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My name is Jeffrey Malone, and I like liking things. I view reality through the lens of pop culture. I can also be found at jmunney.wordpress.com, jeffmalonesdreamblog.wordpress.com, Twitter, and YouTube.

'Rick And Morty' Recap: 'Get Schwifty'

8/24/2015 7:47am EDT
Rick and Morty
Rick Sanchez does care. He might be a pain to deal with, an unnecessary emotional wringer, but he knows what he is doing, and the people who mean something to him have generally survived without any lasting (physical) damage. Similarly, “Rick and Morty” cares enough to not just produce an episode that is a silly lark. It would have been so easy to make this whole episode just an episode of the Cromulon reality show, with everyone going on their merry way no matter what the results. But this show cares enough to raise the consequences to earth-shattering levels. And it also cares enough to g...
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'Review' Recap: 'Cult; Perfect Body'

8/21/2015 1:06am EDT
Review
Leading a 5-Star Life

Analyzing “Review” is becoming a practice in tracking Forrest MacNeil’s obliviousness. It appears that the deeper he gets into hosting his show, the less tethered he is from reality. This is ironic considering that the entire purpose of the show is to provide an objective investigation into real-life experiences. Perhaps the only way to maintain self-awareness when living life is to accept an inherently subjective point of view. Or maybe the problem is that Forrest does not realize that his nominal objectivity is in fact clouded by a great deal of subjectivity. It doe...
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'Rick And Morty' Recap: Total Rickall

8/17/2015 5:00am EDT
Rick and Morty
Coming to after fainting is one of the most disorienting experiences that a person can expect to have. It can be like a full night’s worth of dreams packed into seconds for the sake of the brain shocking itself back into consciousness. But that sense of disorientation is not really present until cognizance has actually been restored. For the few moments when that fevered jumble of thoughts is dominating, everything seems normal. This comedown is profound, even though the brevity of the actual elapsed time suggests that it should not be. But normal temporal and spatial definitions do not mat...
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'Review' Recap: 'Falsely Accused; Sleep With Your Teacher; Little Person'

8/14/2015 2:02am EDT
Review
“Although this predatory behavior felt wrong on every level, I had to continue for the good of humanity.”

While Forrest MacNeil’s forays into curing a gay person and joining the mile high club presented him at his most oblivious, this episode’s batch of reviews indicate that his delusion is more a choice than a fundamental characteristic. He goes into these experiences knowing full well that they may involve questionable behavior, but he plows right ahead because of his total commitment. Any moral dilemma is justified by a belief that this is necessary work to benefit the world. He blinds ...
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'Rick And Morty' Recap: 'Auto Erotic Assimilation'

8/11/2015 12:08am EDT
Rick-and-Morty
“Are all present life forms … assimilated?”

Certain “Rick and Morty” episodes tend to have one scene that transcends its relatively minimal placement in the narrative. In “Auto Erotic Assimilation,” it is Rick’s viewing of the TV show that he capriciously controls via the machinations of hive mind organism Unity (voiced by, among others, Christina Hendricks). Rick’s commands to cancel the show and then to immediately put it back on call to mind Dan Harmon’s other show. But this is a paradigm that could apply to the television industry in general. Other shows have been promptly uncancelled,...
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'Review' Recap: 'Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club'

8/7/2015 1:03am EDT
'Review' Season 2, Episode 2: 'Curing Homosexuality; Mile High C
“What I do have a problem with is giving up”

The perennial mystery about “Review” is where Forrest MacNeil falls on the scale of self-awareness. At times, he seems so oblivious to the effect he has on people, but it is always in the interest of maintaining the authenticity of his life experiences. His carefully considered narration reveals the great deal of thought he puts into every situation, but there are times when he could be more tactful, even without revealing the nature of his critical approach. “Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club” presents Forrest at his most oblivious. His inte...
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'Rick And Morty' Recap: In 'Mortynight Run'

8/3/2015 12:12am EDT
Rick and Morty
In “Mortynight Run,” Morty rescues a gaseous, telepathic creature (voiced by Jemaine Clement) that is being hunted by mercenaries. It is quite an ordeal, and thick with incident, but what is really worth talking about is that quick scene at Blips and Chitz! In less than two minutes, the gameplay of “Roy” raises questions about the nature of identity, the definition of first-person experience, and the far-reaching implications of hypotheticals. Its sudden and heavy deployment is emblematic of all of “Rick and Morty’s” Big Ideas.

When Rick plops that helmet on Morty, followed by a disorienti...
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'Review' Recap: 'Brawl; Blackmail; G…'

7/31/2015 12:18am EDT
Review
The prospect of providing episode-by-episode reviews of a show like “Review” is a tricky one. This is not because there is not enough content to comment upon. In fact, there is plenty of material. It is just that a show in which the lead character reviews the events taking place will by its very nature already provide plenty of analysis. The conclusions that Andy Daly offers in his voiceover as Forrest MacNeil anticipate the points that TV critics are liable to make. Thus, reviews of “Review” must take a broader, frequently counterintuitive approach. It may get a little heady, but it should...
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Meet The Cast Of Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp'

7/30/2015 7:30pm EDT
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an 8-episode miniseries prequel to the 2001 cult comedy movie, will be released on Netflix, Friday July 31, with the entire main cast returning to reprise their roles. In the spirit of reunions, let’s run through all the residents of Camp Firewood, reminiscing about where they were back then and what they’ve been up to lately.

Elizabeth Banks (Lindsay)
THEN: Ms. Banks was a fresh face with just a few small roles and guest appearances under her belt.
NOW: She’s developed quite the résumé as one of the most versatile comedic actresses around whil...
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Some Life Experiences For Comedy Central’s Forrest MacNeil To 'Review'

7/29/2015 10:08pm EDT
6 Life Experiences Forrest MacNeil Should Review On ‘Review’
Comedy Central’s “Review” boasts a seemingly innocuous premise: on the show within the show, Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) is a critic who reviews life experiences, from eating breakfast food to going to prom, or even “being Irish.” But as there is no limit to the types of experiences that Forrest will review, his show will often get quite dark and occasionally surreal. Andy Daly fully and fully inhabits all of his characters. Thus, Forrest is the perfect character for him, as he never gives up on any of his assignments, no matter how painful or how much they threaten to ruin his life. In the...
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