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  1. Hazel55

    S05.E11: Be the Martyr

    Is anyone else finding this season's big bad, the governor, to be less obnoxious than Nate at this point? The governor may be morally corrupt and possibly murderous, but at least she manages to act with a reasonable amount of intelligence. Nate just blunders around railing about "Mah pops" to everyone who will listen, clearly illustrating his animus against the late Miller, and repeatedly articulating his reasons for killing Miller to every law enforcement figure he can find. Usually I would conclude that Nate is just Too Stupid to Help Himself, but Analise and the other smarter characters (everyone, at this point) have repeatedly advised him to abandon his current course, to no avail. Exactly. And on the slight chance that Laurel is right, and that little babies can experience PTSD (something that I've never heard, and a conclusion for which Laurel offers no support) then I think the baby would be far moer likely to experience PTSD over the terrible experiences that Laurel's own actions have led her to expose it to. Being born in an elevator? Being exposed to an accidental shooting because mommy brought a gun to an office building? That's all on you, Laurel. If Laurel were anyone else I'd probably be on her side; but since Laurel spent the entirity of last season actively endangering her unborn child, all I can do is roll my eyes. Other thoughts: Michaela looked especially gorgeous tonight. I love that pink dress she was wearing, it really flattered her skin tone and her figure. Also, I think Asher is a total sweetheart. Though I know a lot of people are bored with him at this point/ feel he should leave the show, I think he continues to be compelling and sympathetic. The problem is (and, I believe, the reason why a lot of people are finding him "boring") is that he is simply never given his own storylines, he's always the supporting player for others. Analise lectured him about "finding himself" rather than simply continuing to play the clown/ kind supporter at the beginning of this season; which I thought would lead to some further development of his character and some beefier storylines. However, so far, that just hasn't panned out. Also, I thought Michaela and Asher were a fantastic couple, and I still don't see their reasons for breaking up. (The whole "Michaela falls for Marcus after knowing him two days, and decides to throw away the close, loving relationship she's been forming with longtime boyfriend Asher over the past year to sleep with Marcus once" was simply ridiculous and contrived, IMO.)
  2. Hazel55

    S05.E10: Don't Go Dark on Me

    So then she... sat down the 6 month year old baby she'd been left to watch in the snow, and proceeded to smother him? You're really gonna argue that was a smart move on Bonnie's part? And then she proceeded to play an instrumental role in helping Nate cover up the murder. She is in this position due to her own actions. I feel sorry for her, but putting a baby down in the snow to help complete a brutal murder, then helping the murderer cover up his actions was a pretty questionable move on her part. I am not arguing that Bonnie is dumb-- far from it. But she did behave "Stupidly and callously" here, I don't see how there can be any argument about that.
  3. Hazel55

    S05.E10: Don't Go Dark on Me

    Amirah Vann is fantastic, and her chemistry with Michaela is enthralling. Bring on the bi fabuality! But seriously, Tegan is highly charismatic, and her chemistry with nearly everyone manages to imbue even the most boring characters with some sort of human interest. (Like Analizes "possibly guilty of sexual misconduct, but he's so boring I honestly don't care if he's wrongly accused or not" white guy coworker, who I always just refer to as "Mr. Pasty," since I can't be bothered to remember his name.) Speaking of whom-- please don't let that guy hook up with Analize. No, just... no. I hope Miller ends up being innocent, despite whatever he clearly had going on with Gabriel-- simply because it would show Bonnie and Nate not to fly off the handle and kill someone on next to no evidence. It's killing me how Nate continues to eschew responsibility for beating an unarmed man to death, insisting that it was Miller's own fault for (possibly) arranging Nate's father's murder. Um, nate: 1. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW MILLER WAS GUILTY, for crying in the night; 2. If he is, do your father true justice by slowly acquiring evidence against Miller and planning his downfall. Don't get me wrong, I'm appalled at what happened to Nate's father, and can't wholly blame Nate for wanting justice, even if it is vigilante justice. But the fact is that Nate had next to no hard evidence against Miller continues to be my issue. And furthermore, even if he did just fly off the handle due to emotional stress caused by the trauma of his loss, Nate should be able to see now, in the aftermath, that he does not really have enough evidence to know for sure whether Miller was involved in Nate's father's death. All he really has is a picture of Miller by a pay phone. At least Bonnie, while she acted with equal callousness and stupidity, cared enough to try to find the truth in the end.
  4. Hazel55

    S08.E06 Return to Murder House

    She may as well have said, "I'm Jessica Lange, and this is my fucking show." (Meanwhile, offscreen, Sarah Paulson swoons and drops into a dead faint, humble by being in the presence of TRUE greatness.)
  5. Hazel55

