Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

The Four Seasons of Twin Peaks

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We all know that the second season of Twin Peaks sucks, right? Not so, and that’s not because the final twenty-two episodes of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s seminal early-90s TV series are without fault, but because we’ve been thinking about—and watching—Twin Peaks the wrong way for all these years.

Twin Peaks doesn’t have two seasons. It has four. Let me explain:

It’s time to talk about Black Mirror. Charlie Booker’s remarkable and disturbing—remarkably disturbing?—new show just dropped its third season on Netflix, and as with its first two outings, the reaction from across the critical spectrum is about the same: this show is messed up, but it’s one of the greatest shows of all time.

But there are some dissenting voices among the awestruck masses. Some critics—good ones, I might add—are growing tired of the show’s persistently downbeat tone and endings.

Hey gang! I'm back with another overlong examination of a pop-cultural touchstone. This time it's Netflix's much-ballyhooed (and beloved) limited series Stranger Things.

The Big Bang Theory is a major player in geek popular culture. You either love it or hate it, and if you hate it and think it’s only loved by people who aren’t “true geeks” (whatever that means), then you haven’t seen the presence and draw of this show at San Diego Comic-Con.

Personally, I don’t actively despise the show, but I do think it’s a one-trick pony that has been getting beaten long after cessation of any vital functions. It’s biggest problem is that it is a comedy show full of unlikable characters who aren’t funny, haven’t been funny for years, and maybe never were.

We chatted with the cast of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter while at the NYCC'15. Never heard of the show? Well, this five part Adult Swim mini-series will air all week long starting on December 7th. Set in the pretend sleep enclave of Garrity, Vermont (aka "B&B Town, USA!"), Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter is the story of a neon-clad man with a mysterious past and a highly specialized skill set - hunting werewolves. When a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes, the Garrity sheriff's department finds itself in over its head and the fate of the townspeople is left to Neon Joe. Will he catch the beast before the next full moon, or will it live another day and kill again?

This half-hour live-action mini-series is created by Jon Glaser (Girls, Parks and Recreation), produced by PFFR, and stars Glaser as “Neon Joe” with Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU), Steve Little (Eastbound and Down), and Steve Cirbus (Delocated).

The very title of this week’s episode underlines its chief fixation: the future in all its myriad forms. 

An interlocking network of seductions and lies provides a road map through this week’s episode of Mad Men, which saw someone — a deeply delightful someone — finally drive a wedge between Peggy and Stan. But before we talk about Mimi Rogers’ kick-ass entrance to this universe, let’s talk about the quickly multiplying army of curvy brunettes who are crowding into Don Draper’s headspace.

Three cheers for the Marvel/Netflix joint series Daredevil. Here are 10 things we hope to see in the future on the show.

SPOILER WARNING! Obviously if we will be talking about things we want to see in future seasons of Daredevil (and we will), we’ll be talking about what has already happened in the first season. So go watch that first (trust me, it’s excellent), and then come back and read this.

Finally, a superhero who likes having superpowers and being a superhero.

I need to start this article with a bit of an apology and disclaimer. I’m about to talk (at length, most likely) about the television series The Flash, but I’m behind the curve here. At the time of writing this I’m trying to catch up on episodes that have been sitting in my DVR since December of 2014. I just finished watching “The Man in the Yellow Suit” and am working on “Revenge of the Rogues”. But what I really want to talk about is the episode “Power Outage”, which originally aired all the way back on November 25, 2014. This episode caught me completely by surprise, in the most refreshing and enjoyable way possible. I don’t know if what was set in motion is still speeding along, but even if there have been more recent developments that nullify my thesis, I still love this episode for how it chose to depict its superhero.

Big Ross checks in to drop some knowledge on the writers of the Fox series Bones.

Bones is a CSI clone/crime procedural on Fox that stars Emily Deschanel as genius & semi-autistic forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan. Along with Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and a team of scientists Bones solves murders, primarily by examining skeletal remains. In the recent episode “The Psychic in the Soup” the gang was tasked with solving the murder of a psychic. This psychic was in fact a charlatan who took advantage of people, but in the course of the investigation a supposedly real psychic (played by Cyndi Lauper) showed up to “help”. She also claimed to be receiving contact from a character named Sweets, who was in actuality a member of the team who had been killed awhile back. Turns out the majority of the episode took place on Sweets’s birthday, the first since his death.