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    Mad Men, Ep. 6.06, “For Immediate Release”: “You’re like Tarzan”

    It must be frustrating living life as Pete Campbell, putting so much effort into everything only to watch it come crumbling down around you while Don Draper, at the end of his rope , effortlessly reaches out and finds another vine waiting for his grasp. Sympathy for Pete is difficult to come by; his petulance frequently undermines whatever pity we could feel for him. More

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    Mad Men, Ep. 6.05, “The Flood”: “Everybody Likes to Go to the Movies When They’re Sad”

    Leave it to Mad Men to recapture the power Planet of the Apes’ ending must have held for audiences that hadn’t been inured by decades of spoilers. Juxtaposing the scene on the beach and all that it implies with the violence that swept the nation in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination only serves to deepen its significance. “Everybody likes to go to the movies when they’re sad,” and Mad Men is a show that’s always understood this. More

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    Mad Men, Ep. 6.04, “To Have and To Hold”: “Everybody’s scared”

    There is a shot in the middle of “To Have and To Hold” that recalls the towering heights of Mad Men’s fifth season, when form seemed to outweigh all other concerns. A slow, swooping take begins with two silhouettes imposed on a hypnogogic background of swirling color as Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s “Bonnie and Clyde” provides a fitting accompaniment. The camera comes down to reveal Joan’s friend Kate underneath the man she met at the soda fountain, while Joan sits idly by. A friend of the man approaches and joins Joan on the sofa. Expressing a bemused indifference, she begins to make out with him as the camera continues moving and returns its focus to the psychedelic background. More

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    Mad Men, Ep. 6.3, “The Collaborators”: Love and War

      Mad Men, Season 6, Episode 3: “The Collaborators” Written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner Directed by Jon Hamm Airs Sundays at 10pm ET on AMC There is an undercurrent of war present in “The Collaborators,” exclusively in the scenes concerning infidelity. Pete flirts with his neighbors at a party and is struck with […] More

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    Mad Men, Ep. 6.01 & 6.02, “The Doorway”: “A Straight Line to You-Know-Where”

    When Don was asked “Are you alone?” at the end of Mad Men’s fifth season, there was a moment when I expected him to respond “Isn’t everyone?” Season six opens as Don reads Dante’s Inferno on a Hawaiian beach, surrounded by people but desperately alone, even his own wife (now a star on a soap opera) appears alien to him. Seemingly in response to the question left hanging at the end of season five, the voiceover, quoting Dante, intones “Midway through our life’s journey I went astray from the straight road and awoke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” More

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    The Art Of The Title: 50 Of The Best TV Title Sequences

    When starting a new television show, the thing I look forward to the most is the title sequence, so it only felt right to devise this list when I heard the theme was favourite television shows this month. In early television there wasn’t a huge focus on title sequences; their only purpose was to present the […] More

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    The Televerse #69- Top 10 TV Series of 2012

    It’s time for our yearly Top 10 podcast, where we talk through our picks for the best television of the past calendar year. Though many prominent series may have slipped somewhat compared to last season, it was still a fantastic year for TV and here are just a few examples why.  Which shows made the […] More

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    The Televerse #69- Top 10 TV Series of 2012

    It’s time for our yearly Top 10 podcast, where we talk through our picks for the best television of the past calendar year. Though many prominent series may have slipped somewhat compared to last season, it was still a fantastic year for TV and here are just a few examples why.  Which shows made the […] More

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    Sound on Sight’s Best TV of 2012

    10. (tie) The Thick of It Is there a better tonic for election-year hype than an Armando Iannucci series? The apparently-final series of the show that made Iannucci’s name, The Thick Of It, upped the ante on its pitch-black style, stripping nearly all of its characters of any remaining semblances of humanity and daring us […] More

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    “Hey You Geeks!!” Looks Back at the Best TV of 2012

    When it came to devising a list of what I felt were the top ten Television shows of 2012 I contemplated sticking with the theme of “Hey You Geeks!!” and centering the list solely on the best sci-fi and nerd related shows on TV. I generally group “Geek TV” into a segment of shows exclusively […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 72: ‘Lincoln’

    Yes, friends, there is no typo in the episode title. (And don’t let the first few minutes of the show fool you!) Though Josh had planned, many months ago, to discuss the 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians this week, Mike pulled a fast one, a good old-fashioned bait-and-switch. So, instead of spotted dogs, the […] More

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