I was channel surfing on a boring day, not sure what I wanted to watch, my eyes fell on “Nobody”. There was Bob Odenkirk, probably lying on the ground, and many fists landing on his contorted face. Images of Saul Goodman from “Better Call Saul” & “Breaking Bad”, who usually got roughed up or picked up by gang members, started popping out of my memory. I had never seen Bob in a movie before, so I felt, this was as good a time as any, to watch a full fledged movie of Bob Odenkirk.
It’s a golden age for television and as I say that the mind wanders to think of Game Of Thrones and True Detective. But to be really fair to the numerous people who thrive and strive on small screen there is equally exciting and overtly creative shows coming from all directions. Television is more cut-throat than ever, where shows as exciting as Firefly (Joss Whedon), Alphas, Almost Human (Producer J. J Abrams)gets cancelled based on the obnoxious Nielsen Media Research. That being said Netflix has come as ray of hope for all the people doped on TV (and doom for the networks) with their original series which are so top-notch in terms of everything that it’s baffling. Shows like Orange is the new Black, House of Cards . What we have on television is equally or more superior than anything that goes on movies in terms of plots and stories. The obvious terrific ones I have mentioned above and then there are stuff like The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men, Silicon Valley, Person Of Interest, Louie, Justified, Veep, Deadwood. All of them unique in the true sense not just in genres but also in terms of tone and feel, yet I feel that I have barely scratched the surface here. I have not mentioned some more obvious ones which I will, when I do my top 5 television shows post.Continue reading “Television: No Longer a Idiot Box”