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  1. I've read the criticisms of Mia, and totally understand why most don't like the character. Yet, I still prefer her to Elena. I'm not really sure why they're drawing out Mia's past, as it presumably explains why she's so guarded. Was surrogacy a thing in the late 90s? I assumed she was raped by Jesse Williams' character. Elena is in a gilded cage of her own making, and I have no sympathy. She's had PLENTY of advantages and privileges, and is miserable anyway. She clearly doesn't love Bill, so just get divorced already. I assume she contacted Jamie some ten years before, though we don't know why or what happened. I wondered if Izzy might be his daughter, but the timeline doesn't seem right. Elena could have ended all of the drama by firing Mia and evicting her, so I'm not understanding the obsession in the context of the show. I've no interest in the book. Reese is playing Elena like a 90s version of her Big Little Lies character. I'm not seeing much complexity there. I feel like I should like Izzy. But beyond feeling general sympathy for her being bullied, she's as obnoxious as Lexie in a lot of ways. Moody seems to be the only decent one among them. Pearl is more than naive. She seems to be a doormat. Which is interesting, given that Mia seems to have raised her to be more of a critical thinker. I guess she's caught up in the "glamour" of the Richardsons. Don't really care about the adopted baby storyline. Objectively, it's rough on either side, but the ridiculous coincidence of Linda's adopted baby being the same child that Bebe had to leave at the fire station is too overwrought. Presumably Linda and her husband are relatively affluent, and (super adorable) May Ling was the only infant available for adoption?
  2. Right? I watched a few episodes of this show the first season, and immediately disliked Beth and Annie. My sister likes the show, and she's my roomie now so I watch. Beth and Annie are still annoying. Words cannot express how dumb this show has gotten. I get it, the Rio actor is really popular. But there's no way to square this unless this is all a dream or delusion because Beth was traumatized by killing a person and this is her way of coping. I always roll my eyes at the "Beth is the responsible one" spiel because she's just a different kind of trainwreck compared to Annie. Ruby is a doormat, and I actively wish for a Ruby/Stan spinoff to get her away from the dumb sisters.
  3. Right there with you on the bolded. I'm agnostic on Rob as an actor, but I think he's a bigger miscast than Liv Tyler. At least the show seemed to course correct on her storyline. There's an ever present "And WHY is Judd not captain again?" thought when I watch this show. It's not like the franchise has never had a captain with PTSD, heh. Yeah, when he immediately dismissed Michelle's warning as "a woman scorned," I actively hoped that Billy Burke's character would turn on him. This seems to be a blind spot for the show's writers. The importance of his physical health shouldn't be an understatement in this context.
  4. Yes, Foghorn is an excellent reference to Craig's accent in this film!
  5. I don't know how this goes in real life, but within the show logic, I assumed that Vic not being a direct report of Ripley's made a difference. Plus, Vic wasn't up for a promotion that I can recall. I still like Maya. I don't care about Jack, and I was actively rooting for Andi's temporary replacement to punch him in his boy band face. I never cared about their pairing, but I had forgotten the show went out of its way to establish their "deeper" connection last season. Which went the way of Travis' arrest - the place where it doesn't serve the current plot, so it's forgotten. Grateful that the episode had all the male firefighters introduce themselves to the new chief. I think I'll remember their names now. Fingers crossed.
  6. Owen is a FATHER, you see, and could empathize in a way that Judd could not. Never mind that he could have tried to persuade the father to get checked while they were looking for signs of life from his children. This episode made me realize that Rob Lowe annoys me more than Liv Tyler. Don't care about cancer vanity or the possibly alive sister.
  7. Yeah, I was like, "what fool in the writer's room wrote this mess?" For Owen and Michelle to be leaders of their teams, they are rather annoying and immature. I can't believe the show had Dustin and Michelle "bond" after Michelle's 3-year harassment and Owen's physical assault. I kept waiting for Owen to be arrested. #justiceforDustin I have zero desire to see Dustin and Michelle be cordial, and certainly not friends. She hasn't earned it in the least. Agree with others that Liv Tyler is a miscast. That and the terrible writing so far for her just makes Michelle an asshole. I think the same of Rob Lowe. I don't buy him as a leader of any team. I think Peter Krause is one of the weaker links of original recipe 911, but he's much more convincing as a captain. Yes, the filter for this show is odd. I assumed the Owen/Dustin assault was to showcase Owen as a badass. Can't say it was successful. I don't have strong feelings for Buck either way, but I've disliked TK from the jump. Feels like this comes down to the actors. I didn't dislike S1 Buck the way I dislike TK, despite the shenanigans. I didn't care much for Judd in the first two episodes, but I liked him here. Perhaps Rob Lowe will quit after this season, and the show can make Judd the captain. Carlos is hot, and can do much better. It's awfully fast to have him hung up on TK already, but eh.
