July 1, 2009

Dispatches From the Damned

So much TV has been consumed. Far too much. On the plus side, during my voyage into televised madness (or maddening television i suppose), I've learned a few things...
First, intelligent, slow, well-constructed drama is best hidden by trashy-sounding subject matter. Battlestar Galactica, True Blood
Second, guilty pleasures work best when tied to fear. Mary Louise-Parker's nervous grin in Weeds being the best example of this (when the show works, her uncomfortable wide smile works as a punctuation, a sign she's affected by what's going on around her, and similarly I find it effective/funny. when she's too in control and does that grin, it's useless. Similarly when she doesn't seem to care).
Third, we remain in a golden age of television, at least for basic cable. Funny shows that aren't sitcoms are commonplace. Lurid, depressing plots are everywhere. Wounded characters abound. There's even some intelligent and daring choices made. Auteur-television is here. For now.

Anyway, I'm going to try to make up this absence to all you loyal readers. Here's a preview of what's coming up...

A transcription of last weeks unviewable episode of AHtv, a discussion of what it means to celebrate July 4, and some talks about neckties.

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