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  1. phoenix780

    S11.E08: Snatch Game at Sea

    Totally forgot- I'm enjoying Brooke/Vanjie being just a thing we see in the background and not a full-on Storyline. I still anticipate they'll have to battle each other for drama's sake, probably in the next week or two before the competition gets to its final serious stage, but it's nice to have a reality show romance that isn't pulling too much focus (though I will enjoy the reunion when they explain how exactly this is happening- they're all busy, then sequestered far as I know).
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    S11.E08: Snatch Game at Sea

    I feel so much better about not knowing who some of them were playing in snatch game after reading comments here. I get that at 38 I'm old, and I know that pop culture is really fragmented now, but...there have to be some better known people to imitate. The problem I have with them doing reality or youtube stars, whatever, is that those people are already edited down into a caricature, so it's just about imitation without any real thought about what qualities to highlight. I will admit to loving Vanjie, though. Because I love Vanjie, and because it gave me South Park Cartman flashbacks, not because I knew who she was portraying. Maybe it's time to retire this challenge, maybe replace it with the club challenge from All Stars. Or, y'know, something new.
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    S11.E08: Snatch Game at Sea

    Yeah, um. I previously asked for no more non eliminations. I was wrong. When they're earned, they're fine. Plus, prospect of a double later is somewhat exciting. Runway clearly carries very little weight. I almost feel bad for Silky. She won a snatch game, and it was blown off the screen by Brooke on the runway and that lip sync. She's going to be so bitter next week. Oh, I also said I felt like I'd seen enough reveals. I was wrong about that too, that was...so smooth. I still don't get what Silky and Akariah have against Plastique. They take her jokes literally, it's the strangest thing.
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    S11.E07: From Farm to Runway

    Thanks for the clarification on the "inconsistency." I took Plastique's workroom story as more that her family was split over her drag, not that they'd thrown her out or whatever, so she didn't talk about it in front of them to avoid being the cause of arguments, and that seemed to match up with what the boyfriend said. I wonder why Silky-Rajah chose Plastique to be the center of their conspiracy theories. This week it was family, last week it was wigs. Maybe they thought she was weak and they could knock her off her game, but really they've just made her more interesting. I wasn't a fan after the whole "I don't know pop culture" nonsense a few weeks back, now they've helped me see her in a different light. I was thinking last night...are the O'Hara's taking their name from Gone with the Wind? If so, I appreciate them being accurate, because they tend to be overdramatic narcissists who think they're the victims of the story.
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    S11.E07: From Farm to Runway

    While I appreciate a season that isn't all about sisterhood, this was exhausting to watch, and nobody really came off well except Brooklyn and the ones who got no real airtime. Silky is working overtime to set up her vs. Yvie, I wonder if it will actually happen. Was Plastique's story inconsistent? I wasn't paying close enough attention. I think being featured that much this early doesn't bode well for her.
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    The Walking Dead in the Media

    I'm surprisingly bitter about this franchise. All I can really think about this spin off is...didn't they do this before, in terms of promising to explore this universe more with a female lead as part of the hook? What makes this time different? The first spin off failed to illuminate anything, imho, and they aren't even bothering to tell full stories on the mothership (details are "the weeds," character conclusions will be told in tv movies). Plus, isn't the premise kind of Judith's story? Why not just use her, instead of focusing on yet another villian our heroes were woefully unprepared to handle? Or, y'know, do both things, on the show you already have. I'll follow spoilers, cause I get addicted to soaps and this is no different, but people will have to rave about it to get me to watch. A "twist" like killing off half the cast midway through the season, or bringing on Maggie's kid, won't do it, though I feel like both of those things are likely.
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    S09.E08: Showdown at Villa Rosa

    I'm choosing to believe LVP leaked the dog story then went on TMZ to cover it up because that's the version of the truth that's the simplest and most entertaining for me. If I wanted to think about it some more, I'd say production set this all in motion to give us this storyline. I mean, if "who benefits" is the determining factor- Radar Online got name-dropped on TV, and this show has an epic battle to showcase (bonus- they can use old footage to fill time!). And, I'm grateful for it because it's drama about planting stories on a gossip website, which for me makes it entertaining without being deadly serious like some of the other friendship-ending drama on other HW shows.
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    S11.E06: The Draglympics

    I love that we got to see it without it becoming a beat in the Vanjie-Brook romance. Vanjie is their best find in a while, I think. About her outfits, I wonder if her height plays into it. She seems tiny, I wonder if she doesn't know how to do something more that won't look like she's swallowed by fabric. Not saying it can't be done, obviously, just that it may play into why she stays with this one style. Also, her dancing is insane.
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    S11.E06: The Draglympics

