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Ryan Holmdahl
Ryan Holmdahl is a television critic at the Stanford Daily. He has a soft spot for trash TV and is currently seeking ways to appear on his favorite show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” To contact him with ideas, please email ryanlh “at” stanford.edu. Ryan is a sophomore from Seattle, Wa. pursuing degrees in computer science and philosophy.

Television review: ‘Wicked City’ is wickedly bad

In the eyes of many, the ’80s heralded the beginning of the end for America’s soul. The sun was setting on the peace, love and marijuana of the ’70s, and an ominous moon was rising over the violence, corporate greed and cocaine of the ’90s. In between was a disquieting twilight, where evil was sneaking…

Television review: ‘Fargo’ season two is bloody brilliant

Although its story is independent from the previous season and the 1996 film of the same name, the second season of “Fargo” continues the tradition of its forebears by exploring the darkness under the snow and sweaters of the American Midwest. The unfortunate confluence of a crime syndicate power vacuum and a spate of murders…

Television review: ‘Gigi Does It’ and does it well

“Gigi Does It” is a show few, if any, would expect to be good. Featuring a crass grandmother played by a comedian in drag, “Gigi” does not appear at first take to have the makings of success; however, in a twist that would put M. Night Shyamalan to shame, “Gigi Does It,” though flawed, is…

‘Wayward Pines’ wanders without direction

Much like his show’s main character, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), the producer of FOX’s new miniseries “Wayward Pines,” M. Night Shyamalan, finds himself lost in a strange new world. For Special Agent Burke, it’s the sleepy titular Idaho town where he awakens after a car accident; for film screenwriter and director Shyamalan, of “The Sixth…
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