We laughed (when it was funny), we cried (when it was painfully pretentious), we watched two old people fuck in the shower (because East Lansing knows how to party). HBO’s freshman dramedy Girls inspired plenty of love of plenty of hate, but more than anything, it inspired discussion. Now, the PPC team chimes in.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen Season 1 of Girls. You’ve been warned.
Posted by MR on June 23, 2012
We laughed, we cried, we watched two dogs hump in a parking lot. It was an anticipated and eventful season of Mad Men, which means there’s much to discuss. PPC Roundtable Team, assemble!
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen every single second of every single episode of Mad Men Season 5. You’ve been warned.
Posted by MR on June 15, 2012
Don’s confrontation with Lane in “Commissions and Fees” will remain a defining moment for the series.
SPOILER WARNING: This post contains details through the most recent episode of Mad Men, “Commissions and Fees.”
Two weeks, two bombshells. That’s perhaps the quickest way to sum up the most recent episodes of Mad Men. Following the latest developments, Season 5 has abruptly switched gears, exchanging Howard Johnson-sponsored vacations and glorious Roger Sterling acid trips for scenarios once unfathomable to even the most cynical viewers.
Peggy quit and Lane committed suicide. Just writing that sentence truly, devastatingly hurts.
Now that we’ve picked our jaws off the floor and finished our requisite mourning, however, the folks at PPC are finally ready to react. And there’s no shortage of questions. Namely: Entering Sunday’s finale, what does it all mean?
Posted by MR on June 9, 2012
Winter is coming … which is really shitty news, because it means another season of Game of Thrones is in the books and we’re facing a long, painful wait until Season 3 finally hits our screens. Before the grief really sets in, we Thrones enthusiasts at PPC wanted to share our thoughts on a highly entertaining second season.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen every single second of every single episode of Seasons 1 and 2. You’ve been warned.
Posted by MR on June 6, 2012
Tony Hale (left) plays Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ right-hand man in HBO’s new comedy Veep.
HBO has busted out another new series, Veep, and though we’re just three episodes in, we’ve got a clear picture of what the show is bringing to the table. The PPC writers are all pretty bullish (finance term!) on the show. Why you ask? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out, of course.
1. In 10 words or less, how do you feel about Veep?
CW: Love it, fantastic cast with hilarious dialogue.
MR: It’s bizarre, scatological and insanely awkward. So, totally awesome.
BG: A smart, funny look at Washington ineptitude. Elaine does DC!
2. Where does it stack up on your list of comedies?
MR: It’s got a way to go before it ranks alongside Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The (Original/British) Office and my other all-time favorite comedies, but it’s already become appointment viewing. And given how loaded the Sunday night slate is, that’s really saying something.
Posted by MR on May 11, 2012
From left to right: Marnie, Jessa, Hannah and Shoshanna.
After three episodes of HBO’s new series Girls, we’re starting to learn what the characters are about and what the show has to offer. Reviews vary from unabashed praise to disgust. Here at Punching Pete Campbell, our writers each had a different reaction to the show.
1. In 10 words or less, how do you feel about Girls after three episodes?
BG: Growing on me. Parts are terrific, but jury’s still out.
CW: Dislike the characters, dislike the storylines, haven’t yet abandoned.
MR: Love the writing, love the awkwardness, hate the dancing.
2. Which of the characters do you like or dislike?
BG: As alluded to above, I’m starting to like the show. I really am. But through three episodes, I CAN’T STAND HANNAH. She reminds me of the girl at parties who orders an obscure mixed drink, complains that it’s made incorrectly and then, inevitably, gets trashed and passes out. She can also be witty to a fault (although I approved of her “Sorry I passed you an STD but I enjoy your quirky web presence” crack).
I’m also not sold on Marnie. She reminds me of the Girls version of Lyla Garrity: really hot, really annoying. It’s only a matter of time before she cheats on her boyfriend (with Tim Riggins?) and makes him feel shitty about it. As a guy, I feel obligated to simultaneously want and hate her.
But that brings me to why I’m also optimistic about the show: Jessa and Shoshanna. Jessa is not only a babe, but wears see-through body-length clothing, eats string cheese and smokes pot with (potentially) unemployed hipster dads. Awesome. Jessa also drinks White Russians, which, by default, qualifies her as the ultimate dude.
Posted by C.W. Sesno on May 2, 2012