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But Don't Call Chuck

The season finale of Better Call Saul on Monday brought some big changes to the show, promising next season will be very different from the first three. Where Breaking Bad eventually became a Spaghetti Western, Better Call Saul is shaping up to be more of a film noir with its focus on the delicate line between luck…

Building Peaks

Last night’s new Twin Peaks may have spent more time actually in Twin Peaks than any previous episode of the new season and it was an exceptionally fast paced episode. With many satisfying developments and answers it also presented some new questions, and it did both these things in the understated manner that makes…

Devourers of Illumination

A little historical perspective isn’t too painful, is it? To-day’s new episode of Doctor Who, “Eaters of Light”, did something I wished the show did more often—it incorporated aspects of history into its plot and argument in a way that also potentially educates the viewer. This was part of the original series concept,…

Cats of the Doctor

Ahead of to-morrow’s new Doctor Who, I decided to revisit Survival, the 1989 serial written by Rona Munro, who also wrote to-morrow’s new episode, making her the only writer from the classic series to be hired to write for the relaunched series. Survival also happens to be the final story of the classic series, not a…

Children and Artificial Adults

The stakes seem to be getting higher on Twin Peaks as several characters seem to be trapped, unable to move forward. I identified last week a theme of victimised children and that’s certainly become even more prominent this week. Along with this, issues of identity and the line between innocence and guilt are being…

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Britain's Mars

Well, that wasn’t so bad. I was all set to hate “Empress of Mars”, the new episode of Doctor Who, written by Mark Gatiss, whose scripts are usually thoroughly lousy. Maybe he worked hard after his episode last season, “Sleep No More”, was a new low even for him. Maybe “Lie of the Land” was so bad that even a Mark…

The Persistent Wall

One of the most difficult things for a privileged white person to understand is how thoroughly and in how many ways a lack of privilege affects the life of a black person in the United States. Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1950 film No Way Out is an admirable endeavour to provide illumination, particularly for the year it was…

A Comey Day

Despite he and Trump having had a “thing”, James Comey didn’t do Trump any favours to-day. What was the “thing” Comey quotes Trump as alluding to in one of their now infamous private conversations? Comey speculated in his testimony to-day, at the insistence of John McCain, about the “thing”: “I concluded at the time,…