What I wrote previously:
First, some words about the score by Trevor Yuile. I saw the finale twice, the second time with a good set of headphones. Yuile’s score is just amazing. There’s a hint of Helena in the score for Alison. And the final minutes took my breath away. A perfect match of visuals and mood, creating a dark inevitability. It wound me up just like the montage music by Frans Bak for Forbrydelsen. I hope he’ll be doing the second season because his scoring is a part of the storytelling just as much as the acting, writing, and directing.
And now Trevor Yuile has posted to Soundcloud the near seven and a half-minute score that closed out the season finale of Orphan Black.
You have to hear this. It’s fantastic. It should get you curious to see the show — which you really must see.
The sound of the Universe crying as it watches you go to your predestined doom that was mapped out since the beginning of time.
Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who
The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit BBC One show.
Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas Special.
I am just shocked.
He brought a depth and style that I think exceeded all others who held the role. He could be the old man he really was underneath as well as the child he appeared to be on the surface.
I was skeptical when he was announced as the new Doctor, but he won me over just in the promo for his first episode. And never disappointed me (although sometimes a script or two did).
He reminded me of the kind of suave actors we used to have, such as Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, and Patrick Macnee. I wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up playing James Bond one day. But, honestly, I think he’s better than that and needs something custom-made for his talents.
So, who can they ever get now to play off against the Anti-Doctor of John Hurt? These are very big shoes to fill.
Finally! Time opened up for me to see the next-to-last episode of the season.
Major spoilers ahead!
Bookmark and come back after you’ve seen it.
From a January 4, 1954 issue of Life magazine, the beginnings of color TV.
RCA and CBS were at war over how to do color TV. The FCC played referee and they each came up with a method of being compatible with monochrome TVs (most of the TVs sold and owned then).
Eventually, the RCA method won. As you’ll see, CBS had a crazy Rube Goldberg-like method with several points of failure.
People wonder why the hell I watch Kitchen Nightmares.
Sure they cut it to make a story and cast certain people in certain ways. That’s a given.
But you can’t make up what Gordon finds in their refrigerators.
You can’t make up the apathy and cluelessness of the people in it.
These are people who have petitioned to be on the show. They know what they’re in for.
Last week the show had a couple so out of touch with reality, Kitchen Nightmares wound up transcending itself.
I was right to dismiss this series early on.
I caught random minutes of the second season. What a botch.
I caught the season — now series — finale and it had degenerated into a poor rip-off of the movie Pi.
Same-day update: And, yeah, I noticed Tim Kring ripping off a Paddy Chayefsky line. I can’t decide if that was the work of a hack or his way of giving Fox the bird by hinting to viewers that the network had ruined his original vision.
TV: Touch, Episode Two
TV: Touch, Episode One