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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2013
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    Pete calling Don "King Kamehameha" was pretty great.
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2013
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    MAD MEN--Weiner warned us that I might be as disoriented as the characters in the opener. Not only is the world they know changing, but who they are is also being changed.
    The familiar and the unfamiliar--The new office stairway joining two floors shows the agency's supersized investment in the status quo. While the Greenwich Village stairs that Betty explores is in a dark, condemned tenement, like an old toybox of abandoned furniture, violins, throwaway/runaway offspring, and the loot from stores and trashcans. Midnight cowboys. Castoffs from the status quo. This is a point in time after the beat poet loft that Don used to sneak off to and before Annie Hall showed off her Goodwill store fashions in the 70s.
    Now Betty's back to her husband's just-as-dark mausoleum of a mansion, but with a jet black dye job. Goodbye Old Betty, hello "Elizabeth"?
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2013 edited
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    @Brittanica

    They annoy me. Look, to be honest, I am only just getting into TNA, as I thought they were just another WCW. I was surprised to discover that it wasn't bad (and Mick Foley was on it), but I kinda preferred the hexagonal ring. I only watch the PPVs, and I should probably catch up on some of the earlier ones. My only real problem with it is that I've always hated Jeff Jarrett.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013
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    Mad Men - what was UP with that Betty rape conversation? What was that? I still don't understand what happened. Did she think she was being cute? Was that just January Jones' line delivery that made that whole thing really freaking weird? What were the writers trying to say with that scene?
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013
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    @Laz: To be fair, a lot of my time watching TNA is thinking about the totally awesome direction they could go in w/ every storyline (that they inevitably screw up by letting storyline DRAAAAAAG for months and months and months). But most of the talent is really good, and that ultimately trumps all the horrible things Hogan and Bischoff have done to the company (at least Double J is responsible for the good stuff :P).

    Speaking of PPVs, did you catch the One Night Only: X-Travaganza? I like the concept : 3 hour long pre-taped special, available for $15.99(US), featuring a different theme each time. Better than monthly events, I think.
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013
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    Repressed housewife+Don marrying younger woman+feeling fat and old+bugged by a younger woman in the house=Betty's rape digression. It was the quietest rant I've ever heard.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013
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    @brittanica

    I have actually been reading The Death of WCW by the Wrestecrap guys, and I have to wonder, why the hell did they let Bischoff and Hogan back in in the first place?!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013
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    I followed a link on Twitter to the damnedest deep-reading of Betty's actions in the Mad Men season opener. I believe it was a feminist website, and there was a feminist spin to the piece -- is Betty getting ready to emancipate herself? Great stuff. Really, the fact that people are led to ponder deeply about a character is a mark of how great that damn show is.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2013 edited
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    @Laz: Who the fuck knows, I think they were just SO SURE it was gonna get more viewers and money and buyrates and shit... but by neutering the X-Division, the tag team division, AND the Knockouts, they've certainly made me wanna stop watching many times.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2013
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    Mad Men - I like an exercise in style as much as the next guy with far too much education in postmodernism, but I found the premiere alternately baffling and incomprehensible, and boring.
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    I am here to tell you Spartacus ended superbly. That show came a long way - surviving a terrible pilot, the untimely death of its lead, the recasting of a major secondary character and the limitations of budget and the 300-style visuals to become a veritable story-telling machine. Grit your teeth and push through the first 3 eps (or watch the Blood and Sand prequel they shot when lead Andy Whitfield was ill but not known to be dying first)- once you're past ep 4, The Thing In The Pit, you'll be either put right off or on board until the bitter-sweet end. At the very least, you need to see John Hannah swearing.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2013
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    @Brittanica

    Wow! AJ Styles says what I thinks! And he's totally right. Hogan is just ego wrapped in badly aged, badly tanned leather...
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    Anyone else confused as heck by the Shroom ep of Hannibal?
    My MOM who hates scary stuff even recorded it so she could watch it again it was so ...strange.
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    What did you find confusing about it?
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    David- beyond the characters being nothing like their previous incarna, and plot holes the sizes of mini vans and who devalues a new vehicle by putting shroomcorpses and dirt in it without a liner? Probably would be able to enjoy it if i hadn't read the books, seen the movies, etc, as it's obviously very much an AU to both, with lots of reliance on tropes for characterization so far. ;/
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2013 edited
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    I'm liking Hannibal a lot more than I thought I would. I figured Mads Mikkelsen wouldn't hold a candle to Anthony Hopkins, be he at least holds his own in the face of the prior performances. Even though its set in current time, this series is a prequel to the other works and features Lector "in the wild" as a respected psychiatrist (and as yet unknown cannibal killer) at the height of his power and influence. I'll definitely keep watching.

    Defiance is another pleasant surprise. At first it felt like just an amalgamation of elements of various other SyFy shows (the sheriff and daughter come to town like in Eureka, there's a bunch of space refugees like in Battlestar Galactica, aliens and humans have to work together like in Babylon5). And it is that, but in this case they create something at least equal to the sum of their better parts. I like the actors. I like things that are cliche (the children of two rival families fall in love) and the things that aren't (the parents of "Romeo" are somewhat horrible people who encourage the wedding so they can kill Juliet's dad and brother and take over her inheritance once their son marries her). No one's hands are clean here, but one's hands are completely dirty, either. Two episodes in and I'm already looking forward to the next one.
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    I am loving Hannibal. It's great to see a Brian Fuller show get a bigger following, since he has had alot of good shows get canceled.
    Defiance is pretty entertaining. I see it as the love child of Eureka and Farscape.
    Continuum has also come back with a good first episode for season 2. I am interested to see how that goes.
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    @johnjones - I agree, but you misspelled Brian Cox.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2013 edited
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    I'm a little bit obsessed with Hannibal's costume design sense.

    The rest of the show is pretty good, too.
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    Yeah, Hannibal's cast is the second most well dressed cast on TV after Mad Men.

    Defiance also seems to owe more than a little bit to Deadwood.