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TV Review: Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 4 "A Nuisance Call"

Pretty incredible episode.

Dawson and Shay go on what they call "a nuisance call" - where they respond to the same guy (for the 1000th time) who is just lonely and is never really in any danger. However, as Boden points out, they have to respond anyway. Right away, you can tell there has been some research done here. You can totally imagine calls like this happening. However, when Shay and Dawson got there, things quickly went downhill fast. After trying to convince the guy that calls like these have to stop, he pulled out a gun. Right when it looked like Shay was going to get the gun, the man shot himself. The score was perfect as blood sprayed on their faces. A lot of big network shows like to use audio manipulation and drown the audience in loud dramatic scores. This score was more subtle which let the shock of the moment and the acting of Lauren German and Monica Raymund shine.

Men Charging To See Banksy In NYC: Welcome To The Art World

Someone makes art, someone else profits. A YouTube video is turning viral over the past couple days and it depicts men covering a Banksy piece and charging people in New York to see it and take photos. It could be a clear indication of American greed... or poverty.... but I think its meaning goes beyond a simple action. This is a perfect metaphor for the art world.

TV Review: Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 3 "Defcon 1"

Another week, another strong episode from Chicago Fire. Let's get into it.

To quickly summarize: the three calls they responded to this week were great. Each week Chicago Fire has this authentic shooting style that I've grown to appreciate. The calls also have a movie quality aspect to them in regards to both the size and intricacy of each one. The first call, which involved a car driving off a parking garage into the water, especially fit that description. Severide had to put on diving gear and jump in. After discovering someone trapped inside, Severide went after him - having to cut his safety harness to do so. Very cool. Perhaps just as important is the fact that the guy who was trapped ended up dying despite the efforts of Severide, Shay, and Dawson. When doing a drama dealing with saving lives (hospital, firefighter, police, or otherwise) it's important to keep the body count realistic. House was a show that did that well. House is perhaps the most brilliant doctor there ever was, but he isn't God. They can't always save the victims. Chicago Fire has already impressively learned that lesson.

Music and the Human Soul

There is something certain throughout this existence and it's that music has a special affect on people. We can feel something stirring when the speakers explode at a concert, we feel it when our favorite musicians strum that opening chord, and we even try and align our memories with specific tunes as a way to outline our own lives; music is a constant in a world of change.

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