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Today’s the day they take it all away

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Dear Kathryn,

Today’s the day they take it all away from us.

Have you ever discovered an awesome restaurant or bar right before it got shut down. Maybe it had financial problems or it just didn’t have what it took to be a successful establishment. But a month before it closed, you found out they serve the best Chicken Vindaloo you have ever had. That’s never happened to me (but I might have to get some Indian food soon, just in case), but I imagine that it would feel a lot like the end of Luck. Just when the show has become something that I could really get excited about, something that I would bug all my friends who “don’t watch TV” about, it gets pulled out from underneath us. Read the rest of this entry »

At luck’s end

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Dear Bryan,

I know that this is not the finale – we still have one more episode to go – but with the news that HBO is probably going to cancel the show (they have at least suspended filming season 2, which does not bode well), it is hard not to start thinking of ends. Knowing that they had already begun filming the second season also means that they aren’t intending this season to have a real end. So we can expect to be left hanging next week, without the promise of final resolution. In a weird way, it might be appropriate to our characters to realize that nothing does conclude neatly. As the Pick 6 four have realized, luck does not change your life; it just sets you on a new pattern of decisions and consequences that don’t have an end until the very end. Read the rest of this entry »

He answers a question with a question.

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Hey Kathryn,

So this episode felt like there was a bunch of setting up future events in it. Not that there weren’t things happening, but it seemed primarily about characters preparing themselves for what is coming next. This seems to be fairly typical for HBO shows as they near the end of a season (it’s crazy that we have only 2 episodes left right?).

Let’s start with our gambling buddies: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by breklis

March 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Don’t be afraid of everything that can be.

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Dear Kathryn,

So, I am going to start at the end of the episode because there was a lot of stuff packed into the end for Ace, and for Escalante and Jo to a lesser extent. During the dinner scene, Claire is able to really dig an idea into Ace’s brain it seems. Claire lays out the idea of horses being able to have a profound effect on people’s lives in a very direct way. Something that has come up for almost all of the characters at some point in a visual way, but I think Claire is the first to vocalize the transformation that can occur. Then she tells Ace not to be afraid of that change or “everything that can be.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by breklis

March 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Buddies

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Dear Bryan,

This episode felt more rushed than the previous ones. I think this must be because it is the first episode that stretches over two days. When we got to the scene between Ace and Gus at night I had to check the clock – and sure enough it had only been 30 minutes, no where near time to wrap things up. As we watched our characters wake up again, it felt like things were moving so fast. Which was probably a smart move since not that much happens plot wise, and yet it felt like an episode that really advanced our characters quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’ve been confused about my behavior

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Dear Kathryn,

So, I love that they have continued having the episodes end in Ace’s bedroom with Gus. They do it so well and with slight variations so that it doesn’t seem like a gimmick. Rather, it feels comforting. This week we had Ace getting defensive about his potential attraction to Claire, which is something I’ll talk about shortly. First I want to start with the last line of this week’s episode: “I’ve been confused about my behavior for some time.” (Ace) I thought this was a great last line. It works very well for Ace and his complex emotions between his hatred for Mike and his desire to get revenge as well as his love for the horse racing culture and now you throw in a woman that he seems to have some interest in; it leads to a confused set of emotions and decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by breklis

February 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

We bought a race horse

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Hey Bryan,

So the characters on this show are really growing on me and I think I am starting to appreciate the slower pace at which things are moving. Like last week, the heart of the episode really hung around “the four amigos” as Renzo so sweetly called them. Just like he hoped, buying Mon Gateau became a kind of group project that gave the four friends hope and relief from the pressures they’ve been facing. It united them as a group, helped Lonnie heal from his attack, brought Marcus out of his depressed and paranoid funk (thought that fact that he still carries all his cash around in a pillow case and furtively snuck Jerry a brown paper bag containing $32,500 was a nice reminder that he hasn’t changed completely) and perhaps most importantly, it kept Jerry out of trouble. You could feel the optimism of the friends rise: owning this horse was going to be their salvation, give them something to do with their new wealth and their time, and keep them out of self-destructive patterns. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

February 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

The Ace Is Back in Place

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Dear Kathryn,

First, congratulations on becoming a professor this week. I’m still trying to get #mydaughter/sisteriseaprofessoroftheologyatfordhamuniversityinnewyorkcity to become a trending topic, but it seems to be a little rough. Anyways, congratulations.

Before I start talking about episode 2, I want to mention that I am really starting to like the theme song. I have never listened to Massive Attack much, but this song is making me want to listen more. The opening credits struck me as kind of boring at first, but I can really get into the groove of the song now.

Anyways, my first thought about this episode was, “huh, I don’t remember seeing any african americans on the show.” From only two episodes, it does seem to be a predominantly white male show. Have you noticed that? Maybe it is an accurate representation of the horse racing culture. Anyways, Read the rest of this entry »

I don’t trust anyone, not even myself.

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Dear Kathryn,

First let me say, “Thank you” to you and Natalie for inviting me to be a guest blogger on The Moth Chase. I feel quite confident that I am the least academic writer that TMC has had. I have only one degree, and while I am very proud of it, I am sometimes worried that I will get a letter that says, “Mr. Reklis, after reviewing your college transcript, we have realized that you probably just faked it for about 3 and half years and then cruised through a light load in Communications. We are going to have to take your degree away.” Anyways, I am happy that because I joined in the chorus of  boos (actually not so much “boo” as, “We’re disappointed in you! You can really do better!”) in the comment section of your and Natalie’s Dexter posts, I was invited to write about Luck.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by breklis

January 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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