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  1. Trillian

    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    Count me among those who didn’t like the episode. I am so frustrated with the nonsensical plot lines these writers seem to just pull out of the air without any thought to reality. There seems to have been no thought given to the notion of diplomatic relations beyond “we don’t have an extradition treaty”. Do you have any treaty? Does Canada recognize Gilead as a sovereign nation? If no, then these appeals from Gilead are useless. If yes, why isn’t there an ambassador making a formal request of the Canadian government? Other than, yeah, plot. How does Serena get into the country? Canada’s not going to let just any plane with just anybody in. Serena’s already been thrown out of the country once - how does Canada just let her waltz back in? Why would Gilead let Serena go in the first place when she’s shown shaky loyalty to the regime? All she had to do, once on Canadian soil, is hold up her mutilated hand and declare “I face torture and persecution on account of my sex and I seek asylum in Canada” and the Canadian border authorities who should have been there at the airport would take her in (at least temporarily, until her refugee status was resolved). Gilead took a huge public relations risk. Speaking of public relations, why does Gilead even have public relations as a totalitarian regime? Realistically, they wouldn’t advertise that a handmaid escaped with a baby - they wouldn’t want to give others hope of escape. The realistic public statement would’ve been that Emily was shot while trying to escape and the baby was a tragic casualty of her criminality. Really, Holly/Nicole is not the future of the Gileadean race. She’s not worth risking a whole regime over. I hope that broadcast at the end wasn’t live as it appeared to be. June should’ve been beaten to within an inch of her life for that sneer on video (as many viewers want to do). Oh yeah, as Aunt Lydia says, there really aren’t any consequences.
  2. Trillian

    S03.E01: Night

    I kinda liked it, which is to say with this show, that it didn't infuriate me. Agree that Alexis Bledel's scenes were the best - I also teared up at Emily's being offered asylum and again when she was applauded at the hospital (despite how very cheesy that was). And I loved "I don't like Mondays" while that beautiful old house burned. Wish that June had lost the smirk over the hiatus, though.
  3. Amy and Sheldon wearing their Nobel medals in the final scene! I’m so glad I decided not to watch in the hotel bar at my business conference and instead opted for alone in my room - I hate sobbing in front of my colleagues. Such a sweet ending.
  4. Trillian

    S07.E05: Super Tuesday

    I’m finding the downright criminality of Selina and her team to be offputting. It’s one thing to see them doing shady things - they are politicians after all - but committing treason against their country is making it really hard to root for them
  5. Trillian

    S07.E05: Super Tuesday

    The Unsullied and the Dothraki were to lead the attack, while Jon and Dany provided air cover with Dragonfire Sorry - couldn't resist. I think the Chinese want Selina to win the nom since they don't believe she can beat Montez, who is their preferred president.
  6. Trillian

    S01.E17 Sanctuary

    Six Feet Under has the corner on that market. Grey’s doesn’t come close. (Warning: GORY)
  7. Trillian

    S03.E18: Her

    In my prof’s defence, I am repeating a line I heard second-hand about 35 years ago, so the “just”might not have been in there. But I think the point is a fair one - that these are statements of facts - and the rudeness or condescension depends on the context. A PhD candidate in 8th century Germany is going to know more about 12the century France than the average undergrad - enough to cover one class anyway, and it’s fine unless she lets on to the students that she doesn’t feel qualified. And so what if the dance instructors gossip among themselves that the Sunday morning housewives aren’t serious students of dance - as long as they don’t walk into the class and treat them poorly, why does it matter what they were thinking? Its the same way I feel about Beth’s weird ass cheesecake comment. She was obviously gracious enough about it that her hostess gave her some to take home. If she and Randall hadn’t been been fighting, they might’ve giggled together about how strange it was. It would have been rude to say it or intimate it to the hostess, but (I don’t think) true statements made privately to trusted confidantes qualify as rude per se. That’s just life.
  8. Trillian

