Pop Cultural New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

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At the start of every year, I make the same new year’s resolutions: get in shape (not going to happen); keep in touch with friends and family (not going to happen); and work/study harder (definitely not going to happen). This year, I’m keeping those same resolutions, but I’m also resolving to make some resolutions that I can actually fulfill. Saying “I’m going to start the day with sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks” is a far more concrete goal than “getting in shape,” for example.

I’m applying the same principle to my pop cultural resolutions this year. Usually, I simply say that I want to watch “more” movies and “less” TV, or something of the sort. But this year, I’ve decided to lay out some clear, attainable goals. I doubt that I’ll achieve them all, but at least I’ll feel a sense of accomplishment at having achieved some of them by year’s end. More

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Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E07, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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So, Graham’s dead, leaving Emma heartbroken and Regina more in control of Storybrooke than ever before. As for me, well…let’s just say I’m not too pleased about that development. I’ll elaborate after the jump. More

Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E06, The Shepherd

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With Henry’s presence minimized to just one scene and a focus on Mary Margaret and David’s relationship, one of the strongest aspects of the show, “The Shepherd” should have been a good, if not great, episode of Once Upon a Time. Instead, though definitely not the worst episode of the show so far, it ended up being the most boring. I’ll explain why after the jump. More

Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E05, That Still Small Voice

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This scene happens in every episode of Once Upon a Time:

Henry: [matter-of-factly] You are <fairy tale character>.
Adult character: [exasperatedly] No, I’m not. You have a very active imagination, Henry.
Henry: But you are <fairy tale character>! The Evil Queen put a curse over this town! You have to believe me!
Me: GO DIE IN A DITCH YOU LITTLE PIPSQUEAK.

Since Henry obviously isn’t going to die, I wish that Once Upon a Time would spend a few weeks away from him, because honestly, everything Henry-related about last night’s installment made me want to stab unicorns. And that’s coming from someone who happens to like unicorns. Seeing as “That Still Small Voice” was very Henry-centric, that was a huge problem. More

Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E04, The Price of Gold

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I’m still not exactly sure what to think about Once Upon a Time, but I’ll offer some brief thoughts about this week’s episode after the jump. More

Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E03, Snow Falls

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After last week’s mess, I thought “Snow Falls” would be the episode that would make me want to stop watching Once Upon a Time for good. Surprisingly, I ended up enjoying it, though I still have some reservations. More

Episode Review: Once Upon a Time, S1E02, The Thing You Love Most

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Pilot episodes tend to be clunky. They have to do a lot of work to establish the story, the setting, and the characters. That early on in a show’s life, the folks who work on the show often haven’t yet figured out what works and what doesn’t. Some of that spills over into the second, third, heck, even the fourth episode. Sometimes, it takes a whole season for a show to figure itself out entirely. That’s not a major cause for concern, as long one can see progress being made over the course of those episodes.

What is cause for concern, however, is when the second episode of a series takes almost everything that was wrong with the pilot, amplifies it tenfold, and then does nothing to advance the story. “The Thing You Love Most” squandered most of the potential of Once Upon a Time’s pilot, and now I’m starting to think the series might not be worth watching on a weekly basis. More

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