Big Brother 20’s Kaitlyn Isn’t Crazy. She’s Just Learning.

Many years ago, when Oprah Winfrey’s show was still a “thing,” — that is, it was appointment viewing for all spiritual-seeking, life-affirming, “you can make it!” types — she featured a guest who had gone bankrupt. Or, something like that. The guest had become involved with a boyfriend whose financial debt she decided to takeContinue reading “Big Brother 20’s Kaitlyn Isn’t Crazy. She’s Just Learning.”

Rockstar’s ‘Big Brother’ Outburst Was The Truest Words Ever Spoken

There’s been an emergence of late of Rockstar on Big Brother 20, the multi-hair-colored stay-at-home mom whom, on another reality program (say, The Bachelor) would have been alternatively dubbed by another line item in her resume (say, Former Zoo Animal Handler). In the beginning, she was quiet, holding her cards close to her chest, in smart Big BrotherContinue reading “Rockstar’s ‘Big Brother’ Outburst Was The Truest Words Ever Spoken”

The ‘Big Brother 20’ App Twist Is Cruel In A Way That’s Atypical Of The Show

One can assume that you make a deal when you apply to be on Big Brother: you agree to total lack of privacy, isolation from the outside world, and virtually unchecked manipulation at the hands of producers and fellow houseguests. In exchange, you get a chance to play a game, perhaps win some money, and ifContinue reading “The ‘Big Brother 20’ App Twist Is Cruel In A Way That’s Atypical Of The Show”

‘Westworld’ Has No Moral Compass. That’s What Makes It Hard To Watch.

The first time through, I missed the after-the-end-credits scene of the Season 2 Westworld finale. Turns out, there was a similar tag-on at the conclusion of Season 1, but I didn’t stick around for that one, either. When “The Passenger” reran, I dutifully tuned in for the final minutes to see The Man in Black —Continue reading “‘Westworld’ Has No Moral Compass. That’s What Makes It Hard To Watch.”

Julie Chen Throws Paul Abrahamian Some Shade In ‘Big Brother 20’ Promo

Okay, maybe it’s not Julie Chen that’s throwing shade — it’s one of the producers or whomever designed the set that’s giving a little bit of a jab to the perpetual Big Brother bridesmaid. In advance of the Big Brother 20 premiere, Chen gave her traditional house tour to The Hollywood Reporter. Fitting with this year’s theme ofContinue reading “Julie Chen Throws Paul Abrahamian Some Shade In ‘Big Brother 20’ Promo”

‘Colony’ Has A Genius Plot Device: Keeping The Aliens Out Of Sight

The more I’ve become addicted to Colony, the more I realize it’s difficult to characterize, deftly transcending genres. That’s what makes it so consistently interesting but, I imagine, hard to market. (Add my signature to the “renew for Season 4,” petition — this story is far from over.) Colony isn’t exactly sci-fi, but it’s not your typicalContinue reading “‘Colony’ Has A Genius Plot Device: Keeping The Aliens Out Of Sight”

This Is Us: Pilot (S 1 E 1)

Great Episodes is a series of blogs on my all-time favorite episodes of, well, everything.  It’s tough to recall now that, when This Is Us premiered, no one knew the story of the Pearson family. The show was billed as a non-specific examination of people who happened to have the same birthday. The show’s pilot madeContinue reading “This Is Us: Pilot (S 1 E 1)”

‘Westworld,’ Tell Me Who The Heroes Are

As much as “Vanishing Point” (S 2 E 9) may have finally answered some questions, it opened others, and left me with this profound sense that I have no one to root for. Bernard, I suppose. But I don’t know who’s the hero in this story, and there aren’t even any dark knights whose victoriesContinue reading “‘Westworld,’ Tell Me Who The Heroes Are”

Abramovitz v. Lee Proves The Law Isn’t About Justice: It’s About Keeping People In Their Place

Eric Abramovitz is a successful clarinetist, who was a music student at McGill when he met Jennifer Lee, his soon-to-be girlfriend. This week, about five years after they first started a relationship and a couple of years after it ended, an Ontario judge ordered Lee to pay Abramovitz CDN$375,000 (USD$284,000). Her infraction? Intercepting an emailContinue reading “Abramovitz v. Lee Proves The Law Isn’t About Justice: It’s About Keeping People In Their Place”