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  1. Jane's Underground has been developed beyond Grant Morrison's original conception into the most compelling aspect of this show. As to the family relationship arcs -- I'm hanging in there with Cliff and his daughter, but I've grown impatient with Larry's ongoing family plot line. I hope we've seen the last of the Trainor clan. In general, I prefer the way that Morrison structured his narratives : a series of adventures presented episodically, with audience interest being concentrated in the wildly imaginative ideas, images, and situations -- not in character relation soap opera.
  2. I remember watching the Man Show and seeing Jimmy doing blackface. It had an edgy, transgressive vibe even back then -- Jimmy knew it was offensive. The humor was in the shock of breaking a taboo. He was inspired in this by Howard Stern, who also donned blackface, and also, like Jimmy, dropped the n-word " ironically ". It was the era of the "shock jock". It's not a case of Jimmy "evolving and maturing", imo, but of changing cultural fashions. When being sexist and racially transgressive in a self-conscious way was cool, Jimmy was those things on TV. When cultural attitudes changed, so did Jimmy. No enduring principles, just going along with the zeitgeist.
  3. You can look to this era's movies for the popular culture's ideal woman of the day --- tough, witty, independent. I hope we're not going to be getting "why aren't you at home cooking dinner for your husband, little lady" as an ongoing reaction to Daisy. The 30's weren't the 50's.
  4. Nandor didn't want Guillermo to know that he had turned Benjy. That trip to Delaware was just to fool Guillermo. That's my take, anyway.
  5. Nandor had to have turned Benny. Benny's old, and vamps don't age. If Benny was already a vampire, then he would have had to been turned by some unknown vampire recently.
  6. Can see we'll be subjected to a lot of misconceptions of Depression-era culture. It was the norm for black men to dress elegantly. By 1931, women had already been NYC police detectives for 20 years. Etc.
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    S03.E05: Genre

    This season is standard science fiction of the ontological puzzle sub-genre, a la Philip K. Dick. Is Caleb human, or has his consciousness been downloaded into a host? And whose consciousness, exactly? Has William been downloaded? What is Bernard's function? What is Dolores up to, really? Are there any surprises still to be revealed about the nature of Serac's AI? Etc. The Genre drug conceit was kinda cool, but more than a little forced. Come to think of it, "kinda cool, but more than a little forced" characterizes this season as a whole.
  8. There are strong hints that William committed suicide by cutting his wrists in the same bath that his wife killed herself in. Which means that William, like his father-in-law, has had his consciousness downloaded into a host. I'm wondering if the same has happened to Caleb, who while a soldier had been shot in the head. Maybe that is why Delores has taken such an interest in him?
  9. Didn't Caleb mention last episode about having been shot in the head? Are we sure that he's fully human? There is a parallel with Charlotte's son realizing that host Charlotte isn't really his mother, and Caleb's mother thinking that Caleb is not really her son. Don't know yet what to think about the mirror world. Are characters moving between worlds?
  10. Rumors (for what they are worth) are that Sam turns down the Cap role, as it involves taking the super serum, and that US Agent will be the new Cap.
  11. Yale Rory was all set-up, no payoff. She goes from high school star to average college student. Interesting potential arc, but it never really goes anywhere. Then she falls in with the Puffs -- the privileged world of her grandparents, in opposition to the working class world of her upbringing. Which one will she chose? Or maybe she'll find a third way, involving intellectual pursuits? We keep waiting for her to become disillusioned with Logan's crowd. This potential disillusionment seems to be carefully set-up, but it just peters out.
  12. In today's politicized cultural climate, people sometimes like or dislike the concept of a comic or movie without concerning themselves with whether it's actually good. Frequently with comics, they only know the concept, and have no intention of reading the book. Comics have become pretty niche. But with a movie it's different. They will see the movie. If there is any controversy, it's only after the movie has left the theaters that partisans will take a less heated, more dispassionate view. People on the right suspicious of a possible left wing political agenda with the Black Panther can then, after it has finished its run, admit that the movie was good. On the other side of the political divide, defenders of Captain Marvel, after that movie had run its course, can admit that it could have been better. The Iceman solo comic which explores Iceman as a newly out gay man gets cancelled because of low sales, and the New York Times rights an article about it. So it gets un-cancelled, but people still don't buy it, and it quietly gets cancelled once again, and this time no one really cares. The whole situation sucks. Everything is seen through the lens of the culture war. Fiege will have his work cut out for him in the years ahead in maintaining a undivided fan base for the MCU -- something the Star Wars franchise has failed at.
  13. If one wants diverse characters who aren't merely ripoffs of legacy heroes ("our new Iron Man is a 15 year old African American girl! our new Hulk is a Korean teenager!") then the X-men is the motherload -- a motherload that Fox barely dipped into. Original diverse characters with cool powers and compelling conflicts and personalities. They don't need to be confined to X-men movies -- bring Storm into Wakanda, or involve her the Asgardians or Captain Marvel, whatever.
  14. There's buzz -- generated by social media and web sites -- and then there is actual popularity with readers. Non-comic book readers may have written or tweeted about America Chavez, for instance, because they approved of what she represented, but they didn't buy her comics (which were unspeakably awful, btw -- at least the ones I looked at), and so she was cancelled.
  15. Dr Strange, Guardians, Captain Marvel, Ant-man and Black Panther were always getting cancelled because of low sales, and then rebooted a few years later.
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