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

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. Continue reading “The 2012-2013 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards”

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

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

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E11, Original Sin

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. Continue reading “Episode Review: Alphas, S1E11, Original Sin”

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E09, Blind Spot

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. Continue reading “Episode Review: Alphas, S1E09, Blind Spot”

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

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. Continue reading “Episode Review: Alphas, S1E08, A Short Time in Paradise”

Episode Review: Alphas, S1E07, Catch and Release

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: Continue reading “Episode Review: Alphas, S1E07, Catch and Release”