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  1. I don’t know the source cases. Question about episode eight
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Nice season 3 write up. https://www.avclub.com/harlots-goes-for-broke-again-in-a-breathless-finale-1837669870
  7. What a fantastic finale. It was nice to see everyone get a win. Lucy and Lydia makes sense to me, and was also bizarrely satisfying. I think that if this was a series finale, they didn’t want to kill Lydia, but they wanted us to know that Lucy was set up to oppose her/dethrone her. I would almost be okay with the show ending now, because it got to end on an up note. I don’t want to see everyone plunged into even more misery, with even more vile versions of Hal and Blayne. And they’d have to up the stakes somehow. Don’t get me wrong, I’d watch a less intense, soapier version, because I’d watch this cast do anything in these costumes, but I don’t think they would go that route. And I don’t think they want to double down on figuring out the next rapey big bad serial killer. I hope to see all these performers again soon. There really wasn’t a dud in the bunch, aside from Knox’s loopy accent.
  8. So Mackenzie Davis walked right past me in the airport today. No idea what she was doing in my hometown. I was absolutely starstruck but didn’t approach her or anything, because she’d just gotten off a five hour flight and also I’m a dork. (I haven’t had very many encounters with celebrities, except for Alison Mack a long time ago, and obviously that’s a bit weird these days.)
  9. @DigitalCount, I’m sorry. Many of us went through this. I’ve stuck to my guns. No Netflix rewatches (so no streaming ratings for them), no recommendations to friends. I do miss the show’s world, but I don’t know else how to send the message. The world is shit right now. Yes, art is about reflecting the state of the world, and about creating an emotional impact. That impact shouldn’t be to celebrate suicide amongst a vulnerable viewership. It shouldn’t be to create something beautiful and then knock it over like a bully kicking a sandcastle. THIS IS NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND, SHOWRUNNERS.
  10. I was disappointed they brought this character back at all. IIRC the actor has some other credits (writer/producer/etc) so it's one of those situations where, whenever he's on screen, I just sigh and assume he's someone's friend higher up in the show production. He just sucks the air of a room, in a way not even Alison Brie can save. And he looks like he should be standing on a street corner in that HBO show about the 1970s porn industry, not appearing as romantic interest in GLOW. That aesthetic alone takes me out of every goddamned scene he's in.
  11. I’m just letting Harlots run constantly on mute on my Hulu account to get those streaming numbers up.
  12. Wow, they’re NOT advertising this in the Hulu app at all, at least for me.
  13. @bourbon, thanks for taking the time to write this up. I was intrigued at first, although the reality show setup was a little annoying. (“And the diagnosis is ........”) I was really coming to post and ask if anyone has any idea why Angel (episode 1) had to go to another country for testing? I admittedly skimmed some of it, just find it hard to believe they couldn’t run the same labs in the US. And yes, her dad was the goddamned worst. But anyway, now that I’ve skimmed through your synopses and found out most don’t have a real resolution, mehhh. I was genuinely hoping this was going to be a show with some optimism, the upside of social media/crowdsourcing info in these dark times, and maybe some cool mystery-solving gratification. 😕
  14. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/0034a2c5-91b0-4d82-b616-993a83a36ff5 RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Everything you need to know ahead of the UK season launch
  15. kieyra

    Pose in the Media

  16. As usual in this action-packed season, there was way too much going on to keep track of. But they’ve set up for the finale and made me worry that basically everyone is going to die. Well, I’m not worried about Hal or Blayne, they can die. Swapping out Kate for Charlotte as the show’s hooker with a heart of gold, AND making us care about her, was quite the trick, and the show has managed it. At least for me. The show is so much livelier with Margaret gone, even when everyone is running around trying not to be murdered. I’m increasingly obsessed with the actress who plays Cherry but I can’t find much about her. She seems to mostly have stage work: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3957824/bio#mini_bio Hoping to see more of her on my screen. I very rarely see this show mentioned anywhere, even in relatively niche TV media, so I’m steeling myself for not getting a fourth season. It’s too bad, this show has been such an enjoyable fling.
  17. https://tv.avclub.com/lesley-manville-on-mum-harlots-and-being-a-great-gif-1837411502
  18. Yep. It confirms to me what I've suspected since season 2: they were given the keys to a prestige drama but didn't actually know how to drive it. This quote sums it up for me: This has always been the sticking point for me. I guess they thought that 'gray' characters were a hallmark of prestige drama, because they were looking to Breaking Bad and whatever for their cues, but they missed that Serena and Fred are not tragic antiheroes whose motives bear close examination. They are the nazis of the show. They don't get a pass because Fred is dumb and Serena cries real pretty.
  19. https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a28758819/who-committed-the-atlanta-child-murders-reopened/ The Unsolved Atlanta Child Murders Have Been Re-Opened 40 Years Later This point to me seems significant: (I still don't feel like I know enough about the case to have an opinion.)
  20. I love the way Debbie has to halt her Zoya act to briefly mutter jesusfuckingchrist because Ruth’s leotard is cut so high.
  21. After many years of being a true crime follower, I only heard about Dean Corll about a year ago. For whatever reason, his is the one case I can’t handle, and I hate that I ever learned about it. So my stomach dropped when I realized they were going to address it in the show. I’m also struggling with the Atlanta child killings case because as far as I know, there was never a legit solve for that one. I guess they’re at least trying to show us why (racism and politics).
  22. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-famous-drag-queen-a-mummy-in-the-closet-and-a-baffling-mystery
  23. It’s way more complicated and creepy and misogynistic than that, but yeah. (You’re “sealed” to your partner in the afterlife. For a long time, if a man was widowed and remarried, he got to be sealed to the new wife too and she would be part of his afterlife harem, but women couldn’t do the same. Just one example.) Obviously, gay couples cannot be sealed at all, so they don’t get to be part of their family in their afterlife.
  24. Ed Smart is the father of a woman who is known worldwide. He’s also a member of a multibillion dollar church that is actively hostile to the rights of the LGTBQ community. His coming out was going to be news no matter what. I’m finding the subtext of “but why is he shoving it in our faces” to be a little disheartening in and of itself. He’s had to live in the closet all his life, in a religious culture that told him he was broken and the worst kind of sinner. The guy deserves a few years of being himself, especially so late in life.
  25. I don’t normally get heavily into discussing actors’ looks in any shows, other than innocuous stuff like hair color. But this conversation about passing has been interesting. I’ve never been sure why people call out Elektra—other than the height. Conversely, Angel has the most masculine face to me (square jaw and strong features), but that seems to be a minority opinion. But I would honestly not look twice at any of them in public. That’s not some weird virtue signaling, I think it’s a combo of being a longtime consumer of drag and trans entertainment (meaning, I’ve actively sought out shows with non-cis actors*, once RPDR caused me to become aware of LGTBQ culture in general), plus as everyone points out, all these actresses are stunning. (Plus makeup, hormones, procedures, etc.) To put it another way, I think my brain has been rewired a bit by pop culture, and I’m fine with it. (*Which means I have sat through multiple seasons of the Rich White Dudes Doin’ Crime circlejerk show that is Billions, just to watch the amazing Asia Kate Dillon.)
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