Television Show Review: Vinyl: Season 1

Vinyl Season 1

Vinyl: Season 1 created by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, and Martin Scorsese (Paramount Television, Sikelia Productions, Jagged Films) Starring Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P. J. Byrne, Max Casella, Ato Essandoh, James Jagger, J. C. MacKenzie, Jack Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, and Ray Ramano. Design Failure In my line of work, we like to discuss the weight of organizational identity. In particular, the visual mark of a company cannot carry the entire strategic sensibility of the business. If a logo represents every last detail of the organization, it will crumble under the pressure. The design will fail. For this reason, I think of logos when I consider the effectiveness of HBO’s Vinyl. At its core, Vinyl depicts the shifting music… Read More →

Television Show Review: Breaking Bad: Season 6

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad: Season 6 created by Vince Gilligan (High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions, and Sony Pictures Television) Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul. The Golden Age of Television Critics everywhere want to anoint the last decade as the “Golden Age” of television. Why? Well the rise of cable drama has allowed writers and actors with an opportunity to push boundaries without the shackles of bloated networks pulling the plug too early. Let me put it this way: Arrested Development may very well have been the greatest show on earth had it originally aired on a cable channel. Instead, it faced cancellation after three seasons. The freedom of cable not only let writers dredge for depth in character,… Read More →

Television Show Review: Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

Boardwalk Empire Season 3

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 created by Terence Winter (Home Box Office, Leverage Management, Closest to the Hole Productions) Starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Wigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Michael K. Williams, Gretchen Mol, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale. *Spoiler Alert for Previous Seasons in Effect* Breaking Bad… So to Say It was always coming to this. An anti-hero caught in between upstanding citizenry and the power and prestige of the underworld. Because of the Volstead Act, the 1920s represent an intriguing illustration in legislating morality and forcing morally ambiguous characters off the deep end. How far would you go to protect those you love? To make sure your life is secure? It’s a question phrased in… Read More →