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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.

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Girls S01E06-S01E07: The Return, Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident

May 30, 2012 Dave Coates 2

This is a double-header post for Lena Dunham’s Girls, the show I keep rooting for to succeed despite its concerted effort to make me meh harder than I’ve ever mehed before. In brief: I like that it’s talking about ugly relationship things that don’t tend to get a lot of air time, I like that it’s generally sex-positive if slightly ambivalent about how it presents its leading men, though even that seems to be evolving over the course of the season.

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Game of Thrones S02E09: Blackwater

May 28, 2012 Dave Coates 0

For the first time on Game of Thrones the action took place in one location over one night, under the direction of The Descent’s Neil Marshall and written by G.R.R. Martin himself, which might explain a thing or two about a thing or two. For once recapping this show chronologically might be the better option so here goes.