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  1. CeeBeeGee

    S03.E05: Chapter Five: The Flayed

    Oh, and I wonder if Hopper commandeering the car is a shout-out to Bill Maxwell, the FBI agent in The Greatest American Hero. Bill used to commandeer some random stranger's car every few episodes.
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    S03.E05: Chapter Five: The Flayed

    Utterly ridiculous. I despise--I mean despise--smoking but it's a fact that a lot more people smoked back then. Hell, high schools had smoking lounges, FFS. The hospital chase scene had to have been a shoutout to Halloween II.
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    S03.E02: Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

    It helps that Russia is spelled pretty much exactly how it sounds--no hidden consonants such as in French. Plus there are a TON of cognates in Russian, which makes it easier to pick up vocabulary.
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    S03.E02: Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

    Right? And this is the mid-'80s, where mall culture had reached TV--which El watches every day. She's probably been dying for this moment.
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    S03.E02: Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

    Perfect song choice! And hilarious scene. I was very taken aback with how much El and Mike were kissing--I was a teen in the '80s and older HS kids kissed like that but middle schoolers/soon-to-be ninth graders did not. A la Firestarter--Charlie telekinetically robbed the payphones. As much as I loved it, I was horrified at the reveal of what was in the trunk. That was too real. This is a horror/sci-fi series--yes, we know Billy isn't going to go full Buffalo Bill on her, that the Mind Flayer or some other horror or about to appear but she doesn't know that. Seeing a bound and gagged woman open her eyes and realize what was happening was horrible, way too real.
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    S02.E09: Chapter Nine: The Gate

    David Harbour is an outstanding actor. The way he said that line "Sara's my girl..." with such tenderness, such love, brought me to tears. I'm crying now, remembering. How has he not won an Emmy yet? He's absolutely incredible.
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    The Hills

    A highlight was Jamie saying the word "lim-mo" over and over again in the first episode. I always thought they were being trolled by the producers with that montage. She looked ridiculous. I think I read somewhere that Aly didn't want to do it anymore because they thought they came off as assholes. Original Heidi was adorable. She never, ever should've gotten all that shit down to her face. She looks gross now, I'm sorry to say. Time and truth tell all... Jason looks surprisingly good! He was disgusting back in the day, I could NOT see his appeal. Heidi confronting Stephanie just made me cringe. She's trying to come off as Mama Bear but it's transparently obvious that she just wants screentime. And I despise it when spouses insert themselves into family drama. You should be trying to help unite a family, not further stoking anger.
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    The Hills

    Audrina seems so much...happier now. She was a cipher ten years ago but I actually quite like her now. She seems like she's grown up. Spencer is just as creepy and tries-too-hard as ever. Nice to see Whitney, I always liked her. I kind of feel like everyone's "I moved to London, I moved to Costa Rica" is supposed to be some kind of shorthand for how much they've matured. Mischa! Boy, she's been through some shit, hasn't she? I'm hoping Brodie's atrocious treatment of his wife is just a performance for the camera. Because he is not coming off well. I loved the footage of the waves. LB and The Hills always had such lovely beach shots to establish setting. More, please 🙂
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    Fosse/Verdon

