Category Archives: Television

An Emotional Response to Lucifer [Episodes 1-3]

Occasionally one encounters a piece of fiction so staggeringly ill-judged as to transgress the border of the misanthropic, the production of which in any civilised society would be an actual crime. I can’t say for certain that Lucifer taken as … Continue reading

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Reflexivity in Remington Steele

Remington Steele was a lightly comedic detective procedural from the early 1980s. It had two gimmicks – front and centre is the conceit that Remington Steele is a fraud, an invention of the real detective, Laura Holt, who was not … Continue reading

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Micro-procedurals in Urban Fantasy

When Buffy the Vampire finished up its run, I was ready for it to be over. I had loved the show, but over the course of the seventh season I’d been feeling a palpable sense of de ja vu bordering on boredom … Continue reading

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Person of Interest [Seasons 1 to 3]

Over the past year or so I’ve been slowly working my way through Person of Interest [2011]. I can’t remember who first recommended it to me, but it may have been Eggwhite. As I approach the end of what’s been made, … Continue reading

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Conflict in Stargate & Stargate Atlantis

Morgue’s long study of seasons 1-3 of Buffy the Wampire Slayer provides a fairly clear set of methods they use for creating conflict, which I somewhat simply express as Myth-As-Metaphor: the ordinary concerns of life are horrifically recast into literally … Continue reading

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Snapshots of 2015’s Films & Television

I had a goal this year of blogging about every new film I saw. I tried to space these out so I’d only post one or two a week, and with bumping some posting slots for other things that’s pushed … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful [Season 1]

This slickly-produced Showtime series returns to the well of modern horror: Dracula. We get an assemblage of second-stringer horrific creations of the Victorian Era bodged together in a kind of revisionist take on the events of Bram Stoker’s novel. It’s … Continue reading

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