Nov.14]
From The Blogs
How did Doctor Who go from grasping at straws to having one of the best seasons in years? Amazingly, in just two simple steps. [17.Nov.14]
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