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  1. Okay, I freely admit that I was hoping Wayward Sisters got picked up, and I was glad that they at least got closure. I recognize that I'm probably the only one. Sadly, I knew we wouldn't get the pair reunited on screen. But I honestly do buy Claire latching on to Kaia as her Lost Lenore like that, especially at her age, and the little eye thing Kaia did when she was asking if Claire would be there (so as to show it was mutual) was cute too. Hey, sometimes people hit it off right away, and then you throw in a near-death experience/believed actual death experience, nothing about them meaning that much to each other seems strange to me.
  2. Can someone explain to me why they decided to kill Kepler specifically? Gotta say it was a little jarring and left a bad taste in my mouth when Randall just remorselessly kidnapped her basically right by Maddox and murdered her just because. I get that someone had to die, but Nicole volunteered (not that I wouldn't have had my issues with them killing off Nicole either, btw) and it didn't seem like they had any specific reason to target "Aunt Bitsy." Could they not have abducted a Praxis member, since at least they were actively trying to bring about the apocalypse? With Alyssa distracted the rest of Praxis was a bunch of sitting ducks. Or maybe they could have used the Order's immense resources to track down Jewel Staite's character, since Twin 2 is still in the wind as far as I remember. Or pay Alyssa's side dude a visit, since they probably weren't worried about civil war with the Prometheans any longer. Also, speaking of Alyssa, what exactly caused her to snap that hard? I get that she was sore about her magic, but she was still able to use it, albeit poorly and in an unfocused manner, which is still better than what she condemned Vera to. I felt like she lacked a proper motive for her actions basically all season long.
  3. I second the confusion regarding Sam Trammell's inclusion. Not only did he die super early, but it wasn't even his own fault--he was collateral damage. It's a mind-blowing misuse of an actor, not to mention a character. He seemed like he was going to be an alternate perspective to Pete and Edward who gave Jack some knowledge without being in on the secret, or maybe like he would be revealed as yet another antagonist in the mix. Jewel Staite's character(s) was another headscratcher, but at least she had the advantage of being introduced when the show was getting better, and she got a pair of twins to play, so I guess she'll be showing up in S2. Did we get the sister's name at any point? This series has the same problem with POC characters as basically every genre series that's not intentionally trying to subvert that, so there's not much to be gained by going down that road. As far as the good, I think I was (the only person) genuinely shocked by the ending, though of course the Order wouldn't allow the Knights to continue operating as they had been. It was a mistake on the part of the Knights to assume there was an alliance when it was clearly a temporary ceasefire out of convenience. Not so much the plot itself, but the feeling it gave me reminded me of the Magicians S3 finale. Liked that Lilith freed herself. So many Smallville/Supernatural one-offs, haha. I want to say Vera Stone is a twofer in that regard? I think once Kepler showed up I thought to myself "okay, this is a bit much." Hiro Kanagawa must be at the top of any "Asian authority figure" casting list, he just keeps showing up in all of my shows. But in genre casting you kind of have to expect the same faces here and there. It's not exactly the sort of thing you want to build a drinking game around, unless maybe you're Hamish. Also, if you're going to have a show be floundering for one half and solid for the other half, this configuration is better than the alternative (first half good, second half terrible) even though it gives you more of a fan base the other way around. The Netflix binge model makes this less of a factor, though. I do think that once things started colliding in the second half and Jack was being torn in multiple directions by his commitments to his family, the Knights, and the Order, it was actually interesting to see what would happen next. Sad to have lost Pete though. Looking forward to Season 2.
  4. Well, I liked it a lot, more at the end than the beginning. I do think there were a lot of things that got glossed over, such as the fact that Alice is nuts every time we see her--she makes nice mouth noises about how she just wants peace and she only wanted to hurt Fred and Dee, but she kills humans and monsters alike in a seemingly wanton fashion. And it's not like the show doesn't know this; they had her slip in how she was with a group of monsters for a while, and then even they thought she was a nutjob. She was imprisoned in some sort of green hellscape, what's that about? I appreciated the interracial relationships on this show, though I get that both of them were largely plot driven. But they didn't have to be and yet they were anyway, so props for that. What I didn't appreciate was a Caucasian man cheating on his African American wife with a Caucasian woman, seemingly for nothing as far as plot or character. It didn't cause Dee to falter in relying on him so that it was, for example, his fault that the kids were in danger from Presidio or being taken by Alice. It was just a thing to do so that Hannah would have a reason to go equally nuts (for Fred btw, which, I mean, he's not a bad looking guy, but honestly? Nah). I do feel like they burned through a lot of stuff while also not going as far as they should have with what they did have. Did Edith need to die and Maggie take over already? No. That's, like, a series finale development. Was it weird that Fred didn't show back up to save Geoff and Viv despite much being made of it? Yes, I think so. I guess they want to do something slower with that process. It was just odd. Also odd: Seth being Deadshot. Basically a nonstarter this season. Anyway I'm rambling now, so I'll just end by saying I'm looking forward to S2, but less so than I was at, say, episode 6 or 7.
