Masters of Sex: Mirror, Mirror

 Posted by on September 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  1 Response »
Sep 022014
 

Masters of Sex, "Mirror Mirror" Bill Masters meets with FrancesIf the Masters of Sex episode Mirror, Mirror proves anything, it’s that the show is committed to the structural experimentation we saw last week, with Asterion, albeit this time with considerably more success.

At one point in Mirror, Mirror, Virginia, watching a pair of study subjects have intercourse, notes the symmetry between men and women: Their bodies are not identical, but they have symmetrical reactions during normal intercourse. Skin darkening is mentioned, but you can continue the thought process; both men and women have erectile tissue, both men and women lubricate, etc. This is not even mentioning the things that are identical: Heart rate, respiration, and so on. Virginia postulates that abnormal sexuality is also symmetrical, and the episode focuses specifically on impotence (now more often called “erectile dysfunction”) and vaginismus. Continue reading »

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Sep 012014
 

Hell on Wheels "Life's a Mystery" Sid plays poker with Eva

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.05, Life’s a Mystery, is the first episode in quite some time that endeavors to be more than an episode of a good television show. Which is to say, the show has broad themes: About the American Dream, about transcending the past, about being an outsider; but it doesn’t often do that theme-per-episode thing like many other excellent shows (including Mad Men).

Life’s a Mystery, though, is different. It’s a tour of the Spaghetti Western, Clint Eastwood via Sergio Leone, with an opening straight out of Hang ‘Em High, music courtesy of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and slo-mo bullet holes borrowed from The Wild Bunch. It roots itself, not just in “the Western”—a genre that traverses literary and film history—but a very specific era of the Western. The spaghetti Western and its brethren are almost always set in Mexico or near the border, are invariably bloody, are highly stylized, and have a distinctive sound. Continue reading »

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Fan Art Thursday: Zack Wallenfang

Fan Art Thursday: Zack Wallenfang

Aug 28, 2014

We haven’t had Fan Art Thursday in a while, but here’s a delightful artist who I discovered when Robert Morse (Bert Cooper) fell in love with the above portrait of himself. Check out the entire blog, which includes portraits of Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, and Joan Harris.

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Masters of Sex: Asterion

Masters of Sex: Asterion

Aug 25, 2014

Halfway through Season 2, Masters of Sex decides “to hell with this,” and leaps forward two and a half years in the episode Asterion. I’m not saying it’s inexplicable—that’s the wrong word, because I can think it through and come up with explanations. Yet it was altogether strange. The decision here is not to be [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Aug 24, 2014

So. That happened. Hell on Wheels Episode 4.04, Reckoning, was about what happened. It was a plot-builder, laying down groundwork for future episodes. None of the character work we saw (and we saw some good stuff) was meant to stand on its own; all of it was there to lead us to future episodes. This [...]

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SPOILER ALERT!

SPOILER ALERT!

Aug 19, 2014

It’s an understatement to say that “spoilers” are anathema for today’s film and television audiences. Until the advent of social media, the threat of inadvertently or deliberately revealing an important story element or plot twist was posed primarily through word-of-mouth (at water coolers which no longer exist) or by imprudent media critics. The term mainly [...]

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Christmas 1969

Christmas 1969

Aug 13, 2014

Saw this photo and immediately thought it might be something we see before the show wraps.

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HELLO?

HELLO?

Aug 6, 2014

Call me when you fix the damn phone! – Pete Campbell As Deb mentions in her recap, communication is a problem in A Day’s Work. People stumble into assumptions, can’t find the people they need to see, can’t tell whether anyone is hearing them, or can’t communicate at all.

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Thus Spoke Mad Men

Thus Spoke Mad Men

Aug 5, 2014

A lot of recaps of Mad Men 7.04, The Monolith, noted that the episode contained multiple references to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, very few actually listed them all. Well, if you want something done right… Here is my list of 2001: A Space Odyssey (referred to henceforth as “2001”) allusions in Mad [...]

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