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Why Can’t We Copy You?

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Another great episode!  Last week I focused on the relationship between mono- and polytheism in the show.  I enjoyed last night how, without dropping that theme, Caprica directed our attention to another developing subject for reflection: the soul/body, or rather, the chip/robot connection.  Having lost Zoe’s avatar in a data mishap, Daniel somehow – without knowing it – preserves her essence in the U-87 robot.  It seems that when the avatar information fused with the robot body, a moment of uniqueness occurred; a fusion that couldn’t be undone.  Though the avatar (the info+body) was lost, the info itself found a new body.  And, much to the scientists’ surprise, that information could not be transferred to any other subsequent body.  Hence Daniel’s questions, “why can’t we copy you?”  Because uniqueness can’t be copied. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

Like Porn for a History Teacher

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Hey Kathryn,

Wow what a great episode!  It was full of fantastic moments of the horror genre – hair dryer covering the sound of danger; the scary phone call from inside the house; and even the fabulously creepy happy Mr. Sandman music playing as evil walked away at the end. Moreover, we got to see Elena kick some vampire ass (well, almost kick it), we got more story on Alaric with an interesting twist, and we got to see a whole new set of vampires start trooping around Mystic Falls.  Let’s take each of these in turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29, 2010 at 9:47 am

Episode 16: The Incident, Part 1

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Dear Natalie,

Finally, we meet Jacob! And his nemesis, the man in black! I wanted to mention this scene so badly, especially when we were talking about Ben and Charles’ cosmic rivalry in episode 2, but I knew even hinting at it way back then would be really silly and probably send you on a wild goose chase since the writers kept their cards to their chests for so long.

From the opening scene of Jacob at his loom, all kinds of mythological and religious imagery are in play. His weaving obviously brings to mind the Fates, carefully spinning out human lives on their looms. And when he caught and grilled the fish on the beach, did you catch some kind of hint of Jesus grilling fish after his resurrection? Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

Episode 15: Follow the Leader

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Dear Natalie,

It is getting so hard to talk about these final episodes without giving away the season finale and the various revelations along the way – but only two more episodes to go, so I will do my best!

This episode, as its title suggests, circles once again around the idea of leadership. In particular, we get back to Locke and his resumption as leader of the Others. He shows up, much to Richard’s surprise, and immediately takes Richard and Ben on a journey into the jungle, the purpose of which is to get Richard to confront an earlier Locke and tell him he will have to die in order to bring back the Oceanic 6. Once again, we see the limitations of Richard’s knowledge and power. He is not an omniscient being, showing up at exactly the right moment of his own volition, but merely a servant to the leader – as Ben says, a kind of advisor. It is also another reminder that everything we’ve seen happen so far is well orchestrated by careful choices. Twice now we’ve watched Locke tell Richard what to do to ensure that things will unfold the way we’ve seen them unfold. Which means the present as we’ve experienced is dependent upon the time-traveling future that leads back to the past. Once again – really confusing our sense of agency, fate, and free will. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

Lost: The Variable

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Season 5, Episode 14

Kathryn,

Well, cancel all my excitement about Daniel’s return.  Sigh.  Why’d they have to kill one of my favourites?  Why don’t they just take Hurley and Juliet while they’re at it.  Boo!  At least they gave him an episode that revolved around him before they took him out.  And revolve it did!

We get two main plots – Daniel’s story on the island and Daniel’s story off the island. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

Love and Politics

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Big Love Season 4, Episode 3: Strange Bedfellows

What a packed episode! Alby starts a potentially blackmailing, potential soul-making relationship with Dale, complete with breakfast in bed and a brewing business deal. Barbara steps on more than just toes on the reservation, bringing a frustrating level of cultural insensitivity to her sensitivity training with the casino employees. Nicki’s near arrest for carrying a concealed weapon gets in the way of the sex reunion she and Bill have planned for DC. Sarah takes home an Indian meth addict and her baby. Bill secures the near-endorsement of his state senator, and Margene kisses Ben (and not the way a mother kisses a son) right before her prime-time TV appearance, during which Ben is identified to the whole world as her husband. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Episode 13: Some Like it Hoth

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Dear MothChase Readers,

‘Some Like it Hoth’ is our 100th post! Thanks for reading – we’ve enjoyed writing to each other and for you!

oxox,
Natalie and Kathryn

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Hey Kathryn,

Great episode!  I can no longer resist commenting properly on your musings about all the broken families in this show.  You mentioned so many in our previous post, but when I pondered it tonight, I realized I couldn’t think of anyone but Sun who had a stable two parent family and even her father was an crazy mob boss, so I’m not even sure that counts!  Everyone who remains (in some form) from (some form of) flight 815 comes from and/or produces some sort of family brokenness: Jack, Kate, John, Christian, Sawyer, Claire, Jin, Aaron, Sun, Daniel, Miles, Hurley, Ben…  And then when it comes to Juliet and Sayid, we just don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2010 at 9:09 am