And yes, why I feel bad about it
it is most probably not possible and is a much bigger ask than I am thinking, but could we eventually move to some "sponsored" content, where subscribers are offered the chance to make donations to a show and get it covered?
I was kind of wondering about this, but I guess you can't cover everything. Man I do love it, though. Easily the best show on TV at the moment.
One of the major characters in Reservation Dogs--as it was in Nora from Queens--is American Black Culture. But it’s treated, once again, as The Invisible Person. It’s what these characters live, immersed, in. This has been pointed out by many Black critics.
It would be interesting to have a Black voice explore that dimension, here.
That said, could the critical wringing-of-hands over the structure of these stories have more to do with attempting to fit Indigenous structures into a medium shaped and structured by white supremacy?
That is, is the discomfort critics are feeling a mirror for the discomfort Indigenous folks feel every day, in fitting their view of the world into the window white supremacy provides?
Every time I watch an episode of Reservation Dogs I come here looking for a recap and then realize you aren't doing them. Just so you know that you would have had at least one reader. :) I love the show and even if there isn't a big throughline this season, sometimes it's enough to chat with other people who love it as well.
I've been reading the Vulture recaps, which as you said have a very knowledgeable reviewer.
"Our subscription model may not be dependent on clicks and views, but it’s still a business model, and I’m not sure including reviews of a critical darling like Reservation Dogs would net or retain enough additional subscribers to justify the cost of coverage when there’s so much else on the schedule."
May I ask a question--what is the "cost of coverage" if you are the one to write the review instead of paying a freelancer to do it? Like the coverage of The Afterparty presumably "costs" more than Only Murders in the Building since Lisa is covering the former. But are their actual expenses for the latter? Or just the the opportunity cost related to your time and effort on top of your other obligations?
I don't watch Reservation Dogs (probably to my detriment), so I'm agnostic to this specific discussion. Just curious about the business model if you are willing to share.
As you know, I've been begging for coverage of my favorite show since I was one of the early subscribers here.
I was pretty incensed when you said a month ago that no one was really talking about this show. I'm glad you've reconsidered that viewpoint.
Your need for a narrative throughline is troubling since that indicates a serious lack of concern or desire for innovation. In addition, you were clearly not the one that should have been covering this series anyway. It's okay to recognize when that's the case.
I am really enjoying Season 3 of Reservation Dogs. Episode 3 in particular was definitely a conversation piece. I saw chatter and realized I needed to get on it. I actually am pleased that you will talk about it again for the finale. I am reading Alan’s recaps so I think it’s okay you’re not covering this show weekly. No need to feel bad. I am looking forward to your thoughts after the finale!
Thank you for the pointer to Kali Simmons’s Vulture coverage! It’s great stuff.
I love the show but I’m woefully behind - halfway through the second season. I caught it late and then took a major break to continue watching with my long distance partner next time we were together. So I would have read the coverage eventually, but not on time. Thanks for the explanation why it’s not being covered, though.
"Our subscription model may not be dependent on clicks and views, but it’s still a business model, and I’m not sure including reviews of a critical darling like Reservation Dogs would net or retain enough additional subscribers to justify the cost of coverage"
I'm sure you have more information about these things than we do but I'm of two minds w/r/t this point
1) What shows, shy of Better Call Saul and Succession, actually drive new subscribers to join us all here?
2) What keeps me (us?) subscribing is good coverage of good shows that we actually watch. While I acknowledge that the nature of Reservation Dogs makes it a tricky show to write about on a weekly basis, it's pretty disheartening to see the site waste time and energy on shows like The Idol - which I think we all knew was going to be an abject disaster - while something like Reservation Dogs, a show that has heart and is well-made and has something to say, gets sidelined.