Nov 232014
 

Holy shit.

Homeland Episode 4.09: There’s Something Else Going On, was kind of a heart-stopper, wasn’t it? All through the prisoner exchange, we were just not breathing. The suicide bomber kid, the Pretty Pakistani Colonel left in the dark, the creepy inquiry after Lockhart–it was all there, leading us to fear a double-cross during the exchange, there at the airport hangar. So much so, that when the exchange was over, complete with tearful moment between Saul and Carrie, we still didn’t relax. So much so, that even when the attack on the convoy happened, we knew that there was still much more to learn. Continue reading »

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Nov 232014
 
Hell on Wheels episode 4.13: Cullen arrives at the Central Pacific

Photo Credit: Chris Large/AMC

The Hell on Wheels season 4 finale, Further West, did what it needed to do to establish Season 5. In many ways, it was a lovely and emotionally satisfying episode, while in others, it was a little flat. Oddly, it played like the finale of a show whose fate was unknown. In such a case (Are we cancelled? Are we coming back?), a show’s producers are justified in tying off loose ends and letting the audience know exactly where each of the major characters leaves off. But even before Hell on Wheelsrenewal was announced, it was a ratings hit and in no danger. So, the decision to tie off loose ends was based more in narrative than practical necessity. Continue reading »

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The H Word

The H Word

Nov 19, 2014

There have been a few discussions of gay people on Mad Men, and the discussions usually get pretty derogatory. “So Kurt is a pervert.”—Harry in Season Two, The Jet Set. “I knew queers existed, I just don’t want to work with them.”—Ken in Season Two (same episode). “You people.”—Don (talking to Sal) in Season Three, […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: Pardon Our Dust

The Walking Dead Recap: Pardon Our Dust

Nov 17, 2014

There are a lot of windows in episode 4.06, Consumed, of The Walking Dead. Our friends (Daryl and Carol, mostly) gaze through them; their zombie tormentors bang on them; we even see some pretty good gallows humor written on them.

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Fan Art Thursday: Skywalking Dead

Fan Art Thursday: Skywalking Dead

Nov 13, 2014

Maybe you’ve seen this. I think it’s pretty funny. T-shirt available for purchase here.

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Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Nov 12, 2014

So, on re-watching the Hell on Wheels episode Bleeding Kansas, I was struck by how damn good Anson Mount is. I rarely mention it, perhaps because my recaps are more involved in what’s going on with the show and characters, and I don’t talk about acting much at all. But Mount is worth mentioning because […]

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Things I Want to Know Before Mad Men Ends

Things I Want to Know Before Mad Men Ends

Oct 8, 2014

[Hey, Basketcases. Here’s another post that was published in the “dead zone”–before the site crash, after the cut-off of data we were able to recover. It’s not identical to how it was before, because it was still a draft as of cut-off, but it’s still ripe for discussion. Enjoy! — Deborah] In this “wish list” […]

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