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  1. The problem for me wasn't Enoch's Spanish (it sounded fine, but with a Portuguese accent), it was his borderline parody of a Spanish accent when he spoke English. Especially if Christopher was raised bilingual with both English and Spanish by a mother who doesn't have an accent, he wouldn't have such a strong accent himself. I'm not saying it's all on Enoch, it was probably a directoral decision to differentiate Christoph from Wes, but it wasn't good. Everything dumb about the finale (and whole last arc of the show) has already been covered. The whole baseless court case: dumb. The kids who tipped the first domino in this whole mess by killing Sam (and having the audacity to pin it all on Annalise, who only ever tried to help them) getting away mostly scot-free: ugh. Wes Jr. being a perfect clone of his father: what. Oliver, Michaela, and Nate being happy and successful despite being some of the worst people on the show: why. If my eyes rolled any harder they'd get tangled in my optic nerves. Here's how I wish it went down: It's revealed that Annalise tapped Eve for an assist, who's been working in the background with Tegan this whole time gathering evidence (from Narnia or wherever, because that's how this show works anyway) of what really went down. Everything gets exposed (the kids killed Sam if their own volition, Asher killed the assistant DA, Nate killed Xavier and Denver with an assist from Bonnie, that FBI agent killed Asher and coerced the witnesses, etc.). Just lay it all down as like a nice recap for the series. All the actual murderers go to jail, Annalise and Tegan, and Eve and her wife clink their margaritas together on a beach somewhere, pan to the sunset, roll credits. I'm mostly kidding, and I get that the show is probably making a statement that justice isn't always perfectly served and wrapped up nearly in a bow, but damn so much of this last season and finale was so shoddily slapped together and dissatisfying.
  2. Yes, but there should at least be other evidence that she actually masterminded the killings, not just baseless testimony. Phone records, emails, texts suggesting that Annalise knew Sam was having an affair, or communications with her students indicative of psychological manipulation (reviewed by a psychiatric professional, of course); a recently changed life insurance policy (if memory serves, Sam's sister was the one who got everything, including the house); any kind of evidence for means and motive on the other killings (are they suggesting her students also killed all those people at her behest? obviously they aren't charging Frank or Nate with the other killings, who else do they think she ordered as a hitman?). If it were so easy to just point a finger at somebody and say, "Yeah, I killed somebody, but only because I was ordered to!" without any corroborating evidence, and then get a massively reduced sentence (which isn't how it works in real life for contract killings anyway), it would be the most popular defense.
  3. Wish they'd throw in some actual (falsified by the FBI, obvi.) physical or even circumstantial evidence to show that there's a some semblance of a case against Annalise. So far everything hinges on the testimony of a group of intimate accomplices who have admitted to committing the actual murder, who have motive to come up with an elaborate lie and implicate Annalise as "the mastermind" in order to save their own hides. And instead of pointing that out, and dismantling the witness' credibility, Annalise goes for a crazy-sounding "The FBI and governor of Pennsylvania is conspiring against me!" defense? The FBI basically have shaky testimony at best (saying "The mentally ill dead guy told me he was sleeping with Annalise. You can't cross-examine him, and I don't have proof, though." is total hearsay and inadmissible) that isn't corroborated at all to implicate Annalise in any of the murders. Why are they even trying to pin every murder of the past five years all on Annalise (she doesn't even have motive for most of them)? I can't believe this is presented like a closely contested case or something, this wouldn't have even made it past the grand jury. Can they not hire any kind of legal expert to run this over with to see if it all sounds the slightest bit dumb?
