"Any time we have the opportunity in the future to screw you, count on getting screwed." – Sarah
In the cold open of "The Midterms", CJ fields advice from several of her fellow staffers while on her way to a press briefing. Josh, Sam, Toby, and Leo all lend their two cents in order to ensure that she avoids any slipups. When she r... read more
"Sir, not that I don't appreciate you coming down here, but there's a ballroom full of people waiting for a victory speech." – Josh
Two-part episodes are can be tricky to pull off. In crafting one, you're attempting to sustain the drama of a single story over a period twice your normal length. If done well, however, they can be e... read more
"Tell me this isn't one of the twelve steps." – Jed Bartlet
The primary theme of The West Wing is power, filtered through the bright eyes of idealism. Or is it? Sure, the series is all about the most powerful people in America, and it makes them out to be far more optimistic than any of us would anticipate. But so much of t... read more
In trying to get through season one of American Horror Story, and subsequently feeling I needed to try to review it, I kept beating my head against a particular wall. Do I reward a show for having fun with itself and attempting to be high concept, or punish it for becoming frivolous and failing to deliver on much more than jump scares? Th... read more
Since the turn of the millennium, several changes have come over the television landscape – changes which become more and more apparent with each passing year. Many critics have in fact taken to dubbing this era as a new "Golden Age" of television, citing deeper characterizations, more intricate storytelling, and mo... read more
"Who's been hit? WHO'S BEEN HIT?"
Television is, above all else, a writer's medium. Whereas movie scripts can be changed and revamped beyond recognition by a Hollywood director, TV allows the writer to have near-complete control of his work. This, in fact, is one of the reasons I prefer television over film – the creative proces... read more
I'm about to say something that will probably shock a lot of you. There's a good chance that it will knock your socks off. Are you wearing socks? They're about to be knocked off. Ready? Okay, here goes: Real-life politicians are not exactly like the ones on The West Wing.
Did I just blow you mind? It's pretty astonishing to contempl... read more
Comedy and drama, for all their respective virtues, are opposite sides of the same coin. One asks the viewer to laugh at what it offers up onscreen, while the other expects him or her to take the product seriously. These are not concepts which you'd expect to automatically go hand in hand. But opposites attract, as the case may be, and some of t... read more
If you're a frequent visitor to Critically Touched, you're most likely a fan of Joss Whedon. And if you're a fan of Joss Whedon, you've most likely heard of Agents of SHIELD, a show which debuted last fall as a joint production of Marvel Comics and Whedon's company, Mutant Enemy. SHIELD, helmed by Joss' brother Jed Whedo... read more
When it comes to television, originality garners most of the praise. In an age where countless crime, legal, and medical procedurals dominate the primetime schedule, we look to shows that offer the fresh air of innovation. And yet… even the most original writers on television are bound to a certain level of formula. JJ Abrams builds his shows ar... read more