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  1. Umbelina

    S03.E09: Heroic

    Yeah, totally right. Why even try. Just give up. No sense fighting the power, unless you can have a sure win.
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    The Eyes: News and Media

    https://www.nme.com/blogs/tv-blogs/the-handmaids-tale-s03e09-season-3-episode-9-heroic-review-june-offred-heaven-place-earth-2529975 A strong, daring episode The Handmaid’s Tale abandoned its tried and tested flashbacks and Canadian cutaways this week in favour of something a little more daring, season 3 episode 9 taking place almost entirely in the delivery room of a Gilead maternity ward. Seeing its protagonist slowly unravel from too much time spent in one location, it was reminiscent of Breaking Bad’s critically acclaimed episode ‘Fly’, though allowed itself a little more breathing room, with supporting characters coming and going as June prayed at Ofmatthew’s bedside. We’ve seen June hit the wall many times now, but never as hard as this, our hero delirious and prone to lunge wildly with a scalpel; you know you’re in trouble when Janine is the one talking you down. Elisabeth Moss has already given a crazy amount of energy and emotion to this show, but this episode must have been her most exhausting yet. The opening interior monologue was beautifully written, asking you to consider the acrid smells of Gilead that sit at odds with its always-beautiful aesthetics. A perfect circle of immaculate red cloaks might look pleasing, but what about the festering sores under them? The kitchens are all soft, hazy morning light, but how must they smell after the 5000th fish dinner? June started the episode hell bent on revenge but ended it in a place of compassion, the hinge of ‘Heroic’ being an encounter with a kindly doctor (not her first) who extinguished her fury. It was very intentional that we never got a backstory flashback for Ofmatthew. Who knows what drove her to act so servile? What horrors caused her to not feel able to break from Gileadian dogma? How can we so readily assume she’s just a bit of an asshole? Or maybe she is, but – June was forced to consider – don’t assholes deserve mercy too? June’s brief meeting in the ward with a young teenage girl who was about to become the latest to be turned into birthing machine seemed to compound this, the girl insisting how delighted she was to be serving Gilead at such a young age, and June showing total empathy and understanding towards the girl’s terrified, automatic response. Compassion for all victims was the message of the episode, but also: death to the enemy. June has been adrift ever since it became clear that rescuing her daughter may never be on the cards, but here she found new purpose: don’t just fight for your own blood, fight for everyone. (*more at link)
  3. Umbelina

    S03.E09: Heroic

    Oh man, I know it's going against the grain here, but I really loved this episode. I just keep thinking, if it wasn't for all the crap issues this show has, how would we really feel about this one? Because honestly, I loved all of it. June's relief at Natalie's baby being a boy. The young girls just getting their periods, and about to be matched off to various strangers to do nothing for the rest of their lives but have babies, IF they are lucky, if not, maybe they are married off to someone who becomes powerful, and they will be assigned Marthas and Handmaids. June apologizing to Natalie, and staying with her as she was dying, so she wouldn't be alone. The doctor telling June about what isolation can do to someone, and asking her about suicide (because obviously she was ready for that in the previous episode, when she didn't run from the gun as everyone else ran.) The wives praying and June's reactions to that. June's voice overs were perfect as well, completely in tune with that book. This one? Worked for me on every level. IF, that is, I let the rest of the season and last season's continuity issues go, which I was able to do, because this one? Worked. It had the tone of the book, and it compelled me from start to finish. June has a new goal, to get all the children out, not just Hannah. Obviously, she won't be able to do that, but the goal itself is something I can wholeheartedly get behind. With goals like that, simple, based on humanity? governments have been overturned before. June would just be a small cog in that wheel, but without the cogs, without the sacrifices of all the cogs, injustices are never stopped. I'm shocked at how much I loved this one, I haven't been able to say that in a LONG, long time about this show. ETA Janine calling out June! Damn, I didn't think this show could impress me anymore, but it just...did.
  4. Umbelina

    S03.E09: Heroic

    I'm still only about half way through, I totally forgot it was on tonight. As much as I dislike this showrunner, I have to admit, I'm fairly riveted. If the rest of the show wasn't so disappointing, I'd probably love this episode. Back when I finish.
  5. Not surprisingly, Vince Gillegan has hired several amazing female writers, I'm so used to listening to the DVD commentaries, and most of the time, when a woman is there (often) it's a female writer or editor or director (or actress of course.)
  6. Umbelina

    Mad Men

    How did I write box instead of boss? Ha! Also, that perfectly followed Sex And The Single Girl's script, and I'm pretty sure Joan was the embodiment of Helen Gurly Brown's book.
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    Mad Men

    Joan was a woman though. I think she probably did use sleeping with the box, as well as excelling, at getting her promotion though. I'm not saying she didn't deserve it anyway, I'm just saying that kind of thing was the script she was following.
  8. Umbelina

