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Transparent Recap: The Hole

Sometimes, Transparent can be remarkably a opaque show. The flashbacks, the imagistic storytelling, the dreamy interludes, the bits where it's just Leslie and Ali sitting on the floor writing poetry in dialogue together: For a series that can telegraph its messages pretty heavily, it's also not afraid of ambiguity and ... More »
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Should Poetry Be Opaque? Ctd

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A reader writes: I was really bothered by certain bits of the article you linked to. We should not expect to understand a poem at a single sitting, but I have read simple haiku that any child could decipher that meet that same stand...

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Ever since we first saw the Pfeffermans as children, I’ve been waiting for an entirely flashback episode set in 1994. Today we get it, with an episode exploring the lost weekend that was to be Ali’s bat mitzvah. With his daughter’s ...

Transparent Recap: Limerence

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"Oscillate" opens with a surprisingly clear account of the flashbacks to 1933 Berlin. As the narrative takes shape, the Pfeffermans' ancestors transform from dreamy and suggestive images into full-formed individuals. We're finally g...

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A good flashback wig can really say it all. Television's unabashed embrace of serialized storytelling means almost every show now relies on flashbacks to generate twists and revelations. Let's give the hair and makeup departments th...

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