Harry Ambrose Plunged Further into His Psychological Abyss in Finale of Season 3 of “The Sinner”

Harry Ambrose murdered Jaime Burns in the Season 3 finale of USA Network’s The Sinner. Ambrose wanted to see if killing, which I don’t remember him doing before, would free him. And Ambrose wanted to see if Burns had made the breakthrough he had claimed Nick promised him through killing. The final scene shows that (1) Ambrose sees that Burns died “scared & alone,” in other words, he didn’t make any kind of breakthrough to Ubermensch-ness & (2) Ambrose realized that his murder of Burns won’t do anything to solve his own psychological problems.

Immediately after watching the episode, I felt disappointed that Jaime Burns, the criminal, never reached a state of understanding to mitigate his/her crimes, as Cora (Season 1) & Julian (Season 2) did. There was no big reveal which explained Burns’s crimes. It turned out he was just an asshole.

The Sinner in The Sinner is Harry Ambrose. The show is about him. If & when there is a final season, it needs to be about uncovering & healing his sins.

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Show “Farm Monitor” Promotes Big Pharma Ag & Erases POC Workers

I am as far removed from agricultural production as one can be. Due to my recent appreciation of the centrality of agriculture to our life, I began watching Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Farm Monitor (Twitter & Facebook & YouTube) to learn more. I’ve really enjoyed the show, and I’ve been telling people about it & sharing clips on social media. Nevertheless, recent episodes have promoted industrial/pharmacological agriculture, and I’ve begun to think about the show more critically.

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Playlist of Songs Featured in AMC’s Series “Hip Hop”

AMC’s series Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America consisted of 6 episodes in 2019. Each episode examined a “text” which tells how Hip Hop/rap music grew into the art form we know today and reached its current popularity. The fifth episode introduced the “rap battle,” so I’ve included 3 songs for that episode. So here’s the 8-song play list I made using Spotify.

I’m no rap aficionado, so the series exposed me to much I hadn’t known.

BTVS “A New Man,” S4E12 Anticipated GITMO

Ethan Rayne, played by Robin Sachs (d. 2013), was a recurring human villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Seasons 2-4. In his final appearance in A New Man (S4E12, January 2000), when Buffy captures him after his latest round of malevolence, he taunts her by reminding her that the Slayer is not allowed to kill humans. He doesn’t realize that the Slayer has become ensnared in the national security state, personified by Riley (played by Marc Blucas), her new significant other and a high ranking officer in the Initiative, a secret project which, we learn later in the season, is developing a part-demon parts, part-machine, part-human super soldier. Continue reading

Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Anne” S3E01 Shows How Workers Should Deal with Bosses

gettyimages-906538I recently subscribed to Hulu. Am I using it to watch original programming? No! I’m rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Season 3, Episode 1, “Anne,” opens with Buffy working as a waitress in Los Angeles under the alias Anne. She had run away from Sunnydale, where she had been compelled to kill her lover Angel & send him into a hell dimension, kicked out of school by the tyrannical Principal Snyder and thrown from the house by her mother, who couldn’t deal with the news that her daughter was The Chosen One. Continue reading

Will @KenBurns “The Vietnam War” Whitewash USA Militarism? @PBS

I’ve only watched the first 30 minutes of the first episode, so I can’t answer this question. I do say that these first 30 minutes leave me suspicious. The opening narration begins at 6:20 in the online video. Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall plays in the background.

6:20 Narrator: America’s involvement in Vietnam began in secrecy. It ended, 30 years later, in failure, witnessed by the entire world. It was begun in good faith by decent people, out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War miscalculation. And it was prolonged because it seemed easier to muddle through than admit that it had been caused by tragic decisions, made by five American presidents, belonging to both political parties.

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Giorgio Tsoukalos is a Player! But Even He Sometimes Can’t Keep a Straight Face

History Channel is pioneering the con artist entertainment genre. In this genre, people make outrageous claims and, through a mix of charisma, innuendo, circumstantial evidence, dramatic reenactments and music and engaging graphics, titillate viewers to buy or at least entertain those claims. For example, American Ripper is likely the third or fourth program on the History Channel which claims to have identified “Jack the Ripper.”

The flagship show of this genre is of course Ancient Aliens. Its host and producer Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is the most endearing, interesting, earnest and famous of the “con-artists” on TV today (other than some of our politicians). The most amazing feature to me is that, after watching him for years, I still can’t say for certain that he is not a true believer.

In Season 12’s 9th Episode, The Majestic Twelve, interviewees claim that the secret intelligence agencies of the United States were created in the late 1940s to control information about and contact with extra-terrestial visitors. The group which President Truman formed to recommend policies towards extra-terrestials, Majestic Twelve, morphed into secret agencies which assassinated President John Kennedy, who had considered sharing information about extra-terrestials with the Soviet Union. When Linda Moulton Howe claims that most government covert action in the last 70 years has been to protect information about extra-terrestials, even Giorgio has a little bit of trouble believing it, and, for a brief moment, my belief in Giorgio’s belief in the existence of intelligent extra-terrestials’ intervention in earth’s history was weakened. I captured the screenshot below (time 26:18), but watch the episode.
Screenshot Giorgio Tsoukalos Ancient Aliens S12E09

Is Negan a Better Leader than Rick? #TWD #TheWalkingDead

These comments are based on the AMC’s The Walking Dead through the end of Season 6, not the comic book, of which I’ve only read the first compendium. It contains spoilers. Continue reading

NBC’s Law & Order: Amazing Ability to Pack Racist Imagery into 30 Second Interview

I snapped this picture from my DVD as I’m watching NBC’s Law & Order, Season 3, Episode 7, “Self Defense.” Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Sgt Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) interview Laticia Ramis (Johnnie Mae), the wife or girlfriend of a murder victim. She is holding an infant. In the background, a rap music video is playing, and there is a stack of TVs in boxes.

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Scene from NBC’s Law & Order S03E07 “Self Defense.”

One must congratulate the writers for hitting so many racist images in a 30-second scene!

Update: The defendant in the episode is a store owner who claimed justifiable homicide. The character Phil Servino, we are told, has investigated 19 cases of police killings and found all justifiable. The story strikes too close to home these days. I think the racist imagery in the scene I highlighted is meant to set up the idea that the victims “deserved it.” Sadly, many people continue to believe that about black men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Update 2: Law & Order Spoof Video

Law and order spoof from Leland Krane on Vimeo.