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Paul Levinson, PhD, is Prof of Media Studies at Fordham Univ in NYC. His scholarly books include The Soft Edge, Digital McLuhan, Realspace, Cellphone & New New Media. His novels include The Silk Code, Borrowed Tides, The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, The Plot To Save Socrates & Unburning Alexandria. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News & BBC World. His 1972 LP Twice Upon a Rhyme was re-issued in 2010.

Turn 1.8: Nice, Instructive Turn

May 27th, 2014 12:47pm EDT
Turn
Turn 1.8 took a nice turn on Sunday night, with Abe and Anna finally together, without interruption.

Also revealed is the guilt Abe has been carrying for the death of his brother, important to know in any case, and the catalyst for Abe and Anna taking their clothes off, at last. There was also a fine poetry in the way this was presented in the episode, which starts with the two dressing, separately, and concludes with the two undressing, together.

Meanwhile, this was also a good Robert Rogers episode. He's clearly the best that the British have against the Americans, because he's more...
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'Mad Men' Mid-Season 7 Finale: Telescope vs. Television

May 27th, 2014 8:28am EDT
Mad Men
A thoroughly excellent, even inspiring, mid-season 7 finale of Mad Men, in which my favorite scene was the boy showing Sally the heavens through the telescope, which he correctly says is much better than watching the Moon landing on television. The reason, unstated but profound, is that what we see through the telescope is real and unedited, in contrast to what we usually see on television, which when not out rightly fiction is heavily edited and lacerated with commercials.

This serves as a good metaphor for everything that Mad Men is about, the difference between reality and edited realit...
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'24: Live Another Day' Episode 5: Jack And Audrey

May 26th, 2014 10:30pm EDT
24: Live Another Day
The 9th season of 24 is now operating at peak performance, which means it's as heart pounding, complex, and peopled with compelling and multifaceted characters as it ever was, at its best. Among the best scenes and developments tonight in 9.5:

Audrey and Jack, and Jack acting as the perfect gentleman, with Audrey in his arms and their lips nearly touching. Hats off to Kim Raver for the best performance I've ever seen her give, not only in earlier seasons of 24, but other shows like Third Watch, Revolution, etc.

Her father, President Heller, continues to be just a little behind the 8-...
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'The Americans' Season 2 Finale: Second Generation

May 22nd, 2014 8:42am EDT
The Americans Season 2 Finale
The Americans Season 2 finale stunned us with unforeseen twists and surprises at just about every turn, and the most powerful and long-reaching at the end.

First, in a breathtaking scene in the woods, we find that Jared killed his parents and sister. Totally unexpected, but, like all good twists, makes perfect sense once explained. Jared was a teenage boy with a gun, who couldn't brook his father's opposition to what the Centre was bestowing on him: the manhood of being an operative in the cause. Tragically, his mother and sister just got in the way. And all of that was preceded by a sma...
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'Revolution' Series Finale: Farewell

May 21st, 2014 10:26am EDT
Revolution
Revolution aired the last of its episodes in its two-year run tonight. Lots of it was excellent, and made me sorry the series was ending. But one thing - the very ending - was just the opposite in every way.

Among the good things: Charlie's talk to Miles about getting together with Rachel - made sense and would have been fun to see in a third season. Bass keeping his word to Miles was a high point in both seasons. And the Texas Rangers getting the jump on the President, preventing a war with California, was a fine piece of futuristic television, too.

But the ending... well, I've bee...
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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2.9: The Sword Fight

May 20th, 2014 5:28pm EDT
Da Vinci's Demons
The best thing about Da Vinci's Demons 2.9 was the sword fight between Da Vinci and the brute, and it was good indeed.

The series is at its best, I always think, when it gives Da Vinci a chance to bring his brilliantly diverse mind to bear in life-and-death situations. He's used his knowledge to good effect this season, saving himself and his colleagues repeatedly. But 2.9 was the first time we see Da Vinci making complex calculation on the fly, as it were, as he computes in his brain what the one-eyed brute will see as he seeks to impale Da Vinci. It was a finely staged scene, a ballet w...
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'Bones' Season 9 Finale: Upping The Ante

May 20th, 2014 11:42am EDT
Bones - Season 9 finale
Bones outdid itself in its Season 9 finale with an episode that indeed changes everything, as the producers promised, and was one of the most exciting hours in the history of the series.

Bones bursting in and saving Booth with her gun was one of the all-time best scenes in the series, period. And Booth and Bones taken into custody in the hospital was one for the books (more on that - and the government conspiracy - in a moment).

First, I'm wondering why Booth didn't even make an attempt to get some military buddies into his fight with the Delta Force commandos sent to kill him. I get comp...
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24 Season 9.4: Brass Tacks and Strong Women

May 20th, 2014 12:19am EDT
24: Live Another Day
The 9th Season of 24 really got down to brass tonight, in its 4th episode, as all kinds of relationships coalesce and hit the fan. And significantly, the three most major players other than Jack are women, and that does not include Chloe.

Kate proves what we've been seeing in her since the beginning. She's the smartest of all the governmental operatives, including her superiors, and she comes to believe Jack and his warnings about a massive terrorist on London using U.S. missiles. She's daring, dynamic, and risks her life to save Jack in the best scene of this season so far, and what w...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Episode 6: 'The Dance'

May 19th, 2014 7:45am EDT
Mad Men
That dance between Don and Peggy in Mad Men 7.6 was creme de la creme, as was the look on Don's face when he awakes and sees Megan in his New York apartment. Otherwise -

Well, I've never been a big fan of the Pete stories and this episode was no different. Pete and Trudy are completely predictable in their attitudes toward one another, including their dialogue. The blonde from the West Coast has been the best addition to Pete's life in years, but she was put to scant use. There was a nice shot of her and Megan on the plane back to California, though.

The Bob thread with Joan was a waste ...
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'The Good Wife' Season 5 Finale: Musical Chairs

May 19th, 2014 2:33am EDT
The Good Wife
Whew, after a fabulous season - best season far - The Good Wife wrapped up its 5th year tonight with a frenetic, high-stakes game of musical chairs.

The action mostly centered around who would get Peter's nod for the State Attorney nomination. Finn is pushed out by Peter and Eli, who can't get a over some small personal nonkosher action in which Finn was involved. Of course, what really bothers Peter is the possibility that Finn is sleeping or slept with Alicia.

Diane is Peter's first choice to take up the fight - but why should she? She was severely dissed in the whole judge appointme...
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