The worst thing about jamming genre premises into standard police procedurals is that the procedural aspects of these shows always end up being so boring. Like if someone said, "Look, I'm doing Frankenstein meets The Wire," I bet we'd be somewhat psyched. But GENRE ELEMENT plus Bones or CSI or whatever the hell else… » 10/23/14 6:20am Thursday 6:20am

The 33 percent success rate is pretty atrocious, though, when you consider that, once the current ground-based interceptor program really got under way, the supposed threat had shifted to "rogue state" launches, which would basically be a single missile strike. So if you're pumping billions into a system that has less… » 10/16/14 9:40am 10/16/14 9:40am

There's definitely something smart about the show's "Cobblepot Begins" storyline. Here's a character that's so iconic, but so utterly silly and non-scary. By reinventing him not as a portly little weirdo with a Mary Poppins umbrella or army of missile-launching penguins, but a creepy, hook-nosed wielder of small… » 9/30/14 8:41am 9/30/14 8:41am

I had a very similar experience. It felt like this is what David Simon wanted to do all along with the Wire—expose the realities of urban life and sociopolitical injustice, and do it on a show that was full of excellent black actors. But without the grabby crime stuff, Treme just felt so self-important and plodding.… » 9/26/14 7:19am 9/26/14 7:19am