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  1. ANTM was never truly about high fashion, and most of Tyra's outfits were ridiculous on that show as well.
  2. Jill has wanted to be a mom for a while, so maybe the show will finally give her a child. I do wonder why Anna Faris left so abruptly in the middle of her contract. If anything, I would have expected Allison Janney to leave early since she's had so much success (like the Oscar nomination) in recent years.
  3. She said she'd lived in Brooklyn for 12 years, so she's probably used to walkups. Her bellyaching about a 25-minute walk/10-minute bus ride was totally ridiculous though. Most people living in NYC would kill to have such a short commute. My favorite was the attic apartment that was slightly over budget. Loved the ceiling and windows. The dark bedroom would be a bonus for me; I'd sleep like a baby in that place. Definitely worth the extra $50, IMO.
  4. On the one hand I'm happy the show is coming back this year, but on the other, I'm concerned about it going back to filming while California still has the highest COVID-19 infections in the country. It's a large ensemble and I'm sure a large crew, so it seems impossible to keep everyone safe.
  5. My DVR says Juan Pablo's season will be recapped next after Ick Vile's.
  6. It sounds like this Bachelorette season is morphing into BIP.
  7. Maybe I'm too jaded, but am I the only one who thinks this is one big publicity stunt? ABC will have very little fresh content in the fall season due to the pandemic, and having a "normal" Bachelorette season filmed in one place with no travel would be pretty boring. So they need something "explosive" to get people talking and tuning in.
  8. I was looking forward to the Münster episode since I grew up about 50 miles from there, but I agree, the couple had a very awkward vibe. I think the girlfriend will go back to the US after she finishes her master's program, with or without the boyfriend. Living in that tiny studio will be OK for a year or two, but eventually she'll miss her Chicago lifestyle. I don't think his current apartment rents for 800. His bedroom is tiny, so Franzi must have the bigger bedroom and proportionally pay more. It could also be that Franzi's family own the apartment and they're giving Felix a "Freundschaftspreis" (friends and family discount) to live there. Franzi did say that she and Felix had been friends since they were nine years old. When I was a student in the early 2000s many people stayed in school for as long as eight years. There was no time limit for graduation, no tuition to be paid at public universities, and students get a lot of perks like free health insurance and discounted transit passes. Cost of living was much cheaper then, so people could get by with a part-time job, and since their course load was so light there was still plenty of time for social activities. Especially in lovely university towns (like Münster) people liked to stick around and enjoy the good life. I don't know if that's still the case though, I haven't lived in Germany for over 10 years now and haven't kept up with the developments in higher education. I do know that the cost of living has gone up drastically so getting by on a part-time job is not as easy anymore.
  9. Thank you for clarifying, @AnonymousViewer. I forgot that the events of the show took place in the early 2000s, so I interpreted the offshore move in 2012 as an immediate consequence of those events.
  10. I agree with @Danny Franks, it's not the easiest read, but definitely worth it. I've read hundreds of literary novels in my lifetime and this one is in my top 10. Nobody else writes satire like Joseph Heller, and even the show, while great in its own right, couldn't quite do it justice.
  11. The notes at the end of the last episode said that the reform led to moving the detention facilities offshore to places like Papua New Guinea, where they're operated with even less transparency than before. Which doesn't sound like it's in any way an improvement for asylum seekers.
  12. I have, and I started a thread for it.
  13. Just watched the Slovenia episode with Andrew. Looks like he's self-publishing and giving the Kindle version away for free so it's extremely unlikely he's making a living from his writing. I read the first page of the book I linked to and his writing is really bad, like millions of other self-published books on Amazon. It's preposterous of him to call his writing "literary." I think they coddle him too much. It doesn't look like he's ever had to support himself financially, and even for the remodel of the apartment they bought him the father had to come all the way from California to supervise because the son couldn't do it on his own. I don't think the parents are doing the son any favors. They aren't going to be around forever, and how is he going to fend for himself when they're gone? The mother said at the beginning of the episode that she and the son were able to acquire Slovene citizenship based on ancestry, and since Slovenia is an EU member state he can study for free in any other EU member state. I'm a German citizen and got my Master's degree from the University of Edinburgh for free (pre-Brexit).
  14. Shawntel was/is the funeral director. Chantal helped her stepdad run his car dealerships before going on the show; I don't know if she still works now that she has kids. Her stepdad used to pay for the Seahawks so he's a minor celebrity in the Seattle area. The taxidermy HTD was on Ali's season, so hopefully we'll get to see it again when they recap her season. It was hilarious.
  15. From the IMDb description: I was intrigued by this right off the bat because my family and I were refugees in the 90s (from the former Soviet Union to Germany) and stateless for eight years before we were allowed to apply for German citizenship. Our situation was nothing like that of the characters in this show - we had already been granted refugee status before we left so we entered Germany legally - i.e. safely - and while we had to stay at a bare-bones facility to be processed, it wasn't technically detention since we could leave the facility during the day, and we were there only for a few weeks. I still have one episode to go, but I had really complicated feelings watching the first five. I think the show wants me to sympathize with the asylum seekers, and I do to a large extent. They have the deck stacked against them; even though it's legal to request asylum, commercial carriers won't transport them without a valid immigration status, so they put themselves in great danger to get smuggled illegally. On the other hand, a government has a duty to its citizens to diligently vet everyone they let into the country, and when someone arrives without any documentation, it's a long process to verify their story. That's why many people have to spend years in UN refugee camps in crisis areas waiting for their petitions to be approved before they can be safely resettled. My sympathy stops, however, when people become violent, like the person who threw hot food in a guard's face because she told him he couldn't take food out of the mess hall. Of course being detained in such conditions can push a person to the brink, but the only chance to get asylum is to fully cooperate/comply with authorities. Considering that the other option is getting deported and most likely killed, abiding by the rules of the facility is not too much to ask. As for the Sofie plot, I found it completely over the top and was surprised that it's supposed to be based on a true story. As a flight attendant, wouldn't she have been fingerprinted? And wouldn't everyone who's processed in the detention facility be fingerprinted as well, to check if they had sought asylum under a different name before? It shouldn't have taken more than a couple of days to identify her. That part of the show is the least compelling to me, even though I like Yvonne Strahovski.
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