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OK, so, this is going to be a tricky post to do.  Here are a few points.

1. This is very light on spoilers for the episode Dexter 601.  I suppose the only things I give away are the names of several characters who are still alive; the name of the main guest star who is immediately introduced as a villain; and some elements of the plot of this episode.  After I mark out "SPOILERS" I go into more detail about the episode itself, but the first part is relatively spoiler-light and talks only about the religious themes in the episode.  That said, it at least reveals something from season three/four about Dexter's family situation.

2. I'm an atheist.  Or rather, I'm an agnostic, who leans pretty heavily toward atheism.  This does not mean I have no respect for religion.  I do.  I don't believe that there's a God, but I do believe that religion can enhance people's lives, and I see no reason to doubt the truthfulness of other people's faith.  But that other people have faith does not sufficiently move me to have faith.  I do think that religion can sometimes be destructive, but this is true of everything.  In case it is not obvious, the following are all my thoughts and reactions and mine alone; they represent some reactions I had while watching, and some thoughts I had about the portrayals of atheists in television (and film).

3. Be respectful if you comment!

Atheism, religion. Light spoilers for Dexter 601, as described above. Discussion also touches on Joss Whedon shows, House, and Glee, with light spoilers for each. )
Now, on the episode itself (SPOILERS get more explicit here).
 
Episode review/discussion for Dexter 601. Spoilers abound. )

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OK, so, this is going to be a tricky post to do.  Here are a few points.

1. This is very light on spoilers for the episode Dexter 601.  I suppose the only things I give away are the names of several characters who are still alive; the name of the main guest star who is immediately introduced as a villain; and some elements of the plot of this episode.  After I mark out "SPOILERS" I go into more detail about the episode itself, but the first part is relatively spoiler-light and talks only about the religious themes in the episode.  That said, it at least reveals something from season three/four about Dexter's family situation.

2. I'm an atheist.  Or rather, I'm an agnostic, who leans pretty heavily toward atheism.  This does not mean I have no respect for religion.  I do.  I don't believe that there's a God, but I do believe that religion can enhance people's lives, and I see no reason to doubt the truthfulness of other people's faith.  But that other people have faith does not sufficiently move me to have faith.  I do think that religion can sometimes be destructive, but this is true of everything.  In case it is not obvious, the following are all my thoughts and reactions and mine alone; they represent some reactions I had while watching, and some thoughts I had about the portrayals of atheists in television (and film).

3. Be respectful if you comment!

Atheism, religion. Light spoilers for Dexter 601, as described above. Discussion also touches on Joss Whedon shows, House, and Glee, with light spoilers for each. )
Now, on the episode itself (SPOILERS get more explicit here).
 
Episode review/discussion for Dexter 601. Spoilers abound. )

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Hi flist!  I know that many of you are very burned out on Joss Whedon these days.  That said, some of you are fans of much of his work.  A comment by [Poll #1764263]
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Hi flist!  I know that many of you are very burned out on Joss Whedon these days.  That said, some of you are fans of much of his work.  A comment by [Poll #1764263]
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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So far I've seen this done by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42 , [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat67 , and [livejournal.com profile] probablecylon .  I'm going to contribute mine.  This is all thirty days, because (as my overly optimistic "ATS Rewatch yay!" post has shown, I'm not that reliable at getting things done when I leave myself to finish things later....

Somewhat spoilery--hopefully not too much so... )
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So far I've seen this done by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42 , [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat67 , and [livejournal.com profile] probablecylon .  I'm going to contribute mine.  This is all thirty days, because (as my overly optimistic "ATS Rewatch yay!" post has shown, I'm not that reliable at getting things done when I leave myself to finish things later....

Somewhat spoilery--hopefully not too much so... )
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So far I've seen this done by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42 , [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat67 , and [livejournal.com profile] probablecylon .  I'm going to contribute mine.  This is all thirty days, because (as my overly optimistic "ATS Rewatch yay!" post has shown, I'm not that reliable at getting things done when I leave myself to finish things later....

Somewhat spoilery--hopefully not too much so... )

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