Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Magic Hour by the Scissor Sisters:
This is a pleasant, 70s-and-80s-tinged album of light pop with a good mix of dance-y, beat-y, and mellow(-y) songs. The album as a whole isn't particularly cohesive, but there's a strong ratio of catchy to forgettable songs.

Final Grade: B+

Marie Callendar's Chicken Pot Pie:
After a childhood full of Banquet Chicken Pot Pies for dinner (2 cooked at 325 for 42 minutes), I had abandoned hope of ever finding a pot pie that tastes good out of the microwave. However, Marie Callendar must have used all of our flying car R&D money to investigate this problem, because this pot pie is both delicious and crispy, after only 5 minutes in the microwave. The only downside is that you have to ignore the fact that the sodium content and calories of the pie are each measured with four digit numbers, and that one website has compared the fat content of a single pie with "23 strips of bacon". YUM.

Final Grade: B+

Dexter, Season Seven:
This is the first great season of Dexter since John Lithgow's inclusion in Season Four. The steadily-building storyline manages to incorporate multiple plot points from old seasons while quietly burying the inconsistencies and failed plot tangents from recent seasons in an organic way. The side plots in this season don't add up to much, but they are never as annoying as the recurring "LaGuerta marries Batista and they argue" plots of yore. The writing in this season really makes up for the fact that season five and six were a perpetual doggy paddle in an above-ground pool.

Final Grade: A

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