I finally, watched the Dean Smith documentary on Showtime. There wasn’t a whole lot that was extremely fresh to me since, I’m from North Carolina and have followed the Tarheels since I was a little guy. It was interesting seeing many of his former teammates share intimate stories and only reinforce my thoughts of the man and coach he was.

The Lawrence Taylor documentary was both interesting and yet a bit sad.

This guy had all the talent in the world and is likely the best defensive player the NFL has ever seen. Maybe the drugs helped make him that way, a lot like the bottle helped Hemingway become Hemingway, he alluded to that at one point. 

I had a high school football coach that played with Taylor at Carolina and he had a few stories he would share and while he was likely on beer/alcohol at that point he still had a wild streak. 

Last night I finished watching season 3 of “The Affair”, which is broadcast on Showtime. I could have sworn that I’ve mentioned that show on here before, but I don’t see a tag for it. 

It’s a fairly unique show. It’s basically an hour long but it is split into two chapters. The basis of any given episode is about two characters and the first half will show things and tell a story from one perspective, the second half will show things and tell the story from the other person’s perspective. I’ve compared it to a couple having an argument and then turning to their best friend to rant and rave about said argument with each one offering their own slant/spin on said argument.

Some of the stuff is repetitive with events happen the same exact way but even then they are shown from a different camera angle more times than not, but there is normally a different viewpoint on certain aspects. I once had an English professor that said “The only way your viewpoint on a story/poem is wrong is if it’s bullshit, meaning you didn’t read it.”  He added, “Otherwise who is to question what you felt the author meant and as long as I can tell you read the work, I won’t grade on your interpretation, but if I think you are bullshitting me, you will get an F, beacuse you can’t bullshit a bullshitter.”  He was pretty unique himself. 

Another example was that Noah(Dominic West) was in Paris with his current girlfriend(a married French professor that was visiting the US), and the first part of the show was from her perspective and it showed the pair running into two of her friends and the three women speaking in French(with subtitles). Later on the second part, it showed them running into the women and this time they spoke in French, but in this case their were no subtitles, and I took it to mean that from his perspective he had very little clue of what they were actually saying since he isn’t fluent in French. 

It’s just a neat way to approach a show. I think it would be a neat way for an author to approach a pair of books as well. The same story written from various perspectives, say husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.  

I will say season three went a little bat shit crazy and was somewhat all over the place, with Noah being released from jail and adjusting to demons and a pain pill dependency that makes you question what was in his mind and what was reality.  I’ll likely watch through the 3 seasons again at some point soon, but season 3 was all over the place with the chain of events.

I watched the pilot to “Riverdale”, the CW show that is a modernization of the the “Archie” comics. Now, I flipped through a few as a kid and saw some of the cartoons, but I don’t know know about those storylines to know how close or how different this is. I’m sure there are some new characters, and some that are missing. 

With the direction they went with a murder/cover up, Archie sleeping with Ms. Grundy(I think that was her name),  then it’s safe to say CW won’t do it justice and it should have found a home on HBO/Showtime/Amazon/Netflix. 

The initial episode was interesting, it just seems like one of those that will be lacking due to being on network TV.

Last night was the
finale for the seventh season of “Shameless”. I mentioned last week that
episode 11 felt a lot like a season finale, which in a way made  episode 12 feel like a series
finale, which makes perfect sense, since it was only recently and thankfully renewed
for an eighth season.

If it had been a
series finale, while I would have missed the show, I would have been satisfied
with the ending. A lot of story lines were tied up. There are a few left out there for the future, but that always happens.

I can’t say I’ve
ever experienced a show where there has been so much character growth from most
of the cast and at this point it seems somewhat safe to say that each of the
kids are headed in the right direction. Frank will continue to “Frank”, he’ll
do that until his final breath. Over the seasons, it’s easy to see that he’s
intelligent, and even more so resourceful, but it’s also easy to see that he’s a “fuck up”. Last night, you
saw some insight into his past that he was in college when he met Monica, interning at a
State Farm Insurance agency (which explains the fake ad I created last
night).  

You could easily make
a whole other show, a prequel, about that time and how things went wrong for
him and how his life basically exploded into the mess that it is. I’d watch it.
Of course, I’d watch a prequel from the 60’s/70′s based on Corrado and Johnny Boy
Soprano running wild.

Something broke
Frank, it would be an interesting story to tell.

@SHO_Shameless 

@WilliamHMacy  Frank Gallagher, 1986 State Farm Agent Trainee of the Year.