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This episode of that '70s show was actually enjoyable. I know that this season has been one disappointing episode after another. It seems now that he is gone, that Topher Grace really was the glue of the acting team. Due to the fact that this episode was so well written, the acting really had no choice but to be exceptional- even Donna delivered her lines well! Which is the point I would like to start with, Donna. She was put in an awkward situation, for all intents and purposes she is an awkward person and actress- she fit into this writing perfectly. The scenes involving her discussion about Leo liking her were awkward and all the scenes that were suppose to be joyous, were cheesy(another easily executed acting style.)It seems that the writers have been trying to find a post-Eric Donna, but they have been uncomfortable- as we all have been, by what they have chosen. Until now Donna has not been herself, but we know her as the feminist girl friend- or rather a woman who proves her indepence by her codependence. She is truly ahead of her times by reconciling her desires for a home life with her dreams of a future. Moving on, Kitty and Red have been the characters that have really held this season together and in this episode their foil like characteristics truly come out. How many men buy magazines about celebrities and obsess about them, besides commenting on the attractiveness if the celebrity is a woman. Now how many women buy celebrity magazines? This idiosynchrosy of American Culture is displayed so well in this episode as Kitty allows her emotions to be so effected by a celebrity. Whether it is ecstatic joy or melting anger Kitty visits all spectrum's, including that kind of nutty side she got from her mom, of her emotions. In addition Mary Tyler Moore confiding a "trade-secret" or rather brashly scolding Jackie for her disrespect of such a trait as blind ambition, that seems to be part and parcel what writers want to depict of movie personalities. This episode seems to further entrench the series in a post-modern look at those involved in the entertainment industry. Every since Jackie had lost her big chance at the news, she has had to follow the common man path to celebrity- perhaps with no new show in prospect the creators are commenting on what hollywood will do to you, if your popularity wanes. As hip hop culture begins continues to take over mainstream america we will see more and more show's like Everybody Hates Chris and Boondocks arise. In addition we will slowly watch shows like That '70s Show and Will and Grace fade a way. Each show was an icon of their era but to remain respected they now will make way for a new era. A younger generation is moving into the demograph of who creates these edgey new shows- and I think it is for the better.
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