Welcome to Miami, bienvenidos a Miami!
“If the moon and the skies and everyone wants us to be together…”
-Juan Pablo, Philosopher
(There was no ending to that sentence in real life, by the way. I didn’t cut anything out – it just straight up had no ending)
What we learned from The Bachelor’s trip to Miami… Read more
As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well.
I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you watch it, and how fast you watch it. All of these change. And life is just busier. So as many friends binge-watched House of Cards within the first week of Netflix’s release of all 13 episodes at once, it waited patiently for me in my Instant Queue. Finally, Palmer and I had the time and the shared desire to start it. It took us just under two weeks to complete the first season.
So much has been written about House of Cards already. I agree with pretty much everything Andy Greenwald at Grantland writes about both the show’s content and the phenomenon of releasing the entire season at once. I share his distaste for Photographer Adam and how the untraditional and popular distribution model changes the way we can enjoy the slow development of great, long-form TV as a community over a period of weeks. But regardless, I haven’t been able to wait until the new season drops… and now it has! As I’m torn this weekend on whether to spread out my viewing of Season 2 or just binge all the way through, I thought it’d be good to reflect on Ten Lessons Learned from Season 1. For a full review of Season 1’s strengths and weaknesses, try Josh Smith’s review. And, as Josh says, “All in all, House of Cards is a pretty fascinating study in total depravity.” So what were the ten lessons learned in this study?
I am in a fantasy league centered on The Bachelor. There, I said it.
When I moved to Nashville in early January, a few of my friends had a group of people that they watched The Bachelor with, and I was fortunate enough to be adopted into this inner circle of reality TV watchers. We then decided to make things interesting and created a fantasy league for this season. We had a draft after the first episode, giving all nine of us two contestants each. Every week I send out an email recap to our group, and this week I decided to share it with my friends on The Wise Guise.
(Disclaimer: I have watched The Bachelor for a long time. Too long, some may argue. I was hooked from the moment that Trista was told she had one, and then the guy pulled the old switch on her, which then landed her as the first Bachelorette. Ok, that’s enough of a history lesson.)
AND THEN THERE WERE SIX…
Down the stretch we go!
What we learned this week… Read more
Confession: My late night TV viewing has never placed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the top. Growing up, my parents were David Letterman fans so I was a Late Show with David Letterman fan. As I began to stay up late until 10:30, I’d watch my favorite TV, movie, and music stars with Letterman.
As I grew up and became a bigger fan of TV history, I’d watch shows chronicling the life and career of Johnny Carson. I still vaguely remember Carson’s final show, but I was too young to realize the Leno/Letterman battle that occurred until HBO made a movie about it later on. To me, Carson was always the “last great unifying American late night TV host” in TV history. And while I enjoyed watching clips from that history, it was never my own.
Before I start, let me say that I’m a Christian. If it weren’t for my relationship with Jesus, I’d be nothing. What you’re about to read might come across as idolatry, but I firmly believe that the things discussed in this post are all things that happened for a reason and things that God ordained for my good.
The past six or seven months have largely been pretty rough. In late June, my dad was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. By the time it was discovered, the cancer had already spread to his brain and his lymph nodes. A month later, my mom took a job in Kansas City. We’re pretty close so having her move seven hours away was a shock to my system. In the same few weeks, to a lesser extreme, but still one that had a great effect on my personal well being, I began to grow frustrated with my career and started questioning exactly what I was supposed to “do” for the rest of my life. Needless to say, I was an emotional wreck.
About a month before all of this, my wife and I made two decisions that I wholeheartedly believe helped me from going off the deep end. First, we got a dog. Second, we started watching The Office.
In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer explain why you need to watch the complete three seasons of Veronica Mars for both your pop cultural edification and in preparation for the movie this spring.
Joseph: Do you like fun and simple mysteries? What about complex and intricate murder mysteries? Do you like love stories? Do you like good-looking people? What about awkward-looking and awkward-acting people? Do you stories of socioeconomic tension between the upper, middle, and lower classes? Do you like smart-as-a-whip, fast, witty dialogue? Do you like true underdog stories? Have you ever wondered what Schmidt from New Girl was doing before New Girl?
Then get over yourself already and watch Veronica Mars. With all three seasons streaming on Amazon Prime, you no longer have an excuse.