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Monday, Aug 9, 2010
An unsuspecting young man discovers a pair of magical shoes that compel him to dance.

This episode features the LXD series debut of Glee dance ringer Harry Shum Jr. Shum plays Elliot Hoo, who pulls out a hollow wall to discover a pair of sneakers which pull him out of bed and compel him to dance.


Elliot is at first just a witness to his shoe-directed moves but gives in and becomes one with the movement, participating willingly then gaining control of the movements.


In true superhero fashion, Elliot wears glasses in the beginning and takes them off as he gains control and confidence in his new-found role as a super-dancer, ala Clark Kent (who removes his glasses when changing into his Superman persona).


This is a pure dance showcase episode, and a one of the best of the season. Shum is a tremendously engaging and skilled dancer, and it’s good to have him on-board the LXD, both for the ratings he’ll draw from Glee fans and his talented pop-and-lock style.


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Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010
Autumn pays the price for the deal that spared her husband's life.

Autumn is the nurse seen in episode 3, “Robot Lovestory”. We learn here that she is Specim3n’s wife, and made a deal to save his life—which brought him into the Dark Doctor’s laboratory/hospital. Having helped Specim3n escape, Autumn retreats home, but is found by the Dark Doctor, who reminds her of the deal she made for her husband’s life, seizing control of her body in a dance-world parallel to the puppetmaster villain (Eric Doyle) seen in the show Heroes. This establishes another pair of opposite-side characters, with Justin Starr and Jimmy Angel already looking to fall on opposing sides of the Uprising vs. LXD conflict.


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Monday, Aug 2, 2010
Former lovers dance in sync across space in an incredibly-choreographed piece of storytelling dance.

Somewhere in the pre-history of the show, LXD members Katana and Ninjato sacrificed their love, but they are still deeply connected, as shown by their synchronized routines waking up and dancing, feeling each other’s presence even though they are separated. For me, this episode has the strongest partner work seen so far in the series, with fantastic cinematography combining with choreography to brilliantly convey the connection between the former lovers.


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Thursday, Jul 29, 2010

Not only does Stéphanie Mercier’s Les filles sont nulles aux jeux vidéo declare that “girls suck at video games”, it attempts to illustrate why: the “game” is often stacked against the girls.


This satire uses its video game metaphors to good effect to explore the obstacles that protagonists in real life face within the structure of their own “game” world.


Watch out for fallen or thrown babies and keep that cellphone handy.



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Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010
Kung-Fu Krumpers craft the letters which will invite the next generation of LXD members.

Co-founder of Krump, Lil C makes his debut in the series as one of the Lettermakers, who craft the letters of invitation for the LXD to bolster their numbers to combat the Uprising. Krump and martial arts are well-combined in this number, which is reminiscent of the training sequences from The Matrix, though with more dance and less gravity defying.


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