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  1. The Dark Knight and Watchmen came out in the 80s, both dark versions of Superhero stories. Those always feel like important works in the evolution of gritty to me.
  2. Also Dickens would probably know very well that he couldn't redeem a guy who'd been raping his employee's wife with a Christmas goose and a change in attitude.
  3. Just finished New Car. This ep is the real start of the Arkady/Oleg relationship when they discuss the submarine explosion, Within the ep it's reflecting the Jennings' response to the sub accident. Oleg has a scene playing videogames with Nina and at an arcade with Stan where he talks about games in Gorky Park, paralleling Henry's story. In the larger story it's laying the foundation for a lot of important things: Arkady learns that Oleg's family doesn't use their connections to get out of service, that Oleg has a brother in Afghanistan and that Oleg and his father will say when the Soviets screw up. This is one of the rare episodes that have Henry story, with the foundation laid in the previous ep. Right from the start of the show, it seems, the show decided to present the Henry/Philip connection by having them unwittingly parallel each other rather than having them have scenes together even though they hang out. (At this point we don't yet know that Henry's attack on the hitch hiker in Trust Me echoes Philip's own childhood.) Paige isn't in this ep, but she seems more present on rewatch because it’s the ep where Elizabeth chooses to let Larrick kill Lucia, her protégé. Elizabeth is clearly upset at what she did, explaining that Lucia didn’t understand “what they do” or what was important and if she didn’t understand that she didn’t understand anything. Watching it now, it’s hard to not think of Paige as Lucia not just because she’s a younger protégé, but because understands and shares Elizabeth’s priorities even less than Lucia did. In fact, Elizabeth’s defensive speech in Jennings, Elizabeth is sort of a variation on this idea, where she's angrily explaining her priorities. Yet Elizabeth is far more sensitive and protective of Lucia than she is of Paige later, when she's walking dead. Also, when Larrick kills Lucia he's holding her the same way Philip holds Paige in the final parts of their fight in Great Patriotic War. On the Philip/Henry side, Philip buys the car he’s been wanting and Henry gets caught playing with the Intellivision he’s had his eye on. (Matthew Rhys does a really great job with his look when the salesman’s says the only thing that matters is how the car makes him “feel.”) Henry’s final breakdown is obviously more connected to Philip than Elizabeth--his defenses of his behavior are weaker than hers and he's painfully aware of his behavior making him appear a bad person despite his best intentions. A whole day at least seems to go by in between finding out what Henry did and talking to him. The immediate distraction is Elizabeth's being distraught over Lucia's death, which Philip comforts her after. It's a subtle affirmation of the dynamics of the family. Philip and Elizabeth's primary relationship is with each other. (The kids do not mirror this by being similarly intensely close to or supportive of each other.) Philip himself is feeling like a bad guy--he creates a cruel tape to manipulate Martha but winds up acting the caretaker instead. He's also reluctant to hurt Lewis, the truck driver, and insists on not killing him. Plus, he learns the plans he stole might have caused the death of 160 sailors, so maybe he's doing it for no reason (as he'll ultimately say to Stan in the garage). Both Philip and Henry wind up soured on the thing they wanted so badly and saw no reason they shouldn’t have. Neither of them will be put off of videogames or cars forever, but I think they both still carry the lessons of this episode. Another conflict for Philip in this ep is stated by Martha in the first scene when she says some people manage to have important jobs *and* families--iow, he should be able to have a life outside of his work. That's partly what he's saying to Elizabeth when he tries to get her to admit she enjoys her stuff in the US. Stan spends most of the ep chasing down leads to take down Oleg and protect Nina (who's touched at the risk he's taking for her), with a quick break for a stunningly thoughtless conversation with Sandra. When she reminds him she’s graduating from a seminar she’s taking it doesn’t occur to him to ask to attend the ceremony rather than generously assure her he can find dinner on his own. I think there's a real contrast between this and the Jennings' marriage in S6 where Elizabeth clearly misses Philip even while she's dismissing him. Stan's just accidentally making it clear how checked out he is. Sandra and Stan's divergent paths really do seem different. Philip and Elizabeth, both here and later, are basically both searching for that same balance; Philip’s just the only one admitting it.
