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  1. kwnyc

    The Red Line

    Yes, this one sucked me right in. Also in passing, there's a trans kid (Jira's friend) and no one really remarks on them. I thought the girl in class trying to share Jira's grief was kind of a jerk, offering unasked-for advice, etc.) I read a couple of interviews with Noah Wyle, and he was all: I didn't think we'd have something like this on CBS. And I thought...well, it's not THAT far ahead of broadcast TV, and as someone who likes my Sunday night Stories, it fits right in. (I can see it drawing the same kind of audience as Madam Secretary, The Good Wife and The Mentalist.) IF it's written as an 8-episode series, then I'll enjoy it as such, and hope for another limited series as good from the producers.
  2. kwnyc

    S05. E20. Better Angels

    Stevie and Blake...they actually are very much alike in personality, smart, focused, looking for a cause. I don't know if they would make a couple, but they definitely would make awesome friends. And Stevie was a boss, telling Blake & Daisy that they don't have the CLEARANCE to know about her last romance. (And reminding them that she does have White House clearance.) She's certainly grown up from the fumbling character in the first seasons. The fact that they've given her something to DO, rather than just match her with men helped a lot. Allison remains the most level-headed (and so much less trouble that Mike B. can't even remember her name), and Jason is still an ass. I can see why he's so contrary, with such a powerful set of parents, but it would be nice to see him go TOWARD something rather than being rebel without a clue.
  3. kwnyc

    The Zoo (Bronx Zoo)

    We have been head-over-heels with The Zoo since we found it. We ended up joining the Wildlife Conservation Society, and I bought my wife a Personal Animal Ambassador Adventure for her birthday! Kathleen (Jim's wife) conducted the meeting, and my wife got to meet Dave the Kangaroo and several others. In the meantime, I was wandering the zoo and ran into Jim himself, who is now a bit of a celebrity with people wanting to take selfies with him! One of my friends has a job in the Development (fundraising) department, and he says it's the most amazing office to work in every day: he said "no one is watching the presentation in the conference room when a baby gorilla is on the other side of the glass wall waving." He said he has his favorite animals, and likes to visit them, and often sees the keepers and other staff in the employee dining room.
  4. kwnyc

    S05. E18. Ready

    I think that's on purpose: since Bess told Henry she wanted to run at the end of last season, she's been getting more "presidential," in terms of adopting the attitude (and ego) required to run for the job. And, as Russell has now told her: she's ready. Even if you're Bess, you HAVE to a belief in yourself to run for president that borders on (or IS) egotistical.
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    Madame Secretary In The Media

    I'd be happy if they gave them a sixth season with the understanding that it was the last; I want to see Bess in the WH, and the characters have earned a victory lap.
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    S05. E20. Better Angels

    And Skipp Suddeth is such a good actor...losing him is a blow. I have actually known Tracee Chimo for years (since she was appearing in off-off short plays) and am THRILLED to see her as Nina. If the show is picked up, they have to find a way to bring her back!
  7. kwnyc

    S05. E09. Winter Garden

    I'm on Team Blake for this one...arranging the boxes of tea by COLOR???
  8. kwnyc

    S04.E06: Blood of My Blood

    Considering how little there is in the way of modern medicine available, it must be frustrating for Claire to watch people die of illnesses she could wipe out with a shot. However, willow bark = early form of aspirin, so she could at least bring the fever down and let Lord John Grey's immune system fight it out with the measles. Keeping him hydrated, on bed rest and warm were the best she could do otherwise, but it was enough (this time).
  9. kwnyc

    S05. E09. Winter Garden

    I thought she was delegating: that is, if SHE made the report it would have been forms and interviews and workflows she really doesn't have time for. After all, she is SoS, and Henry's an ethics guy. He's got lots of time on his hands. Also, he was there, too...so make HIM do the housework. ;-)
  10. kwnyc

    S04.E04: Common Ground

    They are far enough apart for it not to be TOO weird. Let's see: Bree's great uncle (Dougal) is the many-times-over grandfather to Roger. And while Bree has half-18th century DNA, Roger's all 20th century. :-) (Yes, I think about these things.)
  11. kwnyc

