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  1. Was this the last episode? The montage of townspeople in the night sky while the Harts sat silently on the beach, ending with Jesus and then "Bless the Harts" on the moon would seem to imply that it was. I'm kind of sorry it's over. I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me.
  2. I have no desire to see "Indiana Jones and You Damn Kids Better Get Off My Lawn!"
  3. I never got the impression the slaves didn't respect Melanie. I think she was loved by black and white folk alike. The Hamiltons of Atlanta regarded Uncle Peter as "one of the family" (insofar as slaves could be). We never saw any of the slaves at Twelve Oaks, so we don't know how they were treated, but they were probably treated the same as the slaves at Tara. Melanie openly stated that she didn't want Beau going to school with Black children but I'm sure neither Scarlett nor Rhett wanted their children associating with Black children either (and Rhett killed a Black man for being "
  4. This episode didn't get to me as much as I thought it would, and I say that as someone who's teared up in almost every episode thus far. I guess I figured Al's family wasn't really in danger because that would be going very, very dark only a few episodes in. Of course the homeowner was an evil bastard. He's Smoothie (from "Happy!" that absolutely batshit crazy show that was on SyFy a couple of years ago, with Chris Meloni & Patton Oswalt). I guess this is my Western prejudice showing, but I was a little surprised that the house looked as nice as it did, but maybe that's beca
  5. TV Sins, the TV offshoot of Cinema Sins, gives the first episode if MODOK the treatment.
  6. The Republicans in charge of Reconstruction at the time were amazingly corrupt, so she was being accurate.
  7. A little of both probably. I've always kept in mind that not only is the era Mitchell is writing about steeped in racism, so is the era in which she was writing, so I think you're right about her believing in the "Happy Darky" myth or at least of having some beliefs that Black people weren't as good as whites. This excerpt from "Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film" would suggest she had the innate racism of the time. (I can't quote the passage separately because it's an image. Mitchell is quoted starting around the middle of page 16 & continuing for a coupl
  8. I'm currently reading one of the Judge Dee mysteries. Judge Dee is a Chinese magistrate during the Tang Dynasty who solves crimes. I first read about the character a number of years ago. This version of the character was created by Robert Hans van Gulik in the 1950s; apparently there was a historic Judge Dee. Van Gulik spent most of his life in East Asia as a Dutch diplomat and scholar of Asia. I went through all the books in my local library & discovered a few more through library's e-collection. There are about three mysteries per novel, most times occurring simultaneously (Judge Dee can
  9. Better get out the tissues now. 🤧
  10. Wait, what?! I always pictured the piggy going to market because he's going shopping for food, not as food. My childhood is ruined!
  11. I loved his alt-Byzantium books and his alt-Moorish Spain one. The latter was really heartrending.
  12. If you read sci-fi and alternate history and depending on your feeling about SM Stirling and his Draka series (in which the Tories, after the American Revolution, move to South Africa and establish a crown colony there, where slavery is still practiced into the 20th century), the books include several appendixes in which he goes into a lot of detail about Drakan society, from government to economy to technology.
  13. Which does not mean the character needs to be a Mary Sue. I never saw this as David's story exclusively. It was an ensemble from the beginning.
  14. Scarlett might feel bad about the things she does, but she still makes the decision to do them. And I'm not convinced she feels bad about, say, hiring convicts and working them almost to death (until she realizes Gallagher is stealing from her, and that's more about money than concern for their welfare). She's forever holding herself up to the ideals of Ellen, but consciously chooses not to act upon those ideals. Of course, Ellen and Gerald would be like Ashley and Melanie, beat down by the Confederacy's defeat and unable to navigate the brave new world like Rhett and Scarlett and some of the
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