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Team Machine t-shirt

Team Machine t-shirt via RedBubble

I will begin with the tea portion of our day. It says much about my love of tea that the booth I’m most looking forward to patronizing at the Connecticon Convention in July is tea booth so I can buy 8 oz. of their Vincent Van Gogh blend. It might be called Starry Night. I’ve wanted to order it for ages but lost the name of the company. ARGH. Hence, my anticipation.

I’ve also been researching tea for my trip to San Diego later in July. Thanks to the lovely PR person at the San Diego Board of Tourism, I’ve discovered that the San Diego Comic Art Gallery and Point Loma Tea shop are located just around the corner from each other. Thank you, universe.

In addition to Point Loma Tea, I’m told there is also Shakespeare’s Corner and the San Diego House in Old Town San Diego. Hmm…I may not need to bring as much loose tea as I thought.

Shakespeare's Tea Room in San Diego. Who wants to come for afternoon tea with me?

Shakespeare’s Corner tea in San Diego. Who wants to come for afternoon tea with me?

Meantime, as the t-shirt above can attest, I’ve gotten more obsessed with Person of Interest, even thought it’s been over a week now since the finale. I have rarely encountered a show that’s such a perfect blend of characters I adore and a concept that blows me away. Team Machine’s final confrontation with Team Samaritan had me at the edge of my seat and I’m not ashamed to say I cried it spots–both out of sorrow and joy. I’ve even conned my oldest son (20) into watching it. Fusco is his favorite. Of course he is!

Me, I’m a Shaw girl. And I didn’t even like her when she first showed up. Now she’s my favorite. Except for the Machine. I adore the bodiless sentient AI, who may be the most human of Team Machine. But, mostly, I loved them all.

I salute you, writers, actors, and those behind the scenes doing stuff like writing all those screen captions for the Machine and Samaritan. A job well done. But I want more. (Aside: Shoot–Root/Shaw– may be the best shipping name ever. )

As for my own writing, you can find what I’ve been blogging about here, under my personal tag Cory (my nickname), and the joint DC Reviews under Ray Goldfield’s name. My favorite? The interview with the author of geeky erotica. Geek girl gamers, unite!

Oh, did I mention I wrote over 10,000 words in a short erotic novella last week? The leads are Philip Drake and Del Sefton from Phoenix Legacy and it’s a m/m/f menage. (Obviously, there’s another lead but to tell you who it is would be spoilery.) Because I wasn’t quite done with Philip Drake nor was he quite done with me.

Talk about burying the lead: I finished the draft of what has become The Hidden Mage of Lotus Hall, book 2 in the steampunk detectives series starring Gregor Sherringford and Joan Krieger. It is the sequel to The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, which went all the way to #11 on Amazon’s steampunk bestseller list.

When will it be out? Well, that’s a tale in itself. Likely not before the fall but I’m working on a way for people to read it for free. We’ll see.

 

 

Logo copyright Linnea Sinclair, who started this Intergalactic Bar & Grille. I have a mug but it's bigger and more of a beer stein...

Logo copyright Linnea Sinclair, who started this Intergalactic Bar & Grille. I have a mug but it’s bigger and more of a beer stein…

Welcome to my weekly tea report. First, some, sad, sad news.

My local tea shop is closing. NOO!!! What have I done? I’ve stocked up with Chai and bought several other flavors and I’ll be heading back this weekend to make sure I lay in a supply that will last a year or so. So far, I have Earl Grey Creme, Toasted Almond, licorice, German chocolate, maple syrup tea, and an Engish breakfast. Obviously, I still need more.

I cannot have enough good loose tea.

Why? Because I absolutely cannot get through the day without a proper cup of tea. (Just like many people can’t get through the day without coffee.)

No trips to the beach this week and things are basically status quo with my publisher, Samhain Publishing, closing in a few months. Hopefully, news soon.

My sinus infection knocked me back for a loop last week and I stalled on my work in progress. Partially because I had to look over the character arcs, now that I have 52,000 words, and partially because my brain was horrible mush.

But I did some writing. He’s my ode to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day at Heroes and Heartbreakers, my final word on this second season of Marvel’s Agent Carter (please be renewed, please, please), an interviews with the creator of Federal Marshall and Monster Hunter Wynonna Earp, who is coming to Syfy television this month, and, of course, my thoughts on last week’s issues of DC Comics. (I make fun of Hal Jordan again.)

