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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.

'Review With Forrest MacNeill' Recap, Season 2, Episode 6

9/4/2015 4:12am EDT
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With its veritable hodgepodge of life experiences on the menu, it is appropriate that this episode should be the one to confirm that the review selection process is totally random. It seems that week after week, Forrest MacNeil must live through another nightmare. One might surmise, then, that the process is not as random as Forrest has been led to believe, but that instead perhaps someone (say, Grant) has been manipulating it so that only the most intense options appear. But such rigging is unnecessary when the damage Forrest incurs is so often wildly disproportionate to a more typical exa...
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Catch Up On Old Favorites On Netflix This September

9/1/2015 11:17am EDT
Netflix
As we head back to school, Netflix lightens up on its binge requirements, with only one new original series premiering: “Puffin Rock” is a Northern Irish animated import about avian sibling duo Oona and Baba exploring their titular island home. Netflix’s children’s programming does not get the same sort of buzz as a “Narcos” or a “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” but there is nonetheless a steadily growing roster of shows for the kids.

The lack of originals is convenient, as it allows for catch-up of old favorites that will be returning in the fall. Serendipitously, September’s...
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'Rick And Morty' Recap

8/31/2015 9:14am EDT
Rick vs. Zeep
“Rick and Morty” is thoroughly imaginative with its sci-fi premises, enough so that it could get along just on the strength of its intellectual or playful sides. But its emotional truth bombs and moral underpinnings take it to the next level. With this mix consistent through most episodes, the potential problems of characters learning the same lessons over and over presents itself. Rick has realized more than once the importance of caring, yet he does not apply that care to the universe that runs his spaceship battery. It is fair to say, though, that Rick may be depressed and accordingly, h...
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'Review' Recap: 'Catfish; Haunted House'

8/28/2015 5:03am EDT
Review
Has hosting “Review” warped Forrest McNeil’s mind, or was he just born that way? His mental lapses are astounding, not because his stupidity is unmatched, but because he is otherwise so insightful. Take, for example, how he figures out how to google. His knowledge in this case may just be pedestrian, but it is totally at odds with what he does not know. Lucille must go over (again) with him “the html website address for googling things,” letter-by-letter, even stopping to clarify that there is a second dot, yet it turns out that all along he has been familiar with the act of entering text i...
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'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
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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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