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  1. lucindabelle

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    LOL I am a drama critic. With a Phd in theater and a master's in English. I know it is fiction. That doesn't excuse the lack of a motivation. Why did NK do it? The author made it up! is the lamest answer in the world and it IS insulting our intelligence. The Night King's story is not compelling because I can't quite believe in it-- it's called "willing suspension of disbelief." because he has no understandable motive whatsoever.
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    Unspoiled Speculation: Well, I DIDN'T Read It In A Book

    i would really prefer it if Bran could not see the future at all. To the point where I've just decided he can't.
  3. lucindabelle

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    But storms and natural disasters don't plan and aren't conscious. Is the NK conscious? He certainly seems to be.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    Exactly. He gets power: but for what? Cersei wants a dynasty. Other rulers want wealth. What's in it for him?
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    so they're sort of like automatons now?
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    Does anyone feel enlightened about what the Night King wants? Total nihilism. Ok. Then what? Will he self-destruct? I mean, what's the POINT? Every tyrant and conqueror in history has wanted something other than destruction of the Other. NK is working super hard. Why??? (this is a problem with good and evil stories very often. I remember seeing a Lord of the Dance thing a few years back, Michael Flatley too old so produced it. The bad guys literally wore black and burned everything, the good guys literally had unicorns and flowers, it was like being trapped in a black light painting. But what did the baddies WANT?)
  7. lucindabelle

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    So the Night King erases this world. Then what? He self-destructs? That's pretty lame as a motivation.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    This does not satisfy me though I agree it's all we've got right now. The reason? The wedding flashback. That couple looked sweet and innocent. That couple did not look "on the run" in any way. Rhaegar's little loving nose bump. Starks are honorable. I just can't believe even a willful Lyanna would knowingly take a man away from a loving wife and children. Yet Oberyn believed that Rahegar left a wife who loved him passionately, for another woma. Just as sweet artistic Rhaegar as a rapist makes no sense, sweet artistic Rhaegar as a heartbreaker and deadbeat dad makes no sense. There has GOT to be more in that marriage that we find out about. Elia was cheating on him and they weren't his kids. Something.
  9. lucindabelle

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    I wasn’t squicked out by Arya af all. I relate to her- and I’m over 50 so itnisnt age. I do read (and write) ya, which may be a factor, but just curious if there’s a gender divide? Are men, who might feel dad-ish to her, more squicked than women? I know dads are never ever really at home with the idea of their little girls as sexual even when they are moms. It’s all lalalalala stork. the tears in Briennes eyes and the smile that seemed to come unbidden! For the first time I didn’t love Dany- her scene with Sansa seemed forced but maybe that’s because it was (Jorah told her to do it). She seemed to be using her “I am queen” voice too much. Hopefully that will change. agree the ice dragon should have been mentioned.
  10. lucindabelle

    S08.E01: Winterfell

    What does she get out of killing her brothers? Cersei is beginning to be as in penetrable is the night king
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    S08.E01: Winterfell

    I feel like I’m watching a different show. I like Dany. I think she’s a very good queen and she approached Samwell very warmly. And then she did what she had to do as quickly and humanely as possible. I haven’t seen the Arrogance, instead, I saw Sansa barely being polite. She didn’t make any effort to even try to see were gracious. She barely says hello. I read somewhere, I can’t remember where, that this episode was going to explain what the night king wanted. Maybe it was the season? Because I still have no fucking clue what the night king wants. Maybe the way umber kid was cut up? But We’ve seen them leave the body is in that spiral before. If the suggestion is that they just want revenge, that still doesn’t seem like nearly enough motive
  12. lucindabelle

    S07.E07: The Dragon And The Wolf

    I am still so confused about the secret marriage. They look happy and innocent. Yet he left a wife and two children for her. We better find out there was something terribly wrong in that first marriage otherwise I just can’t believe this is good news.
  13. lucindabelle

