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Posts Tagged ‘television

There’s a War On ~ Top of the Lake

August 7, 2013

Even though it’s set in the middle of nowhere, halfway around the world, Top of the Lake feels incredibly topical. At a time when misogyny and abuse are in the headlines, its uncompromising look at gender conflict seems all the more electrifying. Although Jane Campion’s mini-series is centred around the disappearance of a young girl […]

Janus and Duality in Mad Men’s The Doorway

April 12, 2013

Mad Men Season 6 kicked off in classic MM style, with a big dollop of death, existential angst and a whole lotta duality. I have referenced this before as a key theme of the show and it looks like that is set to continue. A big clue to the importance of duality was the name […]

YOLT~Duality/Sexuality in Mad Men’s The Phantom

June 24, 2012

The last few episodes of Mad Men 5 left me emotionally devastated. I watched them over the space of a few nights, ending each one with red-rimmed eyes and a sore heart. That’s when I know the show is back on incredible form. Welcome back, Mad Men. And what a way to wrap up the […]

Breakin’ Up is So Very Hard to Do!

February 6, 2012

Sigh. Another month, another unfortunate break-up. It’s always me doing the dumping – ‘it’s not me, it’s you’ – but of course I have to wonder if it is me. Am I just growing out of all my shows? But then I remember the telly addict’s conundrum. Faced with a fabulous new show, we are […]


July 31, 2010

As a follow up to my recent Game of Thrones post, where I mentioned that I would love to see Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister, my wish seems to have been granted! Woohoo! I CANNOT WAIT!!! Ahem.

Win or Die ~ Game of Thrones

May 20, 2010

I’ve been meaning to make this post for ages but seeing as I read over half of A Storm of Swords Part I today, and as such am in a Westeros frame of mind, it seemed like the perfect time. A couple of months ago, HBO greenlit one of the most highly anticipated fantasy television […]

Outcasts aka my ideal show

May 13, 2010

Like any good Battlestar Galactica fan I follow the cast’s movements with interest. Luckily they’re getting some great jobs (well, some of them) and moving on to exciting new projects. So when I heard Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) had been cast in a new, British sci-fi series, I had to know more. The new show, […]

Alas, poor Seeker

April 28, 2010

We Legend of the Seeker fans knew the show was perilously close to cancellation. Alas, this week it was announced – LoTS is no more. Woe! The show has had more episodes than most UK shows ever manage, but I still feel it could have run successfully for one or even two more seasons. I […]

Mad Men Season 3 (and the nature of change)

April 21, 2010

Change isn’t good or bad. It just is. ~Don Draper Mad Men‘s Season 3 finale was perfect. I mean, every episode is perfect, but this one was particularly superb. I still think Season 2’s ‘Meditations in an Emergency’ is the best the show has done.  However, ‘Shut the Door, Have a Seat’ managed to be […]

Mad Men and gender relations in ‘the Souvenir’

March 20, 2010

Last week’s episode of Mad Men, ‘The Souvenir’, was a slow burner for me. I mean, I liked it, but it’s taken me a while to mull over the themes and resonances. What’s most interesting about the episode is its exploration of relationships between men and women.(spoilers follow)