Game of Thrones – Season 4

The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins today, and I have a few predictions. I realize this is a fool’s game, since people who’ve been reading the books already know what happens next, but those of us who’ve skipped the reading might as well speculate. The story is too large for me to address […]

Why Helix Kinda Sucks

(Spoiler Alert for potentially all 8 Helix episodes to date.) I loved the Andromeda Strain, both the book and the movie, and so I’m always willing to give a good plague story a try, which is why I really wanted to like Helix, the new series on SyFy, about a CDC team sent to investigate […]

Chicago PD, “Stepping Stone” — Not Loving Voight

When I saw that NBC was preparing to launch a weekly scripted drama called Chicago PD, I figured I’d have to blog about it. Aside from taking place in my home city, it also seemed from the advertising to be yet another show about a cop-who-breaks-all-the-rules-to-get-justice, and as a civil libertarian who agrees with pretty […]

I Still Want Walter White to Win

Years ago, I had an idea for a novel. It was way before I started blogging — maybe the mid 1990’s — and I was feeling a little out-of-sorts with respect to my life and career, so I had this idea of writing a novel about a geeky guy like me who gets down on […]

Last Resort – Review

Last Resort is the new military-themed dramatic series by Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield and The Chicago Code. It premiers this Thursday, September 27, at 7 pm central time on ABC, and it looks intriguing enough to have a future. And don’t worry, it’s not as bad as the publicity materials make it look. (There are spoilers here, but […]

The Chicago Code – Episode 3: Gillis, Chase and Baby Face

Now that Steve Graham has given me a nice shout-out in mentioning that I’ve been blogging about The Chicago Code, I feel obligated to say something about last night’s episode. Actually, I’ll start with my wife’s review: “That one didn’t suck.” Yeah, this was a pretty good episode. It made better use of the modern […]

The Chicago Code – Episode 2: Hog Butcher

I finally got around to watching the second episode of The Chicago Code last night. The opening titles and music were different, which confirms that the first episode was a true pilot, created long before the next episode. Otherwise, my impression is about the same: It’s not great, but I could get used to it, […]

The Chicago Code – First Thoughts

I took a look at the pilot episode of The Chicago Code last night and…didn’t hate it. It’s got some of potential. Minor spoilers follow. (As I write this, you can watch the pilot episode for free here.) It’s not what I was hoping for. That’s because what I was hoping for was The Wire: […]

Criminal Minds – Review

One of the side effects of my reading so many libertarian and criminal law blogs is that it makes it hard for me to enjoy watching cop dramas on TV. Your typical television tough cop who “breaks all the rules” comes across to me as a bully who I’d like to see fired, if not […]

Dollhouse Episode 2.11: “Getting Closer”

What the fuck? No, really, what the fuck?

The Bonnie Hunt Show

 I am a big fan of Bonnie’s and have met her on two occasions and she couldn’t be nicer.  I’ve had a huge crush on her since I met her in Woolworth’s in 1991.   I just read that The Bonnie Hunt Show “is not expected to continue” for a third season. Bonnie Hunt!”isThen it […]

The Dollhouse Closes

Looks like the Fox network killed off yet another show I like, adding Dollhouse to a list that includes Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Drive, John Doe, Strange Luck, Profit, Millenium, The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr., and of course Firefly. Special note to Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, and Summer Glau: The people who run Fox […]

Dollhouse – A Late Review

An organization that provides people whose personalities can be “wiped” and replaced with whatever a paying client needs/wants. When I first heard the premise of Dollhouse, I thought that it would play itself out pretty quickly and get boring and predictable – that it would be some sci-fi version of a soft porn Fantasy. Boy […]

Terminator + Dollhouse = Grindhouse

Starting February 13th, it looks like my Friday night television schedule is going to include a whole lot of awesome: I’m so there.

Battlestar Galactica – The Final Ten

Battlestar Galactica starts its final run ten-episode tonight. If you haven’t been watching, you probably shouldn’t bother. No matter what the creators said on their Top 10 Things You Need To Know special, you really can’t catch up. Although, if you’d like a quick refresher, you should probably watch the snarky super-fast Catch the Frak Up! […]