August 6, 2008
Why ten years? I'm basing this on the multiple claims by various publications that claim that we are in a Golden Age of Television. Why eight shows? Because I'm not a professional TV critic and can't watch everything. That being said, shows that may be on this list as soon as I get around to watching them are The Shield, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Weeds and Deadwood. I'll start the list reverse chronologically. Most have some spoilers.
8. Mad Men
I really don't think this show is as good as all the critics make it out to be. I really appreciate it more for the aesthetics, fashions and especially behavior of that time. I just get a kick out of all the inappropriate comments. I'm more into the Peggy and Peter characters as opposed to everything that went on with Don Draper. Happy to see that the second season seems to feature them more. For many reasons, I think Joan's my favorite character.
I felt this show peaked with the futuristic episode where everything goes haywire and the bad guys win. Season One started off really well, and with the exception of the Niki-personality-switch thing,I really liked all the characters. The season finale was one of the most disappointing, anticlimactic showdowns ever. Season Two started off horribly. Hiro's Japan saga felt like an extended Bill and Ted Movie. It got a bit better, but not enough.
It should have really maxed out at five seasons as Season Six was atrocious. That being said, I really think it should've ended at the season when Jack faked his death and went into hiding. Whenever I watch TV, movies, read a comic, etc. what really satisfies me more than anything is good character closure -- and faking your death is much better than staring out onto the cliffs.
5. The Sopranos
Season One was flawless. And everything else kind of just mushes together in my memory. And don't get me started on the series finale. That fade-to-black bullshit was the biggest middle finger a show creator ever gave to his audience. David Chase needs to take "How to Satisfy an Audience 101" from David Simon (The WIre).
I think I liked Season 2 the best with the revealing of the hatch. But now there are just still too many questions and not enough answers for my liking. Season 4 was pretty good, but it just didn't resonate. More specifically, I'm not sitting here ruminating how the Island got moved while anticipating the next season.
3. Freaks and Geeks
Yeah yeah everyone loves the show now because Judd Apatow's all that but I was there on Saturday night's watching back in 1999. Yes, that's right. I was watching TV on Saturday nights when I was 25! I went out on Fridays ok?!
2. Battlestar Galactica
I wish this was on HBO so they could just scale the episode count down to around 12 or so -- but SciFi wanted Ronald D. Moore to insert some "non-mythology episodes" (which are much worse than typical non-mythology X-Files episodes). That being said, the actual mythology is so much more linear and engaging than where Lost is right now. I thought the first half of Season 4 was near flawless.
1. The Wire
Usually when I read critics' über rave reviews, that tends to make me expect too much but wow, I don't know if I'll ever watch a better show in my lifetime. I can't really say anything that hasn't been said by anyone else already. Just put it on your Netflix queue.
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June 12, 2008
So I naturally Googled my name to see if anyone wrote anything about my stuff after MoCCA and found this chick's blog. Her thoughts pretty much summed this year up.
"He tried to engage me in his semi-autobiographical webcomic Wrong Turns, which revolves around a man and his 'gay-best-friend Apple laptop computer.' When I didn't seem sold on the idea, he handed me a flyer, assuring me that it was free. I pointed to a picture of a young Asian boy in a sweater, asked, 'Is that you?' to which he replied, 'Yes. That's me. In my favorite sweater. Take it.' His frantic enthusiasm fascinated me, and I put my name on his mailing list."
Not sure if I was "frantic" but I'll take the "enthusiastic."