    Fosse/Verdon

    You need to immerse yourself in movies of the period. They were MUCH more daring then later movies and especially early 80s films. Not just musicals but regular movies too. Michelle Williams WAS in "Cabaret" on Broadway, y'all. She's not some Hollywood wannabe. Oh, also: anyone notice how many articles described the heroine in "Sweet Charity" as an optimistic taxi driver? She's an optimistic TAXI DANCER. One person made a mistake somewhere and all these other journalists copied it. She's not a taxi driver in the Italian movie the musical is based on, either: she's a prostitute.
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    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    Someone of whom Jay is afraid. Adnan isn't guilty because of your gut feeling or "if not him, who." It's not how the law or just common sense work.
  15. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    f Randall had listed William as a dependent, he would be covered. And again, I was under the impression MULTI millionaires. I personally know people who have more than 50 million. I thought from the way they were presented that that's what Randall had too. It was at the least strongly implied. These very wealthy people often go to doctors who don't take insurance at all, because they can. I just can't believe that William's medical expenses broke them. And as for the building, sure, it would be pricey, but again, very wealthy people often have a lot of property anyway: three or four homes. Even if they're not the kind of people who charter planes or buy boats, it's not at all uncommon for people to have a city apartment, a big house, a summer property, a ski lodge. It just seems that Randall was presented as much richer than he was: people with only a million or two don't buy a car for $100,000 cash. that's the kind of thing you do when you have 10 or 20 million. In my experience. Not that it really matters, though, because the show doesn't persuade me that it has any connection to reality anymore. A show that can retrofit that a man lied about his brother being alive, can retrofit that a woman had a secret artistic passion (that lay COMPLETELY dormant for 20 years), can certainly retrofit income. ETA: Randall deciding to run on a day when they'd just lost their stable insurance is what I mean by irresponsible. At that moment he had to know they would have to get COBRA. For multi multi millionaires, no biggy. For someone with one or two million, it's a biggy. Knowing Beth lost her job, he should have postponed his idea of campaigning. Old Randall would have. But again, this is partly why I've just gone off the show. The characters don't seem to have continuity.
  16. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    When did Beth lose her job? I thought it was before he was running. I disagree that he could just get a job. Randall was a very highly paid executive, and in NJ/NY employment is tight (I live here). He would be too expensive for a lot of companies, many of whom have been having massive layoffs. Of course Randall and Beth can have COBRA, my point is that insurance is expensive, COBRA or not. Now, I was under the impression that they were multi multi millionaires (from the way they were presented in season one), but they clearly have walked that back with their remarks about the babysitter. So it brings me back to Randall making big decisions impulsively. Which doesn't really jibe with the little boy who'd rather study than even dance at a party. But, I'm on the record of being frustrated with both of them. It's really only on TV that people worry about dreams more than responsibilities. Maybe TV writers just don't know what it's like once they get to that level (I mean, minimum is something like $30k an episode). I doubt anybody on that staff has any idea of the kind of work Beth and Randall were supposed to have done. We heard vaguely about "projects" and having to work on Saturday. Didn't ring remotely true. In the real world, most people don't love their job all the time (even in the creative professions). I guess, I just don't really like this show anymore. I don't love watching people argue, especially, and I also find the whole thing contrived. But even if I didn't, the show doesn't charm me enough anymore.
  17. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    But Randall quit without knowing he'd get that job. Stunningly irresponsible.
  18. lucindabelle

