WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD SHOWS?
Anonymous: What would you say is the best tv show airing right now?
Hm! I assume you mean still airing next season, as opposed to actually airing during the summer? Because I actually don’t watch much summer TV, for whatever reason. (This explains my uptick in productivity lately!)
I just realized, thanks to this question, that I don’t really have any favorite comedies right now? Which seems strange. But none of my usual top picks fired on all cylinders this past year, and I didn’t quite get into any of the freshmen comedies either.
So that leaves drama. There is quite a bit of good drama airing these days. For me, in terms of current incarnations and quality level, it’s probably between Mad Men, Luther, and Orphan Black. All three are thought-provoking, thematically engaging, and feature realistically flawed characters in complicated circumstances. All three do small emotional moments fantastically well, and the level of execution on all three - from screenwriting to performance to directing to cinematography to costuming and production design - is remarkably high. They’re not necessarily popcorn shows or feel-good shows, but they’re really well done.
I think I’d probably include Bunheads (technically a comedy?) or Parenthood in this group as well, especially in that they’re a bit more accessible yet still well-constructed and well-executed. (You totally asked for five best TV shows, right? Oops.)
Would you consider writing about Orphan Black on your blog? :))
(Yes, I would. I’m working on something now! I’m pretty excited about it tbh.)
When you say a strong character, do you mean a character that is developed strongly by the writer or a character strong in some other way?
I mean a well-written character, basically. ”Strong female character” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in reference to women onscreen, and it’s often conflated with a woman possessing emotional, physical, or mental strength. A woman can cry onscreen and be a “strong female character.” She doesn’t need to be a physical badass or an mental pillar of strength or emotionally resilient to be a well-written character. Instead, it’s important that she have her own POV, that she make choices, and that she serve her own narrative instead of another character’s.
(Referring to this post.)
eclectick asked you:
Hi! I hope you’ll allow a somewhat cavalier question. Any thoughts on Naya Rivera’s comment that ‘(Quinn)’s now been a lesbian for a minute.’? (from Vulture interview). Asking because I was just re-reading your asks and essays about Quinn and wondered if you thought that was at all an accurate description of what happened, what the writers aimed for, or what Quinn is.
Well, describing it that way is perhaps a touch superficial - there’s a lot of nitpicking we can do about labels and fluid sexuality and the like. If we’re taking Quinn’s sexual experience 100% seriously, there’s definitely specificity and history and nuance we could run a comb through. It’s hard to even want to do that though, considering Glee’s shoulder-shrugging when it comes to close character examination these days.
Anonymous: What do you make of Taylor Swift's comments about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler?
Oh, it’s all farts from every angle. And the media is just making it worse because it’s “women feuding” based on judgment over how women should behave. Sigh!
The way I see it: absolutely, Taylor Swift has a point about the double standard between male singer/songwriters and female singer/songwriters. The fact that she gets so much condemnation for being creative and expressive with her emotions and life experiences is bullshit. Was it the smartest thing to whip out the “special hell” quote? Eh, not so much. Insinuating that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t help other women, generally-speaking, is a bit misguided.
That being said, Tina Fey’s comment about staying away from Michael J. Fox’s son was pretty unwarranted in the first place. It was the one joke at the GG that made me cringe. Even if she genuinely believes that Taylor Swift should take some time to learn about herself as an individual, which isn’t exactly the worse thing to wish on someone… it still feeds on and perpetuates the media-created idea that Taylor Swift is constantly dating around and preying on innocent boys to make money off them. It’d be nice to do away with that representation, frankly. It’s not only slut-shaming, but also shaming of the personal experiences, self-expression, and subsequent success of a young woman that society just loves to dismiss.
Anonymous asked you:
What are your thoughts on Once Upon A Time so far?
I’m so mad at it right now! Hahaha. I’ve picked a terrible time to answer my first OUAT question, because I watched the most recent episode finally and got impossibly frustrated with it.
notanotherstarkidfan asked you: Have you season the season 2 premiere of Smash, and will you be reviewing the episodes as they air?
Hi! I have seen all of S2 so far of Smash, but I don’t think I’ll be reviewing it. I’d be happy to share some thoughts here and there though, since I’m still watching and still have opinions!
Anonymous: What have you written about Gladys?
It’s technically about the Gladys/Gene subplot that’s a bit polarizing in S2, and what works really well about it. But Gladys is a big focus.