Tag: Television

Having just watched Jimmy Carter’s staff fire Bella Abzug on the finale of Mrs. America, I had to pause and go check the historical record. Sure enough, it was a mess.

The President apparently did not tell Mrs. Abzug at the meeting that he was going to dismiss her but, rather, told the committee as a whole that he had been disappointed with the relations between it and the Administration. The group was formed in the wake of the stormy National Women’s Conference in Houston in November 1977 to advise the President on women’s issues.

Mr. Carter was reported to have told the members that he recognized the importance of the group and wanted to work more closely with it, but added that its confrontational politics sapped the strength of the Administration’s efforts on behalf of women.

And, yes: there were mass resignations from committee members in response to her firing.

As of late this afternoon, 23 of the remaining 39 members of the advisory committee had announced that they had resigned to protest the dismissal of Mrs. Abzug, the former Representative from Manhattan.

Crew Dragon won’t be flying today, and after nearly three-and-a-half hours of watching NASA TV until the weather-related scrub of the launch, I have two very important critiques.

First, the new SpaceX-dominated regime of launch coverage desperately needs to learn that not every single second needs to be filled with videos and/or chatter. At one point, they interviewed Elon Musk who made a point of saying that they made many decisions thinking about creating a launch system which would inspire a new generation of astronauts and engineers. Sometimes the way you do that is to let the scene do the inspiring, not fill every waking moment with a lesson. The old NASA TV regime knew that sometimes you can just let the sights and sounds play, often for minutes at a time.

Second, I don’t know whether it was the decision of NASA or of SpaceX to get rid of the verbal “go/no go” poll but that decision absolutely must be reversed immediately.

Wasn’t this “minimally invasive technique […] to activate neurons in the brains […] by using a light source located outside of the head” literally Topher Brink’s contribution to the technology of the Dollhouse?

The methodology behind that state-by-state binge survey is totally nonsensical.

To determine each state’s favorite show during the COVID-19 outbreak, CableTV.com surveyed 6,852 people, asking what they were watching while sheltering at home. The most popular titles were then analyzed using Google Trends data to discover which shows each region of the US was searching between March 1, 2020 and April 21, 2020.

What does search activity have to do with this? Why didn’t the survey simply ask what state people lived in?

‪After weeks of trying, I think I‘ve determined that I simply cannot get through the three fan-conversation episodes of The Good Place: The Podcast. Someone let me know if there’s any particular interview that’s especially good and where it is in which episode.‬

That television feeling when you thought it was bad enough you had to suffer through the Alias episodes about Noah only to look up a little bit later to realize Sydney Bristow is in blackface in order to pose as an Arab jihadi.

I dropped Killing Eve and I don’t listen to Taylor Swift, but this story spinning out of this week’s episode is pretty spectacular.

Alias has landed on Prime Video — in case like me you were just this February lamenting not being able to do a rewatch and just this March promising to get Disney+ if they’d just add Alias.

Having ditched my Prison Break binge for reasons of it being terrible, I’ve decided to go ahead and do a month of DC Universe again, with intentions of Titans season two, Young Justice season three, Swamp Thing season one, and getting to watch Stargirl before it hits the CW.

Right, so: episode ten of season two of Prison Break appears to be the episode after I stopped watching when it was on the air. I’m tapping out again. I’d thought maybe this would be a decent background binge but it’s fucking unwatchable.

Addenda

  1. This appears to be partially incorrect, as I’ve been skimming Wikipedia and I’ve definitely seen some episodes beyond that one. I might have had it on now and then just because?

This week I’ll be watching Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Batwoman, Supergirl, The Masked Singer, Stargirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Mrs. America, and The 100. I’ve dropped Killing Eve. I snuck in a three-day rewatch of Twin Peaks: The Return. I’m still continuing the Prison Break binge in season two. I’m finishing up season two of The Hollow so I can start in on the final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

The Good Dale Is In The Lodge And Can’t Leave

I’ve managed over three days to do a complete rewatch of Twin Peaks: The Return, and all I can do is state again why I dislike the last one and a half hours of it.

The original series ended with Cooper having failed the fundamental existential test of being a live human being inside the Black Lodge: he ran from his shadow-self, the Dweller on the Threshold. He refused to face his failings and his failures; that’s how Bob is able to take him and leave the Lodge in his place.

The Return ignores all of this in its resolution to the doppelgänger’s 25-year reign of terror in favor of just shooting him with a gun and then some random guy we’ve never met before with a “piledriver” for a fist punches out Bob.

Cooper’s fall was all internal struggle made “flesh” inside the Lodge; his return was all goofy plot mechanics.

In the end, I don’t even especially care about what’s happening in the final episode of The Return because the penultimate one didn’t seem to care about what originally made Cooper’s fall resonate from a character perspective. Cooper in effect is allowed to cheat his way out of his self-made prison in the Lodge, which I’ll never be able to see as anything other than cheating him, and me, out of a resolution that actually mattered.

Link Log Roundup for May 15, 2020

In this edition: a decline in distancing, hot spots, strange new worlds, an inability to focus, mixed messages, concentration fatigue, Marion County, race and immobility, making or breaking cities, and a Grubhub scam.

I was somehow this month years old when I learned that Mulholland Drive originally was a Twin Peaks spinoff about Audrey Horne.