    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    I keep falling asleep during this show. I've tried twice to stay awake for the final episode. I think it's partly the Cinema Verite style, the lack of a narrator, the white-on-black captions from time to time. Does the episode acknowledge the setback that just happened?
  19. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    Such a great point. I have been critical of the whole retrofitted "Beth's a dancer manquee" thing, but failed to notice the sloppy writing it led to. Beth and Randall were NOT written this way in previous seasons. And yes, it makes ZERO sense for Randall to behave this irresponsibly from everything we know about him. He is the LEAST likely guy to just hand wave the coming college tuition away. but the writers wanted a Big Clash. Honestly, I'd like to pretend most of this season didn't happen, which is how I feel about the last book of The Chronicles of Narnia. Jack's brother died in Viet Nam-- we don't learn Jack was an unforgiving liar who cut off his brother and lied about it. Beth is a career woman without a buried dream in the arts that not one word or action was ever said about in two years. Randall's midlife crisis was just his car in season one, not a career change. I mean on top of everything else, this family now has to pay their own insurance bills, when presumably before they were covered through Randall's job. With a family of five that adds up even if people don't have big issues. Premiums alone are thousands a month. Shaking head, just no.
  20. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    This is not the show I used to like. Randall and Beth WERE well suited in season one. There’s a reason these episodes are on my DVR for weeks until I get around to them. I guess missing Jack and backstory more than I realized. These angry, self involved people just don’t interest me. oh and: Carnegie Mellon in 1997 and 98 had a lot of black students! I know, I was doing my grad work at Pitt at that time down the street. CMU also has a great dance department. it still really bugs me that Beth was perfectly healthy and based on one failure and one conversation didn’t pursue ANY kind of dance. I have rheumatoid arthritis and HAD to give up classical violin. I’ve had multiple surgeries over the years to be able to play (irish fiddle now) and all I can think of isnthat if she didn’t find her way back to movement when she physically could have that’s on HER. Not her mom. Not her teacher.
  21. lucindabelle

    S03.E17: R&B

    It’s gotten to the point where I watch clips and read comments rather than sitting through the show. I watched the fight on twitter and thought Beth was way too harsh. “And you let me do it.” The Hell? You’re blaming HIM for your choice? And since I’m irritated that dance met nothing to Beth so far as we viewers knew until two episodes ago, I’m not convinced (she never watches it talks about it does anything else with it)... his voicemail was angry and low. But her comment about his anxiety attacks suggested that she resents his weakness. And that’s... not just disrespecting a career choice. That’s unloving. That’s like saying you resent someone gaining weight or going bald. It’s much worse. Nobody sick would EVER want to feel a spouse was giving up life to be with them. counseling would help... but back to the show- I’ll watch at some point but I just don’t love this show anymore, and wouldn’t recommend it. The writing is contrived and unsurprising. I find the acting to go for the obvious too. It used to make me cry... I think perhaps it’s run out of steam
  22. lucindabelle

    My Generation: Period Set, Style, Slang, etc.

    I HAD THAT CROCHETED VEST! There are many pictures of me in it as a little girl. ALSO SARA LEE DESSERT CAKE!!!!! They don't make that frozen Sara Lee chocolate one layer cake anymore, but it was the best thing EVER! You had to let it defrost and then sometimes if you didn't wait you could peel the frosting back in a clump. It was areally a chocolate pound cake. I have begged and pleaded with Sara Lee to bring it back.
  23. lucindabelle

    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    Right. I remember where I was when the towers fell, and what happened right around that time and later that day. I remember the day before, because we had taken a beloved cat to be put down after a long struggle with cancer. But three days before? I'd have to check email to see. I know where I was, as in what town and state. Or more recently. I've been trying to keep a five year diary, each day has five little spaces. Typically rather than enter each day I enter at the end of the week. If I let it go too long I can't fill them in at all. I remember if I was at a play that night, for example, but sometimes the only way I know what I've done is from looking at my to do lists. If I happened not to have a to do list that day, it's a big old shrug. Right now-- TODAY-- I had to check my phone to see what I did last Friday. A lot of things, actually. And bear in mind that students didn't have cell phones with calendars to check and keep appointments, and anyway, nobody's going to put "sell pot with Jay" on a calendar...
  24. lucindabelle

    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    I also believe Jay may not have done it but knows who dd, a truly scary drug type person. He had Adnan's car, knows Hae is Adnan's ex. Why NOT pin it on him?
  25. lucindabelle

    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    I too was a HUGE fan of Serial. So far, not much I did not know, but I am enjoying putting faces to names. My brother who is a lawyer is very interested since I guess he remembers well my going around saying FREE ADNAN lol. To me it's already so clear that the only evidence they ever had was Jay telling people Adnan said or did this or that.
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