Also, if the photo of the mug and hat above intrigues you, by all means, go to Linnea Sinclair’s website and check out her books. I love them.

And I couldn’t resist this sunrise. May all your days start this beautifully.

Daytona Speedway, Daytona Beach

Serenity Now. Sunrise over Daytona Beach. Photo by Corrina Lawson

full-frontal-nerdity_largeGood morning. I raise my overfull mug of red velvet tea to you this morning. It’s time, I’ve decided to have a regular report on what I’ve been doing.

The first, and most important bit of work is writing the sequel to The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, tentatively titled The Dark Mage of Lotus Hall. I’m approximately 27,000 words into it but now the writing should come faster because I have a climatic scene that came to me, of course, in the shower. No spoiling but suffice to say it involves one of these:

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Yes, that’s an underwater ballroom. Intrigued? Sign up for my periodic newsletter. I’ll be sending out excerpts and other exclusive information once every couple of months or so.

As for the rest, well, looking at the list below makes me better because, at the end of each week, I always feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. These links tell me otherwise.

At the Barnes & Noble Science Fiction and Fantasy blog, reports on a new collection of Batman vs. Superman stories, along with a history of their relationship, which was more friendly than not, plus the problematic history of DC’s Green Lanterns.

Over at GeekMom.com, reviews of every single DC Comic published last week, including a killer Black Canary story and a review of the final season of Downton Abbey. (For all my GeekMom posts, check out the “Author Corrina” link.)

Over at GeekDad.com, commentary on the third episode of the marvelous Marvel’s Agent Carter and a review of a Vertigo anthology with some outstanding comic book short stories.

Finally, at CriminalElement.com, a review of the finale of the Heroes Reborn miniseries which, alas, did not match the fun of the original’s first season.

Happy week, everyone and remember, tea is the geekiest drink of all. 🙂

In a world where Game of Thrones can leave me wrung out emotionally, Hart to Hart (1979-1984) has been a refreshing change of pace the last two weeks.

Hallmark Channel ran a Hart to Hart marathon over the holidays and I let them build up on my DVR out of curiosity.

I had vague memories of the show as a kid as enjoyable and my mother loved it, as she had a thing for Robert  Wagner. (Can’t blame her there.) I’ve burned through all the episodes in two weeks, helped by the fact that I can fast-forward through most of the villain parts.

Conclusion: It’s light comedy with forgettable plots that floats entirely on the chemistry of the leads, Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers, as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

However, that chemistry is still damn effective after all these years,

So what did I learn from the adventures of the Harts?

1. Roleplaying is good for the sex life.

I’ve lost track of how many times the Harts either wear costumes or assume a different identity undercover. My favorite role-playing episode by far was when Jonathan lost his memory. He didn’t remember his life but accepted that he was who he was when he found his house.

Which led to a bedroom scene in which Jennifer decided it would be fun to make love to a husband who didn’t remember her, since it would be like having sex with an entirely different person.

To which Jonathan replied, “You are lovely.”

Fade to black.

And it’s not just our happy couple who love the roleplay.

In one episode, Max had to put on a ball gown to enter a costume party (don’t ask about the plot) and when he left the bathroom where he’d put on full drag regalia, a couple making out on the bed asked, “Where did you come from?”

“Out of the closet,” Max says. (That the couple making out on the bed are dressed as Batman and Wonder Woman is the cherry on the top of that particular sundae.)

Max later accepts a date from another man and returns home to complain (in very Some Like It Hot fashion) that men have issues.
You can see a quick shot of Max in the dress at the 3:00 minute mark in this clip.

2. The plots? Forgettable. But the Harts banter is forever.

While pretending to be strangers:

Him: “If I roll over and make love to you, will you call the police?”

Her: “Only if you need help.”

While Jennifer is undercover at one of the Hart Industries properties:

Her: Careful, you’re going to expose me.

Him: Only in private.

And then there’s the bit, twice repeated, where they’re in a hot tub and she asks him to “move his foot.” The look on her face leaves the rest to the imagination.

There are times when I can’t believe the stuff they got past the censors.

Jennifer with a statue: If you rub his tummy, it’s supposed to bring good fortune.

Jonathan: If you rub my tummy, you can have anything you want.

