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  1. See, that aspect was something I actually liked. It didn't come across as her going through the motions because she wasn't really attracted to him; more like her knowing that she needed to keep things low-key if there was going to be a chance of Shaun not getting overwhelmed. When she was describing the Shaun-friendly features of her bedroom in a tempting tone of voice - I thought that was cute, and came across that she really does want this with him specifically. Even though as a viewer, I have to agree with you and others upthread that I have a little trouble understanding why she does - but as izabella put it: I don't have any close friends or family on the spectrum; while I work with several autistic children and adults in a volunteer program, they are all very low-functioning. So I don't really have a proper barometer for Shaun's behavior; he comes across as immature and uncontrolled to me, not someone who could be an emotionally satisfying partner, but that could be because I'm filtering him through my own assumptions. It's basically the opposite of the boy from the last episode - he put out a very confident air, and it was clear the viewer wasn't supposed to be squicked out by Reznik flashing him (though it definitely landed that way for at least a few), despite him being legally and mentally a child. Yet it's difficult to see Shaun as sexual because he's behaving in ways I instinctively classify as immature, even though that's not where it's coming from with him.
  2. If Glassman is going to keep his mouth shut about Reznik, he needs to take the responsibility of actually being her doctor, coordinating with her rheumatologist and assessing her dexterity - professionally, not just squeezing her hand and seeing whether she winces. I don't know what the real-life resolution would be between doctor/patient confidentiality and not letting her endanger other lives, but even if he errs on the side of the former, he owes her more than cortisone shots and 'a chance'. Their twin goofy grins when she said she was going to leave it on the moon were the most I've enjoyed this relationship at all. This is my problem with nearly every TV relationship I've come across (friends, family, and colleagues too, not just romances). Regular, low-key domestic scenes that don't exist solely to introduce a conflict or boost the angst when a tragedy strikes later in the episode would do a lot for my investment in these people and their connections. Carly is still Astrid from Fringe to me, which helps a bit - I like seeing the actress get work, plus a lot of her character there was rolling with Walter's quirks, so mostly seeing her as that same character gives me a reason she'd fit with Shaun.
  3. Yeah, that was what I thought of too. Although a perhaps pertinent difference (although not legally) is that the girl specifically asked Chase to kiss her, while the boy in this episode had only said that he wanted to see naked women in general; later he was confused about what Reznik was doing, and she just told him to hush and flashed him. Obviously he didn't mind, and again, legally 'he wanted it' doesn't make a difference, but I would have cringed less if she'd asked first. (Although I also couldn't tell from the scene whether she had her bra off. We got a shot of her unbuttoning her shirt and then cut straight to the boy's reaction, and no matter what style of bra she wears there would've been a little lag time for getting it out of the way.) I felt for Shaun and the texting, especially at the beginning with him being exasperated that a non-question required a response. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it just devolves into an exchange you can't stop because everybody's been conditioned into thinking it's rude to let the other person have the last word. I'm also behind the times when it comes to emoji interpretation beyond basic expressions - in part because I've got an older phone that won't even render half of them, but I'm not really interested in going there either.
  4. 100% true, and stuff like that is the reason this commercial falls into 'glorification of real-life bad behavior' for me instead of just a funny gimmick. Whenever a post goes around facebook of an shelter pet with a unique look or heartwarming story, the rescue org gets inundated with requests to adopt them, and my opinion is that most of those requests are made by people in the 'shouldn't own pets' category. If you've got the physical, financial, mental, and emotional space in your life for a pet, the odds are good you've either already got one or are in the process of getting one. If you weren't planning on doing so five minutes ago before that FB post, but now you're gung-ho for it because awwwww, you probably haven't fully grasped that you're going to need to take that animal's needs into account for the next dozen-plus years of your life.
  5. Yeah, I was similarly bemused. Seems like a rather bizarre thing to ban. (I was also wondering why the dipshit even told anybody about the IVF, such being the case. Even if, in the show's world, it's apparently okay for doctors to break confidentiality to be testify against their patients, would they really have gone snooping in her medical records just because she happened to turn up pregnant?)
  6. Maybe I'm a horrible, unfeeling person (...or maybe it's because I'm a Trekkie), but this commercial gets on my nerves. In a similar vein to the 'some people just shouldn't have pets' discussion a few pages back, but in reverse - if your only motivation for getting a dog is because it's Star Wars-themed, that's not an auspicious beginning for a living creature you're going to share your home with. And if, giving the kid and his dad the benefit of the doubt, they actually did their homework and concluded that a small-breed dog would be a good fit for them and made preparations to adopt one, upon finding out that the specific dog they were after had gotten a family already, a reasonable next step would be to look at other small dogs, not jump to a cat because it's also fucking Star Wars-themed, despite a cat being an entirely different type of pet with its own requirements, benefits, and drawbacks. I can't look at this commercial as harmless fun because, like breeds getting more popular when they're featured in a movie, this kind of behavior gets real animals hurt. Pets are not impulse buys. Gahhhhh.
