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The only new show this week was the season finale of “Dexter,” maligned by many. That Jennifer Carpenter/Deb is being forced to go through with this arc seems rather insulting to her as a person and rather strange as a character. In Blythe’s view, the psychologist planted the suggestion in Deb’s mind because she’s a meddler (or worse). It just doesn’t make sense. I’ve been saying for a while that one day Deb will have to catch Dexter in the act of killing someone–I just didn’t think it would be this season. If Deb and Dexter “team up” as a brother/sister lovers killing team, then I’m definitely out.

We’ve been re-watching the season in an absence of anything else to watch–looks like rewatching “Game of Thrones” will be deferred until the next week; given that winter has not yet arrived in Ottawa, I don’t think the Starks will mind. We paid especially close attention to Gellar and his interactions with the world this time through. Generally, he does abstain from interacting with the world except for when it is actions that Travis has or will perform in the future–for instance, designing the tableaus. However, in the restaurant scene–where Travis improbably picks up and fucks what is supposed to be (I think) a “hot chick”–Gellar does not have a coffee cup, but in the nightclub scene when they are looking for the Whore of Babylon, he does have a cup and both his and Travis’s cup are clearly shown on the counter when they leave. But, when Gellar is stroking the “hot chick’s” hair, she doesn’t seem to notice.

Brian/ITK also seems to have a greater capacity for interaction with the world–he eats food (repeatedly) and he kills the motel owner. Harry, however, does not appear to interact with the world. Hypothesis: if the ghosts are “real,” it would seem that “Dark Travellers” have a greater capacity for interaction with the world than do the “Light Travellers.” But then, maybe Harry just sucks.

For those of you who watch “Bored to Death,” it was mercifully cancelled.


December 22, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. Strike Back is a hit with The Daughter and The Eldest Son. The scripts are as believable as an average XMas story. The sex is as functional as a crowbar when needing to fix your PC. The stereotyping of failed states is as nuanced as the opinions of Republican presidential candidates. The portrayal of special forces is as idealized as the portrayal of special forces always is.

    But it is entertaining and the premise of the thing is much more credible as the premises for the Iraq war ever were.

    Comment by Guido Nius | December 22, 2011

  2. The Homeland finale was terrific, sustaining its tensions of moral ambiguity and epistemological uncertainty. An excellent old movie, Stage Beauty showed up on cable reminding me that Claire Danes does not really do “cool” but plays her emotions on the surface and intense enough to be uncomfortable. When it works it is terrific. Stage Beauty is a highly recommended couples movie, her last ten minutes with Billy Crudup, without sex or much physical contact, in a context of work and achievement, is probably the hottest, sexiest, most erotic scene I can remember. Anyway, Danes’s courage and lack of inhibition should get her an Emmy this year.

    Damien Lewis was also pretty good, but they used a “fisheye” lens to express his maximum tension in a way Danes doesn’t need.

    The bin Laden figure, Abul Nazir, is portrayed very sympathetically, and there is an subtext about the uses of political and personal violence that is not being analyzed very much on the discussions sites I frequent, but is questioned on the show. Do we take it for granted in shows like this? It is a mark of the difference from “24” that there is more discussion is about character and psychology than plot.

    Comment by bob mcmanus | December 22, 2011

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