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  1. taragel

    Killing Eve

    I wish we'd gotten more of a plotline out of Ghost and how they found her. It felt really abrupt that Eve was able to just whisk off and arrest her. I also wasn't really sure what I was supposed to take away from Eve looking at herself in the mirrored observation room window for that very long moment and putting her hair up.
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    Veep in the Media

    EW posted an article with one written excerpt from the book and a separate audio excerpt read by JLD with Tony Hale footnoting the text as Gary....and Selina demanding that Gary redact some of the info she's reading and his utter confusion to that suggestion. It's pretty great--I'm going to have to get it when I start missing the show so it'll feel like an extra episode. https://ew.com/tv/2019/03/20/veep-excerpt-selina-meyer-autobiography/
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    S10:13 Tell All: Part 2

    Oh I know, I just wish if they were doing a SSW part two, we'd get a different host. One less inclined to smooth everything over immediately and look like a friend/good guy. She wasn't as fawning on SSW but I think that was due to the Paige/Brandi drama blowing up the whole middle of the show.
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    S10:13 Tell All: Part 2

    Not only was this dull with an inspid host, but it made me extra angry that I should've been watching part 2 of a SEEKING SISTER WIFE tell-all instead where some other better host asked Vanessa some real questions about leaving the Snowdens, dammit.
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    S07.E4: South Carolina

    This is the first episode where it seems like they're taking cues (somewhat randomly, esp re: Amy as KellyAnne) from the Trump Admin rather than being prescient/ahead of real world politics. I still enjoy the show on a surface level and it can still make me laugh (the whole Marjorie v. Gary bag thing was great) so I don't usually get too worked up about Mandel being inferior to Iannucci but as we close in on the homestretch, I'd really prefer to see these characters go in directions that actually make some consistent sense.
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    S02.E12: Tell All

    Oh interesting, I hadn't seen that! That makes some sense then. I predict the Snowdens will be back "on the hunt" for another season. Surely they can find another aspiring actress in LA easily enough!
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    S02.E12: Tell All

    Well hot damn, Vanessa's one-and-done contract was up and she moved the frak on. Probably guaranteeing them all another season in the process. Or maybe not. I do wonder who the producers are and how invested they are in trying to make polygamy look reasonable. Because I couldn't understand why they passed up the chance to show the Brineys again after April left them. That's some primetime drama. I thought it was VERY telling which wives were outside with Paige and which ones stayed on the couch. Lol. Jeff's little snappy warning to the producer followed by that kind of insolent wink/tsking had me rolling too. That guy's way more interesting than what we've been sitting through. The Winders' utter charmlessness continues to baffle me. I think Kermit was probably inwardly horrified by all those heathens with their cheating and creeping and unworthy paramours they be courtin'.
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    S05.E14: Life Is a Cabaret

    Did anyone catch the previews for...I guess next season? There was a clip that started after the credits but my DVR cut it off. 😞 I loved that the production was an actual success! Patrick was great and Stevie nailed her big moment. I think this season more than any other has really developed such heart among these relationships. I'll be sad to see it wrap up next season.
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    S04.E17: I'm in Love

    I was very glad they did in fact have her stay single. I agree with the article linked that they do not have to be mutually exclusive. But for this particular show, I think this was the right answer.If the building of the romantic relationships had been better these last two seasons (basically if last week's episode metaphors had been slowly built over the last two seasons), I absolutely would have wanted her to pick a guy. But because they weren't, anything they chose would've felt a bit unearned to at least some folks. Her choosing herself was the only real answer because she's consistently always been searching to find her happy place. AND I'm really glad they didn't blow that out of proportion, and suddenly flash forward to Rachel winning a Tony for the musical she'd written or anything like that. They kept it small and realistic and that was the right answer. I liked it a lot. I also enjoyed the concert special and just wish it had been longer. I thought I'd read that we'd get a bit of Aline doing JAP Battle Rap with her, but I guess they cut that. I'm slightly regretting not buying Radio City tickets, but they were pricey and I'm pretty happy with what we got. Also, I went on cwseed and watched the documentary and that was really lovely and touching. Gives you a real appreciation of how much work and creativity went into making this show. CEG was my favorite show for at least the first season it aired, and I'm glad I felt it went out with this finale on a high note.
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    When Calls The Heart

