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Archive for February 2010

Teenage Girls will Save the World (or damn it…it’s hard to tell!)

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Hey Travis,

So Tamara quickly became my favourite character last night – badass!  And she brought a new dimension to our ponderings about bodies with regards to avatars.  While Zoe continued to test the limits of her new body in the real world with the horrific ripping off of her arm – an act that surely set in motion a chain of consequences – Tamara began to experience her avatar body as limitless in a deeply productive way. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

You have what it takes

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Dear Natalie,

The pattern of alternating between mind-blowing big revelations episodes and slow and steady fill in the plot episodes continues. After last week’s dynamo, we have a slight reprieve from big mysteries solved and a more steadfast exposition of character, namely Jack’s character. I don’t mean to slight the revelations we are given – Jacob has been watching the candidates (others too?) from a special lighthouse chamber using a kind of magic mirror set-up; Claire and Kate are headed for a standoff, with Claire well in league with Flock/MIB, plus we’ve seen she knows how to wield an ax and sew up a nasty set of leg wounds (watch out Kate); Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Is the grand gesture enough?

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In an episode where Ben, Lois, Frank, and Jodeen are almost shot by the demented Green clan and Joey goes off on a holy vendetta and a bomb is found outside the casino and Margene marries Ana’s fiance (“in comparison with eternity, Barb, it is just a blink of the eye”), it seems silly to say that this seemed like a calmer episode. Maybe it just means that the story lines were fewer and tighter, though there were still plenty of them. Or maybe it is a sign of just how little I love the return of the Green’s and the outlandish prospect of watching Bill once again swoop in and outsmart them, though not without some bloody help from Lois, who levels Hollis single-handedly (sorry, I couldn’t resist!). Read the rest of this entry »

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February 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Gravedancing and Avatar-dancing

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This episode really centered around two key relationships: Daniel and Amanda Graystone and Joseph and Sam Adama.  And these two connected to each other through Joseph’s ongoing grieving and Amanda’s continued impulsiveness…both of which actually paid off for them tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

Finally, the Numbers…a Semi-Answer!

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Hey Kathryn,

Ok, so we got a little movement on what those numbers mean tonight!  That’s one of the big mysteries for me.  Sure, we don’t know how Jacob ‘plays’ with them or what his own logic is behind them, but we do know now that each one on the hatch…and played by Hugo in the lottery…and which get punched into the catastrophe-barring computer program corresponds to one of our Oceanic friends.  And given how often these numbers appear on their own in the show (as house numbers, flight 8-15, in random stories, etc…) is anyone else feeling like me and wanting to go back through the first 5 seasons for a second look of where they appear and if, when appearing, they correspond to the folks’ names written on the wall: 4-Locke; 8:Reyes; 15:Ford; 16:Jarrah; 23:Shephard; 42:Kwon. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Fixing Something Broken…But For Us or For You?

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Last night’s episode of Big Love dealt head on with a question I’ve had since this show first started: are the Hendricksons creating a family unit that truly benefits the hopes and desires of all players, or are they performing some twisted version of Bill’s own confused desire?  Each time my anger at this patriarchal form of polygamy reared up in the first three seasons, it was quickly challenged by the beautiful love shared by the sister-wives and the strong network of female support they bore to one another.  Sure, it’s not a life I would choose for myself, but I could see how it worked and how it brought satisfaction and joy – even blessing – to each member.  But as this season has delved deeper and deeper into the ugly side of this patriarchal practice, the sympathetic picture of polygamy Big Love initially worked so hard to create has crumbled more and more.  And as Bill treads further and further down his own path of destruction, Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

Water and Blood

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Dear Natalie,

What?! Another hiatus for over a month?! Naturally, we can’t see the opening of the tomb, the revelation of Katherine’s betrayal, and the creepy zombie vampire wake up after a little dribble of Damon’s broken blood bottle and expect to get more action – or answers – next week… Sigh. I suppose we have to start with what we’ve got. And for me, that was a lot of fantastic witch action, long waited for, and much appreciated. Though I can’t say I saw the ending coming. One of the most awesome things about the witches to me, was the sense that they had their own secret power, capable of keeping the vampires at bay, and even of overpowering the vampires (as we see with Gram’s head trick on Damon). Read the rest of this entry »

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February 12, 2010 at 9:04 am