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Honesty is the best policy

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This was another so-so episode of The Mindy Project. I suppose the theme of its two stories is something like “It’s hard to be honest, but honesty makes for better relationships.” Ok, that’s fine, but the message the episode really conveys is “It’s hard to write television comedy.” The first plot concerns Danny’s childhood friend, Stevie, who still lives on Staten Island and wants Danny to continue providing him with Vicodin after stitching him up after a fight. The second plot involves the unexpected return of Heather, Josh’s original girlfriend to whom Mindy was unwittingly the other woman.

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March 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

I’m a damn mystery to me

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Merle's exit

I never thought I’d say this, but damn am I going to miss Merle! In a world populated by characters so thinly sketched I can see my own hands, bored and twiddling thumbs, through their half-baked motivations, at least Merle had something like coherence. My favorite line in the episode (chosen for the title of this post) was Merle’s quote to Rick: I don’t know why I do what I do. I’m a damn mystery to me. This should be a motto for most of these characters, since why any of them does what they do is beyond me at this point, but at least Merle embodied this mystery. I’m not saying he was a fully fleshed out character either, but watching him oscillate between being a racist bastard and caring brother, angry outsider and betrayed friend gave some kind of depth to his motives. Read the rest of this entry »

Too Cool for School

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Hi friends,

Well, this might be the first episode this season that I think I could watch twice (and given that there are Community episodes I’ve watched 4 times – e.g., Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – I was starting to feel disappointment with my utter lack of desire to ever return to any of this season’s). But with Economics of Marine Biology, a few jokes definitely slipped past me. There were even moments (especially in the cold open) when they were stacked and integrated well enough that I almost couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t until I’d felt the temptation to rewind for about a third time that I realized that desire to repeat, to experience the same thing immediately again, is precisely what’s been missing from this season for me. Whether we settle on Let’s or Splingles, Troy’s right – it’s been quite the week! Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

A little Death Goes Unnoticed

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Lexi and Damon

Dear Kathryn,

While I found it embarrassing to watch an emotionless Elena bounce with glee (an emotion, no?) in a pretty tame ‘underground’ club (which I actually thought for a second was The Bronze from Buffy when they first walked in), the trip to New York was somehow redeemed for me by the fact that I’m quite sure the city shots that broke up scenes were borrowed from Gossip Girl. I like the idea that these CW shows can share…Perhaps Serena and Blair will take a trip to Mystic Falls – something I’d definitely tune in for! Mostly, the trip to New York made me wonder why Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

An unfulfilled birthday wish

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This episode supposedly depicts the birthday of Mindy, a successful young doctor who has numerous friends and mostly nice colleagues. The central force of the whole show is Mindy’s search for love, so we are supposed to believe that she would rather go on a blind date with a guy she met online than spend her birthday with her friends. Seriously? That’s a weird first date, and it suggests that Mindy is feeling a level of desperation for romance that the last episode, featuring a near miss with her childhood sweetheart, didn’t convey. In that story, Mindy initially wants to take semi-drastic measures to keep Sam from returning to Afghanistan, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

Ease Back, Man

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Hi friends,

I’m going to try to begin on some positive notes, because I feel like I’ve mostly been complaining about this show this season, and it’s starting to get me down. This episode felt like a little bit of a shuffle to get us in position for the last two that mostly, though not super-wonderfully, worked. It focused in on the relationship between the Gov. and Andrea, and brought in other stories to illuminate that – in other words, it actually tried to tell a coherent story. Yey! Take the oddly placed flashback, for example – if whether or not we hand over Michonne is going to be the central moral question moving forward, then this adds a small textured layer to her character – she knew her walker pack-mules, and they weren’t even human before they turned, making her herself more morally complex and ambiguous. (Those of you who have read the novels, please don’t put spoilers in the comments on who those walkers were…I’d like to see what the show is going to do with that). But the scene also served the central focus – what particularly struck me in that little fireside chat, for example, was Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

Bailout

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Parks and Rec - S05E16

¨…So you´re saying it´s just ´…or death´, then?¨

Daniel,

This is another one of those episodes that makes me feel like Parks and Rec could/should just keep making episodes for another 15 seasons. This episode seamlessly added two new Pawnee residents in Mona Lisa Saperstein (she is the worst!) and Dennis Lerpiss. Read the rest of this entry »