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  1. I'm seeing on Netflix though there is 3 seasons of an El Chapo show. So it would be a little redundant, no? Since a lot of this is real life based?
  2. Well after ignoring Narcos for five years, I've finally watched and finished all five seasons in about 5 weeks. I didn't find Mexico Season 2 nearly as compelling as the first or the Narcos Columbia seasons. Much preferred Pena and Kiki to Breslin. Too many scenes of a brooding pensive Breslin taking a drag on a cigarette. It's unfortunate because if there is a season 3, it clearly looks like Breslin will be the guy given that he is now in El Paso. Looked like Jayme resurfaces as well. Likewise, Felix didn't do it for me as the villain and much preferred Escobar. Maybe it was his perfectly coiffed hair that bugged the crap out of me. The only time I ever felt anything for him was when we saw how vulnerable he was in negotiating with the Columbians. When he was forced to accept the 70 tons when he clearly didn't want. What happened to the second wife? There was the first wife which he reconciled with who he has two kids with. But wasn't there a taller, younger, attractive woman that he had a kid with and we saw during his 40th birthday party? Where did she go? Random thought: We saw Salceda doing his security during one of the episodes. I'm assuming they just wanted to give the actor a cameo. But didn't this guy go into witness protection or hiding after the Columbians? Why would Salceda even want to be involved knowing that (I believe if I'm remembering correctly) that Felix was meeting with the Columbians? One of the cruelest moments of this season was the brutal killing of the Plaza boss' wife and kids. I thought the guy was just going to push her over the bridge. But even more shocked that the gun came out and she was shot. We saw her body going over the bridge. And then it looked like one other. I'm assuming both kids were killed and tossed over. As the post above says, how would not cause the Plaza bosses to fear Felix? If anything, it would get them to come together against him. Don't see how Guerra (?) would continue to work under him knowing that he killed his wife.
  3. I had the fortune of eating at ink when it was a tough reservation to get. Gotta say that that molecular gastronomy style of food - where I have a hard time even knowing what I'm eating - isn't for me. His restaurant was a one and done for me, and now I'm just discovering that it is closed. I wonder what he's up to these days? I agree that he didn't look healthy, almost as if he was on meth or drugs. His kitchen appeared very modest, although I noticed that he has a nice Wolf range. I was really wanting Bryan to win. I'm ok with Melissa winning, but maybe I'm one of the few people who got tired that she mixed Asian into everything. But I guess that innovation won her the title. What's interesting is that the judges and guest experts put down Bryan for not cooking with soul - which I think Bryan interpreted to mean they didn't like his innovation and technical style of cooking. Yet it was innovation in blending the two cuisines is what they praised Melissa for.
  4. Yeah, I found that interesting. I guess just like wineries that happen to be in fertile land perfect for growing the best grapes, if you happen to be a truffle company who owns lucky land, then you've hit the jackpot. Those dogs - was one of them sort of a German wirehaired pointer puppy? - seemed to find them instantly, although of course there is editing. After they find the truffle, do you just brush it? How do you get rid of the dirt and clean it up? I gather you're not washing it with soap.
  5. I was very impressed that Padma is fluent in Italian. Also fluent in Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi according to Wikipedia. So the truffles are like $2400 a pound. Anybody know how much one of those truffles weighs? Just trying to get a sense of how much they were shaving on to the dishes. Went to a restaurant one time and a friend ordered a white truffle pizza because it was one of the specials, having no idea how much it cost. Shocked when the bill came and it was $80. Feel bad for Gregory, but just from appearance alone, it didn't look appetizing. He stayed true to his wheelhouse, but yuck. I think Melissa is talented, but I always get tired of people who only cook what they know. Yes, that's her skillset. But you're in Italy. You don't need to make some sort of Asian-Italy fusion. That said though, I love congee and would have loved her dish. Bryan is a little awkward it seems, that laugh is hilarious. I guess despite the last name, he doesn't really have a lot of Italian roots or knowledge? Funny watching him try to flub through speaking some Italian.
  6. MJ was saved because HE DIDN'T CHEAT. He might have been a jerk to his teammates, but it was all in the name of winning. Sure, Lance did the same to his team, but the retrospective look back is clouded because when we see him, all we see is a cheater. No sympathy for Lance, and I'm confused with the "I'd do it all again" comment. Really? This was shortly after saying he kind of wished that he had not raced that last Tour that exposed him. But then saying that he needed it and needed a bomb to go off to tear him down. Nah, he didn't want to be torn down. He's just trying to justify what happened to him. I don't hate Lance. I think he did what everyone else did. It's just that he denied it so vehemently. That was his flaw. Bonnie Ford (the ESPN person) seems really to have had it out for him. I wonder why she's so passively aggressive angry. So Anna his fiancé... they've been together 10 years, have two kids together, yet she's still his fiancé? When is the wedding? Curious what Lance does for income these days and what his net worth is. If you "downsize" from Austin, moving to Aspen is one of the last places I'd expect him to go. I think he'd go somewhere affordable like Tucson.
