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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 02, “Like Hell pt 2″

Cold open to a grave. Shooting in a coffin doesn’t exactly allow for a lot of options, but the way the camera travels down Kenzi’s body is definitely reminiscent of the camera traveling down Bo’s naked-but-draped-in-a-sheet body from S1, the image which was used behind the opening credits for the first four seasons. Twice in … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 5, Episode 01, “Like Hell”

After spending the better part of several episodes at the start of last season searching for Bo, it’s really fantastic to see her face first thing (backgrounded by green screen though it is). She’s baaaaaaaaaack. In medias res with a vengeance. Still, we’re not left hanging for long. Right up front we get some cues on what’s … Continue reading

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Lost Girl Season 5: a Mehlsbells Wish List

Last pre-season I wrote a post which ended up with a couple hits, a couple misses, and some rather off-the-wall projections which somehow didn’t even come close to the insanity which was Rainer and the Sleeping Bullet Train of Yellow Doom. So. This being Lost Girl‘s last season, and it being practically impossible to tell … Continue reading

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#OrphanBlack: Sex, Drugs, Genetic Programming

This is written by Dale and myself, cross-posted from TVquila.  In honor of Orphan Black’s Season 2 premiere, we present you with the first part of a three-part overview of Season 1. Part 2 (Orphan Black: Literary Themes, Structure, and Genre TV) and Part 3 (Orphan Black: Performance, Production, and Post) are coming over the next two … Continue reading

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Veronica Mars: The Movie, The Woman

By now you’ve probably all read the reviews, most of which agree Veronica Mars functions more as an extended episode of TV than a movie . . . and then most of which, inexplicably, seem to think this is a bad thing. !!! The film took quite a bit of time updating us on where … Continue reading

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Lost Girl: Season 4 Redux

I was going to write a more thorough breakdown, but then I was invited to talk to Drinks at the Dal in their season overview podcast (which you can watch live this Sunday and/or listen to later). We’re going to talk about structure and pacing and motifs and color and character arcs and all those sorts … Continue reading

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Title Sequence: Elementary

Elementary‘s title sequence presents us with a Rube Goldberg machine, something both straightforward and convoluted. Like the show itself, the sequence is not all chronological with clear cause-and-effect, but it includes pieces we’re familiar with: mouse wheel, rising bell, pulleys; procedural tropes, situational lying, criminal types, a figure trapped in a cage, etc. The machine includes potential elements of … Continue reading

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The Moral Off-Center: how the sidekicks of #OrphanBlack and #LostGirl are so much more.

While it might not be obvious at first blush, Orphan Black and Lost Girl have a significant Venn diagram intersection. Even beyond the initial “made in Canada” or “female lead in a SF/F show” or “obsessive tumblr fandom” comparisons, both shows examine—among other things—non-traditional family structures and the inherent difficulty involved in meeting everyone’s emotional needs. … Continue reading

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Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 13, “Dark Horse”

If Lorne’s bar were operating in LA right now, there would be literally millions of hits on shitty YouTube phone videos of demons singing, hundreds of people would have their profile pictures of themselves with their arms around Lorne and a goofy smile on their faces, it would be one of the ‘Top Ten Places … Continue reading

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Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 12, Origin

Lost Girl has finally snapped my mind like a twig. I have no words. Which of course means I will continue to ramble for several thousand words. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Air sickness bags are in the back of the seat in front of you, just in case. Let’s start with the … Continue reading

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