Cowboy Bebop: “The Real Folk Blues (Part One)”/“The Real Folk Blues (Part Two)”

When viewed in tandem, the two parts of “The Real Folk Blues” give devoted viewers an immensely satisfying sense of closure. Or, to put it more specifically, the rapt pacing that characterizes these two episodes grants us a cathartic kind of symmetry. One shouldn’t think of this two-parter as one long episode that was…

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: “Todd And His Valet Arrive In Leeds And What They Saw There”

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In tonight’s episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret, show writers Shaun Pye, David Cross and Mark Chappell pretty much prove that the series is, as I suggested last week, a very long shaggy dog joke. “Todd And His Valet Arrive In Leeds And What They Saw There” is as sure a sign as any that the…

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: “Todd’s Terrible Day Ends And His Next Terrible Day Begins”

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Over the course of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’s first season, co-creators David Cross and Shaun Pye proved just how far they could drag out a cute but flimsy premise. Cross quickly overtaxed his natural charms, which are modest but sometimes good enough, in this seemingly totally improvised…

The Life And Times Of Tim: “The Model From Newark”/“Tim’s Hair Looks Amazing”

Tonight’s season premiere of The Life and Times of Tim features a lot of that certain something that makes the show more than just the surreal love child of Seinfeld and Office Space, only animated. I’m tempted to say that the certain je ne sais quoi that the show’s got in spades is directly related to how proudly…

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