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Boardwalk Empire…

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…slightly delayed.

Been a crazy week for me also–I hope to have a BE post up soon, however!

– Martin

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October 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm

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sorry for the absence

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Hello Moth Chase Readers,

I am sorry that we didn’t post on Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, or 30 Rock this week. Natalie was traveling and I was struck down by the killer cold that is making its way through the New York City schools. We will both be at the American Academy of Religion this weekend in Atlanta, which means we will also miss out on Dexter (or perhaps get a post up later in the week). Thanks for your patience and we can’t wait to be back full steam after Tuesday!

Kathryn (and Natalie in abstentia)

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October 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm

And the darkness did not overcome it

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Dear Natalie

I am picking up where you left off last week – or rather where you began – with the biblical/Christian imagery surrounding Lumen Pierce and her christological name. This week we learn that a major motif of the Lumen story is going to be whether or not she will surrender herself to the darkness of revenge killing. So her name “piercing light” is taking on a more literal metaphorical meaning – can she be the one to piece the darkness that threatens to engulf her and that travels in Dexter’s soul? Given that Dexter continues to muse about the possible psychological aftershocks of Harrison’s own recent trauma, the theme extends even more broadly: how does trauma affect us and how can its most negative effects be overcome? or can they? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

And what of the law that creates the criminals?

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“They can drown as far as I care…as long as they pay.”

— Nucky

 

Wow. What an amazing episode this past week. Aside from the absolutely stunning conclusion (which we all somehow suspected was coming), I see a definite trend emerging in the thematic engagement of the show. The theme, of course, is America. What struck me this week was how many different times and in differing ways, the American founding myth was invoked. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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Hell Hath No Fury

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Well, if things seemed like they had slowed down last week, they were back all engines rarin’ this week! When we opened on Stephen and Elena all goo-goo eyes in bed (and really, come on people, teenagers can just have sex in their bedrooms in the early morning and all they get is flirty jokes about it from the adult in charge later at a party?!) my hopes for the episode plummeted. And then it turned out to be a trick – or a device, or a joke, or whatever you want to call it – and we got to see Katherine and Mason act out a kind of inverse love scene. For all the stuff they’ve done with the doppelganger hi-jinks, this worked the best! Katherine was smooth as silk and cold as ice – somehow conveying malice, danger, and cruelty in her professions of love – which was perfectly offset by Elena’s warm, gushy, but oh so sincere love (and did you notice the Twilight joke, when Stephen tells Elena staring at him while he sleeps – pretends to sleep? – is creepy? Yes it is Edward Cullen). Read the rest of this entry »

Secret babies are a bad idea

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Sons of Anarchy – “The Widening Gyre”

So Trinity, Maureen’s daughter, is Jax’s half-sister. I think we all saw that coming, at least all of us except Gemma, and her reaction undoubtedly pales in comparison to how it will hit Clay and Jax, now that all three are in Belfast (or are on their way). It’s an interesting reversal, isn’t it? The first half of the season was preoccupied with Clay and Jax keeping a devastating secret from Gemma; now the dynamic is inverted. The reversal is particularly interesting as one more step into the mystery of John Teller,* and Maureen is at the center of both secrets. The interesting thing, however, is that the necessity of preserving their secret forced Clay and Jax together; this secret has the potential to tear all three apart. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I Got You Babe

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Hey Kathryn,

What on earth?! Earlier in the season, when Don slept with secretary #1, we talked about how he was so pathetically becoming the Roger he had ridiculed last season…and when he started up with Meghan, it felt like the same thing was happening all over again.  I loved Roger’s response – who the hell is that?!  And the knowing grin – this is what we guys do.  But I’m still left wondering if there’s something different with Don and Meg?  Or, if not something different about those two in relation to all the other men who marry their secretaries, at least something different between Don’s feelings for her and his feelings for secretary #1.  I think what it comes down to is what a wife is supposed to be in this culture – Faye is a wife for our time, a companion, a partner (as we’ve mentioned a few times this season).  But Don’s generation doesn’t want a partner – he/they want a mother for the kids, someone who fits in his life rather than disrupts it with her own. Meghan fits – and so it’s love.  In fact, Meghan fits better than the original Mom (Betty) because she’s patient and sweet.  And she lets Don be patient and sweet.  It seems that’s what love is in that culture – the ability for someone to make you in to who you want to be. That’s why using Anna’s ring from the real Don was such a nice touch – it’s as if Don gets to start over again as Don…something he’s been yearning for all season.  Read the rest of this entry »

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October 19, 2010 at 8:06 am