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True Blood S05E03: Whatever I Am, You Made Me

June 26, 2012 Dave Coates 0

This week’s True Blood felt like consolidating our learnings from last week, just to make sure we caught all the Vampire Politics chat. This week’s pros: Jess/Jason, Past Pam/Past Eric, the continuing buddy comedy going on at Authority HQ; cons: Tara, Sookie/Everyone, Stop Being Mean to Lafayette, The Fact That Neither Terry Nor Hoyt Have Anything Cool To Do. Calling it now: one of these guys will be the ‘major character’ to be shuffled off this year.

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Legend of Korra s01e11: Skeletons in the Closet, s01e12: Endgame

June 24, 2012 Jac Thurmond 2

First off, I have to say that we have some mad bending skills showing up in this episode. Apparently you can use firebending like your own personal jetpack now, or maybe that’s just Iroh being Iroh. Oh, and they’re fighting against Avatarverse biplanes in this episode, with firebending-powered anti-aircraft guns. This is seriously some top-notch worldbuilding.

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Girls S01E10: She Did

June 20, 2012 Dave Coates 3

Wrapping up one of the more unusual and surprising little shows I’ve seen in a long time, Girls’ season finale, “She Did” performed a really neat trick in wrapping up a lot of loose ends and letting them spool off in promising directions in one fell swoop.

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True Blood S05E01: Turn! Turn! Turn!

June 18, 2012 Dave Coates 1

After last year’s horror show ridicu-down with Aunt Petunia and the world’s stupidest ghosts, I was ready to hang up my True Boots on this misguided nonsense and go watch something a little more edifying,

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Legend of Korra s1e10: Turning the Tides

June 17, 2012 Jac Thurmond 1

So, we’re almost up to the season finale of Legend of Korra and things are heating up for the Avatar and friends. Pre-pop your popcorn and find a comfy chair, because the action’s literally non-stop.

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Girls S01E09: Leave Me Alone

June 13, 2012 Dave Coates 1

The second half of today’s recap features “Leave Me Alone”, which for you English Lit majors out there means the happy occurrence of a piece of writing about the act of writing, specifically one successfully published memoir (the eponymous Leave Me Alone) by Hannah’s nemesis, and one short story by Hannah herself.

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Girls S01E08: Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too

June 12, 2012 Dave Coates 0

After a pretty ignominious (read: meh) start to the run, Girls has improved considerably in the past few weeks, and even more remarkably than that, has sustained that improvement. Specifically, it’s started acting less like a loosely related series of short films and more like a long-form episodic story. Characters experience things and then remember those experiences the following week, or at least do so up until that change starts chafing against their own calcified senses of self.

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Game of Thrones S02E10: Valar Morghulis

June 7, 2012 Dave Coates 2

What kind of a year has it been in Westeros? Last week’s Battle of Blackwater was the obvious climax for the season, and in some ways “Valar Morghulis” performs an advanced version of the pawn-arranging shenanigans seen throughout this season, the difference being that the board is almost unrecognisable compared to how it began. We’re back on our horse to trot around the world of Game of Thrones, so let’s get to it.