Q&A

Q: I'm really enjoying the new season of "Archer" for its classic film-noir style. Is the story a reference to any particular old movie?

As is usual with "Archer," the cultural references are wide-ranging and frequent, and it seems the show's writers could never commit themselves to just one. But it's interesting to watch them restrict themselves to era-appropriate jokes. "Archer: Dreamland" is the eighth season of the animated comedy series. The basic plot is that the show's ti...

Q: Who does the voice in the "NCIS: New Orleans" theme song? It sounds to me like Scott Bakula. I have read that he is musical, and he appears to be playing piano in some shows.

"NCIS: New Orleans" star Scott Bakula is indeed a musician in his own right, but nonetheless they farmed out the intro work to Colorado-based blues band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The song isn't theirs, though. It's the blues classic "Boom Boom" by the late, great John Lee Hooker. That's the regional connection -- Hooker was born in neighb...

Q: The new AMC series "The Son" supposedly spans 1849 to 1915, but this makes no sense. When lead character Eli is first taken by the Comanches in 1849, he looks to be about 15; when the show goes to 1915, he looks to be in his late 60s, yet if he was 15

Oddly enough, you're the only one to pick up on this. Being a new drama on AMC, "The Son" was reviewed in every major entertainment publication, and though the reviews weren't exactly positive, none faulted the ages. The problem is, as you say, with the appearance of the actors -- nothing is said in the show, or the novel it's based on, that su...

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