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  1. I can't speak to reality show contestants (who mostly seem like they are only there for their 15 minutes of fame), but the caretaker guilt is real and will eat you alive if you aren't careful. My own father died 3 months into the premiere season of This is Us. And at the time, I wasn't sure I would be capable of watching the show, but I stuck it out. Dad had been in decline for years and I moved home to help my Mom and siblings in what turned out to be his final year. And after he passed, the "what ifs" appeared. What if I came home earlier? What if I had done more? What if I had recognized the signs? My family and I got through it by talking. Whenever we felt like....however we felt like. Sometimes it was anger at some of his choices toward the end....others were more happy memories. In the end, you have to accept that what happened is what happened. Even if I had been there sooner...even if we had gotten Dad help sooner, he still would have made the choices he made. Randall needs to see that too. Getting Rebecca into the trial is not a guarantee, and the likelihood is good that it may not affect the outcome. And I know from experience (not Dad), 9 months with an Alzheimer patient is a lot longer than Randall thinks. He's far more likely to regret losing that time with Rebecca. Time where she remembers him and speaks relatively coherently. But that is what therapy is for.
  2. I liked Eve as a fan girl in the beginning. I mean there is no way she would spend more than 5 minutes with Malcolm without getting weird creepy guy vibes....and she stuck around long enough to sleep with him. But she seemed genuine in her freakout over Malcolm's sleepwalking (sleep slashing?) nightmare. And she didn't come back until Jessica prompted Eve. So I am starting to lean toward related to girl in the box. Like maybe the girl in the box was Eve's Aunt. I'll admit, having the actress playing Jessica looking roughly the same age as the actor playing Malcolm, has thrown me for figuring out who is older and who is younger on the show. It makes it hard to figure things out. The girl in the box should have been in her late teens or early 20s. Which means that if Eve were the one in the box, she'd been in her 30s by now. So Jessica's age and not Malcolm's. And yeah they are all consenting adults and all that. But I would be a little put off by sleeping with someone my parents age.
  3. Oh good. I didn't think I could take two different character (different shows) exits in one week. Even if this one has been a long plot point. I need escapism at this point...not sadness. I am having a devil of time convincing those who should stay home and be safe to do so, while at the same time, convincing others to stop overreacting. Also, I would be okay with next week's plot as it might encourage others to see the danger the real world threat is. But I can also see where it might be a little too on the nose for many people.
  4. Hard to tell, Michael is pretty drunk and especially self-destructive at the moment. I'm not sure he was ever sober at any point in this episode. Though his quipping skills are still good.
  5. I don't believe the Harlem Cinema House would have been allowed to keep the original 35 mm movie prints. And even if they somehow did get to keep them, they wouldn't be in very good condition. Once a film finished its initial run, it would have be sent to secondary theaters, which Harlem Cinema might be considered, and then sent to to the next location. Printing the film was expensive back before digital and they only made a limited number of copies. So first run theaters tended to be in large cities and followed by the cheaper theaters in those cities, followed by sending it out to the smaller towns. A theater who didn't send the film along to the next address would run the risk of the Studio ignoring them for the next big release. Also, film was transported in those smaller containers, and then spliced together unto larger spools (platters) for running through the projector. 2 small canisters fit onto one large platter. Then it would be cut down back down to send to the next theater. Thereby cutting and taping the film repetitively. So, even if Harlem Cinema did somehow keep the films, they aren't anywhere near the condition our crew thinks it is. And this doesn't even include the fact that the room needs to be temperature controlled to keep the actual film from deteriorating. The original movie posters would be valuable though. They are also supposed to be sent along to the next theater, but the 2nd and 3rd run theaters would sometimes lose the poster and it ended up in someone's home. Leaving the next theater to improvise a poster, often with hilarious results. Sorry, both my parents worked in the theater industry for a good number of years and I grew up hanging out in them. I love this show, but they fail at realism. Often.
  6. Also St. Jack who led by example. He picked out the house, bought it and presented it unfinished to Rebecca as "here's the house for you". Never mind that she might have wanted to live somewhere else. It's one of the reasons I have never really enjoyed the big romantic gesture. It's all about the giver choosing what the receiver wants/needs. Sure it's sweet and romantic, but saying "I don't want that" ruins the moment. So Rebecca just goes along with it because it's sweet and Jack is being thoughtful. But is it really thoughtful, when she doesn't get to have a say in its execution? And unfortunately, her kids saw Rebecca spend a life time of "going along with it". And it's led to the Big 3 to make some pretty crappy decisions.
  7. I know it happened in Florida. A friend of mine's mom taught Special Ed and apparently the teachers were informed, but not the students. So friend's mom is trying to comfort a room full of Special Needs kids who actually thought the school shooter was there to kill them. I get that Special Needs kids have different levels of understanding, but to have the shooter enter the room and waive the gun around was just unnecessarily cruel. Friend's mom retired shortly after that. She couldn't take the stress after that. Conversely, the college where my brother works had an active shooter drill setup by the police department for better training of the emergency response team. Frequent emails explaining the situation and what steps to take were sent. The majority of students were asked to stay home, though I think a few participated so teachers could be teaching at the time. And the "active shooter" carried blanks and, afterward, there were some areas with fake-blood splatter, etc.
  8. I do believe that's a generational thing. Both Jack and Rebecca were raised that the male parent was the final decision maker, even if he was wrong. And also that you do not ever disagree with the the male parent. My parents were the same. It's one of those pesky lessons you teach your kids by doing and not by telling. Women may have been burning bras and demanding equality in the streets, but in suburban homes...they were still towing the line.
