Since I Can’t Ask Klosterman His Opinion on “True Defective”

The new season of True Detective is a letdown. To demonstrate, I will use a Zodiac of Animal Crackers types.

If I’m sounding impudent in my renaming of HBO’s new season of its hit prestige drama it’s because I fell for the hype, allowed myself to get excited for a made-for-tv drama boasting big name movie stars and acclaimed cinematography and writing — such writing as speaks to my Inner Dark Person. For me, this show falls flat, and worse, falls short of its expectations. Falling flat because it tries for gravitas, but all I feel is gravity (substitute “The heavy, the heavy” for “The horror, the horror,” maybe.) Continue reading

Rodent-worthy

Counting myself among the millions of viewers enamored with the series “House of Cards,” I guess it’s only because I’m not a wired-in couch potato that I haven’t binge-watched, but rather meted out episodes to enjoy and then read recaps & commentary where websites like “AV Club” or “Vulture.com” offer them. As I noticed several commenters heralding the show’s only four-legged co-star, “Cashew” the guinea pig, with increasing veneration I got to wondering how this critter derived such a fan following with just a few appearances. Continue reading

“Drynuary,” “Leaving Some for the Beer Gods,” and Other Non-Drinking Games

Aside

With Lent approaching in a few weeks, I’ve been wondering about a recent series on Slate.com where a writer details his experience with “Drynuary” — a personal undertaking where one doesn’t drink any alcohol during the month of January. I no longer recall what reasons he gives for making this a regular practice for going on ten years of January’s; and I don’t remember what particular benefits or insights he wrote that he’d gained from this undertaking. What got my attention was the reaction among the series’ commenters. Continue reading