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Archive for April 2011

I don’t want to be a vampire

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Dear Natalie,

Vampire Diaries really came back strong for me this week! At last some forward momentum and the promise of real drama, not just whiny teenage angst! I’ve wondered when the show as going to broach the question we’ve all got to have thought about at some time: why doesn’t Elena want to be a vampire? Especially in the post-Bella Swan universe, this is a big deal. Pushing eternal life on Elena – especially through Damon’s rash selfish actions – and having her admit she doesn’t want it, felt like a line in the sand. Elena is no Bella. She doesn’t fear getting old and wrinkly nor is she stock sure at 17 that her boyfriend is the love of one lifetime, not to mention endless lifetimes. Read the rest of this entry »


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Hey Travis,

Wow…I feel like every week I say the same thing: what an amazing episode. Several things really struck me about this week’s episode. First, the amazing economy of storytelling. It’s incredible how much stuff was compacted into this episode. We get all of our characters (even Loretta) appearing. Furthermore, we get amazing tension between all of them. Some absolutely classic scenes. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Happy Easter! FNL will be back next week…

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Hello Moth Chase Readers,

Natalie and I both have family in town for the Easter holiday and are taking a week off from the blog. Check back next week for The Vampire Diaries and Friday Night Lights and Travis and Martin’s continuing conversation on Justified.

Happy Easter to those of you celebrating! Happy weekend to the rest!

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April 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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The Sun, the Moon, the Girl, the Boy, the Boy

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Dear Natalie,

Well, I suppose after all this build up to Klaus there is no way not to be a little disappointed by the real thing. Or is that just me? Somehow another young, handsome, broody man was less than I wanted from the oldest, baddest vampire alive. And I was pretty disappointed to learn that the curse of the sun and moon was just some two thousand year old trick Elijah and Klaus concocted as drunk “teenage” undead to hide the utterly private nefarious scheme to ignite Klaus’ werewolf nature. Isn’t this just a little too ironic, to PoMo, in a sad way? I mean, I did giggle at Klaus’ comment “who can resist an Aztec shaman” and the way they were clearly making fun of the way we can all buy into the mystery of ancient, non-Western traditions and invest them with all kinds of spiritual authority (after we feel they are safely “obliterated” by the destruction of colonialism and capitalism). Forget the fact that this kind of spiritual cross-cultural investigation would not have been possible when they first started playing their little historical forgery game, what was most disappointing was switching the drama from a great inter-species war to a private power play between brothers. Read the rest of this entry »

Coover was a genius…

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“I love this shit, this shit makes me hard.”

“You kill anybody?”

— Tim Gutterson

Justified: Debts and Accounts (2.10) and Full Commitment (2.11)

Hello moth-chasers: just a heads up that for the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging solo and if he has time, Travis will chime in (he just had a newborn!)

So, Travis,

What an amazing set of two episodes! I’ll say a few words about the second to last episode before touching on this week’s episode. First, I make a lot of Art’s line that Raylan is a “lousy marshal, but a good lawman.” It is hard to figure out how to parse it. Does Art then mean that he knows about Raylan and Winona, but also knows that Raylan wouldn’t do anything genuinely immoral? Read the rest of this entry »

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April 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

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You Love the Game of Football, You Just Don’t Know it Yet!

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Dear Kathryn,

You know, when I’m away from FNL I start to wonder if it’s really as good as I remember. It’s perhaps the one show I love absolutely that doesn’t necessarily make me think – I don’t end up pondering what it is to be human, the relationship between technology and modern existence, the supernatural or politics…I just sink into the story for an hour and feel what it feels. So when I’m away from that for a bit, and I try to remember the story, it just doesn’t hit as hard – I don’t feel it like I do when I’m watching. But then when it comes back, Good Lord! This show kicks ass! Read the rest of this entry »

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April 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

“Justified” review coming soon!

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Loyal Moth Chase readers,

Martin is at a conference this weekend, and Travis had some family issues arise this week. Check back soon for this week’s review!

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April 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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