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  1. Welp. The only good thing about this episode was Esther's heel-face turn* and the youngest Parker brother's kindness toward Miss Lambe and admission to being gay a confirmed bachelor. The "lost series finale" fanfiction starts... NOW! *-if she was ever really a heel, or just led about by her stepbrother via the power of lust and came to her senses just in the nick of time. YMMV, restrictions may apply, eyes on your own paper, etc.
  2. The Denham Matriarch Lives! (I won't say "Called It", because I thought she was faking and she wasn't, but I was super-close!) Now let's see the character development Esther gets. Sure, now they bring in Young Stringer now that Charlotte has a contender for Sidney's attention. Apt name, as it kind of feels as she's stringing him along... Ugh, love quadrangles are so exhausting. Didn't know how much I missed the other two Parker siblings until they appeared. She's a bit much (even though she doesn't do anything but simper over her brother), but he becomes more tolerable with each scene he's in. As far as comic relief goes, they're a bit much, but welcomed after the Surprise!ExGirlfriend and Sorta Sibling Incest. Susan is damned near royalty, and likes Charlotte! Plot Twist! Couldn't have imagined! /sarcasm
  3. After tonight, I care not a bit for the younger Denhams. Here's hoping the matriarch is faking her illness, and will "bequeath" all three of them a schedule for stagecoaches out of Sanditon after they've all self-destructed. There's quite a bit of unnecessary things happening on the Parker side of the story, mainly with the return of Sidney's Old Flame. There's a love triangle set up already, with Young Stringer - why set up another angle with Mrs. Golde-Dyger? I watch the "more about the making of Sanditon" bits after the show because 1)more Theo James is good, and 2)watching the writers and producers struggle to justify their twists on the story with "subtext!" is amusing and maddening at the same time. Yes, there were some shadiness between the lines of Austen's works (Mansfield Park immediately comes to mind), but the beauty of the shadiness is that it stayed in the damned shade. I'll keep watching, because I'm not a quitter, but mostly I'm staying in the habit of flipping to PBS on Sundays so I don't miss the premiere of Call the Midwife. (And, also, because I like picking at things until they're sore and scabby.)
  4. Yup. If you look at it like that, it's enjoyable. Start thinking about Austen and "would she really...", and it muddies the water. Kinda wish her name wasn't attached to this - I would be happier watching it. With Downton Abbey being off the air (and watching the back episodes on Prime too often to mention!), I require a regular period drama, no matter how contrived. And this one is especially easy on the eyes, if not the dialogue.
  5. Can we just concentrate on the younger royals from here on out? Not only are their "characters" more captivating, but their actors are nailing it. (I especially want to see Princess Anne tell off her would-be kidnapper, because I think her actress would deliver "not bloody likely!" perfectly.) I can see where the Queen was coming from in her last rant tirade speech. The delivery sucked, though. Another reason I want to spend more time on the young royals now.
  6. I wonder if Margaret had any inkling about how LBJ was really like. Otherwise I'm sure she wouldn't have dared... (I know, this is a fictionalized show of real-life events, and Margaret probably never said the word "arsehole" in public, much less a state dinner, but one wonders...) I liked HBC, but I really dug the casting of Young Margaret. She looked a lot like Vanessa Kirby.
  7. Being an American and not knowing about the Aberfan disaster, I had to do a bit of research after this episode, and hoo boy... It was just as bleak and difficult and gut-wrenching as this show made it out to be. The image of the schoolteacher, looking out the window at the sludge approaching, will probably haunt my dreams soon. He went from a rather cool-mannered character ("don't peak early", he tells his singing student dryly) to screaming at the kids to take cover. That last scene, from the terse conversation with the PM to crying over the hymn, is why I adore Olivia Colman. It seems effortless with her. (Although, seeing candid pictures of her, I imagine there has to be some work!)
  8. The speech Elizabeth gave at the art exhibition made me applaud. It wasn't complicated, but it was brilliant and well-delivered. I have a soft spot for both Olivia and HBC, so I am giving this season a lot of hope (and a little slack?), but I think it's off to a good start. I'm already enjoying it more than I did season 2.
  9. Just how far are they sending George off the deep end with his Elizabeth delusions? (Not that I mind seeing Heida again...) Also, love that they at least acknowledged Ursula's existence. Oh, if only the series would dig into her future juuuuuuust a little bit. Also-also, will there be a frickin' love triangle between George and Geoffrey Charles? (I know George isn't in love, but he's got matchmakers, money, and entitlement on his side.) Of course Ross saved the King of England. I'd roll my eyes if they weren't halfway closed due to me yawning. Drake and Morwenna - I want to root for these kids, but they're just too dim. Overall, kind of a meh episode with interesting bits in it.
  10. And I shouted "HIT HER AGAIN, HOPE! THE FIRST ONE OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T TAKE!" Lordhavemercy, she's like the Mister Collins of wanting to be forgiven. (Anybody else hoping there's a trial offscreen? The sooner we have the felons off our screens with their "it was just a mistake" and "there were good reasons behind my bad behavior", the better.)
  11. Maybe she did! Maybe the showdown is her chance to tell Flo what a heinous <redacted redacted> she is before she's brought to justice. Insult to injury. (Or the other way around... Remember Hope, a fist does more damage than a palm!)
  12. I would love to know what Shauna and Flo expected: "Hey, Beth's here with us,, so all's swell! You know, we do need a couple of godparents..." AN is killing it. (If only her lines weren't the only things getting killed...)
  13. I was waiting for your recap, @CountryGirl, and you did not disappoint! Brace yourself, because I'm going to defend Steffy a little bit: Her feelings are valid. She's formed a relationship (I hesitate to call it a bond) with "Phoebe" for half a year, and being told who her birth parents are is a shock. Of course she's going to babble and bargain and say stupid stuff. Now that all the kind shit is over: HAND OVER THE BABY.
  14. I hope we cut to Thomas, sad and lonely in the hotel room, drinking booze from the room service cart... Wearing the lingerie that he bought Hope. Because as satisfying as it was to see the LiHoBe reunion and the beginning of Flo's ass being removed so it can be handed to her, I could use a bit of comedy. (Of course, have somebody check on him before long so he has to put on a robe, because yikes.)
  15. Well shoot. There go my plans for Boug (not Deth, because yikes). If we were in 1800's England, on the other hand, they'd be a ready-made couple, just add SORAS.
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