Friday, April 5, 2013

"THAT" IS SOMETHING YOU DID, AND THE MONEY IS FOR SOMETHING, BUT I REQUEST THAT IF YOU PERCEIVE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN "THE MONEY" AND "THAT," YOU KEEP IT TO YOURSELF SO THAT THAT OTHERS MAY DRAW THAT CONCLUSION THEMSELVES: A review, consistent with Weiner-promulgated spoiler rules, of this week's Season X premiere of Emotion Plural Gendered Noun: Change, though possibly inevitable, may be so subtle as to be imperceptible. That frequently is as true in art as it is in real life, and may be applicable to a certain television program. In what I am authorized to acknowledge is an episode currently scheduled to air on Sunday night on AMC, a character engages in conduct (which may mean either action or inaction) that might subjectively be perceived as negating, reflective of, the impetus for, or caused by change. A sentence about fashion and style is written in conspicuously passive voice by the author of this review so that the importance of the fashion and style obliquely referred to is emphasized without attention being drawn to the reference by the spoiler police. Angrily. ("Angrily" is a word I am permitted to use in this review, but I am not permitted to say whether it refers to a character, to this reviewer, to the producer of the television program, or to reader reaction to official spoiler rules.) It is often remarked that "what you call 'love' was invented by guys like me to sell nylons," that "this show is an astronaut," and that "the next minute this show is running you over with a lawn mower," because the quotes on which those phrases are based did not come from the yet-to-air episode. Those paraphrases often are appropriate, even if barely so, to unify a few sentences fully bleached of useful information about the reviewed show. Suit, alcohol, car, identity, dubious, louche, ambition, anachronism, repressed, generational: pick six or fewer. The Television Critics' Association's bylaws require that I mention here the incoherence of the program's "next week on" promos, inviting a parallel to this review. In conclusion, if you see Vincent Kartheiser, please tell him "hashtag roundbutt."


  1. Adam B.4:28 PM

    I hope you know I only like the beginning of seasons.

  2. Randy6:50 PM

    So here's something I don't get. Weiner is VERY averse to anyone (read: critics) revealing anything about the new season in advance, including the specifics of when, exactly, it's set. And yet: have you seen the 10 photos from the premiere on the AMC website? Elements in the backgrounds of a couple of the photos seem to reveal exactly what time of year the premiere takes place. I guess Weiner doesn't have control over the AMC publicity folks, but still.