The Mid-Season Replacements Episode 9: “Great Scenes: Volume 1”

by Randy Dankievitch
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This week’s episode of The Mid-Season Replacements finds Randy and Sean in the television lab, dissecting the elements of what makes a memorable moment of television, in the first installment of their newest experiment in nerditry, simply titled Great Scenes. After a brief reflection on the passing of James Lipton, they outline the criteria of an official Great Scene, and break down three initial selections to the esteemed list, examining the technical mastery and emotional profundity that drive our investment in characters and shows, and the clarity of vision and emotion these truly memorable moments of television are able to execute.

Episodes discussed:
Rectify Season 1, Episode 6 “Jacob’s Ladder”
Enlightened Season 1, Episode 10 “Consider Helen”
The Girlfriend Experience Season 1, Episode 9 “Christine: Blindsided”


The Mid-Season Replacements Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Goomba Stomp and TV Never Sleeps’ Randy Dankievitch and Sean Colletti, with new episodes debuting every Tuesday evening.

Opening Track: “Curtains” by Ryan Elliott (of Ancient Fears)

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