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Do I Sign It Grant or Hendrickson?

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Hey K,

I am genuinely confused. I thought this Bill-Niki wedding was “just a paper wedding” with us all knowing Niki had ulterior motives, but motives that weren’t seen as acceptable. How we got from there to the whole family – including Barb and, even, Ben – supporting a “real wedding” is kind of beyond me. Like, I really am confused. Did it seem strange to you too? Even stranger, Barb officiating! Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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And the Oscar goes to…

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Dear Natalie,

I am starting this post about 10:15 p.m. EST, so who knows how much longer we have till the end of Oscar night. I have to say, I am so jealous of your central time zone! Since our household is living under a nasty cold virus this week, I may not even make it to the end. But I wanted to take a quick moment to say – is it just me or is James Franco the most awkward goof ball out there right now? Give him a script and he can be hilarious, serious, profound, or ridiculous. Stand him up in a tux in front of a microphone and he looks like an eleven year old boy at a dinner who just farted and is trying not to laugh. Or like he is stoned Read the rest of this entry »

The enigma of Boyd Crowder

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Justified: “The I of the Storm”

“For a moment, I thought she was mine” – Dave Alvin

Martin,

I’ll ask you to forgive the slightly misleading Herzog reference in the title, as I really want to talk about the two enigmas of this show: Raylan and Boyd. Although the action of this episode centered around Raylan and the (hilarious) attempt by Dewey Crowe to frame him for an Oxy (re)heist, the heart of this episode focused on the blank presence of Boyd Crowder. The episode finds them both in a particularly interesting bind: Boyd is trying hard to live right, to extricate himself from the criminal world of Harlan County, and finding that his history and associations keeps dragging him back in. Everybody comes looking for him, and when they do, the only way Boyd has of keeping them at bay is to huddle over his bourbon and speak in deliberate, measured, and slightly exasperated tones. It’s not a bad way of describing Raylan, too, whose presence in Harlan is marked by the same coincidence of reluctance and inertia, and who continually finds, like Boyd, that the only way to exist in the world of Harlan is to play its way – dirty. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

Can We Have Our Secrets?

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Dear Kathryn,

Seriously, April 7th!?! Didn’t this show just come back about 5 minutes ago?  Argh, I hate these breaks! Ok, well in prep for April 6th, when we’re all going to be trying to remember where things left off, I’m gonna attempt to put in place a recap for our later use. Trust me, we remember all this now – but we’re going to have forgotten a lot of this by April!  So, Bonnie and Jer are now fully hooked up with Elena’s blessing (yey!). Bonnie got her powers back after Luka and Dr. Martin were killed, because Dr. Martin wants Bonnie to kill Klaus, and he told her how to do it. (I still feel like Luka might not be dead – I don’t know. I feel like those burns shouldn’t have killed him so easily.) Like Bonnie, it seems Damon and Stefan have a key piece of info too. Katherine thinks Damon should just know where the witch massacre site is because he stuck pretty close to Emily, but whatever info it is Damon and Stefan have, they got it secretly from a journal. The witch massacre site is drenched in witch power because when witches are killed violently, they release power into the air that lingers (meaning, by extension, Read the rest of this entry »

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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Dear Kathryn,

What was it about Lois and Frank’s storyline that got me so emotional tonight? There was something beautiful to those beach scenes. I noted last week how everything seems to have this ominous tinge to it right now (heightened by the Deadwood-reminiscent music!). And Frank’s bread-cutting scene began it for these two. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to tell a spouse, “don’t worry – I’m not going to kill you!” and then have conversation continue. In a strange way, it felt like these two have the most vulnerable, honest relationship on the show. Losing the safety-net of the sister-wives puts them back square in the middle of painful, aging monogamy. And I think that’s what got me. After it all, when all other communities have failed them, there’s an odd image of hope in the possibility that there will be somebody – no matter how broken – there for you at the end of it all. Who’d have ever though Lois and Frank could leave me feeling grateful for my own marriage not because of their failure, but because of their example! Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

The Apricot…

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“You kicked the man out of the house, when he’s on house arrest?”

— Raylon Givens

Justified, “Life Inside”

Dear Travis,

What a satisfying show and what a great start to this season. As far as I can tell there are two broad themes developing here; these themes are equal parts conceptual and equal parts character-driven. The first is what Raylan’s step-mother aptly calls a “neat trick” — trying to escape the past. While the second is the rise and role of women in this show.

On point of the former, it’s exceedingly well done how the entire show tracks various elements of the past: from the 9 months prior to the present moment to last week’s murder of Loretta’s father, to the even more ancient past of Raylan’s relationships (not to mention Boyd, Eva, and Raylan’s Miami past). All of these themes and motifs are expertly presented so that they interweave into a dynamic tapestry… Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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Hey K,

So I couldn’t resist using the corny pun (which has been used at least 5000 times in pop culture references) as our title.  But it left me wondering – really, do teenagers even get that reference?  I don’t think I saw that movie till I was in my 20s, and my hunch is that your average CW viewer isn’t especially in to classic racially-themed film.  Which also leaves me wondering, just who is the intended audience of this show?  Is this all part of the ‘playing adult’ nature of the series, as you mentioned last week?  Or does the CW expect its viewers to reside more in the camp-lovers of our generation?  It’s not entirely clear to me. Read the rest of this entry »