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Dollhouse Season 2, Episode 1

Indeed, the drama within the Dollhouse is tense and smart and uncomfortable, finally touching seriously on ugly issues like the traumas and personhood of the imprints. Which makes it all the more frustrating that the “A” plot is so damned stupid and problematic. When Ballard expresses discomfort over Echo’s sleeping with Apollo in the course of the mission, Echo counters that sex is fun, particularly with Apollo. Really, show? Really?

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Flash Forward: “No More Good Days”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, don’t watch television, or have been generally avoiding everything to do with ABC for the last several months, you’ve definitely heard of Flash Forward. The premise is simple: One day everyone on the planet blacks out for two minutes, seventeen seconds and has a vision of six months in the future.

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Eureka: “What Goes Around Comes Around”

Okay then. Global Dynamics is about to run its Super Duper Ultra Crazy Mega Zelda Collider and something, anything is going to go wrong. Something does.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 12: “Beyond Here Lies Nothin”

In interviews, Alan Ball has stated that the writers very deliberately split the characters up into isolated groups of two and three. This was a terrible idea, and they must know it—Ball has said that they won’t be doing the same thing for Season 3. True Blood is an ensemble piece, and hacking apart your ensemble is just plain dumb.

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Eureka: “Have an Ice Day”

“Have an Ice Day” features Tess on her first day as interim boss of Global Dynamics. Tess is waiting on a delivery of the longest ice core ever recovered, drilled out of the arctic sheet. Given the title of the episode, this can’t end well.

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True Blood Season 2, Episodes 10 & 11: “New World in My View” and “Frenzy”

Due to bull-headed, demidivine circumstances beyond our control, this week’s a True Blood recap double feature. And it’s just as well, really, because “New World in My View” and “Frenzy” are very much of a piece, making up the climactic third act of this second season. When our weary Dallas party finally reunites with the god-crazed Bon Temps staycationers, grand plans are set in motion and hijinks inevitably ensue. This being True Blood, however, “hijinks” means meat-altars, extemporaneous impersonations of Satan, and pleasant games of Yahtzee.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 9: “I Will Rise Up”

“I Will Rise Up” rises from the midseason doldrums to give us one of the best hours of True Blood this year. And it does so not with thrilling plot twists or throbbing drama, but characters who act like they know one another.

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Eureka: “Shower the People”

There are two primary storylines to any episode of Eureka. The first of “Shower of the People” is the strange drowning deaths of two GD scientists. Not strange simply because they drowned, but because they are drowning in their cars, in Cafe Diem’s bathroom. Not normal places for a drowning. It is crazy-Eureka-type drowning. That’s the best kind.

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District 9: Splatter Fable

The premise is brutally simple. A massive alien mothership arrives in the skies above Johannesburg, South Africa, but its inhabitants make no effort to initiate dialogue. Confused, impatient humanity flies up to meet the newcomers and is stunned to find a ship full of sick, starving creatures that look like bipedal shellfish.

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Ponyo: Another Miyazaki Masterpiece

Hayao Miyazaki is known for some of the best anime ever made. From his humble beginnings working on animated adaptations of traditional English fictions such as Treasure Island and Puss ‘n Boots to modern genre classics including Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Miyazaki has achieved an almost unparalleled mastery of animation and storytelling.