Review of Han
Written by Toniann
Fans of "The X-Files" will be familiar with the acronym "MOTW" -- Monster
of the Week. This term was used to refer to one-shot episodes that focused
on a specific case, or monster, and didn't essentially tie into the larger
mytharc of the series. These episodes were sometimes excellent bits of
storytelling, and sometimes, random hours of nonsense that felt to some like
a waste of time. Which depended on the strength of the writing, and the
creativity of the story being told, and really, in the end, personal taste
of the viewer. "Han" felt like a MOTW to me, though of course there were
some strong continuing threads. I felt it was a good hour of storytelling,
but that's up to the opinion of the individual audience member.
In a moment of pure density, I'm not *entirely* clear on why "Chopsticks"
is an insensitive title for the little ditty of piano music any beginning
keyboard player knows. It may be just ingrained in my thinking so much that
I'm not seeing the bigger picture. It's just what it's called, as far as I
know -- is there a slur implied I'm being blind to?
Live brie or die, but honestly I never thought of Wisconsin as a brie kind
of place -- I'd say more of a good extra sharp cheddar, or perhaps a Gouda.
And I say this as a fan of Wisconsin, in general. Go Packers.
I didn't so much as feel Donna was trying to show off with her little diet
theories equals the economy riff, as she was trying to put her aunt and
uncle at ease after Josh had just put his foot in his mouth
(unsurprisingly). I have no idea if it's a sound economical theory or not,
but the president seemed to think so. I'm not positive she actually believed
Josh when he told her about that.
Every time Toby said Will is working out, I started to doubt that more...
but I think he certainly is. After all, Sam used to hit rough spots with his
writing (that birthday message took quite some time, as well as the speech
on The Portland Trip).
Raise your hand if you *didn't* know that Toby and Will's impromptu Bob
Russell rant was going to end up on the teleprompter... What, no hands?
Yeah, you could see that one coming a mile away, but there was some humor
potential there (other than the obvious -- my favorite was "Let's now hock a
big loogie for Bob Russell"). I hate to even go down this road, but I can't
help but think that Sorkin would've taken that and run with it a bit more.
Though, Bingo's response was pretty good.
Another plot point that never seemed in doubt to me was that the story
would end without the pianist defecting, and I suppose that was a realistic
bit of storytelling about a Bartlet who is no longer quite as idealistic as
he once was. On the other hand, that idealism slipped through when he gave
him the chance to choose, and did not cancel the concert. That young man
didn't understand freedom, as I'm sure Bartlet knows, because he's never
experienced it. Living in a regime where he is required to have permission
for every move and every word, he could not ask for freedom himself.
Of all the times to give CJ a reason to lose faith in the
administration... this was not a good time. I can't help but wonder if her
disappointment isn't going to turn into something bigger, possibly even a
consideration of resignation.
Speaking of CJ, do you think it makes any difference to have a commercial
air during a particular show, featuring one of the stars of that show? What
I'm saying is, I wouldn't be surprised if doing so didn't in some way get a
higher consumer response rate. After all, the whole reason to use
celebrities in advertisement is to lend their popularity to the product
they're promoting (and there's a little alliteration to spice up your
evening). Clearly, your chosen celebrity spokesperson is going to be most
popular to the people who are fans of her show.
Richie Rich to the rescue -- I find it hard to believe that's not going to
come back and bite Josh on the ass sooner or later. Is it conceivable that
whatever Intern Ryan did was, well, coercive and possibly illegal?
That Charlie. Any guy who admits to using coupons is my kind of guy, you
From Merriam-Webster's: re•doubt•able Function: adjective. Etymology:
Middle English redoubtable, from Middle French, from redouter to dread, from
re- + douter to doubt. Date: 15th century. 1 : causing fear or alarm :
formidable. 2 : illustrious, eminent ; broadly : worthy of respect
You know, taken one way or the other, that's quite the adjective.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
From Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
I was having trouble keeping straight what it was the president was
blaming his failure to become a concert pianist on, the fingering or the
timing. I recognized several of the Chopin pieces but couldn't put a name or
number to them -- even the one that once upon a time, I, like many piano
students, knew how to play. :)
Last but not least, I'm positive CJ's worn that dress before. I think it
was to hear the Reykjavik Symphony play in "Galileo."
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
"We're sliding towards... bagel."