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Eureka, Recapped

This is a dirty recap of the major story points of the show. It ignores most of the various romances, the awesomeness of Jo Lupo, the insanity that is Douglas Fargo, Henry becoming Mayor of Eureka, and most of the smaller details and interactions which are really at the heart of Eureka. This is a show that lives and breathes far more by its characters than the storylines.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 2: “Keep This Party Going”

True Blood always starts with a bang, and this week is no exception. Below Fangtasia, Eric hurls the severed arm of his most recent meal—in slow-mo—at poor, captive Lafayette. After he regains his composure, the always fabulous vampire sheriff stalks toward his surviving prisoner.

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Slash and Teh Magick Testicles of Perspicacity

Don Symons: Slash fiction is a kind of romance fiction that is written by and for heterosexual women …

Wrong.

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Top Ten Differences Between True Blood And Twilight

While I admire the way Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, looks without a shirt, I also feel a little dirty and pedophiliac about that admiration in a way that doesn’t pop up when I’m ogling Ryan Kwanten, playing Sookie’s lusty brother Jason, strutting about in a pair of tight white briefs.

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True Blood Season 2, Episode 1: “Nothing But the Blood”

Alan Ball’s True Blood has returned to HBO with all its moaning cellos, berserker sex, and hyperstylized squick intact. The series, based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire novels, struck a chord with audiences in its first season, becoming HBO’s third most-watched show of all time, trailing only The Sopranos and Sex in the City.

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Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 12: “Omega”

It’s taken me a week to write up my thoughts on the Dollhouse season finale “Omega” because the episode embodies a lot of what’s wrong with the show as a whole and I wanted to spend some time really thinking these things through. The result is quite lengthy but, I hope, thoughtful and not just a snarkfest.

There will be snark, oh yes. But I canceled the fest (like they should have canceled this show — zing!)

Game Changers

One thing I do appreciate about Dollhouse is Whedon’s willingness to change up the game. I was slightly worried back during New York Comic Con when Joss Whedon said that Paul and Echo would have several chances to “meet for the first time” and responded to a question/criticism about having Paul never actually finding the Dollhouse by likening it to Murder, She Wrote — if people didn’t keep dying whenever Jessica Fletcher came to town, there’d be no show!

Um.

Many shows have a great but limitedly-sustainable premise and how they deal with that generally determines how good the show ends up being. Television has changed since the 80s and it’s no longer acceptable to show the same basic plot structure over and over for years on end. Okay, I should say it shouldn’t be acceptable. Not for good television.

Thankfully, it appears that Ballard will not be repeating the same “almost got ’em, I’m so close, I know it exists!” story ad infinitum. Now he’s “working” for the Dollhouse. And in Season 2 I’m sure we’ll get to see him trying to take it down from the inside.

I figure Whedon’s statements at Comic Con may have been made to intentionally mislead (he’s done this before as regards story points, sort of going for meta-mystery elements). If so, I’m not sure whether to give kudos or not. Yay for keeping a lid on spoilers, boo for doing it in such a way as to make me assume you don’t know how to make series television work in the 21st century.

The major downside to this resolution was the loss of November/Mellie. The actress who plays her — Miracle Laurie — is really fabulous. I hope they find a way to incorporate her into Season 2 as well.

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The Best/Worst Star Trek Episodes Of All Time: The Original Series

Filed under worst of all time: “The Way to Eden”. The “space hippies” episode. Spock is cool, but Kirk is an uptight authoritarian (or a “Herbert” in space hippy slang). The ending is so heavy-handed that it cracks me up every time. -Mark Bukovec

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Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 11: “Briar Rose”

The penultimate Dollhouse episode attempted to offer almost everything viewers have ever wanted out of this show while promising that, truly, everything else we ever wanted was coming up next week. What wonders await!

We finally get to see the much-talked-about Alpha and witness his legendary genius and cruelty. We finally get to see Paul locate and infiltrate the Dollhouse. And we finally get to see Echo do something we’ve been wanting to see her do since this all started: tell Paul to GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME!

Okay, maybe I’m the only one gratified by this. But Paul’s creepy obsession with Caroline/Echo eroded away any sympathy or affection I had for him in the beginning. Early on, it seemed that Paul was very zealous about the Dollhouse itself and that finding the name and picture of one of the victims merely gave the quest a human face. Instead we were treated to wet dream sex fantasies and constant, boorish exclamations of how He Was Going To Save Her.

I had also thought that by giving him a relationship with Mellie (before it was revealed to be a big, crazy lie) he was going to realize that he didn’t need to fantasize about some pretty victim but instead focus on the sad (yet very attractive) woman who so desperately wanted his attention. But all of that was for naught. And when Paul states before going in that he is specifically NOT going to save Mellie and then, when inside, again specifically refuses to save her in favor of Caroline, I felt at that moment that I wanted to shoot him with a very large gun, but not before stabbing him in the eye.

Is there anyone in this show who I can feel good about?

The show’s answer seems to be: no.

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“I Want More Life, Smegger” – A Red Dwarf: Back to Earth Review

Let’s face it, Blade Runner is passé. Countless films have borrowed its neon-lit, gritty metropolis, its rain-soaked landscapes. But where others have aped, Red Dwarf: Back to Earth patently steals (and does so with a wink and a smile). Entire scenes are ripped verbatim from the Ridley Scott film. It’s pastiche, of course, but of the highest homage. In one cameo, writer and Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor gushes to the cast, “Blade Runner is the film which inspired both your creation and your death.” And like Roy Batty, contemplating his own untimely demise, the characters of Red Dwarf, a decade after we’ve last seen them, come to contemplate their own mortality in ways both meta-fictional and literal.

Nine years have passed since we last saw Dave Lister (Craig Charles), the slovenly, curry-loving sole survivor of the human race, as he travels through deep space inside the mammoth mining ship, Red Dwarf. The usual suspects are present: the priggish Arnold J. Rimmer (Chris Barrie), hologram of Lister’s dead bunk mate with a Napoleonic complex; Cat (Danny John-Jules), the vanity-obsessed descendant of a kitten Lister smuggled on board the ship three million years prior; and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), the box-headed mechanoid who finds nothing more pleasurable than ironing socks.

Notably missing in this new series is Holly, the ship’s daft computer, who has been switched offline because Lister apparently left a bath running in the officer’s quarters for nine years, flooding her mainframe. (I suspect that Hattie Hayridge and Norman Lovett, actors who both played Holly, were unavailable for filming.) Though noticeably older and possibly botoxed, the cast looks not too shabby after a decade hiatus.

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Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 10: Haunted

In this week’s episode of Dollhouse, Miss DeWitt places the personality of her dead friend into Echo. Said dead friend (Margaret) then decides to spend very little time with our favorite stony Brit and instead goes home to solve her own murder.

Anyone who has ever seen any episode of television or movie wherein a person who is rich and spoiled and a bit of an ass gets to view her or his life as an outsider (or a ghost or similar) knew exactly what was bound to happen in this episode. Her children, whom she doted on, hate her! Her gestures of symbolic affection piss people right off! She was not universally loved by those she loved in a cold, distant, and annoying way. How sad for Maggie.

This is like a really bad A Christmas Carol production done by 5th graders.