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  • Vanessa (Eva Green) stands in an illuminated chamber as Ethan (Josh Harnett) approaches in the Penny Dreadful season 3 finale

    Art of the Finale: Penny Dreadful “The Blessed Dark”

    Before I dive into why I thought this series finale was so disappointing, I have to begin by saying that Penny Dreadful was the first show in several years that I followed obsessively. For years prior, I had been uninterested in anything with an ongoing story and preferred to watch shows that didn’t require any […] More

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    Red Oaks S1 Ep 3 “The Wedding”

    [youtube] In Stasis In this third episode of Red Oaks, “The Wedding,” we see what happens when David takes the straight path. Things seem…safe. There is a tradition in The Hero’s Journey where the Hero refuses the Call to Adventure. Sometimes this refusal can take the form of the hero taking the safe path. […] More

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    The Call To Adventure: On the Pilot of Red Oaks

     Introduction I think the Red Oaks Pilot episode of the Amazon Studios show is one of the finest first episodes of any show ever made. I would certainly put it in my top five. As co-creator of the Red Room Podcast, now nearly ten years old and with over 160 episodes, Scott Ryan and I […] More

  • Olive (Kristen Chenoweth) talks with Ned (Lee Pace) while in pie uniforms.

    Cancelled Too Soon: Pushing Daisies

    It’s been years since The Pie Hole closed for good. Much like the abandoned buildings from our past, there’s an overriding urge to cast a glance through those windows one more time. If anything, revisiting the world of Pushing Daisies awakens something lost along the way. This is not about remembering what made the series […] More

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    Kidding: “Green Means Go” (Episode 1)

    Kidding is emotionally kaleidoscopic. It is poignant, silly, cynical, and nostalgic. It is also realistic and totally absurd, and if I had to describe it in one word, I would say it is colorful. I think director Michel Gondry is trying to explore the fundamental grief and humor that are inherently part of human life, and […] More