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  1. sweetandsour

    S06.E22: Robert Diaz

    I definitely said out loud, "yes yes yes, fuck yes!" when Dembe showed up. It wasn't surprising per se, even with Dembe's earlier departure, but I didn't find it any less satisfying. For me, Red and Dembe will always be, regardless of what happens in future Blacklist episodes, the greatest love story ever on the show. There are so many easier ways to kill a spouse, even if you are the President and you have to maximize the impression you weren't involved and hopefully pick the best timing for a variety of personal and political reasons. And I don't really see what about this whole plan required so much verbal and written communication that the Germans were able to put a dossier together about it???
  2. sweetandsour

    For The People

    I groaned out loud when Jill told Sandra she was the most talented lawyer she'd ever seen!!! Like, Jill, you know you've seen more than one lawyer, right? (Okay, fine, I'd be willing to say Sandra is a better lawyer than Jay, but that's because they seem to give Jay "lesser" cases.) JILL! You've seen Kate Littlejohn! Even within just these six lawyers, you've seen much better than Sandra. Britt is fine in some roles and obviously a big part of it was the poor writing and characterization of the Sandra character, but I always felt like, stop trying to make Sandra happen. She's never going to happen! As a physically small woman who looks much younger than her age and works in a professional setting, I appreciate that they cast someone like that in the role, but that was not really the problem. It was the basketcase character played in a very unlikable way, but constantly presented to us like she was just neurotically amazing. Welp. Sandra and Ted. We'll never see what would have happened to them in another season, but if they got to the point where she was staying over at his place frequently or even moved in, I hope Ted would enjoy her compulsive living out of a duffel bag. I did not understand the job offers at all. So Delap is going to be the sacrificial lamb at first, and it sounded like Roger was offered to replace him, but huh??? Roger was the one who pushed forward the case that Washington was so mad about! Delap would be out, and Roger would have been promoted, after the role he played in the case? Am I just confused or something? And then when Roger left, Delap promoted the lead prosecutor who tried the problematic case into his role? What? And that was optically okay to the people who were so mad in the first place? I don't get it, guys.
  3. sweetandsour

    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    I agree with all who have said Kingsley would have been good to keep around next season. As much as I didn't enjoy him in the first half of the season, once he made it known he was a Lyon, I saw a lot more potential. And with this show constantly rehashing the same familial mistrust and shifting of alliances issues, I really would have welcomed Kingsley around to at least give those recurring issues some different dynamics. Honestly, once the show established Hakeem bounced back enough from his gunshot wounds, he had the same amount and depth of storyline as Chet Hanks. Chet Hanks!!! Come on, show! And to add insult to injury, the storylines were with the same peripheral characters as Chet like Tiana and Maya! I have nothing to say about the casket reveal except that it had a way bigger storyline than Hakeem and it turned out to be just as terrible as Maya. One of the only ways this show could actually surprise me is if Thirsty turned on the Lyons. You'll have to pry his velour wardrobe from his cold dead hands first! (I don't know what material his clothes are made out of, but I'm calling it aubergine velour.) I sincerely hope the showrunners and writers' room approach this next season as its last and reallllly think about what's going to be satisfying for viewers to see, not stupid conflicts and stupid characters and the same old relationship problems. And if budget is part of the reason so much of the music is pretty forgettable now, I'd be 100% fine if they had less music, but when they did, it was more on the level of season 1 and 2.
  4. sweetandsour

    In The Dark

    I'm mostly here to comment on an exchange between Darnell and the detective lady at the end of the episode. It's the one during which the detective tells him he put her in an impossible position. I yelled out "you put yourself there!!" because duh, she knows she is in a relationship with a criminal, but somehow expects it to conveniently walk a fine line to be palatable. That part also made me think of a great scene from Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 2 when Andre Braugher and Kyra Sedgwick's characters are arguing. Kyra Sedgwick: "You embarrassed me in front of Derek Jeter!" Andre Braugher: "You embarrassed yourself in front of Derek Jeter." I also agree with how unlikable Murphy is, and that's risky for a show that doesn't necessarily have other/enough draws to keep the audience engaged. I don't think the cast brings a lot of built-in fans (not that I'm saying they don't have fans), either. But I do think her unlikability is valid, though, and I get how people in her life have "allowed" her to be so awful, and possibly people in her life who did not are no longer in her life. However, what's valid and understandable isn't the same as what people want to watch. One other thing I found interesting was when Detective Dean took Murphy home and walked her to her apartment door, where Max was waiting (with his seemingly super-fast-healing penis). On most other shows and IRL, the guy who's not conventionally/classically attractive usually sees the classically attractive guy with the girl and thinks, "well of course she chose him / I don't stand a chance." (Rich Sommer is cute in his own way, don't get me wrong.) But Murphy is blind so Dean knows those same reasons aren't really motivators for her, because what is physically attractive to her and how would that matter? So he basically has to skip right over that factor in who Murphy is interested in. I hope the producers plan some kind of positive growth for Murphy towards the end of season 1 or at least in season 2.
  5. sweetandsour

