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The one that got away

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This episode delivered what the show does well: it used Mindy’s passion for romantic comedies as a frame without making her seem obsessed, it featured a fun guest star (Seth Rogen), it chronicled a mostly believable challenge in Mindy’s dating life–the problem of bad timing, and it showed Mindy getting through the ups-and-downs rather than staying down.

Thank goodness for the return of snappy dialogue and good chemistry between Mindy and a romantic interest.  Mindy Kaling and Seth Rogen Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

February 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I didn’t know the Messiah complex was contagious

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Andrea Messiah

OK gang, here we are again. I have given up deciding if I like this show and I’m just going to track the themes that we’ve been discussing the last few weeks: namely, the retrogressive and disturbing gender politics and the ethics of post-apocalyptic fantasy land:

1) After weeks of almost complete reticence, Michonne offers us the most prescient take-down of Andrea’s problematic fascination with the Governor by calling her on her preposterous assumption that somehow she will save all the humans from their own worst instincts, despite the fact that she doesn’t seem aware in anyway of what people are really up to.

2) That said, Rick, Shane, Herschel, the Governor, and even Glen to a certain degree have all been offered as Messiah figures and no one has given them the same smack-down, so there is something gross about the fact that Andrea is denied this possibility (even though I think Michonne is totally right to call her on her delusions). Read the rest of this entry »

Leslie and Ben/Correspondents’ Lunch

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Bryan,

In what’s becoming an increasingly common sitcom practice, “Leslie and Ben” was written as a potential finale for Parks and Recreation, in case the show didn’t get picked up for a back 9 this season.  It’s not the first time Parks has been on the chopping block — the finales for Seasons 3 and 4 were both consciously calibrated to provide a sense of resolution while still leaving some loose ends open for possible future episodes — and all that practice at walking the line resulted in another stellar pseudo-finale in “Leslie and Ben,” an episode that wraps up our major Season 5 storylines up to this point, puts a ribbon on them, and celebrates with a drunken singalong.  As series-enders go, you could do a lot worse than the first half of this week’s double serving of Knope & co. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by danielvswriting

February 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Turn It Off

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Dear Kathryn,

How many times do we have to hear Stefan and Damon declare that Elena can’t survive something before it becomes true? Thank goodness we finally saw her snap last night, because I was becoming tired of wondering when she was going to. Back and forth and back and forth we’ve gone trying to figure out if she’s more alive with Stefan or with Damon (although you and I tend to come down with the latter) – but never, I thought as I watched her with the kerosene last night, have I seen her more alive than when dousing her childhood home for arson. Putting aside how ridiculous a cover up this plan is when the three walk slowly and sexily away from the burning house, Stefan looking back a few times to make sure it’s actually going down – I’m hopeful that Elena is about to go Ripper and get interesting. Perhaps Damon will find that he doesn’t like her as much as he thought he would when she does to the dark side? I guess we should have known something dramatic was about to happen when the CW ticker tape at the bottom of the screen started letting us know we’re on three week hiatus!  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

February 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

Inspectacon!

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Hi friends,

So, you know when Harmon’s absence hurts the most? Argh, when the show goes to Inspectacon and they get 6 – 6!! – as a guest star, and this is what they do with it. Sigh. Better written, the layers of watching Tricia Helfer go fanboy on Jeff could have been perfect. But the new regime did just what the American version of Inspector SpaceTime did with Luke Perry and Jenny Garth – rely so heavily on their guest star power that they can’t bother writing a good story to go with it. Once upon a time, a move like that would have even had its meta, meta qualities…but this one just fell flat. Couldn’t they at least have put her in a red dress?? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

February 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

No human has ever scored sad dog numbers before

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The Mindy Project was back after a State of the Union hiatus last week, and I fear that President Obama killed a little of the show’s momentum. There were a couple of laughs this week, but for the most part it was a weak episode. They open with Mindy and Danny watching her new taxi-cab public service announcements, where she dresses as Ralph from the Muppets and converses with a sock puppet about women’s health issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I’m not sure there *is* an answer, Rick…

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Hello friends,

Well…we were worried about the show taking a dive after the…you know…first finale (and when they sacked the showrunner). And it seems that we were justified.

I don’t have much to say about this episode, mostly because it, well, mostly sucked. Sorry. I hope one of you will disagree and let me know why I’m wrong.

Let me point out the few good things going on:

(a) Our groups are reunited. This is good, mostly because the separate plot-lines were meandering…although I wonder what will happen to the people Rick just kicked out. It seems odd to have the characters appear for 2 episodes and then not again. Although I wouldn’t put it past these writers. I thought the Daryl and Merle scenes were great and it was interesting to see Daryl come to a decision…sort of after the fact. It’s very uncharacteristic of him (i.e. to change his mind–he is usually stubborn), and it means he values Rick and company, a lot. It’s also apparently infectious as Merle finally comes along with him. If done right,

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Written by Martin

February 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm