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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    (Despite the follow-up comment about hair lol) I would like to second the motion that, to a troubling extent, conversations about how these actresses look is starting to outweigh more substantive dialogue about performances and story -- which I do not care for.
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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    I had to get up and leave the room a couple of times during this episode. I really felt my own emotions getting gnarled up in these characters' fictional lives -- which I suppose is the whole point of drama. But not to the extent that I'm muttering hot fury at Maryl Streep under my breath, as if Mary Louise is a real person who I genuinely loathe, for God's sake. Christ that woman is complicated and hateful. The technique Celeste's therapist uses to illicit self-compassion -- or at least the possibility of self-compassion, whether fully felt or not in that moment -- is expertly applied. It's often difficult for people who suffer from chronic low-self-worth and esteem to see themselves as deserving of love. Certainly, people who are in abusive relationships have a bleak self-image. So asking Celeste to do something as simple as to replace herself with a loved-one in the memory of an assault was shrewd and I think quite powerful to watch.
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    The Leftovers

    My husband and I are currently re-watching The Leftovers series, especially because of my utter dismissal of the first season. I have no great explanation for why I rejected the show at that time -- but I do remember being extremely frustrated by the nihilist cult and even more annoyed with the Holy Wayne sub-plot (I simply could not be bothered by emerging religions). Oh, I also did not care for the initial opening sequence. Something about it turned me waaaay off, I dunno why... So, during most of the first season episodes I wandered around our apartment and did various chores, while my (then) boyfriend was rapt with must-see, appointment television -- occasionally, he would beseech me to give The Leftovers another chance. I think the episode that reveals how Laurie used to be Patti's therapist finally got me to sit down on the couch. We haven't reached that episode upon re-watch, yet. I'm looking forward to the whole thing. On a side note, I marvel at the shows that we were watching concurrently, between 2013 - 2015. Rectify, The Comeback (s.2), Parks and Rec, The Leftovers, Mad Men, (great) Game of Thrones, Hannibal (for God's sake!), TWD (the Terminus years) -- I mean, how is it possible? *Sigh* I can't wait for the new season of the Terror to premier. I'm afraid I'm breaking the re-watch seal on several shows that I intended to save for much later, in an effort to stay sane.
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    Whatever your smart-device, you can search for it in the podcasts app. Chernobyl HBO.
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    It's kinda weird that anybody with a vested interest in the nuclear industry would feel remotely threatened by this series. I never once got the impression that Mazin is anti-nuclear. He frankly made no impression on me as anti-soviet, either. And in some strange way, I felt great relief when it seemed clear that Chernobyl would not be a smear campaign against either aspects -- on the contrary, I think the series at least pays heavy homage to Soviet culture, without being too pandering or delicate.
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    Okay, sorry, yes. I agree. I never saw any of the behind-the-scenes interviews, so I didn't know the director said that -- and it was an idiotic thing to say. And it makes me like the show less. Furthermore, I think I'll stop consuming media related to this series entirely, in the interest of preserving my overall high opinion of the show. Because the more I read (especially) the more the show gets ruined for me. Like, this article is super distressing and confusing -- it basically contradicts every "fact" that the miniseries presents about nuclear energy -- but I have no reason not to take this guy at his word: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/06/06/why-hbos-chernobyl-gets-nuclear-so-wrong/#4581e164632f
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    I understand why you take issue with the director's comments about the pet liquidation, and I'm not trying to change your mind -- but did you also listen to the series podcast? Every episode has like an hour long interview component, between some NPR guy (I forget his name) and the series creator/writer. He speaks in much greater detail about each episode, compared to what he says in those behind-the-scenes segments. I have no expectation that you will get a different impression of that particular episode or even of him, but if you're simply interested in knowing more about Mazin's process while making Chernobyl, it's worth a go. I thought it was pretty cool.
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    Wow https://news.avclub.com/russia-hates-hbos-chernobyl-vows-to-make-its-own-serie-1835298424
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    😂 ..yyyaaa. i kinda couldn't believe what i was reading, so i had to see if he had like anything positive to say about the series (he didn't).
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    I was pretty indignant/incredulous when I read this New York Times article, effectively skewering the series. Hale's closing paragraph is perhaps the least professional thing I have ever heard/read a professional critic say -- that someone other than the artist who created the art should have created it. How rude.
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    I burst into tears in the opening scene, when Lyudmilla peers through the window at Vasily, who is holding a baby -- and then again when I found out she was finally able to have a son. Chernobyl is a great achievement in storytelling.
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    Black Summer