    S02.E16: Bobby Begins Again

    People in the LA area (or any congested southern California area) will still take the freeway if they're going far. Like if you're leaving work, but live 30 miles away, you're not necessarily going to take surface streets the whole way there. I know a lot of people who have long commutes and know all of the places it may make sense to get off X freeway, take surface streets, and then get back on that freeway at Y on-ramp later, or when to switch to a different freeway altogether. (As far as why people don't "just live closer to where they work," that's a whole other story and not as simple as it may sound.) If you're not going that far, it's reasonable to take surface streets the whole way. I thought it was a mistake in the storyline from the very beginning to have so many people perish in that fire, and I still do. They did take great pains in this episode to say that Bobby's responsibility only went so far, but it's not just about all of the people who died (as staggering as that is). They showed us all of these other people who may have survived but were also badly burned. While I don't doubt by now that Bobby has saved enough people to make a good dent in that subpopulation of victims, too (not just the deceased), I wish the surviving people who had been hurt had been acknowledged more. I also had a moment or two of side-eyeing when they explicitly brought up the AA step of making amends. We already knew that Bobby's way of making amends was to save as many lives as the fire took, but I mean ... those are not the people affected by the St. Paul fire. Sure, sure, there were a bunch of other reasons the fire got so big and hurt so many, and he's doing something positive, but that's not really making amends (to me), even if he's only responsible indirectly and to a certain degree. If someone says they're making amends for being an awful person to a relative, ex, old friend, etc. by being a good person to other people, and not making amends to the person wronged, I don't consider that amends.
  6. sweetandsour


    Oh goodness. I like Julian McMahon quite a bit, but did it seem like he was at times using some kind of weird, vague accent? I have no problem with his character being from a place where he would have an accent, but I felt like I heard it come and go inconsistently with a slight drawl of some sort?? His last name is LaCroix, so I guess?? I don't expect much insight into characters in one episode (besides the obvious lead(s)), but Kellan Lutz's character was completely disposable. All he did was talk about good buffalo wings in Buffalo. And be the subject of some inane, though I assume it was real, story about coming back from a recent injury with a falling refrigerator he tried to catch?? I hope they give him something more substantial if/when this is ordered to series. Is baiting the fugitive to come to a home on a 30-acre estate a good tactical idea?? OK I totally understand not baiting him to a populated place, but it just seemed like a lot can go wrong on 30 acres. And why did LaCroix ask for the "shorty" which must have been the (sawed-off?) shotgun? Did it make tactical sense to choose that weapon in that tightly enclosed hostage situation, or was that overkill? When they actually showed Matt Lillard wailing with his arm shot off, I was like, "holy shit, this IS a 9 pm show, isn't it??" Even though it was an hour of recurring gore, that was just. Something else. I also did not understand for the life of me why Kellan Lutz (character name escapes me because they showed him for 5 seconds) needed to edit pieces of the video to play over the phone, and they were waiting on him to finish. Matt Lillard doesn't know what his mom sounds like?? I thought the last time he spoke to her was on his 18th birthday, which was, what, 30+ years ago? And the lady is/was 72 years old - she's not necessarily going to sound the same way as when she was late 30s/early 40s, even if he does remember exactly what she sounded like. They could have just had someone pretend to be her, calling him Tommy and saying she was sorry. It's not like they needed to have Venutti's voice, which Matt Lillard would recognize. Reading this back I feel like ... I paid way more attention to this show than it deserved ... but I'll still watch it next season, hahah. I don't usually use ?? as punctuation but I guess this episode pulled it out of me. More than Maggie's tres casual work attire and the alternating hyper-judgmental opinions of Maggie and OA. And more than Jubal's bullpen yelling??!!
  7. sweetandsour

