Someone to make you come through (someone who’ll always be there…) (White Collar, Season 3 Second Quartile: 3.05 to 3.08)

Today I shall take time out of my busy schedule (attempt to do something related to moving house; feel exhausted; collapse on sofa) to check in on White Collar once again after another 4 episodes. I considered leaving this review until the mid-season break in another 2 episodes’ time, but a) I want to speculate and b) next week I’m offline so will be late catching up on the mid-season finale.

Therefore, thoughts on Neal’s inner angel and demon after the jump…

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Worlds to Change and Worlds to Win (White Collar, Season 3 First Quartile: 3.01 to 3.04)

This seems like the right size chunk to consider something like White Collar in. Trying to analyse every episode would lead to a lot of repetition (which in greater writers might translate to very concise reviews, but you know with me I’d just talk a lot about nothing), but only checking in every half-season would take away the fun of speculating on the end (and mid-) points of the season arcs.

Thoughts on relationship re-adjustments and the perils of over-familiarity after the jump…

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All you need is love (The Vampire Diaries 2.22, As I Lay Dying)

This week in Mystic Falls, everyone forgets about tomorrow. Which would be an example that the fans would do well to follow for the next few months as well, although hopefully with less disastrous results…

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The sky above us shoots to kill (The Vampire Diaries 2.21, The Sun Also Rises)

This week in Mystic Falls, nothing is beautiful and everything hurts…

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You think you’re treading water when you’re just learning how to drown… (The Vampire Diaries 2.19/2.20, Klaus/The Last Day)

Okay, I admit defeat. I can’t make a weekly schedule of blogging about tv – no matter how shallow – when I’m also trying to juggle a job which already requires me to spend much of my days typing, planning to flee the country within a few months and also having something that might be called a social life (if I knew what one of those was. Surely a girl who spends most of her evenings at home alone watching tv doesn’t have one?). Oh, and let’s not forget the thing I’ve had going for the last few years where I’m also absolutely shattered 95% of the time and seem to need about 10 hours of sleep a night to function. Okay, excuses done. Point is: it’s about two months since these episodes aired, right? But I’m not just going to give up on them, see, because I actually wrote blog posts for the penultimate and finale episodes in the weeks they aired. They’ve been sitting around in draft ever since, waiting for me to get round to doing this.

So I shall do it.

But I’m going to do it a bit differently. Given that it would be hard for me to evaluate the episodes without hindsight now anyway, and given how much time has passed, I’m going to lump them together and consider them from the point of view of the end of the season. (Spoilers up to 2.22, therefore, ahoy.) These two episodes are full of people trying to avert the seemingly inevitable, convincing themselves they can fight Klaus, survive their own self-sacrifice, stand a chance of winning Elena’s love, etc.

So was any of it worth the effort?

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Hello teacher, tell me, what’s my lesson? (The Vampire Diaries 2.18, The Last Dance)

I’m once again writing this review far too late for real discussion of the issues raised, so after the cut I offer merely a few thoughts on all the things that can happen in darkened school rooms after hours. Aren’t they the best?

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Burn Baby Burn (The Vampire Diaries 2.17, Know Thy Enemy)

Having left it too long to write this, I no longer have any idea whether there was anything I wanted to say about this episode, really. Or… no, that’s not quite true. The things I want to say about this episode are things that have come from reading other post-air analysis, thoughts prompted by other people’s thoughts. So this may be a slightly different review from normal, focusing on what other people have said and how I disagree with them. (I always disagree with other people, even if I love them, even if I agree with 99% of what they say. It’s a constant risk of being my friend…)

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