Tag Archives: Television

The “W” vs. The “E” – SummerSlam 2013

It’s impossible to convince Attitude Era die-hards that we’re living in the Golden Age of professional wrestling, but I think it’s true—from a writing standpoint. Take, for instance, the main event of this year’s SummerSlam.  For two straight weeks, we’ve … Continue reading

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15 Things I Learned from the “G. I. Joe: The Movie” Commentary Track

Even at age 9, I didn’t know quite what to make of G. I. Joe: The Movie. It seemed at the time like I had been a G. I. Joe fan all my life, but the truth was that I was … Continue reading

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A Money in the Bank Preview? Why Not?

In many respects, Money in the Bank is the most compelling pay-per-view the WWE has. Of course, no one questions that WrestleMania is the premier event.  But whereas ‘Mania is largely a “state of the union”-type show that tells us where … Continue reading

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It’s the Little Things

People who don’t “get” professional wrestling—and there’s nothing wrong with that—have trouble appreciating how glorious this unique form of entertainment can be when it really works.  This week’s edition of RAW offered a glimpse of that pinnacle. The set-up was … Continue reading

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The Axis of Ego Podcast: Joey Bland and Mad Men

Old pal Joey Bland stopped by to talk a little about his current Second City show and to talk a lot about the current season of Mad Men.  Tom and Joey talk about the season so far, who may die or … Continue reading

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Has Arrested Development Made a Huge Mistake?

With the return of Arrested Development mere days away, I keep thinking about Joe Gibbs. I didn’t really have sports heroes in the traditional sense growing up, but Gibbs, the legendary Washington Redskins head coach, is probably the exception. It wasn’t just … Continue reading

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One Long, Last Look at The Office

Last week’s penultimate episode of The Office gave us a frustrating glimpse of what might have been. In a season filled with mediocre comedy, intelligence-insulting plot choices[1], and inexplicable character development, we got a flawed but good episode centered largely … Continue reading

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The Worst Commercial on Television

I’ve written and spoken often about my concerns regarding the social norms of younger Americans.  There’s a fairly stark line of demarcation between those who made it through their formative years without the influence of the internet and social media, … Continue reading

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SitCombat: The Final Battle

This is the end. Unless SitCombat reformulates around different shows, this will be the last regular edition of the feature. Archer’s season concluded tonight, leaving only one show left to evaluate. Less than a minimum of two programs quite obviously … Continue reading

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Twice in a Lifetime (Part One)

One could make a fair argument that, in retrospect, the last two WrestleManias were merely prologue to this year’s event. 2011 saw The Rock “guest host” WrestleMania, eventually (and inevitably) involving himself in the main event match between The Miz … Continue reading

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