A score has perhaps never played as important role in a series as Angelo Badalamenti’s did in Twin Peaks. Without the consistent, rapid switching between dreadfully foreboding ambience to peppy elevator jazz and vice-versa, Twin Peaks would undoubtably not have been the surreal masterpiece it was.
Some writers, and some television shows, are afraid of getting too deep into the weeds—which is how we end up with examinations of race, class, and politics that are glancing at best at simplistic at worst. David Simon is not afraid of this. David Simon lives in the weeds. …Read More
Show Me a Hero couldn’t come at a better time for HBO. The miniseries, which premieres this Sunday, directly follows the clear-cut critical failure that was True Detective‘s second season, a train wreck in eight parts that unleashed a tidal wave of speculation about the end of TV auteurism, in which television’s historically collaborative model is at least partly supplanted by the strong voice of a single showrunner. What better time, then, for one of the network’s OG scribes to return to Ground Zero of the Golden Age?
It’s hardly news that the trailer for Show Me a Hero looks jaw-droppingly good; any project with the names David Simon, Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener attached to it would have to work really hard not to be exciting.
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