For the last 18-ish months, I’ve enjoyed writing this blog, and talking about the stories- be they movies, television, comics, musicals or what have you- that influence me and inspire me and speak to me. It’s great to not only fully grasp what art really connects with me (and see what those can teach me about my own creative pursuits) but to articulate that to others and hopefully help them enjoy these stories in new ways.
However, there are times where putting together material for this blog feels more like homework than fun, which is the last thing that I want to see happen. This particularly holds true for any sort of regular column I’ve tried to write here, most so for anything regarding regular television watching. Previously, I’ve tried to do weekly recaps of The Strain and Agent Carter, neither of which I ever finished (not to mention my defunct Movie of the Week posts; the tradition continues, but the posts do not). Last week I began what was meant to be a regular recounting of my experiences watching Star Trek for the first time, and while I have continued to watch the show over this past week, the task of putting together another post about it felt wearisome. Besides distracting me from the show that I’m enjoying very much, putting together such a large post every week takes potential time away from more creative writing pursuits, something that I really can’t afford.
The blog will absolutely continue, and I will continue to write about whatever bit of art inspires a reaction worth capturing. As far as Star Trek goes, I’m sure I’ll end up writing one huge postmortem on the show once I’ve finished it, probably by the summertime. But the scheduled, regular columns will be going by the wayside, perhaps permanently. While I’m sure there aren’t many regular readers at all that will miss these posts too much, I hope this is enough explanation for their absence. In the meantime, who knows what will demand my attention and analysis next; I certainly don’t, and that’s probably for the best.
With the third episode of Agent Carter down, I think it’s safe to say that this is a good TV show that I will be happy to keep watching. Unlike the subject of my last Recap series, The Strain, Agent Carter has so far maintained a steady and consistent pace and escalation that is so essential to any longform serialized story. Driven by two great performances from Hayley Atwell & James d’Arcy and some great direction and writing, Agent Carter has started this year in television off right.
While I remain an unabashed fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all of its exciting storytelling and worldbuilding, I feel like the television side of that universe has yet to really prove itself. Agents of SHIELD couldn’t get me to watch past the pilot, and while I’ve heard it’s picked up major steam post-Winter Soldier, particularly in Season 2, I’ve yet to find out for myself. So with Marvel’s Netflix meta-series a few months from kicking off (in April with Daredevil), the aspirations of Marvel TV fall to Agent Carter. And damn if she didn’t get off to a great start. Read the rest of this entry »