Scandal Season 3 Mid-Season Wrap-Up

Well, I’ve finally caught up with the present season of ABC’s Scandal. Is it just me or is the quality of this show going downhill fast? Let me explain what I mean. Before the show premiered I had my doubts, and after I watched the first two episodes those doubts weren’t entirely dispelled; however, around episode three of the first season I was hooked. Things rolled along, I wasn’t thrilled that Henry Ian Cusick decided to leave the show before season two (maybe he had the right idea), and it didn’t really effect things after he did (but please come back Henry, like now! We need your sexy ass).

 

Anyway, despite cast departures, and a shaky start, last Spring the season ended strong. This Fall, going into the mid-season, not so much.

 

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Weekend Netflix: Ken Burns – Jazz

 

In 2001 acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns debuted this ambitious ten part documentary on the history of Jazz. The film opens like a road map of music and we’re the travelers.  It shows us the conception of Jazz from it’s down and dirty beginnings in the rough-house saloons of New Orleans’ Storyville to its sophisticated evolution in cities like Chicago and New York. The early greats, and grandfathers of the music like Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, Lt. James Europe, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are covered extensively. By the end of the documentary, I guarantee you’ll be eager for more, and there’s plenty left to learn.

 

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