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Watch Yourself

I hear a lot of talk about how TV is making America’s problems worse, but the truth is, TV these days is nothing if not good for you. Every show on the program grid is going hell-for-leather to be positive, caring, and issue oriented. You can’t even settle in to savor an Amazon initiation ceremony […]

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Late Nights

It was once reported of the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson that “he hath consumed a whole night lying looking at his great toe, about which he hath seen Tartars and Turks, Romans and Carthaginians, fight in his imagination.” Alas for my poor imagination: all I see at night in the void around my feet are […]

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Star Dreck

Flaubert once said he preferred tinsel to silver, because tinsel has all the same qualities as silver–plus pathos. I think this is why, when it comes to cult sci-fi TV shows, I’ve grown so fond of VR.5 and Babylon 5. They have everything that great cult shows need: a freaky look, an enigmatic premise, a […]