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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 08, End of Faes

If my last few reviews have sounded like I’m suggesting a bunch of theories and am wholly unsure what’s going to stick; well, yeah. Especially since the end of Season 3, there’s no true predicting where the show could be going, because it could be anywhere. Commenting on one episode’s symbolism and metaphors and what characters … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 07, Here Comes the Night

Last week’s episode operated on a slightly larger scale than usual, and this episode opens with one of the biggest set pieces they’ve done. Destroyed cars, more extras, smoke machines, all that sort of thing. They darken the screen and color it green to get across the ‘storm’ idea and bring about the feel of DOOOOOOOOM, … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 05 Episode 06, Clear Eyes Fae Hearts

Lost Girl doesn’t do Epic. No battles across sprawling fields, no cities exploding, no grand sweeping camera movements. Lost Girl lives in the smaller moments, the interpersonal connections, the plots where nobody leaves the room but a body swap forces feelings into the open. That’s not a knock: have a niche, make it work for you. … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 05, It’s Your Lucky Fae

Sometimes, a cut is just a cut. And sometimes, it’s something more. The opening scene ends with the camera on Bo’s card, reading “Love Daddy.” The cut to the next scene lands us on a man saying he ‘up and left’ and is reclaiming ‘who I used to be’, both of which could be Hades-esque. … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 04, When God Opens a Window

Two weeks ago I somewhat snarkily made the twitter tagline for my review ‘now with more incest!’ I apparently spoke way too soon. This week we get even MORE incest! Two events, actually; Lauren’s explanation makes it pretty clear the brother/sister parasites operate by being attracted to each other, and Bo has sex with Dyson’s son. No. … Continue reading

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#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 03, Big in Japan

This episode has a plot as sort of a necessity, since that’s what episodes of television do. But mostly, it is concerned with character, theme, and arc housekeeping. In that order. Of course, it also manages to sneak in double entendres, starting right off the bat with an obvious rollers-as-phallic-substitutes bit. (Some thoughts on the … Continue reading

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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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