  4. I'm not familiar with the new hip, Silicon valley-esque tech business model, but the whole idea of two separate but equal teams of a company competing to create the same product seems, well, counter-productive. You have two teams that could simultaneously be working on two different tasks instead writing redundant code for the same functions, at the same time, just to see who can do it faster and/or better? Sure, friendly competition can be motivating, but the stress and "race-to-the-finish" mindset could also make them sloppy. Cooperation and having the company's coders all coming together to brainstorm solutions and then properly delegating tasks would make the production (which is already on a very tight schedule per the eccentric CEO) run more like a relay race instead of a three-legged race. It's also weird that Max would get fired for something a subordinate did completely outside of his control or knowledge, especially when said subordinate didn't even get fired for said infraction. As far as I know, this isn't a case of "corporate espionage," because both teams work for the same company. It would still be a breech of their code of conduct and confidentiality agreements, though. I get that it's hard to think about funerary arrangements when you're also dealing with a terminally ill family member, but it's still shocking that both Mitch and his family pushed considering his arrangements so far that they couldn't even have his own input. I could understand if this were a sudden thing, but he's been ill for months. Maggie's rightfully freaking out, because trying to guess what someone else would want for their final send-off and resting place would certainly be overwhelming. If Mitch had his own input, this would've been way smoother sailing. They should've started this process when he could still communicate with his device, if not as soon as he got his terminal diagnosis. Heck, I'm not old, ill, or close to death, but my wishes have already been made clear with my family in the event of a fatal accident or something. It certainly made everything a little easier when my own father passed knowing his own final wishes, because it felt somewhat gratifying to fulfill them instead of (I imagine) unbearably stressful trying to guess what would make him happy and allow him to rest in peace. That's a lot of pressure. It remains a mystery why they've chosen to write this family of mostly mature adults as so ill-prepared and incompetent in dealing with both his illness and his eminent death. I ended up liking Deb, even though that first impression of her singing "Feeling Good" while dancing on her husband's grave was not a good look. I get that they were trying to convey that she's coping well after his death or something, but it looked super callous before we got to know her. Again, I wish the writers paid attention to the full lyrics and its connotations instead of just the song title or chorus, not to mention the staging and choreography choices. I'm surprised Mo handled his "break up" so badly, when he usually seems to have such an empathetic, mature grasp on things. I love it any time he gets a number, though, they're always amazing. I hope the show delves into said "issues" next week, and he mends things with Eddie. I agree with chaifan, I half-expected that Mo's "heart song" was actually being sung aloud (similar to Max's flash mob), and would also get cast for the cruise line (but maybe back out later for reasons in order to keep him on the show).
  5. Why was that college prep course guy even there? His business isn't scalable, what was he looking for investors for? I agree that he should make it a $99-199 one-time payment for the course, $15 a month for 4 years ($720!!) is crazy. He could even just put the videos up on YouTube and monetize them that way (it looked like he was just producing the videos in his own home anyway, not exactly a lot of production value or interactivity to warrant making it an "app"). Unless he also offers personal one-on-one sessions, like virtual meetings a couple times a month with an accredited guidance counselor, the subscription model is working against him. The slippers/shoes is a solution without a problem. Most people who don't wear shoes in the house already have a system (slippers or sandals by the door, with a set for inside and for outside), and if you are visiting someone else's house they might still insist you take off the whole shoe if you come into their home and only pop off the soles. The rest of your shoe is still dirty, bro. The duvet lady seemed genuinely earnest about her business, and I hope she finds a niche market out there, maybe for people with mobility problems who have a harder time with duvets than most. But changing a duvet cover is just a 10-minute chore most people only do once or twice month, and getting a special 3-sided zipper thing that would probably be uncomfortable to sleep with isn't worth a slight decrease in such temporary aggravation. The golf guys are definitely making a mistake with retail. Most of their appeal is the online exclusivity and limited editions, and they'll see a huge drop off in their growth if they go into retailers and suddenly all their young hip customers find that they're twinning with the old fogies at the country club who saw the same shirts on a rack in Nordstrom's or wherever. Plus, larger brands will soon catch wind and start producing their own fun-patterned polos, and they'll end up competing on the retail floor in a with other similar shirts soon enough. They need to focus on branding their exclusivity, maybe bringing in big name artists/designers for limited runs, licensing designs from pop culture, etc.