    I thought Scarlet won the lip sync because I appreciated the reveal. It was actually surprising to me, watching her cut it off, seeing bellbottoms- I didn't really watch the other person after that. Well, I didn't want to. I didn't understand the wig drama. I can totally believe that Plastique said she didn't need the wigs and the ones who admittedly took them did. Why isn't that fun shade, or a throwaway joke? Other than a desperate need for airtime, why make this an Insult that needs to be discussed? I'm over the sensitivity, especially when it seems fake, especially when they did take the damn wigs which suggests that they needed them. Similarly, Rajah and her raging at Scarlet for saying her name on the runway was obnoxious. I don't know why they kept her around again. She's not a love to hate villain for me, she's just irritating. On the positive side, I was impressed with both groups during the performances. All of them performed well, imho.
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    S17.E04: Survive in Style

    I'm going soft, because I loved all of the episode. I don't know real Kovid. Edited Kovid isn't bothering me, but I've watched so much reality TV at this point I may have evolved to ignore some of the repetition. I liked the winning design. As someone else said it was like a costume, but I also thought it was fun, and the hood was cool. I didn't think the appropriation comment was all that serious or harsh. It seemed like a reasonable warning, given where we are right now in certain cultural debates. It's a debate using communication tools that facilitate shouting not dialogue. If Hester isn't careful, Twitter will destroy her, and we aren't very forgiving people lately. I guess I'm glad she got a warning. I hope the season keeps flowing as it has been. It's really well cast, in my opinion, with both contestants and judges, and I'm finding it fun again.
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    Spoilers and Speculation

    I think I'm genuinely curious to see how they handle Alpha next season. I want to see the heroes just deal with a villain, but I also have this weird feeling like it's only fair that she gets a redemption effort, after the governor got all those episodes, and Negan got to rescue a small child and a beloved animal.
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    S09.E15: The Calm Before

    I'm way late, but I keep re-watching the heads reveal because it's a symphony of overkill. The pained looks on the living as they walked closer, the dramatic reveal for each dead character, the way they had the heads move (side note: props to the Whisperers for taking enough time to cut off a head and stick it on a pike while keeping it a walker), and the hyper-insistent violins (playing over another song at one point)- it was a lot, to a point where it was almost a parody and not something that was supposed to be super dramatic and sad. I'll take it over the deaths of Glenn and Abraham, and I'm glad they didn't make this a cliffhanger guessing game. But, man, maybe pull back on one thing.
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    Spoilers and Speculation

    It's cool to learn the origins of the phrase, thank you. I know it from Top Chef, because they say it when they lose control of the flow of the kitchen and fall behind on orders. It's kind of appropriate here, because you could argue that the writers are totally in the weeds an unable to get it together to tell a fully cohesive story.
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    The Walking Dead in the Media

    I have to say, I'm somewhat impressed with the way they're hand-waving away an explanation for a pivotal moment in the series' history. There's a boldness in telling your audience that the plot of the story being told isn't super important, it's...striking (I'm struggling to find a word here, it's not a positive feeling but it's like...notable, maybe is the word). I can't wait to read about the tv movies, if their general attitude towards explaining things is "getting in the weeds." Also, given the list of who's left from each season, I guess we're not expecting many happy reunions with Rick when he returns in those long episodes/films. Which...I guess could be a good way to explain why he goes off and does something different instead of trying to return to the group, unless the movies are in some weird pocket of time and he's dead by this point in the timeline, too. Whatever. Mix of things, in the weeds, the horror is in the randomness of things- I should just enjoy the shocking moments. Super excited for Game of Thrones now. I realized yesterday that watching/following this show has helped GoT seem even more amazing by contrast, because while that show's probably not perfect it's at least got some care and attention being paid to the plot.
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    S11.E03: Diva Worship

    Yeah...Twitter just doesn't do any good for anyone, does it. I thought her demon voice was funny (now that I read a comment reminding me it happened), but all those excuses/reasons...whatever. Silky on Untucked- from what I remember, there were two things. First, she said that she was having trouble in the challenge because of her religion- she didn't want to pretend to worship Britney as a god. Yvie then said this was the first Silky mentioned it, which made it seem like an excuse for a mediocre performance. Then Silky went unhinged (for airtime, I'm sure), about how she was ready to LSFYL, and she ripped off part of her outfit to I guess show the reveal she had planned. Later, when the guest judges went backstage, she did the same crap she did with Miley Cyrus- bending over in front of one of them, then throwing a leg up as if that weren't enough for us to get the simulation she was going for. She did a lot to get attention, it seems. Hopefully they start editing it out, because she'll probably be around for awhile and there have to be other things they can show (or maybe not, maybe this was a more subdued cast or something).
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