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'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Premiere Recap: A Broken World

'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Premiere Recap: A Broken World

A review of premiere — complete with spoilers — coming up just as soon as I take you out for pinochle…The Kevin Feige era of TV began earlier this year with WandaVision, a show about television that was (at least ), and an example of how versatile the Marvel brand can be. Without that MCU tie-in, would a tribute to the history of the American sitcom have been a sensation, or a pop-cultural afterthought? With several Avengers present, WandaVision announced just how many things were possible under that now-familiar logo.WandaVision only came first, though, because the pandemic disrupted...

Mar 19
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'WandaVision' Recap: Behind the Screens

'WandaVision' Recap: Behind the Screens

A review of this week’s WandaVision, “We Interrupt This Program,” coming up just as soon as I get the commemorative T-shirt…As its title(*) suggests, “We Interrupt This Program” takes a break from the weekly sitcom pastiche WandaVision has offered so far. We get glimpses of events from the first three installments — most notably an expanded version of “Geraldine” from Westview, now presented on widescreen film rather than part of a Brady Bunch episode. But mostly we are seeing what’s been happening outside of Westview, and getting context and explanations for exactly what’s going on, and...

Jan 29
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Has Covid Leveled Peak TV?

Has Covid Leveled Peak TV?

We have taken it as a given in recent years that the television universe, like our real one, will just go on expanding for long after any of us is gone. We had barely acclimated to there being over 400 scripted original series airing in a given year before that number crossed the 500 series threshold. Even as cable channels like A&E or were bailing out of the scripted game, the streamers have been growing and multiplying so rapidly that the total amount of content has kept going up, up, up.And where the pandemic has completely upended almost every other aspect of life as we know it,...

Oct 15
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A History of Violence: Why I Loved Cop Shows, and Why They Must Change

A History of Violence: Why I Loved Cop Shows, and Why They Must Change

I broke into television criticism because of my love for a show about a racist, sexist, alcoholic cop who used the N-word and beat confessions out of suspects. I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the past few months.In the fall of 1993, the hottest show on TV was ABC’s NYPD Blue. It had been promoted as the first truly adult drama in the history of the medium, with words that had never been said and body parts that had never been shown on network television before. The most shocking part of the series, at least as first, was Detective Andy Sipowicz (played by the great Dennis Franz), a...

August 9, 2020
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'Watchmen' Writer on Trump in Tulsa, Bad Cops, and America's White Supremacy Problem 

'Watchmen' Writer on Trump in Tulsa, Bad Cops, and America's White Supremacy Problem 

saw this coming.Some fiction offers an escape from difficult realities. Other art holds up a lens to the world we know, magnifying things we haven’t looked at closely enough. Watchmen, HBO’s adaptation of the iconic Eighties comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, fell into the latter category. For nine weeks in the fall of 2019, the limited series — developed by Lost and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof — dealt with white supremacy, police brutality, and so many more of the problems that have come into sharp focus for America in the weeks following police officers’ killing...

June 17, 2020
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