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Amazing Race: Twinnie Hot Mess

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The 24th season of Amazing Race is an all-star season with contestants from past seasons given another chance at winning a million dollars while traveling the world, arguing with one another, lying to other teams and possibly having a nervous breakdown at some point. Come join the commentary from Amy, Steve and me as we watch the first episode, “Back in the Saddle.”

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From the Archive:
Deja Vu

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Deja Vu

Directed: Tony Scott

Starring: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer

A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families was blown up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit, one that uses spacefolding technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past.

I caught this movie last weekend via the wonders of digital cable. I didn’t know much about it coming in, other than that Denzel Washington was some kind of cop and he was investigating some kind of disaster.

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Amazing Race: Rainy Finale

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I’m finally recapping the last two episodes of last season of Amazing Race. Watch the teams play in a Japanese game show, swim in a phone booth fish tank, build a giant robot and throw flour from a prop plane in the 11th episode “Amazing Crazy Race” and the 12th episode, “The Winning Team is Declared.” Come read what Amy, Steve and I had to say about these final two episodes of the last season.

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The Luminaries

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The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Set in 1865-1866 in New Zealand during the gold rush, 13 men try to solve a bunch of local mysteries, involving an opium-addicted whore, a missing prospector, a recently deceased man with a wife that no one knew about and a scarred man that no one likes. This is a long book, but it is necessary to cover all the story taking place between those men and all those other people.

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A Storm of Swords

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A Storm of Sword
by George R.R. Martin

It is not the book’s fault that it took me almost a year to read it. It is long but I did start reading it when I started watching the third season of Game of Thrones. I wanted to be surprised in the show so I stopped reading the book until it was over. Then I struggled since I knew overall what happened for half of it. I do enjoy the book as much as the show. It is different in a good way. I love knowing the back story more in the books. I feel like I know the motivations for some of the characters better.

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Amazing Race: Begging for Help

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The holidays and travel caught up with me, so I am finally going back to finish up my recaps of the last season of Amazing Race. In this ninth episode, teams traveled to Indonesia to feed elephants and have nervous breakdowns trying to make music. Click through to read the commentary from Amy, Steve and me in this episode titled, “Part Like the Red Sea.”

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2013 Bottom 5 TV Shows

 

I know there is a lot worse television out there than what is on my list, but what I picked here were shows that I watched or continue to watch and wonder why I do. They made me angry more than giving me any enjoyment. Did you watch something more horrible than what I listed? Please let me know so I can avoid it!

1. True Blood

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This show has been going downhill for a while now. I barely made it through the first season, but loved the second and third season. As I have discussed with Amy many times, they made a mistake when they killed Franklin. He was the best over-the-top character. They could have made him turn Tara into a vampire way back when and they could have been the “Spike and Drucilla” of True Blood, tormenting everyone (vampire or not). Instead, we had to wait until season five for Tara to turn into a boring vampire. The show was always a campy, silly show, but it seems to have forgotten what made people like it. There were so many boring story lines the past few years. They brought werewolves into the show, but then they kept doing the same boring story about pack masters. The books the show is based are not well-written, but they did better stuff with the werewolves than the writers of this show. Does anyone care about Sam on this show? Has he ever been given anything useful to do besides own the bar and moon over Sookie? Everytime the story switched to him, I wanted to close my eyes and wait for the next scene. I was thrilled when I heard next season is the last one but I think they should have just wrapped it up this past season. I don’t think I even care to watch it beyond this one. Eric and Alcide running around naked is not enough to make me want to continue watching. At least we did get to see Eric naked before I finally gave up.

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