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  1. I agree that Elizabeth wouldn't have wanted to be "ordinary" in that sense. But I do believe she would've liked to be "just" aristocratic, and NOT be queen. There is a middle ground there. Yes she wanted the perks of being wealthy (most of us would probably like that!) but just not the heavy burden of being the actual queen. I know there are lots of people who are upper crust British society, or maybe even minor royals, who can do whatever they want in life because they aren't in the spotlight 24/7. They can choose their partners, their careers, AND have expensive hobbies like raising horses or flying planes. I think that is what Elizabeth would've liked. Saying she wished she could have the freedom to do what she wanted doesn't mean she necessarily wished to be working class or poor. Regarding Phillip (in answer to many of the posts here), he does seem out of touch and ungrateful, but I think the point is that wealth and status don't automatically make people feel fulfilled or content. I don't fault him for feeling like this (well, not entirely) because it is human nature to question the meaning of life and to feel dissatisfied with it all sometimes, no matter how fortunate you are. In fact I think the more privileged a person is, the more likely they are to be unhappy. (Think of all the child stars who are totally messed up by fame.) It's a great paradox - those who don't have wealth (which is the majority of us) tend to feel like anyone who does have it should spend their entire life appreciating it and feeling grateful and humble. But that's easier said than done. It's like "the grass is always greener" no matter what our station in life. Case in point: Phillip and the astronauts. He was dazzled by their achievement and wanted them to live up to some impossible ideal in his head, while to them they were just doing their jobs. Meanwhile, they were dazzled by being in the palace and hearing about royal life, which to him is boring and just his everyday life. Both idealized the other type of life. Neither one is perfect in reality.
  2. I just feel like they didn't mention Luke enough. It was only in the 1st episode that they even mentioned him once, wasn't it? It seems like in real life, they would've all been saying how weird it is to reunite and be filming the show without one very major element of the original show. Nobody from "the network" was shown mentioning him missing either. I get that they couldn't focus on that the whole time, but still, just seems like such a major element from the original series was Luke (and Dylan/Brenda, Dylan/Kelly etc) and they acted like he was never there, aside from the shout-out in the first episode. He was my favorite cast member from the beginning, so it's hard for me to get over seeing any sort of reunion without him.
  3. Agree with everything you guys have said about Lashay's case. Just bizarre. If I was throwing up literally everything I ate, I'd try anything that might help me get better. Same with the woman in episode 7 whose last update was that she was choosing to figure out her issue on her own. Really? Your whole right side randomly becomes paralyzed, including going blind in that eye while driving, and you don't want to accept the help of someone who might be able to treat it? She struck me as that very opinionated type who is convinced she knows more than doctors just because she's read things online. I also think she was over-inflating the whole "doctors won't listen to me because I'm a black woman" thing. Both Lashay and Ep 7 woman (Ann?) wanted so badly to believe that their issues were caused by an animal or tick bite. Everyone seemingly wants to think they have Lyme disease or some other environmentally-caused illness. It would be nice to have such a straightforward, simple cause identified, but in reality those are probably very rarely the cause of these mysterious illnesses. I liked the show overall, but to me the actual medical mysteries were more interesting than the social/cultural dynamics they apparently felt compelled to highlight. Instead of including more cases that may have had a definitive (but highly unusual or complicated) resolution, they chose to include a few cases that were more about the patient's social, mental or familial struggles. Which I know is important too, but just not as interesting to me.
  4. I love this show, but when it comes down to it, so much of what they do to change the person's life involves a lot of money that no ordinary person would have access to. As mentioned above, Tan always takes them to what seem to be super high end boutiques. Of course a custom fit suit, or even jeans and tshirts and flannels from very high end designers are going to look and feel amazing. The products that Jonathan uses and gives them are all very spendy. Most of all, the house makeovers that Bobby does are completely out of reach for any normal person. Just doing a kitchen renovation is a major thing that for the average person could take years to save up for. I know there's a mental/emotional makeover too, and they learn to face fears or insecurities and go out of their comfort zone, but without those material upgrades that they're given by the show, there wouldn't be much wow factor. So that just makes me feel like ... well, I could sure use a fully renovated/decorated apartment, an expensive wardrobe, and lots of high end grooming products! I would feel like a new person too, even without having a particular "story" or obstacle that I need to overcome. All the makeovers are inspiring and the guys are great, but you can't discount the fact that having plenty of money to throw around makes ANYONE's life a heck of a lot easier and more pleasant. And we can't all be on a TV show. It's a fairy tale, not a realistic reflection of how the average person might be able to change their life.
  5. It seems like overall there were far fewer plus models than 'regular' ones, and I can only assume each designer was required to pick a certain number of plus models for their finale show (though they never said that, exactly). Therefore, Kate and Asia and the other plus models were sort of guaranteed to be picked. There wasn't one challenge during the whole season that we didn't see Kate, despite there being fewer designers each week, so I feel like she had some kind of contract and they were required to use her for each runway. I remember this also being the case on a previous season, when the notable plus size model that got a lot of attention was Lyris - she was in every challenge runway as well as the finale. (She was much better than Kate at modeling though.) Anyway, my point is that if they are required to choose from the limited number of plus models, Garo might not have had much choice but to use Kate - someone had to, and he's the only one who'd had some success in dressing her during the season.
