Pilot to Bombardier #1 (3/4/16): Girls Love Arrow

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The proliferation of online streaming options may have more or less stabilized, but the biggest services in the game have also expanded both their offerings and scope. More new television is being produced now than at any time in the history of the medium, to say nothing of the numerous worthy series that may have originally fallen through the cracks only to eventually return to compete side-by-side with them for your viewing attention. With a veritable bottomless pit of television choices culled from sources past and current, premium and broadcast, online and terrestrial, making the decision to finally watch one series over another (or, indeed, all of them) can be excruciating. Luckily, all shows, in a throwback to the age when they competed for set airtime rather than free-roaming eyeballs, tend to put their best foot forward with their premiere, or pilot, episode. “Pilot to Bombardier”, then, is a semi-regular column where DAE reviews pilots for a trio of shows pulled from its massive, crushing backlog of as yet unwatched streaming and conventional viewing options in an attempt to determine which definitely deserve a further look and which might be safely discarded. Continue reading “Pilot to Bombardier #1 (3/4/16): Girls Love Arrow”

DVR Hindsight #3 (1/27/14): Community Season Five

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Community – “Geothermal Escapism” Season 5, Ep. 5 (NBC)

Greendale Community College makes such an appealing setting for sitcom shenanigans primarily because of its elasticity. Appealingly low rent and desperate (the type of institution Jeff dryly notes is on 911’s “blocked caller list”) with its big shaggy dog heart and innate acceptance of strays, Greendale exists in the real world only up to a point. Its students and faculty all know that reality can and does bend here, and that the best coping method is always to just embrace the madness, even though the slightest push can cause instant, dizzying escalation Continue reading “DVR Hindsight #3 (1/27/14): Community Season Five”