    Full fathom five thy father lies...nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea change, into something rich and strange. I always read that passage in The Tempest (Ariel is describing the drowning of Ferdinand's father) as a metaphor about the artistic process, spinning pain into something to last the ages. Star 80 is a fantastic movie but very, very difficult to watch. Re: the anecdote about his telling Eric Roberts "You're playing me if I hadn't been successful"--I can only hope he said that as a way to motivate a talented actor who couldn't quite look into the abyss. I don't see Bob as that misogynistic. Fucked up and dark, yes. But I can't imagine him ever being capable of doing what that monster did to Dorothy. (She was only 20 when she was murdered. Twenty. She was just a kid, not even old enough to drink. I read Bog's incredibly self-serving book The Killing of the Unicorn where he puts down Hef and every other moth who fluttered around her as a lech and a dirty old man, and I'm thinking "And so are you, and always have been. Cybill Shepherd, Dorothy's younger sister...you are no different from Hef.") So messed up--ACL, while an excellent show, surely does not have a superior score to Chicago. And Bennett was full of tittery drama queen headgames like that. I love ACL but I can't stand Bennett. He always, always tried to make himself the center of attention--perhaps the worst example is how he restaged the ending of I Am Telling You in Dreamgirls to take away the thunderous applause that surely would've greeted Jennifer Holliday's amazing solo by cutting off the last couple of phrases so that the other dreamgirls come bustling in. Just to fuck her over, just to wave a finger in her face and say "I'm the star, not you." I hate how he tried to screw over the very dancers whose own life stories are the backbone of the show! Not at all surprised he put up Donna for Leading Actress even though Cassie is only a featured role. I absolutely loved this show. That last episode--I knew Bob was going to tap dance at Paddy's funeral but I did not expect that. Absolutely heartbreaking. And the scene on the sidewalk--I was sobbing in front of the TV. They really were soulmates.
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    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    If you can believe it, Michelle Fairley was not nominated for Season 3 when the Red Wedding aired. That SCENE! When she just lost it and wailed over Robb's body! Her face was absolutely distorted by grief, as though it had chemically changed, as though she'd lost bone mass underneath. WTF fell asleep and did not submit her for that scene, or who on the Emmy committee did not nominate her for that work? She was amazing. And it is a crime that Nikolaj C-W was not nominated for his monologue in the bathtub to Brienne. Just incredible work. "Jaime...my name is Jaime..." I think Emilia has a strong chance to get another Supporting Actress nomination. To the extent that we bought Dany's going rogue so quickly, was in large part due to Emilia's selling it. Honestly D/D should give her a bonus for acting the shit out of the un-actable, stupid and makes-no-sense writing beats she was given this season.
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    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    I...didn't hate it. I liked it better than Daenerys methodically murdering civilians street by street in the last episode. There was some stuff that was a little too "on the nose"--I will admit, Sam calling his book ASOIAF was *cheeeesyyyyyy.* It rwaps up things perhaps a little too neatly but after the first twenty minutes of the episode--when I was dreading what Grey Worm (one of my favorite characters) or Dany (ditto) might do or say next to erode their humanity--I'll take it. The conversation between Dany and Jon in the Throne Room was terrifying, as was Dany's address to the troops. Full-on Triumph of the Will. I did like Brienne's writing the epitaph for Jaime. Tyrion uncovering Jaime and Cersei was so moving. Such a waste. I was *wrecked* by Dany and Drogon. Wrecked. That was beautiful, and sad, and heartbreaking. Her character deserved so, so much better. His anguished keening over her body, his carrying her off--wrecked. I'm crying right now. Goodbye, beautiful queen who just wanted to end slavery, who wanted to give the Unsullied a choice, who wanted to avenge the murdered slave children of Mereen, who tried to stop the Dothraki from raping the women of the Great Grass Sea. Who helped save the world from the Night King just three episodes ago. Take her somewhere, you magnificent beast, and honor her. I truly hope we see your kind again. The world is a little sadder and smaller without dragons.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    I absolutely love this theory. Dany's chemistry with Khal Drogo was off-the-charts hot. I love watching their scenes on YouTube together and I loved it when she got a chance to see him again in the House of the Undying. And I adore the dragons too--every time Drogon perches somewhere and roars I just want to pet him on the head. All the battle scenes where Drogon kicks ass and takes names I love. (To clarify, in this episode, when he smashes the Iron Fleet and the scorpions on the parapets. Not when he massacres the civilians.) This theory makes me cry, it is so perfect and beautiful. I'm not kidding. Thank you.