  8. 'Tis! I watch on Hulu, and I've seen maybe 2 episodes of Grey's ever. I was watching the previouslies like, "Wait...when did Vic hook up with Jesse Williams? Jason George's wife was pregnant and lost the baby...when? And who are these other people at the bar?" As the episode progressed, questions were generally answered. I only remember the female firefighters' names. I always have to look up the names of the male characters, heh. True. And yet, I was still rolling my eyes when earlier she said something like, "I fell in love with you, and you didn't discourage it!" I get the power imbalance and unfair, inherent sexism that puts her career at risk. But I mean...how did she think that was gonna work if he hadn't put a stop to their coupling? I don't think Vic is completely okay, but I appreciate her sentiment about leaning into grief in order to move forward. Andi barely knows the man, and all they did was some kissing and dry humping. Yet, she's all heartbroken. Whatever. Plus, for someone so sensitive about being judged who she's sleeping with, Andy certainly came off judgy about Vic and her hot doctor lover. I appreciate Maya being direct: "Sex was great and all, but it's time to end this. We have nothing in common and this was never going anywhere. Friends?" Yes, girl, cut to the quick! I don't care about...*checks imdb*...Jack, he's always come off as sort of an asshole. He'll be alright. I thought the freckled firefighter entering the home of the couple from the car was more creepy than heartwarming. Good thing the dog was friendly, I guess.
  9. Original recipe 911 has a few weak(er) actors, so it all comes down to cast chemistry and this cast doesn't have it. Yet. Maybe it will develop. Perhaps I'll let a few episodes pile up and check back in later. Right? I was truly perplexed why the catering bill for pasta salad and sandwiches for *maybe* 15 people was that much. If that was the common pricing, no wonder they didn't tip the man. Pretty much.
  10. Agreed. I thought Meg came out the worst of them all because she was such a fair weather "friend" when it came down to it. At least Ransom didn't pretend to care about the staff. Chris Evans' performance reminded me of his role in Fierce People, so I wasn't surprised by the reveal. I have to confess - I wasn't 100% on Marta's side until she helped Fran. It was for naught, but I didn't completely trust Marta's perspective for a good bit of the film. Especially since I felt Marta reacted a bit too slowly about calling 911 when she realized the drugs were "switched" and the Naxwhatever wasn't in her bag.
  11. Indeed, and it is most often unfair and sexist. Sometimes, though, it's apt. I can definitely see this angle. We didn't see much of Roger, who was an orphan as well. But he seemed less impudent, perhaps because he had to work for his keep. I also prefer Sam Elliot's Scoresby.
  12. Right? I guess our memories are meant to be short, ha! I struggle with Lyra because it's clear the show (and maybe the books?) intends to show her as wise beyond her years, but still a child. And okay, she's special. No problem with that...in theory. The execution is less than ideal. Dafne Keen is getting a lot of acclaim for her portrayal of Lyra, but I think she veers into obnoxious territory more often than not.
  13. Yeah, I can understand why intermittently showing them disrupts the narrative, though I confess it doesn't bother me much so far. Funny that you reference the black female character, as I had similar thoughts. I was hoping she would be a significant character, but nope, just a cipher for Magisterium cruelty. I assumed it was intentional that the Magisterium characters we've seen so far have reptiles or bugs as daemons. I went and looked up a summary of the other books, and well...my interest in the show has waned a bit. I'll continue to watch to see how it plays out.
  14. Not a book reader, but did watch The Golden Compass. One thing I don't recall from Nicole Kidman's version of Mrs. Coulter compared to Ruth Wilson's is how the latter's daemon constantly turned away from her. I know the show made a point of how far Coulter's daemon can be from her, but I thought it was more striking how even when close by, it was wary of her. I didn't mind the film version of Lyra, but this version is kind of annoying. I want her to reunite with Roger, find Azriel, and learn to use the alethiometer, but I also want her to shut up sometimes (same with Billy Costa's mother). I was partially rooting for Coulter to send her back to Jordan College.
  15. I think Nick was fully clothed when Jeff found him. Agreed. She deserved better writing, as did most of the cast. I chuckled when he asked to take a shower there. Dude was looking for a reason to hang around, lol. At first, I was like, "When did this happen?" Then I remembered that I've been FF through any Yoli scenes (unless she's interacting with Jessica) for several episodes.
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