    So here's how I was able to enjoy Season 1 of Black Summer: whenever I got to an episode or a scene that I found silly or somehow unwatchable, I had no trouble skipping it. The reason why I so easily moved on to the next episode/scene, is because I really, really, really responded to a lot of stuff they pulled off within the genre -- enough to see what else they could do ("they" being the show-runners, I guess). Spoilers? There are other moments that I enjoyed, but those are the ones that stand out the most. For me, the pacing was key -- it's one of the creative aspects that woefully disintegrated over several seasons of TWD. I don't want to see people get comfortable when the dead are coming back to life to dine on the living. I want to see momentum. I want people to keep moving, altering, shifting, and transforming into the suitably clever, resourceful and tough survivor of an abominable wasteland. You can't have your characters continue to make stupid decisions after eight years (TWD). It's still okay to be a total idiot in the first six weeks. We'll see if this show decides to render survivors who sack up for good. Sure, there are whole episodes of Black Summer that I avoided, but overall, as a lifelong fan of the genre, I was able to cherry-pick what I wanted to see from what they gave me. I had a lot of fun doing it.
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    I don't expect anyone to read this, not when there's another situation headed our way tomorrow. But it will feel real good to let my emotions out. I am literally depressed about this season. I also believe that I need to put those deeply held feelings in perspective. I just can't, not yet. I would really appreciate watching the best three hours of television ever made, over the next two weeks. Gods be good, dammit.
  14. One thing that feels "new" about this season is that I don't find myself wondering who the killer is. Usually, I'm all over that -- not to toot my own horn (TOOT), but I guessed who the killers were within 5 seconds of seeing them on-screen, both in Season 1 and in Season 2.
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    S09.E06: Who Are You Now?

    I'm really surprised that my husband still asks to watch this show... For 60 minutes I'm just sitting there cringing and looking down at my phone. I can't even deal with how annoying and sanctimonious and idiotic everyone is -- and I wanna jump out a window every time Judith is on-screen.
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    S02.E08: The Big Sleep

    wow so. ok so no one's got anything to say? this show is the inverse of the american dream. or it's the fricking. it's the fricking. it's how dangerous the american dream really is. there are no heroes only villains when it comes to ruthless ambition.
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    S01.E08: Milk

    I guess I did a bad job of explaining whether or not I think the show is successful. I do. My general thesis is that the story seeks to illustrate the hazards of buying into the good mother myth. More specifically (and more oppressively), there is a greater risk in accepting the maternal instinct myth -- which postulates that all "real" women are born with a natural drive to have and rear children. These lies about women and femininity have the power to do real harm, to in fact derail both families and communities, if we continue to accept them as truth. Sometimes there is nothing more dangerous or scary than a parent who should have never been -- I believe Sharp Objects succeeds in taking this theme to the max.
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    S01.E08: Milk

    Of course, solving the murders is a natural curiosity, but I think it remains obvious from the first to the last episode of Sharp Objects who is dangerous. And if the story fails to inform family dysfunction and mental illness, it is not a successful show. If it does not highlight how behavior can be transferred from parent to child, and why sometimes it doesn't -- if we are not more curious about why Camille railed against her mother, while her two sisters did not -- then the show is not worth watching. I found the show extremely challenging on a personal level. The themes it exposes about maternal abuse and the stereotypes we carry about who a mother is v. who we think she should be are novel. Cultural notions and realities about female power are prominent. I don't want to write a full exposition about any of these thesis (tho I'm getting dangerously close to doing it), but when I reflect on the show as a whole, it is moving and terrifying on levels that go far deeper than murder. I am most haunted by Adora's story of being taken into the woods in the middle of the night by her own mother and left alone there for no reason, when she was just a little girl. The sheer horror of that abuse forces me to wonder what happened to Camille's grandmother, to make her so cruel. Is it the town's fault, after all? Is it about paying for the South's historical sins? For the sins of colonialism? Or for the sin of believing that women should be wonderful, warm and self-sacrificing mothers? I am going to stand behind the latter proposition. Some women should not be mothers. They should never try. It is not in every woman to want children. And we are still holding onto the taboo of the unfulfilled, childless woman -- a myth perpetuated by middle-aged, Wind Gap cheerleaders in Sharp Objects. These women verbalize a myth which is in violent contrasts to the ongoing reality of having children when you are unfit to be parent. Adora, her mother and Amma are the bi-product of purchasing this myth, without consideration. I know that I do not need to carry a child in my womb to feel compassion for children. The danger is when you don't know the truth about yourself, when you give into the ideal that a baby makes you a complete woman -- perhaps the emptiness is filled instead with poisonous resentment for having been born a woman at all. Maybe you will find yourself serving the lie with a teaspoon from a blue glass bottle to a new generation of sick women.
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    S04.E01: A House Divided

