• Doctor Who 9 : 3 — “Under the Lake”

    I think this exchange between Clara and Missy from “The Witch’s Familiar” is a pretty apt summation of “Under the Lake”: MISSY: Why does the Doctor always survive? CLARA: Because he always assumes he’s going to win. He always knows there’s a way to survive. He just has to go and find it. Out of […]

  • Doctor Who Season 9 — or, 1 + 1 = 1

    Is Missy the Doctor? I mentioned in our Twitter messages that I have a feeling the Doctor Who writers are retrofitting a lot of the old storylines and characters in order to add layers of new meaning to the rebooted series, and the Doctor + Master relationship seems like ripe fruit for picking in that […]

  • Spinning Plates

    If you at all enjoy food, spending an afternoon in the kitchen, sprawling on the sofa reading cookbooks and/or watching cooking shows (especially if it’s all of the above), then “Spinning Plates” is worth checking out. At first, I was a little annoyed with the obvious artifice of it — the music seemed cliche, the […]

  • Compare and Contrast: Brooklyn Nine-Nine vs. Enlisted

    1.) Both series are set in militaristic environments (police precinct vs. army base) and feature black males in commanding roles. B-99 boasts Andre Braugher as a stoic, by the books (and the first openly gay) precinct captain who plays ultimate foil to Andy Samberg’s “If there’s no I in TEAM, then I’m not interested!” detective, […]

  • Sleepy Hollow: The Indispensable Man/Bad Blood

    You gotta love a show that ends its first season with not just a cliffhanger, but a cliffhanger for every. single. hero character in its arsenal. Jenny is dangling off a cliff, Ichabod is dangling off a cliff, Katrina is dangling off a cliff, Abbie is dangling off a cliff and Captain Irving is dangling […]

  • Castle 6:12 (Deep Cover) and Enlisted 1:2 (Randy Get Your Gun)

    CASTLE: DEEP COVER Twenty episodes after the Jackson Hunt character is first introduced (episode 5:16), we get an on-screen reunion with dear old dad. And just in time, too, because I was seriously beginning to wonder if the writers even remembered that they’d created the father character in the first place. But happily, “Deep Cover” […]

  • Elementary 2:13 — “All in the Family”

    This is exactly what I love about Elementary. Like I said in my last (obsessive-compulsive) post, the police procedural has become a familiar staple on television networks after decades of format refining and audience monitoring — progressing through each successive decade with a fresh coat of cinematic paint and a brand new way of interpreting […]