The 2012-2013 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

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It’s time to (belatedly) celebrate the end of the television season by giving out meaningless awards!

Sorry for being so late with this. I’ve been busy with other things and haven’t had much time to reflect on the TV season that just passed. But more importantly, I had a lot of frustrations with TV dramas this past season, which sapped my motivation to do these awards. But this has become somewhat of a tradition at the blog, so despite the drama categories being even thinner than last year (based on what I watched), I’m still going to pick my favourite performers and TV shows. The awards can be found after the jump. More

My Ten Favourite TV Shows of 2012


Just like every other blogger on the Internet, I can’t resist making year-end lists. This one is the first of many and is about my favourite television shows of 2012. Some of them were funny. Some were suspenseful. And others were just plain weird. But all of them were awesome, in one way or another. The list is after the jump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: October 28, 2012

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I’m a bit under the weather this week, so I’m up to my eyeballs in chicken soup and used facial tissue. Still, I dutifully bring you this week’s collection of links, both serious and silly. More

The 2011-2012 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

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The 2011-2012 television season came to a close last week with the end of May sweeps, so now it’s time for me to honour the best of what I watched with my annual fake awards show. The only problem is that it’s proving to be a little more difficult than last year. More

Mindless Iconoclasm, Vol. 1: Five Shows That I Like But Don’t Love As Much As Everyone Else Seems To

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One of the advantages of being an anonymous blogger is that there’s no pressure for me to go with the flow and merely reconfirm popular opinion in whatever I write. That’s not to say that I follow the Armond White approach of going against the grain just because I can, but that does mean that if I can offer an alternative perspective on something, then I’ll do so with few misgivings.

That’s the spirit of a series of posts that I’m starting entitled “Mindless Iconoclasm,” in which I express opinions about pop culture – books, TV, movies, games, music – that are, in my experience, unpopular. These won’t be articles where I simply find fifty new ways to say, “Community sucks!” every week. I intend to explain, to the best of my ability, where I’m coming from and why I feel how I feel about the particular pieces of pop culture in question. I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion here. I just want to express my own in a way that hopefully gets people thinking.

I’m going to kick things off with a look at five TV shows that I like, but don’t love as much as everyone else seems to. I watch quite a bit of TV, and I enjoy almost all of it, but there are some shows that don’t totally work for me as well as they work for other people. These aren’t shows that I hate; they’re just shows that I don’t completely adore as much as others would like me to. We’ll get started after the jump. More

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E11, Original Sin

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Wow, that was a pretty crazy season finale, wasn’t it? I’m going to try to keep this review relatively short, since the only thing in “Original Sin” that’s worth talking about is its jaw-dropping final five minutes.

Okay, that’s not really true. Even before “Original Sin” reached its stunning conclusion, it was actually quite an excellent episode, Rosen’s daughter aside. So, after the jump, I’ll take a brief look at what happened in this episode before moving on to the implications that its ending could have for next season. More

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E10, The Unusual Suspects

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I have mixed feelings about this week’s Alphas. On the one hand, I think it was a nice showcase for each of the characters. On the other hand, the execution left a lot to be desired. More

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E09, Blind Spot

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Alphas is a cable show, which means it’s on a cable budget, which means that it has had to find a way to keep costs down. It could have chosen to slash the per-episode budget to the point where everything looked cheesy and fake. It could have also rotated cast members in and out, but that would have messed with the Alpha team’s dynamic. So instead, it seems as if Alphas has opted to do the occasional bottle episode. “Blind Spot” was exactly that kind of episode, set entirely in Rosen’s team’s office. More

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E08, A Short Time in Paradise

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Part of me thinks that “A Short Time in Paradise” was reverse-engineered from a very dated Weezer reference. Another part of me thinks that it was designed simply to be as strange as possible. This episode was probably about eighteen shades too weird. It played like a serious version of the well-known Simpsons episode with the Movementarian cult, “The Joy of Sect,” so that might explain why it felt a bit odd. On the other hand, I liked it, so maybe I just like weird things. More

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E07, Catch and Release

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I have a dilemma. Any time I really enjoy an episode of TV but also find quite a few faults with it, my review of it ends up sounding more negative than I intend. I only have myself to blame, of course, due to the “It was fun, but here’s a long list of things that didn’t work” format of my write-ups. However, I’m a creature of habit, and I’m not going to change my writing style now. So let me issue a disclaimer before I proceed any further: I liked “Catch and Release”; it was fun, it featured a cool Alpha ability, Summer Glau was surprisingly not cringeworthy,1 and I enjoyed it on the whole. Now here’s a long list of things that didn’t work: More

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