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Stuffing My Face with Awesomeness

by Mimi Blankenship Coupland on November 19th, 2015

I’m not going to be talking turkey especially after that whole “Buy a Ham, Get a Turkey Free” debacle.  Even now I don’t know what I was thinking; however I am a master at choosing a couple delectable items from our collection that I’ll enjoy devouring at home.  These three TV shows are clever and action-packed, exciting for both the brain and the body.

Prison Break cover.phpWhen I first heard about Prison Break (2005-2009), its option had just been picked up by FOX and I thought it sounded innovative and intriguing.  Then the pilot aired and my expectations were exceeded.  Starring a bunch of relative unknowns (at the time), the story centers around Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), a structural engineer who is deliberately imprisoned in order to help his brother escape.  He believes Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) has been wrongly convicted of murdering the Vice President’s brother.  When Michael’s meticulous plan meets the chaos of prison life, he struggles to keep everything moving forward.

White Collar cover.phpIn White Collar (2009-2014), a prison break is just the beginning.  Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a Renaissance con man, successfully escapes but is quickly hunted down by Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the FBI agent who originally caught him.  Neal uses his specialized knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking to help Peter solve the case, then parlays this success into a consulting deal and an ankle bracelet.  Over the years they take on thieves, forgers, kidnappers, and other criminals.  That may sound repetitive and boring but, trust me, hanging out with these two is anything but.

MI-5 cover.php MI-5 (2002-2011) is a British spy drama that has starred many fine actors such as Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Richard Armitage.  The Spooks may come and go but they are all overseen by Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), the Head of the Counter-Terrorism Department.  Section D utilizes its high-tech Grid along with field agents to fend off attacks from an assortment of villains, including cyber-terrorists, conventional terrorists, and even other spy agencies.  Sometimes the crisis is resolved within the hour, sometimes it takes longer, and sometimes things blow up.

ICPL owns the complete series for all these titles so you can indulge in a total binge-fest or choose smaller portions to relish throughout the winter.  Bon Appetit!

How do I get the local TV channels without having cable?

by Melody Dworak on September 9th, 2014

TV antennaThis question came in on Saturday, and it was a ton of fun sleuthing it out.

Iowa City currently has 5 local television channels (4, 5, 10, 18, 21). These broadcast from Iowa City itself and are government or community channels like the City Channel, Library Channel, and PATV (public access).

The affiliate stations like CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC broadcast from farther away, and that’s why they don’t come in as well without the right kind of antenna. PBS/IPTV is a little farther away as well, but word is it comes in a little better than the others. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Staff Picks – British TV and Getting the Body of a Werewolf

by Bond Drager on July 10th, 2014

Jason talks about a British mystery series you may have missed, and Melody shows that the library can teach you how to have the body of a werewolf.

True Detective

by Brian Visser on June 28th, 2014
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Anchored by terrific performances and beautifully shot, True Detective is so much more than your typical police procedural.  The story follows Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart–played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson– as they are asked to recollect a bizarre homicide that they solved in 1995.  As they get deeper into the questioning, it becomes obvious that the investigation wasn’t as open-and-shut as it appeared.

The show has a deliberate pace that may turn off some viewers, but stick with it!  Give it until the fourth episode which has a six-minute tracking shot that will blow your mind.  Personally, I was hooked right away by McConaughey’s perfectly delivered nihilistic musings.  There are very few television shows like this.  I cannot recommend it enough.