Ladyghosts of TV Past: The West Wing 1.15, “Celestial Navigation”

After last week’s stand-alone episode, “Take this Sabbath Day,” we get right back to a more typical three-to-five storyline episode. Sorkin uses one of my favorite techniques in this episode, where the story is told in flashback style. Josh is narrating the past thirty-six hours to an audience listening to a lecture about what life in the White House is like. Throughout the episode, Josh’s cell phone is ringing, and he’s continuing the be briefed on a sensitive situation he can’t disclose. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: The West Wing 1.15, “Celestial Navigation”

Sitcoms Just Don’t Do It For Me Anymore

This is the spot where I usually recap the NBC show Parenthood. This week was a re-run however, and while it was a good one, I don’t need to write about it. Instead, in thinking about the one other show I watched last night (my toddler had plans that didn’t include Glee or Raising Hope, but so it goes), I thought I’d go off on a sitcom tangent. Read More Sitcoms Just Don’t Do It For Me Anymore

My So-Called Life: She Woke Up

It’s amazing sometimes how things come together. In a week where the blogosphere is obsessing over the memoir of the Tiger Mother, and discussing the idea of tough-love parenting, I have occasion to re-watch an early 90s TV show featuring a tough-talking substitute teacher. Episode 6, “The Substitue,” is all about shaking up the status quo.  A blunt, sometimes-harsh man with extremely high expectations of the kids comes along and makes them challenge their own ideas about what’s right, and what’s “good enough.” Read More My So-Called Life: She Woke Up