J.J. Abrams-produced Fringe ran for 5 seasons, from September 2008 until January 2013. It was an attempt to bring an X-Files-esque television show into the 21st century. Though it had its problems and was uneven in its overall storytelling and driving mythology, it still holds up and stands as one of my personal favorite television… Continue reading Will Fringe Showrunner’s Debris Rise Above Disposable Television?
We all know the quality of network television has been falling consistently over the last several years (decades). Not that the bar was so high to begin with. Certainly, given my tastes and interests, I lean toward a particular type of televised entertainment. Shows like The X-Files, Fringe, and Supernatural top my list of favorites.… Continue reading Evil: The Best New Show On Network Television?
Based on the novel of the same name by author Tom Perrotta and developed for HBO by Perrotta, Damon Lindelof (Lost), and with substantial story input and direction from Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, On the Basis of Sex), The Leftovers, as a series (3 seasons for a total of 28 episodes), is part mystery, science-fiction/fantasy,… Continue reading The Leftovers
From before the dawn of recorded history, the peoples of the world relied on myth to explain the earthly phenomena they observed around them. You may recognize some of the more popular texts collecting these myths as they evolved from oral histories: Popol Vuh (Mayan), Kalevala (Finnish), The Odyssey and The Iliad (Greek), The Nibelungenlied… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part II
With only a few aired episodes under its belt, History Channel’s new offering, Project Blue Book, has, for me, shifted from questionable program on my list of DVR timers to one verging on essential. Starring Aiden Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Dr. Josef Allen Hynek, this historical drama takes as… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part I