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  1. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    I didn't find her latest instagram post problematic. She is entitled to express her feelings and reference her faith as she wishes. If it were a victim impact statement in court, it's a perfectly valid one. But again, we know no details of the allegations involved, so I'm not drawing conclusions about the guilt or innocence of any party.
  2. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    I read it in this THR article. Maybe she felt they weren't representing her pov or her best interests. Yes, as a lawyer I understand that. Sexual assault (at least in my jurisdiction) is when a person intentionally touches another person in a sexual way without the other's consent, and the person touching does not reasonably believe the other consents. Yes, the criminal justice system has many shortcomings when it comes to dealing with sexual offences. But I believe it is important to report if you do believe you have been the victim of one. I just feel serious allegations need to be properly investigated for there to be due process. It sounds like eOne appointed an independent third party to investigate. Better late than never, I guess. But I am confused as to how it seems the hairdresser accused of sexual assault/racial discrimination was fired even before the investigation is complete? Also, I note that the hair department head seems to be a woman, though of course you can also have same sex sexual assault. Or even without the sexual component, something can be simply assault. If it allegedly took place at a wrap party (and the other stuff in the hair trailer), you would think there would be witnesses and it would not be just a case of (s)he said, she said. I don't know why Hawley failed to report to HR per procedure. Maybe he thought he could take action to mediate or resolve it himself as showrunner (did he do anything?), maybe he feared any allegations would affect the show's renewal, maybe he thought it wasn't important and just tried to placate Afton. Who knows. But in any case, he seems to have handled the issue poorly.
  3. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    This is very unfortunate. I thought Afton and Bishop was one of the strongest actors/characters on the show. I enjoyed her relationship with Nolan the most. A big loss for the show. And of course it is very wrong if Afton was subjected to inappropriate/unlawful behaviour in a work environment. However, if something as serious as sexual assault really happened (her words), I think it is something that should be taken to the police or any other authority where there can be a proper investigation rather than trial by instagram. The internet playing judge, jury and executioner isn't fair to all parties concerned imo, when we don't actually know anything beyond a general allegation from one party. We don't know anything about any actual incidents, actual words and behavior, the context, any witnesses (surely there would be others in the hair and makeup trailer and at the wrap party) etc. etc. I personally am not comfortable with throwing people under the bus as we do in this internet age when we don't know any of that. It does sound like Hawley handled the complaint very poorly when he didn't refer it to HR. Whether (he thought) the allegation had merit or not would be for HR to determine but he at least had the obligation to report. Could Afton herself have gone straight to HR to get it addressed? And FWIW, I do remember Nathan's Firefly colleagues sharing a story of how he stepped in when a male guest star was inappropriate with a female cast member. Before people cast stones, remember we don't know what anyone knew what when and what actually occurred.
  4. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    I thought it was more likely than not TR would get another season, but you never know with these things. And I see many network pilots with name actors not even ordered to series. I don't expect TR to last for more than another season or two, frankly, in this day and age. Unfortunately, I have no real expectations that it'll become a show with great writing in S2 either. It's a serviceable network procedural with a likable cast of characters and good cast, but the writing/type of show it is makes it unlikely to excel. Hopefully it will improve in S2 though and agreed that Nolan definitely needs more development/sharper writing.
  5. I had not heard Titus' music before. Video is cheesy but music is catchy. More my kind of jam than what Dever/Huertas had going on, I have to say.
  6. madmaverick

    S01.E20: Free Fall

    Just a meh finale to me. Not as strong as the previous episode. I find the big terror plots, usually in season finales, quite tedious and this was no exception. I would have been happy if this episode was just about the rookie exam and say interspersed with flashbacks to their first 6 months on the job and the challenges and dilemmas they faced as they answered the questions. This kind of cliffhanger is pointless to me because it's highly doubtful they'll kill off Tim. Nolan & Jessica's relationship has been blah to me from a romantic pov because there was barely any buildup to becoming an established couple and I don't feel any particular chemistry. The work/relationship dilemmas here could be interesting if handled with nuance, but I don't think that's going to happen. It'll just be they are incompatible from a moral pov and so they'll part ways and we'll be left wondering what was the point of the relationship in the first place. And I guess the resolution may also depend on whether the actress is coming back. Lopez & the lawyer's relationship is also blah to me because it seems like they are all about making eyes at each other and being forcibly hot and steamy without much deeper development. At least he got off his high horse for once. Lopez suggesting West might need a new T.O. was more interesting to me than the relationship stuff. West and his Dad making up just like felt a bit too easy and with questions unanswered. Bishop & I.A. drama resolution also felt a bit too easy but I'm glad they didn't make Bishop do I.A.'s work for them. Bradford & Chen, meh. I hope they're not taking them in any non platonic direction. It feels like this show has the ingredients for it to be good; definitely has them to be better, but it's not quite there imo and more often than not is just another mediocre procedural. Stick to the slice of life of rookies, inject a lot of heart and some dramedy, but stay away from romantic melodrama and big action plots. Police work should be interesting enough without all that. It's got a decent cast of characters. Grow them.
  7. madmaverick

