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Glee! 2.03 – Grilled Cheesus

And the Lord spake unto them saying, "Blessed are the cheesemakers..."

Since the focus of this episode is religion and an atheist gets to run the discussion (a rare thing,) I thought a Bloody Mary would be in poor taste for our episodic cocktail.  So I tweaked the recipe a bit  and give you: HELL SPAWN [aka The Atheist]  It’s spicy as hell, and twice as fun! Continue reading

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The Book of Mormon: The Musical! Soundtrack – Act 2

BoM:The Musical OBCR is now available on iTunes and at Amazon.com.

“Hello! I would like to share this book about Jewish Naval Indians with you!”

Lights flashing, time to get back in our seats. (Did you miss Act 1?)  There’s a song in this act that absolutely and completely changed how I feel about my old religion.  Long-time readers know that I’m no longer Mormon and have written extensively about why.  My family is still devout, I have good friends that are still devout, but I held a lot of what the church stands for in contempt.  Well, I still do as far as the leadership is concerned (and some of their hate speech couched as the “loving word of God” – see: Prop 8 for starters) but bless the member’s hearts who just want to be good people.

First, let’s break down some of the crazy and some of the awesome. Continue reading

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The Book of Mormon: The Musical! The Soundtrack-Act 1

BoM:The Musical is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

“Hello! I would like to share this book about Jewish Naval Indians with you!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You lucky sons of bitches that get to see this performed on stage. I hope you know how lucky you are, because those of us outside of NYC that so desperately want to see the greatest musical ever written would quite possibly gut their beloved dogs taun taun-style if that’s what it takes to get a ticket. We have to be satisfied with just the soundtrack. Fortunately, this is such a well-written musical that we can see the high kicking Mormon missionaries in our imagination, and can pretend that we’re right there.

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Big Love 5.10 When Men and Mountains Meet, Series Finale

I don’t think we need to do a line by line analysis, this was a pretty emotional and visceral episode. But first off, never underestimate the fans, right? We all totally called the Carl scene. (Then again, they laid the foreboding on pretty thick.) I will just say that my husband didn’t see it coming, but then, he’s not the most… observant of people, bless him.  Continue reading

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Big Love 5.09 Exorcism

Two things off the bat before I dive headlong into this: one, Mormons don’t believe in exorcisms in the traditional “The power of Christ compels you!” Catholic standard, but Priesthood holders can cast of demons from people, and two, Chloe Sevigny was out-freaking-standing in this episode.  Continue reading

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Big Love 5.08 The Noose Tightens

It might just feel like it’s getting tighter from all the story lines that were crammed into this one, hoo boy. Are there really only 2 episodes left? It seems impossible. Also, the intro’s song seems more and more relevant as this show winds down: “Home – is this my home? Been starting over, bathe in the water.” I don’t know what baptismal font is big enough to wash all of their sins away at this point. Continue reading

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Big Love 5.06 Bridge Over Troubled Waters

When pain is all around… Hooboy, this show is just becoming an exercise in sadomasochism. Everything is just dreary, hopeless, and unfair. But then as William Goldman wrote, “Life is unfair. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Speaking of, would you like to join my Goji upline? Continue reading

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Big Love That Special Relationship 5.05

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FINALLY. The show is finally back on track, and we’re at the halfway mark before it’s over. I did notice that this episode had a lot of LDS dogma in it, things that the average person wouldn’t pick up on. When you get why it was a big deal that Alby said “Alby-ite” and why the intro was changed last season, and you see how it all fits in, you realize how clever this show can be when they do their homework. Continue reading

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Big Love: The “Divine” Role Of Women, aka, Where’s My Pot Pie?

Season 5 ep. 4, watch on HBO Sundays

Interesting that the dream Bill had about Emma Smith (first wife of the founder of Mormonism, Joseph) had her look and mannerisms set in the 1950s. The era of “Lysol douches” and “washing yourself so your family doesn’t hate you.” The state of Utah hit that 1950s mindset and decided to stick around.

Barb is trying to push this idea that women are equal to men, and if it wasn’t something I’d seen over and over in that state already, I’d root for her. It’s a lost cause, and she knows it, which is why she continually hides her new thoughts from Bill.

The past few episodes seem to be focusing on the whole patriarchy that is the LDS religion (don’t tell me polygamy is different, we’re going to redress that soon) and show what you get when you push for equality and do so in a closed society. Hint: it’s not going to be peaches and cream.  Continue reading

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Final season of Big Love is…hmm. Are you feeling it?

Mormons, ERA, and Barb Drinking Booze

Big Love, Season 5, eps 1 -3

I caught up on this new season of Big Love yesterday and I have a big “meh” growing, even though there are some good things happening. 1) It feels reeeeaally forced in a lot of ways and 2) it seems like it is a midget practicing witchcraft away from being Passions. Oh, that there was a magical midget on this show. And of course the religious stuff they got wrong (or off in places) just bugged the hell out of me.

Lemme ‘splain. (And for new folks since the last season of Big Love, I am a former Mormon, my ex worked for Merril Jessop – he runs the YFZ Ranch in Texas, and my family was one of the first “out” polygamous familiess of SLC under the leadership of Brigham Young. Hit my “polygamy” tag for further reading, if you’re interested.) Continue reading

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