Melted Brain is a blog about television. It includes reviews of currently airing and completed shows, news about what’s on and when, and features about my personal favorites. All of this highly colored with personal opinion. Because that is how I roll. There is no definite posting schedule – I write when I have things to say. But television goes on all the time, and so does my brain, so if there isn’t a post every day, there will probably be at least four a week. Regarding the title of this blog, just go watch some Hulu commercials. (And then remember that people were talking about the brain-melting properties of television long before Hulu took over the the interweb.)

Why and How Melted Brain Happened

My passion for television stems from my belief that serial television is the ideal story-telling medium. It combines the best that written, visual, and personal methods of communication have to offer. Television has the same visual and auditory capabilities that films do (although, admittedly, the larger budget for films does usually result in better CGI). It also provides enough time (forty minutes per episode x twenty-ish episodes a season x however many seasons) to tell a story that has the complication and narrative maturity that you might find in a quality novel.

I love stories. And I love the way that stories can bring people together. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology – god bless the internet! – it is possible for people who are watching the same television shows to come together and compare their ideas, create a dialogue, or just revel in the shared love of a character or story. I began writing reviews on SideReel not only because I wanted to share my own opinions, but because I was curious to see how they compared to the opinions of other people. After about six months of writing on SideReel, I decided to create my own little niche in the internet right here on Word Press. (Funny enough, less than a year after that SideReel eliminated user-written reviews anyway.)

Clearly this is not one of the hottest blogs on the web. But I’ve made a few connections and my commentary/writing continues to mature. And that is more than plenty.

My Policy on Spoilers:

To begin, a quick definition: I consider a “spoiler” to be a piece of information about the contents/events/storyline/casting/results of an episode that is yet to be aired. That is, by speaking about any of the above elements after the episode has aired (in my timezone), I do not consider myself to be “spoiling” anything.

Since I write reviews/reactions/recaps, my expectation is that people reading my posts have seen the episodes to which they refer and so, therefore, I am not ‘ruining’ anything for them.

All that said, I abhor spoilers. I do not want to know what’s going to happen in the future, because I feel it diminishes the moment when that future becomes the present. The emotional experiences of being appalled or delighted or stunned or disgusted or heartbroken or ecstatic are terribly dulled when I know what is coming. So, this blog will not include fresh-off-the-press newsbits about the shock-and-awes in store for viewers in upcoming episodes. I don’t want to know; so I don’t find out, and I don’t tell you about it. I will maybe share information about guest stars of upcoming episodes, but that is about the extent of it.




  • Billy  On September 21, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    includes is spelled wrong in the second sentence.
    sorry if im being nit-picky but for some reason it really bothers me lol

    • meltedbrain  On September 21, 2009 at 4:56 PM

      I should probably fix that. Maybe when I get around to actually doing something with this page…

  • Vanessa  On September 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Never in my life has someone so eloquently summed up exactly how I feel about movie trailers, TV commercials and the inside flaps of book jackets.
    “I do not want to know what’s going to happen in the future, because I feel it diminishes the moment when that future becomes the present.”
    You are my hero.
    I am totally RSS feed stalking you now.

  • Boycool  On March 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    “…the brain-melting properties of television long before Hulu took over the the interweb.” Is “the the” intentional?

    • meltedbrain  On March 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      I’m going to take your pointing that out as a subtle hint I need to come up with some new posts.

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