Not Too Clever to Get Caught: when deception doesn’t work out

Some of our TV heroes do morally questionable things. Dexter is a serial killer who satisfies his urges by killing people who escaped legal justic. Jackie Peyton of Nurse Jackie is secretly addicted to pain medication. Walter White of Breaking Bad manufactures crystal meth. These are all secrets that they need to keep from their nearest and dearest, yet much of the tension and drama comes from the fact that they ultimately fail to conceal their secrets. In this post, I delve into our favourite TV shows once again to reflect on the success and failure of keeping secrets. Continue reading

Breaking Bad: When Nice Guys Don’t Want to Finish Last

Walter White, age 50, was a nice guy. Downtrodden, put upon, taken advantage of, but a nice guy nonetheless. He slogged through days of teaching high school chemistry to uninterested students, only to then go and work a second job at a car wash just to make ends meet. His family consisted of a wife who quit work to pursue a career as a writer, a teenaged son with cerebral palsy, and an unexpected second baby on the way. He co-founded a company with his best friend, only to pull out and sell his share right before it became worth billions of dollars. He was the kind of guy macho men and alpha males like to taunt and walk all over. And to top it all off, life gave him one more punch in the stomach – Stage IIIA lung cancer.

That was the Walter White we met at the start of Breaking Bad – but it was not the Walter White we knew by the end of it. Continue reading

Nurse Jackie, addiction and how it’s everyone’s fault but mine

Last Sunday, I burnt through the entirety of Nurse Jackie season six in a single day. Even at a point in its run where most series would have run out of steam, the show remains excellent; however, this season felt darker than ever, and even a little painful to watch. Perhaps it’s because this time around I can identify Jackie with someone I was close to in real life, or maybe it’s just that Jackie herself fell ever deeper down the rabbit hole of drug addiction. Either way, with a lot of unresolved feelings surrounding at least one of these statements, I decided to thrash out my feelings in blog form.

WARNING!! Unashamed spoilerage and post-game analysis to follow Continue reading

Why Every Star Trek Film is the Best…and the Worst

A couple of years ago, I was inspired to write a fun piece on my other blog about how you could argue that every Final Fantasy game is the best in the franchise – or perhaps the worst. Now it’s time to take the same logic and apply it to the Star Trek films.

Remember: the following post is for fun only. Obviously First Contact is undisputedly the best Star Trek film, and Star Trek V is terrible. Continue reading

Wa*k Yourself Healthy

Last year, an article appeared in Waitrose Weekend magazine, detailing a four week program for general health improvement. Unfortunately, due to a problem with autocorrect, the article was entitled “Walk Yourself Healthy”. We now reprint this article in its correct form, with all instances of “walk” replaced with their original intent. Continue reading