  7. After several crazy nights watching too much news, I finally caught up. Champagne Padma is a delight, and it was so obvious immediately that she wasn't completely there. How or why would producers let her get tipsy prior to filming? I know it's fun to see her like that, but it would seem to not be the most professional of things to do. Michael's is an institution in Santa Monica. But everything I heard from the judges and contestants fits how it's viewed in this city. Yes, been around 40 years. Famous but not one of the "must eat" places anymore. Padma said she hasn't "been here in 15 years". Everyone commented about the tiny dated kitchen. I'm shocked that Brooke was there 22 years ago. She's 41 now. So that would have made her 19. Amazing. Youngest sous chef ever at Michael's. They recognized talent early on. I like Malarkey, he was loud and at times obnoxious. But he made for good tv. But why oh why if he knew that duos were the "kiss of death" would he still insist on doing one? The original dish wasn't a duo, so obviously there is a way to pair those ingredients without making it a duo. It sucks that the freaking wait staff brought the plates to the wrong table, I think that's a first for the show in terms of judges' plates. How could they be so idiotic? And then he was just so flustered. He could easily have said, "This is a duo, they are meant to be eaten separately and not mixed." But that wasn't the original dish. As a non-chef, it's easy even for me to tell that the dish was incongruous and didn't go together. Poor decision from him that could have easily been corrected from the very beginning by just choosing to update the original dish. Stephanie is outclassed, but at least on this episode, she presented refined food that looked like it could be served at Michael's. I think she said she's never been to Europe? Or did I make that up? She doesn't seem to have grown up with a lot and doesn't seem well traveled (we know she hasn't been to Japan), so it's great that she gets to go to Italy. I'm looking forward to Voltaggio knocking it out of the park with his Italian roots. Melissa is a quiet ninja assassin. And Gregory is solid. I'd be happy with any of those three winning. Anyone but Kevin!
  8. Fair enough, but I don't live in South Boston, and all I can judge them on is what I see on tv during this cooking competition. It's sort of like the professional ballplayer who kills it in practice, but when the lights come on and the fans are in the stands, he just crumbles. Karen is/was easily the weakest of the ones left. She should have been sent home just from the cut on the duck alone.
  9. LOL. n/naka is probably one of the top restaurants in LA, but I agree, I might still leave hungry. I know Ali Wong and Randall Park were Quickfire judges earlier this year, and their movie "Always be my maybe" took inspiration from n/naka for the Keanu Reeves dinner scene. And it's totally right, they dropped $6500 at dinner and Park's character wanted a burrito as he was leaving. Yes, I know they have notebooks that we often see them writing in, creating menus, ideas, etc. And yes, I do recall Blais having drawings as to how he wanted to plate. But I've never seen any of the chefs flip through them while actually cooking. So just was odd.
  10. Why hasn't LCK been recording lately for me even though I have it set? Last two weeks now it's been missing and can't be found via streaming. Bravo website wasn't working for me but I'll have to try again. During the Quickfire, Gregory had access to his notebook and he was flipping through it? Really? Are chefs allowed to use their books? I suppose I guess so, although we never have seen it during the actual competitions. We see them writing in them and planning, but never used as a reference. I'm sure these chefs have tons of books in their bags that have recipes, ideas, etc. But you can't really use them, right? I think in Masterchef, there was speculation that cheftestants could reference recipes etc. Always wondered how these chefs know instantly how to make stuff, the exact measurements for baking, etc. Karen was just a hot mess. She doesn't have the sophistication that any of the remaining chefs do. A little surprised to see her power lifting all that weight, especially because she doesn't look the healthiest. Voltaggio's appetizer looked the most authentic and delicious. Rooting for this guy to win. One of these days I will make it to n/naka. I hear reservations are almost impossible to get. During the pandemic, they're selling bento boxes that sell out immediately. What a random collection of athletes. I guess they're looking for ones that live in Los Angeles. Kerri Walsh, ok, she's recognizable. Diana Taurasi, of course. Natasha Liukin (sp?), I guess everyone probably forgot about her until this show. And the others, I have no idea. Track and field stars, it seems? None of them seemed particularly knowledgeable about food. The African American track guy seemed to know nothing and it it was his first time eating duck? It's not like it's foie gras. If he's never eaten duck, he probably wouldn't be a good guy to have on a food show. Mike Tirico? OK, he's the Olympics host. He made one non-food comment at the end but just so random.
