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  1. Fellaway

    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    Yeah, at this point, it seems clear Tessa's sewing skills are not up to the standards of this show. She can try to spin it all she wants, that unfinished hems equal a fashion choice, but the judges aren't buying.
  2. Fellaway

    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    Yes! Sebastian won! Finally. I know he won once before, but it's been so long and there have been so many weeks since where he wasn't even in the top when he should've been or even won, so... I think I've finally figured out why I don't like Elaine as a judge. I've been thinking it just seems that she has such a narrow view of what is fashionable. When she said Sebastian's design this week was "dated," that just cemented it for me. I did like the guest judge, especially her comments regarding the differences between Jamall and Tessa, in essence, that Tessa speaks too much and listens too little, but that Jamall is willing to listen and learn. On that basis alone, I would've sent Tessa home. I mean, what's the point of her being there if she's not willing to learn? On the basis of their garments, I think either could've gone home. I do think Jamall has a lot of talent and, while I'm sorry to see him go, especially over Tessa this week, I'm not too upset. He wasn't gonna win, as he's just not there yet, but I think he'll do well in the business. Being willing to learn will serve him well, and I do think he's grown over the course of the season. Other than that, the judges got the placements right for the other four designers. I loved Sebastian's. It was the perfect amalgam of elegant, retro and modern, and of what the client wanted and who the designer is. I liked Garo's, too, though I wasn't crazy about the chiffon on the back. That was a great color on his client. Christian has really grown on me as a mentor. I was dubious when it was announced that he'd be filling that role this season, but he's really growing in the role. Each week, his advice to the designers seems even more on point and his delivery of it more professional. The show is lucky to have him. Oh, Tessa was a pill this week. Ignoring what her client wanted, lying about her color preferences to the other designers and the judges, using Sebastian's technique, albeit badly, on the skirt, making an unfinished, poorly put together design, not taking on board what the judges have critiqued her on in the past, and she willfully defends it all, like "What's the problem here?" And I'd like to know what planet she's living on that she thinks she's never used black in her designs before. She does know this is being filmed, doesn't she? Whoever said she's been playing it safe is exactly right. She must think she's so fabulous, she can ride it out till the final, then she'll bring her A game. It's all pretty arrogant.
  3. Fellaway

    S20.E24: End Game

    I am willing to accept some level of unreality when it comes to TV dramas, because otherwise the shows would probably be dang boring. But SVU... Yikes, they have a history of straining that courtesy with me. I can't abide bad cops being portrayed as heroes on TV. That's what drove me away during the Stabler years and why I can't tolerate Chicago P.D. That Voight character is repugnant. Now, these last couple seasons, we have Fin kidnapping suspects from other countries, his thoroughly unprofessional behavior in Diss, and this week's shenanigans involving the whole squad! I will never forgive Chernuchin and Martin for writing Carisi taking that phone. As to Benson, agreed. This week alone, she, and probably the whole squad, should've been recused from this investigation when it became apparent Miller was the prime suspect. And that based solely on his being the lawyer of the victim's parents. Her bias and previous history with him should've kept her far away from this case. This would've been a good case for Dodds to step in. I hope we get to see more of him next season, but I think PG has been cast in a new series. Oh, none of my expectations are high for this show, nor my hopes, unfortunately. I do have some hope, since Leight is the one who brought him onto the show, that we'll get that Carisi back, but beyond that... I don't think we are in total disagreement about the Leight years. ☺️ I do agree there was an uptick in the personal side of things during his tenure, but SVU has always done more of the personal than the mothership. (How much time did I waste enduring Stabler's family, for instance?) But I had no objections to the way it was handled. MH was now the star of the show, with an increasingly shrinking ensemble. It felt natural to me, the way it was handled, and the storylines were spread out amongst the squad. I didn't always care for Rollins' storylines, true, but in a way I appreciate them. They cemented for me the person she is, one who is not all that likeable. And I can't blame Leight for Noah. He was still an adorable toddler when Leight left. I blame Chernuchin for that particular torture. I just found the Leight years more balanced amongst all the cast getting story and moments to shine, while not overpowering the case of the week, and I was happy with that. As to the sanctification of Olivia Benson, while I think SVU has always treated her character as if she's more special than anyone, I truly don't see the show becoming the All Benson, All the Time, Our Gracious Lord and Savior Hour till after Leight left. Whatever caused Chernuchin to leave, whatever caused this sea change in what we see onscreen, I dunno. I hope Leight will be allowed to do what needs to be done to right this show, I hope TPTB see that it needs doing, but I'm not counting on anything. Except maybe more Carisi!
  4. Fellaway

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Here's a pretty good article discussing the show's place in "black canon" as well as the new documentary. https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/what-we-left-behind-documentary-deep-space-nine.html I've always felt DS9 had amazingly complex, diverse and rich characterizations and was, in many ways, ahead of its time. I'm glad more people are now seeing that and acknowledging it. It's about time the show got its due in the greater ST universe.
  5. Fellaway

    S20.E24: End Game

    Yeah, I've learned not to expect much when I see their names in the credits. I don't know, these last few eps have sucked. Maybe Chernuchin didn't feel like putting in the effort since he's out the door anyway. All I have to say to him is good riddance, and good luck, fans of FBI.
  6. Fellaway

