In this episode of the BFG, Chris recaps the 2nd half of series 2.
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There have now been five aired episodes of the show Revolution on NBC (“We Kill Comedy”) and while I’m enjoying the series, I’ve noticed some inherent problems that may, in fact, prevent it from lasting as long as network executives tend to want things to last; i.e. forever. That’s sort of the issue with having a high-concept show with lots of characters: the story outruns the world it inhabits. The show was created by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and Super Producer J.J. Abrams, so there’s enough talent behind the scenes to hopefully right any of the shaking seas the series has as it makes its way from the docks, but there’s certainly rough waters ahead if they aren’t careful.
About four months ago my girlfriend and I binge-watched all of the first season of Downton Abbey. In the beginning I couldn’t help but wonder how anyone could watch a show about British aristocrats in the early 20th century. But then something strange happened. Out of nowhere, my girlfriend would start laughing at jokes that were flying entirely under my radar. The moment that I learned how to read all the subtle non-verbal queues in the show was like being born deaf and having a cochlear implant turned on for the first time. Immediately I wrote up a post about my revelation, soon followed by the video The Boyfriend’s Guide to Downton Abbey – Season 1.
So four months have passed and the video has slowly but surely reached its core audience who have repeatedly demanded that we make a Season 2 recap. In that time, the girlfriend and I have binge-watched all of Season 2 twice over because of how great it is! If Season 1 was all about fox hunts and flower shows, well, Season 2 is a world apart! There’s so much going on here that I’ve had to split it into two different videos. So without furhter ado, here’s The Boyfriend’s Guide to Downton Abbey – Season 2, Part 1!
Two of my favorite shows on TV right now are TLC’s My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and National Geographic’s American Colony: Meet the Hutterites. For the longest time I didn’t really like a lot of reality TV shows, and I think it’s because so many of them focused on rednecks – a culture I never really had a lot of exposure to growing up in South Dakota. We had our own kinds of hicks and I’m sure many would insist that they’re rednecks, but we also had plenty of these two groups who, until lately, were under-represented on the national stage: Hutterites and Travelers.
On first site, the two groups couldn’t be more different. The puritanical Hutterites stand out wherever they go, looking like Amish Lite. And typically you wouldn’t be able to differentiate a traveler, or American Gypsy, from many other people who pass through town briefly. But the two groups have a few more things in common than meets the eye.
After being told repeatedly to do so on the basis of how much I’d “just love it,” I watched both seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And, as everyone but me expected, I do just love it. It’s like The Lord of the Rings and The Sopranos had a baby that was given up for adoption and raised by Deadwood, with all the brutal violence, unnecessary nudity, and filthy language anyone could want in their sword-and-sorcery fantasy shows. The problem is, I watched both seasons incredibly rapidly and have been suffering some ill-effects, mentally. In fact, they just so happen to number exactly 20. Convenient how fictional, comedic maladies work, isn’t it?
Having lots of sex with as many women as possible is the best, most desirable thing that any man can aspire to, right?
That’s usually the message presented by most male characters in popular media today. Male promiscuity is almost always portrayed as something admirable. But rarely, if ever, do we see a character who realizes that this behavior is self-destructive. So when Jason Stackhouse came to this introspective realization on last night’s True Blood, I was blown away.
I’ve admitted this to very few people, but I love True Blood. I don’t just kind of like this show, I haven’t missed a single episode. Three weeks ago I introduced my girlfriend to the show, and since then we’ve watched every episode together in preparation of the season 5 premiere.
Now, I’m not going to waste your time with an episode synopsis that you can read plenty of other places, and I’m not going to try to sway new audiences into checking out a show which they’ve missed 48 solid hours of. Instead, this a collection of the best animated GIFs from last night’s premiere that only the true True Blood fans will appreciate. Like Pam in that Wal-Mart sweatsuit.
Last week, a lot of announcements were made about NBC’s Thursday night comedies, specifically Community. First it was announced that they were picked up for a fourth season (yay), but later that it would only have an episode order of 13 instead of the usual 24 and it would be moved to Friday nights following Whitney. That certainly doesn’t seem like the move of a network that has faith in a show. Then, late last week, the studio that produces the show, Sony, announced that creator and showrunner Dan Harmon would no longer be in charge of the series but would have “creative input.” Harmon later stated on his personal blog that he was “fired.” Now, this is a huge blow to fans of Community, of which I am one, but moreover it’s a blow against people who watch and enjoy this type of show in this way. This is NBC taking a stand against smart television.
Mad Men has been around since 2007, but up until last week I hadn’t seen a single episode. With Season 5 premiering on March 25th I figured now was as good a time as any to start from the beginning, watch them all, and summarize the plot of the first four seasons in one quick video. But this show doesn’t have a plot so much as it has many little sub-plots that have little bearing on the overall show.
Don Draper is a good liar, everybody fucks everybody, people are often drunk, and the 60s were awful for everybody but straight white guys. Enjoy.