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Archive for August, 2009

Hung: “The Rita Flower”, or “The Indelible Stench”

Posted by therebelprince on August 19, 2009

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Great guest performances and some logical plot follow-ups make this episode worthwhile, even if we’re beginning to feel in a bit of a holding pattern. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Pill-O-Matix”

Posted by therebelprince on August 19, 2009

From the LA TimesAs befits the season’s penultimate episode, everything teeters on the edge of insanity this week – although thankfully it barely ever feels like end-of-season filler. But as we essentially got a series of vignettes this week, I’m going to dispense with the usual recap format and just go straight for my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mad Men: “Out of Town”

Posted by therebelprince on August 18, 2009

From About.com

“Limit your exposure…”

– Don Draper

Welcome back to the third season of the best thing on television these days, Mad Men. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Prisoner Rewatch: Part Two

Posted by therebelprince on August 16, 2009

“Are you going to run?”

“Like blazes! First chance I get.”

“I meant run for office?”

— Number Two and Number Six, “Free For All”

There’s some great exploration of the Village in this, the second installment of our classic Prisoner rewatch: “Free for All” and “Chimes of Big Ben”. Read the rest of this entry »

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LOST Rewatch: “Maternity Leave”, “The Whole Truth”, “Lockdown” & “Dave”

Posted by therebelprince on August 16, 2009

“When I need the guns, I’ll get the guns.”

– Jack Shephard

It’s an odd set of episodes this week. Among them, the worst episode to date: “Maternity Leave”, and some pretty good dynamics in “The Whole Truth” and “Lockdown”, which somewhat opens us up for the next chapter of Lost. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thoughts on Mad Men

Posted by therebelprince on August 15, 2009

Season 3 of AMC’s phenomenal Mad Men starts tomorrow, so here are some miscellaneous thoughts on the series to date, and what I hope to see when the show returns us to 1963. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Nine Review

Posted by therebelprince on August 15, 2009


“Where does creamed corn figure into the workings of the universe? What really *is* creamed corn? Is it a symbol for something else?”

– The Log Lady’s Introduction

This week on Twin Peaks, plenty of clues and exposition, as well as some genuine weirdness; in fact, it feels like we’re still in season one.

(Now’s the time to point out that I’ll be pretty fast and loose with plot details about the series from here on: if you haven’t watched the rest of the show, think twice about reading further!)

The pressure of the networks, the critics and the audiences had prevailed, and David Lynch and Mark Frost relucantly began the march toward the revelation of Laura’s killer. It’s actually confirmed in this episode, but the audience weren’t to know that… Read the rest of this entry »

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Nashville Soothes My Soul

Posted by therebelprince on August 14, 2009

This week, ramblings on Robert Altman‘s devastating and rhapsodic 1975 masterpiece Nashville.

First off, if you don’t know the film, buy it. And while you’re waiting for it to arrive, you can read a detailed recap here. In essence, 24 people – country music stars and wannabes, politicos and obsessives on the outside-looking-in – converge and criss-cross through each other’s lives over one weekend in the country music capital. Through their staggeringly diverse outlooks, Altman paints a picture of a confused America as it came out of Camelot and its black-and-white Cold War politics, and into the modern era. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thoughts on True Blood

Posted by therebelprince on August 13, 2009

From HBO
With the second season heating up, I thought I’d say a few words about HBO’s vampire drama True Blood. It’s not something I’m interested in reviewing regularly, but I figured I’ll check in every now and then on the series’ development.

I didn’t know if I would come back after the first season, which I found pretty cheaply characterised. While Alexander Skarsgård (left with Kristin Bauer) as the beautiful Viking vampire Eric, and Rutina Wesley as the free-spirited Tara really stood out, the poor leads – Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer – got saddled with cardboard characters who attempted to evoke vampire novel stereotypes without any embellishment. I think Moyer’s still stuck with the rather bland Bill, but I’m realising more and more that the simplicity of Sookie Stackhouse is a clever acting decision by Paquin.

(It’s probably worth pointing out that I haven’t read the books, so I’m never sure how much blame to place on Alan Ball and his team, and how much goes back to Charlaine Harris herself.)

Season two has definitely increased the series’ overall intelligence level. I really enjoy the world they’ve created here: it’s a Deep South with character and grit. I think it’s a pity that we’ve stepped away from the gritty world of ‘V’ dealers, but I guess we explored that pretty throughly in season one. This year, it’s about opening up to the magical aspects that lies beyond our comprehension, and about the hilarious but cruel cult that is the Fellowship of the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 4, Episodes 17 – 23

Posted by therebelprince on August 13, 2009

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In the fourth season, Dallas was nominated for four Golden Globes, six Emmys and a People’s Choice Award (which it won). Alongside this, it came in at #1 in the Nielsens and was the subject of every magazine headline and watercooler discussion. It was the era of the soap opera, and while its peak would only last for half a decade, the era helped define television as a serialised narrative form, where character dimensions and consequences could actually take on meaning. In the meantime, watercoolers across America were getting their biggest workout as the exploits of the Ewing family took the airwaves by storm. But enough of hyperbole, let’s talk about the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

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