    S05. E08. The Courage to Continue

    I love that the word guy (Matt) insulted his Haitian counterpart with Strunk & White (which I've kept near my desk since I was in college.) But while the personal subplot usually mirrors the international plot, the Arlington/Bess reveal felt forced in to me. (And do I believe that no one in the immediate family has EVER visited Bess's parents' grave? No.) But Blake! Got a job! And impressed the President! Nice bit of physical acting by Erich Bergen as he left her office: he stood up straighter and had not so much a swagger to his walk, but a confidence we haven't seen. I hope his damn parents leave him alone now. I have no doubt that in the show's world (as opposed to the real world) all of her team are going to stick to Bess like glue now that it's apparent she's going to make a bid for President. And talk about wish fulfillment...Haiti has been one of the most troubled nations in our hemisphere for all the reasons that Elizabeth ended up using to oust the military dictator: corruption, a few families controlling the majority of the wealth and power, and no support for leaders who would change it. The incoming president will have no easy job back at home, and I wonder if the chickens will come home to roost in some way because of the machinations to get the president back? Bess told him that the cost was cheap at the price, but she's not the one who has to live with it day to day. It truly was "realpolitik" as Henry pointed out (and I don't begrudge him that, because some people aren't familiar with the concept) and how the sausage gets made.
  12. kwnyc

    S05E06: Eyjafjallajökull

    Well, CBS could use another hit sitcom! ;-)
  13. kwnyc

    S05E07: Baby Steps

    I realized just now that since Conrad was a Viet Nam vet, he might have fought in Laos. And it would have been particularly powerful to see him back there...but for show purposes, I guess it was better to have the character who was more invested now (the VP) to go. And I do like Jayne Atkinson in the role. She's another of the really strong NY stage actors who enhances the supporting cast. (We never did hear what happened to poor Delgado, Conrad's former Veep, who had serious health issues and had to drop off the ticket).
  14. kwnyc

    S04.E03: The False Bride

    But she DOES! That's our Claire! ;-) One of the things I am loving this season is how Jamie and Claire are both mature enough to talk about what they need in their relationship, and to ask each other the hard questions: are you doing this for me? What do you really want to do? It's an adult relationship, and they are clearly in it for the long haul (as if Claire traveling back 200 years didn't prove that...) And Geez, clearly feminism has not reached the Highlands in 1970! Roger, your great-great-great-great uncle treats women better than you do! And hey, Roger slept with other women BECAUSE he didn't love them! He has to wait to have sex with Brianna until they are engaged...I'm judging Roger by 21st century standards, but for 1970, he's already beginning to fall a bit behind. And when Brianna was setting HER boundaries she was very like Claire, and I assume as a woman at MIT in 1970, she's probably one of the only women in her class *\(like Claire in med school.) She's definitely Claire's daughter. Jocasta is absolutely true to her high-born roots, to the disgusted sound she makes at the thought of Jamie as a printer. And while she blames Claire for him walking away from the estate, she really seems to think that Jamie could get used to "our ways" (slavery). I think it's interesting that Claire tells Jamie she'd prefer not to go back to Boston, both because she's been there AND because revolution is fomenting there. Certainly they'd need a printer of seditious materials! But Jamie clearly loves the mountains; and 200 years later, all the Scots who found them are still evident in the festivals and their descendents.
  15. kwnyc

    S05E07: Baby Steps

    I realized that one of the things that bugs me about Henry being the ethics advisor is that he is superseding Elizabeth in some ways: the reason Conrad picked her, and the reason she is now being acknowledged as a POTUS candidate is because she has a moral compass and strong ethics. Having her husband come in to validate the Right Thing to Do is once again undercutting Bess's character and agency. And it's quite clear that people in power are drawn to her because she offers them the choice to act their best: Conrad relies on her and the VP came across as a true leader because Bess TOLD her to take responsibility and stand up. If it comes down to Bess/Hurst in the campaign, they could do some really good compare & contrast. And yes, there was a HUGE blind spot of white/rich people privilege in not addressing the use of foreign women as baby incubators for Americans (and well-off Europeans). Usually one of Bess's staff at least plays devil's advocate with: what about the people who are getting the short end of the stick? But not this time. That said, I rather liked the conversation in the Japanese garden in which Bess comes up with a strategy. Henry and Bess talking like both husband and wife and best friends is definitely the best use of Henry. And Blake rises to the occasion yet again with the Japanese billionaire. (And it was a nice moment when he saw the bench). I'm very curious to see where Blake's next role takes him. He's VERY good at protocol, and understands how it makes diplomacy work. I wouldn't mind seeing him return to that area. Please let this be the end of Dmitri/Stevie! They've made it QUITE clear they are never to contact each other again. Let's just call this "closure." PLEASE?