The Wire Watchalong: Season 4, Episodes 6 and 7

 

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Welcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 4, Episodes 6 and 7.

S04E06

Emily: Carcetti at the black church is one of my favorite images. The clapping alone filled me with so much glee. So stiff. So off beat.

Sam: It was not particularly smooth, in the best way. I liked the line the reverend gave him when Carcetti was leaving, when Carcetti was all “Moses, huh?” and then took Jesus’ name in vain (in front of a man of the cloth… oops). The reverend was super smooth and was just like “Moses will do for now, we’ll save Jesus for your second term.” It’s the kind of normal corny line that exists in real life. I love this show.

Emily: It was also a nice way of showing that the minister could tell that there was a real possibility that Carcetti was going to win and that they were going to have to be able to work together once he took office. Continue reading

Golden Globes 2015: TV Reactions

fargoEven later than the movie results, it’s time to talk about the TV Golden Globes category. At this point, it’s practically an afterthought but that’s appropriate considering that that’s kind of how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association treats the TV awards.

The best and worst part about the TV Golden Globes is that they make really weird decisions, most of which would never happen on the Emmys. Note the lack of wins for Jim Parsons or anything from Modern Family. We’re going to break the awards down into different degrees of expected and unexpected.
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The Wire Watchalong: Season 4, Episodes 1, 2, and 3

TheWireSeason4Welcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 4, Episodes 1, 2, and 3.

S04E01

Sam: A fresh, new season! We’ve made it all the way to season 4! As a quick programming note, since season 4 has 13 episodes, we have to bunch three together somewhere. Since less stuff typically happens in the first episodes than the last, we’re doing episodes 1-3 together now and will proceed with the typical two episodes per post from here on out. In related news, after these episodes, we only have 20 episodes left in the whole series! Continue reading

Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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Now that 2014 is over, I’ve given some thought to my top 10 TV shows of last year. I’m certainly leaving something out and this might not even be the order that they should be in but I did make a list of TV shows that I liked an awful lot this year.

Other shows that didn’t quite make my top 10 but were still excellent in 2014 are ArrowBlack-ishBob’s BurgersBrooklyn Nine-NineThe Colbert ReportThe FallThe FlashThe FostersHannibalOrphan Black, and Veep.
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New Fall 2014 TV Shows: Midseason Report

janethevirginIn September, I decided that I was going to try 18 new shows this fall. In fact, I tried 19 shows. USA’s Benched managed to sneak up on me with its October 28th premiere date. Now that most TV shows are on midseason hiatus, it’s time to assess the relative success of these shows.

I’m completely sold on five shows and I’m still watching an additional five shows with some trepidation. That’s a pretty good success rate for a slate of new shows that seemed less than promising.

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