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Again, the viewing options were mostly limited to (in order of broadcast) “True Blood,” “Combat Hospital” and “Murdoch Mysteries.” I’ll note one exception: there were two episodes of “All for Nothing” available On Demand this week. (There were only two because our cable provider, Cogeco, is the absolutely worse cable company in the history of the world.) The show would be completely unnotable if not for the fact that it is filmed in Ottawa. Most “real estate/design” shows in Canada are filmed in Toronto (with the exception of “Buy Me,” which is filmed around Montreal). It’s a fun game to call out what neighbourhood the house is in given that they don’t bother to provide you with the details. Of the two episodes we’ve seen, it is clear that one house was in Stittsville, another in the original part of Kanata, one in the block formed by Carling/Fisher/Merivale/Baseline–to the best of my knowledge it doesn’t have a neighbourhood name (it is largely “victory housing), and for the last one, Blythe guessed Kemptville and I guessed further east down the 417–turns out it was in Oxford Mills, which is comparatively close to Kemptville. The realtor on the show is a complete tool, but, in true “renegade marketing” style, he spends most of his time explaining to people why he is the best and, to prove it, he drives an H2 with giant decals of his face on it. The show is held together by the contrived competitive tension between the designer (who looks like the wicked witch of Carleton Heights) and the realtor (who just looks like a jackass). Overall, the show proves the maxim: those who cannot do, go into real estate or design. I am sad that the full series is not available On Demand.

The best thing about this week’s episode of “Combat Hospital” was that it eventually ended–and the preview for next week’s episode promises the return of Adam Beach. (Speaking of Kemptville above, it is said that Adam Beach lives in Kemptville.) “Murdoch Mysteries” was much better this week–George found a potential girlfriend who is thinking of leaving the telephone operator business and starting her own private detective agency: a “ladies’ detective agency.” Good reference. Why didn’t that show get a second season? This week, Murdoch invents wiretapping. Unlike “The Wire,” they don’t need a sassy coupon-cutting black woman to monitor the lines. They just use a lightbulb to let them know when a call is being made or received.

Overall, this week’s episode of “True Blood” was likely the strongest of the season, although I’m not sure I can say specifically why this is the case. In any episode at all, Jason’s v-infused fantasies about Jessica would have been great, but added in his guilt about Jessica being Hoyt’s girlfriend–thus bringing Hoyt into the fantasy–was comedy gold. Similarly, Hoyt trying to compare his malaise about Jessica to Jason’s gang rape at Hot Shot was also hilarious. Somehow, in the past year, Jason has matured; Hoyt has not. It was also great when Tommy turned to Sam for help after he had killed Joe Lee and Melinda. The interlude with Andy pulling them over and Tommy shifting into an alligator was quite funny as was Sam’s solution to the floating body problem: marshmallows. Marnie continues to be absolutely intolerable. This seems to be the case with the villains in most season, with the exception of Russell. The story about Jesus and the goat was a bit odd–“He was the greatest pet I ever had. And then I stabbed him the fuck to death because my crazy shaman grandfather told me. I felt so powerful!” Good job, asshole. You killed a goat that was tied down with two ropes.

Pam has the best outfits. Bill thinks she looks like a beekeeper, but Bill has always been mean to her.

Unrelated–except insofar as it has TV favourites Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten and Summer Glau–the trailer for “Knights of Badassdom” is absolutely hilarious.

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July 28, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays

5 Comments

  1. Next week just post a .gif of Eric and Sookie fucking under the full moon.

    Comment by Blythe | July 31, 2011

  2. I’ll see what I can do. I don’t think anyone would notice one way or another what was in the post.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | July 31, 2011

  3. That was my point, pretty much. No comments two weeks running is sort of sad.

    Comment by Blythe | July 31, 2011

  4. I’m sad. I thought about starting a new tradition: “Sunday Suicide.”

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | July 31, 2011

  5. i don’t watch tv, so don’t comment, so hopefully other commenters have some other solid excuses to not comment about suicides i would totally comment though

    Comment by read | August 1, 2011


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