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Friday, Apr 23, 2010
Silly episode mostly wasted our time.

It was obvious that something bad was going to happen to the security guard that was looking around inside the abandoned hotel at the beginning of tonight’s Supernatural. When a creepy bellhop magically appeared in the same room and started babbling about him being late and an honored guest, I really wasn’t surprised, and when that same bellhop killed him in order to make “dinner” (off-camera, of course), I knew that I was watching a sub-par episode. 


Next, this same hotel was re-opened, and full of people. Coincidentally, a terrible storm is going on outside, so the Winchester brothers are forced to stop there for the night. Dean said, “Nice digs, for once.”, but most hotels on this show all look alike anyways. The same creepy bellhop notifies Dean that his neck is bleeding, probably from shaving, and introduces him to an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes the “best pie in the tri-state”. However, Sam realizes something is very strange about this place, and not because whenever there is pie on Supernatural, bad things are about to happen. His neck has a cut on it as well, but Dean is too busy to notice, flirting with a woman in red that wants nothing to do with him. Unbeknownst to him, the creepy bellhop, Mercury, delivers the brothers’ blood samples in vials to this same woman later on. Her name is Kali, and she is not as she seems.


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Thursday, Apr 22, 2010
The first of many blogs about Lost. In this one I consider its place among the all-time great series.

So, there’s a show on ABC… I’m sure you’ve never heard of it… but it will be airing its final five episodes during the next month, and I figured that at least someone on the web should be writing about it.


In all seriousness, the prospect of writing about Lost is a daunting one, as so many people out there on other websites clearly devote more of their time and energy to this show than I ever possibly would be willing to. I love reading the Lost threads, though, because they are filled with that mixture of devotion, passion, and at times full-on craziness that exemplifies what I love about sci-fi and its fans. However you personally feel about Lost as a series – and, for what it’s worth, I think it is one of the most fascinating, enjoyable, compelling texts ever to grace my TV screen – you must admire its audacity. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have woven this impossibly dense mythos that they are now unwinding before our eyes… and it doesn’t suck.


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Thursday, Apr 22, 2010
A review of the third season finale of Damages.

For the third year in a row, FX’s Damages has led me on a mostly enjoyable ride only to leave off just short of being a satisfying season-long viewing experience. Each season Damages trades on a promise – by beginning each episode with fragments from the season finale, the series promises to add the pieces up to a satisfying conclusion. Yet again, however, I hit “delete” feeling that the finale was not nearly as enjoyable as it could have been.


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Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
We learned a lot about the characters, even though nothing really happened.

This week’s episode was named after the ball of rubber bands that Sydney became obsessed with. Noticing the similarities between Sydney’s knowledge of numbers and Max’s fixation on insects and lizards, Julia and Joel began to worry that their daughter also had Asperger’s Disease. Julia told Kristina about their concerns and got an appointment with Dr. Pelikan. As Kristina and Adam worried that they were bad people for feeling relieved that someone else in their family had the same condition, Dr. Pelikan informed Sydney’s parents that she was actually gifted. Julia’s relief was short-lived, however, because she felt guilty about telling Kristina, who was already bringing her books about Max’s condition. This upset Joel, who just wanted his wife to announce the good news. Julia eventually did so, but I think this was a sign that they have problems other than Racquel.


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Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
It's Crystal and then everyone else. We still have five weeks to go before we can crown her, so it makes sense to quote Crystal's own words: What's the point?

Dear god, this show is still on. And I hate to be the one to say it, but we still have five more weeks. You now get the feeling that folks are sticking with the show only because they’re waiting to watch Glee. In any case, seven contestants remain, down to six tomorrow night after a special episode, Idol Gives Back and Boots Off Michael Lynche. This season has been rocky, to say the least, and watching the final seven line up for the evening’s show provided a sinking feeling. The cuts of Katelyn Epperly, Alex Lambert, Lilly Scott, etc., are really starting to come back and hurt.


Thankfully, we keep getting off-stage scuttlebutt every few days, and what rocked Idol Nation this week?  Crystalgate!  Word spread that Bowersox, the clear frontrunner, wanted to abruptly quit the show (“What’s the point?” she cried), but she was talked off the ledge by Ryan Seacrest (“You’ll be able to buy your mom a house!” he pleaded). No mention of the episode on Tuesday’s show, but the story did take attention away from Kara’s ongoing quest to be publicly nude. (First her bikini stunt on the show last year, then a Maxim spread a few weeks back, now the Allure “Nude Issue”). Tonight’s guest coach was Alicia Keys, who mentored the kids on the supremely vague theme, “inspirational songs”, the lamest producer’s move in a season full of them. Here’s what went down.


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