Pete: Not bad, huh?
Alex: Kind of perfect.
Given the previous episode’s cynical take on relationships, one may have the idea that Bent isn’t interested in traditional romance. But Bent actually is. Not in playing it straight, mind you, but in deconstructing and examining it. Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 6: Tile Date”
“Vanessa’s in town!”
– Alex, to Walt
“Mom” gives Jeffrey Tambor’s Walt a chance to shine by playing opposite his ex-wife Vanessa (Marcia Gay Harden). But it’s also a showcase for David Walton’s Pete, who spends a large portion of this episode wrestling with his inner demons. Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 5: Mom”
“Oh, look who’s on time. Is the ocean closed?”
– Alex, to Pete
“A-Game” is all about charm. Pete has it. Everyone else doesn’t. Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 4: A-Game”
“Yeah, I can’t tell where the homeless stops and artist begins.”
– Screwsie, to Walt, in the drum circle
“HD” is about expanding Bent beyond its initial boundaries. It sketches in the details of its secondary characters by giving Walt, Screwsie, and Charlie a plot of their own. Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 3: HD”
Pete: Hey, I found this old-school comb under there. Dibs, if that’s cool.
Alex: Anything you find under the house, you can keep.
The purpose of “Smitten,” other than to give us and update on the burgeoning attraction between Pete and Alex, is to contrast their personalities. Pete is the kind of person who would keep something cool he found under a house. Alex would rather not think about what’s under the house at all. Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 2: Smitten”
“She wants to redo the whole kitchen.”
What makes a comedy, a comedy? Is it the jokes? The light subject matter? The half-hour running time? Continue reading “Bent Rewatch, Episode 1: Pilot”
One of the traditions of this blog has been to rewatch a TV series each summer and write commentaries about each episode. I had intended to do Pushing Daisies this summer, but circumstances (i.e. travel, other commitments) got in the way. Now there’s a month left in the summer, and trying to rewatch Pushing Daisies’ 22 episodes would be too ambitious. So instead, I’m going to be doing a much smaller series: NBC’s cancelled-too-soon rom-com, Bent. There are only six episodes, so I should be able to fit it all in. My intention is to post two commentaries each week (time-permitting). If you want to follow along, streaming options for the show are unfortunately quite limited (i.e. non-existent, as far as I can tell), so you’ll have to buy the episodes through a service like iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.
The first commentary should be up early next week, if I remember to do it. (I have a bad memory.)
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. Continue reading “My Ten Favourite TV Shows of 2012”
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. Continue reading “The 2011-2012 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards”
NBC recently released an outline of its midseason schedule, and it has a notable omission: Community is not on the network’s midseason schedule, being replaced by a returning 30 Rock. Understandably, many fans are disappointed, especially considering that critical punching bag Whitney is being left on the schedule. (Less understandably, some fans are outraged, but I’ll get to that in a minute.) However, I think this is actually a wise business decision for NBC. I’ll explain why after the jump. Continue reading “Thoughts on NBC’s Midseason Schedule and the Benching of Community”