If I could change one element of modern television criticism, it would be the notion that recap and review are synonyms.
To clarify, I have no issue with recaps or the people who write them: there is a place within the online television community for outright plot recaps with a touch of personality, the kind of writing which led to Television Without Pity’s prominence earlier in the decade and which continues as part of the offering of sites like Give Me My Remote. However, as parts of this diverse community have moved in a more critical direction, the term recap has remained predominant despite no longer accurately describing a substantial amount of writing within the field.
While you may argue that this is doing no harm, and I am simply arguing semantics, it’s something that has been bothering me for quite some time. As a result, I want to put in writing why I think this is happening, and why I feel that it obfuscates the contributions being made to the critical community by both critics and bloggers alike.
Lost Finale Countdown
May 23rd, 2010
I don’t know if I’m ready for tonight’s Lost finale: an afternoon of flying through galaxies as a moustached-plumber who rides dinosaurs (while playing Super Mario Galaxy 2, just so it’s clear) may not be the most apt way to prepare for an epic dramatic television event, but it was darn fun and I guess that’s fitting. I’m looking to have fun with tonight’s finale more than anything else, less desperate for answers than I am desperate to see just how Lindelof and Cuse are going to end this thing.
However, I will probably be revisiting some of my thoughts from earlier this season as well as my other articles from this weekend, so I figured I’d throw up some links for new and veteran blog readers alike.
Reflections on Reviewing Lost [May 22nd, 2010]
In Defence of “Expose” [May 21st, 2010]
Lost in Lost’s Critical Culture: A Response to the New York Times [May 20th, 2010]
Why Lost Owes Us Nothing [January 28th, 2010]
“Happily Ever After”
“Across the Sea”
“What They Died For”
Lost the Morning After Critics’ Roundups
Across the Sea
What They Died For