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You Got Anybody to Eat Around Here?

… So I can, so I can watch you weave

Stellar performances all round aren’t enough to save “The Shroud of Rahmon.”  It’s not that this is bad episode, it’s actually a really fun departure for the series, it’s just that we didn’t need a departure, we needed an episode that carried forward the incredible momentum this show has built up recently.  It’s not even that this story doesn’t service the season arc.  Kate’s been slightly sidelined thus far, but her arc will become critical to the narrative and this was a good return for her.  Beyond that, we had more of the usual anxiety about Angel’s obsession with Darla and further integration of Gunn into the group.  It’s all good and necessary groundwork, but things still feel stalled after the recent intensity. Continue reading

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One game at a time

Seems knowing isn’t actually half the battle

“The Prince of Winterfell” is about as far from doing one thing at a time as Game of Thrones gets.  I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but this series is well served by its incredible scope… except when it’s not.  There’s still a lot of fun to be had along the way, but efforts to fit virtually every single character into a single episode mean we can’t really invest in anything that’s going on.  Episodes like this one are a bit inevitable on this series and while it was by no means bad, it did feel a lot like housekeeping; we’re caught up on all the major plot points and the pieces are placed just where they need to be for the season’s end game. Continue reading

I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it

“Lovers Walk” is one of those episodes that make you wonder just how well Whedon had Buffy’s continuity planned out.  While Spike’s behavior is certainly in keeping with what we already know, it truly resonates with things we won’t learn about him until season five’s “Fool for Love.”  The nice part about not particularly caring about authorial intent is that I’m free to see William the Bloody Awful Poet all over this story, whether that background actually existed at this point or not.  We never doubted that Spike loved Drusilla, but his despair over losing her reveals a sensitivity we haven’t seen before.    Combine that with his unique insight into Buffy and Angel’s relationship and you’ve got a character with the soul of a poet. Continue reading

I need to embrace who I am

Dexter’s identity crisis continues in “Morning Comes,” despite his assertions to the contrary. What’s so great about this episode is that we’re watching Dexter embrace what he thinks he is while still demonstrating the contradictions and uncertainties that have left him so confused in recent weeks.  This season’s body count has felt relatively low and so it’s nice to see Dex finish the job with Jimenez and it’s even nicer to see him turn on Lilah, the woman we all love to hate, but these monstrous acts are contrasted by the concern he shows for Rita and the kids.  The truth is that Dexter has no clue who he is. Continue reading

They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney

Well, it seems that I owe the creators of Damages an apology.  Uncle’s Pete’s suicide may have been and emotionally empty payoff, but his suicide attempt proved to be fertile ground for telling a great story.  Not only did we learn enough about Pete’s character to really care about what happened to him, we found out exactly why he’s so important to Patty.  We knew he took care of her after her dad bailed, but actually seeing the bond between the two (both in flashbacks and the present) makes it relevant to the story.  Pete’s predicament is no longer just a superfluous subplot, but a moral crisis for Patty. Continue reading

I’m so used to you being a grown up

“The Dark Age” is one of the episodes I remember most from my initial viewing of Buffy, not because it’s particularly great, but because of how deftly it expands the characters and world of the show and (I’ll admit) because I’m a huge Giles fan.  Until now Rupert’s done the heavy lifting in making the exposition seem credible and served as a straight-laced foil for Buffy’s teenaged rebellions.  Continue reading

How come they don’t fly away?

After all the plot advancement in the last couple of episodes, “Duck and Cover” gives us some defining character moments.  “Defining” may be a bit misleading, as none of these choices seem terribly pivotal, but the way the characters respond to the various challenges here is much more about who they are than it is about what they do.  Continue reading