Tag Archives: s2e05

God still doesn’t want you… but I do

I’ll kick your ass if you don’t Wang Chung

I always thought that this was a good episode, but it still far exceeded my expectations.  Serialized television (at least, great serialized television) builds multiple mini-payoffs into its structure as the larger story continues to build.  It’s difficult to sustain tension over 10-12 episodes, let alone 20-24, so the audience gets some catharsis along the way in order to assure us that all this is going somewhere.  This episode is a pitch-perfect example of this, offering a satisfying emotional payoff to the past few episodes in Angel and Darla finally meeting while simultaneously promising even greater drama to come. Continue reading

Anyone can be killed

I know something you don't know

Never ever suggest that things going to work out just fine, you’ll invariably be killed moments later by a smoke monster that looks like your brother.  Renly learns Eko’s lesson the hard way in “The Ghost of Harrenhal” and I couldn’t be happier.  Not that I wished Renly ill, but his death is much like Ned Stark’s in that it propels the story into unexpected territory.  Much of the strength of Game of Thrones is its willingness to sacrifice potential stories in favour of the story.  Enough care was put into developing Renly’s, Loras, and co. that this series could’ve gone on being just as entertaining with them in it.  Killing a likable character can be a bold move, but killing and interesting story is far bolder.  It really helps make this feel like the experience of a world rather than of a plot. Continue reading

I think they could be cleaner

Alright, I’m officially done bitching about season three.  Mayor Wilkins has arrived.  Actually, I do have a few complaints about “Homecoming,” but let’s take a moment a savor the arrival of Buffy’s greatest Big Bad.  The Mayor was hinted at a few times over the last couple of seasons and his first appearance should be enough to intrigue anyone who’s been paying attention.  It’s not that surprising that the man who runs the town on the Hellmouth would shrug off the arrival of a couple of international criminals (or that he’d be well-placed enough to learn about it) but for him to do so with a big grin and a reprimand for not washing thoroughly is a wonderful way to thwart expectations. Continue reading

I’m not who I’m supposed to be

Dexter works so well as a twisted take on super hero mythology that an episode like “The Dark Defender” feels largely superfluous.  I really didn’t need the series to point out all the connections between itself and the genre and the image of Dexter in the Dark Defender outfit feels silly and obvious rather than dramatic.  The notion that Dexter may be driven not only by bloodlust, but some subconscious need to avenge his mother is a good one, but making it this obvious robs it of the nuance that normally characterizes DexterContinue reading

I agree, it wasn’t funny

After the intense focus on Patty and Daniel’s relationship last week, this episode felt a little scattershot as nearly all of the major and minor plot points were given some attention.  It actually does a good job keeping the various balls in the air, but these quick shifts make the season feel a little disjointed.  I really hope that Ellen’s revenge and the UNR case collide in some meaningful way before the series finale, because I’m finding it a bit hard to stay invested in both stories.  The revenge plot gets some interesting developments here, but I still found myself waiting more scenes about UNR. Continue reading

I wrote a song, bitches!

And I’m finally writing another blog post…umm….people.  Yeah!

This episode was about the fun, fun world of second chances and those who take them or throw them away.  Continue reading

The words, “Let that be a lesson” are a tad redundant at this juncture

A bunch of frat boys lure high school girls to their house, dope them, and then sacrifice them to some giant snake demon.  Hmm, I wonder what that’s supposed to symbolize.  Early episodes like “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” and “Angel” have demonstrated how even straightforward metaphors can be used to enhance story-telling, but “Reptile Boy” does little to tie date rape into the plot, which is the usual one about Buffy’s responsibilities as Slayer interfering with her having a life.  Snake demons aside, there is a lot to like about this episode as the frat boys are suitably creepy and there’s some solid comedy from all members of the Scooby-Gang, I just wish that the central conceit had been a bit more relevant. Continue reading

They used to make steel there, no?

The comedy quotient of season two was definitely upped with “Undertow.”  Humor’s probably more difficult to execute within the realistic framework this series has created, but this episode was really consistent with the chuckles. Continue reading