  6. Wish I could heart your comment twice. I get that you can't help who you're attracted to, but Simon should not even be an option on the table. Playing this up like it's Zoey "torn between two men" isn't making any of them look good. I wish the show did a better job with this, like if Zoey being more embarrassed that she can't control herself around her off-limits crush, rather than being embarrassed for "revealing her true feelings." As someone experienced with "Nice Guys," Max isn't really acting like one. Once Nice Guys get rejected/"friendzoned" they blow up and break off the relationship, because they were only acting like a friend with the expectation that their Niceness will pay off with a romantic relationship in the end. It's a completely conditional "friendship." Max, on the other hand, is still supportive of Zoey despite getting shot down twice. It's natural for someone to get upset from being rejected, especially after getting mixed messages, but actual friendships can withstand misunderstandings and getting upset with one another but still being there for each other when they really need it, like at the end of the episode when Zoey finally tells him what's up with her dad. I'm not digging the song choices lately, from last week's "A Little Less Conversation" to basically every song this week. It feels like the writers are focusing too much on the title or the chorus of the song, instead of the full lyrics and melodies, and the song's history and connotations. It just throws off the whole vibe of every number.
  7. The grass bedsheets were in Clara's home, Frewynn remained behind to continue looking for clues and found them on the ceiling in that bedroom with the grass bed. The "other trouble making kids" were actually Clara's group, the bodega owner was apparently oblivious to the fact that Clara and her friends were the same four kids in cardboard masks stealing all the same materials they later used to make art installations in the neighborhood. This episode was a big, floppy, shark-jumping "meh" for me. I thought Clara was going to be some kind of brilliant child prodigy to account for all of Jejune's technological innovations, not a manic pixie dream girl with a penchant for NoHo hipster gentrification. I was hoping for a more psychological/philosophical/pseudoscientific/spiritual backstory to the whole Elsewhere Society and Divine Nonchalance beyond just being ~quirky and whimsical.~ I'll keep watching, because I'm still hoping that this is all actually going somewhere (and because I don't have anything else to do in quarantine) but I hope this isn't a harbinger of what's to come. I wanted something more "Russian Doll," or "Manic," not a scavenger hunt crafted by a Zoe Deschanel character as written by John Green.
  8. "How do I know you won't just leave me to die in the hole?" "You can trust me. Here, I'll give you this signed confession. That way, it I let you die, the cops will find it on your corpse and I'll be implicated in all the murders." "That's not reassuring at all. I'll be dead, and you could've taken the time between if and when the police find my body to disappear to another country or something. "Well..." "And there's nothing stopping you from a digging me up after I'm dead and removing the note, maybe also disposing of me where I'll never be found." "I guess..." "And for what, to spend some time in what's basically a dirty isolation pod? You know they got specials for that kind of thing on Groupon now. Here, I'll get us some reservations..."
  9. Rio only went to the shop because Beth was late in the shipment, because Dean ruining that plate reduced their production rate by a third. It's definitely not 100% Dean's fault (Beth was the one who first roped her into the scheme), but Dean carries a good deal of culpability. The characters benefit from over-the-top antics, like their "mystery shoppers" scam, using a school trip/bus as cover to smuggle drugs in from Canada, dragging coolers with body parts around trying to figure out how to dispose of it. This episode's bird-hostage was a fleeting reminder of that. The show's pacing otherwise just drags now. There's only so much about the money printing they can focus on, so now there seems to be a disproportionate amount of focus on their family and relationship drama instead. (Side note: Poor Ben basically stuck between living with his emotionally-stunted mom in her grubby apartment with her hobos-with-benefits hanging out outside, or with his judgemental father and step-mother, who also still deadname him. Why are all his parents in therapy when Ben probably needs that support the most?) I definitely agree that the show needs a few more side-antagonists to keep the momentum going. Before, they had Rio, Boomer, the FBI, Dean and Mary-Pat to an extent. Now it's just Rio. The women also had more agency before, actively coming up with schemes on their own unique vantage point as middle-class mothers. While they felt they had to go down those criminal roads due to economic pressure, they still made that choice. Now they're just reacting to Rio's demands basically with a gun to their heads. Maybe the show is just trying to be more "gritty" and "realistic," but it loses a good deal of its original charm in the process.
