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Californication is Back!

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Finally!  It has probably become clear over my last few posts that I’ve become quite sick of Californication this season.  The mayhem, childish antics and total lack of consequences have started to wear on me.  But last night felt like a return to so much of what once made this show great!  The thing is, Mia always annoyed me, and I was happy when she left, but the show has been in a strange holding pattern since her absence; a holding pattern I didn’t recognize until last night. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

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The Wise Women of Californication and Some Musings on Academic Life

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While these episodes continue to grow in how ludicrous they are – an ambush luncheon of lovers past and a duel to top it off – what gets me even more is the level of self-referentiality that Californication has reached.  Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but it seemed like the writers were using the mouths of the women to describe not Hank or even their own lives, but rather to describe the show itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2009 at 11:32 pm

It’s Time to Answer Becca’s Questions

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What could have happened if Karen and Marcie had answered Becca’s question seriously?  What is so great about being married?  Is it more than a guy making you laugh and fixing things around the house?  Perhaps if either of them had taken her question seriously, we would have gotten somewhere in last night’s episode.  But once again, we eschewed digging a little deeper into these characters and really developing their relationships by ignoring Becca’s questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2009 at 9:59 am

That Nymphomaniacal Psychopath I’ve Grown to Love and Loathe

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And no, I’m not talking about Rick Springfield or even Sue Collini, although I’ve certainly expressed my appreciation for the latter here before.  No, the nymphomaniacal psychopath I’ve grown to love and loathe is actually Hank and, by extension, the show Californication itself.  It used to be that they managed to – or at least sought to – balance the circus madness of the show’s ADD driven flitting around from one outrageous moment to the next over-the-top one with good plot and character development…but last night it felt like the circus madness took the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

The Girl Whisperer

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Californication finally explicitly asked two questions last night that we’ve all deep down been wondering about Hank.  The first came from Dean Koonz, in a moment of desperate exclamation: “How do you do it?” he whined, “You obviously have this thing with women, this strong connection. Some very strong connection that no matter what you do, no matter how big of an ass you are, they seem to respond. You’re a goddamn girl whisperer!” Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

The Day Job Won Out – Dexter and Californication back next week

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Calvin and Hobbes

Natalie and I are both at the American Academy of Religion and were unable to watch this week’s episodes of Dexter and Californication since we were too busy smoozing at not-so-boozy (damn this recession!) academic receptions last night. We will return with penetrating insight or foggy observations next week. In the meantime, if there is something you just have to share about either show, feel free to leave comments here.

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November 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

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The Evolution of the O-Noise

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I’ve got to say it, the highlight of this season is for me, without a doubt, Sue Collini.  Kathleen Turner is brilliant as Runkel’s crass-mouthed, sex-crazed, professionally brilliant, polyamorous – did I mention she likes sex? – boss.  The woman is almost unreal.  Squeezed into every outfit she comes on screen in, and somehow it seems, squeezed into her own flesh in a way that makes her appear to be constantly bursting at the seams with life, with desire, with energy and lust, she makes Hank look like an inexperienced schoolboy with a string of silly crushes. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm