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  1. This is interesting to me because the showrunner assumed the chemistry was an explicitly Manny/Christina thing. It really isn't. At that point, Beth was pretty much the only character Rio interacted with. But as Manny Montana has shared scenes with others, it's patently evident that it's the way he's playing Rio, and he's charismatic to everyone. I'm not familiar with the actress, but reading that Beth was originally intended to be more frazzled and haphazard makes so much more sense within the context of the show. From the beginning, Beth made little sense to me. I never understood how someone who was supposed to be this "together," responsible, excellent household manager....would be utterly clueless about the family's finances. Also, Retta and Mae Whitman nail the comedy. Christina Hendricks plays it a bit too straight, and she's not funny to me. The "straight man" should be funny, too. I also don't know why they bothered to make Beth and Annie sisters. I'm trying to think of a time when their children have ever been seen at their respective aunt's house, even in the background, and can't think of one. Does Ben know he has cousins? Nope.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Yes, Foghorn is an excellent reference to Craig's accent in this film!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. '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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I am confused. I wasn't surprised that Bobby was there the night of Diehl's death. I'm not even surprised that he's capable of murder. What I don't get is this so-called misdirection for the sake of plot twist. We were shown Nick confessing to a priest about murdering Diehl - a scene that was entirely unnecessary given this "revelation." Although I gotta say - if the argument is that Nick was too small to beat a 220 lb man to death, I'm not sure why I'm supposed to believe Bobby the toothpick is that much stronger. As for Jessica and the Feds, I don't understand why she was under surveillance. If it had to do with that file that Jeff stole, then that's nothing to do with her. If it had to do with the death of that man from the file, that still had nothing to do with her as it happened before she joined the mayor's office. Is Bobby under surveillance as well? Also, Jessica likes the thrill of being the biggest, baddest operator there is, apparently. Yet she's threatening to quit on Bobby after the McGann stuff because...? Then there was the final scene between Stephanie and Bobby. Apparently, the show forgot that they established the two of them were separated at least five years ago. Before Bobby and Keri got involved. So they were clearly having issues then. This bullshit about Stephanie believing in Bobby all this time or whatever. Please spare me, and just leave the man. This was so patently absurd. Angela has been railing and sabotaging herself, her family, and the neighbors, all because she wanted the mayor to make an empty promise? With Jessica's deal, everyone could have been put up in decent housing, rent-free, for a YEAR. She let that Carlos dude talk her and them out of it; he quickly disappeared. Then the mayor came up with a deal to put them up for 3 months. She turned that down. But she finally capitulates because of some half-ass speech that guaranteed NOTHING? Only a promise that they can vote him out if he doesn't deliver? The same speech where the mayor admitted that politicians make promises they don't deliver on to get elected and re-elected. Girl, what? I'm so glad Derrick quit. I was sick of Bobby's "I'm not racist, but I treat you like my lapdog" attitude towards him.
  18. Girl! TRIFLING is what that entire family is. I figured Sam had his own angle when he was so willing to give up the goods on Frances. I did not see the Parker angle coming, though. It might be interesting to watch the clash of the biracial titans next season. Charley might have met her match. My sister watched the show for the first time with me, and as soon as she saw Calvin, she was like, "Who is that?" 😄 As for Jacob, I think the show has written itself into a corner with him. I'm still halfway convinced that Davis might be redeemed somehow - the redemption of messy characters, men in particular, is what this show is all about.
  19. I fully support this theory. I thought she felt guilty about dropping the lawsuit for the job with the mayor's office. I think she wasn't upset about Angela not signing the deal because she knows a grift when she sees one. And she saw just that in Salazar, who we did NOT see at the City Council meeting. I'm fairly convinced that Angela is a narcissist - she's very invested in being seen as the hero, the savior. Whether it's "saving" her mother and her boys, or her neighbors. None of those people are being served by her actions, which is what Jessica was trying to tell her. She's gonna mess around and lose her job, and it'll probably be one more thing for which she blames Jessica. I wish her mom would take the boys back to Jessica's and leave her dumb self on the streets. Not sure why the boys have to suffer due to her hubris. I chuckled at Bobby expecting Keri to continue the affair now that it is out in the open. I'm glad she didn't buy that "ILY" crap from him, but I doubt it lasts. It would be sweet poetic justice if Stephanie AND Keri leave him alone.
  20. The season started out interesting, and it was basically a live-action video game by the end. I half-expected Yazid to pop up alive again after being shot in the head. Someone way upthread mentioned the poor hair and make-up particularly among the middle Eastern male characters, and right there with you! It was distracting at times. Yeah, I thought Wendell Pierce stole the show from JK. Jack Ryan immediately undermining Greer's authority in episode 1 put him into asshole territory, and he never really left it for me. The scene where Greer mentioned narcissism in reference to Jack's morose self-loathing over the Paris church terror attack had me nodding my head in agreement. There's an inherently decent, compassionate person struggling to do the right thing, and there's self-righteous peacocking because your way is the only way. Jack Ryan was definitely the latter. Agreed on the lack of chemistry, although JK wasn't selling it. Abbie Cornish gave it her best shot, and wasn't getting much back. The writing wasn't there, either. I didn't understand why she felt so betrayed when it was revealed that Jack was CIA. They barely knew each other, and she was the one who wanted to keep it casual. Agree with the "drone pilot's spiral due to the PTSD arc was useless" sentiment. The season probably could have been cut down to 7 episodes without those scenes.
  21. No one is arguing that Micah should be forced to go to Harvard. Or any college. Charley can absolutely be stubborn. But I don't think Charley is unreasonable for having a plan for Micah. It's pretty common for parents to have a plan for their children. I don't think we've seen Micah express a plan to Charley for his own life until 2 minutes before the end of this episode. I knew what I wanted as a teenager, but I told my parents well in advance (especially since we were working class and I was old enough to understand there wasn't money for college). I know it's common to consider an 18 year-old a kid. He's young, entitled, and immature, but he's not a kid. He's absolutely old enough to know better, which is why he dropped the bomb in front of everyone despite having all the time in the world to talk to Charley alone about it. I don't think he's afraid to talk to Charley. He just didn't want his plans challenged.
  22. The latter might have gone over easier for Charley if he had been more forthcoming. She might have been amenable to Xavier if he had talked with her about it. Being an adult is having the tough conversations even when they are uncomfortable and may not yield the results you want. Charley has been held accountable when she's done things without talking to the family, and that's when it involved her own money! So Vi in particular needed to hush about "what's done is done" in that moment. Part of my long-standing frustration with this show is that they advocate only grassroots activism as worthwhile, as the morally superior path. This is despite the fact that they've written Charley as a shrewd, wealthy woman who has made significant headway in St. Jo because of that same wealth and the defiance it affords. Whoo, talk about a blindspot.
  23. For me, Vi's words would been stronger if she'd read him for the trash he is when he showed up at her house (while not letting him in). Tracking down his address, and driving out to his dilapidated house takes the sting out of it, in addition to it being risky. But I guess we wouldn't have met the young woman he was abusing and who we'll probably only get glimpses of again, if ever. Even that felt too pat. On a separate note, was Romero in this episode and I missed it? I didn't see any attempt to reunite with Charley.
  24. I kind of assumed she didn't want it traced back to her, but that doesn't make sense, either. That whole scenario was quite sketchy.
  25. Yeah, I really wanted to like Angela. But she lost me when she declined the opportunity to have a no-mortgage home where her mother and children could be safe. The disregard for her children's safety and quality of life completely negates her so-called principles. It's one thing if she had no support, but she's got it. I don't even think it's pride at this point, it's a martyr complex. Maybe a touch of narcissism. I'm no Keri fan. I'm not sympathetic to Stephanie, either. Clearly that marriage is for political and possibly financial expedience. Which is fine, but then either put Bobby on notice about the extramarital affair or deal with it. No one is forcing her to remain married to a man she's known to be sleeping with another woman for five damn years. It's not just Keri who looks ridiculous. On a separate note, employees of the mayor's office fly first-class? Must be nice.
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