CMI on TV Blog Post

If you've tracked my work on this site (and I know you have), then it will come as no surprise to you when I admit that I've been a bit harsh on this season of Modern Family . In my defense, there's a not-so-fine line between art and propaganda that they've obliterated this year, but I don't want to dwell on that in this post. Instead, I'd like to focus on what makes Modern Family great: the subtle things. One scene from this episode illustrates the subtlety superbly. Phil is cleaning out a gutter with some robot gizmo and kills... continue reading
I know I've said it before, and while I don't want to be the boy who cried propaganda , this most recent episode of SHIELD reeked of it. Wealthy businessman villian? check (bonus points for him being white.) Did he exploit the earth? Check (at least allegedly. I don't buy that mining for minerals necessarily exploits the earth.). Did he dislike regulations? Check. Did he care about destroying ecosystems? No. Did he care about future generations? No. Was he motivated by profit? Yes Did he have an offshore haven that was tax friendly? Yes If this was a radio show,... continue reading
There are two things that I love about The Blacklist : the twists and turns and the killer one liners that Red delivers. The second is not in any danger of disappearing--unless the writers develop some mysterious illness or NBC gets stupid and cancels the show. Wait! Crap! I jinxed it. Dammit. NBC's stupidity aside, the continuing of the twists and turns concern me. It is very difficult to keep plot twists coming and to constantly have people on the edge of their seats. My biggest fear is that Red gets too predictable. I like rooting for Red as one... continue reading
I always cringe when I see that a tv show will deal heavily with religion, like Revenge did last night. I know that 9 times out of 10 I will wind up screaming at the tv for the horrid portrayal of religion in whatever show I am watching. Fortunately, Revenge happened to be that tenth time that didn't make me want to tear my eyes out of their sockets. Of course, the show wasn't perfect in dealing with religion, but the bad moments were rare (I'll address the worst culprits in a second). Impressively, this episode, which started out looking... continue reading
What the heck is so entertaining about teenagers having children outside of marriage? Where is the comic value in seeing kids raised in less than ideal environments? Yet it’s something of a trend. But if we’re going to have TV plots revolve around teen pregnancy, there’s a right way (“Welcome to the Family”) and a wrong way, (“Mom.”) In “Mom,” three generations of pregnant teens are the dysfunctional norm, while “Welcome to the Family” (WTTF) takes a more classy approach. In WTTF) the pregnancy of the young girl Molly was condemned by both families who seem fairly traditional in nature... continue reading
According to NBC’s Al Roker. there’s at least one good reason to skip school, and her name is Miley Cyrus. All twerk and no play, eh, Al? After the shameless VMAs and SNL skits , NBC’s “Today” wanted a piece of Cyrus too, and hosted a concert for the former Disney darling. Co-host Al Roker introduced the event, noting the audience: “A lot of these kids are missing school right now, but they're going to get an education on Miley Cyrus.” Roker advertized Cyrus as “part of our fantastic concert series” and recognized the October 7 segment as the “kick-off”... continue reading
“I feel like there are a lot of people who still aren’t comfortable with gay characters on television... [Modern Family is] kind of like a Trojan horse. We sneak into a lot of people’s living rooms when they aren’t expecting it and maybe change some minds through the back door.” The above quote is from actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson in an interview with homosexual issues activists Advocate back in May. At the time he said it, I wouldn't disagree with Mr. Ferguson, who plays Mitchell in the show. Modern Family was funny, clever, and only subtly pro-homosexual agenda. This season,... continue reading
Sometimes things work well right from the start. Then there is agent Coulson's team. Such a squabbling, contentious, and poorly jelled team hasn't been seen since, well, Congress. Unlike Congress, however, this team eventually starts to get things done. Sure, it took the hijacking of their plane, but if a common enemy is the only way to lay aside ego and rivalry, then so be it. Even the Colonies needed a common enemy to realize they were better off working together. Still, Coulson's team has a ways to go. Skye is still not fully committed to the team. The scientists... continue reading
Episode two and “Mom” is already too raunchy for its own good. The episode started with a positive teen pregnancy test and continued with multiple uncalled for sexual references that did not advance the plot whatsoever. It included uncomfortable references to an older man having sex with a teenage girl, casual conversation about the intimate parts of a sexual relationship, and a young boy using language that can only be described as wildly inappropriate for his age. In the world of “Mom,” getting pregnant as a teen is okay, normal, and happens all the time. Three generations of this family... continue reading
The title suggests masculinity and possibly a caveman quality. Instead we get what’s “more like a way station for guys who just got divorced, dumped, or are otherwise incapable of buying their own couch.” Frank (Tony Shalhaub) is the four-time divorcee. “Frank vowed the next time he found true happiness he was just going to sleep with it for a few weeks.” Stuart (Jerry O’Connell) is the womanizing, often shirtless, divorcee still fighting over a settlement with his most recent ex-wife. Gil (Kal Penn) was kicked out by his wife a year-and-a-half ago after she caught him in the “world’s... continue reading