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  1. Beatriceblake

    S02.E11: meMento

    I was really annoyed by the Evil Lauren thing at the end. Lauren is the only Strucker who doesn't annoy the hell out of me and I think she's a more interesting character when she wants to be ready to fight but not full on evil. The scene with the landlord was over the top and seemed a bit of a sudden and intense character shift. It's not exactly satisfying that it was brought about by a frigging music box. Also it doesn't help that her parents are so badly written and annoying that in her place I would be kind of hoping for the police to take them away ;-)
  2. Beatriceblake

    S04. E08. Screech, Thwack, Pow

    Remi might be evil, delusional and dying but it still seems kind of unethical for Weller to want to force her to have massively risky brain surgery against her will just in case it makes her Jane again. I still call bs if Tasha is anything other than deep undercover on a mission. I don't really buy any of her motivations this season if she isn't. And it's silly but I found Rich tricking Boston at the end messed up also and the idea that the FBI/US miltary would just overlook who did the hacking that easily is too goofy even for this show.
  3. Beatriceblake

    S02.E10: eneMy of My eneMy

    I liked the band getting back together to rescue John but I'm over from Agent Jesse from Burn Notice's bullshit. He's just not a nuanced enough character to be either interesting or sympathetic. Also Jace? You lost your child but the job and wife were kind of on you because of your repeated bad choices. And the way they write him (i.e. badly) is even managing to make his bereaved parent schtick less sympathetic because he only ever brings her up to score points in arguments. Something else that bothered me is that they didn't really address Lauren's perspective on the reunion enough. By which I mean: 1) Lauren's feelings while her parents were delighted to see her brother, who basically seriously physically assaulted her, back in their lives (albeit temporarily) 2) Lauren's feelings about Andy basically wanting her to reassure him in their dream after his actions and conduct towards her.
  4. Beatriceblake

    S02.E09: gaMe changer

    This show frustrates me because it isn't great and it isn't bad enough to be entertaining but there's also still something there. That said this season could have used more moral complexity. There wasn't much conflict in Rebecca's arc at all, she was an overly powerful psychotic person who was clearly going to have to die. I think she would have been a more interesting character if she had had some good to her or if they had committed to her being warped by her time in the mental hospital. Whereas the flashback with her parents seemed to indicate she was always dangerous. Similar thing with the Hellfire Club. It's been hard to buy them as the antagonists for the last few episodes when they at least seem to be achieving more than what remains of the Mutant Underground. Also John has no alternative sustainable plan for improving things for mutants. Helping a few people until eventually you get stopped doesn't seem to be much of a plan. I like him so I was irritated to see his completely needless seeming capture this episode. I agree with everyone who wants Jesse from Burn Notice off the show yesterday. He's not sympathetic or interesting and you would think someone whose life had been wrecked by losing a child would be a bit more squeamish about tearing families apart.
  5. Beatriceblake

    S04. E04. Sous-Vide

    I feel like they got bored with the main plot of this episode and forgot to write a resolution. Why on earth was a rogue Pentagon biohazard fighting team using dolls to test out chemical weapons on random unfortunates? Or was that the whole plot? Also if we are meant to believe they were getting away with this for any length of time, surely they needed to be a bit subtler about their plans to kill a bunch of FBI agents and not be loading guns in front of their colleagues. I'm really struggling with this season because I liked Jane as a character and it feels like we've now had about 10 episodes of obviously off Jane and the characters are still spinning their wheels about it. Really Jane killing someone with a sword in episode 1 feels like the major clue here, guys. Thinking about it, they should have had Jane have episodes where she forgets her years as Jane Doe and reverts to her Remy personality. That would have made more sense in terms of them not catching on sooner.
  6. Beatriceblake

    S04. E01. Hella Duplicitous

    We just got this in the UK last week. I'm hoping the show will do what it did in S1 and not drag plotlines out too much. Jane/Remy is really, really obviously off (especially killing the woman with the katana!) You can't have the characters being smart enough to decode complicated tattoos and yet too stupid to pick up on her really obviously sabotaging missions, suddenly killing a load more people more violently and also smirking evilly and speaking in a sort of emotionless monotone most of the time. I still assume Tasha is in the midst of some kind of deep cover mission for the CIA (I thought her firing seemed very stagey and fake but time will tell).
  7. Beatriceblake

    S11.E01: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

    For me this episode got the key points right. I love Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and I think it was a smart move to dial back some of the regeneration confusion we saw with 12 and have her come into her own fairly quickly. Of the new companions only Ryan felt properly fleshed out but I really liked him. He also seems quite clever (he came up with a lot of the right questions). I liked Yaz but I don't think we learned too much about here other than being ambitious. I like Graham and I'm sorry that they killed Grace. I also liked Karl and can see why he would feel threatened enough to kill the Stensor. 13 was channelling 10 with Harriet Jones, with that remark to him. Also I live in South Yorkshire and can confirm: 1) We will not be impressed by anything new no matter how strange. 2) Lots of people here get drunk and throw food but it's usually not at Predator-y looking aliens. Hopefully they won't put the last five minutes of this episode at the start of the next one! Man that gets annoying when you binge watch the old series.....
  8. Beatriceblake

