- Submitted by Kristen - AOL.com :
Episode : "Love and War and Snow It was wonderful, just wonderful. Of course everyone is going on an on about what a fabulous kisser Scott is, because Max and Lorelai got in some passionate smooches in this episode, but the whole episode was beautifully crafted and written. It juxtaposed the storyline of the magic of new love with three characters, not just the mom, and showed how it was like the magic of the first real snow of the season....everything is beautiful, peaceful, tingly and invigorating. The world class first date that Max and Lorelai were finally able to have was the result of fate and his broken Mustang rather than their planning, and they were both sort of taken up in the dreamy romance of the situation and snowy backdrop. The writers even had Lorelai swooning over the things we all have loved about Scott from the first, his voice( which she listens to over and over again on her answering machine) his hair (which she runs her hands through and then makes a face at the camera which is priceless) and his drop dead charm. They reprise their witty banter, which becomes more obviously a kind of foreplay for them both as the episode continues. And while Max certainly gets caught up in a moment of passion with her, I was surprised at how Scott managed to be very sexy and NOT be Wolf. Max is a stable, normal guy who is reserved when appropriate and frisky when he's CERTAIN he's got the green light from his lady. He even looked convincingly flushed and breathless when their lingering kiss was suddenly interrupted by an unexpected guest. (Heck, I was a little flushed myself~!) This time the writers did find that perfect balance between the dramatic themes of the family tensions with the grandparents, the humor of the comic players at the Inn, and the deeply romantic experiences of Rory, her best friend, and Lorelai. There was even a poignant allusion to the feelings that the cafe' owner is harboring for Lorelai as he painfully watched her cuddling with Max on their way home from the movie theater. Add to this a terrific soundtrack by Ricki Lee Jones...this episode was a real KEEPER. Episode : "The Deer Hunters" This episode of "Gilmore Girls" introduced Scott as Max Medina, Rory's English teacher, at her new, snooty, private school, Chilton. He is a straight shooting, stand-up guy who wears suits and sweaters, and sticks by the rules of the institution, which, in this episode, are at odds with Rory's style. She is sweet and hard working, but is having a very hard time adjusting to both the academic and personal stresses of her new surroundings. As a poor out-of-towner, she is belittled and taunted by the rich society kids who populate the school. She earns only a "D" on her first paper in Max's class, and comes home depressed. Then,after arriving late for an important Shakespeare test, she must decide whether or not she is really up to the challenges this school throws at her. There was a sub-plot involving the efforts of the chef at the Inn, who was despondent about poor cuisine review, but the main purpose of this episode was to demonstrate Rory's tenacity in her efforts at Chilton, and to introduce Max, to Rory's mother, Loreli. They had two lengthy scenes together, and Scott was most often playing the straight man to Loreli's cute and flustered antics. I have hopes for the next episode, where he begins to pursue her in a more direct manner, and asks for a date. Max seemed a bit flat and one dimensional at first. After becoming so familiar with Wolf and Harry Denby, it was hard to take in a Scott who wears brown fuzzy sweaters and is a stickler for rules! But after watching it over and over, I could see that both the script and the character called for him to underplay...and let Loreli shine as the star of the show. It's a dramatically different role for Scott. Max is a little reserved and shy, but he doesn't take his job at Chilton TOO seriously, as that would put him in the bag with all the other uppity, mean-spirited folks who seem to inhabit the place. He's what you might simply describe as a nice guy. Max did throw Loreli a "wanting" look as she left the parent/teacher conference that was VERY endearing. I will admit to hitting the freeze frame button on that scene many times. The show itself is still trying to fit into too many genre's...comedy,drama, slapstick, and social commentary. Sometimes it works, in a fun and quirky kind of way. The accident prone chef has had a couple of beautifully choreographed scenes in the kitchen that were laugh-out loud funny, and Loreli handles her off the wall dialogue in a manner eerily similar to Dharma of "Dharma and Greg". But other times, the writers are trying too hard to be inventive and it just doesn't gel. NYPD Blue - Final season Episode - Submitted by Kristen - AOL.com : Well the two hour show had two main themes. The dangerous triangle between Diane, Denby and Jill and the impending illness of the son of the older detective. As the second half of the two- parter began, we see Jill having a serious discussion with her not-dead husband in a cheap motel. She hears a cough coming from the bathroom and opens the door to sees Denby sitting there. (Ack!) He makes some smart remark about her neglecting department protocol in not identifying herself before she opened the door, and then tells her to give her partner, Diane, his best. ( Maybe it was all a metaphor for Denby getting "caught with his pants down") His brief, main scene was before the big bust. He met Diane outside of the precinct on the sidewalk one last time. He was frantically playing checkers by himself with an heirloom set that he had just bought off of a man for $20. He was incredulous that this man had just given up an heirloom for so little. He said, almost to himself, "How easily we put the past up for bid..." with a hint of personal regret. He clearly knew that he was about to be arrested, but was still putting on the " Come- run away with me and be an affluent fugitive " face. He said that she had all of the qualities that he valued in a friend; steadfast, loyal to the point of personal and professional risk. But, he wondered aloud, had she painted herself in a corner like him, by telling her partner what was going to happen. She asked him," Are you trying to turn me out or do you want me to pull you back?" He said it was too late for him to be saved this time and invited her to shoot him in the back by walking away slowly saying " Ready.... Aim......". But she just looked at him . He walked off,defiantly flipping the bird to an undercover cop that was tailing him. Scott managed to keep Denby's tone sarcastic, but still desperate. His character reminds me of Hamlet in a way. He, too, was both frantic and calculating; wanting to be saved yet bent on destruction. That Denby didn't shoot his way free during the bust when he had the chance, shows either his concern for Diane, or a lingering sense of right and wrong.
Submitted by Kristen - AOL.com I watched " The Wharf Rat" yesterday. It wasn't a terribly interesting movie. The characters were predictable and the dialogue unimaginative. Scott had a fair amount of screen time, but it seemed like his character was just there to set up his brother's angst and had no life of his own. So when he was killed, it didn't strike me as any monumentous tragedy, as it should have. When Petey spent the rest of the movie trying to avenge Matt's death it just didn't ring true. I would have rather seen a whole movie about the relationships between Petey, Matt and their mother. It really seemed like Scott was reigned in by a dull story and flat script.
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