So the Game of Thrones finale happened. Many people are unhappy with it. As mentioned in a prior blog post, I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until earlier this year, and I recognize that makes my relationship with the show different from that of most fans. This was the first time I really got to experience the frenzy of anticipation and fan theories that goes a long with … Continue reading Dear GoT Fans: Winter Came, So Can We Chill For a Sec?
Over the years, my dad has talked to me about major moments in television and movie history that he lived through. He’s told me about the shock that was the M*A*S*H finale. He’s told me about the “who shot JR” episode of Dallas. His eyes light up when he tries to explain how mind-blowing it was to see Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, when such a film was … Continue reading The Beauty of Bandwagons (SPOILER FREE!)
So over the last few months I have watched the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones for the first time. I knew such an occasion needed to be commemorated with a blog post. But how does one put together a think piece on seven seasons of television that have already generated far too many think pieces? I can’t. Hell, I can’t even remember how to spell … Continue reading 22 Crazy Things That Probably Won’t Happen On GoT Season 8, But Who Knows?
There are the characters that you want to drink a beer with, and there are the characters that you fear could throw a beer across the room at any moment. These are the two types of characters that every work needs: A likable character, and an interesting character. Now of course these two things are not mutually exclusive. However I’ve seen certain people allege that … Continue reading Writing About Writing: Likable vs. Interesting Characters
So I consume a lot of different movies/television of a lot of different genres and over the years I’ve noticed there’s one quality that can make or break a protagonist. I like my protagonists active. Passive protagonists bore the hell out of me. What is the difference, you ask? Passive protagonists are defined almost exclusively by whatever situation they’re thrown into. Active protagonists are defined … Continue reading Writing About Writing: Make Your Protagonist Active
I wrote about Freeform’s The Bold Type in a previous article and used it as launching pad for a broader discussion of social stigma surrounding content made for women. While I’m still proud of that post, upon re-reading it I can’t help but notice that it really doesn’t do justice to the show itself. I also wrote it before Season 2, which means I have even MORE to talk about now.
And so to celebrate the Season 2 finale, I thought it best to write a proper fangirl post of The Bold Type. While it’s very easy to look at the The Bold Type’s marketing and think that it’s just another 20-somethings-in-Manhattan show that the world doesn’t need, I genuinely believe there is no other show like this on television. Here’s why.
Yesterday, I finished Season 2 of the CW’s Riverdale. The more I think about it, the more I think that the CW’s Riverdale is the most frustrating television program on the air right now. It might even be in the running for most frustrating television program of all time. Note that I did not say “worse” because that’s not accurate. I said frustrating. That’s because Riverdale is not really a BAD show it just comes so close to being a good show that when it fails, it fails big.
I’ve always found that this is some of the hardest type of tv to watch; not the stuff that is just straight up bad, but the stuff that is just good enough to show you all the potential it failed to reach. Look at these components. Riverdale has all the makings of quality entertainment and then some:
- Sexual Tension
- Political corruption
- Musical numbers
- A leather-clad biker gang
- Drug trafficking
- Cole Sprouse
- A saucy redhead
- Vigilante justice
- Evil nuns
- More murder
So I did it. I watched a bunch of pilots and only the pilots. I’m allowed to continue these shows but first, I wanted to do the obligatory summary post. So just to recap, here’s all the shows that I originally said I wanted to continue:
- Mad Men
- The Americans
- The Good Wife
- Friday Night Lights
- Game of Thrones
- Sneaky Pete
- Mr. Robot
- The Wire
Here are the shows that I originally said I wasn’t going to continue, or if I was it was only because of the legacy of the show and not the pilot itself:
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Gilmore Girls
- The West Wing
- True Detective
- The Walking Dead
- The Sopranos
And here are the shows that I had already seen other episodes of prior to this project, so I didn’t put them on either of the first two lists:
Had I seen it before: Yes, I’ve seen the first six episodes.
What IMDb says: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Had I seen it before: No.
What IMDb says: Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
Why I picked it: As someone who lives sorta kinda near Baltimore, I’ve always been like “I should watch that Baltimore-based show that was rather successful.” 30 Pilots in 30 Days offered the perfect kick in the butt to finally try it.