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Even Steven OR Luckiest Kid in Detroit

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To be honest, that didn’t even feel like a season finale to me.  It felt like what should have been a decent, mid-season episode, with character development, plot movement and an indication that we might get the same next time.  Hung has been so frantic this season – dashing from plot to plot but not doing much with each.  And in a way, I’ve wondered if that’s purposeful – a comment on everyone’s attitude post economic-collapse.  Everyone scrambles to maintain, maintain – even if that keeps us in some sort of crazed holding pattern devoid of meaning.  And I almost wished the finale had kept that up – at least that way it would have felt intentional.  Moving to traditional storytelling as it did, it just felt like the rest had been paced to try to figure out whether we’d get a season 3 (we are, but I’m not sure I want it). But let’s get to what actually happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

We’re not good people. We’re criminals.

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After a season that’s felt like it’s creeping along with little focus, everything sort of came together last night.  For the most part, this worked – if only because we could sigh some relief that finally Tanya gets caught, finally Ray figures out the Mike-Francis situation, finally Jess connects with her daughter, finally Ron freaks out and finally Ray and Jess come back together.  But even as we could enjoy the pace of something finally giving, I wondered why we had to cram every climax into the penultimate episode.  It’s an annoying form of narrative that leads to uneven storytelling.  Nevertheless, it was fun to see some shifts. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

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I’m Not Feeling in a very Pimp State of Mind Right Now OR Redemption?

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I know Tanya is supposed to be ridiculous; that we’re supposed to think she’s pathetic and that’s why we root for her.  But I think last night’s version of her walking into a situation she didn’t like and running away idiotically was one too many for me to have any sense of taking her seriously in even the slightest way anymore.  Any kind of grown woman I could even begin to imagine doing that is not someone I’d want to spend more than 30 seconds in the same room with.  And it leaves me wondering what exactly it is they are going to do with her?  Is Ray the only character grasping toward some sort of redemption here?  Is everyone else doomed to become more and more wretched?  I had expected some sort of success gene to kick in on Tanya by now, but it just doesn’t seem like that is going to happen.  Her world really is closing in on her – perhaps Read the rest of this entry »

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August 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

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Just Nod and Say It’s Lyrical OR Liz, I’m On Your Side

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I loved The Road – it’s probably in my top 10 best novel-reading experiences ever…so I could not wait to see what Lenore and her friends made of such a deep, powerful and painful read.  Yes, it’s bleak – that’s everyone’s first descriptor of it.  And sure, cannibalism is unappealing (to say the least).  But these hilariously bland descriptors from such privileged, botox-ed, vapid women – the very women who symbolize everything The Road doesn’t even bother critiquing but simply ignores – paled in comparison to Lenore’s terrifying brilliance.  She would sauté the father and the son (characters who anyone with a healthily developed soul loves from the depths of her soul) with kale and a nice white wine sauce?!  And if that weren’t enough, she’d hollow out the son’s skull and wear it like a hat to let others know she means business – quite literally, because then she’ll make accessories out of the dad’s bones and sell them in a burned out Macy’s.  In other words, in the Apocalypse Lenore will not just be fine; she’ll also single-handedly make sure consumerism survives its only possible demise.  And in a strange way, she’ll still look good doing it. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

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I Don’t Have a Beaver Problem!

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Having left the “…or…” types of titles for the episodes, this one landed us squarely in the territory of childish puns which, while it could have been stupid and annoying, kind of worked for me.  I noticed on the blogs this morning a series of complaints about how obvious these puns or allegories or whatever were, but I just don’t think that’s the case.  Yeah, ok – so Ray’s the masculine, trap ‘em the right way guy and Ronnie’s just a failure at all things beaver related (and like last week his pursuits get tinged by a strange, scary violence that raises my hackles), but in the end Ray too is a bit of a failure (at least with Liz – see comments after the jump).  And Jess is the pathetic one left flitting between two pretty awful catches/traps (however you want to painfully extend that metaphor). Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

“Today’s a Great Day” or “It’s a Fine Kettle of Fish”

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Ah, the erotics of family life.  Not the least complex issue Hung could choose to tackle in an episode with a high teenager, a cranky mother-in-law and a potential love-match between two lonely, lonely souls. The line between acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to families and bodily life together is thin – but we have the sense we know when it’s been crossed.  While seeing one’s mother and step-father naked might be enough to escalate a bad drug reaction – it’s certainly not worse than watching one’s father masturbate or needing to scrub one’s mother’s back in the shower at 14 years old.  But, we can probably all agree, all three situations are situated along various points of the ‘not ok’ side of the scale.

But Damon’s poem about being a twin was a little more difficult to judge. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Urinating on America’s Past-time

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I think one of the things that makes it difficult for viewers to connect with this show is that it refuses to do the work for us.  It produces more questions than answers, leaving us always with a sense of irresolvable ambiguity.  Was Damon creating art, or was he just relieving a Big Gulp, and can he himself even know?  Is Happy Birthday on repeat (with an accent) perhaps the creepiest thing we’ve ever seen?  And if so, why?  Would Ray and Jess have been friends with their kids in high school and, perhaps more importantly, would their kids have been friends with them?  Let’s take each in turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm