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Pike Ludwell

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  1. HBO Max outage in my area. First time ever I haven't been able to log on. Probably because so many signing on to see Mare -- they can't handle it.
  2. It's not about expecting complete rationality. Just don't hit. In my world anyway, slapping someone like that, who has come in good faith to console and make peace is not justified and is a very big deal, even if it related to the death of a son, especially when the son's weakness and incompetence was the bigger cause. She's like one of those annoying mothers whose son can do no wrong, and she blames others, carried to an extreme where she gets violent.
  3. So many are defending Mrs. Zabel vigorous reaction. Fact is, at the scene, he acted with such gross incompetence he should probably not have been on the force to begin with. It was to such an extent that it absolves Mare of responsibility. Mrs Zabel needs to recognize he was in the wrong profession and she, who apparently believes he was led around into a situation he couldn't handle, and was an easily manipulable, weak lad, should bear some responsibility for his death. She should have talked him out of joining the police since it's a dangerous job, and she knew he was that weak.
  4. Yeah. I thought it great that they disposed of him in the second episode. And I gave great credit to the writers. But then they unfortunately brought him back through a sort of miracle recovery.
  5. I think too many are giving Zabel's mom too much of a break. She acted like an unhinged nut, and I found it inexcusable. Her son was basically not yet competent as a detective, and that is what caused his death, not Mare. And he was a grown man and the lead officer in the case. Basically the mom is implying he didn't have a mind of his own and was easily manipulated. Also, Siobahn's behavior, lashing out at Mare, was to me for flimsy irrational reasons, and inexusable, and shows she, like Zabel's mother, is a person way too eager to hate others. There's been lots of scenes with people f
  6. I've found Zabel annoyingly weak and timid all along. He bristled at toughness in questioning suspects. He questioned very weakly. At the kidnapper's house, he was the officer in charge, but he just stood there like a dope when it was clear the guy needed to be arrested immediately and forcefully. Mare had to, slightly annoyedly, it seemed to me, say to him "Zabel!" and motion with her head to get him to take action, and though he had the jump the other guy outdid him. He was just too inexperienced to have been in a sitation like that at that time.
  7. I just had that one cursory look at the killer, haven't re-watched. But it seemed his sideburns are pretty much the biggest clue. They look most similar to the older church guy - the cousin. Later in the show they showed him in ways where he looked more frail than he is - maybe playing up phony frailty as distraction. Based on the sideburn test you can rule out Zabel, the Guy Pierce character, the younger church guy, and some others.
  8. I thought it strange that in an earlier episode she had horrible feelings of guilt that led her to tears because she was withholding the big secret that Dylan was not the father. Now we find she pretty comfortably withholds other important info, until it's pried out of her, such as the setting up the prostitution web page, and what the heck ever else related to that. Like you indicate, her silent communication seems to imply there's more.
  9. And he looks absolutely nothing like them. Maybe he was adopted.
  10. LOL. Definitely setting up to be a convoluted mix of teen pregnancy, paternity questions, adultery, teachers, etc.
  11. Good point. Jess only said Erin told her Dylan wasn't the father. It was Jess herself who said *she* thinks the father was Frank. I think Erin did tell Jess that Dylan wasn't the father, because Jess's reactions when she was alone - crying alone about the secret - and then immediately with her mother indicate such. But I don't think the father was necessarily Frank. For Erin to have known Dylan wasn't the father she must have been on birth control when she was with Dylan. They must have had sex at a time fitting with the time frame of the pregnancy. Otherwise Dylan wouldn't have bought
  12. I agree that the author's behavior at the party was rude. I would have liked to see Mare just leave, despite his comments. If he's going to treat her like this at this early stage where he is supposed to be totally infatuated with her and pursuing her, how will he act as the relationship ages? Of course Mare is sharp (I think). She's aware of what she needs to be seeing from here on, and I guess it's reasonable to give him another chance and see what happens, especially since there are probably not many interesting men in that area.
  13. Loved the big, very quick justice insofar as Dylan, as opposed to letting the character drag on to the end of the season. I'm sure Dylan wasn't the killer but he did help with the brutalization of Erin, and in general, was a total D. A total piece of junk. And I just don't get why a cute friendly girl like her would have gotten involved with and stayed hung up on such an odd looking cretin who, if he had any personality, it was of a total jerk with violent possibilities. And now we're learning that she likely had sex with that math teacher (the big-black-beard guy)?
  14. One thing that drew me in right from the beginning is the incredible acting - Kate and everyone. Even the old lady who reported the prowler. Exceptional all around. I would think the director has something to do with it too. You can tell a lot of work went into doing the lines well, but it all seems natural.
  15. I disagree that Bill is an angry or bitter or unhappy person because he is criticizing what in his opinion are specific out-of-touch-with-reality directions culture is taking. A person can be very happy, but still extremely critical of particular things. Many have pointed out his age as if that has something to do with his views. I disagree. I believe he would have reacted the same to the same stimuli decades ago. Many of his guests who espouse his views have been very young. I disagree that it is "crankiness".
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