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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 4 - "Watashi no Namae o Ageru"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis is the first episode that made me cry.Sure, each of the other episodes made me get teary-eyed at least once, but this one actually gave me a need-a-tissue, tears-streaming-down-my-cheeks crying fit. It did this by being painfully sweet. But we’ll get to the scene that made me cry a bit later.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 3 - "Romio to Jurietto"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningIn this episode, it feels like the show is finally reaching its stride. It combines the strengths of the previous episodes; the pacing is as good as the second episode, and the overall emotional impact and thematic cohesion is on the same level as the first episode.So, like the episode, let’s start by talking about bras.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 2 - "Kirai, Kirai, Daikirai"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis episode switches gears and focuses mostly on Saorin. It also gives us a much-needed flashback that provides the backstory on the relationship between Shūichi, Yoshino, and Saorin.Near the end of the previous episode, Shūichi runs out of his house, distressed, after an encounter with his sister. I didn’t get around to talking about that scene in that entry, so let’s touch on it here.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 1 - "Onna no Kotte, Nande Dekiteru?"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.Spoiler Warning, and possible Trigger Warning for description of internalized transphobiaAfter watching the first two episodes of Hōrō Musuko (放浪息子, “Wandering Son”), I have decided to start a running review/commentary of the series here. This post will review the first episode. You can watch the episode online at crunchryroll, and I highly recommend watching the episodes before reading the review, because otherwise you’re likely to be a bit lost.
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Why I'm excited about The Legend of Korra

Being a geek and a girl is tough. As geeks, we have to put up with the things every geek is familiar with: the bullying and derision from people who think we’re weird. As girls, we have to put up with the sexism that is so deeply entrenched in our culture that many petiole can’t even see it when you point right at it and say “Here it is. This. Look at it.
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Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song

Spoiler Warning, Speculation Warning, Postmodernism WarningTick tock goes the clockHe gave all he could give herTick tock goes the clockNow prison waits for RiverAs far as series finales go, this one was thoroughly satisfying. And I have a lot to say about it, which is good, because this is probably going to be my last Doctor Who entry until late December.Let’s start with the name: at least one person commented to me that ‘wedding’ can have many meanings, and such word play is right up Moffat’s alley.
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Doctor Who: Closing Time

The Lodger was brilliant, easily Gareth Roberts’ best contribution to the series up to that point and one of my favorite episodes. So, when I heard about a “sequel” story involving Craig and written by Roberts, I was excited. When I learned it had Cybermen in it, well… Cybermen don’t have the best track record, but I trusted Roberts to deliver a pretty good Cybermen story.And he did. In fact, ‘pretty good’ is a very appropriate adjectival phrase for the episode.
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Doctor Who: The God Complex

Spoiler Warning. You know the drill.Jekyll is a very dark series. It possesses Moffat’s characteristic witty one-liners, and his characteristic brilliant building of dramatic tension. It even has a few moments that directly parallel some of the storytelling techniques Moffat has used in Doctor Who - in particular, the scene where Jekyll and Hyde talk to each other via video camera has echoes of the Doctor’s conversation with Sally Sparrow in Blink.
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Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited

As always, Spoiler Warning.I didn’t have high hopes for this episode. From the previews, I got the impression that the story was going to go something like this: Amy gets trapped in an accelerated time stream. The Boys™ repeatedly try (and fail) to save her, while she repeatedly grows older, until finally they use techno-magic to undo the ageing and fly off into the Time Vortex toward their next adventure. In the middle, we would get some action sequences and some Rory-and-Amy-love-each-other-so-much-and-isn’t-that-just-so-fucking-sweet sequences.
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Doctor Who: Night Terrors

As usual with these posts, Spoiler Warning.Oh, Mark Gatiss, you’ve done it again. You got my hopes up, and then dashed them against the rocky shore of poor plotting.Let’s start with a recap of Gatiss’ contributions to (televised) Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern, Victory of the Daleks, and now Night Terrors. So, out of his previous contributions we have one very, very good (and fairly creepy) episode, one that is, for my money, an absolute dud, and one that is a fairly clever idea with a weak execution.
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