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Emily Thrace

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  1. Persepolis Rising is pretty padded though you could compress that quite a bit. You could also strip back and cut out quite a bit of the whole Duarte story to a few key elements and make the conflict less one sided. I suspect we are going to see the Duarte story in the front half of season 6 and do a wrap up and Alien story in the back half.
  2. I can see it happening if she left town or the state immediately after. When someone comes in as an OD the hospital usually calls next of kin. If her parents or a sibling came and offered her a way out if she left right then taking it would be understandable. I can also see that family member discouraging Laurel from contacting William because they blame William for Laurel's addiction. So Laurel walks away from her son and William because she feels they are wrapped up in her old life as an addict. Its also entirely possible DCFS did contact her and she signed away her rights thinking Randall was better off. Since they weren't married the state would have no reason to inform William of it. I do think its more likely though that she walked away and DCFs couldn't locate her so her rights were simply severed in absentia. Also DCFS may have just taken William's word that she was dead pre-computers it was a lot harder to trace something like that.
  3. Except its not physically possible for Rey Rivera's body to have wound up where it did on his own. So someone put him there, and given that he was 6'5 it was probably more than one person. Also the only possible symptom of mental illness is some paranoia when his house alarm goes off 2 nights in a row. Which isn't really consistent with mental illness I have heard of. Schizophrenia doesn't manifest overnight there are other warning signs you would see before the delusions start. Plus he was actually rather old to be manifesting for the first time. I actually think drug use makes more sense. If not his own then possibly Porter's. Maybe Porter owed money to a dealer and the dealer knew Ray was his buddy. Coke and high finance do tend to go together and it would give Porter a reason to lie. I do wonder why Alison and the other Rivera's haven't tried to go for a wrongful death suit against Porter since it was a call from his office that brought Ray downtown in the first place. Threatening their money is usually a good way to get guys like him talking not too mention an excuse to subpoena his phone and employee records. The other sticking point for me with Ray Rivera is why someone would leave the body where they did. I think it would have to be either a) someone who worked at the Belvedere and knew that he wouldn't be found (although that begs the question of why they never tried to move the body in those six days before he was found) b) someone who was too high or otherwise impaired to realize he would be found or c) someone who thought they could make the suicide story stick. Like someone with enough connections to influence a police investigation.
  4. Jack Wheeler and the Ray Rivera case are quite similar on the surface except I think with Jack mental illness is the most likely explanation. The only real lose thread with Jack is the missing work items and it entirely likely he misplaced them. What set him off is a question but with his issues it could be anything like leaving his briefcase on the train. Doing things like taking a cab home because he couldn't find his car does sound like his mania wasn't in control. Bi-polar disorder can flare up or medication can stop being effective. As for Jack's limp I wonder if it was the Comet. (The neighbor mentioned a foot print on the floor in spilled Comet) Its an abrasive bleach it doesn't bother your skin on contact but if he stepped in it and never cleaned it off properly it could irritate the skin pretty badly especially if he was walking a lot with sweaty feet.
  5. I found Saoirse Ronan's Jo to be the weaker part of this one actually. Its not really the actresses fault she was miscast I feel. She is a bit too pretty and delicate for the role. It was a little ridiculous for her to be calling herself ugly and awkward when she is actually an ideal beauty by any standard. There was none of Jo's hard headedness and lack of social grace in this adaption. Even in the epic battle with Amy the movie acts like Jo was right which was never the case in the book. It felt like they tried a bit too hard to make her a strong heroine and wound up smoothing away Jo's relatable flaws.
  6. I think there is a dearth of M/M friends who are portrayed as more than bros who like the same beer and sports teams. The type of relationships that Buck and Eddie have is rare on television. Men's relationships are often depicted as shallow or distant its part of the whole men can't deal with their emotions stereotype. So Buck and Eddie going through big emotional traumas and talking them through is huge. Compare the amount of time spent on the men's relationships on Friends or Grey's Anatomy compared to the female friendships. Stereotypes come in many forms and the idea that any deeper male relationship must be a romantic one is a damaging one in its own right. Representation isn't a zero sum game, having Buck and Eddie as straight doesn't actually take anything away from the LGBT community. The writers have acknowledged the fans but aren't required to rewrite their story to appease them. I have always found it very entitled when slash fans call writers "homophobic" for not giving them the story they want. That's not how television works its not a conspiracy its often that the writer's have plan we are not privy to. Personally I think TPTB want Buck to be free and single so he can do the romance of the week when its needed to spice things up. Bisexuality is under represented but I don't really see any indication either character is bi. If there was the episode with the older gay couple would have been the perfect moment to show one or the other was hiding something or some feelings. But Buck is very much an open book and seems a bit to comfortable in his own skin to be over compensating. Eddie is harder to read but I think his flirtation with the school teacher shows where they are going with his character.