    S03.E08: Unfit

    I'd think so. Maybe she killed him. Ha. More likely, he dumped her for her sister, and then she "accidentally" killed their baby.
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    Mad Men

    I think Joan probably started as a secretary though, and it makes logical sense to me that her relationship with Roger Sterling helped get her the job of office manager, along with her talents. Don stealing a dead man's identity was all his actions, so in that way, he made himself as well. The dead man's identity kept him from being shot or imprisoned for desertion, but it had nothing to do with his career.
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    I really think that's where they are going with this. Marthas, Handmaids, and hell, even the WIVES have "revolted" in various ways. We know there are ongoing "wars' around the continental (former) USA as well, and the most hopeful sign I saw was earlier this season when that Martha was heading off to join the ground fighting war. The populace, or at least some of them, are revolting against this monstrous system. Some have been in open revolt since this all began (that wonderful map shows quite a bit of territory That scene when the handmaids tell each other their real names was huge, because while it may not seem that much like defiance and revolt? It most certainly was, and you can't build a sand dune without grains of sand. The grains are there, and meeting up, and forming themselves into something formidable.
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    Game Of Thrones In The Media

    Does it drive anyone else a bit nuts that Dinklage is nominated for "supporting" actor, and Kit for "lead?" Just pick a category.... Complete list, pretty sure GoT will sweep a lot of the tech and cinematography awards... https://www.emmys.com/sites/default/files/Downloads/71st-nominations-list-v1.pdf
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    The Eyes: News and Media

    It's so obvious when this show runner tries to write "emmy episodes" for the various actresses, and I think there is backlash for that, which I applaud. They are all very good, just write a coherent story, and let them deliver it, without endless super-closeups or unbelievable behavior. They did get noms for Cinematography as well, for "Holly" and for "The Word." Also for costume design for "The Word." For production design, "Holly." Directing nom for "Holly." Editing for "The Word." Music for "The Word." Sound Mixing for "The Word." Writing nod for "Holly." That's all I could see, I could have missed one or two though. https://www.emmys.com/sites/default/files/Downloads/71st-nominations-list-v1.pdf
  13. Umbelina

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    Rolling Stone agrees with you. Yeah, I don't buy the Jane's boyfriend thing at all. One way or another? He's got to be in on this, with either the cops or ML.
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    The school thing was in the previous episode, which I pretty much hated, and I agree, was completely idiotic for many reasons which I'm pretty sure I detailed in that thread. 🤬 I think, or maybe it's that I hope, that June is done with buttering anyone up. Lawrence already told her that he has no idea where Hannah is and can't find out. I THINK we are seeing a phase two June now, she has lost any realistic hope of finding Hannah, and she's, as said a few times, done. She doesn't care if they kill or torture her, she's done pretending, she is full on kamikaze now, as Emily was when she jumped into that car, or stabbed Lydia, as the suicide bomb handmaid was, as Moira was when she attacked that Aunt in the bathroom and attempted to escape, or when she killed that Commander and stole a car and did escape. June, at least I think this is what this season has been building to with her character, is not the same old June, there is no point in sucking up, that point is gone, the hope of getting Hannah out. Her own life? She no longer cares about because her life is hell on earth, and I think she would rather a few more people burn with her. Will the show go there? June has a lot of dirt on a lot of powerful people, especially the Wallingfords and Lawrence, but also the helpful "doctor" impregnating handmaids, and I'm sure she could identify a few more Commanders enjoying their perversions in Jezebel's. She could burn a lot down, but I don't know if the show is brave enough to do that. I can hope though.
  15. Umbelina

    Big Little Lies in the Media

    I agree, he showed no interest in the actresses, or even story, he was all about technique, I found it disturbing really, and I felt he was so completely impressed with himself. I was actually shocked by the two short commentaries he did, ALL about himself. AV Club (review of this episode follows) We know that Liane Moriarty wrote the treatment for season 2. We know that Arnold's original work was cut to ribbons by Vallee, which honestly, leads me to believe that the main reason this season has issues is the decision to hand it over completely to Vallee after the filming was complete. We didn't need flashbacks to his season, and frankly, I would have been completely happy with a new "tone" and vision. The whole thing is just bizarre to me. Especially of course, that this show, so outspokenly powered by women? Was completely taken over at the last minute by a man, who apparently gutted the work of a woman to make it look more like "his vision." His DVD commentaries have influenced my opinion of this whole situation with season two. I suspect we will hear more about this entire mess, because how can the female executive producers not comment on this. What a bizarre decision, and how can it be handled or explained away, unless they throw Arnold (and her work) on a bonfire, which would also backfire IMO.
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