Wilfred’s Final Season

Wilfred is coming back for a final season, and I can’t wait. Wilfred is another one of those shows with that unique tonal flavor; dark, but with a half-twist of a smile, straddling clever writing and jokes about humping. I have no idea what to officially expect, mainly because I don’t watch trailers and commercials, and I don’t follow spoiler articles about guest stars and such. But I do know what I hope to see.  Let’s refresh.

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Shameless and Fear of Sunday Nights

"Fionaaaaaa!"

“Fionaaaaaa!”

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered during this (probably the best) season of Shameless yet, one of the most significant running themes is that opportunities are fleeting for the Gallagher’s family and connections.  So many of these characters scramble to keep their grip on the little pieces of hope or stability that they find, and they either get fried or completely destroy themselves.  The problem is that constant sensation that everything has been falling apart, which has left me with some sinking feelings all season long.  Here are my thoughts, hopes, and fears for the season finale and season 5.

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Wargames, 30 years later

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It’s interesting to watch a dated movie thirty years later. Chuck Klosterman once wrote about watching an old season of The Real World after two of the stars began dating publicly despite butting heads during filming. It was like he knew a secret they didn’t; no matter how much they could possibly hate each other, the understanding that they would eventually have sex influenced his re-watch and added a new perspective. Living in our technophiliac present makes me look back on Wargames with a strange sense of naiveté. Young Matthew Broderick doesn’t have a clue what is coming.

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Community’s “Alternative History of the German Invasion” Invites Reflection

Maybe it just isn't about you anymore.

Maybe it just isn’t about you anymore.

We’ve all sensed that Community is missing a piece of itself, and it is true that most people aren’t really able to put what’s missing into words. The Onion A.V. Club argued that Community is just getting older like any sitcom, and needs to rehash older ideas and rely on rebuilt jokes as new content becomes slim. This is a valid point, but one that misses an important detail: Community’s history of conceptual acuity. Continue reading

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One More Episode: The Rise of Power-Watching

The "One More Episode" sketch from Portlandia

The “One More Episode” sketch from Portlandia.  Watch on Youtube.

The current cyclical release standard of television shows is becoming obsolete. More and more people are signing up for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus to watch entire multi-season runs of shows all in a few sittings. Online streaming sites are showing full seasons of shows from servers located across the world. Bittorrent sites offer shows in single season or multi-season torrent packs. These methods of television consumption are becoming preferable now. The only question is, can the entertainment industry keep up?

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Happy October 19th… Maybe

This doesn't feel right

This doesn’t feel right

I don’t know how I feel about Community tonight.

There’s a joy that comes with shouting “Troy and Abed back from summer!” There’s also a sense of malaise that came from watching tonight, like the way it might feel if you’re married to one twin but the other slips under the covers to cuddle with you. It’s offputting.

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Yaay! NBC suggests possible Season 5 for Community

Yaay!

Yaay!

It’s one month until the October 19th premiere, and the whispers about season four’s potential have mostly settled the collective agita of every Community fan.  As we wait only somewhat patiently for the best ensemble cast on television to return, here is an article suggesting that NBC bigwig Robert Greenblatt has Chang’d his tune about Community’s future.

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