As The Following goes on, it proves itself to be a defier of expectations. After last week’s showing, what were… Read More »
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Frank Underwood, the S.C. Congressman, is in the middle of starting negotiations with two of the biggest teachers unions in the country on his education overhaul bill (while the deadline fast approaches) when a small time politician from his district start kicking up a fuss about an unfortunately decorated water-tower.
There is a distinct pattern to how an episode of The Walking Dead plays itself out. It starts off with some sort of revelatory plot point that will be the focus of the rest of the episode. Then there is 30 minutes of filler, with some slight character development and maybe an action scene to keep the viewer engaged. And the finale is throws something unexpected at the audience, ultimately hooking them to come back next week. It is a simple pattern that has worked to great effect but now, two and a half seasons in, it is very, very predictable.
This week saw a lot of lateral movement; the plot wasn’t racing forward, but we sure did dig a little deeper into Ryan Hardy and Jacob’s past. And finally, finally we saw Weston come in as more than information buffer. Usually, a slowing pace shouts “filler” to everyone with ears to hear, but this week, what we got was a shot of depth that certain elements of the show really needed.
Over the course of The Walking Dead’s two and a half seasons, it has shown that it is at its strongest when it is dealing with human drama, human conflict, with the dead themselves being a catalyst for that drama. As the second half of season three opens, the group faces their biggest conflict yet. Daryl, captured after the rescue of Glenn and Maggie, has been pitted against his brother Merle in the Woodbury arena in a fight to the death.
This second chapter of House of Cards shows our anti-hero, Francis Underwood, pushing over his plan of backroom Washington deals as if they were dominos. These dominos have been falling, so far, without a hitch, and in fact are falling over easier and faster than Francis even expected.
Warning: Full Episode Spoilers to Follow Fox’s, The Following, is quickly proving itself to be adept at turning on a… Read More »
House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara (among others), is a newly launched political drama from the highly regarded director, David Fincher. House of Cards is unique in that it is the first completely independent TV series for Netflix.