Category Archives: Orange Is The New Black

Plot versus story, redux

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When it comes to TV, plot is not important. That thought rang out while watching the fourth episode of this season of “Orange Is The New Black” the other night. (Yes, I’m “behind,” or whatever that means in the days of bingewatching. Whatever.) Very little has […]

Getting to “yes”: Redefining “big” stakes in modern television

The best and worst thing about having years of thoughts about television easily searchable online is that anyone can point to two statements that seemingly contradict one another and exclaim, “Aha! Hypocrite! Turn in your critic’s badge at the door and henceforth be gone from Al Gore’s interwebs!” Which is, of course, silly. There’s no […]

The circle, the line, the turtle, and the helping hand

saturday, 31 august 2013 It’s 1:30 in the afternoon, and I’m ascending into heaven. At least, that’s what I think I’m doing. I’m playing “Journey,” a downloadable game for the Sony Playstation. It’s been out for about a year, but like with most things non-TV related, I’m a latecomer to it. To call it a […]

How “serialization without destination” may form the next age of television

It’s August 15, which doesn’t mean a lot to many of you, but means it’s “8/15 Day” for fans of “Lost.” Eight and fifteen were two of the six Numbers that occupied a non-small part of that show’s expansive mythology, making today simultaneously a time to celebrate that show’s run and a fresh opportunity to […]