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  1. This. I would have actually been more okay with an openly depressing/horrifying finale than what we got with the narrative pushing it as 'happily ever after'.
  2. Agreed, it's like someone pushing for explanations and 'closure' during a breakup and then acting shocked when they hear unflattering things. Don't ask questions you don't want the answers to. I do think pop-culture portrayals might be a factor in how seriously some take the necessity of it. Although I don't know what percentage they comprise, there are definitely people who are 'path of least resistance' about it; they don't attend rallies or give clerks a hard time about wearing masks into stores, but still feel like it isn't that big a deal and don't go out of their way to wear them when it isn't mandated - particularly in circumstances just as shown here, like between friends/coworkers or taking off the mask to speak. So it would seem to be lending weight to that mindset.
  3. Memories: I have clearer recall of reading the description of the show in the new-season teaser edition of TV Guide (back when they were still paperback-book shaped) than of watching the pilot for the first time, because I've seen it again often enough that things are rather muddled. EXCEPT that I will always remember, and be amused by, the fact that I already was getting out of my seat to go turn off the lights when the pre-show card instructed that the viewer do so. ~ The 'reunion in heaven makes up for a lifetime of missed memories together' finale was terrible when they did it on , and though I've become tired enough by this show that it didn't bother me quite as much, it was still annoying. Even though it's been clear for a good while that it'd never go back to being primarily a ghosts/urban legends procedural onscreen, I thought at least maybe we'd get tossed a 'fine, that's what happens after Chuck is defeated' bone. Sam, Dean, Eileen, and Miracle saving people, hunting things. Let us have our headcanons, willya? Maybe it's selfish of me as a fan, but when a story of any sort goes on for so long, no, understandably you can't please everyone, but it feels (again, probably selfishly) unfair that person at the helm is the only one who gets to carve their vision in stone - 'I'm done with telling the interim years of this story, but the characters live X long in X manner and have X kids and if you want to imagine anything different you're spitting in the eye of canon'. (Agreed with everyone that there were plenty of ways it could have been confirmed that Eileen was involved in the flashforwards without actually getting the actress. It's also bittersweet that Dean Jr was young enough that 'old' Sam wasn't really dying that old, but she's not present or mentioned at his bedside, so either she died even younger or wasn't able to see him and say goodbye for some reason. But then I haven't really been paying attention to the fandom proper in too long, maybe there was as much of a hate-on for her as most of the early female characters got and they didn't want to risk the torches and pitchforks.) This, thank you. I think there've been plenty of places in the show that debunked the whole 'living as a hunter is a lonely and miserable existence' thing. They had a home base and a support network, and no ever-escalating mytharc villains specifically out to torture them, which would count for a lot.
  4. In the first episode, it was interestingly surreal - in a morbid sense - to see portrayals of the early myths and missteps of the pandemic; like watching a period drama and thinking wow, they really did believe such quaint things back then...eight whole months ago. That made it more jarring when this one ended the way it did. I remember a common thread on social media back in said olden times being 'when this is over, we're all going to run out into the street and hug strangers', as though covid would vanish between one day and the next. The last few scenes, with the surviving focus patients getting out of the woods at the same time and Shaun and Andrews un-isolating from their loved ones and doctors standing at close quarters to other people without masks unnecessarily, felt like it was reflecting that same attitude.
  5. Agreed with most that it was clever and well-done, and just the right show to do this kind of an episode if anyone was going to. Yeah, I was wondering both of those things. Wouldn't it be possible for the defendant and his attorney to have a private line of communication (separate devices where they could exchange texts or just talk when they're both muted on the group chat)? And I haven't been using any of the various software in real life, but I'm surprised there's not a feature to appoint a moderator (Lola in this case, of course) who can designate one person to talk at a time, with the lawyers perhaps having a pre-arranged hand-signal for when they want to object. Defendants and witnesses piping up mid-arguments wouldn't have been put up with during a live trial, presumably, the judge would be yelling at counsel to muzzle them. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing this plotline extend for a few episodes into the next season, just to explore the logistics and ramifications of it all. Obviously we all hope that restrictions can be safely lifted someday soon, but there were very fair points made here about perfect being the enemy of good, and in a hypothetical situation where in-person trials can't be resumed in a timespan where it would be remotely ethical to the people involved to continue delaying them, some alternative would need to be found. It would be much more interesting to watch that scenario play out here than in our world with real lives at stake.
  6. Regarding the Parcheesi question, you can actually move 4 pawns from a single roll if you get the doubles bonus. Yes, I'd be interested in having the rest re-run as well. Why not?
  7. Huh, I don't know why I was thinking that this was the final season. Guess because so many other CBS shows ended this year. Slightly less irked about the lack of Ducky, that not being the case, although it was still the kind of episode he should have been all over.
  8. Okay, thank you! I thought I remembered him getting the same drug the real man had had the first time around.
  9. Also, did the faked identity actually cause an incident that wouldn't otherwise have happened? Unless the patient actually had had an allergic reaction to it before, it sounded like the medication was one they'd reasonably try due to his symptoms, and how would he know to tell them not to? Presumably these types of reactions have to be discovered for the first time somehow. The Crockett thing was...odd, particularly since we only got Natalie's perspective. Unless there was very coincidental overlap between him and the marrow recipient, this was probably the murder of someone he'd never met in a place he'd never been, which would certainly be a confusing accusation to hear. I assumed that the twist would be his DNA being 'found at the scene' for any number of other reasons, or that someone was going to take issue with the exclusionary samples being submitted to a larger network instead of being destroyed after use. Which probably indicates I've watched more cop shows than medical shows in my time.
  10. Came here just for that one. The mother boggling like this is some kind of arcane wizardry...gahhhh.
  11. This is the first new role I've seen Rachel Miner in since her MS diagnosis was announced. Really glad that she's still keeping her hand in. Unpopular opinion: Herrmann was my favorite since the early days, and it's hard to let go of that no matter how much of an idiot the writing turns him into anymore.
  12. Thank you! Everything looked bizarre to me, but I thought I was imagining things.
  13. An hour later now than it used to be, thanks daylight savings! The entire thing still boggles me. What's the point in trick or treating while it's light out? (Don't get me started on trunk or treating.)
  14. Whether you saw Carly's actions as fair and believed that her reasons for rejecting Shaun were sound, or found her a flaky tease, whether she's better off without Shaun or he's better off without her, the outcome should be the same in both cases: his romantic pursuit ends. Exactly. And before this episode, I would have said that Shaun did too. Hence my unhappiness with the writing. Shaun's behavior is not a problem because he's autistic; it's a problem because it's illegal and immoral. So was the patient's girlfriend's, and I wish that character had faced consequences as well, but Shaun shouldn't have needed to watch her led off in handcuffs to grasp that he shouldn't follow her example.
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