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“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.” It is somewhat anti-climatic when you know that a character cannot die. For instance, in last week’s episode when Oenomaus was savagely attacked by Jango Fett. Given that Oenomaus survives the first season, there was no way he could die. Especially given that, historically, he ends up being a leader of the rebellion. Ditto this week’s episode when Crixus, not yet even part of the brotherhood, is to fight in the arena against Barca’s lover (his name escapes me: such is the fate of death… Auctus, I believe). Given that Crixus is another leader of the rebellion and alive at the end of the first season it is little surprise he wins his fight. I’m surprised that Batiatus’s father, Titus, survived the episode. I guess they are going for a slow poisoning rather than a quick kill with him. At least his presence will cut down on the three-ways between Batiatus, the Cylon, and the pyro from “Dexter.”

“Supernatural.” I thought it was going to be a one-off episode when the description made mention of dragons and Dean having to prove himself in order to acquire a dragon-slaying sword. It would seem, rather, that dragons are the Purgatory equivalent of angels and demons. Overall, an enjoyable episode.

“Fringe.” Again, another episode demonstrating why “Fringe” should only be 12-15 episodes per season rather than 22. Yet again, Walter feels–maybe–a degree of guilt for his past experiments but, oh well, it is a good thing that he did the experiments otherwise the case would have been unsolvable. Rather flimsy ethical framework given that series appears to be based upon which universe Peter will choose to destroy. The only scene of value was discovering that the guy from the bowling alley (you might recognize him from “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” among other films) is over a century old and possesses detailed knowledge of both universes, thus leading to the conclusion that he is not human and not an observer.

February 10, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. In this week’s Hellcats, lapsed evangelical Savannah revealed that she left her Christian college when her favorite professor was fired for teaching Plato. I don’t know very much about fundamentalist Christianity, but given the history of Christianity, that seems like a particularly bad choice of philosophers for the scriptwriters to use for that plot point.

    Comment by voyou | February 10, 2011

  2. I’m newly obsessed with Downton Abbey, which is unfortunate because the second season doesn’t start until the fall. Not quite as good as Mad Men, but along with that show it has forced me to reconsider what my preferred qualities are in a television program. It used to be that I liked to watch comedic melodramas about cute blondes who fight bad guys and engage in snarky repartee (e.g., Buffy, Veronica Mars). But it turns out that actually I am drawn to slow-paced, underacted soap operas about inscrutable characters who sit around in beautiful period clothing discussing incredibly tedious minutiae. Coming off my P&P binge of the past week, maybe I just needed another show about entailments, the economies of English manor estates, and marriageable daughters in search of husbands.

    Comment by jms | February 11, 2011

  3. Oh except, the incidental music on Downton Abbey is really terrible. It would have been better to have gone with recognizable period music. Or even, total background silence.

    Comment by jms | February 11, 2011

  4. I finished Friday Night Lights tonight and now there’s no show that I love. Plenty that I like, several that I like-like, but none that I love. Maybe I’ll write another season of Terriers in my mind.

    Comment by k-sky | February 11, 2011

  5. Justified is back! This episode was a little slow, though.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | February 11, 2011

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