  7. There are gender expectations in play a bit here I think. Women are supposed to be gentle, peacemaking caregivers and historically have been punished for acting against those expectations. (Which is another reason her ending up at a 60's Stepford farm is so perfect.) I suspect some of that is in play here even if not deliberately. Five is a man so killing and fighting is expected. There is also a big difference in how they kill. Five acts deliberately and coldly and in a way we have conditioned to accept by media. We accept Five's I did what I had to do explanation because we have heard it so many times before. With Vanya her actions are much more passive and often accidental. Which makes her much more terrifying since who knows what will set her off. Her powers are tied to her emotions and trauma and unpacking that is complicated. Plus women's emotions are so often portrayed as a terrible mystery particularly in scifi and horror. So while Five and Vanya are both monsters Five is a much more familiar one (and often a type that is portrayed as a hero) so people are much more accepting of Five's monstrous acts. I also think people just have different definitions of justice and redemption. Personally I think Vanya was well past the point of not being mentally capable of being responsible for her actions. She was essentially having a psychotic break, which doesn't make her a psychopath just human with a lot of trauma. (One of the weird effects of Sociopaths being trendy is people are quick to label anyone not completely normal as a sociopath before that they were bi-polar) A lot of Americans often seem to have this need for punishment that is probably the Puritan's fault somehow. I remember when a schizophrenic beheaded someone on a Greyhound bus a few hundred kliks from here were a lot of stories from the US that were absolutely appalled that the man wasn't jailed for life. To me (and most Canadian's) locking up someone with a treatable illness seems like a waste of time and money. I feel like Vanya is a similar case any punishment would have just been piling on to an already plot heavy and traumatized character.
  8. One thought I has about the supposed Covid story next year is that a lot of these characters would essentially be furloughed when the hospital stops non-emergent surgery. Link and Jackson would only have the rare emergency surgery and would probably just be working when they were called in since most of what they do could be pushed back. Almost everyone would realistically have their workload reduced by the lockdown. It probably won't happen that way because DRAMA but it might make for some interesting choices. Like say Link staying home with the new baby so Amelia can go to work.
  9. Season 5 was in production when Covid shut down everything.
  10. The issue I have with Rob Endres killing his wife is that he seems smarter than that. Abducting her from work and dragging her to the woods is odd for a killer for hire. There are many much more straightforward and less likely to attract attention ways of killing someone. Running her off the road for example. If Rob did hire someone he hired the dumbest hired killers ever. They grabbed her in broad daylight and two people saw it. It looks more like a chance opportunist than anything planned out. Someone was watching her and noticed she was alone and grabbed her. For that reason I like the local serial killers better as suspects. The Georgia plates to fit better with this. I wonder if even it was some whackjob who was just driving through stumbled across her. One theory that is the result of watching too much tv is that Pam had someone else who was in love with her and they did it. Either she was having an affair or she had a stalker. Hairdressers like nurses tend to have men mistake them doing their jobs for affection since its a somewhat intimate caregiving service. Especially friendly chatty ones like Pam. I wonder if a client mistook her asking about his day and how their family is for real feelings and killed her when she rejected him.
  11. I went for a walk and thought about it some more (can you tell Covid has made me seriously bored) and Rey's injuries aren't really consistent with a fall from great height. I suspect that's why the ME ruled the way he did. Usually when you jump or are thrown of a building you land head first because that's the heaviest part of the body. There usually isn't much left of the skull but the cop only mentioned a fracture to the back of the skull not the front like you would expect. Also the way he broke both his legs with bones exposed would make more sense if he landed on his feet which wouldn't make sense if he came off The Belvedere. I think he was running away from someone and jumped off the parking deck to get away in a panic and broke both his legs. Whoever was chasing him caught up to him inflicted his other injuries found the hole and shoved him through it. Sadly since his money clip was never found it might be he just got jumped for his cash and it went really badly wrong.
  12. With Rey Rivera I wonder if the answer is that the hole in the roof was already there and they beat Rey to death and just shoved him through the hole to cover up what happened. The room he landed in was no longer used the hole could have been caused by rain and decay and been there for weeks. It would explain why his stuff was just scattered about. I wonder if there would have been a way to tell the difference forensically. Edited to add: Did it seem like to anyone else that the property manager wanted to say more than he did? Like he saw something or realized something but didn't connect it until later or even until he heard from the show.
  13. People are people, while some are lazy or not suited to modern workplaces, most studies have shown people on assistance will take work if they can get it. Earthers will mine if they get the opportunity. The Belt will probably have an edge in terms of knowhow but Earth can catch up. A big part of any colonization is farming and Earth has a leg up there. Considering the shit hole Amos indicates most of Earth is most people will be clamoring to leave. Also they show some of it here with Naomi but a lot of Belters cannot live in 1G so not all of them will be able to just settle into a colony.
  14. It could also be he is somewhat tone deaf. Its not usually tested for and it can make it hard for kids to understand when mom is using her right now voice versus just casually calling them back. My sister has a similar issue and it drove my mom(especially since my mom is Cree and uses tones more than most English speakers) nuts when we were kids until we figured it out. We realized when she started to really try to sing as she got older and she didn't even realize when she was off key. Will reminds me of my sister sometimes when he doesn't acknowledge hos parents. It might have played a role in Will's language development too since Mandarin is so tonal.
  15. I also suspect in Stewart's case part of his issue with a French accent is that his usual posh Brit is actually faked. Stewart grew up in rural Yorkshire speaking full Yorkshire dialect, he deliberately adopted his current more neutral British accent in drama school. I imagine adding another layer of accent to that would be difficult. Its partly just this story reminding me of him but is Rios reminding anyone else of Tom Paris? Some of it is just that they are cut from the same pile of rogueish pilot tropes but there also seems to be a certain similar layering going on there.
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