Opinions and Editorials
Jesse Spencer, best known as Dr. Robert Chase on House, (my all time favorite show) was the reason I decided to give Chicago Fire a chance in the first place. Throw in Monica Raymund (Ria Torres in Lie to Me), who I find to be insanely talented, and you have me intrigued. Starting off, the show did well enough for me to continue watching. However, very quickly Chicago Fire changed from a show that I would tell friends "you could do a lot worse" when they asked which shows they should watch next, to a must see every week. Things just started to click. The was a lot of high stakes movie quality action, with very little CGI - which I appreciated. For the most part, I never felt like they overdid the soapy stories between the characters. The writers did a good job of balancing how much personal life to show vs. on the job stuff. And when they did go the soapy route, they usually nailed it. Case in point: during the end of season one Severide and Shay found themselves trying to have a baby together as platonic friends. Now, this was an incredibly sweet story especially for Shay who was burned by her ex-girlfriend badly. But if that story had concluded in Shay being artificially inseminated, it would have been the wrong choice. Severide and Shay having a baby together is a series ending move, much later down the line. That's why Severide's ex-girlfriend Renee (Sarah Shahi) returning pregnant was not only a perfect gut punch (in the best of ways), but the right choice to maintain that good balance.
Hostages, a new CBS drama, packs a lot of punch. When a show (or in this case a "limited series") puts it all on the table with one allegedly magnanimous event to propel itself forward, it had better be compelling. It had better pack some tension, and it's got to successfully heighten that tension from the beginning until the credits. For the most part, Hostages delivers.
Dexter is one of those premium cable shows that's easy to get hooked on. The twists and shocking moments that made Dexter a hit were admittedly lacking in the series finale that aired last night. Amongst all the theories leading up to the final episode, the writers took a decidedly calm approach to capping off the end of the show.
So, I'm pretty frequent on the social media sites and I'm seeing these hashtags everywhere #beardlife, #beardthef***up, #beardgang and so on and so forth and I'm not impressed. I've heard the saying "nothing under the sun is new" and it's true. If we take a glance back far enough, beards have always been hair, I mean here. All the greats possessed beards, well the greats in my eyes. Fidel, Che, Moses, Jesus. Who can argue with such a line up?
Today I was mulling around the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Amongst the empty frames from the most prolific art theft of recent history, was some pretty incredible and meaningful art. During my visit I caught myself thinking about the amount of money the theft is advertised as (north of $500 million).