We all know the quality of network television has been falling consistently over the last several years (decades). Not that the bar was so high to begin with. Certainly, given my tastes and interests, I lean toward a particular type of televised entertainment. Shows like The X-Files, Fringe, and Supernatural top my list of favorites.… Continue reading Evil: The Best New Show On Network Television?
Based on the novel of the same name by author Tom Perrotta and developed for HBO by Perrotta, Damon Lindelof (Lost), and with substantial story input and direction from Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, On the Basis of Sex), The Leftovers, as a series (3 seasons for a total of 28 episodes), is part mystery, science-fiction/fantasy,… Continue reading The Leftovers
From before the dawn of recorded history, the peoples of the world relied on myth to explain the earthly phenomena they observed around them. You may recognize some of the more popular texts collecting these myths as they evolved from oral histories: Popol Vuh (Mayan), Kalevala (Finnish), The Odyssey and The Iliad (Greek), The Nibelungenlied… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part II
With only a few aired episodes under its belt, History Channel’s new offering, Project Blue Book, has, for me, shifted from questionable program on my list of DVR timers to one verging on essential. Starring Aiden Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Dr. Josef Allen Hynek, this historical drama takes as… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part I
The Passage, by author Justin Cronin, is an engaging story that keeps one turning the pages well into the wee hours when one should be asleep. It is the first novel of a trilogy, and it plays its hand close to the vest. Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Stand, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, and… Continue reading The Passage – Novel vs. Television Adaptation
Author Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is one of the undisputed, seminal works of Gothic horror fiction. Its themes have inspired other writers, but their works have never quite attained the same visceral, emotional effect of the original. There have been several attempts at adapting the novel into the visual medium, Robert… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House
Has anyone watched the series, Dark, on Netflix? It is a German production, apparently the first original—in German specifically or in general any—foreign language property created for the streaming service. While its premise involving missing children in a small town is quite interesting in design, taking the time travel trope to an extreme, it is… Continue reading Dark