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[The Inside] Noah, posted September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 3:41pm PDT
"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction." -Cynthia Occelli

Despite its poor to non-existent reputation among all but a few devoted fans of creator T... read more

Welcome to The Inside!Link
[The Inside] Noah, posted September 29, 2014 (Monday) @ 9:25pm PDT

Hello Critically Touched community!

I'm Noah, and I will be reviewing the short-lived The Inside! It is from my interests in philosophy and literature that a large part of my appreciation of The Inside comes, as the show is at the same time philosophical and literary. However, don't think I will be approaching the show only dryly and academically! The Inside is far too good and far too much fun for that. I hope my reviews will be able to communicate that as well as the intellectual material.

What ultimately makes it a great series is the profound human truth at the core of the show. Anyone who has suffered, be it physically or emotionally, be it all at once or over many years, can relate to the journey that Rebecca Locke takes through the 13 episodes. Like Buffy, she is a character whose life is almost universally identifiable. Unlike Buffy, however, we are not immediately drawn to her personality through clever dialog and humor. Rebecca takes time to learn to love, as does the show. When I first saw The Inside, I felt that it started out okay and got pretty good by the end. But there were niggling questions and a sense of uneasiness that the show left me with. As I went back to it more and more, I realized there were depths to the show that I hadn't perceived, and that they were present from the very beginning. Some of this is hard to see because the show is ostensibly a procedural - there's no plot continuity. But the characters and themes are completely serialized, and I'm always being surprised by just how well the show fits together as a whole.

All this is to say, give it a chance to grow on you, and be aware that you may have to watch it twice or more to have a full appreciation of it. It's worth it. On my fourth full re-watch, I'm still finding many new insights and connections that I hadn't noticed previously.

I'll be posting the first review tomorrow evening, and I expect to publish on a weekly-ish basis after that, though some episodes might need more time to do justice to. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the show and the reviews!

[The Inside] MikeJer, posted September 28, 2014 (Sunday) @ 4:52pm PDT

I'm quite pleased to announce another new show to be reviewed here at Critically Touched. That show is Tim Minear's (of Angel and Firefly fame) swiftly cancelled and forgotten gem, The Inside, starring Rachel Nichols (currently seen on the sci-fi series Continuum). A new writer will be coming on board to take on this task: Noah Burns. He will introduce himself in the coming days, as well as releasing his first review.

One note on The Inside is that it never got a DVD release. To my knowledge, the only place to watch this show is on YouTube or in the realm of torrent files scattered over the internet. Click Here to watch the first episode on YouTube. The show was also aired out of order, so please follow along the episode listing here on Critically Touched, as that is the order Minear intended.

Good luck, Noah!

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 21, 2014 (Sunday) @ 4:15pm PDT
"When we run for reelection… I'd vote for somebody else." – CJ

Know what? I love Allison Janney.

I loved her in Juno. I loved her in American Beauty. I even loved her in that one really stupid episode of Lost. And of course, I love her on The West Wing.

Know what else? I'm not alone. The Television Ac... read more

[Twin Peaks] Jay, posted September 15, 2014 (Monday) @ 11:42am PDT

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
[Twin Peaks] Jay, posted September 15, 2014 (Monday) @ 12:24am PDT

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.

Speaking of weird, Twin Peaks! This quirky and bizarrely influential early 90s classic is going to be my first series review here. It is a journey that will teach us about Tibet, how the FBI should really behave, and, most importantly, owls and what they're up to (the answers will surprise you!). Along the way, we will encounter multiple homicides, love triangles fashioned in the Sierpinski mode, doppelgängers, spiritual possession, drapes (silent), curtains (red), a Civil War reenactment, feats of uncanny strength, pine weasels, cross-dressing DEA agents, talking logs, backwards-talking people, and giants. Even listing all these things, I'm surely missing something.

For example, continuity and character-driven story-telling in a long view, for Twin Peaks was among the first series to assign itself a very strict timeline of events to go along with an expansive storyline and colorful characters. The enterprise isn't perfect-- what virgin attempt is?-- but we trod along that blazed trail to this day.

The first review is up now ( "Northwest Passage" [1x01] ) and from here out, I expect to update monthly, generally around the middle of the month depending on what I have going on. For your snacking enjoyment as you accompany me on this journey, I may recommend the cherry pie and the coffee, but steer clear of the creamed corn. You'll know why eventually.

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 14, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:18pm PDT
"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

[Twin Peaks] MikeJer, posted September 12, 2014 (Friday) @ 6:55pm PDT

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.

With that, I pass the torch to our latest show reviewer here at Critically Touched: Jay Yencich. He has previously contributed a Blog post on the early struggles of American Horror Story. Please welcome him to the community, if you haven't already.

The review of Twin Peaks's first episode, "Northwest Passage", will be published relatively soon.

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted September 7, 2014 (Sunday) @ 3:46pm PDT
"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

To Graphic Designers...Link
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!

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