It seems to be a requirement of popular fictions set in times of war that, at some point, the looming threat of total annihilation brings interpersonal tension to the surface. That turns out to be exactly the case with “Fallout,” which, despite a few strong moments, is too cute by half in its wink-nudge acknowledgement of viewers’ distanced relationship with the time period. That’s troubling, as Masters of Sex had a strong sense of balance on this score until now.
This past week, Lady Gaga hosted a fun, somewhat psychedelic hour of television on ABC; Lady Gaga and The Muppets’ Holiday Special. In many ways the special transported me back to the mid-eighties, when a post Muppet Show troupe of puppets were still dominating all facets of media at the time. Now that The Muppets are successfully making a comeback, this led me to reminisce about the numerous Muppet holiday films over the years and question which one is my favorite.
Maybe, by default, calling “Good Night” the most suspenseful episode of the season carries less weight than it should. So, to state it more clearly, “Good Night” is a fantastic individual episode of both Homeland and television in general. At its best, this series vibrates at an extremely high level of tension, which has been both character-based and plot-based in the past. Much of what made these characters interesting has become a little muddled this year, but “Good Night” goes all the way with plot to create some genuinely riveting material. The episode centers around Saul’s play to get Brody across the Iraq-Iran border and doesn’t bother concerning itself with much melodrama. Structurally, it’s the most tightly-focused episode of Homeland I can remember (even more so than the critically lauded “Q&A” from last season) despite the two locales being thousands of miles apart from one another. There’s never a moment, though, where it feels like Brody is very far from Carrie. And where this episode could have played up that relationship in a cliche, soapy way, there’s a surprising amount of emotional draw there. “Good Night” shows that Carrie and Brody are more than just two people caught up in a weird love story – they’re two human beings who try to bring out the best in each other.
The Walking Dead season 4 brings heavy action with its midseason finale “Too Far Gone”. The Governor and his troops make their assault on the prison, and the face off between them and Rick’s group is a reckoning, and more importantly, a long-awaited resolution to a story that has been dragging on for far too long.
Regular followers are probably aware that we here are at Sound on Sight are more than a little fond of an obscureBritish science fiction program that celebrated an anniversary of some kind last weekend. Anniversaries are always an excellent time to reflect upon and celebrate a show’s history and the lead up to last Saturday’s “The Day of the Doctor” saw the entire Whoniverse coming together to share their thoughts on everything from their favourite episodes, most beloved eras, and of course, “their” Doctor. I just love that a top ten list can be the beginning of a good conversation or a great fight, and I find that the most heat, and some of the best light, is generated when Whovians start talking about their favourite Companions. A Companion is more than just our surrogate, they’re a gateway and guide to the series who helps us find our own way through the barking mad universe that is Doctor Who. It’s no wonder then that our attachments to them are passionate, personal, and gloriously partisan, especially when we try to educate normally well-informed Whovians who disagree with us on just how wrong they are.
Profile of Doctor Who allies the Jones family- Francine, Clive, and Tish
Profile of Doctor Who ally Kate Stewart