Masters of Sex: Surrogates

 Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  3 Responses »
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Masters of Sex, "Surrogates"--Virginia Johnson in Vegas

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It’s amazing how much of a 360 180 Masters of Sex can do. The difference between last week’s Monkey Business and this week’s Surrogates is a case in point, as the show has gone, in two weeks, from rock bottom to excellence. With Monkey Business, not only was it kind of weird and creepy, it was also hard to understand the point. But the latest episode of Masters of Sex was not merely enjoyable, it also worked its themes and motifs extremely well. (Almost) all of the characters were true to themselves, true to what we know of their back stories, and firing on all cylinders.

Is it a coincidence that none of the children were seen this week? An episode without Johnny or Tessa works remarkably well, no? And speaking of Bill and Virginia’s various progeny, what was the point of that whole pregnancy? Now that it’s over, we never seen the baby at all, and she does very little to complicate Virginia’s life.  Continue reading »

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Aug 302015
 
Hell on Wheels, "False Prophets" -- Brigham Young is stabbed

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Hell on Wheels  Episode 5.07: False Prophets, sets itself a number of challenges. For those who know the history, things like the eventual terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, which railroad reached Ogden first, and the life and death of Brigham Young are already known, yet the show must still make the playing out of this history interesting. (Hell on Wheels doesn’t adhere strictly to the true story–Thomas Durant, for one, never came back from his arrest during the Credit Mobilier scandal. Yet the broader strokes of history are represented fairly, and I fully expect the golden spike to be driven more or less as really happened.) On the other hand, people who don’t know the history have to be kept entertained by a bunch of negotiations around a conference table with a bunch of angry bearded men going over the fine points of a part of Americana they may have barely heard of.  Continue reading »

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