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    Ser Jorah: We don't need Yunkai, Khaleesi. Taking this city will not bring you any closer to Westoros or the Iron Throne. Dany: How many slaves are there in Yunkai? Ser Jorah: 200,000, if not more. Dany: Then we have 200,000 reasons to take the city.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    Yep. I'm thrilled we're living in the Golden Age of television right now and I hate the culture of entitlement to which some fans subscribe. I am hugely grateful for the first 7.5 seasons of this show,a and still love it. But the second half of the last episode and the unsupported Dany twist in this one are deeply, deeply disappointing. Seriously? People criticizing her reaction to Viserys's death? Utterly ridiculous. He'd just waved a sword at her pregnant belly, for God's sake. That's right up there with criticizing her for turning the tables on the khals or criticizing her for frying Kraznys and sacking Astapor. That says to me you are bound to die on the hill of Dany Is Evil, and then I stop reading your posts. (Not you, Jewlmc 🙂 I mean posters who post over and over and over and over and over again their one Manichaean opinion. Thank God for the block function.) That would've been poetically great. I did like their ending although I get why some fans hated it. In the end he was unable to quit his addiction--Cersei. It's quite tragic. I do wish he and Brienne hadn't sealed the deal. Someone in this forum said that his knighting her was the best sex they'll ever have--D/D should've left it at that. FUCK Varys. I'm so disgusted with his blatant sexism last episode, and here he's trying to MURDER her? When she hasn't even done anything yet? (And involving a child? Having a child spy and tell secrets is one thing but involving her in conspiracy to murder is quite another.) As you say, terrible storytelling. He's been such a good and interesting character until the past couple of seasons but D/D had to write him This Way to get to That Plot Point. It's intolerably bad storytelling. If they didn't want to finish the series properly, they should've handed over the showrunning responsibilities to someone else. I am somewhat mollified by reading the critics' response--D/D are getting roasted. You mean the woman who murdered her unborn child? I actually think the Mirri/Dany conflict was quite interesting in that both of them had a point. But Mirri killed her baby. I completely understand Dany's response. I don't think that, or the other examples in that tweet that listed all of Dany's prior acts of violence, proves anything at all except that in a violent world, Dany has used violence against her enemies. The rest of the series is still quite good. My personal choice is to watch to the end, and then just delete Ep. 5 (and 6 if it too sucks) and the second half of Ep. 4 from my brain's hard drive. Just bask in blissful forgetfulness that D/D fucked it up so badly, all because they wanted to play with their Star Wars toys. HBO wanted ten full seasons. D/D made the decision to cut it short. GOD, yes. Jesus, that fucking story. Horrible. That poor old lady, a second mother to Mary Tudor, literally hacked to death. ...Seriously? You're criticizing Dany for turning the tables on a slaver? We had just seen the man cut off the nipple of one of the Unsullied, just to show off for Dany. He tells her that part of the process of creating the Unsullied is for them to murder a baby in front of its mother. And you have a problem with Dany ending that system by roasting him and every other active participant in the system? Wow. ❤️ :D AKA the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II treatment? I like it! ME TOO. I hate that two strong women are reduced to jealous sniping harpies.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    HAAAAAATED this episode. Once you realized that D&D were determined to fasttrack Dan's Mad Queen arc (reminder: it took Aerys a full twenty years after he ascended the throne to go mad), this was entirely predictable. Also--people who "go nuts" don't methodically strafe the city block by block by block. They're usually a little more emotional and explosive than that--and heck, you'd think they might decided to take out the Red Keep entirely where Cersei is, before going after the innocent civilians. D&D can film spectacle, absolutely, but they don't know how to hire good writers (and WOMEN writers) and respect character arcs. This was garbage. This was "I wanna shock you because I can" garbage. I am SO sad and disappointed. 7 and a half seasons of a truly great show undone by two episodes so far. Will never watch another D&D show again. Spectacle is great, yes, but not at the expense of good writing. They had it in their hands and they botched it completely.
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