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Happy Graduation Cupcake!

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Dear Kathryn,

While I’m excited for The Originals, this episode actually gave me a craving for a different spinoff – something like, The Other Side, maybe? I mean, Lexi, Alaric, Kole, the witches – these guys made the show fun again! I was, in fact, much more bummed than their best friends seemed to be when each one slipped away. At least Bonnie got some sort of a farewell – but of course, our biggest concerns with her (i.e., that her power would kill her rather than empower her) came true in an pretty amplified way. Not only did she die as punishment for her strength, but she got a kind of double, definitive death, giving up her life to save the guy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have Jeremy back. He’s actually become a surprisingly mature voice of reason on the show! But in an episode heavy-handedly exploring the theme of selfishness and self-sacrifice, it’s exhausting to me that the ultimate sacrifice is paid by the only strong black woman on the show in order to save the life of a white man. Read the rest of this entry »

So This is Either Really Good, or Really Bad…

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Dear Kathryn,

With only one episode left to go, Vampire Diaries definitely recaptured my interest! I’ll say more in a moment about why Bonnie’s death sucks…but first, why it’s awesome. Bringing down the veil in such a limited way (really, only supernaturals who have an interest in being inside a small section of Mystic Falls are bothering to cross over…and, well, Mystic Falls isn’t the most exciting place!) doesn’t seem all that bad. By not completing the spell, it seems like we have the best of both worlds (pardon the pun). Every supernatural who would have made my tv viewing overly chaotic is held at bay, and those who make the show better have reappeared. Yeeyy Alaric! And woot, woot army of scary vampire hunters! Read the rest of this entry »

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May 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Isolation leads to misery

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She’s Come Undone

OK, so I’m over torture as a regular device on a teen soap opera. It barely seems worth pointing out how many things are wrong with the assumption that inflicting intense physical and psychological trauma on anybody (even somebody who heals so fast we barely have to see the effects of the torture) is a good way “to make them human.” Much less given Stubenville and the likes what is wrong with the picture of two dashing young men torturing a young woman who doesn’t feel what they want her to feel. There is so much wrong with all of this. But it is all so blase, I’m with Rebekha and Katherine on this one: yawn. And don’t even get me started on why everyone has stopped mentioning that all of this is Damon’s fault in the first place since he commanded a then-sired Elena to turn off her emotions. It really does seem like the interesting gender dynamics of seasons past have devolved into male agents whose actions are barely questioned and female agents who suffer their affects and then are blamed for them. I’d ask you to help me come up with a better interpretation, but I’m not sure I care. Read the rest of this entry »

The Originals

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Marcel!

The Originals

Well there are certainly better reasons to bring a new life into this world than building a dynasty so you can steal the warmth, love, community and power that another man has spent his considerable eternal life building! Then again, if we take the “king” metaphor seriously, this is pretty much how reproduction works, right? The women may not be kept locked up in an alligator infested bayou to see out their pregnancies, but Hallie was transformed from potential bad-ass hybrid looking for her roots into a kind of walking womb to rebirth all the Originals hopes and dreams. I do love Elijah’s optimism that what is left of that clan will surely do a better job as parents and aunts/uncles than they did as children and siblings! I can only assume that this is the set up for the new spin-off series The Originals. And I have to admit, if last night was any indication, I might be switching teams! Read the rest of this entry »

Good is a hard word to live up to

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Matt and Rebekah

Well vervain is out of the Mystic Falls water supply and the best the vampires can think to do is compel a shopkeeper to steal a prom dress. Then again, we are talking about the highlight of senior year, so maybe I need to keep my priorities straight. My favorite part of last night’s episode was the hope of the gang that high school nostalgia – “friendship and memories” as Caroline says to a trying-her-best-to-be-giddy Bonnie – would be the thing to switch Elena’s humanity back on. I was a bit confused that this was a new tactic (haven’t Damon and Stefan constantly been trying to get Elena to turn back on her humanity? Why was this suddenly presented as a new plan?), but loved that it let the show play with the “what makes us human” question all over again. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Vampire Prozac

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Hey Kathryn,

So, I think my favourite moment in this episode was when Klaus shared that he paints BECAUSE painting is a metaphor for control! Who does something because the thing they do can be a metaphor for something true about their way of being in the world? In other words, in what universe does someone do something purely in the interpretive mode of that same act?? Painting can be a metaphor for something within the story – but you don’t do it because it’s a metaphor. Vampire Diaries got just a little too controlling there with how it wanted us to read the narrative…but it was a brilliant moment that summed up this episode for me – here we let the dust settle in a tightly controlled way to recap everything that matters for moving forwards to the end of this season. Overly expositional, painfully repetitive (Elena’s turned off her emotions and now let’s let each person now say how they feel about that three times), with a shuffle around of who is going to be hooking up with whom. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 15, 2013 at 8:41 am