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Buddies

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Dear Bryan,

This episode felt more rushed than the previous ones. I think this must be because it is the first episode that stretches over two days. When we got to the scene between Ace and Gus at night I had to check the clock – and sure enough it had only been 30 minutes, no where near time to wrap things up. As we watched our characters wake up again, it felt like things were moving so fast. Which was probably a smart move since not that much happens plot wise, and yet it felt like an episode that really advanced our characters quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

just blame the little woman

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Hey all,

Sorry to have missed the conversation last week – but I was in complete agreement with the whole tirade of this show not managing to stay smart enough to do anything with the multiple potentially interesting themes it has introduced. And yes, I too wondered why it took all night to drive back to the farm?! But mostly, I was frustrated with the fact that any zombie action seemed staged entirely for the purpose of keeping fans of guts and gore invested, but not for any deeper meaning. Shelly pointed out last week that we might be coming up with gracious interpretations of the show to justify our own blogging of it, and I was about to suggest that we therefore stop…but then this episode, for me, worked again.

Perhaps it’s because I’m most intrigued by gender narratives – I spent the first half of the season wondering if the writers were trying to set up a gender dynamic of men’s vs. women’s work, but their set ups never quite paid off. Last night they did in spades! Sure, Lorrie’s over-the-top insistence that the men are the protectors and the women are the domestic queens felt a little over-wrought, for sure. But Andrea’s response revealed just how much this system trades on patriarchal ownership of the little ladies. Not being owned herself, she is free to pursue the types of work that matter to her – something, it seems, Lorrie might actually envy. But it was her question of Lorrie with regards to Beth that truly stung – can you tell her everything’s going to be ok, Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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And I froze.

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To my blogging partners…..

So, ever since the western scene from last week, I’ve been thinking about TWD and masculinity. I was wondering if Kathryn, Natalie, and I failed to see something in the show, because we are failing to see anything enlivening about the female characters. We went down this road a bit with Lori, when there was a bit of exhaustion with her character and her decision to take a spontaneous—and truncated—road-trip, and Kathryn and Natalie bantered about women drivers. But, honestly, the women in this show take all of their cues from the men. (Andrea taking cues from Shane, Carol taking cues from Daryl). Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

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I’ve been confused about my behavior

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Dear Kathryn,

So, I love that they have continued having the episodes end in Ace’s bedroom with Gus. They do it so well and with slight variations so that it doesn’t seem like a gimmick. Rather, it feels comforting. This week we had Ace getting defensive about his potential attraction to Claire, which is something I’ll talk about shortly. First I want to start with the last line of this week’s episode: “I’ve been confused about my behavior for some time.” (Ace) I thought this was a great last line. It works very well for Ace and his complex emotions between his hatred for Mike and his desire to get revenge as well as his love for the horse racing culture and now you throw in a woman that he seems to have some interest in; it leads to a confused set of emotions and decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Ain’t Nobody’s Hands Clean in What’s Left of This World

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Hi all,

To be clear, I was mostly bored in this episode – to me it ran like a recap of all the emotions we are supposed to be feeling, and all the themes we are supposed to be thinking, without actually building on any of them. The climax – at least in the ‘talking about the themes,’ not  actually ‘showing the themes’ came with Rick’s assertion that death has always been with us. If we didn’t give up hope before, why would we give it up now? It’s not about what we believe. It’s what we do. (Yes, Rick – I believe we’ve heard this speech before). Said with that gravelly voice, it’s almost convincing – but of course, once I can tear myself away from Rick’s authoritative presence, I remember that Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We bought a race horse

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Hey Bryan,

So the characters on this show are really growing on me and I think I am starting to appreciate the slower pace at which things are moving. Like last week, the heart of the episode really hung around “the four amigos” as Renzo so sweetly called them. Just like he hoped, buying Mon Gateau became a kind of group project that gave the four friends hope and relief from the pressures they’ve been facing. It united them as a group, helped Lonnie heal from his attack, brought Marcus out of his depressed and paranoid funk (thought that fact that he still carries all his cash around in a pillow case and furtively snuck Jerry a brown paper bag containing $32,500 was a nice reminder that he hasn’t changed completely) and perhaps most importantly, it kept Jerry out of trouble. You could feel the optimism of the friends rise: owning this horse was going to be their salvation, give them something to do with their new wealth and their time, and keep them out of self-destructive patterns. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

The Ace Is Back in Place

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Dear Kathryn,

First, congratulations on becoming a professor this week. I’m still trying to get #mydaughter/sisteriseaprofessoroftheologyatfordhamuniversityinnewyorkcity to become a trending topic, but it seems to be a little rough. Anyways, congratulations.

Before I start talking about episode 2, I want to mention that I am really starting to like the theme song. I have never listened to Massive Attack much, but this song is making me want to listen more. The opening credits struck me as kind of boring at first, but I can really get into the groove of the song now.

Anyways, my first thought about this episode was, “huh, I don’t remember seeing any african americans on the show.” From only two episodes, it does seem to be a predominantly white male show. Have you noticed that? Maybe it is an accurate representation of the horse racing culture. Anyways, Read the rest of this entry »