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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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    S10:07 Divided We Move

    I'm very surprised Robyn will be giving up her live-in babysitter/nanny so easily. And if they really gave a damn about Meri's feelings, they would do exactly what she suggested and just find rental places (which they have to do anyway) and look for a place later that they all love. This whole "we need to buy the plague-ridden dustbowl parcel right now so we can feel like we have something to look forward to" is so damn silly.
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    S02.E06: The Waiting Game

    Is Vanessa a twin? Her sister Adrienne really looks like her. She's gonna be headed for the nearest McD's by day 3, I'm betting. But also--like this is the detox for 21 days but then what does she get to eat afterward? Does she have to eat this way all the time? Ugh. And Brandy's gonna get the boot from Mrs. McGee if those previews are any indication. (I still feel so bad for John, the older son. You can tell he thinks this is all beyond bizarre but is trying to be a good sport about it all.) Tami and John need to form a support group. And Sophie is just so weird. I don't get why she's so excited about the third wife unless it's to score brownie points with the husband and stick it to Tami a bit. I agree she def. hasn't thought this through as there are really no advantages to her for him taking another wife. The Aldredges are so dull--and I can't see how Jennifer ever fits in with them. I assume those "interesting developments" via text is her saying see ya.
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    S01.E17: Goodbye

    Ah, well that makes a bit more sense then. But I still don't really remember much other interaction between Sophie and Rome this year? Eh, IDK, it just seems like they make up whatever's convenient for the characters to think/feel at the time.
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    S01.E17: Goodbye

    I kept thinking I would've liked to have seen the show this episode culminated in....but that it wasn't the one I have been watching? Everyone just seemed totally off. Eddie telling Katherine he's regretted not being with her every time he's seen her or picked up Theo? Uh...since when? Last week maybe? Poooossssibly the week before? Surely not before that when he was firmly in love with Delilah and hating Katherine at every turn and allowing if not encouraging his friends to hate her. GARY (!) saying "I just want you to be happy and if that's with Katherine, well great." WHAAAAAT?? He was the MOST hostile to Katherine. Hunter out of nowhere trying to sexually harass/retaliate against Katherine breaking up with him? (That actually seemed to smack of a scene or two having been cut along the way.) The biggest problem this show has is Katherine being more awesome than she was supposed to be, I think. Because they're now maybe trying to pivot from how they characterized her at the very beginning and nothing makes any sense. Rome suddenly wanting kids (thank God for Regina, but I know she's gonna cave to adopting some teen or something) again also felt too fast and out of nowhere. Yeah, sure he was happy in episode 3 or whatever when he found the pregnancy test but....just meeting PJ shouldn't have provoked such a response. Oh and Sophie inexplicably talking about "all the things" he'd done for her this year. Which...were...what exactly? He couldn't even do the dance with her in Jon's place, making Eddie conveniently step in. The 9/11 guilt was unexpected but I agree that the "it's a million little things" like survivor's guilt from 17 years ago and total financial bankruptcy right damn now is a justification that we haven't really seen play out in the right balance. The PJ being Patrick twist was pretty good, but I too didn't get the sheer panic of Mitch. I mean I guess lying to your somewhat mentally fragile/depressive kid for 17 years is NOT GREAT, BOB. But...I mean the guy died while he was a fetus, so...Mitch was his dad for all intents and purposes. It wouldn't really have changed that much... Sigh. This show. It's my new Nashville (in terms of hatewatching and not making a lot of sense.)
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    The McGees

    The best thing about this whole show (and this episode) was the McGees' adorable dog sleeping on the bed while they video chatted. Sigh.
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    S10:05 Mariah's Big Announcement

    Actually they did say that after this year, it'll be 4 years in a row where they'll have seniors (Graduating 2021 Gabe/Gwen/Aurora; 2022 Ysabel; 2023 Savannah; 2024 Breanna). They didn't want any of the kids to have to start senior year somewhere new, but they can't stay for 5 years (probably because of balloon payments/the show not lasting that long/them not being able to afford these houses) until they have another lull. When they said that, it was at least a little thoughtful of them, I guess, though I do feel bad for Gabe, who's obviously very unhappy about it. (Who knows, maybe Gwen is too and Christine's just smoothing it over to say she's not.) Flagstaff just makes no sense, especially after Kody "finally figured out" that THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT. Well, then pick somewhere else that has trees! Good Lord. Because "less house for more money" didn't derail them, I'm thinking the theory that Dayton's college being in Flagstaff is the real reason they're set on that place. It did not look cute, just dusty and empty to me. The amount of them excited about trees and cold weather was ludicrous. I think Meri already has a mental calendar going till she can move to Parowan, despite her protests otherwise.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Discussion

    According to Matt Roush at TV Guide: Interesting. I'd like to see them take more chances with the format too and if it makes it to S2, hope they'll experiment with giving us Cole and/or Helen's POVs too as Sarah Treem once mentioned they might.
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    S10:04 Kody's Shocking Move

    So if we're keeping score: Meri hasn't been getting along with Kody for at least the past what? 12 years? Janelle said there was a long stretch when things were bad with Kody and the first FIVE TO TWENTY years won't be great. We saw how up until last season things were terrible with Christine and Kody since pretty much their dating/marriage time. Robyn's seemed over it for the past 3 or 4 seasons though she's still ruling the roost. And one of the best things is the cameraderie between the wives .... yet Janelle hates going to lunch with the other wives monthly, Meri says Christine doesn't feel comfortable around her (per the previews), Janelle and Meri famously haven't gotten along in the past, Christine was jealous of Robyn for a long time, Janelle and Robyn don't seem to have hardly any connection.... Plus the entire episode was about Kody "leading this family" even as his wives cry and protest and one son threatens to run away from home, and Aspyn considering not buying her beloved wedding dress because her father and her fiance might think she's showing too much. Yeah, you're really selling us on the plyg life. (Also, I think it's hilarious that they just keep stealing storylines from Big Love (Kody running for office!).
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    S01.E13: Twelve Seconds

    So...the whole big secret with Jon really is just a boring real estate deal? I mean...what can the significance of a woman he used to know and a building he used to live in really amount to in terms of actual surprise? He's not a bigamist with two families (presumably) so.... eh. I just can't imagine this plotline really going anywhere all that interesting or satisfying. And why was Ashley such a drama queen about keeping it a secret? Eh. And Jon must have been a hell of an actor because hiding so much pain for years and years....I dunno. I get that in real life it happens, but in a narrative story, that kind of reveal with zero actual hints or clues pointing to it is really kind of...contrived and cheap.
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    S10.E02: Sister Wives Secrets

    And yet.... Meri's mom greeted Janelle very warmly with a hug and some kind words when they moved stuff down to the B&B. I suppose it could be for the cameras but I'm not sure why Meri's mom would feel the need to fake that for them. So maybe there's no bad blood with those two.