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Blood Like a River

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Vampires, and shifters, and Nazi werewolves, oh my. True Blood is taking us into the supernatural underworld with all the camp and panache we might expect from a show that is not afraid to wallow in the bloody bath of murderous sex or town-wide maenad induced orgies.  And I have to say, the more over the top it gets, the more I love it! Perhaps the best thing about this season so far is the separation of Bill and Sookie. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Just the Tip

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I love Ray like I love a helpless puppy.  That the first season of Hung coincided with economic collapse was perfect.  A man struggling to find his masculinity using his, um, manhood in the midst of his own crumbling life offered the perfect metaphor for the strange ways men are seeking to evolve in a changing world. Journalist Hanna Rosin recently pointed out in an extremely popular Atlantic article that men have suffered much worse from the Recession as women’s careers have actually benefited from it.  A gender tip might finally be happening, reports Rosin, allowing women to occupy more places of prominence and power than their male counterparts.  But if I learned anything from last night’s Hung, just a tip ain’t enough! Read the rest of this entry »

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June 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

It’ll swerve at the last minute…like it always does.

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Episode 10: I’ll Fly Away (Finale)

“Who dead?”

— Anonymous Cabbie

“Play for that fucking money.”

— Antoine

“I been keeping time since yo’ diapers been full of that shit you talking now.”

— Albert

“Sounds like every motherfucker up in there is spinning.”

— Ladonna

What a stunning finale. I honestly almost cannot express how genius I found it. The key to the whole thing was the precise way in which it ended. By showing our characters right before Katrina we gained such a depth, such a clear understanding of not only the stakes of the storm—both personal and otherwise—but also the stakes of our commitments as viewers. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

Missing My Fix… and HBO

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Dear Moth Chasers,

I am currently on vacation and all my best intentions to watch True Blood at a friend of my parents last night came to naught. Which means I have not seen the episode and have no prospects of doing so until I return next week. I am so bummed and totally craving another fix of this addictive season. There is a chance Natalie will get to post, so check back later today just in case. Otherwise, brace yourself for next week when I’ll try to comment some on this week as I dive straight into episode 3.

Feel free to post your own thoughts or questions on this episode on the comments below and I will look forward to getting in on the action once I catch up!

Kathryn

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June 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

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It’s all gonna’ work out…

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Episode 9: Wish Someone Would Care

“It’s all gonna work out…”

— Antoine Batiste

“I’d rather my head dipped in duck fat and shoved in the French oven…”

— Jannette

“Fucking is fucking, but music…that’s personal”

— Annie’s friend

“I’m from the state of Texas, and no insult, but y’all have a defective work ethic.”

— The Texican

Wow…what to say? So many huge moments in this week’s episode. Obviously, the biggest is Creighton’s suicide. Then we also have Jannette’s decision to leave. I am certain that the ramifications of both of these decisions will be felt exponentially as it affects more and more characters on our show. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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Bad Blood

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For a blog that started through extended emails about vampires, we’ve had a real dearth of bloodsuckers since the finale of Vampire Diaries almost two months ago. And after wallowing in the existential angst of teenage vampire romance, all I can say is yes, yes, yes. True Blood is back. Was it just me, or was this episode particularly funny, snappy, and campier than usual? From Arlene’s racist self-pity (“I hate it when they make everything about race”) to her ill-timed attempt to get Tara to buck up (“So you feel in love with a serial killer, but honestly who here hasn’t?”) or Sookie’s snap back at Pam’s lusty come-on (“I’m not really in the mood for lesbian weirdness”) Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Nothing But the Blood – True Blood returns

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Hello Moth Chasers,

I don’t know how many of you are as excited as I am about the return of True Blood. The trailers for this season make it look like the best one yet. Not only was I a big fan of book 3, but from what I’ve read and seen on-line, it looks like Alan Ball is jumping ahead a few books to bring us some other characters and plot developments (Hotshot, anyone?). I can’t think of a more fun way to start the summer and to end my on-again, off-again absence from the blog thanks to the little babe. Check back in on Mondays and join the conversation! [though, this first Monday, my post might be a little late thanks to circumstances I cannot control. But keep checking, I’ll be here eventually!].

Just in case you haven’t seen the trailers yet, here is one to whet your appetite!

Kathryn

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June 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

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