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Lost and Fringe Come to Mind

Feb 15, 2013 7:45 PM PT

In response to It Only Gets Worse, John:

I agree with you about the nature of story. The show that comes to mind is Lost. They decided to tell dozens of small stories but they only had one way to resolve anything: death. So they killed people off and brought in new groups of characters to replace them (the Others, the Tailies) but this meant so many questions in need of answers that the disappointing finale was inevitable. (BTW, I think Lost owes a big debt to "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie).

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Homeland Season 1 and Christopher Dorner

Feb 15, 2013 2:51 PM PT

I am going to give some big spoilers for Season 1 of "Homeland" so skip the rest of this post if you haven't seen it.

A few weeks ago I ordered Season 1 of "Homeland" on Blu-ray. Finally finished watching it last night. I see why the show is a hit. The acting is very good for TV. Damian Lewis, the main character, is a soldier who was captured, held and tortured in Iraq for 8 years. The show revolves around the question of whether or not he has been turned by his captors and plans to commit a terrorist act. Claire Danes does an impressive job portraying an obsessed CIA investigator who is both gifted and also mentally unbalanced. Mandy Patinkin is outstanding as her mentor Saul. I also love Morena Baccarin who has what could be a thankless role as the wife of the hero/terrorist soldier. She somehow gives it a touch of naivete that makes her character sympathetic without becoming a cypher. It also doesn't hurt that she's probably the most attractive woman on TV these days.

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HuffPost Live Update-Bloomberg Attacks Fellow Democrats in Chicago

Feb 15, 2013 2:09 PM PT

So I just finished up another segment on HuffPost Live, and this the time host was Abby Huntsman. Hubba Hubba. I was kind of bummed that the 'excited one' Marc Lamont Hill, who probably took the day off after getting punched around yesterday for that insensitive comment he made regarding the  deceased cop-killer, Chris Dorner, wasn't the host today.

Abby has really come along way since when I first met her at one of her dad's last Presidential primary campaign event in Miami. Great job today Abby, and please tell Marc I send my best. Bwahahaha!

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I Resent Your Politicization of the Issue. Saturday Night Live Is Just Awful in All Respects.

Feb 11, 2013 7:33 PM PT

In response to Wow. That Sketch Was Stunningly Bad:

I do believe you're right that the reason the sketch was met with funereal silence was that it was premised on a lie, and an obvious lie, so the audience just wasn't willing to go along with it.  As they always say, any satire must be grounded in some truth.  I can't just start calling a thin person Fatty-Fat-Fat-Butt and expect people to join in.  (Unless I'm doing a sort of meta- thing or something.)

So sure, this was a sketch doomed by politics.  Similarly they doomed their election coverage due to politics; they couldn't even find it within themselves to be as honest about Barack Obama's debate performance as Rachel Maddow.  I remember reading SNL's defense at the time; media asked them why that sketch was so bad.  "There just was anything funny there," they said.

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