Month: March 2015

The Trace of Cultural Ignorance: Russians and Middle Easterners of “24”

— Emma Ohanyan-Tri

November 6, 2001 is not the day when terrorist attacks, major assassination attempts, or mass murders happened in the United States. However, many American viewers who watched the pilot of 24 –one of the most popular TV series that promotes torture and cultural ignorance— saw November 6, 2001 as the day when a group of terrorists attempted to assassinate the U.S. presidential candidate. (more…)


“24:” An Argument for why TV’s Third Golden Age is not Restricted to Cable

–Nathan Blake

Much has been written in response to the belief, popularized by Brett Martin, that television has had three golden ages; the most recent of which consists of long form TV, primarily on cable. It is understandable to believe that the networks have contributed little in terms of the increased quality of scripted TV in the past 16 years. Most of the offerings by NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX in recent memory has consisted of derivative medical dramas, cop shows, Friends-esque sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory in particular) and, most recently, a new wave of comic book adaptations such as Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Gotham. A few exceptions since 1999 bear mentioning though and deserve at least a modicum of credit for the TV renaissance. There is Lost, perhaps the most polarizing network show of the last two decades, along with Friday Night Lights and Scandal. But the earliest example is probably FOX’s 24; a blood pressure raising, real-time spin on three types of thriller genres: Political, espionage and action. (more…)

“Orange Is The New Black:” How Did She Do It?

–Ruby Mayorga

What makes for good television? Is there a formula that can be repeated or does the success of the show rely on other elements outside of the formula? Can these extra elements be created or must they present themselves naturally? The unprecedented success of shows that take the public ‘by storm’, such as Orange is the New Black, brings these questions to mind. (more…)

Review: “CHAPPiE”

CHAPPiE (2015)
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Yolandi Visser, Watkin Tudor Jones, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Sigourney Weaver
120 minutes
Rated R
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
United States