    S04.E17: The Space Between Us

    The writing's too boring for this, but I really wish the person Connor's talking to on the phone and screeching about "getting you the money!" is someone who knows what he did last summer. I hope Don is roommates with Hank, the nurse we'd never seen before a few episodes ago and will never see again. They can bitch endlessly about Choi together. Good Lord. I'm still annoyed at him. I wonder if the actors read the scripts and are like, "oh dammit, more character assassination that I have to portray," and then think about their contracts and paychecks. You know that, if she hadn't moved on already, Natalie would be super pissy about having to see Will with a new lady constantly at their place of work. But what would this show be without double standards. That should be the title of the next show in the franchise - "Chicago Double Standards." On the plus side, the episode got off to a good start for me when I didn't see Heather Headley in the guest credits. She's probably a lovely person, but I hate the CEO.
  8. sweetandsour

    S08.E16: Harvey

    Arg, this show. I know it makes no sense to some people why anyone keeps watching a show they don't enjoy at a certain level, but I still do, and Suits is on my list of "sticking it out to the bitter end, and thank God it's ending soon." I can't appreciate the writers' resolution of having another name partner give up their license for Harvey. It just came off as lazy to me, and they're the ones who painted themselves into this corner to begin with, so I give them less than zero credit for going back to that well. And I don't appreciate the concocted reasons as to why the partners made this sacrifice. I also don't appreciate that this mess is the impetus for Harvey and Donna finally stepping up the expression of how they truly feel about each other. Not that that's unrealistic, but it takes a lot of wind out of my sails in terms of being satisfied that it finally happened. I get that they couldn't show a lot of things for time reasons, but in the beginning of s9, I need to see Donna show some immediate, significant, and long-lasting remorse about what her actions cost Robert (and Samantha by extension). I will reject any leaning into the rationalization that it was Robert's decision and he wanted to do it. Honestly, I need to see Donna step down in responsibility permanently (not something that they take back a few episodes later). She's all about how she earned and deserves the COO role, but ya know what? Even if she did once, she doesn't now. But knowing this show, that won't happen, and Donna will be back to all her "because I'm Donna" stuff. I also need to see s9 open with Louis telling Harvey point blank, "If you think I would ever give up my license for your mistakes, we're not that good of friends and we never will be, despite how much I love you." And then Alex can be standing behind him, nodding. The audience doesn't want this, but I personally want to see the series end with Harvey giving up his license, because he's finally learned to pay the consequences of his actions and his needs/desires aren't superior to someone else's.
  9. sweetandsour

    Dynasty (2017)

    I will stick with Dynasty until the end (whenever that is) since it's an easy watch and I don't have much of an opinion about what it should be or could be (relative to the original Dynasty or otherwise). That said, with the way this struggling show keeps redefining/reinventing itself, I will be living in a dream state where it's rebilled as "Dynasty: Fallon Meets World" and William Daniels comes back at 91 years old to play Fallon's mentor Mr. Feeny. They first met when Fallon was in (private) middle school, and they have somehow been in the same orbit as Fallon progressed to (private) high school, college, and adult life. The circumstances and people around them change year-over-year, sometimes drastically, but ultimately, Mr. Feeny is always around to teach Fallon some kind of cantankerous life lesson. Also, not really sure I'm feeling Sam Underwood as a series regular instead of part of a short-lived story arc, but this is Dynasty, so who knows how long he'll really be on the show.
  10. sweetandsour

    The Enemy Within

    I'm hanging out with this show just fine, even though it doesn't work for me on some levels. It's a shorter non-22 episode season, so that's a workable time investment. As others have said, it's dead serious all the time, but probably still less so than "FBI." I need them to show Raza Jaffrey more love, though. Really just here to add that I laughed out loud at the contrast between Erica "Sherlock" Shepherd and Anna the Mole. On one hand, you have Erica with her eagle eye 100/10 vision, mentally cataloguing everything, and on the other hand, you have Anna overhearing Erica's question about accessing PCI files and actually writing "PCI Files" on a post-it as though Anna cannot remember this tidbit otherwise. Now that's what I call the makings of a well-trained spy. Compared to that, her flirtation with Keaton is downright masterful. Kate's my favorite. I don't know what Tal's strategy is regarding Erica's involvement in hunting him down. And obviously he knows through Anna the Mole. Is he keeping Erica in play for the long game, even if she foils him at times? If he saw her as a threat and wanted to eliminate the threat (not necessarily killing her), it's crystal clear how to. Hannah is out in the open, not under any kind of federal obscuring/protection. If Tal kidnapped Hannah or otherwise threatened her in a credible ongoing way, Erica would fold, no question. Send her back to ADMAX, she'll never catch Tal - but she won't care as long as Hannah is safe. At this point, I think Erica would feel the same if her husband (Chris?) was threatened as well because of how much he already feels betrayed by her and Erica's desire for Hannah to have at least one parent alive in her life.
  11. sweetandsour

