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  1. If I got frustrated with procedure or behavior, I just chalked it up to UK-isms versus RL in the US system. The issue I take with Kim as she is written and portrayed is that she doesn't communicate worth a damn. I really have no idea what she's thinking most of the time. Their relationship is a complete mystery to me. So, given the nature of the story, it's perfectly fair to wonder if her personal story is complete bullshit. It could be. But, in this case and with no basis in precedent or current fact, I believe her story was true. Maybe that's because I just wrapped up Silk. I don't know. PS: It was watching Silk that kept me from getting caught up on BCS when it first started. Silk only ran for 3 European seasons (18 total episodes?) and then went *poof*, quite literally. Wiki says the lead actor said, "Let's end on a high note" so they ... sort of did.
  2. Yes, the stories Martha Costello told her clients were true about her own life. It was a technique she used to put them at ease and to make her less of a stereotypical attorney and more identifiable as a fellow human being. That character was a committed criminal defense attorney who only occasionally dabbled in prosecution. She was always dealing with lowlifes who had no trust in the "system". It's a great show. I found it on the PBS Channel on my Roku. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/silk/ I was a US defense attorney for six years so I found it very enjoyable. Typical Peter Moffatt fare, but still interesting. One particular part was incredibly smart.
  3. I just finished watching "Silk" for the first time (a BBC legal drama from the Dr. Who juggernaut production machine -- so they have the formula down) and it was really wonderful. Like most of those shows, it ended too soon. BUT, the point being, the technique the main character on that show used was the same technique Kim tried to use -- give your recalcitrant client (or problem child of any legal nature, in this case) a personal story from your own life that tells them you identify with their issue. On "Silk" it worked every time, of course.
  4. I've watched Dr. Who since Tom Baker's era -- got absolutely gobsmacked by Christopher Eccelston's Nine and then my whole world was rocked by the entire relationship between Ten and Jack Harkness. (I learned to keep an abiding, dark, hot hatred of Ten while enjoying him on the surface). Torchwood was a treat and then "Cyberwoman" happened. While the technical side of the show was crap, the performances and the STORY were rich and layered and complicated.......combining this new deeply flawed but somehow noble character in Ianto Jones with Jack's character was incredible. Really incredible on so so many levels. And then, in one fell swoop, Russell T. Davies took this amazing thing he had created and murdered it in cold blood on nationwide television. Fuck him for that.
  5. Quick question - did they drop the series all at once or is it an episode a week? I was watching something else at the time and just finished it. Didn't get a chance to check the BCS drop. Will probably do that tomorrow night.
  6. Not only is it still up but Mori and David-Lloyd were there a few weeks ago and posted an absolutely hilarious (short, only a few seconds) video about it on Twitter. I'm out the door at work for the weekend right now but if I can find it, I'll post it. Adorbs. As promised: video of Mori and David-Lloyd at Ianto Shrine. Gareth David-Lloyd (@Pancheers) 12/5/19, 10:08 AM Caught someone defacing Ianto’s shrine today pic.twitter.com/WalI1GhKjI Also: A Wales Online article I ran across. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/ianto-shrine-torchwood-cardiff-bay-17636862
  7. By the way, July 9, 2009. Yes, I'm still very, very bitter.
  8. #Torchwood is trending on Entertainment Twitter! I think Jack is making end of season cameos on Dr. Who?
  9. I've forgotten -- did the second wife survive? Because rapes scenes (as horrific as they may be and as true to the times as they may be and as telling about the male character as they may be) can be utterly essential if the woman survives and is impregnated. The mother and child will have a complicated future story line.
  10. Well, now, that was trippy. I don't dislike it the way most seem to. In fact, although it was a depressing outcome, I liked it. I thought the title "Best Laid Plans" came to fruition through the chronological "plan" by the writers to unfold the final battle. Without seeing Ivar explain it movement by movement to the Rus in the cabinet meeting, I'm not sure I would have understood it as it played out. The smile of eureka on Ivar's face when the princeling made a suggestion that gave him an idea (coming up the river) was fabulous. (Scaling the mountain reminded me of the scaling of the French fortresses in some previous season. Remember when Ragnar fell and broke his back?) What was really trippy were the out of body experiences -- with Bjorn and Ivar on the beach, with Ivar and Katrina (?) in that fairy-wings love scene (ugh*), and one or two others I can't remember right now. What I believe was very real? The end of Bjorn and the end of Harald (history and wiki tell us that Harald I actually died of old age). The brutal rape. Gunnhild's amazing mourning scene over the baby and her escape from Oleg's battle. (What I love about Gunnhild is her totally self-aware honesty and the convincing way the actress portrays it). *However, I freely admit that Ivar looked amazingly sexy for the first time in this entire series in that love scene. Both Ivar and the actor are growing into their skin and it's delightful to see. **Speaking of French fortresses -- where is Rollo when we need him to come and save the day? ***Ivar's best moment? The Oscar winning performance? For me, it was in his conversation with Bjorn on the beach. It was understated but so, so important. We finally have a sort of Floki and Athelstan moment in that Bjorn (like Floki before him) represents the Old Gods (Norway) and Ivar is telling him that he can't win (the new God is coming -- Christianity -- in the form of a superior Army of Rus.) With the benefit of time, Ivar and the Rus bring the same threat Athelstan presented to Floki who also fought back and lost; Ragnar finally converted and Floki ran away to another land entirely. ****It's ironic that I feel Ivar took the award for this half season. I've never liked Ivar and found him to be one-note while the actor is really outstanding. For a while, he was up there on my "lazy writing" scale with Floki. Not now. He's quite amazing and I'm pleased he stayed with the series. *****I found it fascinating that I could hear pre-English words and syllables in Gunhild's Old Norse language as she mourned. That's a really cool touch.
  11. I have no problem with telling a story about Vikings settling in Iceland -- I have a problem with THIS story about Vikings settling in Iceland. I don't like Floki so I immediately don't care; everyone is equally cold, wet, filthy, and miserable so I have/had problems telling the characters apart; I never really understood the soap opera between the krazy kids. So, yeah, the Iceland plot leaves me .... cold.
  12. If we look to this show for historical inaccuracy we need look no further than Series One with Rollo. Almost everything about this Rollo and the historical one is inaccurate and yet, purports to be the same person. This show's stamina and ability to amaze never ceases to impress me so I don't worry about the loose historical context too much.
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