    S03.E18: Her

    I just took the comment to mean that it wasn’t a demanding class to have to take over on short notice. It reminded me of a story one of my profs told me about when she was asked, as a grad student, to fill in on short notice and lecture outside her immediate field of expertise. Her supervisor replied “don’t worry, they’re just undergrads. No matter what, you know more than they do”. Not so much an attack on undergrads as a comment on the lack of complexity of the subject matter.
  9. Trillian

    S09.E15: The Calm Before

    Totally off topic, but no. The wife of the King is the Queen, certainly in the British Monarchy (and most, if not all, other monarchies), and regardless of royal blood. Henry VIII had six queens and only two were royal by birth (Katherine of Aragon & Anne of Cleves). Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a commoner by birth (like Diana Spencer, the daughter of an earl) but was queen by virtue of her marriage to George VI. Prince Philip is of royal blood (he is a prince of Greece) but the Queen’s sovereignty doesn’t automatically elevate her husband as does a man’s sovereignty because ... sexism. Princess Grace’s husband was Prince of Monaco because Monaco is a principality and not a kingdom, so it would be odd indeed if she got a higher title than he. But you are correct that there is a difference between a Queen Regnant (e.g. QEII) and a Queen Consort (the Queen Mother). Even then, though, it is not unknown for Queens Consort to seize their husband’s power to rule in their own right. Long live Queen (consort) Carol.
  10. Trillian

    These Are the Previews and Sneak Peeks

    Great theory, but why Beth would bring Pin the Tail on the Donkey to the disconnecting is kinda unsettling. Maybe The Great Jack was playing the game when his own mother died and so all Pearsons must recreate that magic moment for all time?
  11. Trillian

    S03.E17: R&B

    Re: Beth’s ordering Randall to go sleep in his office, my spin is a bit different than some of the ideas floated here. I “heard” Beth saying “ your job is so bloody important to you? More important than I am? More important than our daughters? Fine. Go sleep at your job and see if it supports and keeps you warm. I’m not going to”. Otherwise, she could’ve done the pillows on the couch thing again. On another note, when I saw R&B at the fancy restaurant, I was thinking how Randall really should’ve checked with Kevin before picking the restaurant and deciding what to wear. Needy is not cool, Randall. He’s lucky that this was a flashback and that he and Beth are already married or else that first date would’ve been the absolute last.
  12. Trillian

    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    Thank you! That was how I remembered it too and I was disturbed by the allegations of Beth’s rudeness. While I don’t necessarily agree that politely asking if the hostess has a compatible phone charger is rude, I can’t see how accepting an offer of one is rude. And, in my own humble opinion, I agree. Your guest shows up late, having been caught in traffic for hours and with a dead phone, you accommodate her, get her a plate and offer her a charger if you have one handy. I agree that, if you can’t do this, don’t host . Mrs Purple Cheesecake did nothing wrong 8n this respect, and neither did Beth
  13. Trillian

    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    For all its faults - and they are legion - this episode captured what a real family goes through in a crisis. The impulse to recreate the original family unit is strong. The “boys” regressing into squabbling. The exclusion of “strangers” - yes, it was cruel to blow off Meredith, but realistic. She is not one of “them” and they are circling the wagons in this crisis. Same with Pretzel Grandma: spend enough time in a waiting room and you start to think of it as yours. How dare she intrude on our agony with her happy news? Not nice, but real. Kevin’s helpless desperation to help his sister in the only way he could - offering to pay for the best obstetrician his money could buy - that was sweet and heart-breaking. I think we all want to think we’d all act perfectly in a similar situion, but the show was right that many, if not most, families wouldn’t.
  14. Trillian

    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I was wondering the same thing, especially about Beth. I know that in my own family, the in-laws usually stay behind to watch the children in family crises. Did anyone ever say that Kate was at imminent risk of death? It seems to me that they were told she had gone into premature labour and was being treated to try to delay the birth. If the treatment had been more successful, what were they all going to do? Sit stinking in the waiting room for weeks, ignoring their obligations and their children? I'll give Rebecca a pass - it's her daughter - but it seems like overkill for Beth (if not Randall) to have flown across the country like this.
  15. Trillian

    S03.E14: The Graduates

    Bugged me too. I wish they'd stop treating her (possibly) being a lesbian as some kind of crisis that needs to be managed.