    S01.E19: The Checklist

    I could be wrong but I went and re-watched and I don't think they used a body double in those scenes. The shots where I thought Nathan looked pretty good were the full body shots. Maybe it was the side angle. The arms were decent without being full on muscular and sculpted which made me think they were Nathan's arms, as his biceps have looked okay even when his body was heavier. I also don't think the boxing scene was strenuous much so wouldn't have thought they needed a body double for that, but who knows. I do think he looks believable enough to me compared to a real life cop. But could he get even fitter? For sure. I agree with those who say he looks thinner on social media so maybe how the camera films him makes a difference. He looks more energetic here than in the later seasons of Castle for sure.
  8. madmaverick

    S01.E19: The Checklist

    Best episode in a while. It had more heart and a good mix of character drama without trying to use overblown action scenes to maintain interest. The dialogue was better too. I liked Nolan's speech to the Chief, Lopez shutting down West and the conversations between Nolan & Ben. I'm glad they didn't sweep the trauma from such a traumatic event (ouch, that was a good make up job!) under the table (like I kind of felt they did with the Capt's death) and it added to the characterisation of Nolan & Ben's friendship too. What they're doing with West could be interesting too with him feeling kind of lost, although I'm not sure he's giving his Dad a fair shake given the limited info about what he actually did/didn't do. Nolan & Bishop's relationship has been one of my favourites throughout and his speech to the Chief kind of encapsulated what that has been about so far. Smart move that she made him primary from the start but I don't know why her practice differed from the others. Not a fan of IA making an unethical offer, but I guess they want to set something up for the finale. Surprised the Chief personally administers the oral exam to the rookies....he has that kind of time? Ha, I did think the guy in the coffin looked a bit too alive. I thought maybe it was a bad makeup/acting job. Little did I know that was the point lol. I thought Nathan's running was perfectly acceptable here and he may have looked the best he has all series during that boxing scene. Would not object to a repeat of that.
  9. madmaverick

    S01.E18: Homefront

    Just an average episode. I thought the show had some episodes which showed promise a while back but it's sunk back into mediocrity. Talia's storyline was the only one that held my interest. We'll see but the problem with these storylines is you don't really expect any serious repercussions in a procedural show. So she's confessed to the Watch Commander, now what? I mean, they've already done their shock and awe erm budget cutting by killing the Captain so.... which, as I expected, doesn't seem to have any lasting repercussions on the characters either. What a waste and what a shame. Nolan being sued could have been a more interesting storyline but they played it for laughs and made the judge too unprofessional from the get go. I did like the young lawyer character as another reminder not to judge anyone's ability by their age. He's more interesting to me than that defense lawyer getting it on with Lopez. Yawn. What a pointless, cliche and unprofessional scene. I wish they'd shown Lopez to be more professional than that and I hope this show isn't turning into a soap. So far they are not winning me over with any of their romantic storylines. And yikes, really hope they are not going there with Bradford and Chen. I actually thought West showed too little faith in his Dad to easily believe the word of a criminal just like that. Fair to have doubts but he's already ready not to believe his Dad. Nathan/Nolan needs to never tuck in his uniform jacket into his belt if that's what he was doing. Just No. Why make yourself look bigger than you actually are? Should have left it out like Bishop.
  10. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    OK episode. My main problem with it is I didn't feel it dealt with the impact of the Captain's death in a powerful way or used it to drive storytelling forward in any meaningful sense (which was supposedly the rationale by Hawley for the death). Yes, it was on Nolan's mind and yes, "life goes on", but I didn't get a heavy sense of sadness from the characters or that the Capt's death impacted them much at all. It felt like it was all too tidy and easily put away. More heavy gunfights. I think the writers think we will be bored if they don't throw one or two into every episode. I check a lot of reality at the door for TV but how many times are 2 cops going to go it alone against heavy gunfire without backup? Especially after one of their own was killed previously! Not really feeling the chemistry between NF and SS, tbh. I think the problem for me is when there isn't much slow burn, sexual tension, and even though they are both likable characters to me, it's like bam, now they are dating and I don't feel the romance. Also really was not keen on the anvil in the scene at the end hinting at Nolan's insecurities as a rookie dating an impressive woman. Nolan's always appeared as a confident man who had the balls to join the police academy and become a rookie in middle age, so it doesn't make sense to me for his character to be insecure suddenly just because she dated a SEAL. And insecurity like this is never an attractive trait in a man. They don't need to make this Nolan's. And does Nolan have any other casual clothes than this plaid shirt? It's not a flattering look on him either. Chen and West's personal storylines were kind of meh. As was the earthquake and the new Captain shenanigans. Not that interesting. Michael Trucco was playing a typical MT role here, straight and narrow law enforcement. Joel McHale had the funner role with more to do.
  11. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    That's pure conjecture about the motivations of the writers re ageism and an example of what I meant. But hey, it's a free for all on the internet, so believe what you want whether supported by evidence or not. Goodness, I never knew there was so much judgment out there if I were to date an older (or younger) person. To me, good writers can craft a strong relationship regardless of age or whatever differences. If it didn't happen here, it's because the writing was not strong enough. In real life, people of all ages can fall in love and I don't judge.
  12. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    It's not about not being able to be critical as a fan. That's not the point at all. There's plenty of robust criticism on PTV. It's about criticism being rooted in facts and in logic, rather than pure supposition and fact free conjecture and the leap to apportion blame when facts aren't at hand. And for goodness' sake, please leave Stana out of the discussion here. Let. It. Go. I don't think the decision to kill off the Captain was wise, but no, I'm not about to make it a gender issue when there's no indication that was a factor in the decision at all.
  13. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    Nathan's said time and again that he leaves the writing to the professionals, aka the writers, and it's not his place to interfere. Yes, he's EP alongside others, but we don't know what input he and others and the network had on this decision or what all the considerations were. Hawley has said they went back and forth about it in the writers' room. Unless you were an actual fly on the wall when the decision to kill off the Captain was made, I don't think it's fair to blame people when you don't know anything about the decision making process beyond what Hawley has said. If a show or an actor is not making you happy, the quickest way to happiness is to stop watching. What's weird to me is when people who clearly don't like a show or an actor keep watching it. And I would argue that there are many strong female characters on the show.
  14. madmaverick

