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How Did We End Up Here?

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Hi friends,

Well, I thought that was a pretty great season finale. The flashbacks alone (those were real flashbacks, right, to real episodes?) were worth the watching – I had forgotten just how awkward and dorky Dexter used to be in relation to all his colleagues (not to mention how dorky and exuberant Deb used to be – love the bangs!). In something like Dorian Gray or Breaking Bad, the juxtaposition of awkward Dex and eager Deb with their season 7 counterparts (smooth Dex and pill-popping Deb) revealed just how devastating Dexter’s ways have been on his sister. As Dexter has learned to live his fake life as the real one, it seems to me that it’s Deb who has paid the price most brutally. Like the mirror in the attic, Deb’s now panicked, shaking movements reveal the emotional toll of Dexter’s evil. I would never have thought that a comparison between Dexter and Breaking Bad would have Dexter come out on top…but I couldn’t help but think about Skyler’s deadened attempts to put a stop to the meth dealing Empire in which she is utterly implicated in relation to Deb’s eventual decision to stand by Dexter while giving up her own soul to do so. I’ve always said Jennifer Carpenter is pretty much the best thing about this show in my view – but the simultaneity with which she shot Maria and lept onto her body in dissolved sobs moved me to tears. Her anguish and seeming knowing realization that she was making an utterly self-corrupting, self-destroying choice to save her brother was pulled off stunningly, I thought. So as Dexter and Deb both move out of their own personal codes, their own adherence to their particular understanding of The Law together, I have to wonder next season: which one of them is going to unravel faster and how?  Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Fall on your knees

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Jeremy and Elena showdown

Dear Natalie,

Well, Merry Christmas to you too! Was it just me, or was the choice to play the highly incongruous chorus from  “Oh Holy Night” – fall on your knees, oh hear the angels’ voices – during Klaus’ slaughter of the 11 hybrids a sly reference to the very scene you discussed last week when Tyler makes those same hybrids kneel before him? Or maybe a really overt reference! Either way, I couldn’t help giggling as that epic Christmas carol hit its high pitch and Klaus’ stood bloodied and weary surveying the corpses in his wake. It is nice to be reminded of the fine line between snark and histrionics on this show! Read the rest of this entry »

Team Bella

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Team Bella

Dear Natalie,

So here we are, at the end of all things! The final installment of the The Twilight Saga and the end of the journey that started this blog. I’d like to start, however, with the beginning of Breaking Dawn, Part II: those amazing opening credits! Were you as mesmerized as I was? That dreamy northwest landscape that has been as much a part of these movies as the characters we love – drenched in blood red only to be frosted out in icy perfection! The overlay of natural world to Bella’s internal organs both crystalizing in the ice that has represented vampirism from the start! The fonts’ shift from red, formal serif to white, sans serif! And oh the fabulous layers of suggested meaning: the natural world is the human world, both soaked in the blood of life. The implications that Bella is giving up everything that is beautiful and living and growing and lush and changing about human life for some frozen perfection – beautiful but dead. And yet the subtle counter-implication that this transition is somehow natural. The frost of winter before a new, more vibrant life breaks forth. Read the rest of this entry »

If we’re still single in 5 years and we haven’t found anybody, can we make a pact… and kill each other

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The Mindy Project - Episode 1.09 - Josh and Mindys Christmas Party - Promotional Photos (1)_FULL

Well, we’ve suspected that the other shoe was going to drop at some point with Mindy and Josh’s relationship and this week it finally happened. Everything started out nicely with Josh renting out an ice skating rink for a little private time on the ice (a la Happy Gilmore). But just as this romantic scene was interrupted by a hockey team storming the ice, Mindy and Josh’s relationship came to an abrupt end by the end of this episode. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

You Should Have Killed Me

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Dear Kathryn and Bryan,

Thanks to how much I expect Dexter plotlines to be somewhat incoherent, I just did not see that LaGuerta twist coming. When Estrada was released, I thought, “ugh, how convenient…this show is the WORST sometimes!” But along with Dexter and Hannah, I liked the symmetry of Dexter’s life all falling into place too much to question things. With the hints for next week, it seems Maria is going to close in on Dexter – but whether it will be through her own cunning, or because Hannah turns him in – well, that remains to be seen. Initially, Hannah’s line, “You should have killed me,” felt like a sad little quip – I’d rather be dead than betrayed. But now I wonder if it’s actually a threat. She simply has too much dirt on Dexter and, more to the point, Deb, to be held behind those bars for long! But here’s where I’m actually kind of intrigued Read the rest of this entry »

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December 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Merry CongratuChristmas

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Parks and Rec S05E09

Daniel,

I know you didn’t, but if you had gone to Hogwarts Academy, which house would you have been in? What a solid icebreaker.

So, I really liked this episode. It seemed to be the a fantastic “filler” episode. It didn’t progress the main plot of the park on Lot 48, but it moved forward some character development and was wonderfully delightful. I love episodes that showcase Ron Swanson’s inner giddy, little girl. Watching him be so excited to be invited to the Indiana Fine Woodworking Association awards ceremony, which was another fantastic addition to the Pawnee community was great. Hopefully, we will see the MC of the awards ceremony again down the road as a semi-recurring character. However, I am a little disappointed we didn’t get to see the winner of the main event “Best Desk.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Dreaded C-Word

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Dear Kathryn,

We’ve talked a lot about how these vampire narratives portray women’s choices, and last night’s episode offered a pretty brilliant portrayal of this dynamic. To break the sire bond, Damon has to convince Elena that his happiness depends on her being released from him…only then will she have free will to choose between the brothers. Now, I’m a bit murky on the details here – if the bond can’t be broken, then won’t Damon sending her away result in a negation of choice precisely because she would never be able to choose him? Setting that aside, though, I was intrigued by the presumption shared among all our characters that our basic state is one of free will. This is a collection of supernatural kids, all bound in some way to supernaturally heightened desires, needs, and compulsions. How can any of them believe their choices or their will are ever totally free?!

This type of problem was perfectly illustrated in the Tyler storyline – and here I found some fascinating gender and race dynamics at play. I wondered in the bar why not one person intervened Read the rest of this entry »