Monthly Archives: September 2010

The drummer from Led Zeppelin?

“Scarecrow” addresses many of the complaints I’ve had about Supernatural while simultaneously generating some new ones. Continue reading

What a person’s supposed to do?

The problem with climactic events is that they don’t actually exist in real life.  Far from tying things off, reality’s biggest events tend to have the biggest fallout, a fact that fiction normally obscures with convenient act breaks, the consequences of the “ultimate” conflict being dealt with off stage and the slate being cleared for the next story… or not.   Continue reading

People need to know who I am

Wouldn’t you know it, one episode after I give an extended diatribe about what’s wrong with Damages’ flash forwards, the show delivers its best use of them since the premiere. Continue reading

I’m wondering which lie to believe

“E.B.E.” gets it right as far as mythology episodes go.  It’s the kind of thing The X-Files did so well in its early years: downed UFOs, alien rescue missions, and lies within lies within truths within lies…  It’s all about the questions and not the answers Continue reading

Final Thoughts: Brian

A “What Worked/What Didn’t” post on Dexter Season One would be a trifle redundant given that it was 99% awesome and 1% Doakes.  I believe it will be more productive to focus my first season summation on its big bad, the Ice Truck Killer, aka Rudy Cooper, aka Brian Moser, aka Binie.  What makes ITK such an incredible villain is how our understanding of him evolves over the course of the season.  He moves from playmate to foe to kindred, with each phase informing the previous ones.  Knowing who he is and what his motives are provides the best sort of twist, both undermining and enhancing our understanding of the rest of the story. Continue reading

You can’t be a killer and a hero. It doesn’t work like that!

Doesn’t it?  That, my friends, is the six million dollar question.  Dexter is fascinating on any number of levels; it’s an everyman story, a superhero origin, and a crime procedural; it’s about identity and community, relationships and alienation, honesty and affection; but its central conflict, first and foremost, is a moral one. Continue reading

I’m here and you’re not

It’s difficult to pinpoint where the shift is in “Truth Be Told.”  Confronting his past in room 103 has rattled Dexter, but he’s still in control.  He’s more preoccupied than ever with understanding his past, but he’s the one driving the story arc.  That’s changed by episode’s end.   Continue reading

When someone says the place is haunted, don’t go in

It may be premature to claim that Supernatural has hit its stride, but after two very good episodes in a row I’m feeling pretty enthused about this series.  Those worried about how much gas Supernatural can get out of repurposing old horror stories Continue reading

It’s hard for me, you know that

“Seeing Red” throws Dexter as far out of his comfort zone as we’ve seen.  It’s not just the panic attack inducing bloodbath but the mounting strains on his personal relationships that do this.   Continue reading

I don’t know what you want from me

We’ve known for some time that Harry is not infallible, but “Father Knows Best” is the first episode to put that fact into focus and make Dexter confront it.  The notion that Harry knew about Dexter’s birth father and lied about it certainly isn’t a good thing, but the Morgans do seem to be overreacting a little.  The problem is Continue reading