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The game

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Dear Natalie,

I guess Eric isn’t going to be able to control the violent, restless energy of his team after all. If the last couple episodes showed the Lions slowly shifting to a more aggressive game, this week took us all the way to rip-your-head-off football land. Even sweet Luke Cafferty is in on the action, fender pressing his way to macho anger and Riggins-level defensive sacking (more about Luke later). Of course, these boys have good reason to be riled up. In our second hint that Dillon is indeed in the 21st century with access to websites, even poorly made ones, someone has illegally and immorally posted the juvenile records of several Lion players. Read the rest of this entry »

Things fall apart

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Dear Natalie,

Well, the happy road trip vibes can’t last forever, can they? Things came crashing down around the Taylors this week, fueled by Julie’s humiliation and inability to face the consequences of her actions. I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Derek the TA subplot, but this episode proved why it was all worth it. Julie’s indiscretions, which, let’s be honest do not seem to bother her in and of themselves as much as the embarrassment of being publicly caught in them do, have not just put a strain on her own confused sense of self-purpose, but have ripped the Taylor family wide open. We have watched Tami make a few rough decisions, requiring Eric’s patience and resolve. But this week we watched Eric’s own self-righteousness hit a wall with his daughter’s refusal to be tough-loved into the moral high ground. It was a perfect contrast to his “king maker” moment in the sun. A molder of men, perhaps. An understanding father, not as much as we all would like to believe. Read the rest of this entry »

Kingdom Come

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Dear Natalie,

I absolutely loved this episode. It seemed perfect in almost every single way. I felt all the emotional satisfaction of getting into the gritty details with the characters and the sweet exploration of the highs of high school and the bitter sweet transitions to adulthood that make this show so amazing. It was a simple plot. The Dillon Lions travel to Kingdom, Texas for their season match-up with the team they forfeited to last year. We all remember that fateful forfeit and all that it meant for Coach Taylor and for the struggling, pathetic Lions. Coach Taylor sticks to his high ground – the moral ferocity that makes him such a molder of men – insisting that this is not about revenge. Of course, like all good road trips, our best principles get a bit out of hand and we know this is a sure thing when the bus loaded up with Lions drives through a banner painted with the word “REVENGE.” What is a road trip without a little loss of control? Read the rest of this entry »

As I lay dying

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Dear Natalie,

Well, it seems we were both a little bit right in our predictions. Klaus, as you surmised, was the answer to the problem of the werewolf bite – not by biting does he cure, but by bleeding. And Klaus was after one of the Salvatore brothers – Stefan as I predicted. I wonder if it will be as fun to watch Stefan go all-bad as you hoped it might be to watch Damon? I kind of think it might be even better. Stefan has mostly just annoyed me with his whining and placating and too sensitive by half routine. A real ripper? Well, I never would have believed it, but I’m happy to see if they can really make a bad boy out of him. Until he actually killed the innocent girl, I definitely worried that he was faking it. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow burn

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Dear Natalie,

I am sorry it has taken three weeks to get back on track with FNL because now that I’m there, I am totally addicted. It took every ounce of will-power not to use the Netflix instant queue to keep watching. Because, really, what the hell was that secret meeting in the head couch’s office of TMU all about? If they are so gung-ho about Vince, why the song and dance with Luke? Is this a violation of NCAA recruiting rules or something? I know that all these kinds of meetings are supposed to be run through your high school coach. Is this TMU’s way of getting an extra meeting with Vince, a secret meeting to make him feel really special? Do they even want Luke or is he really the overly adorable, zealous sacrificial lamb? And is all of this building to another giant recruiting scandal? Read the rest of this entry »

You’ll never leave Harlan alive…

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Justified – Episode 13 – Bloody Harlan

Hi Travis,

There are no more appropriate words to end this season than Brad Paisley’s ominous words. They’re so appropriate and capture not just the feel of the scene in which Mags dies, but also the feel of this season in general. Before I explain that, let me sum up what’s happened in the way of setting us up for next season. Consider this a sort of promissory note: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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Call it God or mystical energy…

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The Vampire Diaries returned to their roots: family and the ties that bind us together, in this case quite (mystically/magically) literally. We’ve been tracking the way the teenage protagonists are in vexed or absentee relationships with their parents/adult guardians all along and this episode brought that emotional distance to a physical reality. Most obviously, Elena lost her only two parental figures. It has been hard to take Jenna seriously as an adult guardian to begin with, and when Elena said it was she who had failed Jenna and not the other way around I realized just how much I think of Elena as Jenna’s protector. Read the rest of this entry »