Welcome to a special San Diego edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I preview Comic-Con, discuss "Entourage" (and somehow completely forget about the existence of the Comic-Con episode of "Entourage"), look back on the "Breaking Bad" premiere, and more. The rundown:
Dan and Alan also discuss CBS' 'Same Name' and the latest 'Twin Peaks'
On eve of Comic-Con, thoughts on characters that appear in multiple media
Comic-Con starts tomorrow, and before I head out to San Diego, I had a few idle (and unsurprisingly nerdy) thoughts on a subject that feels particularly germane, given the blending of comics, movies, TV, etc. at what was once primarily a convention about comic books:
What happens when characters from one medium cross over into another?
Lots to do and see in San Diego later this week
Big doings in the world of TV - and film, and comics, etc., etc. - start up on Thursday, with the 2011 Comic-Con International in sunny San Diego.
I'll be heading out there to join the rest of team HitFix, then staying in California for the TV critics press tour, which begins a couple of days after Comic-Con ends. It's a very long road trip, but one that should be filled with lots of interesting shows, panels, interviews and random incidents.
Another masterclass of tension as Walt awaits Gus's counter-move
The long-awaited fourth season of "Breaking Bad" has finally begun. Earlier this week, I posted interviews with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Betsy Brandt, a photographic tour of the show's sets and my overall review of the season's first three episodes. Now I have specific thoughts on "Box Cutter," the season premiere, coming up just as soon as we get matching Kenny Rogers t-shirts...
Larry and Leon's relationship comes under close scrutiny
I'm taking a couple of days off this week before I head out to California for the Comic-Con/press tour double feature, and since I didn't see tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in advance, I don't have time to write much about it. Fortunately (or unfortunately), "The Safe House" was easily the weakest of the five I've seen so far (including the premiere, next week's episode, and two from later in the season), so I wouldn't have much to say even in another week. A couple of amusing isolated moments (the scene in the ER, for instance), but mostly an episode that was more awkward than funny, and where the individual pieces didn't seem to fit together very well.
What did everybody else think?
What's with all the bondage storylines this season?
You should know the drill with me and "True Blood" by now: I put up these posts so people can discuss the episode immediately without waiting for Leslie Gornstein's recap at our Monkeys as Critics blog (and/or for people who want to keep all their HitFix TV discussion here), and then I step out of your way, because y'all know how I feel about "True Blood."
One thing I'm slightly curious about this week, though, is where people stand with the show's tradition of storylines involving characters spending an extended period of time as someone else's helpless prisoner (Tara with Franklin, Lafayette in Eric's basement, Jason this year at Hot Shot, etc.), and, at times, rape victim. There seemed to be a lot of pushback against the Jason story last week, while others pointed out how often the show has done similar stories in the past (and will continue to do in the future, as we see here). Is it just that Alan Ball has done it once too many, or is there something people found particularly unpleasant about this one?
It's not easy being Hank's wife
And now we come to the last of the three "Breaking Bad" interviews I successfully(*) recorded on a trip to Albuquerque a couple of months ago. (Previously, I spoke with Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, and also posted my review of the new season and photos from a tour of the set.)
(*) Anna Gunn and I had a good conversation about Walt and Skyler's marriage, but technology was not my friend with that one, alas.
Our final subject: Betsy Brandt, whose Marie sometimes can get lost in the shuffle of a very testosterone-fueled show, but who becomes more prominent this season as Marie tries to deal with Hank's attitude post-shooting. We spoke about the evolution of Marie from the selfish klepto of season 1 to who she is now, about Brandt's off-camera friendship with Dean Norris, Marie's relationship with brother-in-law Walt, and more.
As with the previous video interviews, I apologize for the camerawork, and suggest that if it bothers you, just listen and open up a new browser to look at animated "Parks and Recreation" gifs.
Jack and Gwen run into trouble on a long cross-continental voyage
A review of tonight's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" coming up just as soon as I contribute to our cultural hegemony with a nice frosty cola...
The show's co-creator is proud of the 22 episodes he and Ray Romano got to make
On saying goodbye to a town, a team and a whole lot of great actors