  4. I believe yes, he was an amalgam of several boyfriends.
  5. I thought that was totally it. She's a wealthy woman getting nervous at the popularity of candidates targeting rich people for taxes and Bloomberg, to her, is the obvious solution.
  6. Honestly, how does he think people did that in the past before Facebook? They watched the news and read newspapers, which were telling them things. Why does he want to intentionally make it harder for people to get accurate information?
  7. I don't think she really had a point beside the one she said. She thinks everyone just needs a daddy figure to restore order and naturally that father figure should be a super rich man. It's really very Trumpy. She didn't seem to take any actual issues seriously besides superficial civility. She really was agreeing with Bill about people voting for president with "their gut." She just thought everybody's gut should agree with hers. It actually made me think about the MLK quote about the real danger to progress are white liberals who value order over justice. (And also money--sorry, I think she wants to protect her hoards of gold from taxation the same way Bloomberg does and it was silly to gloss over that.) I did think it was funny when she was saying how Bloomberg was the Mayor of NYC and Bill said, "Who cares?" like he was voicing my own thought for me. You know who else was mayor of NYC? Giuliani and deBlasio. I find it really frustrating the way Bill (and not just him) keeps repeating this idea of "revolution" when it comes to Dem candidates as if we're not having a revolution right now. I mean, of course younger people want issues actually addressed. They want to survive. It seems like all it takes to be a crackpot extreme leftist revolutionary is to acknowledge a problem and suggest solutions.
  8. Yeah, it's not that he doesn't ever push back at all, the problem is he keeps bringing these people on as if they're having a conversation when they aren't. Bill sometimes pointing out that they're saying something false makes no difference to them. They just go on talking. And most of the time he can't even say anything because they're just blabbing. The only time they let him talk is when he agrees with them, which is pretty often. He didn't make a fool of Milo at all.
  9. I don't think he was acting like it never happened. I thought it was funny when he told Bill he wasn't going to give him the "Which one?" soundbite Bill wanted when he brought up "his father." He mentioned Bill having brought it up the past 3 times he was on the show. he still probably didn't know the guy well enough to speak for him, but he doesn't seem ashamed of it. Given what he thinks of Woody Allen it seems like he'd rather be connected to Sinatra.
  10. Didn't Frank Sinatra try to force Mia Farrow off Rosemary's Baby by threatening to divorce her? She stuck with the movie and got divorced and beat him at the box office. That's a story Ronan Farrow might have countered with--but his answer of "How the hell would I know what he'd think?" was just as good.
  11. As Farrow said, it was something like the third time he'd done it so he expects it. Yeah, when he mentioned the statistics in those states I was like...wait, you think it's a loser because it's like 53% against impeachment now before it's even started? I hate it when he goes on the anti-vaxxer stuff. Even the doctor was like, "Well, I have no proof but I just thought I'd toss out some dark sounding hints linking autism to vaccines." Then Bill vaguely alludes to the many many studies that show no connection, but on the other side we have "these stories" that people have, like that's an equal counterpoint. The point of the studies is that they show that no, vaccines don't affect the number of kids who are autistic at all so it's not happening. Autism presents itself around the same age as kids get vaccines. It's so frustrating how he pushes this idea that asking questions and not assuming that doctors are never wrong (who on earth is even saying that?) means that whatever illogical theory he has might be right. I've never gotten over the time he said that since antibiotics can stop working because we develop immunity it logically followed that vaccines would also become useless because of immunity. I did laugh when he claimed that on his show there was no one right answer. LOL. Like there aren't a list of right answers he hits practically every week. But not as frustrating as that blowhard claiming it's hatred of Trump that makes people care about his constant crimes. And of course the sober conservatives will simply refuse to support him if he does something nutty. What is the point of talking to that guy?
  12. Oh, I think it's a given that Ken hired the person who wrote the rap.
  13. But if that was Logan's thinking (and to be fair, Logan doesn't seem to really believe anybody cares about looking moral) that's even more reason for him to just tell Kendall what to do. There's no reason to try to trick him into it by telling him one thing and hinting you need to be ruthless in the hope that Kendall will respond to that the way he did.
  14. But what would he have done if Kendall, who he's beaten down all season, hadn't suddenly stepped up then? Why not just tell Kendall to do it and work it out with him?
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