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  1. Yeah, every now and then I've noticed an overly strict one (I thought not allowing "crime" as a clue for "CSI" was borderline) but on balance I think they've allowed more that wouldn't have flown on classic Pyramid or Password.
  2. I'm kind of surprised by how much I like this show. I hadn't heard about it until a few weeks ago when Jen Kirkman mentioned taping some episodes on her podcast, so I looked it up, recorded a few and thought it was pretty good. Then I found out they had full episodes on Youtube, and the other day I wasn't feeling well spent the whole day in bed and wound up watching over a dozen episodes and have watched three or four a day since. They're great on Youtube, I can speed up the playback to 150% during slow parts (especially the bidding), I usually completely skip the part where the contestants pick their words for the final round (and sometimes cover the bottom of the screen so I can play along), so in all an episode takes about 13-15 minutes to watch. I think I prefer the remotely shot second season a bit more than the first. You do lose some energy, but it also seems to help the actors stay focused and not be as obsessed with chewing the scenery. Have to say, it bugs me a little when so many people give clues like "opposite night" or "not night". It's just a waste of a word in most cases. If you give a clue of "night", 90% chance they'll say "day" (especially if you say it with a question in your voice, or with a slight head shake), and you'll have an extra word for the harder ones. If they don't say "day" right away, then say "opposite". The judges are pretty generous on some of the things they let go. If I was running a password game, no way would I allow "nothing on feet" for "barefoot".
  3. Thanks. Some interesting cut bits. Janet eating for the first time. Eleanor and Michael discussing Brent. Bits of a longer discussion about the other guys that Eleanor and Janet have at the end. I kind of wish they had presented the straight table read instead of inserting in the produced scenes.
  4. Pretty decent game, with a lots of ups and downs for both teams, ending up surprisingly close. I expected D'Arcy to be teamed up with Yvette for the last round (despite one big early blunder). She's definitely first pick for the basketball team. Can't help but think that might have let to a better result, but it's hard to tell who was to blame. Is the the first time Yvette played a final round and didn't get to ten points?
  5. Man, if you come on the show and find all your team is reality stars and the opposing team has Yvette Nicole Brown , you might as well shake Jane's hand and head to the bar in the introductions. I wonder if this was the most lopsided score in the show history.
  6. I think Jane needs to check her home for a gas leak. It seemed to start around where Adam Pally was sitting, spread to that entire team for the final round and then was everywhere by the bonus round. I half expected the last shot to be everyone sprawled on the floor and paramedics rushing in...
  7. When they struggled with Kate Upton I thought we were going to see a collapse on the round, but they managed to recover. I'm not sure about their clues for Liam Neeson, but they managed to get there.
  8. Wonder what forgotten corner of the NBC commissary this was found in? The comedy special that Sasheer Zamata plugs is over three years old... I'll be curious to see how many more they have. The game went pretty good for the most part, until the utter disaster in the final round. Which was all on the celebrities. Awful clues for the ones they missed. The Jessica Chastain clues might be show record on bad clue giving, until it was surpassed by them trying to describe Bernie Sanders. The civilian did great when he got reasonable clues. Did I misunderstand Zak's story, or does Zach Braff really get offered free hotel rooms?
  9. Seven episodes, so two more to go. Looks like they're going to call that the season finale and have been picked up for Season 5 which will continue the story https://www.playbill.com/article/the-good-fight-to-end-4th-season-early-but-will-return-for-a-5th
  10. Pleasant surprise to find on the DVR. They did a surprisingly good job of finding a way to do the regular games remotely (although unfortunately including “Song Sung Wrong” and the requisite Jane mugging). is the regular show ever coming back? I know last time it was obviously recorded long before it aired, so they might have some in the can ready to fill a schedule hole, of which I’m sure we’ll soon see a lot of.
  11. Didn''t notice the first season episode title theme. Thanks. Wonder what they'll do for Season 5? Sondheim lyrics? College courses? "My ____" (with a rare "His/Her/Their Story" to mix it up, and then "Our ____" for a disappointing final episode)? Any other shows have themed episode titles? I think DAMAGES always used snippets of actual dialogue, but a few other shows might have done that. (for those curious, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, COMMUNITY and SCRUBS)
  12. It's a pretty big swing for a season opener, but I think I mostly liked it, but maybe as an impressive failure. Maybe when we see if/how it fits in with the rest of the season. It was surprisingly short compared to most of the episodes, about 10 minutes lower than average for the series. I think the only shorter one was a season two one where Lucca was completely absent so they probably cut out a subplot. The Weinstein stuff in this one seemed to be missing a resolution, can't help but wonder if something was cut there.