3. Choosing a classic style keeps the look fresh.

Perhaps as a nod to its inspiration, The Thin Man movies, Hart to Hart has a distinctive, classic style.

Jonathan’s suits would be in style today, though the double-breasted look that he wears sometimes might tag him as retro. I’m also impressed that the majority of Jennifer’s elegant dresses are classic, including a Grecian-inspired one that would’ve looked good on Audrey Hepburn.

One then-contemporary style that I miss are the open collars for men. Because Robert Wagner rocks that look.

Which brings me to the refreshing lack of manscaping. Wagner’s in good shape but he looks, well, like a good looking guy who dresses snappy. He has chest hair. His flat stomach sports no chiseled abs.

(Yes, he’s shirtless a few times. I studied that. Hey, I needed information to write this post, ya know. 🙂

The show only flails when it tries casual wear. Some 1980s trends (collars up on Polo shirts) are unfortunate.

Similarly, the luxury cars driven by the Harts, especially Jennifer’s yellow Mercedes-Benz convertible, would fit in today. But, oh, the American vehicles! Ugly as sin. Not a good era for Detroit. These clunky monsters (usually driven by the bad guys) inevitably date the show.

Both Hart vehicles are in evidence in this clip from the pilot which, incidentally, is the first time the viewer sees Jennifer Hart. Pretty sure she likes winning.

The verdict on the interior decorating is a bit more mixed. The Harts’ kitchen suffers from a bad color and lack of modern devices but the rest of the Hart house is again, a classic style, and the paintings on display are either Van Goghs or Impressionists.

Compare this to a show that also ran on the chemistry of the leads: McMillan & Wife. It tried so hard to be topical that it only looks laughable (style-wise) now.

But, I admit, Jennifer does sometime suffer from 1980s hair, though hers is somewhat restrained.

4. A good score can make any action seem tense.

The show does comedy and banter well. Not so much plotting or even the action sequences, which rely on very old-school (and glaringly obvious) special effects. But the music, the theme song and score, are terrific, memorable, and still fun. The theme is by Mark Snow, who also did the theme to the X-Files, and from what I could gather on the IMDB, scored 106 episodes of Hart to Hart.

5. While Jonathan is often a sex object, Jennifer usually isn’t.

By this, I mean that it’s usually Jonathan showing more skin than Jennifer, especially in a very funny scene where they’re in a Mexican prison and Jennifer notices the female guard is admiring her husband. So she insists he strip to the waist to get the guard’s attention.

Meanwhile, Jennifer’s cleavage is incredibly restrained, as is her overall look.

6. Jennifer is a full partner.

One wonders if creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz’s work on the Superman movies in the 1970s influenced Jennifer Hart’s chosen profession as a journalist. It also made me wonder if we have Mankiewicz to thank for the “I’ve got you,” “You’ve got me, who’s got you?” and “I like pink, Lois,” lines from those movies, because that sounds exactly like the banter between the Harts.

Whatever it was Mankiewicz’s doing or not, Jonathan never condescends to Jennifer, sees her as a source of essential information and never indulges in the “stay here while I go protect you” spiel. Usually, he’s fully on board with sending her out undercover or bringing her to the breaking and enterings they indulge in while solving crime.

Aside: breaking and entering seems to be foreplay for them.

Granted, Jonathan does more of the fighting but Jennifer takes out quite a few people by bashing them over the head with nearby objects. This seems to be her signature fight more and it’s quite effective.

7. Location shooting adds to the atmosphere.

Sure, a lot of the “effects” were shot in-studio but many of the scenes take place outside, in and around Los Angeles. I wish I knew more about LA architecture so I could recognize some of the buildings and parks which, I suspect, don’t exist any more.

8. The sexual chemistry works because of eye-sexing.

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Jonathan absolutely flat-out adores Jennifer and that’s evident every time they’re in a scene. He’s watching her, she’s watching him, and they’re very aware of each other at all times. For those who say married couples can’t generate heat, watch the way Wagner and Powers play off each other. They absolutely sell adoring each other every single time.

9. We’re really upped the ante on gun violence since 1979.

Guns were different back then.

The first time I saw a revolver in this show, I blinked. I’m so used to seeing newer weapons that the sight of  older.38 caliber revolvers surprised me. Oh, sometimes there’s a larger revolver–I spotted the .44 Magnum in one scene—but mostly the .38’s are used by heroes and villains alike, even when they’re shooting at cars.

