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True Blood S05E05: Let’s Boot and Rally

July 10, 2012 Dave Coates 0

I imagine the writing sessions at True Blood Towers consists of a lot of excited people smooshing dolls together and babbling excitedly about who should be bffs with who before handing their ‘ideas’ over to a bunch of wizened hacks who insert as much self-referential eyerolling as humanly possible without exploding the fanbase.

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True Blood S05E04: We’ll Meet Again

July 2, 2012 Dave Coates 1

Good news, everyone! I called up a guy and he came round and rewired my brain so it comprehends True Blood. This week’s episode, “We’ll Meet Again” had its ups (Pam, Eric, Christopher Meloni) and downs (Tara, Sookie, Terry’s storyline) and once more everything was thrown together into a big old gumbo fulla cray that didn’t move things along much but made a big noise doing it.

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Louie S03E01: Something is Wrong

July 2, 2012 Dave Coates 0

So, up front, I have only seen a small amount of Louie previously, but judging by the recaps and background stuff plot isn’t really Louie’s thing. What I do know is that he’s a supremely funny guy, and that he is proving that culture can be distributed en mass without middlemen for a reasonable price, and was unbelievably up front about what he was doing with the million bucks he raked in. More fanboying later. So the actual show is 22 minutes of weird little vignettes that explore reprehensible aspects of the Louie character that I can’t recall seeing so bluntly exposed in any other show.

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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.