  10. It felt less like setting up the story, and more like preemptively patching plotholes. "Why not go to the Library, read one of our life books, and see exactly how we stop the Harmonic Convergence? Oops, can't, we had to burn the books because Visigoths." "We have to move the moon? Well, thank goodness we have a Traveler who can just blink us up there. Maybe with some kind of spacesuit spell... Nope, oops, he can't travel safely anymore. And now the other Traveler's gone, too. Great." "Can we ask Dean Fogg to help us? Oh, no, he's stuck in Acidland hanging out with the Bootleg Lebowski." If Clarion wants to be a mortal rockstar, doesn't she also have a stake in whether or not the Harmonic Conpocalypse happens and the world goes to hell? Seems like she'd stop it just for herself before she gives up her goddesshood. I don't think it's anywhere in "the rules" that gods can't perform miracles for themselves, or Zeus would've had way less animal sex.
  11. I'm surprised to see so much praise for this show, I thought it ended pretty badly. Way too many plot holes, most of the mysteries were lackluster red herrings, the "big reveals" were anticlimactic, and most of the conflict hinged on nonsensical motives and actions by the characters. The acting overall was good, but the writing was a resounding "blah" for me.
  12. It's not clear in season one who/what The Kid is. While he does give a version of events in the ninth episode about who he is, he shows different colors in the last episode. There was always something supernatural and sinister about the Kid, despite his manipulating the other characters and the audience into thinking he's a sympathetic victim. I'm hopeful and excited to get more answers on his true identity.
  13. Same, I only ever rescue my dogs, and I feel like the Gallant company is basically promoting the purchase of dogs through breeders (so you have the opportunity to bank their stem cells) than through our overflowing shelters They should also offer harvesting the stem cells from bone marrow like they do in humans, while the dog is sedated/anesthetized for some other reason, like tooth cleaning. Mark doesn't seem to understand science, and then gets confused and angry (and calls it "skeptical") whenever something like the stem cell banking comes up. Like, no, Mark, just because we can't inject everyone who comes into the hospital with magical stem cells to fix every boo-boo didn't mean it's bogus. I get the feeling he's 20 minutes on Facebook away from becoming an anti-vaxxer. Those couch dudes don't seem to realize that their first world problem of damp patio furniture can be solved with a ten dollar tarp. I'm also not thrilled with the idea of bringing internet strangers into my home to show them my primo patio furniture; I draw the line at getting into their cars. I'm definitely going to try that faux-pastrami when I see it. Everything else out there is weirdly gummy and squeaky, and I miss having a good deli sandwich for lunch. I also appreciate that it's low fat, compared to the Beyond/Impossible burgers that are more of a treat than a daily staple. I don't see how that Terra Core thing is much different from those Bosu balls that are half medicine ball, half plank of plastic, and half the price. It's just more rectangular and has handles. Not worth the $200 imo, though I can see lots of Crossfit gyms and rolled ankles in their future.
  14. I found some of the most dreadful, horrifying moments this season were in this episode, and they had nothing to do with Chester and Yuko, but instead surrounded Amy, Ken, and the major. Most of what made the first season terrifying wasn't the supernatural beast, but the visible decline of the crew's physical and mental health, the cruel and claustrophobic environment, and the viciousness of their fellow man. We had a brief glimpse of what could have been a good season in this episode, with an outbreak of disease threatening the most vulnerable, the major looming and leering over Amy, the cold-blooded execution of Ken, the Supreme Court case he mentioned that we already know was lost. Being stripped of all agency and held at the mercy of virulent disease, hateful draconian rule and a pitiless, complicit society is 1000x more terrifying then dancing around an inconsistent ghoul.
  15. The two foster moms (one even a rape survivor herself) have already shown that other women can disbelieve and discredit female rape survivors. This show has done well to depict how anyone, women and men, police and civilian, can react appropriately or in bad faith in rape cases. Education and empathy make more of a difference in that reaction than sex or gender.
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