    S06.E08: He Said, She Said

    Most, but not all. When the guy ignored the woman in a POLICE uniform to ask a guy in plain clothes, that wasn't really about appearances, per se. But it was a good example of manquestioning (which is kind of like mansplaining, but inquiring). Yep, which is why I said "in particular" those appearances! They did present a variety.
  12. sweetandsour

    Proven Innocent

    I'm mostly "meh" on this show, but that doesn't mean I'm hate-watching. I recognize so many of these actors from other shows/movies so that's enough for me to add it to the dvr and play out the whole non-22 episode season. Other shows I really enjoy I found to be shaky in the beginning so I almost always give shows quite a bit of time to settle into what they're really going to be. (The Office, Parks and Rec, Superstore.) So I can understand how others don't like the Madeline character, but are still watching. I wish the show was more clear to the average viewer what the timeline of these hearings and case proceedings are. I don't need it to be as explicit as the Law & Order "doink doink" date-stamps, but it always feels like one day, a case is remanded back to court for retrial or an appeal is granted or whatever, and then very soon after, the new trial happens and the team has very, very little time to find their evidence. That isn't how it happens IRL, no? I get that part of the point is the initial defense in the original case was usually quite poor so there's plenty of other evidence that was never pursued or avenues to counter the prosecution that were never pursued, but looking for evidence in these retrials/appeals is essentially a cold case investigation after so many years; it can't be that easy or that fast to turn up something. Unless you're Vincent Kartheiser! Speaking of gathering info/evidence, I often just go with the hand-waiving of how people got things on shows, but how did the podcaster girl (Violet? ...) get the passenger info for all flights between Chicago and the Bay Area from over 15 years earlier? It's not an actual case with subpoenas and warrants. Is she a hacker and that's never been discussed, or I didn't hear it? Did she hack ALL of the airlines' records? Even the ones that are no longer in operation now? Episode 3 was a step up from episode 2 in that they at least pronounced characters' names consistently. I was so distracted by the variations in the pronunciation of "Tamara" in the stabbing murder episode. I haven't seen anything like that since Arrow, when some characters pronounced "Ra's al Ghul" one way while others pronounced it differently, even when they were talking to each other. Except this was worse because the same character would at times say "Tam-er-uh" and other times say "Tah-mar-uh." They're hinting that reporter dude is being nagged by his conscience, but I don't know. Honestly, I think a much better, more fruitful story for him is if Madeline turns him onto investigating the widespread, long-term corruption in the prosecution of Illinois criminal cases vs. believing she is guilty of killing Rosemary and trying to trick her into some kind of admission. I feel like that kind of story would give him a lot more prestige and clout than the singular, though notorious, case would. Ultimately what I'd like to see (this will not happen) is the reveal that Madeline really did kill Rosemary, and in a supreme effort to protect herself from that truth, she took on an all-consuming life of denial, which included the manifestation of becoming a defense attorney for the wrongfully accused like herself (except not like herself), and THAT'S actually what's been subconsciously motivating her all this time, even though on the surface, everyone thinks it's her hatred of the system's flaws and DA Frasier Crane.
  13. sweetandsour

    S03.E13: Chapter Forty-Eight: Requiem For A Welterweight

    Ugh, this show. I am not a regular reader or commenter for Riverdale (though I do regularly watch it), so I apologize if I'm just repeating what others have already said. But anyway. I really don't understand what's going on in the writers' room. Do they not understand that they have put together a show that's comprised of individual characters basically being on their own unrelated show? If I didn't know anything about the cast, I would assume that almost everyone hates working with KJ and vice versa, so they've kept him in storylines where he barely interacts with anyone but the same people over and over. And Veronica is moving more and more to that side as well. They took one of the strongest adults with the snappiest lines (Alice) and turned her into ... this??? For the entire season? I agree with everyone else who must have made comments about how nonsense plots are driving everything, including what characters do and who they align with, instead of the characters informing how the plot is executed. At this rate, I feel we are headed towards the caliber of Glee. Remember the days when the pieces of the show either meshed together pretty well or were legitimately welcome elements of character/relationship development, except for Archie's wannabe music career??? Oh, to go back to the days of only side-eying that ... I don't even know if there's any mystery anymore to "who is the Gargoyle King?" since they've already had several characters being the King in certain situations. But if there is an ultimate GK other than Edgar, I'm expecting it to be someone totally random like Principal Weatherbee, the Jingle Jangle teacher from Southside High last season who was arrested, or Grandma Blossom, who has only been faking being in a wheelchair this whole time. Or Mary Andrews! The entire "building a prison as the moneymaker basis of a corrupt empire" subplot was a mistake from minute one on a show like this, so of course they bring it back up again. This is not the kind of thing they can make compelling for the viewing audience, nor does it organically fit into any other characters' storylines - whether they are the teenagers or the adults. (Except maybe FP as the sheriff and anyone else who gets set to prison in the future.) In closing, I, too, was a member of "23 Hour Fitness," except the one hour they are closed every day is the one hour I wanted to work out, so we had to part ways. The fine print of the contract I had to sign was only part of our incompatibility.
  14. sweetandsour

