The 100: Season 03, Episode 07, Thirteen

We open where we ended, with Murphy being tortured. When you think about it, it’s hard to have sympathy for Murphy – an often snide, sociopathic, murderous thief – but the point with torture is the subject doesn’t need to be sympathetic, in fact often it’s better if they aren’t; the moral quandary and audience … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 04, Watch the Thrones

So, exactly how many of our fictional TV rulers do we want to be women? To quote the Notorious RBG: ALL OF THEM. This episode has women doing most of the deciding, fighting, conniving, leading, talking, and general badassing. We kick off at the coalition, where Clarke looks over her head, but Nia is all … Continue reading

The 100, Season 03, Episode 03, Ye Who Enter Here

This episode opens a week after last episode, practically in real time. And then everything escalates quickly. At the beginning of the episode, I guessed Bellamy’s girlfriend would be dead within three episodes. I overestimated. All four major arcs here (Clarke/Lexa, Bellamy/Octavia/Echo/Pike, the summit including Abby and Marcus, and the newly established Arkers in the … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 02, Wanheda Part 2

The very opening scene has an almost-throwaway bit which sums up a big developing theme. Bellamy wants to move out of the tank, but Kane objects. It’s not until Indra asserts “the boy is right” that Kane acquiesces, because Kane still only listens when other ‘adults’ speak. (If not his messiah complex, it’s this implicit bias … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 01, Wanheda Part 1

Starting the episode off exactly where it left of in S2, and with Murphy – whose story was mostly ancillary the last couple seasons and whose ending was not really crucial to any plots so far – felt like quite the bold move. Murphy putting the gun to his chin immediately followed by something life-saving … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season 05, Episode 11, “Sweet Valkyrie High”

Somewhere in the fourth season, Lost Girl lost its way. It wandered a little in the third, but the fourth is where the focus on relationships, the offbeat blend of classical lore with modern family and struggles, get fully lost in the push to make long arcing plots convoluted and mysterious. It’s also where we lost … Continue reading

Veronica Mars: The Movie, The Woman

By now you’ve probably all read the reviews, most of which agree Veronica Mars functions more as an extended episode of TV than a movie . . . and then most of which, inexplicably, seem to think this is a bad thing. !!! The film took quite a bit of time updating us on where … Continue reading

The Moral Off-Center: how the sidekicks of #OrphanBlack and #LostGirl are so much more.

While it might not be obvious at first blush, Orphan Black and Lost Girl have a significant Venn diagram intersection. Even beyond the initial “made in Canada” or “female lead in a SF/F show” or “obsessive tumblr fandom” comparisons, both shows examine—among other things—non-traditional family structures and the inherent difficulty involved in meeting everyone’s emotional needs. … Continue reading

Shot Details and Framing in Wentworth

Wentworth is an Australian prison drama, actually a remake of the show Prisoner. It’s dark and tense and manages some nice plot turns, it’s got a very teal and gray palette but breaks it up with reds and greens, it’s well acted, it uses slo-mo and occasional fantasy sequences to great effect. But you should discover that for yourself. I’m here to just talk about some details in the framing of shots.

Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 05, Let the Dark Times Roll

The episode picks up exactly where we left off, in the Circle Jerk of Doooooooooom. Written by Jeremy Boxen (“Faetal Attraction,” “Scream a Little Dream,” “Raging Fae,” and more) and directed by Ron Murphy (Only “Fae-de To Black” and “Those Who Wander,” ’til now), it pulls no punches and wastes little time. Some of the … Continue reading