IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY TV SERIES REVIEW
The infamous Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal takes center stage in the third season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” anthology. Titled “Impeachment,” the season mostly follows Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) and Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) as their paths gradually cross while working at the Pentagon. From there, the season covers as much of the scandal as it can in ten episodes, including Tripp’s secret recordings, the lawsuit of Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford), the media slandering of all the core women, the political machinations of Bill Clinton (Clive Owen) to control the narrative, and so much more. You know how it ends, but do you really know what happened behind the scenes? That seems to be the mission statement of this season, especially since Monica Lewinsky also served as one of the executive producers. After two Emmy winning seasons, does this live up its potential? Justin, Jordan, and Eliot have a very thoughtful, yet still entertaining discussion on how their reactions and how the general audience may react to this story. They just can’t say anything TOO mean about the Clintons though…we know they’re watching…
CREATED BY: Sarah Burgess
STARRING: Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Annaleigh Ashford, Margo Martindale, Edie Falco, Clive Owen, Colin Hanks, Cobie Smulders, Taran Killam, Mira Sorvino, Rae Dawn Chong, Danny Jacobs, George Salazar, Judith Light, Billy Eichner, Christopher McDonald, Jim Rash, Blair Underwood, Teddy Sears, Darren Goldstein, Dan Bakkedahl, Morgan Peter Brown, Ashlie Atkinson, Lindsey Broad, Alan Starzinski, Fred Melamed, Rob Brownstein, Scott Michael Morgan, Patrick Fischler, Joseph Mazzello, Elizabeth Reaser, Kevin Pollak
Justin Zarian (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Assistant Site Manager)
Justin’s fate as a movie fanatic was written in the stars when his birth forced his parents to cancel their planned Oscar viewing party. While growing up in California, he was often seen in front of the television watching and re-watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, classic Disney movies and a steady stream of animated shows. This eventually led to a B.A. in Film at Brigham Young University and an Outstanding Student Teacher Award for displaying a level of film knowledge so insane that even his fellow film students couldn’t compete. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate, but still volunteers at One of Us every so often for the fun of it. His hobbies include non-stop film conversations, wondering how Mass Effect 3’s ending went so wrong, espousing the joys of shooting guns (but not hunting, as he’s quick to note), writing the next great American television show in his head, and anything else entertainment related. You can find him on Facebook once in a blue moon.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
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