The Best TV of 2013

Well, 2013 sure was a fantastic year for movie and tv buffs, wasn’t it?I’ll be publishing my list of the best films of the year next week, but for now, here are my picks for the best shows television had to offer. If I included every really good program I saw this year, this list would be far too long, so I’ve instead narrowed it down to the seven shows I thought stood a small notch above the rest and that I still find myself thinking about. Honestly, if you were to ask me tomorrow, I could e … [Read more...]

“Almost Human” Review: Can The Show Go More Than “Skin” Deep?

It’s hard to critique the second episode of most television shows. Like the pilot, their primary goal is often just to get more people watching, but they also need to give some indication of where the show could be headed. If the second part of Almost Human’s two-part premiere event is any indication, the series is indeed going to function primarily as a police procedural with sci-fi elements, following a case of the week with occasional small dabs at character development. I’m not sure that’s go … [Read more...]

Review: “Almost Human” Finds Humanity Amidst Technology

Sci-fi fans rejoice! Almost Human, the new hour-long weekly adventure from Fringe executive producer Joel Wyman, is finally here. The pilot aired last night as part of a two-night premiere event (the show will air regularly at 8 p.m. on Mondays), and you know what? There’s a lot to like.Almost Human opens with police officer John Kennex (Star Trek’s Karl Urban) leading a squad in an urban assault on a mysterious gang known as The Syndicate. Things quickly go horribly wrong, however, and he wa … [Read more...]

J.J. Abrams and Joel Wyman Talk “Almost Human”

The new Fox science-fiction series Almost Human premieres over two nights on Nov. 17-18 at 8 p.m. EST. Patheos was one of several outlets invited to join a conference call with executive producers J.J. Abrams and Joel Wyman, and they provided some details on how they approached the series' development.The show follows John Kennex (Star Trek’s Karl Urban) a cop in the year 2048 who goes into a coma for 17 months after a failed assault on a dangerous gang. He returns to the job when he awakes, … [Read more...]

The Wasted Potential of “Ender’s Game”

After around 25 years in development hell, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel Ender’s Game has finally arrived in theaters. This piece isn’t meant as a formal review (I’ll be speaking in more detail about the film on an upcoming episode of Cinema Fix), but just as a casual collection of thoughts and concerns I was left with after the movie. Be warned: this does contain spoilers for the film and the book, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should bookmark this for l … [Read more...]

“Breaking Bad” Review: “Felina” Redeems Walt… Or Does It?

Well, it’s over. Five years and 62 episodes later, Breaking Bad has come to an end.There’s a lot that can be said about this series finale, and I’m sure our perceptions of it will change the further away we get from it. Like all great works of art, Breaking Bad has left us in the best way possible: by mattering. Whether you loved the finale or hated it, there’s A Conversation waiting to be had in the weeks and years to come, and I’m eager to begin. This is a series that slowly but surely grew … [Read more...]

Review: There’s More To “Masters Of Sex” Than Just Sex

Note: Showtime has made the Masters of Sex pilot available to view free online. Click here to watch it.“He’s not watching you. He’s watching science.”So states Virginia Johnson to a female patient in the pilot episode of Masters of Sex, which premieres on Showtime tonight. Based on Thomas Maier’s biography of the same name, it follows Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they embark on a groundbreaking study of human sexuality at Washington University … [Read more...]

“Breaking Bad” Review: Stuck In A “Granite State”

In recent weeks, as I watch Breaking Bad I find myself wondering if showrunner Vince Gilligan ever read Mere Christianity. He was raised Catholic, and he’s gone on record saying he’s drawn to the idea of “biblical atonement” and that immoral people should be punished for their actions. That philosophy has been on clear display throughout the course of the entire series, as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman gradually fell further and further down a slippery slope, unleashing a storm of events outside … [Read more...]

Welcome to Cinemeditations!

Greetings film and television lovers!Some of you might recognize my name from Rebecca Cusey's blog Tinsel, where I've been reviewing the latest season of Breaking Bad and commenting on a few other shows for the past few weeks. I'm very grateful that Rebecca gave me a chance to share some of my writing with you, and I'm happy to announce that I've now been given my very own space on Patheos, Cinemeditations.Cinemeditations is exactly what it sounds like: a place for me to hopefully offer … [Read more...]