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Not as Big as God

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Dear Kathryn,

In the past few weeks, we’ve complained some about the heavy handed ways the show is unpacking its religious symbols. Between my own scrambling to remember the various scenes from Revelation and Quinn’s hilarious, drunken, bemused confusion at a student plagiarizing C.S. Lewis (“Who!?” his eyes bluffed), I began to wonder something: have we actually been somewhat unfair in thinking a general populace should be able to recognize these symbols? If the show wants to play with religious imagery, do we live in a culture that can actually recognize that imagery anymore? I’m not quite sure we do. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Here it is…

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The Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 3, “Save the Last One”

“You gotta make it ok somehow…no matter what happens.”


Hello friends,

As you can see from my title, the first thing I was inspired to do after watching this episode was to listen to Leonard Cohen’s “Here it is” as I began to write. It just seems appropriate. I was especially impressed by how this episode brought together everything we’ve seen thus far–not only in this season, but also the last. I thought the last season started great and then sort of dovetailed into (what I took to be) irrelevancy. But with this episode and with the touching and yet deeply disturbing focus on the problem of evil, I feel like the two seasons have an amazing continuity, with past actions easily fitting into an organic (or better, with this episode in mind: living) whole. The theme that unites everything in the show thus far seems to be the question of the relationship between life and evil, especially how the existence of something like radical evil affects the sorts of reasons we might give for choosing life. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

One Down, Five to Go…

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Hi friends,

Well I guess we were dead on last week when we said the zombies were serving simply as a back-drop! Until the final, terrifying moments, they all but disappeared from the story. And indeed, its “story” – or, story structure – that intrigued me most this week. How do you tell a story, and how is The Walking Dead going to tell its? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25, 2011 at 5:38 am

Believe me

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Dear Natalie,

I’m really liking this season of Dexter! Somehow the pace of the episodes seems a bit slower, but in a good way. I feel like we get more time to watch Dex and other characters develop instead of just racing through multiple interwoven plots. That is not to say that there isn’t plenty of action. Last night’s episode was pretty packed. We start with a baptismal scene. As Brother Sam later tells Dexter, the ritual really isn’t about the dunking in water or even about the belief in a brand new start. It is about surrender. Surrender to something greater than yourself. This becomes a theme of the episode – what do our characters believe in? What are they willing to surrender themselves to? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

Everybody Lives

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The Moth Chase welcomes a new friend to our conversations, Michael, to respond to Travis’ previous post on Dr. Who – click here see Travis’ original post.

Hi, Travis,

I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to reply, but you’ve given me a lot to think about. Like you, having grown up in the United States my childhood was deprived of Doctor Who. I first encountered him while in graduate school in New York City, when PBS affiliate WNED was broadcasting some of the 1960s episodes. I think my first Doctor was the fourth (played by Tom Baker), and I’m pretty sure that he and his companion were being threatened by Daleks. It’s a safe guess, anyway. That was about twenty years before the series reboot, which, unlike you, I watched from the beginning. Perhaps it was more accessible from the start here in Canada, being broadcast (at least initially) on CBC. In any case, being a sci-fi geek longing for good sci-fi on TV (to my everlasting shame, I entirely missed the reboot of Battlestar Galactica), and knowing a bit about the Doctor from my first encounter and from a few other bits of information I’d picked up over the years, Read the rest of this entry »

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October 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Strange Fruit

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“That was tactical, this is criminal.”

— Eli Roosevelt

Episode 6: With an X
Episode 7: Fruit for the Crows

Hey Travis,

What an in-your-face couplet of episodes. We see the plot “thickening,” so to speak. I was particularly impressed by the sorts of moral ambiguity that was brought out of Roosevelt’s character. You could really see that he struggled with being used by Linc. I think it will be interesting to see how the Roosevelt-Linc relationship pans out when/if Juice commits suicide. (The sounds at the end of the last episode made it seem as if his suicide attempt was unsuccessful).

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October 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

The Walking Dead – Season 2 Premier

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The Moth Chase is covering Season 2 of The Walking Dead in a new group format. Instead of two writers, five of us – Kathryn, Natalie, Travis and Martin, and a new guest blogger, Shelly – will be blogging our way through the series together. Each week one of us will start with a somewhat longer post and then as many of the others as want to will jump in with shorter responses. We hope to keep the conversation going throughout the week, so check back often for new responses or subscribe to the blog to get notifications. And of course feel free to jump in with your own comments and reactions.

Well The Walking Dead is back with a bang – quite literally by the end of the premier. My husband didn’t watch season 1 and was a bit skeptical about getting dragged into another supernatural thriller with me. I kept objecting that this show wasn’t really about zombies; they are mostly a back-drop, I argued. A pretty freaking terrifying, active, in your face backdrop, I should have added, since last night was terrifyingly zombie-full. My husband was not impressed with my nonchalance when I was burying my head into my pillow a mere five minutes in. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 17, 2011 at 10:31 am