  13. "This is Tuesdays... and also July. And sometimes it's never. Occasionally, that moment on the Bearimy timeline is the time-moment when nothing never occurs. So... you get it." "This broke me. The dot over the i. That broke me. I'm... I'm done." Man, dot just seems to come earlier every Bearimy...
  14. The Final Chapter - Whenever You're Ready Season 4, Episode 13 January 30, 2020 Man, there are a lot of callbacks and references in this episode. Michael recording "attempt #803" was a silly fakeout, and his song lyrics go back to season one. Doug Forcett replaced on Michael's wall with the four humans is a nice touch. So is having a few of the philosophy consultants for the show in Chidi's class. Jeff the Doorman is much busier in the new system. Good running bit with him and the frogs in this episode. And there's a niednagel down below the bridge. I see that they did eventually track down the Good Place Committee and one of them is Joint Council, but didn't get any dialogue. Jason's story first. His goals to satisfaction were always the simplest. Perfection in his video game, reuniting his dance group and spending time with his friends. And we get young Doug Forcett, Donkey Doug and Pillboi. Tahani had a lot more goals, but reached them eventually, while waiting to fulfill the most important goals with her family relationships. And then she finds something else to do. Plus we get quick bits with John, Brent, Trevor, Glenn and even Beadie, the Good Place architect who did Mindy's welcome video. Michael giving her his original bowtie and planning to brag about knowing her was the first time I teared up this episode. Next is Chidi's passage. A few more returnees, with Simone and some of Eleanor and Chidi's Earth friends. This is quite a journey, especially the way it uses some different filming techniques to the standard for the show. Listen to the podcast for a detailed discussion about the long shot following Eleanor from their house to Michael's office and back, including how they got Janet to appear without the usual cut or effects. Then a trip to Europe for some location filming. I have to skip the final Chidi/Eleanor goodbye most times because it breaks my heart. Chidi's final scene with Janet is a nice coda, with the way he's immediately able to say he's ready. And bringing Jason back at this point is a masterstroke. It brings some needed levity to the story after some heavy stuff. "Kind of like a monk." "What do you mean?" And then Eleanor tying up her loose ends. First with Mindy, which also gives us Maximum Maximum Derek, and provides a nice final look at Tahani and Shawn. Finally figuring out what Michael needs. Janet's farewell scene with Michael is a nice endcap to their story, going back to the classic "the reason is friends" scene years ago. And then Janet and Eleanor at the final door, with the scenes of Michael on Earth, appropriately ending with his guitar teacher Mary. And through the door... Which leads back to Earth, and however you want to interpret the floating lights. A final goofy joke with Michael's human name, "Michael Realman", and a callback to season one and his joy at getting a rewards card, and the final line: "I'll say this to you, my friend, with all the love in my heart and all the wisdom of the universe. Take it sleazy." And the podcast is an appropriately long two-part three hour talk with Marc Evan Jackson (he played Shawn) talking with creator/writer/director Mike Schur and producer Drew Goddard. Fascinating stuff, especially on some of the things they took out of the episode or changed late in the production. And that's the series, until the next of probably many rewatches in the future.
  15. Chapter 51 - Patty Season 4, Episode 12 January 23, 2020 And we finally get to The Good Place (well, except for the mailroom visit). Loved how casually Jason hides Michael's weed. The Jason and Eleanor aspects of the party really do seem to overwhelm the more understated Chidi and Tahani elements. Knew that Good Place Committee couldn't be trusted, but still surprised by what they did. Loved their whiteboard of ideas, especially "Giant Mini Donuts (not just regular donuts. Dave will explain)". Lisa Kudrow was a pretty good guest star to pull at this point, especially for someone whose brain is a little mushy. Especially with the on-going joke about Michael's obsession with the show Friends. And a final afterlife problem for our team to figure out. The solution and how it was presented have been and will continue to be debated for a long time, but after seeing the finale multiple times in the last week, I'm pretty happy with it. Part of me wonders what they would have done if they took a full season to explore and fix The Good Place, but that might have opened up all sorts of other problems. A very satisfying conclusion to set up a very different denouement for the finale. And on the podcast with Marc Evan Jackson is producer/director Morgan Sackett and writer Andrew Law (he plays Drew on the Good Place Committee).
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