Coffee and Opinions

My two cents on stuff

Binge-watch-worthy shows for cord cutters - “Outlander”

I gave “Showtime” on Amazon Instant a try, and as part of this got to watch the first season of “Outlander”, a show with an intriguing concept. (“While on her honeymoon, WWII combat nurse Claire Randall is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland, where she is kidnapped by a group of Highlanders - and meets an injured young man named Jamie.”)

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Cutting the cord - plus, my “Nurse Jackie” review

So in March Verizon FIOS stuck me with a mega-bill after all my free goodies and discounts of my contract suddenly expired. I called them immediately. (Sadly, that’s what you have to do if you are an existing customer… if you want discounts, you have to pick up the phone, wait in line, then haggle.)

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Scandal vs. House of Cards

I read this review by the AV Club and could not disagree more.  [B]y giving audiences what they want, and then giving them so much more than they ever expected, Scandal is the show those looking toward the future of television should be aiming to actually produce, regardless of the medium in which it is viewed. I suffered from withdrawal after finishing the second season of “House of Cards” so I figured I’d give “Scandal” a chance. Read more →

About the Dexter finale

[SPOILERS] I finished watching Dexter recently. And yes, that finale was as terrible as everyone said. That very last, tucked-on scene of Dexter as “Brawny Man” in the Pacific Northwest was so hackneyed, Harrison could’ve doodled something better with his crayons. William Goldman said that in film-making you must “kill your babies.” Clearly, the image of Dexter throwing Debra into the ocean wrapped in a white sheet was one of those babies that should’ve been killed - a beautiful image, and on the surface, it creates a touching, poignant end to the relationship between brother and sister. Read more →

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

My free HBO subscription ended today, so I’m catching up on reviewing some of the best stuff I watched on their over the last few months. (Not sure why FIOS let me watch it for free for months, but it was a nice treat. New subscribers: if you don’t upgrade from the bare-bones package for months, there is a chance you might get free HBO for a while all of a sudden, so watch your e-mail inbox)  “Mea Maxima Culpa - Silence in the House of God” was an extremely affecting documentary. Read more →

The last two seasons of Dexter are now on Netflix…

.. and I signed back up for another month of Netflix streaming, just for that reason. While I was never a big fan of the premise, I enjoyed the first two seasons, and remained curious over the years where they would take the premise.  In my opinion, Dexter was good until he became too... normal. In the beginning he had serious trouble reading people's emotions and could hardly carry on a conversation, much less date. Read more →

Game of Thrones: Food for the Ego?

For the last few days HBO has been showing re-runs of the third season of "Games of Thrones". Each night at 9 they are airing two episodes, allowing me to catch up (conveniently before my temporary free HBO subscription expires on Dec 31).  While I have great fun watching the episodes (only fast-forwarding through the worst gore), I seem to notice that I'm more restless and "on edge" during the day. Read more →

Off The Tracks’ (The First 48) - a wake-up call about terribly flawed police work and leading questions in an interrogation

I've come to enjoy "The First 48" a lot. I like police procedurals and find it very interesting to watch detectives work real-life cases. Unlike scripted television, typically some questions go unanswered, and the cases are rarely wrapped up tidily with a bow. The viewer is usually left to speculate what really happened.  Usually the detectives do a pretty good job. It must be tough to work crime scenes for hours at 3 a. Read more →