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Hey Kathryn,

Well for all the concerns we’ve voiced, I kind of liked Dexter and Lumen getting it on!  The possibility began to tick for me when I noticed how the episode was positioning its lighting – scenes around the house emanated light from her to him, symbolizing the light she is bringing to his life, even as he brings it to hers.  And then of course we had all the lead up with the bizarro versions of a first date – “You look perfect”…”Can I touch it?”…the boxed gift of leather gloves in pink tissue paper, the fastening of the clover necklace (that kind of broke my heart, actually – grandparents always get me) and, of course, their version of the pool cue lesson, but with a knife through a heart instead of the eight ball in the corner pocket.  But even as it seems so right, it also feels so wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Nous devons aller à Paris…

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“I can’t recall who I was before…”

— Harrow

Interested in contemporary America? You need not watch more than this past week’s episode of Boardwalk Empire. (Right down to our contemporary fascination with and/or ambivalence towards Europe as exemplified in my choice of title, following Angela.) This episode brings together almost all of the themes I have been haphazardly exploring throughout the weeks. The episode has more layers than a mutant onion…let’s see what we can uncover. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Trauma is an Opportunity

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Dear Kathryn,

Oh my goodness! So much in this episode!!  Let’s start with this idea that trauma can be an opportunity – a do-over button for re-inventing oneself.  I guess there’s some truth in that.  At least, Dexter is showing it to be the case.  Dealing with the trauma of Rita’s death is certainly helping him to re-narrate the path that Harry set for him after his initial mother-death trauma.  Once the self is violently broken, there might just be some freedom in how we seek to put ourselves back together.  And so the idea that trauma can, at least, be turned into an opportunity sounds hopeful…until we think about the guy who is saying it! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love magnet…

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“How do you rest your spleen?”

— Eli Thompson

I feel like this was an important episode, although it did come off as a bit heavy-handed. While the image of Margaret’s dress (acquired by her newfound abilities to get what she needs) stained by blood is a powerful one, it also feels somewhat overdone (although no less compelling). What we see developed most explicitly in this episode is the theme of being a woman during this era. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Martin

November 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

Turning Back the Clock

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I think that entire episode would be worth watching just to see Gloria’s amazing shooting skills!  Whenever she runs onscreen, I think her boobs are going to poke my eye out, and I sit 10 full feet away from the screen!  But she’s just so awesome, I pretty much end up overlooking the over-sexualization of her frame, and just enjoy this super hot lady being super amazing.  On what Colombian street did she learn to unbutton a shirt with a gun?  And who taught her to hold it sideways – the kill shot!  I’m sensing Manny’s not the only one who lost his childhood! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

Solomon’s choice

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Sons of Anarchy: “Bainne”

Last night, Sons of Anarchy evoked all of the agony Jax has undergone in three seasons in one scene. It began, of course, with Fr. Ashby’s dumbfounding words last week – he was doing for Abel what Jax could not, or would not do: deliver him from the nasty, brutal and short life of SAMCRO. This is the very deliverance Jax set out to accomplish at the end of season one, and yet now he had the choice being forced upon him; as Jax stood in that mall and watched Abel’s adoptive parents walk around with his son, and as the conflict raged across his face (astonishingly acted by Charlie Hunnam), it was clear what had to happen: he had to let Abel go. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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Tick, Tick, Tick…

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Dear Kathryn,

Wow, that opening was amazing!  I had to watch it three times.  “We are born primal…It’s engraved in our souls…We’ve fallen from nature’s grace.  But we will be delivered.”  Such theological, language deployed by JC (why do I always clue into these christological references so late? Every season!), a messiah type figure offering salvation to the masses – Jordan Chase might be a raping, murdering madman, but he sure is good at reflecting psychologically, theologically and culturally on that madness (a lesson to us academics, perhaps?).  When he tells Dexter he’s been working on a theory for how the primal self deals with tragedy, I started to wonder what had “shattered” his own “primal self”.  And more terrifying, what experiments had he been conducting on shattering primal selves in order to study them.  It sounds like he’s a lot like Dexter, actually – some trauma leading him to repeat it himself again and again.  But possessing the social skills Dexter lacks, he is able to pull others into his twisted game.  Which leaves me wondering how much of a good thing it is that Dexter has finally managed to branch out into having a partner. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 15, 2010 at 9:33 am