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wendyg

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  1. Note that the current PM is complaining that his salary of £150k is insufficient to support him and his children.
  2. That, at least, is historically accurate!
  3. swanpride: It was not a tax on voting. The idea was to raise funds for local council services more fairly by taxing based on the number of people in a house ("community charge") rather than the value of the house (property tax). People protested this tax in shoals on the basis that the *effect* would be to tax voting because they would derive the list of residents in each house from the elecctoral rolls. Opponents dubbed it the "poll tax", and there were riots. The plan was modified so that houses are taxed based on an estimate of their value, but there is also a component based on the number of residents. People living alone get to deduct 25%, for example. The Guardian has a discussion of the factlessness of this season: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/16/the-crown-fake-history-news-tv-series-royal-family-artistic-licence. I would not base my ideas about any of the historical people or events on these portrayals.
  4. I'm glad this show is incorporating the virus; this one and MOM seemed to me the most likely candidates to do that and be able to do it well.
  5. I think it was Michael Caine I once heard comment that if you're nominated for two very different roles in the same year you have a good chance of winning because the voters know that at least *one* of them you were acting. Maybe Seehorn's problem is that few people have seen her in anything else.
  6. In other news, the Guardian has a story about USA Swimming responding with inaction and silence when faced with teens accusing their coaches of raping them: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/aug/25/my-swim-coach-raped-me-when-i-was-17-usa-swimming-made-it-disappear
  7. Trust me, it's even more bizarre when you have to write it.
  8. I'd love to read an outline of how this season was supposed to pan out, because as is it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Can't really blame the writers, though - I'm sure it was a mad dash to get the scripts and filming done before they had to shut down. I did have to laugh at the credits for episode 5, though, where they put in a text block that said, "A sofa would have blown up here".
  9. Good interview here with Gina Yashere, co-creator of the show, with fellow comedian London Hughes about being British and heading to LA to find success: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jun/25/black-comics-in-conversation-jokes-gina-yashere-london-hughes
  10. mojoween: for "best lines" really I'd credit the writers. Perry said them very well, granted, but an actor can't do much without lines to say.
  11. I bet the scenario where a white "sensitivity" expert lectures black people on racism is true to corporate life, though. Is anyone else amused by THE GOOD FIGHT's episode naming conventions? First season it was the old THE GOOD WIFE conceit of rising and falling numbers of words in the title. Second season was Day xxx. Third season they copied FRIENDS' The One With. This season they're copying IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA with "The Gang..."
  12. I think the key to Kim is the desire for respect. It wasn't that Howard put her in doc review; it's that when she did the thing all law firms want their *partners* to do and landed a big client, she was ignored. "You don't save me. I save me." is what made the character for me - but Howard paid no attention. Then, after all the work for Mesa Verde, Kevin ignored her advice. Acker didn't respect her either - and that goaded her into trying to save his home - but he didn't *know* her. And then after everything else that's gone on, Howard patronizes her. I think she cared about becoming a good lawyer and carving out a place for herself in the corporate world because she thought the reward would be respect - and it wasn't. So, like Jimmy in season 4 (when he gave that lecture to the poor student who didn't get the grant), she's concluded that she will never win at their game. And if she can't, then screw them, let's take some of their resources and go help other people who get no respect and deserve better. BREAKING BAD always seemed to me a classic Greek tragedy: the hero is brought down by his own flaws - and brings disaster to everyone around him. BCS is following a similar trajectory.
  13. It goes to show how quickly your perceptions can change. I saw all those people sitting so close together in the church scene and was stunned by the sight.
  14. A key element of that is that sometime around episode 100 the creators of the show want to do something new - once the show is sold into syndication, their money is locked in. So at some point new showrunners take over and the show becomes an imitation of the original show. We're seeing this now with SUPERSTORE...for example.
  15. I tend to believe Kim's story was real. If you look at how she dresses, particularly in the first couple of seasons, she's put together enough to pass muster, but her clothes are clearly not expensive, and she's cobbling her professional look together out of what she can afford. Her apartment is nice, but small and aside from her occasional outings she has no expensive tastes. We also know she's a saver: she could stump up the $14k and change to pay Howard off in S3 even though she couldn't afford to pay him back before.
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