Thursday, January 14, 2010

Republic of Doyle: Episode 2, and Avatar

Although I still don't totally buy into some aspects of The Republic of Doyle (certain relationships, for example, due to a continuing shortage of chemistry), I am of the opinion that episode two was a definite improvement on episode one. Yessir, I was right there with it this week until the moment when Jake and Mal met up with Bill to deliver the news that his girlfriend (who was, in reality, not his girlfriend but his daughter) was found dead. Bill's response killed it for me. All the suspension of disbelief and the building of momentum during the convoluted plot (and I mean that in a good, "you kept me guessing" sort of way) was shot down in that split second. Incidentally, the moment when Victor's son stated that Emma had died after he hit her the one time was also horrible for me. Not convincing AT ALL. In addition, I am wondering when whatever happened at the end of the last episode is going to be addressed. Episode one ended when Constable Bennett was on Jake's doorstep letting her hair down and raising her hand to knock. The only mention of that incident in episode two was when she alluded to having seen Jake and Nikki together "the other night" or "a couple of nights ago" or something like that, and Jake is totally oblivious to her dig. Anyway, the show delivered enough to bring me back again next week, loyal Newfoundlander that I am.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw somewhere online the other day (MSN maybe?) that a faction of society has decided that Avatar is racist. What? Really? Come on, people! I mean, how disturbed would you have to be to read into that storyline and convince yourself that it is promoting racism? It must be absolutely exhausting to be continuously driven to find new excuses to be angry and bitter...


  1. Hi,

    I found my way in here from Charlie's Hash... I'm another newfoundland blogger, and like you am living in exile on the mainland... hope you don't mind me following along with this blog...

    re avatar:

    i personally don't think that there's anything racist about it, but i can see why some might say that... especially if you take it as an allegory for the wests war against islam... though i'm hard pressed to think that many westerners have a good case to cry racism...

  2. Hi Jon,

    Welcome and thanks for the comment. I can see why some might say that as well, but I think it's pathetic that they feel the need to...

  3. Have to agree with you on Bill's reaction on news that his daughter had died. Up to that point, I was buying into it, but that took the wind out of my sails.

    And blood on a skateboard? Pluuuuuuuuease.

    This show seemed to be the reverse on the pilot that seemed to start slow and got better. This one started great but lost momentum. But to quote Arnold, I'll be back.

  4. Yeah the skateboard thing was kinda lame and it did totally start great and lose momentum. However, I have to correct you: episode one was not from the pilot (see: Hopefully espisode three will be more solid and consistent from start to finish...