    S08.E02: The Morning After

    Yes. If Emily and Timothy are the writers attempt to give the show a "moral center" of two sympathetic characters, than they are failing miserably. Emily and Timothy started out bland, and seem to be getting duller with each episode. They lack any kind of depth, characterization, motivation, or overall internal life save for their cliched romance with each other. It seems churlish to wish death on two such nice kids... but honestly, I can't help but hope Langdon would make the two disappear with his antichrist voodoo so that we can focus on other, more interesting characters. Speaking of which: the hairstylist and his Nana went from one dimensional stereotypes to two very well fleshed out, believable characters over the space of the episode. Seeing them reminded me of how, back in the prime of AHS, Ryan Murphy used to create such fascinating, complex characters, like Tate Langdon, Lana Winters, Sister Jude, etc. I hope we'll see more of a revival of that strong writing this season. Really? I guess that just goes to show you how crazily opinions can diverge, because I haven't been this excited over a season of AHS since season two. I was blown away by the first episode, which seemed to re introduce the mystery, originality, and the overall "wow" factor to the show that has been missing for so many years now. And this past episode, though (IMO), it wasn't quite as strong as the first, continued on with a well paced storylines, tight plot, and intriguing characterizations. Oh, and I just can't wait to see the witches and the Harmons. Different strokes, I guess. She's said in interviews that she's going to be playing multiple characters, so I don't think we've seen the last of her.
  6. Hazel55

    S08.E02: The Morning After

    Yes. And although the overlap of the same actors playing multiple characters this seasons has been extensively discussed elsewhere, I was in no way prepared to see Evan Peters quite literally, f*ck himself. Thank you, Ryan Murphy. Just when we believe we've seen it all, you manage to show us... more.
  7. Hazel55

    S02.E08: Season 2, Episode 8

    Throughout the past two seasons, I think one of the greatest recurring themes of this show has been the unfair advantage of men, and the comparative powerlessness of women in this society. And I'd thought that many things they've shown thus far-- women raped without recourse by employers, family friends, brothers; powerful men able to murder girls by the dozen with no consequences; the most powerful and wealthy of women unable to control their own finances-- had given stellar support for this idea. But this episode gave the best illustration of just how much women were at the mercy of men-- all it took was ONE male relative to lock away a woman in hell forever. And no matter how much we all might hate Lydia, seeing her, probably the smartest character on this show, be locked away in an asylum for life at a single word from the DUMBEST character on this show (Charles), provided a truly powerful example of this.
  8. Hazel55

    Scandalous Speculation

    Some finale predictions: There's no way Margaret's getting deported. Just as she (predictably) got out of her death sentence last week, she'll "miraculously" get out of this predicament as well. I can't believe that anyone bought that there was a chance they were going to kill her off/ have next season without Margaret. She's not going anywhere, y'all. Fallon and the spartans are all done. I think pretty much everyone's called this, but its worth noting again. Lydia will survive. She's almost as death proof as Margaret. She may end up in prison or something (only to be set to worm her way out next season); but they almost surely won't kill her. Unlike with Margaret, there's a slight chance, but it's still pretty unlikely. Justice Hunt will die. I really don't think he's going to make it after his treasonous act of setting Margaret free. No way the Lord Chief Justice is going to let him get away with that. Like Margaret, he's committed a capital offense that is clearly going to come to light, but unlike her, he doesn't have main character death immunity. It's a shame, because he's probably the only male character to exhibit any ambiguity (they are all either pure good (Irish dude and North) or pure evil (every other guy on the show); and the only male character with his own independent character arc. But I can't see him getting away with setting Margaret free. Everybody else will live. It's a shame, but I believe this will be the last season, due to much lower ratings and critical interest this season. A shame. Everything good goes off the air, and this seems to especially be the case for historical shows (Penny Dreadful, the Knick, etc.)
  9. Hazel55

    S02.E01: Season 2, Episode 1

    "Just ignore him. He's a filthy little turd!" Oh dear God, I missed Nancy Birch so much.
  10. Hazel55

    S04.E14: The Day before He Died

    More like, "Asher, I couldn't help myself! I needed to act totally out of character to create some contrived dramatic tension!"
  11. Hazel55

