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  1. I truly believe that if Vince and company have one flaw, it's becoming too enamored of certain actors, causing them to wedge them into storylines (and flashbacks, and spinoffs), or leave them hanging on too long (Chuck on BCS). Especially now that they have they have a lot more creative control, I'm sure. And so: I only watched a few chunks of El Camino, once it became apparent that Todd flashbacks would be the major framing device. Because life is too short for more Todd screentime. Anyway, I agree I would have preferred to see less of PTSD Jesse and more of what he actually did once his head cleared a bit.
  2. This is a strange way of framing it, since BTVS was never really put in that situation. (Buffy didn't stay dead, of course.) Most people's objections (that I have seen) are not about whether one can OMGWTF kill off a main character and get away with it, nor are they about Quentin's relative value or evilness compared to other characters. It was the setup and context ... the pointless death, the way it smacked of suicide, and the casual cruelty of not even letting Quentin and Eliot speak one last time. There are right ways to do this kind of thing ... and then there are ways that make people swear off your show and stop telling other people how great it is.
  3. Season so far in general: aside from Margaret’s episode and the coal tragedy episode, this whole season has felt like it’s all about the boys. Which is fine except it’s a criminal waste of Olivia Colman. (And Helena Bonham Carter, for that matter.) Tobias Menzies handled the Philip transition flawlessly, but goddamn if he hasn’t gotten more screen-time than she has. And I was already sick of listening to Philip gripe back in season one. And apparently the setup for the requisite Prince Charles stuff means Charles Dance has to eat the other half of Olivia Colman’s potential screen-time. I know the show is “The Crown”, not “QE2”, but yeah, I’m salty.
  4. Late, but caught up. I like it so far. I haven't been able to make it through a full season of RPDR in years. Peaked at S6 for me. Speaking of S7, I'm so relieved Scaredy Cat got cut early, because I was getting serious Pearl vibes, and just no. And I didn't want to look at the triangles on the sides of her face for too many more episodes. The Mary Berry stuff was odd because I am brand new Great British Bake Off viewer as of a few weeks ago. Tangent from that: whoever was originally going to do Nigella (was it Sum Ting?) should have done Nigella. I feel like there would be so much snatch game comedy there. You could do the semi-pornographic food talk and also have her snorting lines of coke off to the side. (I say this in love, Nigella.)
  5. What's interesting is that if you go back and rewatch the whole show (and maybe you have by now), the earlier episodes that seemed so terrible suddenly snap into focus, and you realize the showrunners had a better handle on the whole thing from the beginning than you realized. Or at least, that was my experience. I also went from trashing the show on forums in S1, to crying over it by S3. When I went back and did a full rewatch, I realized these characters, in their three-dimensional forms and arcs, existed from the very beginning. It's almost like I was somehow watching it incorrectly at first. Just as an example, I know there was a lot of coverage/chatter about the shift in focus to Donna and Cam, but they were fully fleshed-out human beings from the pilot onwards. And they were both portrayed as being technically talented AND multilayered. Yeah, they gave the boys more screentime at first, but the girls were never just the wives/girlfriends. Same for Bos---on your first run-through, he seems like a stereotypical good-ol-boy middle-manager. On rewatch you realize they were laying the groundwork for his character arc from the beginning.
  6. Yikes. That seems like scraping the bottom of the social-media-promo barrel.
  7. https://www.indianagazette.com/news/pennsylvania-judges-sentencing-people-on-probation-for-debts-they-can/article_6a88a176-ee89-11e9-aacb-931b34f41805.html
  8. Also a Hayley Atwell fan and still thought it was Billie Piper in the initial stills. At first I thought she was ever so slightly overacting during the early manic phase, but she relaxed into the role and was probably the only reason I made it through the whole episode. Pretty riveting performance. Which is good, because yeah, the story was super predictable. The back office stuff is bizarre and also boring. I feel like they’re trying to just do something different, but not committing to the characters. But maybe it all comes together in the final episode? Katherine Kelly’s wig (looks like a different wig this week) is still bugging me. If I find out the actress is in chemo I’m gonna feel like quite the jerk.
  9. Does anyone know why they have Katherine Kelly in a wig? It’s so distracting.
  10. I don’t know the source cases. Question about episode eight
  11. Hmm, party of one apparently, but I feel like this episode drags and drags. I thought the whole first half of the series was much more compelling, better paced, better plotted. The emphasis on the victims and the different detectives coming together kept things moving, then it all sort of collapses in the back half of the series. So many sequences of long, dead air in this episode especially, the muddled suspect issue with the brothers, and me wondering what Toni Collette did to anger the makeup people and make her face such a completely different color from the rest of her body. Merritt Weaver’s family storyline also gets dropped in the back half of the series (although I haven’t watched the final episode yet. No idea what the heck they’ll use that for.) There was a whole lot of emphasis on the family gun safe in earlier episodes. Edited to add: when this came up on Netflix, I saw the “inspired by true events” tag and assumed that meant it was 90% fiction based on a bunch of badly handled rape cases. I further assumed it was highly fictional once we got to the various scenes of law enforcement and detective teams that were made up entirely of women and minorities. I had no idea how closely the whole thing adhered to real events, even down to the mistaken identity of the brothers and whatnot. In other words, the parts that weren’t working for me as fiction/storytelling ... weren’t fiction. I didn’t realize it was more of a docudrama. Mea culpa. If you came in blind like me, see media thread for more details.
  12. https://forums.primetimer.com/followed/ = Error code: EX1052 I can totally understand if you guys don't particularly want to host forums anymore, but maybe just close it down instead of slowly crushing the life out of it? (Still salty about the lost threads in the last major change.)
  13. I’ve always had one nagging issue with the Woody Allen thing. Pedophiles usually don’t stop with one victim. As far as I know, there have never been any other allegations against him, even in the metoo era. (Or if there have been, I’m not aware of them—feel free to let me know if so.) Whereas Jackson’s accusers, for example, continued to emerge years later. Maybe if there are more victims they’ll speak up after he’s dead. Please don’t take offense at me pointing this out. I understand the need to believe victims, I know what’s going on with Epstein, etc. I know how reviled Allen is and I’m not trying to make anyone angry. He just doesn’t seem to fit the usual pedophile pattern regarding serial child victims.
  14. There used to be TV commercials for Dianetics. I had a friend who worked high up at a Scientology-run real estate title company in FL. The stories he told me were bananas. But a lot of money moved through that company.
  15. Nice season 3 write up. https://www.avclub.com/harlots-goes-for-broke-again-in-a-breathless-finale-1837669870
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