    Well, Mighty Peanut. You've had a lot of people resonate with your response to this episode and the scene between Daniel and Avery. I do, too. When I first watched that scene, I could not be consoled, which is what my husband thought I wanted. Instead, what I felt was an overwhelming flood of ... relief. For the first time, Daniel connects with his trauma, and has that "breakthrough" moment, which, for people struggling with complex PTSD, is an almost herculean moment of growth. I wanted to kiss the writer's feet, Aden's feet -- everyone involved in the making of that scene, I could feel my awe evolve into worship. That scene, for me, was a spiritual experience. Beyond moving. It stands apart from any attempt in art or media to explain such a specific moment of human intervention, bravery, and compassion. It was the first time I really thought, Jesus! Daniel is gonna be okay!! Oh, Looooord!!! Then I cried for like five years. I might still be crying. It's fine, guys. : )
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    S01.E07: Falling

    I also got a sort of like ... idk ... a less than sincere impression of John, during his post-coital dialogue with Camille. I just didn't dig the vibrations he was giving off in that moment. I mean, he's VERY hung up on the town being the reason for everything bad that's ever happened, and it's a little too on the nose for me. I started to get this uh-oh feeling in my guts, like he was about to slip up and say something that would make Camille's face go all scrunchy, and she would say something like, "Hold on, how do you know what time the bike was put into the pond?" (to be clear, that is absolutely not Sharp Objects dialogue; I'm inventing hypotheticals). Did anyone else get a weird, guilty vibe from John when they were lying in bed and shooting the shit about Wind Gap and the murders?
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    S01.E07: Falling

    This show, you guys. What amazes me is how well Amy Adams understands how a person who does not want to be seen or touched or "read" by anyone might react when someone like John disarms her. And bravo to the actor who plays John -- I could not have been more moved by this whole performance. "It's okay. It's okay. I want to see you," he whispers. The way that Camille sort of resists, but soon acquiesces; the way that John hugs and kisses her knees -- I mean, he really loves her in that moment. And when I say "love" I mean that he sees her pain, how much she has suffered and still suffers. What kind of pain must drive a person to cut words into her skin? And yet he finds the beauty in her pain, worthy of his compassion. He sees her. This moment of ecstatic release is immediately contrasted by John's arrest and Richard's reaction to finding them in bed together. I don't blame Richard -- you can see that he is unprepared by the betrayal. I don't think his feelings for Camille are fully realized until that moment. Richard loses control. Most people do not process rage well in the heat of the moment. But the verbal abuse he unleashes upon Camille as a result is simply devastating. And now that Camille "knows" what her mother is capable of, well, I'm terrified for her. The intuition she had about her mother when she was a girl -- refusing her "medicine" and attention -- means she always knew, in some way, that her mother was a dangerous person. But those intuitions are only ever felt until they become undeniably real. Camille is left at the end of this episode rejected, enraged, and reeling. None of those emotions create a stable mindset from which to act. But I fear she will not practice restraint, when it comes to her mother. For the first time in the series, I truly fear for Camille's life.
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    S01.E05: Harvest

    I mean... Thank you! (bad language ahead....) I'm all, like, what the fuck is this guy's mother-fucking deal, man...srsly. Why doesn't he seem worried that a lady he "doesn't know" says she can feel his feelings and knows his thoughts...whaaaaaa-?? ASK SOME QUESTIONS, DAMMIT. Hmmmm, I donno, things like...."Are you a crazy person??" or, "Tell me everything."
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    S01.E06: Cherry

    Oooooh, baby!! I love this theory....bc wouldn't the sheriff just do something like that? I feel like he's in love with Adora. And there's nothing he wouldn't do for her. LOVE. IT. (eeeeeeee!!)
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    Rectify: In The Media

    RECTIFY. FOREVER. The 50 best TV show seasons of all time, according to critics
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    S01.E06: Cherry

    Whether Camille was 14 or 17 when the rape occurred (I don't recall exactly), she could have become pregnant. Amma was not alive when Camille was a teenager -- perhaps you are confusing Amma with Camille's deceased half-sister, Marian, who died when both girls were in their teens. Marian is the ghost who shows up from time to time in Camille's visions and dreams. She's the one who held Camille's hand at the end of this episode and said, "It's not safe for you here." Marian has been dead for decades. Amma is very much alive, and around 15-yrs-old.