    S02.E07: AKA I Want Your Cray Cray

    Jessica's mom killing Stirling: what any loving mother would have done under the circumstances. Seriously, Stirling was awful. How Jessica could have been bamboozled by such a creep, even at age 20, is beyond me. Everything I saw indicated that Stirling was, at bottom, an immature, sleazy, and egoistic creep who was using Jessica. Initially, it looked as though Stirling was a flawed but gallant prince charming-- he was poor and (like Jessica) somewhat rebellious, defiant, and lazy, yet initially he at least seemed to genuinely care for Jessica. However, greater and greater warning signs of his sleaziness and opportunism kept recurring throughout the episode; until it became clear that Stirling was an exploiter who basically used people because he felt entitled to money for his unrealistic dream of starting a night club, and that Jessica was yet another person he was using. He may have cared for her somewhat-- she was pretty and he seemed to like her-- but there is no way he wouldn't be willing to sacrifice her in a heartbeat for "his dreams." (A.K.A., getting enough money to open up a nightclub.) Some of the gradual signs that Stirling was, in fact, an entitled creep who was only in it for himself: 1. He only began a relationship with Jessica after he witnesses her "talent"-- a.k.a., the super strength that allows her to rip open ATM machines, and potentially make a comfortable living for at least two people without having to work. He might like her for herself, but the fact remains that he might also be taking advantage of her abilities to gain the comfotable life that he is not willing to work for. 2. When we next pick up with them, it seems that Stirling is indeed taking advantage of Jessica's strengh to make a living for himself without having to work. He is not working, but they are living in a very comfortable, nicely furnished apartment for two; both are wearing nice clothes. We later see that Stirling is not working or doing anything (save hustle money for his club), and that Jessica is supporting the two of them by stealing clothes, material goods and (presumably) robbing ATM machines. Before Stirling, Jessica was a college student who robbed and ATM machine once, in a fit of anger. Now, under Stirling's influence, she is practically a career criminal, stealing everything they need. Rather than trying to help or improve his girlfriend, Stirling corrupts and exploits her for his own material gain. 3. Stirling screams and yells cruelly to someone on the phone, who only appears to be trying to help him. When he hangs up, it turns out that that person is his mother. Her crime? Not investing in Stirling's ridiculous pipe dream of a nightclub. His words to Jessica about the matter indicate that he feels entitled to his parents money, because he deserves it. 4. Stirling plays on Jessica's emotions shamelessly to get an invitation to meet Trish. When he meets her, he instantly hits her up for funds for his nightclub (ignoring his girlfriends obvious discomfort, Jessica's troubled history with Trish, and the rules of basic human decency.) This single act reveals him to be manipulative, exploitative, and utterly entitled. 5. In the next scene, it turns out that his pitch to Trish about "opening the nightclub soon" was only so much B.S. Apparently, some other very questionable characters have been waiting a year for this mysterious club to materialize. Stirling is coming off as a bit of a Bernie Madoff at this point, swindling people out of the savings with promises that more will materialize-- only to take off with the money. 6. In his pivotal last scene, Stirling does more than just agree to allow the criminals to "use" Jessica without her permission. He displays a creepy, cavalier attitude ("She'll do anything I want, she loves me."), that betrays that, even if he does have some affection for Jessica, he is first and foremost using her to achieve his own desires. Jessica's mom may be a mentally unhinged murderer, but she was right about Stirling. He is pimping out her daughter, in a sense. In a way, Stirling reminded me of Trish's mom. Maybe capable of love, but at bottom, a total narrcicist who believes its all about him. Other thoughts: Trish's single was a hilarious send up of late 90's, early 2000's pop music. Hit the nail on the head, especially with all the ridiculous, Britney Spears esque dancing. The doc is interesting. What he did was all clearly inexcusable, though some ambiguity seems to be coming through with regards to his motives. This was my favorite episode this season. I guess I was somewhat pleased to be spared Malcolm's blooming sex addiction, Trish's pill drama, and the super slow moving Jeri Hogarth story. Don't get me wrong, I have great affection for some of these characters. But thus far this season, their individual storylines seem a bit... forced. (With the exception of Jerri's, whose storyline strikes me as believable, but incredibly slow moving.)
  12. Hazel55

    S01.E10: We Are Gone

    Actually, Hickey may have had good reason for this. When Crozier asks Hickey why he didn't just sign up, Hickey asserts that he "needed to disappear," implying that Hickey had committed some sort of crime that necessitated he go on the run and assume a new identity. (Knowing what we do of Hickey, how many of us would be willing to bet that this crime was murder?) If he was indeed a wanted man, Hickey couldn't "just sign up." Another man may have simply made up a false name; but Hickey, being Hickey, of course had to murder a man and steal his identity.
  13. Hazel55