    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Not keen on the earthquake or the episode description for the finale. Bigger does not always mean better. When will writers get that? Is the show veering into melodrama? It's been so long since a network show especially a procedural grabbed me. And usually that is due to actors' chemistry rather than compelling writing. Not every non network show is good and there are plenty of duds too, but at least they feel more ambitious whereas a lot of network just feels tired to me. It's no wonder to me they keep on losing ground to streaming and cable. That's my problem with Nolan too. He's likable but I feel the character coasts on Nathan's charisma rather than solid writing. He's an everyman but a bland one at that. This is a guy who could be more sharply defined, having made such a massive mid life life change, but I feel the writers have barely created any depth from that. And the love interest angles have never done much for the character. What this show has going for it to me more than anything is a solid cast. Missing the Captain's actress though.
  15. madmaverick

    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Worst episode ever. Was it written by Hawley? Even if it wasn't, killing the Capt. wouldn't have happened if he hadn't conceived or okayed it. Unfortunately, I was spoiled. Argh, social media. I've commented before that this isn't the kind of show that goes dark, that has cops being bad etc., so count me surprised that it would kill off a series regular (at this early stage). Bad call imo. First of all I thought the storytelling was a melodramatic mess this episode and it was a cheap death with too much stupidity that neither the character of the Captain nor the actress deserved. I thought the climatic scenes were incredulous more than compelling myself. I'm never a fan when they turn the volume up to melodrama and that's what they did here. The show does better when it's slice of life rather than high action shootouts. I am sorry, but this episode wasn't well written enough to generate any pathos for me from the Capt's death. It was just like one minute she was here and the next she was dead and oh now life goes on except we'll wear black ribbons on our badges. It all felt like surface emotion rather than anything moving that good writing does. Just the idea that it was the 2 of them out on patrol(which I would have loved to see more in any other circumstances, alas) with a target on Nolan's back without additional backup seemed the height of foolishness to me. I'm not sure the Captain egging on a killer with a fragile ego was the smartest idea ever either. And the idea that cops only turned on the pressure on gangs when one of their own was a target didn't sit well with me. The end scene of Nolan arresting the idiot didn't do anything for me. The sentiments delivered by the cops re dead Capt were well said but those lines were so heavy handed. No nuance, no subtlety, no messy emotions that come with a shocking death like this. So basically this episode did not work for me and not just because they killed off the Capt. I also think they made the wrong move to kill the Capt because A) we'll see, but I'm not convinced that it's going to drive the storytelling forward in a big way and I'm not convinced that failing to save someone/one of them getting shot (which already happened) couldn't have driven storytelling in those directions. B) This is the first time I've watched Mercedes Mason in anything but I thought she had a really likable screen presence here which was an asset to the show, and she had good chemistry with NF as well as others. It's a shame to see her go. C) The Capt. character was definitely underutilized and as I've said before, kind of a thankless role in these shows because the writers never seem to know what to do with her. But the tidbits they dropped about the Capt being ex-Marine and being divorced could have been explored further. As was the idea that she chose Nolan to come to her precinct because she saw the value in his experience. It all just felt like an unnecessary death of a character and a cheap kill to shock, cheap way to shake things up for an episode or two. Finally, I also don't think showing a white supremacist gang with military grade weapons was the most sensitive move this week in light of the white supermacist killing in NZ. But hey, if a fictional killing of a TV character by a white surpremacist with military grade weapons can actually make the U.S. do something about gun control for once, I'm all for it. But doubtful. To summarize, this was the worst episode by far for me. It amplified all the weaknesses in the writing, especially when it descended into melodrama but even before that. The writing on this show has been mediocre at best, but there were moments when I thought it might get better. Not here.
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