When I've tried to explain Twin Peaks to people and its role in the furtherance of television as a medium, I've said it's like the moldy bread left out next to the fruit bowl that yielded penicillin. But maybe that's not wholly fair; maybe it's more like discovering that alternating current was more useful than direct, or that the universe... read more
Twin Peaks, Pop. 51,201 + you! <3Link
Hullo. My name is Jay Yencich. You probably know me from my overview of the first season of American Horror Story on this here website. Or if not that, then you perhaps have read my baseball journalism elsewhere. If you find this somehow after reading one of my poems, well that's just weird and you're weird.
"If you think I can pardon a turkey, then you've got to go back to your school and insist that you be better prepared to go out in the world." – Bartlet
A series of events all take place around a national holiday. Whether or not by conscious thought, the behavior of the various characters all comes to in some way reflect upon said... read more
MikeJer here. I'm very pleased to announce that a new show is being reviewed: Twin Peaks! This is a quirky, surreal, dramatic, absurd, and entertaining older show that had a definite influence on the television landscape. For those of you that have not seen it, I suggest you do, although it admittedly may not be to everyone's taste.
"There isn't going to be a change." – Toby
A lot happens on The West Wing. The show's breakneck pace allows each episode to cram major amounts of story and development into the space of forty-two minutes. Characters talk fast, but more to the point, they act fast, and the show deftly sustains drama week in and week o... read more
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MikeJer, posted September 2, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 11:02pm PDT
I'm on the lookout for some assistance in the creation of some new/updated art assets for Critically Touched. In the past I've done this all myself, but I'd like something more professional going forward. If you have some talent in this area and would like a shot at contributing to the site and seeing your work featured, please contact MikeJer at mikejer[at]criticallytouched[dot]com. Thanks!
"We play with live ammo around here." – Sam
You could make a case for short deadlines, executive meddling, or ad-libbing actors, but for my money, a scriptwriter's biggest enemy is "exposition". Every dramatic plot worth its weight in setup comes equipped with niggling details that the writer must share with the audience so that t... read more
"My parents keep asking how school was. It's like saying, 'How was that drive-by shooting?' You don't care how it was, you're lucky to get out alive." – Angela
Once upon a time, a television show debuted focusing on a teenage girl struggling to make her way through high school. Although she was a commendable student, she en... read more
"Took two years." – CJ
A quick rewind to remind: Last week, I dipped my spoon in the somewhat controversial pot of liberalism and its portrayal on television, despite the fact that I made a silent pact to myself that I wouldn't be addressing politics directly in my reviews. (My excuse: the episode was begging for it.) Well, that a... read more
Have you ever found yourself having an unpopular opinion about something popular? Perhaps you're the only one in your workplace who doesn't enjoy the coffee the machine serves there. Maybe you're the only person in your dormitory who prefers slow, quiet music over the loud, heavy metal stuff which continues to blare on the radio. It could be you'r... read more