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True Blood Season 2, Episode 8: “Timebomb”

“Timebomb” is a coy, on-the-nose title for this week’s episode, but it might as easily have been called “Everything and Nothing.” The first fifteen minutes seem to resolve more or less everything in the Dallas plotline, and the rest of the episode is a whole lot of nothing.

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Eureka: “If You Build It…”

It’s just another Friday in Eureka. The mysterious signal mentioned in previous episodes is considered a harbinger of something from space following said signal. Jo Lupo got an awesome new police car – which allows a moment of product placement before we get back to the real issue at hand: General Mansfield (the one that fired Carter a few episodes back) has ordered Allison Blake to prepare a defense strategy for Eureka. Any Eureka defense strategy will be crazily high tech.

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Eureka: “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

The July 31 episode of Eureka, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, was a silly and lighthearted romp of an episode. While Carter investigates the theft of some globidium components (yeah, some fake Global Dynamic patented product), which are used in a variety of capacities in Eureka, an annual bowling tournament is about to take place between a Eureka (Global Dynamics) corporate squad and one from Area 51.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 7: “Release Me”

Like many excellent songs by the Pixies, this week’s True Blood is built on a simple “LOUD quiet LOUD” structure, alternating between crazy plot-driving action and intimate conversations.

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Eureka: “Insane in the P-Brain”

Welcome to the weekly glimpse into the weirdness that is a town called Eureka. This week Allison Blake asks Carter to talk to one of her scientists who is obsessed with his new discovery: almost-proof of the spirit realm.

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True Blood, Season 2, Episode 6: “Hard-Hearted Hannah”

This week’s True Blood revelation is that Bill sings. More specifically, he sang, back when he was a nasty faux-French aristo who cut a bloody rug through Chicago with his maker, Lorena. And how do we learn about Bill’s Angelic past, you ask? Why, Ms. Lorena arrives in Dallas — and at the request of Eric, no less, who hopes to throw a wrench into Bill and Sookie’s loveworks. While Sookie’s off on her mission to infiltrate the Fellowship of the Sun, Lorena subdues Bill in his hotel room.

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TV Review – Warehouse 13: “Resonance” and Eureka: “Your Face or Mine?”

Dear Warehouse 13, Why do you suck? You have such a great premise and there are cool visual images and little background details that are fun tidbits. The actors appear to be trying to find a way to create compelling characters. You were co-created by Jane Espenson, a writer who built her pop-culture reputation on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 5: “Never Let Me Go.”

“Never Let Me Go” is funny and fun and even sort of thematically clever, but for all that, it feels a bit top-heavy with fanservice. Mileage will vary on whether or not that’s a bad thing, obviously, but consider: in the course of one episode, we see Jason wield a rocket launcher, a lengthy flashback to Eric’s viking days, and multiple consummations of boiling sexual tension. I mean, whew.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 4: “Shake and Fingerpop”

This week, in True Blood: lessons in glamor, wooden bullets, and coffins that open from the inside. For my money, “Shake and Fingerpop” is Season 2’s best episode yet: hilarious, well-paced, and beautifully directed, with at least one stand-out moment for every major character. There are a few minor points to snark about, and snark I will, but any and all quibbles are ultimately overshadowed by the fun stuff.

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TV Review: Eureka and Warehouse 13

Let us just say that there are supernatural happenings, a mystical artifact, and bright flashing purple lights and leave it at that. Exactly what happens doesn’t matter.