  7. Same. I didn't realize there was a casting gag going on, so I couldn't fathom the point of him getting so much screentime unless Nolan was going to end up in trouble for allowing him access to the crime scene.
  8. I wished they'd gone more into why the spinal surgery was a bad idea. They showed us what went wrong (I was expecting the issue to have been Jessica made a mistake after scrubbing into one surgery too many, but apparently they were saving the consequences of her exhaustion for later), but not enough about the patient himself. (Although I did laugh at said patient finding out about the poker game and just rolling with it, and Kit's subsequent exasperation.)
  9. I've roller-skated all my life but keep promising I'll try ice-skating one of these winters. Said winter has been pushed back a few years by this episode, I think. Quads never stabbed anybody and also can roll over a tiny little piece of trash without incident. Hen did a wrenchingly good job with her scenes, but I was relieved to see upthread that I'm not the only one who didn't appreciate being sledgehammered over the head with the impending tragedy of it all. Yes, of course any screentime a doomed bit player ever gets in a television show is put there to inflict maximum sadness, but at least respect the viewer enough to pretend you're not making a cheap play for the heartstrings. I was driving in a funeral caravan at one point and we were directed to put our flashers on and go through any red lights. At most places we were bunched closely enough together that it was obvious what was happening and there were no issues with cross traffic; however, the car in front of me was a bit slow and a gap developed. They were halfway through one intersection when someone sailed through the green and came very close to hitting them. (There's a theory of auto safety where eliminating lights and signage can actually be beneficial because it forces people to make situational decisions rather than autopilot. Hard to disagree sometimes.)
  10. Maybe he leaves them turned on when he's away from the house, in case anyone ever tried to search it while he was out? So he would need to detour past the pressure plates each time he came home to get to the security panel and disarm them. It seemed like maybe they were planning to do a little more with his character - in addition to the squirrels, they made a point of repeatedly showing piles of books around the house, and there was the fatalism of the 'I've been waiting 10 years for someone to come arrest me' bit. There were a lot of plots in this episode, I could see something getting cut.
  11. That was my first thought as well, but then again it was mentioned that Shaw Jessica is older and well established in her career - if she wants to be a single mom, she can probably handle it. (Yes, Nolan was the catalyst, but apparently after the scare he wasn't the only reason.) Similarly, I was calling bullshit on Nolan not having given an iota of consideration to potentially having another kid from when he was sleeping with Chen, but he might have thought about it then and figured that waiting a few years would be reasonable in her case. Never saw much chemistry between them but will miss seeing the actress get work. Blonde doctor who's presumably next up hasn't caught my interest yet.
  12. Catching up late; like most, I was flabbergasted. If at least someone on the squad had protested about the additional injustice to the scapegoat's loved ones and Voight had gone ahead with it anyway, it would still be morally dark on the character's part, but as it played out it felt like the narrative saying 'Well, the deed's already done, might as well make the best of it'. Plus, this could be said about any crime show where they contract out to street justice, but what happens the next time there's a crime in the gang leader's territory and they're trying to convince him to let the cops handle it? How much water is that argument going to hold?
  13. I don't know if I'm the most objective party here, but: I seldom notice what Elizabeth is wearing either positively or negatively, and I don't consider that a bad thing. Contrast that with shows like Scandal and Suits, where it was obvious that the viewer was supposed to drool over the awesome clothes that, frankly, I thought looked terrible most of the time. So while I agree with the sentiment, I can't be sure whether it's for feminist reasons or because I apparently just have bland taste in fashion.
  14. As much as I love this show and Bess as a character, I really wish they hadn't established the trend of her constantly reversing her decisions because of public backlash as she has this season. It makes her look wishy-washy. Not that I'd prefer to see it go in the complete opposite direction of her being bullheaded with no justification, but the implication of flip-flopping as a running theme is that either she can't stand to hear mean things being said about her or she isn't considering her actions thoroughly enough in the first place. I've never gotten that sense from the character before, and I wish I weren't feeling it now, with so little time left. Obligatory nod to the continuity fairy with Russell and his pandas.
  15. Emma9

    S3.06: Monsters

    I love crows, but yes, both the grudges and the gifts are articles that make their way around the internet pretty often. Here's an example of the latter: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2977278/The-girl-gets-gifts-CROWS-Eight-year-old-leaves-food-birds-bring-beads-pendants-return.html
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