  6. I understand what JudyObscure is trying to say. Even if we can all agree about the reality of what happens when abortion is made illegal, that doesn't mean there aren't people who still want it to be completely illegal for what they feel are strong moral reasons. Those people exist in real life now, and they existed in the 60s presumably. Judy's point is that the show didn't portray anyone (even the nuns) taking that hardline stance against abortion, even though it's likely that at least one person in that group would've held such opinions if this were real life.
  7. Even the color of Jamal's dress seemed wrong to me. The client said red, and that looked like coral/orange to me. When she was describing her dream dress in the initial consultation, she said a long red dress and I think she was picturing more of a true deep red. Or at least I was! I think most of the fabric these designers have picked all season has been ugly.
  8. I'm in my late 40s but I'm not offended by it when they use “old” as a negative. They don’t mean age, per se. If you are chronologically old but you are fashionable (like an Iris Apfel or Dapper Dan), you’d be A-OK in their books. Meanwhile, if you’re young but you wear frumpy clothes (or bland suburban clothes with no originality) you’d be not not OK in fashion terms. And you may or may not care about either judgment which is fine too (with me anyway!). But my point is that it’s not actually about age. It's about keeping up with trends/fresh looks/having original style. Not everyone cares about that, but that's what the show is judging on, that's what the show is about. They could be more clear by replacing references to "old" or "matronly" with "dated" or "not stylish" but I know what they mean and it doesn't really matter to me. (For the record, I am not stylish, at least not in the terms of this show. High fashion is a different world and I'm not not trying to fit into it - I still enjoy watching a show about it and don't expect it to relate to my life.)
  9. This is what I don't understand too. If they've seen this show, they know that Dr. Now always requires the patients to lose about 50 lbs (or more) on their own before he will agree to do surgery. If they know they're going to have to do that anyway, why not just start before they even get there?? Like you said, it would make the trip easier and they'd get a head start on what they know Dr. Now will ask them to do. But for some reason, it seems like none of them can even conceive of trying to lose weight on their own until Dr. Now orders them to do so. I guess it's just the structure of the show and they deliberately don't lose weight before the trip so that it'll fit the narrative and bring drama. But still, the lack of logic there annoys me.
  10. Sorry, but is that the name of the show? Woody Sex? I would like to see the documentary you're referring to and find out more about Woody Guthrie. A few shows come up in Google but none with any name similar to that, so I'm curious what you're referring to.
  11. I thought the version played at the end of the show was by Billie Joe and Norah Jones from their Everly Brothers tribute album, but maybe not.
  12. I love Fiona Apple, period. Is there a longer version of the song? I just realized I've never bothered to look for it on iTunes or anything.
  13. Not to mention, "Desserts" was a whole different theme in episode 4! So if they have both "pudding week" and "dessert week" then they must not be interchangeable terms. Maybe they're used interchangeably in popular/casual usage, but technically puddings are a specific type of sweet item under the broader category of desserts??? I liked Brendan a lot at first, but started to get this vibe from him after a few episodes as well. He seems ultra-competitive, and not as good-natured about it as the rest of them when he doesn't do well. But I still don't dislike him or anything - he's just not quite as fun as the others.
  14. I was amused but not upset about Paul's generalizations -- I agree that he/the show is over-generalizing, but I don't take it personally, maybe because I don't really feel a strong identification as "American" (I am American, but to me it just happens to be where I'm from - not my identity). I love the cultural culinary differences and didn't feel a need to bash British recipes in return for them saying American pies are too sweet/disgusting. I also couldn't care less about Paul's personal life. I just watch him on the show and don't pay any attention to that. He can be arrogant, but he doesn't particularly bother me. *shrug* Anyway, maybe when they said "American pies" they meant pies that originated in America and are not generally made elsewhere? For example, of course we make fruit pies in America but they are not uniquely American, as Britain also makes them, so that's why they are not under the definition of "American pies" as defined by this episode. I don't know, just speculating. I love the little historical segments. It didn't seem weird to me that it was stuck in the middle - isn't that how they air it in the UK? It's not supposed to be about the specific thing they're making in that episode, necessarily - just an interesting historical tidbit that relates to the general topic of that episode (pies, in this case). Eel pie sounds disgusting but it's fascinating to learn about the historical aspect of it and how they just used what they had access to. I was watching a British show set in World War II and they kept talking about going out to get eels for dinner. I wondered at the time if that was common and now I know that it was!
  15. Well, now that I've finished it, I can finally read this thread. I guess I liked it more than a lot of you did. I was REALLY squicked out by the amputation scenes and H.R. Pufnstuf. What was happening in the one scene (flashback) where Tom found his mom and his sister dead? Did he kill them? I found some of those aspects confusing, as well as VERY disturbing. Also disturbing: Gabriel's obsession with Marisol, and him saying he was in bed with her when she got her first period, even though he considered himself her "brother." Also: Billy's co-hostage having to stab that guy in the groin in order for them to get away, and Billy throwing the hot water in that other girl's face. And what Marisol had done to Elena. Just all so violent and awful! But at the same time, the bleakness and "Oh my god did that really happen" aspect is something I'm drawn to in TV shows so I can't really complain. The ending did feel a little incomplete. I was hoping to see more consequences for Marisol. At least Brittany didn't become a victim of Tom.
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