Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fringe: Subject 13

by Za’chary Westbrook

3 out of 5

SUBJECT 13

I love the 80s opening credits. Something about them makes me all nostalgic for Quantum Leap. No, the QL credits looked nothing like that, but still. I can’t explain my nostalgia, sorry. Part of me wondered if this was the beginning of a Lost-esque trend and that next season we’d be seeing rotations of the three opening sequences more and more. However, tonight’s fairly dry, plot-hole-spackle episode leaves me with little hope for that. Continue reading

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The Office: Todd Packer

by Za’chary Westbrook

4 out of 5

TODD PACKER

Things have been rough on The Office since the mid-season return. Most of that roughness has had to do with trying to shoe minor characters into story leads and they just can’t keep it going. This all in preparation for Carrell’s departure which will likely mean this is the final season or that next season, we’ll be treated to a half season parade of the worst sitcom cliches in history. Continue reading

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Community: Intro to Political Science

by Za’chary Westbrook
4 out of 5
INTRO TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

You know how in teen drama series no one ever really seems to have classes. Or, at least, not classes that have any bearing on their lives besides moments for looking moody in a Death Cab for Cutie montage. Also, parents. 90% of TV teenage drama can be averted by good parenting.

Anyway, the last few weeks our community college gang has been taking it a little light on the college side of things. Not that we really noticed, but it was definitely about to get conspicuous. Which brings us to the first gag of the night: the study group trying to remember how to study. I mention it because it is probably the most consistent gag the show has. Only once have we seen the group actually study and that was for last season’s Spanish Final. And that gag sums up what this episode is about. Continue reading

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Glee: Blame it on the Alcohol

by Za’chary Westbrook

2 out of 5

BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL

Watch Glee drunk! Why didn’t I think of this before? It would certainly have made the sight of Heather Morris in cut-offs look less like blonde, half-drowned Juliette Lewis. Because if there’s one thing this week’s episode of Glee taught me, it’s that alcohol is awesome. Also, completely unavoidable. Seriously, there’s no realistic way anyone can stop drinking. That’s doubly true for anyone who doesn’t have much of a life. Actually, I have no idea what the writers were trying to get at. The “drunk dial” episode of Community was more anti-drinking than this was. Continue reading

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Chuck: Masquerade

by Za’chary Westbrook

3 out of 5

MASQUERADE

Just when you thought the Chuck writers couldn’t possibly contrive us any more family members: Volkoff has a daughter! With Timothy Dalton dead and his evil empire in snooze mode, the spy family has no nemesis and, therefore, no one to kill time with before Chuck and Sarah’s wedding. So, this is the most natural point in the story to discover said off-spring. Continue reading

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House: Two Stories

by Za’chary Westbrook

4 out of 5

TWO STORIES

Despite some moments of pure magic tonight, it’s all evened out to a fairly average episode. Now, by average, I mean an average level of entertainment. The delivery and construction was decidedly out of the mold, which was nice. The story itself is typically House-having-feelings, but changing up how a typical story is told is just as good as telling a new story in a typical way. Of course, it’s cool to see an unusual story told in an unusual way, but that tends to be over-egging the narrative pudding. So, uninspired story with well-executed structure gets 4 marks. Continue reading

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30 Rock: It’s Never Too Late For Now

by Za’chary Westbrook

3 out of 5

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR NOW

I’m just going to call it: this is 30 Rock‘s last good season. We’ve had five season of quality comedy, that’s something to be proud of and I just hope that Tina Fey and co. give their show the dignity of going out while it’s still funny. (Psst. No Season 6.) At this point, the show is tired. There’s a great cast of awesomely zany characters doing their thing. Unfortunately, it’s the same thing they’ve been doing. That’s necessarily a bad thing, either. It’s been really funny, so far, but now it’s drying up. The characters have done all they’re going to do and tonight’s episode was a showcase for that very fact. Continue reading

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