    S02.E10: The Last Ceremony

    A discussion on another forum is making me cranky. Just because most of the Handmaids have not shown more outward signs of distress when being raped, doesn't make the Ceremony any less of a violent rape. And the scene wasn't gratuitous, it's there to underscore the fact the Ceremony is rape and to show why most of the Handmaids don't attempt to physically fight back (it doesn't make any difference). Anyway this was a good but super depressing episode. The reunion with Hannah seems more cruel and ill-judged than kind to either of them and it necessitates them going through the trauma of another forced separation. Eden sobbing away to herself broke my heart as well. Whatever Nick's feelings toward her, I found him unbearably cruel in that scene. She's a 15 year old kid who feels completely unloved and alone and like Hannah, she's been taken away from her family. She mentions her mother in most of her scenes.
  9. Beatriceblake

    S02.E09: Smart Power

    My favourite part of this episode was June collecting allies for her baby. I could have used ten minutes less of Serena looking wistfully at people enjoying the freedoms she's lost. You made that choice for other people Serena and you are part of the problem. The fact she told June she wanted her out as soon as the baby came proved that.
  10. Beatriceblake

    S02.E08: Women's Work

    This episode felt like a study in how Gilead perverts human relationships. You have the baby dying from lack of mother love, a husband turning abusive because it's allowed now and because he has absolute power for the time being and a poisoned friendship. I was willing June to leave Serena alone since everything we've seen about Serena indicates she'll lash out in turn at the people she can get away with abusing. It's all over the episode as we have Nick and Eden struggling to connect because they had no choice in their marriage and the angry Emily who isn't allowed to love anyone she would choose but instead is being raped by the ruling class she despises.
  11. Beatriceblake

    S02.E07: After

    I loved the subplot with Nick, Serena and June neutralising the threatening Commander. Serena really got things done this episode. It's a shame she used her talents to bury herself alive. Two things really took me out of the rest of it though. Moira's secret fiancee needed mentioning earlier (can't remember that ever happening). They appear to have made her up to give Samira Wiley more to do. The major one was Emily being allowed back into Gilead proper. She's done three or four things Gilead kills people for. I don't really buy they would risk her going back there. Janine is less implausible. We know she had a healthy child in Gilead and although Gilead frowned on her "adultery" it makes sense they would overlook it when faced with a shortage of handmaids. Also we've seen Emily was starting to experience side effects from the radiation so that needed addressing in the story. Gilead is concerned about women producing healthy kids so it seems weird they would take someone back who had been in the Colonies for long enough to get sick.
  12. Beatriceblake

    S02.E06: First Blood

    I really liked this episode. The June/Serena stuff is compelling. I don't want to manipusplain here June but why try and get something that big out of Serena so fast? It's weird that June is way more patient at manipulating the Commander than Serena. Serena was never going to do something that big after a couple of days of "friendship". Also I like to think the awkward brunch is what sent Ofglen II over the edge. Loved her turning round to give the other Handmaids time to run. But where did she get the explosives and where were the Aunts this time? With the Aunts, I hope the show explicitly says the Commanders didn't think they would be necessary.
  13. Beatriceblake

    S02.E05: Seeds

    I liked the Emily/Janine stuff in the Colonies but this episode moved too slowly for me. It was another one where I ended up fast forwarding the long slow shots of depressed June. I'm glad she came back to herself at the end when she learned the baby had survived.
  14. Beatriceblake

    S02.E04: Other Women

    This one just aired in the UK. A pretty relentlessly depressing hour and a bit. If I was June I would have been tempted to fake conformity earlier in the process to get shut of Aunt Lydia. I don't agree with the people on here who think June is in large part responsible for what happened to Omar and his family. That's all on Gilead. It's pretty clear that this is a brutal society and the blame belongs with those in power. Omar knew what he was getting into and made a choice to help June and June was just doing what she could to survive. It's horrible that Omar's wife and kid were collateral damage because Omar showed some basic humanity but the only people it reflects badly on are the people in charge. I get that June, in this episode, is disturbed when she remembers seeing what she wanted to see because she wanted Luke so badly but that isn't analogous to stealing someone's baby. Also in general I'm impatient when a married person cheats and their spouse largely seems to blame the other man/woman. Luke's the one breaking the vows, Annie. Who he does it with is kind of irrelevant. I agree with your point below Bijoux. Gilead need to have a rethink because it would seem like the Gilead babymaking process isn't conducive to either the wives or the handmaids coming out of it with their sanity in tact.
  15. Beatriceblake

    S02.E03: Baggage

    I loved the start of this episode and how June running in a circle round her shrine was mirrored in the way Moira ran round the shrine in Little America. It was also creepy, in a those who were living are now dead kind of way. Reading the comments lots of people don't agree but I felt like June really did the best she could to escape here (other than looking at the map on the train which wasn't worth the risk). I can see why she didn't sit waiting in the apartment of giant windows when the family never returned. Also I wonder if the little boy looking back at the window tipped one of the guards off? The whole vibe of that scene reminded me of things I read about Jewish people being caught in hiding during the Holocaust. She only knew the safe house was compromised, not the airfield. Plus her options were pretty limited by the time she tried fleeing to the airfield. She had no way to blend into society without being caught and it has been established escaping on foot or by car is tricky. One thing I found frustrating about this episode was how little time Moira got in it and how fragmented her story was. It was like the middle section was cut out.