Rifles (single shot) are used a few times, but not machine guns. (Maybe the increase in weaponry is the fault of the A-Team? Who knows.)

10. This last is very, very important: Don’t become friends with the Harts.

If you do, that immediately ups your chances of injury or death. Especially don’t work for them, as you’re likely to be kidnapped, framed for murder or disappear.

Now I want to go write a breezy couples comedy set in the 1970s. Someday.

 

Mira, Katrina Law, Spartacus: Vengeance, Starz

Is Mira in Spartacus like Dinah in Dinah of Seneca? Well, somewhat...

One of the reasons I love the Spartacus series on Starz is that it contains much of what I love in stories: strong characters, unexpected plot twists, great action scenes and a theme that resonates.

So it’s not surprising that my own book, Dinah of Seneca, has similarities. (My writing predates the show by several years, in case anyone was wondering.:)

1. They feature main characters trapped in situations not of their own making.

Spartacus is a slave who escaped. Dinah is a former slave who escaped her master by fleeing across the Atlantic Ocean.

2. The main characters get pulled reluctantly into a cause.

All Spartacus originally wants is to find his wife and escape with her. He has no cause but his own and is not shy about saying it. It’s not until late in the events of “Blood & Sand” that he burns for the cause of everyone.

Dinah is originally drawn into a war because it threatens her home. It’s not until she accepts her responsibility for her new people that she fights for a cause greater than her own.

3. Sex!

Okay, I can’t claim to have as much sex in my book as in Spartacus. Who could?

But there’s a fertility ritual at the heart of my story that has four participants. And if you want even more erotic content, Freya’s Gift, the prequel to Dinah, is all of that.

4. Action!

There’s a huge action sequence in the current “Vengeance” season set in Capua. My book has something similar, in that it ends with a big action sequence in which stuff is destroyed. (To say more would be providing spoilers.)

Spartacus has the gladiator fights and the Romans versus the escapes slaves. My book opens with one big battle, several smaller ones, and one desperate fight to escape when all seems lost.

5. The stories are LGBT friendly.

Spartacus features several gay couples and a lesbian relationship between Lucretia and her best friend in the “Gods of the Arena.”

My story features a Roman General Tabor, who is gay, along with several other gay supporting characters.

6. There are characters from many different cultures.

While the Roman society is at the forefront of Spartacus, the gladiators are from all over the Western World, from Syria to the African continent to Gaul and Celts from  Britain. It’s the mix of the cultures that causes tension and, ultimately, dedication to one cause in which they can all be free.

My story’s main character is from Roman society as well, albeit one from an alternate  world in which the Romans have colonized North America. Besides the Romans, there are Vikings, Native Americans, and a Roman Legion made up of people from all over the Empire. In the end, the Romans and Vikings must find common cause to survive.

7. The over-riding themes match up.

Spartacus is about people overcoming differences to fight a grave injustice and for freedom.

My book is all about Dinah fighting for freedom not only for herself but, ultimately, her people.

Of course, the big question is whether my book is as good as Spartacus.

I will completely duck that one as I’m a very biased source. I can only hope that people enjoy my story as much as I’m enjoying what the creators of Spartacus have done.

 

 

Insp Channel have been running The Big Valley, a television western from 1965-69 that holds up extremely well despite it’s age. I wrote a longer story about why you should love the show for Sequential Tart but I’ve been learning new things every day from the show and wanted to list them.

1. Do Not Make the Matriarch Angry.

Victoria Barkley, the matriarch of the clan, is played by Barbara Stanwyck and she’s awesome. But in the episodes I’ve seen, Victoria has been a mean shot with a rifle (her body count must be in the double digits at least), driven a rig cross-country to deliver medical supplies to the Indian reservation, protected a group of women being pursued by bad guys, took down two murderers chasing her and her daughter while unarmed, got involved in a sex scandal with a politician, fought her way out of an underground cave.

For good measure, she’s a mean cook too. I think she and Cordelia Naismith would get along very well.

2. Fighting is the Best Way to Make Friends

I learned this from Nick, the hot-tempered middle brother. There are conditions. One, you have to fight with someone the first time you meet them, thus allowing time to make friends later. Nick does this at least four times in the episodes I’ve watched so far, including the first time he meets his new brother, Heath, and with Pernell Roberts, doing a very bad Irish accent.