    S20.E24: End Game

    Not to mention, we're supposed to believe this Miller guy is crazy powerful and hooked up with the crime world, so why are we supposed to believe prison will stop him? Can't have it both ways, Show! And. And! We're supposed to believe Benson is the bestest, most perspicacious detective to ever detect, but she had no idea the frame-up was afoot. I say again, you can't have it both ways, Show. Of course, if Olivia had been in the courtroom, like she is for every other case, maybe she would've smelled a rat. So I guess she's just absolved of everything. RME. It definitely wasn't a brain trust that wrote this ep. And they got paid to do it!
  7. Fellaway

    S20.E24: End Game

    In the immortal words of Olivia Benson, "I don't even know what to say." Because that? Was bad. Lazy, repetitive, unethical from start to finish, no basis in legal reality, no basis in characterization bad. So everyone was complicit in this little frame-up, except the sainted Olivia, and they all did it (except Staines) because they just love her that much. And Stone regrets it not a bit because he thinks she's just that special and more important than the law. When did that happen? I would've bought it more if he'd done it for Noah, y'know, maybe he formed a bond with the kid whilst playing baseball. That I'd buy before this. Did anyone spare a thought for the ramifications that might come down on Brooke's head for "committing" perjury and bribery? Did anyone consider what a great case Miller has for appeal now? And Olivia is just hunky-dory with all this, when she found out, because, I guess, she thinks she's that special. Oy vey. This ep should be shown to Leight as a case study in everything that's gone wrong with this show the last three seasons. I am completely prepared to pretend these last three seasons never happened. I just hope, for 21, that they allow Leight to run the show and not MH or whomever thinks the deification of Olivia Benson is the right way to go.
  8. Fellaway

    S17.E10: What Do You Care About?

    Is Sebastian the only one who put a light colored tee down the runway? I think he should get extra credit for that.
  9. Fellaway

    S17.E10: What Do You Care About?

    Just gonna get this out of the way upfront: Sebastian was robbed. And, honestly, so was Jamall. I would've given him the win over Bishme, too. I thought Bishme's design was unoriginal (Who hasn't seen that silhouette before or even the outlined faces, most recently Dmitry's much better designed jacket on All Stars.) and tacky. I'd have put him as safe and put Tessa in the top. As one of Tessa's people, I'll just say yes. And, thank you. Indeed. Anybody who doesn't know of the plight of bees and what will happen if they cease to exist is woefully uneducated, but, on the plus side, all those other causes would cease to be, too. Of course, that'd be because there were no people, but, hey, we can't have everything. Of the bottom two, I think the right person went home. Venny's design this week was ugly, and I can't see how it tied in with his cause. And, overall, I think he was the weakest designer left. His designs lean toward the tacky and he definitely has editing issues. It seemed really odd, this week, for one of the judges - Was it Nina? - to say Garo was only there because of his technical skills and he needed to step it up the week right after he won. If that was the case, why didn't the win go to Bishme last week? Well, these judges are losing cred with me every week, and the longer they shrug off Sebastian, they might not have any left by the end of the season. Yeah, shades of Rachel Roy and Mondo with his plus sign pants. Make the guest judge do it! This episode annoyed me from the get. The whole thing was exploitative and cynically emotionally manipulative. Such is the way of reality TV, but this ep was extra special. [ /sarcasm]
  10. Fellaway

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Here is a bit of a review of the doc: https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2019/05/movie-review-what-we-left-behind-looking-back-at-star-trek-deep-space-nine-2018/ And Cinevents will soon be offering tickets for screenings in the UK and possibly elsewhere.
  11. Fellaway

    S20.E23: Assumptions

    Ugh. I think that says all we need to know about what's gone wrong with this show the last few years: Nikki Staines' rape becomes all about Benson. Prove me wrong, Show!
  12. Fellaway

    S17.E08: Blame It on Rio

    I guess the days of Bishme gently stroking Tessa's face with his silvery gloved hands are over....
  13. Fellaway

    S20.E23: Assumptions

    It's kind of amazing that Rob Miller is still just out on bail, as fast as cases usually (and unrealistically) go to trial on this show. It's also kind of amazing that they thought he was an interesting enough felon to bring him back to end the season with some patented Benson drama. Hopefully the writing for these last two eps will be better than his previous ep. Sadly, it's in line with her being aghast that a mother could kill her child or that a child could kill her parent, and that all victims are 100% right and all suspects should go directly to jail for the rest of their lives. It's like the woman hasn't been doing this job for 20-some years. I'd suggest she's had one head injury too many over the years, but, unfortunately, it's just really bad writing.
  14. Fellaway

    S17.E08: Blame It on Rio

    Well. Someone likes Kate. Justice for Kate! Actually, I don't mind Kate. I do agree she's a poor walker, but she has a pretty face, and, honestly, I pay very little attention to the models on the runway. My complaint is with the camerawork on the runway. All I want to see are the finished designs, Show. Give us that.
  15. Fellaway

    S20.E22: Diss

    I don't know what age he was supposed to be - If they said, I missed it. - but the actor looked too old to be a thirty-year-old's son, so... Yeah, Liv, maybe you were investigating the wrong crime here. Yes, compared to most of the eps the last few seasons, this one was a better effort in terms of storyline for the crime of the week. I wish they hadn't twisted Fin into a pretzel to get there, but it was delightful to see him front and center for the whole ep instead of Benson or Rollins. I even enjoyed that other guy giving him a bit of grief at the top of the episode for not telling Benson he knew the victim's husband. Wouldn't mind seeing an ep centered on him again. What's his name, then? Caruso? ETA: I almost forgot! I loved Benson's delivery on the "I'm gonna need the name of your other bitch" line. MH can still bring it, when she's not acting, with a capital A.
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