    S01.E10: We Are Gone

    All of the Hickey stuff-- his claiming to Crozier to be Crozier's "equal"! His "rousing" speech atop the boat at the 11th hour! His bizarro sacrifice to Tuunbaq! His inexplicable belief that Tuunbaq would accept a white imperialist invader as his next shaman!-- was an unintentional comedic tour de force. I got bored with both the character and the actor from episode 7 onwards, but I've got to hand it to Adam Negatis-- in this episode, he just sunk his teeth right into the "all out KRAZY" of this role, and swallowed the meat whole. Was it a coincidence that Tuunbaq came off, in the end, as more of a noble savage than an actual villain after he killed Hickey? Or was he just glorified in my eyes by killing Hickey before he could make yet another semi coherent speech?
  14. Hazel55

    Season 2 Talk

    I missed these characters. Clay, oh Clay. As much as I like Skye (she seems like a sweet girl), getting romantically involved and serving as the sole means of support for a clinically depressed girl is the last thing you need right now. Seriously, the "you must call me whenever you're thinking about cutting yourself" thing stuck me as dangerously near to codependency. Worse, it seemed as though Skye was not talking to/ dealing with her issues with anyone other than Clay. And with Clay now having halucinatory visions of his last clinically depressed crush (does anyone else detect a pattern here?), the whole situation strikes me as extremely combustable. Skye and Clay both need to seek individual counseling and take at least several months to heal before they can any kind of healthy romantic relationship with each other. (Jesus, I sound like an after school special. But this relationship so clearly has a "Danger: Unhealthy!" sign flashing above it in neon lights, I can't really pass it over without comment.) Even when he's standing up for Hannah and being decent, Tyler is still a little weird. Tyler, you got mad at Hannah for sexting another dude? Because, according to you, said dude "didn't really know or deserve her?" It's not your place, dude. You don't own her, she's not your girlfriend, you have no right to be so possessive with her. Also, his taking pictures of Alex while the latter was in a coma? Totally creepy. I mean, WTF, Tyler? Zach remains sweet and adorable, and I foresee a reckoning between him and Bryce happening sometime this season. Mr. Porter is... odd. Dude, you didn't report crucial information about the rape of a student, and now you're trying to "make up for it" by physically attacking another student? But seriously, I'm sure we'd all love to beat up Bryce, but to do that as a school guidance counselor is... both bizarre and idiotic. There are a hundred thousand different ways Mr. Porter could attempt to atone for his mistakes, including admitting his mistakes and getting involved in the lawsuit. So now Tony has a secret? Hmmm. Not sure I feel about that. Last year he often ended up serving his narrative function (keeper of the tapes) rather than being developed as a fully realized character, and it seems that this season, they might be going that route again. Overall, a highly flawed but engaging episode. I rather strongly dislike using the testimonies as a framing device; they are just trying too hard to emulate the first season, and it just doesn't work her. Still, I think I'm in for the season. This show is addictive.
  15. Hazel55

    Watch Your Neck: The Hickey Topic

    While I think that the first round of attacks (in episodes 2-5) were caused because our heroes invaded Tuunbaq's land and killed his sacred Shaman, I believe that Hickey was definitely responsible for the Tuunbaq's second round of attacks, in episode 8. Though the creatures closest bond with with the late Shaman, Lady Silence's father, it has been implied strongly at various points throughout the show that the Tuunbaq also has a deep connection to the land itself, and the Inuit people. The Tuunbaq leaves the crew alone for quite awhile, and they believe it to have been killed; then Hickey incites the murder of 4 innocent Inuit. The very next episode, Tuunbaq returns, and goes on his biggest rampage to date, killing dozens of men. I can't help but think the two events are connected. IMO, Hickey is responsible not only for the death's of 2 crew and 4 Inuit people, but for the dozens of men killed by the Tunbaq last episode. The Tuunbaq is a wild spirit/ animal/ being, and operates by his own rules; when he went on the rampage, he was merely avenging the murder of four of his people. I'd say that Hickey is, at this point, far worse morally than the Tuunbaq. Hickey is wholly selfish, apparently incapable of empathy or remorse, commits (and takes pleasure in) acts of murder and torture, and above all has no real reason for doing this save his own advancement, pleasure, and entertainment. Meanwhile, the Tuunbaq's land was invaded by a bunch of white guys, who proceeded to brutally murder his Shaman (and apparently the only person capable of "talking" to him), ravage his sacred land, and murder 4 of his chosen people. Tuunbaq, like Hickey, is a beast; but unlike Hickey, he also displays some human qualities, like loyalty and affection. Also, Tuunbaq caught a seal for Lady Silence, for no other apparent reason than to be nice. Hickey would never, ever commit such an act of altruism. For the first 7 episodes, Hickey fascinated me. Now I'm getting a bit bored with him. The gradual reveal/ unraveling was brilliant on the writers part, however, now that we've seen him for what he is, he doesn't add up to much more than a generic psychopath. Who is also, judging by the past few episodes, none too bright. Tuunbaq is actually the smarter of the two at this point, IMO.