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The Office: Garage Sale

by Za’chary Westbrook

5 out of 5

GARAGE SALE

Well, shine on, you crazy diamond and shove a crowbar up my nose! We’ve known it was all coming for a while. Of course, it’s been old news that Steve Carrell is leaving the show and we’ve kind of just been sitting around waiting to find out how Michael leaves. With Holly’s return, their engagement was pretty much inevitable; after all, you’ve gotta give a character like Michael closure. Saying good-bye to Jim and Pam is easy, really. They’re married to the love of their lives, they have a kid, they still manage to effortlessly outwit Dwight; they’ve got it all! Season finale, Jim gets a phone call, new job, moving truck, teary hugs good-bye. Done. Michael is not that simple. Continue reading

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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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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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Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking

by Za’chary Westbrook

5 out of 5

INTERMEDIATE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

So, this week, The Office did a very Community episode and… yeah. Since the mid-season break, Pierce has been sailing out of control and it’s been threatening to completely unbalance the show’s dynamic. His increased belligerence has made him impossible to work with and the only way to have a story that doesn’t center on him, at least as the antagonist (AD&D), has required completely removing him from the action (E21CR). It’s time to resolve. So, Pierce fakes a serious illness in order to get revenge for not being taken seriously.

“Well, my days of not taking you seriously have certainly come to a middle.” Continue reading

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The Office: Threat Level Midnight

by Za’chary Westbrook

5 out of 5

THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT

For a few weeks now, we’ve been subjected to the writers attempts to shoe in the minor characters to lead stories in anticipation of Steve Carell’s ¬†farewell. Tonight, it was like they suddenly realized why that wasn’t going to work and went for broke. What we got is an episode that idiots will be quoting on their Facebook statuses and will be hailed as the best episode of the season until Carell actually leaves. And for good reason. Continue reading

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Glee: Silly Love Songs

by Za’chary Westbrook

2 out of 5

SILLY LOVE SONGS

Show leader Ryan Murphy is back in the writer’s chair trying something that Glee hasn’t even made cursory efforts at in quite a while: making the songs relevant to the story. That’s the thing about traditional musicals, where a real play would have subtle and nuanced dialogue coupled with acting communicate the characters’ feelings, a musical just has them sing about it. This has given us My Favorite Things, People Will Say We’re in Love and All I Ask of You. This also gave us Lea Michele’s show-defining performance Take a Bow in the first season. After a long absence, Glee tries it again. Sort of. Continue reading

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