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Pan Am: Week 4 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Though ABC’s “Pan Am” has proven to be so visually superb and ambitious, I have this gut-wrenching sense that it might slowly become more of a sorority drama than a show about the people involved in the glamour of air-travel. Episode Four took place mostly in Burma, where sibling rivalry subplots butt heads with Kate’s increasingly imprecise job as a CIA agent which gets tangled in the power struggle between Ted and Dean. It would be unfair of me to say that I’m getting increasingly bored by the show, because that is absolutely far from true. I guess I’m just tired of Kate and Laura’s bickering. I guess the script didn’t hold up as well during this episode as it did in the past three. I guess I just really want to punch Maggie in the face.

JESSICA BADER: This episode wasn’t as weighty as the previous installment in Berlin, and I think that fits the show just fine. One of the challenges that a period piece faces is that references to actual historical events often come across as heavy-handed, and the Kennedy-speech aspect of the Berlin episode definitely tilted in that direction. (Don’t even get me started on Christina Ricci’s uncomfortably manic portrayal of Maggie’s quest to meet Kennedy.) This time, the historical allusions were less specific, leaving more breathing room for character development. Continue reading

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The No Way To Win Diner

AKIE BERMISS: I’m no purist. Not by a long shot. But I’m not really a rebel either. This makes for a troubling situation overall, since most purists therefore view me as a rebel and most rebels view me as a purist. Its a numbers game really if you want to know where you wind up on the scale of things. That’s why dining out is hard for me, I have a lot of weird food issues and I’m a persnickety eater over all. I know its declasé to eat with your knife and fork held at the same time, that one should not mix up the various foods on the dish, that one should drink slowly and in conservative sips. And that one should order off the menu and eat it as the Chef designs it to be eaten. That’s why I stay away from the kind of restaurants featured in an article in the New York Times last week — restaurants where the Chef/barista is the law-giver and the customer has no say.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: I’m not suggesting that every restaurant (or any, for that matter) should be inflexible. To the contrary, I think any service industry establishment should be guided by the desires of its customers. Being “puritan” (or just plain unwilling to accommodate patrons) is an enormous risk. It’s less likely to succeed, in the traditional sense, than giving customers what they want. But if you let it go too far, then you risk becoming a doormat, which is also pretty bad.

NAVA BRAHE: I’ve witnessed more than my share of food proclivities over the course of my life, specifically those of my extended family. I have a cousin who is the quintessential picky eater and will likely make a scene in the most easygoing of eateries; yet she will periodically chow down on a Big Mac, fries and a Coke, and then proclaim she’s “hungry” after licking the last of the french fry salt off her fingers. Then, there’s my diabolically certifiable aunt, who’s a food hoarder of a magnitude where someone needs to dispatch an A&E camera crew to track her food-shopping exploits. Me? I eat whatever you put in front of me. I can’t remember the last time I sent back anything at a restaurant that wasn’t to my liking. Continue reading

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