RNC Officer allegedly drove drunk into side of McDonald’s drive-thru

    Posted on: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The RNC have just released details of charges laid on an off-duty RNC officer who allegedly side-swiped the Topsail Road McDonald’s while at the drive-thru on Friday at 1:30am. He was pulled over by RNC Street Patrol Officers.

The veteran RNC Officer has had criminal charges laid against him and is presently suspended without pay pending internal disciplinary proceedings.

It seems pretty obvious that they should make a strong example out of this guy. Somehow, I have my doubts that will be the case.

Take an inch tonight

    Posted on: Friday, March 11th, 2011

Some friends of mine saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Rockhouse last night and reported it to be a great time.

I loved the film adaptation when I saw it years ago so I’m excited to finally see c2c theatre‘s stage production tonight, especially since I missed it the last time around.

Gotta get me Tim’s

    Posted on: Friday, March 11th, 2011

Esso Timmy’s at the corner of Park Ave and Commenwealth, circa 8:45am.

This queue typically takes the Y-shape you can see here in the distance as cars entering from both streets merge in the parking lot en route to the drive-thru wicket.

Congesting a parking lot is certainly one thing, but jamming up the streets themselves as the lineup spills out onto them is another. Myself and other commuters had to pull of some impressive drive-fu to get around some of these bozos this morning.

I like stopping downtown to grab a coffee from time to time on my way to work in the morning, but if I can’t find a space to pull into I simply carry on and make myself a cup when I get into the office. I don’t double park in the street, blocking traffic and slowing down other commuters all in the name of getting my morning fix.

Gives you the eerie sense they really do put something in the coffee. Some kind of civic duty-suppressing chemical, perhaps?

Republic of Doyle: go down the darkened paths

    Posted on: Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Last night’s episode of Republic of Doyle did something for me that no other previous episode has.

A little help from my friends

The entire episode revolved around one of the central characters. Without giving away too much for those who missed it but still plan on seeing it, that character was implicated in the crime of the week. As a result, we saw them fleshed out like never before, and hidden aspects of the rest of the characters were exposed in the process.

This is what every episode needs. It’s what you get in a typically well written character drama. Unfortunately with Doyle, we usually only see character development occur in glimmers, overshadowed by the primary focus of the episode: the whodunnit.

Granted, Doyle is a crime-of-the-week style drama, but of-the-weeks needn’t be thin on character development to stay true to their genre.

Angel in America

Take Joss Weadon’s American television masterpiece (and bare with me here for a moment, non-believers) Angel, for example.

The two shows are strikingly similar: a leather jacket clad, spiky haired young man with a murky past runs a detective agency with the help of a ragtag group of friends, one of whom gets taken in off the streets and has a secret past all his own. The central character, like Doyle, is smart and strong, but also at times the butt of the joke. Heck, in the first two seasons he even has a sexual-tension building relationship with a police detective that ends up going sour yet comes in handy for getting him in and out of cuffs at the right, and sometimes wrong, times.

(I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Angel’s closest ally in season one was an Irishman named Allen Doyle, but I chalk that purely up to coincidence)

Besides the fact that Angel’s crimes-of-the-week are of a supernatural nature, the most glaring difference between the Angel and Doyle series’ is their willingness to develop character. With Angel, character comes first, and often dictates the nature of each episode’s story (not to mention the over-arching story of each season and the series as a whole). With Doyle, character feels more like an after thought, something used to fill in the cracks once the story for an episode has been decided.

Except in the case of last night’s episode. I’ve never felt more invested in an episode of Republic of Doyle than I did last night.

Tension and release

All this leads to a more general criticism I have, which is that I think Doyle could stand to be a lot more gritty. You can see it wanting to at times with subplots revolving around Jake’s mysterious brother, Rose’s past and Tinny’s recent foray into grow-oping, but still the series holds back. It’s as if, like a self-conscious teenager, they’re worried if you take them too seriously, you’ll forget to laugh when they’re trying to be funny. And Doyle is meant to be funny. But the comedy should act as a release from the tension that the drama builds. When the drama fails to build much tension, the comedy doesn’t really give us much in the way of a release.

An audience’s investment in character is the best resource a series can rely on for building tension through drama. We don’t care nearly as much about what happens to the victim-of-the-week as we do the people we see every week running around trying to help said victims.

If I could give Doyle any advice for season three, it would be this: beef up character development and don’t be afraid to go down the darkened paths this will lead you.

Wings, wings and more wings please

"Wing 'n It" has just opened its doors in the old Folly location
    Posted on: Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Well, well, what do we have here? 93 flavors of wings?

I’m in.

Not gotten a chance to visit the new taste that’s taken up residence in the old Folly location, well what the hell man? Located on Bates Hill, the place has 93 flavors of wings from maple, to dill, to honey, and of course BBQ to name just a few. With sauce names like “Amelia Earhart”, “Commando” and “Friendly Fire” picking out your favorite quickly becomes a task, but a fun one. The food comes quick and the appetizers (we ordered sweet potato fries) were just enough for couples sharing before your order of wings hit the table.

One thing to consider is that if you enjoy your wings hot-n-spicy then skip right to the 4+ star flavors. Between us, we’d selected some which were 2 star and frankly, they were too weak for our adventurous palates. They were good nonetheless, but our eyes didn’t water nor did sweat bead up on my forehead.

What should keep you coming back? Besides the tasty food, it’s the customer service. The staff from top to bottom were all very nice and prudent about their tasks. Nothing annoys patrons more when getting their meal than waiting five minutes for a drink to go with it… no such thing at Wing ‘n it.

What might turn you away? Portions could stand to be a touch larger and/or the wing sizes could be larger. The seating is tight, we were literally less then an arms reach away from the table next to us. The atmosphere makes up for this but don’t go if you intend on discussing private business.

Final bill for two? After a shared appetizer, a couple drinks and a sharing platter of wings the total was just about $50 after tip. Certainly not the best bang for buck in town — Red Pepper anyone? — but fairly priced and considering how unique the choice, you can’t go wrong.

Would I go again? Without hesitation, after all I’ve got another 89 flavors to try.