Periscope Depth

it's hard to overstate my satisfaction

Bi-weekly post up on Overthinking It: Illmatic and the Crisis of Peaking Young. Have all of Nas’s later albums fallen short of his debut because he got overhyped? Because he couldn’t handle the pressure? Or maybe it’s okay that he produced the best work of his life in his first album? I answer the question – with science!

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Mini media blow:

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Wow. Damn. You know what, forget all the apologies I made for letting threads drop in the Battlestar Galactica season finale. DiMartino and crew tied every little thing together for the Sozin’s Comet finale. The White Lotus Society, Zhuko’s family tension, Mae and Tai Li, Aang and Katara – it all comes around. It was an action-packed finale that made me misty, made me cheer out loud and left me impressed at the scope of its action and spectacle. Seriously, watch this cartoon.

I could rant for hours about what I liked about Avatar, but what ultimately does it: Avatar surprises me. I find very little mainstream TV surprising. Battlestar Galactica managed to occasionally shock me, but rarely reversed expectations. Avatar has characterization, visual touches, storylines and dialogue that I would not expect from an “adult” show, to say nothing of a kids’ cartoon.

Portal: So much fun. I also started playing Half-Life 2, which came with the Orange Box, but really I bought the whole game just for Portal. And it was everything I hoped it would be and more.