3. Good Lawyers Can Get Guilty Clients Freed

Jarrod, the eldest, is the smart one and he’s so smart that twice he’s defended guilty clients and created enough doubt in the minds of a jury to have them believing his client is innocent. On the bad side, both clients were actually murderers and Jarrod had to kill one of them. Maybe the lesson should be that when the whole community thinks someone is guilty, including your brother and the Sheriff, believe them.

4. Illegitimate Younger Sons Must Be Sexy

Heath, played by Lee Majors, is definitely the most purely sexy of the brothers. I think this is why he’s often in situations when his shirt is removed or unbuttoned.

5. Gunshot Wounds to the Head Don’t Cause Long-term Problems.

It’s very interesting what kinds of shots kill people in The Big Valley. Jarrod has been hit in the head twice by bullets that only “creased” the skull. Not much blood loss, either, though Jarrod once did have amnesia for a week or two. The Sheriff was hit the same way and survived with no ill effects. Not much blood loss either.

6. Some Horses are Very Patient.

I say this with no irony. The horses on the show had to be some of the most well-trained animals in Hollywood. They’re often standing around in a scene, being very quiet, or sometimes ridden up cliffs or what looks like treacherous ground or around when the fake guns are being used. Despite the loud noises, they hardly ever flinch. Except when it’s plot-required.

7. Great Theme Music Always Helps

I present the theme song to the Big Valley.

Usually, the season finales of television shows annoy me.

They’re supposed to set up something to keep viewers interested between now and the fall but more often, I’m aggravated by the emotional manipulation.

I wrote earlier about how I thought The Good Wife muffed it last season by carrying over an arc to the next season rather than finishing it off and creating a new one to draw viewers in.

Well, this year they did it right.

But they were still out done by two other shows.

The Mentalist ending was hard-core but it had to go exactly where it went to be true to the characters.

And Bones set-up an entirely new status quo for next season with a two-word sentence.

Be warned, spoilers after the jump.

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I thought since I blogged this spring about the finale of  these shows, I should update whether I’m still watching or not. 🙂

Law & Order with wigs!

I was unhappy in my previous post about the finale the The Good Wife. I thought the show had chance to move past the whole will she/won’t she get back together with her husband or go with her supposed true love, Will. This plotline had been spinning its wheels for the whole first season.

Half a season into the show this year and viewers still don’t have a a resolution on it.

And, yet, I’m watching anyway. Why? I’ll explain.

To recap, It took until last week for Alicia to discover that Will’s long, rambling declaration of love had been deleted from her cell phone by Eli, the conniving campaign manager that her husband, aka Mr. Big, hired. (Chris Noth is Peter Florrick in this show. But he’s very much like Mr. Big before he settled down. He’s charming but you’re never quite sure how much sleaze goes with that.)

But all that has basically taken second place to two other plotlines this season. One is at Alicia’s law firm, which has merged with a Washington D.C. law firm to stay afloat in these bad economic times. The second is the election for district attorney. Thankfully, we’ve moved past Peter’s appeal and now he’s scott free instead of being behind bars or cooped up in the Florrick apartment. Not only that, he wants his old job back.

It was seeing Alicia in court kicking ass that got her husband Peter so hot and bothered that, yes, CBS went there...

Around all this revolves subplots with the teenage Florrick children, who are refreshingly flawed and realistic and who are put in a lousy position by their father. They keep a lot to themselves, which continues to cause problems for both parents, especially about the election.

I find I’m enjoying the law firm plotline more because the claws are definitely out. Plus, more of Christine Baranski as Alicia’s mentor is always a good thing. As for Will…

I can’t quite decide myself who Alicia should be with–and I’m not entirely clear that she does either. Part of the charm of Alicia is that she’s very self-contained, so when she shows any emotion, it has impact. But on this one, it’s like she’s Ilsa in Casablanca, in love with both men and caught in complete indecision.

Peter made his play earlier this season, with possibly the hottest scene on TV that shows nothing but indicates cunnilingus. Will, Alicia’s boss, has been busy being an ass, trying to possibly screw over his partners, and involve sexually with an annoying woman who seems to value little. Not such much for Team Will on this end.

The only element that’s not working for me this season is Kalinda’s rival.

