Jack Bauer and 24 are BACK!
I’ve tried to contain my excitement to just a few social media posts every day. It’s been a wild week at work and spending as much time as possible with my new baby nephew Walt, so that’s helped distract me from sitting on the couch in my CTU t-shirt and just watch all 8 seasons of 24 in a row. I have to remember to be a productive human being still and live my life in a productive and free way that makes Jack Bauer’s ongoing sacrifices worthwhile. Read more
When I first saw the trailer for FX’s newest drama, The Americans, I was instantly excited. I was skeptically cautious, but I had high hopes that perhaps The Americans would be the next great drama on TV. In the short term, we needed something to fill in between Homeland‘s finale in December and the premiere of Mad Men and Game of Thrones at the end of March/beginning of April. In the long term, we need some new dramatic series as Breaking Bad and Mad Men begin to wrap up their runs with the final season and penultimate season approaching, respectively.
Confession: I love conspiracy, serial dramas. I watched 24 the night it premiered. Alias hooked me on the reboot, post-Super Bowl episode, which prompted me to go back and watch from the beginning. I loved the return of the serial drama to network TV. Sidney Bristow and Jack Bauer’s tackling of government conspiracies to take over the world. I was hooked at every twist and turn.
When it first premiered with online ads and television teasers hooking us with the prospect of a new Swedish noir-esque, radically different type of TV murder mystery, critics, fans, and everyone in-between were hooked. It was heralded as combining the premise of Twin Peaks with the real-time element of 24 and the awkward buddy teaming of The X-Files.
Editor’s Note: This post was written having only viewed Mad Men Season 5 through Episode 11, “The Other Woman.”
In the nascent days of The Wise Guise, when gathering with my wife, Clayton, and Colin at McAlister’s Deli over lunch, we talked about what The Wise Guise would be. We discussed initial blog post ideas, vision for the site, the name, the logo, the format, etc. Upon discussing the notion of a unique twist on episode recaps of various shows, we decided that would be a silly endeavor. After all, so many blogs, websites, and critics partake in this daily/weekly tradition started by Alan Sepinwall (and still mastered by the OG himself). What could we bring to the table that they didn’t? While we firmly believed our contribution to the blogosphere would be unique takes and twists on old ideas with the grandiose vision of being a blog about everything (and therefore nothing all at the same time), how could we compete with the other professional writers who recap wittily and insightfully every week? Read more
Greetings from 4,367 miles “across the pond” in a land where flags fly every few miles on the highway and my cab driver couldn’t be nicer, buying me “café”* during our brief stop for “petro” on the 99 km drive to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
*Note this “café” was espresso in a plastic cup, I am not man enough for this but sip it politely.
Before I get too deep into what I wish I could call prose (wasn’t blessed with the writing gift, but if you need someone to give you golf lesson/argue why Omar from The Wire is better than Don Draper, Walter White, and Tony Soprano/argue the merits of why Abbey Road is the best Beatles album/go to a Phish show/schmooze the crap out of an audience… then I am your man). Read more