VERONICA MARS, Season Four: Love is Gone Ballerina, Gone

VERONICA MARS, Season Four: Love is Gone Ballerina, Gone

I can see and smell the smoke billowing out of Rob Thomas’ ears as I type this strongly worded condemnation of his show. After all, in response to the general public dismay expressed about his fourth season narrative choices, he and Kristin Bell have been quoted as saying, more or less, that Thomas did it for our own good.

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Media Review: ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, The World as Prison

Media Review: ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, The World as Prison

Ultimately, this show about brief, ambiguous escapes is reminiscent of the fatalism of the early 20th century American naturalist novels in which the plight of trapped characters becomes a microcosm of the American macrocosm, a culture depicted gloomily as the habitation of beings with no real place either in nature or culture, no core identity, no coherence outside of the deadening rules and conventions society has invented. This is a vision that is too bleak for my taste, but I respect it because it goes well beyond being the same old familiar jailbreak story. It has a perspective.

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