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Boardwalk Empire S03E02: Spaghetti and Coffee

September 27, 2012 Dave Coates 0

After a competent, scene-setting and occasionally flat-footed premiere that (quite understandably) felt the need to rearrange itself narratively and substantially change the playing field, this episode started to break new ground for the show.

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True Blood Finale S05E12: Save Yourself

August 29, 2012 Dave Coates 0

In a lot of ways the title of the True Blood season 5 finale is absolutely accurate. This has been an incredibly hit-and-miss season, full of charming little details and crushing disappointments and a substantial supply of who-gives-a-craps.

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True Blood S05E10: Gone, Gone, Gone

August 15, 2012 Dave Coates 3

This week’s True Blood is subtitled ‘How to Say Goodbye to a Series Regular Without Killing Him/Her Off and Remaining True to the Relationships and Internal Logic of your Stupid Vampire Soap Opera’.

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True Blood S05E07: In The Beginning

July 24, 2012 Dave Coates 0

True Blood has gone so very far beyond the reaches of even its own half-hearted attempts at maintaining the rules of its own fictional universe, and is making some bloody odd decisions to boot. Incidentally I found a tumblr post that sums things up pretty good. Thisweek’s good: Sassy Sookie, Arlene’s Wedding Video, Sam Is A Dog; this week’s bad: just about everything else.

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True Blood S05E06: Hopeless

July 17, 2012 Dave Coates 0

Good news you guys, True Blood is totally in on the joke, this week at least. There was an unusual density of self-aware wtfery from characters and performers alike, plus the whole episode is called “Hopeless”. If TB is trolling here, then fair play, we all agreed to hop on board this fruity trainwreck, let’s keep on truckin. Good things this week: Lafayette, Eric/Alcide, RUSSELL; bad: Tara, werewolves, fairies, Iraq, oh my.