  5. See, I didn't watch that show, so I just keep expecting to see him whip out a golden hand.
  6. Following this, because I hope to one day write a show kind of like the Witcher.
  7. That's the thing that disappointed me. A mystery, when it's anything other than played 100% straight, is basically not a mystery at all. It was one of the reasons I couldn't take Scream Queens seriously as a mystery show to be solved.
  8. Yeah, they try to gloss over Aaron's actions in LitB by saying that the homeowner in that house nearby was unavailable. I've been listening to a podcast recently that sort of brought it home for me, because in a sense I don't think we're supposed to get stuck in the details of the trial itself (since they're all so poorly researched). I think emotionally we're supposed to be sad but unsurprised that a rich movie star accused of murder and statutory rape beats the charge, and the specific vehicle getting us there is less important. Aaron was never going to pay for his crime in the legal manner.
  9. Erica as well, which is funny because she also plays Allura, Supergirl's mother (and theoretically her aunt Astra, additionally). So that's going to be quite the reunion.
  10. Wow, I made a huge mistake waiting so long to watch this. I fell behind this season and figured I'd catch it on Netflix, but then found out that it would only be up in like November, so I knew I couldn't wait that long. So I planned to use...other means of seeing the last three episodes. But then I saw elsewhere that someone was feeling as if they had been queerbaited "just like in The Magicians" and I realized: someone died. The sadness expressed in the post I saw convinced me it had to be death, and so I tried to prepare myself for them to kill Elliot. I wasn't happy about it and it seemed like a waste, but it seemed like it was basically confirmed. Then I caught the episode where QnA get back together and had to laugh at myself. Lol, I was jumping to conclusions. I was overreacting, overthinking. I was hearing hoofbeats and thinking zebras. TBH, I was a little surprised that the person's post I'd seen was so bitter about the ending just because they weren't together for the time being, but they'd still be in each other's lives once Quentin saved Elliot. Then I watched the finale. I don't think I've ever felt so gutted by a character death. Live-action TV, anime, book reading, video games. All of them contained shocking deaths, and yet the one that hit the hardest was this poor, self-conscious, anxious and depressed young man who started the series institutionalized for an attempt and ended it dying to stop someone who wasn't even the final boss. And the moment he showed up in Penny's office I knew he was going to ask if the culprit was his mental health, and I knew they were going to butcher the answer. Quentin Coldwater died by suicide. I'm sorry to anyone who wanted Quelliot; I did too. But apparently the story they wanted to write was one where this guy who always tried to do what was right, even if he didn't always understand how or why, even if he was supremely outclassed by all his enemies and the people who wanted to see him fail, decided his life wasn't inherently worth enough, and then had it reinforced by the narrative. So I probably won't be back TBH, and it'll be hard for me to watch another Sera Gamble show. Heck, it makes me want to stop writing, even, because after a glance at Twitter, I would never want to inadvertently hurt people the way that she has. From what I've read, Jason is doing great work fighting homelessness now, and I wish him the best. I hope that the show is still enjoyable for the people who will continue into S5. I don't want it to be poisoned like it is for me. But it is poisoned for me, and I just don't know. Maybe I'll give it an episode--I know people have theories regarding the Dark Lord in Fillory--but I don't think I have it in me to really engage with it anymore.
  11. Yeah, I don't see why Sansa has to have Bran-level foresight to be justified in disliking Daenerys, as if the default should just be that they be besties. Dany had goals that were in opposition to Sansa's goals. They weren't friends, they had two enemies in common, but they certainly didn't want the other to get what they wanted. Why should Sansa's desire for an independent North be less legitimate than Dany's desire to bring all 7 kingdoms under her rule?
  12. Regarding the speech: Jon reacted in very much the way I'd expect someone who doesn't understand the language but hears the tone and a recognizable word or two to react.
  13. Inverse ninja law, but for dragons? I like it.
  14. Positivity post: for all the talk of Kit's limited acting, I could see him physically thinking "ugh, Sansa, why" when Varys approached him. And to Jon's credit, he did not vocalize this. It was a moment that he could have said something dumb and didn't; I could even see him working out the chain of actors (if Varys is talking about this to me, then the person who talked had to have been Sansa). But identifying her in the moment would have been foolish, so I'm glad he didn't do it.
  15. Didn't he? He got it all jumbled and out of order, but I thought there was a sequence where he sees Drogon over KL intercut with Aerys yelling "burn them all!"
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