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5+1 Sentences on The Walking Dead s4e1 “30 Days Without An Accident”

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To an American audience that is disillusioned with for-the-other-guy capitalism but hasn’t really thought the alternatives through, the opening scene is what their fantasy vision of Central Planning looks like: smiles, local produce and from each according to his ability, yay, though when Crazy Eye Patch Guy tried it last season it seemed fascist… Read the rest

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The problem of wives on cable TV

 
An interesting article in the LA Times about how the wives portrayed in cable dramas are…. hated.

Lori’s bloody end capped off a particularly rough year for AMC’s first wives club. When the once-svelte Betty showed up at the beginning of “Mad Men’s” fifth season carrying 50 or so pounds of extra weight, “Fat Betty” became an

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e6 “Hounded”

Never answer a ringing rotary phone because there’s madness on both ends, but Rick does anyway and has a heart to heart with his dead wife, and the interpretation is that this is a kind of working through of the grief and forgiving himself, which would be right except that this is a show about zombies, so it’s wrong.… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e5 “Say The Word”

If it’s about zombies, it’s about mourning, and we’re presented with two kinds of  pathological mourning.  First, the negation of the negation: we see the Governor in denial and not letting go– of his daughter’s hair as he brushes it, by sheer will alone he has ended her death and kept her undead, but this kind of grief results… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e3 “Walk With Me”

An observation, and I’ll qualify it by saying this isn’t me but the logic of the show:  Totalitarianism doesn’t arrive by erosion of individual rights or worsening economic inequality, it comes because women want it.
(Non-black) Women will gladly allow total domination for the semblance of domestic freedoms– they’ll let an old man’s penis penetrate them in exchange for… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e2 Sick

Here’s your five sentence introduction to psychoanalysis in the age of atheism: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.”  Funny how it’s the… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e1 Seed

 
 
I only get 5 sentences, so better make them count:  according to this show, post apocalypse, when things devolve into a hunter/gatherer society, the men naturally become hunters and the women… at some point wish they were dead.  I guess gathering must really suck, or else the women don’t have much faith in their hunters.  This is… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead “Beside The Dying Fire” s2e13

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When catastrophe strikes (the farm) people disperse like sheep, then coalesce again around a leader, looking for a world that’s about more than just surviving.  But when they’re safe they either swear allegiance or turn on him,  and apparently this depends entirely on whether you are a male or female.  Get that straight, betas,… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead “Judge, Jury, Executioner” s2e11


Look at the this from the boy’s eyes: he failed to pull the trigger on his captured foe, so now Dale is dead; and Dad failed to pull the trigger on his captured foe, so guess what happens next. As far back as Lost characters have tried to solve (without appealing to religion) the post-postmodern… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead “18 Miles Out” s2e10


“She has the right to make her own choice to live or die,” says one dummy about another who wants to suicide, but then how come the poor kid they drag 18 miles out to basically execute doesn’t get to decide if he lives or dies? “No, silly,” she and Rick and Shane and et… Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead: “Triggerfinger” s2e9


If you follow the logic of the show, when God dies we retreat to the safety of old school biblical values: men become hunter/gatherers, women become homemakers/babymakers, and though men “rule” the women are the ones who really decide the alliances and ok the selfishness.   Maggie’s need for Glenn makes him almost give up… Read the rest

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