FULFILLING A PROMISE: WE REVIEW NBC’S POWERLESS (Eddie, Miranda, & Victor)
—Listen to our review of the Powerless trailer from a few months ago
–Patrick isn’t here to stick up for Powerless
–it could’ve ripped off The League, but didn’t bother to keep doing it
–it’s 30 Rock if the central relationship was between Jack and Jonathan; Liz is besides the point
–if your protagonist is Leslie Knope, your show better be Parks & Rec
–you don’t want to put yourself through the experience of watching Breaking Bad, even though you know it’s great
–sometimes you keep watching a show for subcultural representation (Big Bang Theory)
–sometimes you keep watching a show to see how the source material is treated (Marvel’s Netflix shows)
–sometimes you keep watching a show because it’s pleasant, then realize you love it (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
–how streaming vs. network models affect audience reception, as well as creative production (Netflix’s Love)
—Mary Worth reference!
SHOWS WE WISH WOULD’VE LASTED LONGER (Eddie, Miranda, & Victor)
–Eddie likes to watch Claire Danes getting tortured (My So-Called Life)
—Pushing Daisies had moral weight–and wackiness!
–the beguiling Lee Pace: both charming and creepy
–strong feelings about the Writer’s Strike
—Designing Women had a distinctly strange series finale
–Victor misses Caprica
–there are plenty of bad movies about A.I., like A.I.
–without The Lawnmower Man, you don’t get Community’s parody of The Lawnmower Man
–The New Karma: you come back as all the memes you’ve shared on social media
SHOWS WE WISH WOULD’VE ENDED SOONER (Eddie, Miranda, & Victor)
–if you say there’s going to be an ending, we’re gonna want an ending (How I Met Your Mother, Lost)
—“Thank you, Linus”
–Miranda thinks Heroes should’ve ended maybe right away
–character studies need characters who develop (looking at you Walter White)
–Team Skyler! (even though she’s not as interesting as Carmela)
–Miranda realizes you don’t have to follow the bouncing ball of the protagonist’s journey
–Miranda’s not a Miranda (Sex & the City)
–is condescension intrinsic to the reality show formula? (Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules)
—Mad Men had a handsome but ugly protagonist; might there be room for two kinds of ugliness on TV?