    It took me an EMBARRASSINGLY long time to connect that Henry is also Sheriff Keller on Riverdale.
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    S04.E16: I Have a Date Tonight

    Welp. That had some pretty clear arrows pointing to Greg. Which...even if it was Santino, I still don't think I'd be feeling. 😕 I really hope they surprise us with the finale. (Although I suppose if the moral all along was "she just needs a more realistic idea of what love should be like" then Greg is really the only choice. There's too much nostalgia with Josh and too much white knight in Nathaniel.) But honestly...I'm really looking forward to the concert so much more than the actual finale. I'm so glad they're airing that. And White Josh finally rises! That was a really great number -- one of the best of the series -- though I always like the huge ensembles. I kind of hope there's one in the finale too, but I suspect it'll be lighter on songs with plot to tie up. (Rebecca still hasn't figured out her career dream.) I'm so ready for the concert though!
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    When Calls The Heart

    Bird's statement says they are "retooling the remaining S6 episodes" so that definitely sounds like they'll either cut the episodes around her somehow or recast/refilm. I imagine either way it will take them a while to regroup and there'll be no new episodes shown for a bit. The transcript of the court documents is a hell of a read. They very clearly got both Loughlin and her husband confirming via recorded FBI phone call that they lied and bribed to the tune of $500K ($400K to the shady org facillitating this and $100K to a USC athletic director) to get their kids in as crew recruits though they never participated in crew. They even had a showdown with a counselor at her high school who thought it was suspicious, but I guess came around after the husband talked to him/her. Lori inquires via email what they should do to make sure "our little friend" at the high school not expose the scam. Wow.
  13. Oops sorry! That's right. I was misremembering the title. I do remember there being one triad, with a husband and wife who'd been married for a while (though still young) and they brought in a new girl--they could've been the ones that were Snowden like? There was also a husband and wife who both had multiple partners but the wife seemed a lot more into it than the husband and she was kind of hippie-like. Ah, the wife was named Kamala in that second group (which had 4 or more entangled partners I believe). And yes, they were all very open and bisexual I believe. The young triad were Anthony and Lindsey and Vanessa (lol, another Vanessa) and they were a lot more like the TLC couples (I don't think the women were intimate when the husband wasn't around, but am not totally sure).
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    When Calls The Heart

    Just saw this recent update on Variety about what they're doing: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hallmark-channel-cuts-ties-with-lori-loughlin-1203163751/ “We are no longer airing the episode on March 17, but we are not cancelling the show,” a representative for Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, told Variety. “The show is one of our best performers in the Sunday night slot, and were are exploring all sorts of creative options moving forward.” So they'll either recast the character of Abigail or perhaps they'll take a short hiatus and kill her offscreen, then bring in a new older female lead to serve the same general maternal figure function.
  15. The problem for me with polygamy is that it is not about equality. The wife never seems to have equal rights, respect, dignity to her husband. She's sharing him; he is not sharing her. Even with Kody "I'm so progressive" Brown, we've seen him say he's disgusted by the idea that his wives might sleep with someone else (or each other), that he is the definitive leader and he will make the final decisions (like the current move), that he must be the center of all attention. I want a marriage and not a monarchy, and I imagine most other women do too, or should at least. Furthermore, I've seen the four women he's married to all have to bite their tongue and hold back their feelings of loneliness, jealousy, insecurity, anger and frustration time and time again--and that's just the sanitized "polygamy is great" version for the cameras. Every interaction or action requires and entails a ton more emotional labor and work than a relationship between just two people does. The rewards of living that way (for the women) seem very scant. So unless you're VERY religious, which I wouldn't assume any of these TV polyg families are, and really truly believe in the afterlife...this is a lot of misery you're CHOOSING to endure here and now. That's baffling to me. I do keep watching this shows in horrified fashion, wondering if we'll see anyone who seems to be truly happy and that it truly is working for. But haven't yet (even the Alldredges who seem the happiest on camera have a forgotten first wife they don't talk about). I did also watch Showtime's series Polygamy and those generally had open marriage type families where both spouses had multiple relationships. No one seemed all that happy there either and it was even MORE work to juggle all those people and their wants and needs and fears.
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