    S06.E08: He Said, She Said

    Oh gosh. A lot of feelings/thoughts about this episode, but they're mostly a big jumble in my head so I'll just note a few. Although obviously not as funny as their usual episodes, it couldn't have been by nature of the topic and I definitely appreciate the comedy they were able to inject. 1. The actor who played "Beefer" also played the recurring character of "Meatball" on Hart of Dixie. Not sure if they knew this and named him Beefer on purpose or it was a great coincidence. Looking forward to his next guest appearance as someone named "Pepperoni" or "Hot Dog." 2. I really appreciated Keri's general demeanor. She was obviously a woman who could "hang with the guys" and had a history of being able to do so, no problem. I mean, she's the one who coined the name "Skidmark" for one of her colleagues. There was never any concept of "well, she's a woman, she's sensitive" - nor could anyone who knew her attribute something like that as why she "overreacted" to Broken Penis man's assault. She wasn't oversensitive - he was totally in the wrong. 3. I'm still pretty impressed they fit what they did in the at-most 15 minutes (probably less) screen time dedicated to the A-plot? Sure, it was a lot more succinct than it is in the real world, but it's one episode of a sitcom and those are the limits of their sandbox. They ultimately wrapped up some level of resolution (we don't know if Broken Penis man was convicted) that we don't usually see in real life, but I was happy to see them cite some complications and nuances to these kinds of cases, even if they couldn't really play them out. 4. I wonder how many viewers saw the montage of differences in experiences between Jake and Amy and didn't get what was so wrong with some of Amy's experiences. In particular, I mean the interactions Amy had that were solely about her appearance. I think it's pretty sad that there are people who view those experiences as unambiguous compliments, so it's weird if women don't like them, as though women should always welcome that, no matter from whom, or in what context, or as the focal point. There's an interview Vin Diesel did a couple of years ago for the last XXX movie where he just goes on and on about the female interview's beauty (I think she was Portuguese), and she's clearly trying to do her job and keeps steering him back to the questions, but he just can't stop gushing about how beautiful she is while she's working. Just because you're not saying something explicitly negative doesn't mean that it's appropriate or welcome, and people aren't being uptight or dramatic if they don't like it. (Yikes that's a lot of negatives, like a quintuple negative, but that's what I meant.) 5. Holt receives a fax. "Oh, Captain! ..." Boyle is at a loss. I really would have liked at the end, when Holt was done with his B-plot, he was able to share some brief, personal words with Amy about her case, but still, really amazed at what they fit in.
  15. I get that the point of Adam's side-story was to very explicitly tie into his recognition of the family he still has, and the older actor was good, but I was not really into it. And this is coming from someone who loves Adam! I just think the writers have never known what to do with him once they made him a regular. Honestly, I feel like they did a better job progressively easing Jerry the fringe conspiracy theorist into a support position on the team than they did with Adam. They really messed up not having him leverage his organized crime expertise in a proficient way. (Last season's disaster was unspeakable.) As it is, he's on the team because he's Steve's jilted good friend, and that's a shame. Anyway, I have definitely noticed this past season or so that they sometimes have everyone but one team member working. Besides the episodes where Caan doesn't appear at all, Danny wasn't working during the hurricane/storm episode, and he didn't even get called for an emergency once the hitman was brought in for safekeeping at the Palace. Grover wasn't working that one episode earlier in the year with the super-hot temperatures (the one where he spent the day torturing that poor caddy on the blazing hot golf course). I don't think Grover was working on Thanksgiving, either, during that awful Thanksgiving episode Chi McBride wrote, though that is a holiday.