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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.13 – “The Phantom”

After last week’s emotional powerhouse of an episode, this week’s Mad Men ended the fifth season on a comparatively low note.  Some stories were brought to an abrupt end while others just began, and some of the less prominent characters didn’t even get mentioned.  The strongest episode of the season it was not, but “The Phantom” still managed to cover a lot of ground and set the foundation for what should be a great sixth season.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.12 – “Commissions & Fees”

Ouch, that really hurt. While Sally becomes a woman, Don gets more aggressive than ever (at least, in the office), and we say an incredibly sad goodbye to a partner at SCDP.  This had to be the gut-punching-est episode of Mad Men yet.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.11 – “The Other Woman”

Never have times been so tumultuous behind the glass walls at SDCP than in the latest episode of Mad Men.  Almost the entire episode focused tightly on the business side of things, specifically the agency’s attempt to acquire Jaguar and the measures it took to do so.  It was intense, emotional, and ultimately heartbreaking, and it was the most captivating episode of this season.

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TV Korner: Man Men 5.10 – “Christmas Waltz”

This week’s Mad Men moves the plot along, as we start to approach the finale of the incredible season, with some plot points falling into place– or rather, falling apart– for the team at SCDP.  This week also sees the return of Paul Kinsey, the ad man left behind when Lane fired Don and company from McCann so they could start their own business.

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Community Will Be Back For Season 4. Dan Harmon Will Not.

When NBC announced the best show on their network, Community, was being picked up for a short fourth season, there was much rejoicing… but now it looks like we may have been a little pre-emptive in that celebration. Community will be coming back in the Fall, but showrunner/ show creator/ overall genius Dan Harmon has been removed as showrunner by Sony.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.9 – “Dark Shadows”

Continuing the interesting theme of each new episode being centered on some specific human emotion, “Dark Shadows” explores feelings of jealousy.   Even though most of the characters in the show are fairly well-off and happy some of the time, they all have something to be jealous about; someone else’s body, wife, creative talent, recognition, so on and so forth.  While not the most exciting or revelatory episode of the season, “Dark Shadows” serves as yet another brilliant character study of some of the most compelling characters around.

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Community Is Coming Back For Season Four

All you fellow Humans out there can breathe a sigh of relief– NBC has officially renewed Community for a fourth season!

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.8 – “Lady Lazarus”

It’s been another intense week at SCDP. After last week’s foray into all kinds of disappointments, it seems about time for a little bit of redemption… but coming at it straight away wouldn’t be much fun, so instead “Lady Lazarus” continues to build to a decisive make or break moment for the increasingly conflicted Don Draper, and a subtle cliffhanger that packs way more punch than an horde of zombies or a terrorist threat ever could.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.7 – “At the Codfish Ball”

This week’s episode of Mad Men was full of disappointments.  No, that doesn’t mean that I was disappointed with the show; it means that almost every character was severely unhappy about something.  The balance that “At the Codfish Ball” struck among the many different storylines was incredible and it ended up being a solid, if somewhat subdued, episode.

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DVD Korner: Fighting Crime in a Future Time with Best of COPS Volume 2

COPS is one of those forgotten franchises of the 80’s. Intended to jump on the Robocop craze (and capture their previous success with GI Joe and Transformers), Hasbro’s futuristic police force featured one of the best toy lines of the late 80’s, as well as a cartoon to support it. I had fond memories of the COPS series as a kid, but not all of the 80’s toons hold up over the years… so how did COPS fare? Read on to find out…
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