  9. Oops. And I was worried I missed a few in Kevin's list.... The very fact that we are getting to see Randall's manic behavior and his eventual recovery is compelling to me. I like that each character is a living and breathing person and not a caricature.
  10. I think Randall is acting the jerk because he is spiraling into depression and possibly panic and/or manic attacks. The man needs serious therapy. So far, we've seen that he has panic attacks and is an over achiever. As an adult, he quit his job, found his bio-dad, took in his bio-dad, lost his bio-dad, bought the run-down apartment building where bio-dad used to live, ran for office, and moved his family to Philadelphia. In addition, he's had his house broken into and beat the snot out of a purse-jacker. Randall is not okay. He's not in a healthy place. I love and adore Randall, so I hope the therapy works for him and he learns to take a breath every now and then. Kevin has always been a jerk to Randall, since they were little. Younger Kevin is an absolute snot. Hell, even adult Kevin is an overgrown man-child who can afford to do whatever he wants whenever he wants. He has also exhibits alarming behavior. He sleeps with so many random women, I'm surprised he doesn't have an STD named after him. He has a meltdown on set of his hit TV series, he drives drunk with his young niece in the car (admittedly, he wasn't aware she was there), he turns down jobs left and right, flies to Vietnam on a whim to "find his Dad", tracks down an Uncle (who frankly didn't want to be found), insists on rescuing said Uncle (again, didn't ask to be rescued). Kevin's only redeeming value is that he did take his therapy sessions seriously and is trying to improve. Truthfully, Kevin is right this one time when it comes to his Rebecca's treatment. Giving Rebecca the one good day before trying to convince her that going away to treatment was the right idea. Randall is right that Kevin hasn't been there the entire time since St. Jack died, taking care of Rebecca. And having Kevin swoop in is frustrating. But Kevin gets a win here because he's actually listening to Rebecca and her needs. Also, it's fairly obvious that Randall, Kevin & Kate learned to "railroad over others until they acquiesce to your demands" from St. Jack. It and the speechifying are the Big 3's least admirable traits. I cringed watching St. Jack ignore and silence Rebecca all through the New York trip. I know it was part of their generation. But I hated it when my Dad did it to my Mom...I don't like it watching Jack do it to Rebecca.
  11. If Shaun was a regular guy I would agree with this assessment of his character. But because he's autistic he does not necessarily understand the boundaries of what is and isn't acceptable behavior in mixed company. I don't know that Shaun ever believed that living with her, etc. would lead to them getting together. He didn't begin demanding a romantic relationship until Carly told him he had to admit his feelings. And I'm not saying he didn't have issues with Lea bringing guys home and what not, but he was adhering to the boundaries and limitations that Lea set. I'm saying that Shaun's world is very black and white. There is very little room for the gray areas that relationships can have. As we saw with Carly, those can be navigated with plenty of open communication and planning. It's a lot to process with someone like Shaun. And Lea not feeling it is perfectly valid. But Lea should have created boundaries to ensure things never crossed the line. Much of this episode would have been negated if Shaun had just done what Dr. Glassman had suggested in Season 1 and gotten a therapist to help him navigate his new world as a doctor.
  12. To be fair, the works of Joe Hill's Parents haven't always translated to great television (or movies). And the productions have suffered more as the parent's control increased. I feel like the series did a decent job turning the source material into television. Could have been tighter in places, sure. But the overall spirit was there (no pun intended). And it was enjoyable. Sure, the characters probably should have done things differently. For example, my first reaction to seeing Dodge on the ground was to ask where the crown of shadows went. But, 1) I'm no longer a teenager and 2) my adrenaline isn't pumping from fighting demons, shadows, and whatnot. But the kids did an excellent job and there is plenty of room for expansion and questions answered in a possible Season 2.
  13. The great great great...grandpappy Locke thing is easily explained by the fact that using that key was very expensive for production. The key was much more prominent in the beginning of graphic novel, as far as I remember. But, once Bode found the Ghost key within the show, it was apparent that the production team were looking to use it sparingly. I would have preferred a little less CGI and a little more practical effects (and maybe a little more reaction to a seemingly dead Bode. And wouldn't it have been terrible if Mom walked by and said "who left the door open"...goes to shut it and finds her lifeless son. Also a lot of it can be explained by teenagers don't always make the best choices under the normal circumstances and here we have two sets of teenagers (Dad's generation and Dad's kids generation) who have witness violent deaths. I mean Rendell and his friends thought the keys were all fun and games until 3 of the group died. Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode had already suffered a violent tragedy before getting access to the keys. They weren't thinking clearly the entire time.
  14. Fear puts you on the defense, when offense is probably a better choice. And, as Kinsey is finding out, not having any fear makes for very rash and not well thought out decisions. Had any of them realized that Sam was coming, they might have planned a better trap for him. Though to be fair, up until this point the only one trying to plan traps is Bode (who is being played as quite young based on the fact that no one at his school or near him has ever seen someone give the middle finger before) with a little help from Rufus.
  15. The bad guy was a bit obvious. But it was nice to see a bit of shakeup with TC and Magnum. Any additional screen time for TC & Rick is always welcome. On a side note, the family is currently rewatching Rizzoli and Isles, so it was weird to see Matthew Del Negro again so soon (for me...not so much for him).
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