At the beginning there was good and evil… and then TV writers decided it was time to complexify the hero, black and white distinctions were not gonna cut it anymore, they needed someone real who walked the line between these two forces, able to hurt but also to be hurt, able to kill and be loved by the audience at the same time… They created Tony Soprano. Continue reading
It is hard to synthesize a show as complex as Hannibal in a few words: elegant horror is a possibility, but there are better adjectives out there: grotesque or abject. For the Bulgurian-French philosopher Julia Kristeva, abject is “the in-between, the ambiguos, the composite”. A phenomenon that “disturbs identity, system, order” and that “does not respect borders, positions, rules”. This makes even more sense when we think about the origin of the word grotesque: a type of ornamentation found in the Domus Aurea, a Roman palace, in which “plant, animal and human forms interwoven fantastically.” Continue reading
Don Draper is classy, Virginia Johnson or Cameron Howe look quite chic without effort, but the question here is, who is the coolest?, and, of course, what does cool mean in the TV context? It’s not just about wearing elegant suits, drinking Old-Fashions, being funny, charismatic or kicking asses all around, when a character (or a whole TV show) is cool everything in and around him need to share that feeling, the series must be self-conscious about this.