Kalinda is the go-to investigator who can seemingly uncover anything, half by charm, half by intelligence. Archie Punjabi rightly won an Emmy for her performance last year. But this year, she’s stuck with a rival brought in by the D.C. partner. This could be interesting except the rival is so smarmy and annoying and likely evil that I’m completely uninterested. I think Kalinda needed some competition or to fail now and then. But this subplot seems disjointed and needlessly complicated.

So at half-season, the firm might break up, Alicia’s still ambivalent about her husband and his political career, the teenagers are out of control, and Alicia is caught in the middle of it all. I look forward to her eventual breakdown or outburst.

A great bonus so far has also been Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) as the white horse candidate for district attorney who’s smarter and more politically savvy that she first seemed.

Verdict: the show has improved over last season, now they just need to move one way or another with the Florrick marriage. If you’re interested, CBS has the full episodes at the official site linked above.

As for Law & Order

I had some hopes for Law & Order: Los Angeles. A fresh area, a fresh cast, the possibilities for star-studded crime seemed endless. But I have to say I’m a bit bored so far this season. The writers made good use of the L.A. setting a few times, particularly in the premiere where they used photos taken by paparazzi to nail the bad guys, but the writing seems a bit flat.

It just seems a bit dull.

Right now, the L&O that I’m enjoying the most is on BBC America. Law & Order UK.

I shouldn’t like it so much. The shows are using old original recipe L&O scripts as the basis for these shows so about twenty minutes in, I suddenly recognize the plot. But they’ve switched them up somewhat to reflect the London setting. Briscoe was all about phone records. The detectives in this one are all about the video footage that dots London.

But somehow it has the heart that the LA show lacks.

I think the difference is the actors.

The ones in L.A. are good but not great. I know. I’d expected Skeets Ulrich to be more interesting but he seems uncomfortable in his role.

And Alfred Molina is no match for Ben Daniels, his UK equivalent. Daniels played Nicholas Brocklehurst in The State Within–a British miniseries set in American that’s very, very good. I am crushing on Mr. Daniels a bit but he doesn’t play for my team, alas.

Backing up Daniels is Freema Agyeman, best known to Dr. Who fans as Martha Jones. Jamie Bamber, another SF veteran (Battlestar Galactica) plays the younger of the two cops–the Chris Noth role- and Bradley Walsh is the veteran and more cynical police detective.

There are only two problems with the UK version.

The big one is that there’s no Jerry Orbach.

Bradley Walsh is close but not quite, though if I’d never watched Orbach’s Briscoe, I’d probably enjoy his character more. And I think Bill Patterson is a poor substitute for Steven Hill’s head district attorney.

Also, he does not eat enough sandwiches. 🙂

Law & Order has been on so long that I can remember my twins loving the ka-CHUNG noise when they were babies. Sometimes L&O is good, sometimes excellent, and, every now and then, it’s truly awful.

I’m going to miss it like crazy. At least, I’ll miss it when I’m sick of the fifty zillion reruns. 🙂

The Good Wife is only a year old but quickly became one of my favorite shows. It’s the story of a woman trying to rebuild her life while her politician snake of a cheating husband is in jail, appealing his sentence for corruption. The fun of the show is watching Alicia, the title character, seethe until the point where her anger explodes.

Both shows have elements in common. First, there’s Chris Noth, perfectly cast as both the politician husband and the quick-tempered cop on L&O. Both shows are procedurals, meaning they focus on a courtroom drama/crime each episode.

But only one of them managed an great ending to the season and–in the case of L&O–to the entire series.

L&O did it by doing what it does best–focus on realistic cops out to save people, lawyers who find creative ways to bend the law to help the good guys, and a happy ending full of unexpected emotion.

The Good Wife promised something game-changing and then fumbled on the one-foot line.

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The show Mad Men is many things.

It’s intense, morbidly funny, sad, and intelligent.

What it’s never been is happy.

Which is why the ending to season three, which was so joyous I felt like dancing around the room, came as such as pleasant shock.

I’ve never thought Don Draper would end well. He’s a man literally pretending to be someone else. His career in advertising is built on telling other people untruths about products.

In short, his entire life is built on lies.

The fascination for me comes in watching him try to balance those lies with what he knows is the inner truth about himself. It’s not a balancing act I’ve ever thought he would win. But seeing him struggle is worth the price of admission.

Warning, spoilers behind the break.

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