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Archive for July 2010

Urinating on America’s Past-time

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I think one of the things that makes it difficult for viewers to connect with this show is that it refuses to do the work for us.  It produces more questions than answers, leaving us always with a sense of irresolvable ambiguity.  Was Damon creating art, or was he just relieving a Big Gulp, and can he himself even know?  Is Happy Birthday on repeat (with an accent) perhaps the creepiest thing we’ve ever seen?  And if so, why?  Would Ray and Jess have been friends with their kids in high school and, perhaps more importantly, would their kids have been friends with them?  Let’s take each in turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Don Draper enters the modern age

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Dear Natalie,

I am so glad Mad Men is back! And not just because I love Peggy’s new hairdo and I missed Roger’s sardonic one-liners (favorite of the premier: “Oh good, I caught you in a vulnerable position” to Don as he lays on his office sofa drinking scotch). There really is no other show on TV right now that creates such perfectly crafted episodes and the premier was a glorious example of how well the show does what it does. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2010 at 10:28 am

Serious Apologies!

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Sorry for another week without a Hung post!  I am traveling with family, and HBO Canada doesn’t put the new episodes of Hung up on on-demand as quickly as HBO USA…I’ll be posting on the episode as soon as it becomes available to me, but will definitely have something on this week’s upcoming one next Monday!

xoxo
Natalie

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July 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

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Yes we are blogging MAD MEN – tomorrow!

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Hello Moth Chasers,

Natalie and I will be blogging Mad Men together over the course of the summer. However, given my insane schedule with an infant, I didn’t get to watch the premier last night and Natalie is on the road and away from guaranteed TV. So I will post first thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. We are sorry about the delay, but hope it gives you a chance to marinate in all the drama and come to the conversation with all kinds of insights and questions. Think of it as something to do over a martini lunch on Tuesdays…

More soon!
Kathryn

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July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

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Tainted Love

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Episode 6: I Got A Right to Sing the Blues

I know that this photo is from an episode a couple weeks ago (what is up with the dearth of good season 3 photos on-line?!), but I had to choose it from my scanty options because one of the most exhilarating moments of this kick-ass episode was the girls-on-the-run escape masterminded by Tara and Sookie (presumably using telepathy in one of the coolest forms of secret communication ever). It was high time that Tara started using her survival skills to, well, survive, and like the daughter of a life-long addict, she proved her education was not wasted on her. Placating a psychopath is probably the first step in survival, but tricking him into letting you drink his blood so you can imbibe superhuman strength and then bash his skull in with a silver mace is definitely an advanced technique. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

No Hung this Week!

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Dear MothChase friends,

I am away at a spiritual retreat center type place that does not have HBO (as spiritual retreat center type places tend not to have).  Sorry we don’t have coverage of Hung this week, but I’ll do my best to be back on board for next!

xoxo,
Natalie

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July 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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The Attraction is Electrifying

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This episode really moved the season along for me, even though it left far more questions for next week than solid answers this week. Perhaps the best (most psychotic, troubling, over-the-top?) thing we saw this week was Franklin’s psychopathic courtship of Tara, ending in his creepy proposal. I’ve expressed my reservations about writing the only black woman on the show into one abusive relationship after the next and I continue to be wary of what might come of it. But Franklin’s speech to Russell did a lot to clue us in that the writers are at least aware of what they are doing: Franklin is attracted to Tara because she is equally as screwed up as he is. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm