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  1. Ellaria Sand

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    And I'm fairly sure that they cannot be answered effectively in one episode. While I am perfectly fine with leaving some of these situations open-ended, I believe that lots of time was wasted in getting to the point that we are at right now. If there is truth to the report that the director, Andrea Arnold, lost creative control over the end product, then we have a possible explanation as to why some story lines feel unsatisfying and rushed. Link: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/ Frankly, every viewer's opinion is valid, regardless of whether they are "hate-watching" or not. Are there deleted scenes that could have pulled the narrative together in a more cohesive way? Possibly but we will never know. Exactly - why has the detective received no characterization? She keeps lurking around the background in many scenes. Why was Corey interviewed off screen? Sure, some of these are creative choices which are bound to please some and annoy others. My sense is that next week's finale is going to be full of surpise twists and gotcha moments and that seems unnecessary based on what we have seen to date.
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    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    I actually screamed out loud at the TV to tell Jane to move away from this madness. Save herself and Ziggy while she still can. The Madeline/Ed relationship drama seems like an entirely different show. Madeline just drops by now and then by to have a chat with the rest of the Monterey 5 and show up in court. Did we really need Ms. Boob Job and her lists? I don’t care about Bonnie’s parents and I’m starting not to care about Bonnie. Yes, I’m sure that she is tormented about pushing Perry but it’s not a compelling storyline right now. That’s EXACTLY what I thought Gordon was paying Juliette for, too. Wonder how they arrived at the figure of $160,000? I’m hate watching now, too. The great performances can’t save a meandering story. Too many characters. Too many choppy scenes. Too much angst and misery.
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    S03.E08: Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

    Well said. I loved this season and that's due in large part to this cast. They are an endearing group of young actors and I'm eager to see how they bring their characters to closure in the next season or two. I have no doubt that the Duffers will be able to finish this dark but delightful story. I believe that David Harbour will be back. This story could go forward without him but it would lose its heart. And yes, it some ways it would be perceived as a cheat to bring him back but that wouldn't matter to me. I love these characters and their genuine concern for one another. I need him to return for El, Joyce, etc. I was thrilled to see that Suzie was real, adorable and that she shared Dustin's feelings. Their song was great and as was the others' reactions. Some may complain that it went on for too long. Maybe...but I don't care. I loved it and, IMO, it added to the charm of this show. Saddened by the move of the Byers + El. I'm sure that they will reunite next season, at least, temporarily to fight some new form of evil. Regardless, we know that all of these kids will soon be going their separate ways as they grow up.
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    S03.E04: Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

    Really enjoying this season so far, especially after this intense episode. Love the humanity in all of these characters. They care about each other and, as a result, the audience cares about them. (Yes, even Evil Billy.) I love Hopper but his "take no prisoners" attitude about everything may not be the best course of action. Beating the stuffing out of the mayor is going to cause further problems, particularly because the mayor seems to have Russian friends. The '80s clothes, hair/wigs, music and set pieces are marvelous. These elements are crucial to setting the scenes and immersing the characters - and the audience - in the story and I am never disappointed. This show knows it strengths and that sets it apart from so many others that get lost in their narrative.
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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    The acting continues to be terrific. The scenery is stunning. Yet, I am having a hard time getting drawn into the narrative. Having watched the first two episodes, I’m not sure what story they are trying to tell this season. Is Perry’s death a crime or self-defense? What is the aftermath of a violent death on those that witnessed it? What does a survivor of domestic abuse do once the abuser is gone? How do the events of that night further complicate the marriages of these troubled, entitled, lonely people? All of these are worthy stories but, IMO, none are being done justice. Too many characters and too many side plots. Did we really need Bonnie’s mother and her voodoo stuff? Meryl Streep is a marvelous actress but I find her role to be unnecessary. She seems to lurk in corners making paranoid characters even more paranoid. Again, the acting is stellar but it is taking precedence over plot.
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    S17.E14: Finale

    A little late to the party here but I'm thrilled about Sebastian's win. Its been a rare PR winner that combines a heartwarming personal story with exquisite skills and vision. Combine that with a relatively drama-free season and contestants that seemed supportive of each other and it is safe to say that Bravo deserves kudos for this "re-boot." I love Christian as the mentor.
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    S17.E13: One Elle of a Day

    Poor Bishme! Such a fine young man and a talented designer. I wish him well. From the limited view of the remaining designers collections, Sebastian should have this win in the bag. That orange look was stunning. Having said that, I’m concerned about the enthusiasm for Hester’s looks. I get the sense that they decided early on that they wanted a winner that represented “young and fun” and that led them to Hester. Of course, many of her looks are silly and not wearable. Garo has skill but I don’t particularly care for anything he has done.
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    S17.E12: The Art of Fashion

    Good riddance, Tessa! I was thrilled when she was given the last choice of models. Guess the other designers enjoyed her about as much as I did. I am not a fan of much of Hester’s work but at least she wasn’t a total pill like Tessa. Looking forward to seeing what Bishme and Sebastian will produce. Garo is talented - and his winning look tonight was quite interesting - but I don’t love anything that he has created. Sebastian’s construction skills are superior to the others. He has been my pick from the start but not sure if the judges - especially Elaine - share my sentiment.
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    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    Well said. I never understand why some of these designers have issues with adapting their "look" to a client's desires. They can't make sleeping bag dresses for the entirety of their career. I'm not wild about Elaine either. Alternatively, I like Brandon. Maybe because he sees through the BS and excuse-making of the designers. Danielle Brooks was a worthy guest judge. Tessa's arrogance increases week by week. The judges' criticism that she is playing it safe annoys me because that isn't the problem. She considers herself above critique. She's not willing to listen and learn. She lies to defend her choices. Either she has reached her limit as a designer and can't do anything else OR she simply doesn't want to.
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    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    I thought this was more successful than past “real women” challenges. At least there were a few designers that worked hard to please their clients even when it didn’t necessarily equate with their own design aesthetic. Then, of course, there was Jamal’s dress that was sliding off his client. She told him that it was loose and she still had to walk the runway in it. Sigh. His time was up weeks ago. Tessa needs to stop talking. She is nasty, envious and self-important. Sorry to see that she will be around for another week, at least. Finally...a deserved win for Sebastian. His dress didn’t look dated to me but I didn’t care for the color. Regardless, his construction skills construction are superior to the other designers. That was a beautifully detailed dress. Garo worked hard to please his client. That color was stunning. Christian’s reactions throughout the episode were absolutely priceless.
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    S17.E10: What Do You Care About?

    Sorry that Venny was eliminated but I think it was his time. Loved his t-shirt. He seems like a good man. I was hoping that Garo would leave because that dress was hideous and he annoys me. The guest judge added nothing to the critiques. And I am completely over Nina and her admonishing looks. The top three dresses were lovely but I think that Sebastian should have won (again). I think that he is the stand-out among the group but he doesn’t seem to breakout in the eyes of the judges.
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    S17.E09: The Stitch Is Back

    Yes, I’m aware that she had immunity. Wasn’t she in the bottom a few weeks ago even though she had immunity?
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    S17.E09: The Stitch Is Back

    How on earth is Hester safe for creating a disco rooster? And Tessa finally got critiqued appropriately. Loved Bishme’s look! Garo’s look was stunning but his self-importance irritates me. Not sure about Jamal’s look - it did not suggest Elton John. Venny got lucky because the train on those pants was silly. He seems like a nice guy but I don’t think that he is long for this competition. Not surprised that Lela was eliminated. I can’t remember a single look of hers - bad or good - before this episode. I can’t wait to see “Rocketman.” I was lucky to see Elton and his signature looks in concert. What a showman!
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    S17.E08: Blame It on Rio

    Judging by the results of the last two weeks, I would agree with this statement. However, the pants were horrible (color and fit) and the blouse did not nothing to enhance the look. It was a tough choice between Renee and Jamal for elimination. Since Jamal had immunity and Marni "got" (!) his look, he stays. Ugh! Agree. Sebastian was robbed...again. Bishme gets praised for a lovely red top (a standout) and white pants ("the palette cleanser"). I love white pants but can find THAT style of white pants everywhere. And please, why is a reversible bathing suit desirable? I guess I'm missing something.
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    S17.E07: Elegance Is the New Black

    This season started out as fun and refreshing after the nonsense over on Lifetime. Somehow, I'm not enjoying these last few episodes. IMO, two of the more interesting looks - Sebastian and Garo - were safe. I liked Vennie's use of color (which was lacking in many of the other looks) but felt it should have been "safe." Same for Lela's look - I've seen versions of her look everywhere. Tessa continues to get screen time for being opinionated and entitled. Her outfit was neither elegant or modern. It should have been in the bottom. She has talent but not nearly as much as she thinks she does. And I'm not interested in her opinions. Liked Jamal's look despite the unflattering "poof" in the front and I'm glad that he got the win. Don't think that Sonia deserved to be eliminated. Yes, it was nothing "special" but it looked stunning on her model. Agree. This has become "The Hester Show." Regardless of what she designs (good or bad), she ends up with lots of screen time. Over the last few episodes, they seem to focusing on flamboyant or outspoken designers rather than splitting screen time equitably. Frankly, no one should have been eliminated. Hester's look was ridiculous and an obvious ploy for attention. Tell her that she was lucky to have immunity or otherwise she would been gone...and do not send anyone else home.