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  1. I love Kaya, have since Skins, but the script/dialogue for this show sounds so much like a Kindle Unlimited young-adult novel that I assumed it had been adapted from one. Wikipedia doesn’t seem to think so. I like the actors, characters and story, and I would even deal with the wish-fulfillment YA stuff, but the writing is so artless I’m really struggling. Especially the treatment of mental illness in the first few episodes. Interesting project choice for January Jones.
  2. Hmm, knowing that they blatantly utilize the misogynistic "Karen" stereotype means I'm probably not even going to bother.
  3. The PR at the time made it seem very clear he wasn’t coming back. The unapologetic tone of the showrunners made me assume they won’t cave to fan pressure because they got their heads pretty far up their own asses in their drive to destroy the “white male hero’s journey” trope. And be edgy and shocking. Or whatever. That said, still checking these threads to see if it happens. I miss the show’s early seasons but I won’t even give them the benefit of my Netflix rewatch stats now.
  4. Yep, Bella was a misfire, and that was a waste of Laura Fraser (Lydia from Breaking Bad!), whose character was a cipher until the left field “I’m doing this all for the daughter I abandoned anyway!” explanation. If you can call it that. That said, I’ve always (as an American fan of scripted dramas) considered Doctor Who to be a somewhat corny kid’s show. I’ve missed whole seasons of New Who because it doesn’t always capture my attention. But I’m enjoying this new incarnation, and I’m fine with them reminding people that people like Ada Lovelace existed, oh and that by the way the planet is on fire. I don’t expect Emmy/BAFTA winning writing in the process. There are plenty of fully nihilistic, cynical shows out there. Some of them are beautifully written.
  5. This whole sub thread is hilarious because various studies have shown that women are perceived as “talking more” or too much, even when they are talking less than their male counterparts. The biased perception happens with listeners of both genders. (i.e., women also perceive other women as talking too much, even if they are talking less than a man in the same convo.) https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/applied-psycholinguistics/article/speaker-sex-and-perceived-apportionment-of-talk/16666BA97B7BE41FFB16A5693BF60C23# If anything I thought Jodie was nailing the Doctor’s intrinsic habit of self chatter.
  6. Hmm, tried to watch this, but the casting director and I apparently have completely opposite ideas about what makes an actor interesting to watch. That was the blandest Dracula I've ever seen, and even the Creepy Nuns would have been more watchable with basically any actress from, say, Call the Midwife. (I don't need Dracula to be hot, I just need him to not look like a vampire accountant. No offense to vampire accountants.)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.)
  11. 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.
  12. Yikes. That seems like scraping the bottom of the social-media-promo barrel.
  13. https://www.indianagazette.com/news/pennsylvania-judges-sentencing-people-on-probation-for-debts-they-can/article_6a88a176-ee89-11e9-aacb-931b34f41805.html
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