  11. So this wasn't the series finale? I was assuming and hoping that it was. What a mess of a season. Coming to this forum, I feel even dumber because it seems like every single poster here really understands what was happening during this whole season. Whereas I was constantly lost and had no effin idea who was who, who was a Dolores copy, who is dead, etc. It's like when I watched that movie Inception and didn't understand it and had to Google an explanation. Charlotte was burned to a crisp in the car accident, yet then she comes back. So she's no longer Delores? Who retrieved her orb? Who is she now? Back to her normal self? I don't even know what I'm talking about and I am not making sense.
  12. I just binged all four seasons in less than a week, guess that's one benefit of this "work from home" times! I've been seeing Money Heist pop up on my Netflix for quite a while now, but didn't give it a shot until now. The show is riveting and addictive. Obviously sad to see main characters die, but it would be unrealistic to see all of them make it out alive. At least Berlin's and (to a lesser degree) Moscow's characters live on in flashbacks. I would expect Nairobi to be a presence in future seasons as well. Unlike some of the previous comments above, I like Tokyo a lot. She's obviously the main female protagonist. She's a badass, and as Denver says, a Maserati. She's not my usual type, but I find her sexy and her confidence is through the roof. I could watch her all day. Sierra seems much tougher than Raquel was in the same role. She has a cold steely side that Raquel never did, and that's probably why she did all the torturing herself. I would hate to see her join the gang and I don't see how that would be even remotely possible. Really liked that Helsinki's character was given more prominence in seasons 3 and 4, and also Bogota. Wonder if Nairobi had lived if she would have tried for Bogota's 8th baby or if she would have taken the Professor's sperm. Confused re Stockholm. I guess the writers just want to show her continuing to build strength and confidence, which necessitated breaking up with Denver. But right after Nairobi died and she went down to the gold and started bossing the workers around - it just felt forced. Confused about Matias and his exact role. Can't remember when we saw him in the flashbacks, what was his exact connection? And if they had Manila as an undercover hostage, why the need for Matias? I also can't stand Arturo Roman. I wish he would just die. He is supposed to be the comedic relief, but he's just too over the top. But like any character that we're supposed to hate, we know that he's not going to go away. I was disappointed that the heist wasn't wrapped up in season 4 and now we have to wait for the next season. Since I was bingeing and just hitting "next episode", I had no idea where I was in terms of episode number, and thus was surprised when it just ended and there was no next episode to watch. Not sure if it's already all been filmed, or if there is going to be a delay now because of Covid-19. I'm guessing it hasn't been filmed yet but I haven't done the research. I'm wondering if this means there is no new heist for season 5? Presumably at the very least, season 5 would have to be spent escaping Sierra and getting the gang out of the bank. Then perhaps season 6 could start a new heist but that would be continued (assuming the series goes on).
  13. I think it's hilarious that Padma calls him Malarkey and not Brian. Yeah, I know there's Bryan, but still, I think they've had past seasons where they identify the contestants by first and last name. I don't recall him being such an a$$ on his season. All I remember of him is that he was from San Diego and that he was a fish guy. So it's interesting that I think this was the first episode where he made fish. We've all watched enough reality competition shows now to know that when there is a confessional and the contestant is talking about how great he/she is, that it is not a good sign. I thought it was hilarious that Jen's sister thought it was chicken. Chicken or fish. Yeah, I could see how that is easy to confuse. Spot on that she knew it was a yellowtail collar immediately. I think Bryan just jumped to branzino because he got the sense it was Italian. Did Melissa win anything for selling 31 bottles, out of I think 50 contestants? Wasn't that the name of the challenge? If she sold the most yet wasn't even in the top 3, then what was the point of counting how many bottles somebody sold?
  14. Ditto. I thought he ran off because he knew he was blind and that he was depressed. When Kelly and Casey went to see him at his home, I really thought he was blind and was pretending that he could see. I thought him grabbing the beer would expose him as not being able to see. Guess going blind would write him off the show and the writers weren't ready for that.
  15. Emily has a chance to restart her dream of being a doctor. WTF does Sylvie's feelings have to do with any of that? Why would she give that up for fear of "abandoning" Sylvie in her time of need? It should have no bearing on whether or not she pursues a lifelong desire.
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