Breaking Bad: "Live Free or Die" - Fatal Attraction?

The weekly dispatches from the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Concern were such a success during the Mad Men season that we’ve decided to bring them back for the fifth season of Breaking Bad. Once again we’ll be alternating the full roundtable discussion among each of our blogs – Cory Barker’s TV Surveillance, Les Chappell’s A... Read more »

Mad Men: "The Phantom" - Shock to the system

Andy: “Are you alone?” Last season we ended on an answer: Megan accepting Don’s proposal of marriage. This season, we end on a question intent on upending everything contained in that answer. We end with Don, in an absolutely gorgeously shot sequence, striding away from a shrinking pane of color and light, into a darkness... Read more »

TV Tandem Podcast: Holy Crap Julie Hung Out With John Glover This One Time Edition

Holy crap you guys, Julie Hammerle hung out with John Glover – Lionel Luthor, Daniel Clamp, the voice of The Riddler – and she waited this long to tell us? Oh, also a little show called Mad Men wrapped up its fifth season, and we (along with Andrew Daar) reflect on “The Phantom” and the... Read more »

Test Pilot - Batman '66

Once again, I’ve joined Cory Barker over at TV Surveillance to discuss the first episode of a classic series for his Test Pilot feature. This time we tackle the one, the only, the legendary: Batman! Yeah, the Adam West one. Yes, it is as awesome as you remember from those weekday afternoons when you were... Read more »

Mad Men: "The Other Woman" - Joanie's Choice

Three episodes to go this season for Mad Men, and this Sunday’s episode was perhaps the most contentious this season. The Barker Chappell Daglas review roundtable recovers from the holiday weekend to weigh in on “The Other Woman” over at TV Surveillance. An excerpt: My notes at the halfway point mostly centered on how the... Read more »

TV Tandem podcast: Landing's Burning Edition

Welcome to Sunday night TV, where a dude getting cleaved in twain by a broadsword with such force that his intestines become a jack-in-the-box isn’t the most nauseating thing you’ll see! That honor belongs, naturally, to Mr. Peter Dyckman Campbell, World’s Most Odious Pimp. Julie Hammerle and Andrew Daar join me to sift through the physical... Read more »

Why the urge to align with the good guys persists, even when the good guys don’t

Alyssa Rosenberg has a characteristically thoughtful post on the trend of TV shows which return to the clear designations of good guys and bad guys. It’s got me thinking about how some of my favorite characters who fit this bill actively serve as anti-anti-heroes within their own morally grey universes. Sometimes we need the stark simplicity... Read more »

Mad Men: "Christmas Waltz" - The Kinsey Fail

The bad news is, the senior partners here at the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Firm must forego our holiday bonuses this year. Turns out there’s not as much money in writing online for free as you’d think. The good news is, that won’t diminish our commitment to bring you our takes on this week’s episode!... Read more »

Mad Men: "Dark Shadows" - A Very Betty Thanksgiving

The Barker Chappell Daglas reviewing firm convenes in Les’s office this week to tackle Sunday’s Mad Men, “Dark Shadows.” An excerpt:   I’ll add one more name to your roll call of malice, albeit one with an asterisk. Pete’s sunken into a funk so deep that he can’t even spite someone without winding up a... Read more »

TV Tandem Podcast: Manic Pixie Dream Wildling Edition

I’m a day late on this due to being sick (NB: I did not murder any ex-girlfriends whilst in the throes of a fever dream). But here’s this week’s TV Tandem podcast covering Mad Men‘s “Dark Shadows” and Game of Thrones’s “A Man Without Honor.” Come for the Fat Betty, stay for the Jon Snow’s-a-virgin... Read more »