“All that suffering and nothing changes.” Homeland’s degree of success as a critique of American foreign policy has varied wildly over the last four seasons, but this one devastating admission almost made up for all of its stumbles. Continue reading →
Let Them Eat Cake
The episode opens with that combination of montage and super intense, unexpected music that The Good Wife does so well. Lots of guys getting arrested: it’s violent, disruptive, and scary.
I’ve come to the conclusion after this week that I was watching the beginning of the season wrong. I was still very much in the mindset of the romantic-comedy happy ending. It turns out this is more Wide Sargasso Sea than Jane Eyre.
Somehow, my fingers nearly gave out trying to type everything that happened in this episode, and yet at the end, with a couple exceptions, most characters were in the exact same place. How did that happen?
Last week, Mindy and Danny gave birth to Leo Castellano. This week, they enter their home with their new son. “Behold, one day all this will be yours,” says Mindy, continuing the whole Leo/Lion concept with what I assume is a pretty great Lion King reference. Danny quips, “I hope you like property taxes.”
Sure, Kalinda and Will, arguably the sexiest, most passionate (and passionately loved?) characters on The Good Wife, have gone the way of the dodo. But there are still so many reasons we’re excited for the return of The Good Wife tonight. Continue reading →
When The Affair premiered last fall, it was one of the best shows I had ever seen. The Rashomon-style format was the gimmick, along with the wildly misleading posters of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson getting sexy in a pool, but the execution was anything but gimmicky, as the first few episodes utilized the premise to its full potential. Every subtle yet glaring discrepancy within the emotionally charged memories was attributable to a cannily observed limitation of individual perception, whether the result of personality traits, class, gender, etc. The result was an incisive, often devastating exploration of human frailty, cognitive dissonance, and self-deception.