‘Defiance’ Finale Recap: “Everything is Broken”

This post is the first of two pieces that I originally wrote as part of the application process for a TV recapping position on a pop culture website. Obviously, I didn’t get the job, but I’m actually pretty happy with how both of them turned out. It seems like a waste for me to have … Continue reading

Will They or Won’t They? A Peek Into the Castle Writer’s Room

[Cross-posting with Film.com because I had more fun writing this than I’ve had writing anything in years.] We open on a well-lit room, late morning. Eleven people sit at a conference table. They clutch hot coffee cups and fiddle with their notepads and electronic devices. There is a large whiteboard at the front of the … Continue reading

Pilot Watch (sort of): ‘Terra Nova’

I was planning on writing a review of Terra Nova here on Big Damn Heroes, but I was asked to write a recap of it over at Film.com instead. You can guys can follow me over there, like, if you want to or something, I don’t know. I’ll be writing weekly recaps of Terra Nova … Continue reading

Pilot Watch: “New Girl”

Listen, I’m as quirky as the next hipster twenty-something. I wear double-tongued Converse shoes and buy things like fabric printed with owls even though I DON’T EVEN SEW. I live in Austin, TX only because I can’t afford Williamsburg and Portland gets too much rain. The “You wear knit hats because of Coldplay” joke from … Continue reading

Pilot Watch: ‘The Secret Circle’

      The CW’s newest teen supernatural offering is based from a book series that I truly can’t believe I never read as a youth. Fantastical teenage adventures with witchcraft? That’s, like, all I read for three or four years straight. Somehow, L.J. Smith’s series slipped through the cracks. (L.J. Smith is also responsible … Continue reading

Pilot Watch: ‘Ringer’

“Siobhan killed herself. I don’t know why she did it. I’m the only one that knows that she’s dead. I saw a way out and I took it. I was so scared. The cops were after me . . . I felt like I didn’t have a choice. It was so easy, Malcolm. I mean, … Continue reading

Splash Down: A review of Modern Family’s “Moon Landing”

In order to handle the emotional intensity of Friday Night Lights, I’ve been interspersing FNL with Season One of Modern Family. Sometimes, after watching Coach Taylor and Tami argue over something like a lawsuit from one of their players, all I want to do is watch Cam and Mitchell argue about how to behave at … Continue reading

Not-so-easy A…A Review of Friday Night Lights: It’s Different For The Girls

Having never lived in a small town, I can’t say for sure whether gossip travels as fast as it does in movies and tv. But if you take small town rumor mills and add in head cheerleader minus one QB boyfriend plus one up-and-coming football stay, people are bound to talk. The first nine episodes … Continue reading

Bones 6X23 — “The Change in the Game” Live-Blog

For all your Bones live-blogging needs. Ahem. – – – I love it when shows take creative risks, especially shows as formulaic as Bones. Now, when I say “formulaic,” I’m not using it as an insult (in this case at least). Bones is first and foremost a procedural, and procedurals follow formulas. It’s why they’re … Continue reading

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