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  1. While I don't 100% agree with your assessment (Carol was breeding cats at one point), this is pretty typical of online attitudes about any female leading character in a fictional series. So why would reality be any different?
  2. The continual sneering is making it very hard for me to watch Kerry's scenes. Not that the Richardsons don't sometimes deserve it, but not to the extent she does it. This show is really capturing the casual racism of well-off liberal white suburbanites.
  3. I'm so mad at Mia right now! She had to run off and get her friend all worked up about the baby? She couldn't just wait till morning? She had to give her the address, for crying out loud? May Ling wasn't going to disappear overnight. If I were Elena, I'd be super suspicious to find Mia upstairs in the dark holding the baby. Wanting to take pictures of a sleeping baby doesn't make it any better TBH. For a minute I thought we were going to have a kidnapping. My thought was that Izzy's friend is the one who's gay and something happened over the summer that was a misunderstanding, but Izzy would know that that was what lay between them. Maybe the friend is attracted to Izzy and is scared by it and so she's overcompensating by starting all these rumors. I feel so sorry for Izzy. I kind of feel sorry for Elena, too, because she wants to get it and she just can't. That clueless story about padding her bra, putting lipstick on Izzy. That wasn't what Izzy needed from her. Good intentions, but a closed mind. I think the dad gets it a little better.
  4. Is it something like Trey, for a kid who's named after both father and grandfather? Third=triple=Tripp? I didn't like Mia very much, but her character is more interesting than Elena. Elena as played by Reese might as well be Madeline from Big Little Lies.
  5. I pretty much only watch Hulu and the Roku Channel, so my exposure to commercials is limited to the ones they show again and again and AGAIN. But there's a cute one I haven't seen in a month or so. It's for the purple mattress, and it's a young couple The guy says, "Our doctor recently turned us on to something great. It's called sleep." The woman says "It's like being awake, only better." For some reason, I get a small chuckle every time I see this, because of the wry delivery of the lines. The rest of the purple mattress ads, you can have.
  6. I'm not quite done with the series and wavering on whether to finish S1. I don't look forward to any upcoming plot developments with Brady. Right off the bat this seemed like a cross between Hallmark Channel and Hart of Dixie, though with more melodrama than the former and less humor and charm than the latter. The acting, to me, is so-so. I like almost everything to do with Doc, because Tim Matheson is far and away the best actor in the ensemble. He can sell the crochetiness as well as the schmaltz. Hope got on my nerves with butting into everyone's lives, but at last, finally, she seems to have learned a lesson. I am meh on most of the characters other than Mel and Doc. Jack's OK and does the yearning thing pretty well, but it's not a great character. Even with PTSD he's pretty one-note. ETA: I guess I am done with S1! That being said, I'm not sure if I'll be continuing when S2 comes out.
  7. Just finished this and I'm really let down by the ending. Such a weak motive for murder. $5000? Really? I mean we already had one crazy psycho guy (Katz) murder a woman for no good reason. Now two? Also, embezzlement is so mundane for all the mysterious buildup. I actually hadn't expected Corinne to be dead, and that was an additional bummer. But worst of all was Adam shooting Tripp, and Jo covering it up. Adam was entitled to murderous rage, but to do that right after Tripp points out his kids will be parentless if he goes to jail? It just didn't make sense to me. Even less sensible is a police officer seeing someone shot pointblank, and immediately deciding to cover it up. It makes more sense by far for her to make a case for self-defense. I liked both of these characters bad felt bad that their characters were written this way in the end. So this had a very intriguing start, but the most interesting parts just fizzled out. I do hope to see more of Siobhan Finneran. She was great, and so nice to see her in a role other than that one in Downton Abbey.
  8. THEY GOT ME! After all the switcheroos in the course of this series, I should have seen it coming. And I did, briefly, consider that the funeral might have been Jamie's, except for McNally's remarks. All I have to say is that I'm so glad I was wrong? Was prepared to hate this show like I've never hated any show before. In the end, this was very very sweet if unrealistic.
  9. I hope this turns up on streaming somewhere!
  10. That was a weird episode, with Tom seeming to go into a fugue state or something every so often. I get that they were setting up his retirement, but it was unsettling. At first I thought he was having a stroke or something.
  11. I'm glad you liked it! I also listened to the first episode today. You can tell they are super fans! Spoilers galore, so for anyone who hasn't watched the show, be aware of that. I thought they were a little hard on Troy, but I have to admit he wasn't the best in that first episode. he grew on me. I like how they mention the other roles played by some of the guest stars. Supposedly they're going to talk about locations, too, which I would love. The villages are one of my favorite parts of MM.
  12. I just discovered there's a podcast! Midsomer Maniacs I haven't listened yet, so I can't vouch for it. Definitely going to check it out!
  13. Well, I finished all of Midsomer Murders. I miss it. Granted that the last couple of seasons weren't as good, but it still had the basic ingredients of setting and premise. I could have done without the emphasis on John Barnaby's home life. I could also have done without the sparring and attempts at UST between the various sidekicks and the female MEs. Is it me, or did the mysteries become ever more convoluted as the show went on? A bit darker as well, perhaps? There were a few in the last two seasons where the story was so grim that it jarred me when the end theme music came on (too lighthearted.) Still, I wish there were more episodes. If anyone has a suggestion for a series with this particular vibe - rural or small-town England setting, not too gritty or depressing, some humor - I'd love to hear it. Series I've already watched include Morse, Lewis, Miss Marple and Poirot, Death in Paradise, Agatha Raisin. I've dipped into Grantchester and Father Brown but am not really grabbed by them.
  14. Right? I listened to the podcast from This American Life after watching the series. Both foster mothers are interviewed. It really came off like Peggy (Judith) had some issues with Marie to begin with, because she jumped to conclude that Marie was lying. The so-called "evidence" of Marie "acting weird" was incredibly weak. I mean how are you supposed to act? Being detached seems to me like a classic coping mechanism after trauma. The other foster mother at least had the grace to admit they may have fed each other's suspicions. As of the time of the podcast, with all the facts known, Peggy was still complaining about Marie's weird behavior. Unbelievable (pun intended). I suppose I should allow that Peggy lived with Marie for a couple of years, and I only know her from a few quotes on a podcast, and a fictionalized version of her life. So maybe there's background for Peggy making those conclusions. But if she really, truly had doubts, she should have tried to talk to Marie. NOT gone to the police. That was simply officious. In the podcast, it is stated clearly that her phone call is what caused them to stop investigating the rape.
  15. Dang it, looks like Midsomer has disappeared from Netflix. And my Britbox deal has only a few weeks left. Also: I'm well into the Neil Dudgeon episodes. He's all right, but the show has become so cutesy since his wife came on the scene. They exchange sitcom-like dialogue that makes me yearn for the conversations between Tom and Joyce (and that is saying something). The entire show has a different feel to it, I can't quite put my finger on it. I am up to the Christmas Haunting episode.
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