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Tell me you love me…

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Wow…what a crazy two weeks in SoA land.

I have mixed feelings about these episodes. Obviously, they’re sort of awesome…but in a sense, they’re also incomplete emotionally. So much has happened and so much has been revealed to and amidst our various characters, but so little of (aside from Clay being shot) it is new to us¬†as the viewer. This, of course, isn’t really a problem–at least not in any traditional sense, but it does suggest an interesting sort of relationship between us as viewers and our material. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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This really is a family…as sure as the one I was born into

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Kathryn and Natalie both posted separate “takes” on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I. Below is Natalie’s post. You can read Kathryn’s post here. And check back soon for a conversation where they respond to each other.

Oh my, Kathryn – I cannot wait to hear what you thought of this film!

You might remember that while the rest of the Twilight fanbase HATED the final book, it was – and remains – my favourite. There is more than enough ink spilled (keys stroked?) on the conservative sexuality agenda buried (not that far beneath the surface) in the Twilight universe, and there is definitely plenty of evidence for that agenda in both book and film. But what continually intrigues me about the whole Twilight empire is how by the end of it all, we have this constant unraveling of the conservative themes through the strange – certainly abject – empowerment of the central figure, Bella. Read the rest of this entry »

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies

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Kathryn and Natalie both posted separate takes on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I. Read Kathryn’s post below. You can read Natalie’s post here. And check back soon for a conversation between them.

Dear Natalie,

Well, here we are. Over two years after we started this blog around a conversation about the Twilight books and Breaking Dawn is finally in theaters. Not all of it, of course, but we are finally getting to the best part about the series and for my money this was hands down the best film and I thought it was nearly perfect. Perfect, that is, not as a film to be compared to all other films, but perfect as rendering the internal feeling of Meyer’s book better than Meyer did herself. I think I remember correctly that we both loved the final book best and I’ve been waiting, sometimes with kind patience sometimes with annoyed exasperation, to get through the other films to this one. Read the rest of this entry »

The bowls of wrath

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Well, Natalie, my hunch was right, but I can’t say I am as pleased as I thought I’d be to see it so. I was worried that they’d drag out the “is he or isn’t he real” game for another episode or two, and in that regard I am glad to know once and for all where things stand with Gellar. That said, I kept hoping I might be wrong. Once the idea got in my head it started to seem so obvious, and then when only Travis sees Gellar outside the college and Dexter gets stuck in the elevator (and is freed by an ax-wielding Travis – good weapon to cut off a hand) for just long enough for the next victim to disappear it all seemed a bit embarrassing. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Made for this world

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Well Moth Chasers, this “mid-season finale” really tied together so many of the themes we’ve been exploring in our conversations: what constitutes a new normal and new norms in this apocalyptic world, relationships between family bonds and care for strangers, and the models of leadership that will survive/allow others to survive. And we finally got to the bottom of what happened to Sophia (more or less), meaning that at least one of the reasons for staying on the farm is now gone. Read the rest of this entry »

Geller Has Seen Me Now…

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Dear Kathryn,

Ok, this is starting to feel too much like watching The Sixth Sense knowing Bruce Willis is dead (sorry if you haven’t seen it!). But once the idea is in your head, there’s really no ambiguity about it, and the show becomes kinda silly to watch. I guess I thought we would get the reveal on Gellar=Travis’ Dark Passenger this episode, what with all the super obvious things they were doing (really Dexter, you think a portly old guy can fit through a tiny second story window and run away before you see him??). So it feels like we have two options: either Gellar is fake, but the writers didn’t think everyone would figure it out and we’re working our way towards some awkward big reveal of nothing, or Gellar is real and all these hints are going to seem really cheap. Either way, I’m starting to get a bit bored with the fake-outs! More interesting to me now, though, is the question of whether Travis is really interacting Read the rest of this entry »

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November 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

We Don’t Shoot Sick People

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Good morning Moth Chasers,

I realize people might want to talk about the whole Lori, Rick & Shane secrets are never really secrets storyline this week – and if you do, please go for it. Besides Lori actually coming clean about Shane, that story didn’t really grip me. But I’m eager for someone to tell me why I’m wrong!

Instead, here’s my question for the group this week – do you believe with Herschel and his crew that there might be some good life for the barn-walkers? Or should I say, for mom and stepson and the so-and-so’s from down the road? For a moment I thought, that silly idealism is going to get everyone killed. But being reminded of how Amy’s death still plagues Andrea so viciously, and how even Glen is infected with this mad violence for the purpose of survival, I found myself for a moment wanting to believe with the homestead dwellers that there might be some semblance of mom left in these creatures after all. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 21, 2011 at 9:19 am