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  1. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Oh yeah, there was some gamesmanship going on with Larissa. I haven’t seen her in a team challenge where she wasn’t super bossy and intense. She seemed to yawn her way through this one in spite of what she said in her talking heads and it was obvious when she saw how things were going. It’s greatly to her advantage to go against Tim and Anushka rather than Simon. Of course, Simon has only himself to blame for the screw-up. I don’t look at it as some kind of conspiracy, it’s just the way it looked to me. It was a weird episode.
  2. Which is exactly why I specified “early seasons.” All tv shows go stale eventually. The Brits figured this out ages ago and their better TV shows always leave you wanting more. Grey’s went past it’s sell-by years ago. Rewatching is interesting. I haven’t changed my dislike of Meredith (she’s insufferable), but some of the other characters seemed more tolerable and showed some growth. I always regret that Grey’s lost Burke and George. They were both really complex. It’s a shame that whole thing happened.
  3. I’m rewatching and it’s sort of amazing how some of the characters have changed over the years. I’m in the early episodes of season 10 when Maggie comes on the scene. It’s funny how she seemed almost mature and above the nonsense in the beginning compared with the silly gossip she turns into by season 15. This will probably be an unpopular opinion but I’m also watching early seasons of ER. Even with the technology of the 90’s as opposed to the slick nature of Grey’s, I’m just amazed with what a superior show ER is, especially in the beginning. Tighter stories, better acting, more realism and doctors that aren’t constantly screaming what astoundingly great medical gods they are. I cannot tell you how much that annoys me.
  4. limecoke

    S15.E08: Week 8: Amsterdam

    Ok, that Luke stare-down over the credits was comedy gold. Best part of the entire episode. Thank you edit people.
  5. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Exactly! I was greatly annoyed at their disdain for Christina’s ribs while they slaver over one ice cream after another. Don’t get me started on the panna cottas. Don’t get me started on Larissa One Note either. Never been to Australia but tried Marmite while in the UK. Gack. Must be an acquired thing. Miko looks like Nestle Quik, only with malt. So...yum. What, exactly, is tomato sauce in Australia? Is it like ketchup or more like our canned tomato sauce or something completely different? I’m truly wondering.
  6. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Yes! I noticed the judges pronunciation of oregano. Shocked me. I’m surprised but not sad Abbey was eliminated. I had her final four. She annoyed the crap out of me but her food always looked very appetizing. This show overuses the word “beautiful” but Abbey took it to a new level. I’m totally on board with a Tessa/Derek final two. Both seem extremely nice and, happily, not annoying. In spite of George’s quirks, Gary’s vocal fry and Matt’s pants, I love this show. Haven’t watched the pathetic US version in years so this is my happy cooking show.
  7. limecoke

    Grey's Anatomy in the Media: Incident Reporting

    Ms. Pompeo refers to the “strong group of women” driving the show. You’ve got to be kidding me. With the notable exception of Catherine and Bailey (who, is strong when the script isn’t turning her into a flibbertygibbet), the female doctors are children. Starting with the most childish of them all, Maggie. I can sort of handle Jo and there’s been a mild improvement in post-tumor Amelia, but these are not women I want operating on my brain or my heart, I don’t care how amazing they are as surgeons. I don’t think I have to point out examples of their childishness. I would never condone a toxic work environment but the show was much better while “toxic” than it is now. They ran off good, complex characters, shuffled other good characters to the sidelines and ended up with this bunch of twits.
  8. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Wow, that’s me corrected. Must be a northeast thing because it sure isn’t a southern thing. Always happy to learn something new but I still think it’s as weird as chili with noodles. My Texas mom served it with cornbread. Yes, Abbey can shut up until the end of time. Arguably this seasons most annoying contestant.
  9. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Yes! I noticed that the three Queensland women all looked more or less alike. Coincidence? Probably. Anyway, I’ve only seen Brisbane on film but it looks like a beautiful city. Add me to those grossed out by contestants who scratch their head or fiddle with their hair then resume cooking. Seriously? I’ve lived in seven different areas of the U.S., and was raised by Texans so I know a lot about chili con carne in its various forms. I also make a pretty good pot of chili. There are debates that rage over chili with beans vs no beans. There’s also some weird thing in Ohio about chucking noodles in the chili which is totally gross, but never, ever in the long history of my life have I heard of it being served over rice. Nope. Doesn’t happen. I hated the elimination challenge. Replicating a fiddly dessert isn’t my idea of a proper way to send someone off. Just let them cook. Worst dish goes.
  10. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Leah seems like a sweetie but she’s been out of her depth from the beginning. I really liked an elimination challenge that wasn’t recipe driven and some super-fiddly dessert. Cooking paella without a recipe seemed a reasonable test of who should stay and who should go. More of these, please. I really like Anushka and was happy she excelled. Kyle was one lucky guy.
  11. limecoke

    The Voice in the Media

    Good. I was ambivalent about the guy until I watched what he did to DeAndre in season 15. That was unforgivable. Besides I think he’s just pissed that he can’t win anymore. Good riddance. Not thrilled about Gwen though.
  12. limecoke

    S17.E19: Season Finale (2019.05.19)

    Katy Perry is a horrible judge and extremely annoying personality. But the show thinks she’s great and will probably give her a raise next season. Maddie Poppe should have been given the honor of singing on the finale and being interviewed with no mention of Caleb. She won. Last year. I’m fine with Laine’s win. At the end of the day, he’s going to be one of those AI winners who goes on to do his own thing and, hopefully, has a fulfilling life while doing gigs here and there. Much like Kris Allen. At risk of being flayed alive, I actually liked him and while he was never going to be a superstar and will be forever tarred and feathered as “The Guy Who Unjustly Won Over Adam Lambert,” he seems like a happy guy who’s enjoying life and doing some good along the way. No one who wins American Idol will ever, in this lifetime, achieve the success of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Won’t happen. Those days are over. This season was exhausting and I fast-forwarded through most of it.
  13. limecoke

    S15.E01: Week 1

    So John Paul Jones said that he gave up a promotion to go on the show. How does that work when your job is John Paul Jones? Assuming John Paul Jones is the one giving out the promotion, it shouldn’t be a problem.
  14. limecoke

    Season 16 Discussion

    Well, I don’t actually hate God Bless the USA but I’m tired of it. Really tired of it. I don’t particularly think Gyth was pandering but he was off-key in parts and it didn’t seem to work with his voice. I’m also flat tired of country singers winning this so all my money is on Maelyn. She’s been consistent since the audition and that voice is fantastic. Don’t really care about the rest of them. Yes , yes, yes, this show needs serious revamping, fresh judges and only one season per year.
  15. limecoke

    Masterchef (AU)

    Monica. Monica?? We had no idea she was there and now she’s gone. I’m in the US and I frequently cook carrots with roast but don’t bother with the green thingy. I think that’s a restaurant thing and it’s done mostly for appearance on the plate. I don’t have feelings one way or another about Abbey but her Nigella-gushing annoyed me greatly. Really. Sometimes the cooktestants need to simmer down a little in the presence of the pros. All the adoration feels a little unseemly.