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    Spoilers And Spoiler Speculation: Anarchy In The USA

    Dwight makes his first appearance running into June and John Dorie in S05.E03.
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    S05.E03: Humbug's Gulch

    Airdate 2019.06.16
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    Harlots

    Oh damn. Looks like Golden Square didn't last long under the hapless proprietorship of idiot Charles. I'm glad the twisted incest mess of Isabella and the Marquis wasn't just a one-off. You kind of need London society and at least a few familiar faces there to tie into the would-be courtesan lifestyle the show's been selling. And are we getting a molly house? In addition to just being as inclusive as hell, it makes all the sense in the world that that would also be part of their world. This just looks amazing.
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    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    That may be the single stupidest justification to include a line I've seen and I sat through this last nonsensical season of GOT. Every line of dialogue should be there for a reason and they should know what that reason is. Especially as TV Commander Fred and book Commander Fred are not really the same animal after a point.
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    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    I didn't hate this one. There were definitely some interesting ideas at play as to how the individual women are each coping with a system that "honors" them for breeding like livestock but doesn't expect them to have normal human feelings or reactions to the results of that breeding. I also spent quite a bit of time being just baffled by how despite segregating them from the rest of the party guests nobody seemed to be keeping track of the handmaids at the afterparty from hell and how much freedom of movement June had to flit around as the only spot of red in a sea of teal dresses and black suits with seemingly no one noticing. It's funny to me that so much of the writing about the show has lamented how much it seems to revel in torture porn or violence against women when it weirdly feels like the show itself has largely backed away from it to the point that as a Vox reviewer remarked, the sense of dread that's previously marked these quieter domestic episodes is almost entirely absent until Lydia snaps and begins wailing on poor Janine. And even then it mostly fizzles out with a bit of tut-tutting from the onlookers who have gleefully sanctioned such cruelty in the past and seemingly no consequences at all for June putting herself in the middle of it and defying Lydia. Maybe that's still coming, but given the direction of the show lately, probably not. I also don't know what the show is going for in having June voiceover that she doesn't hate good old Commander Fred. Fine, feelings are complicated things and feel what you will. But leave it unsaid for ambiguity's sake because paired with scenes with where she was clearly probing and trying to position both him and Serena into place where she thought they might be useful to her own ends, it doesn't fit. Serena is well placed in their society, but June astutely realizes the powerless beaten down version of Serena she's been dealing with these last episodes isn't likely to be any good to her. June knows her well enough to know that a Serena with a purpose is one who gets shit done. In the end, it got her information on where Hannah goes to school, but it was almost immediately followed up with Serena remarking that Janine's outburst is why the segregation of the classes of women exists in the first place, a stark reminder that for as awful as this system is proving for all women up to and including Lydia and Serena, they still buy into it more or less. Horrifically, there's almost a terrible sense of logic to what Serena's saying as we see here that the blurring of those boundaries to let her see or briefly hold the child she birthed isn't helping Janine at all. Ofmatthew is worse, revealing that she's had three babies stolen by Gilead as casually as if she's discussing the weather and resolutely clinging to rules of the setup as seemingly to protect herself from feeling anything about it. They obviously already knew that Luke was the man on the video, but I really wish June hadn't confirmed it for them. This now runs the danger of turning into an international kidnapping thing that looks bad for Canada because good old Commander Fred is still Nichole's legal father of record regardless of what everyone thinks they know about Gilead's handmaid setup. I doubt that occurred to June in her obvious relief to see them okay and together, but I hope Luke has his papers in order and Canada doesn't give any ground. The Emily scenes were really lovely with all their hesitation and restraint so as not to overwhelm her and I wish we'd gotten more of them. The scene of such a simple thing of trying to read a book to her son after Gilead had taken that too was exquisite.
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    Worst Book Parents

    Yep, Mr. Collins is a ridiculous figure to be sure, but Mr. Bennet sets out to make him a subject of family ridicule before he ever even sets foot through the door instead of appreciating that gee, if he's coming here in good faith to try to provide the solution to the entail mess maybe we should at least hear him out first and see if any of the girls is inclined to accept him if they're not immediately prejudiced against him. For all her faults, Mrs. Bennet at least sees that much. Later, Mr. Bennet still isn't willing to do anything when Lizzy is counseling him against letting Lydia run off to Brighton, indirectly using as evidence the hard truths Mr. Darcy laid on her in his disastrous proposal and followup letter about how the family is perceived. Because while Darcy may have been something of an ass about it, he's not off the mark. She's all but spelling out for dear old dad that hey, I know maybe you don't much care what people think of you or your younger daughters you so love to disparage but it's also making us all look bad and ruining the potential futures of the two older daughters you claim to care about. He'd rather let them do whatever they want so they'll leave him alone to sit in his library. (Which, having kids I can sympathize with, but seriously, my kids aren't likely to be left living P&P: The Jane Eyre Edition or worse if I finish my book first.)
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    The Spanish Princess

    True. The few portraits of the man I've ever seen don't exactly sell "the Handsome" part of that either. He's definitely a Hapsburg with all that implies.
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    The Spanish Princess

    Yay for this latest episode giving us Joanna of Castile, aka Juana la Loca or Joanna the Mad. The show for once even managed to stay fairly faithful to the known facts of that impromptu visit to England, down to the missing horseshoes. It's of course impossible to know whether she truly suffered from mental illness much of her life or whether she was pushed into a lot of her erratic offputting behavior first by she of the Spanish Inquisition Queen Isabella and then her father, husband, and later even her son constantly trying to take her rightful throne, but it's true to the Philippa Gregory treatment of historical figures to assume it's more of the latter. Philip the Handsome (which sorry, the actor is not) was definitely a right bastard to her and one of the time period's most prolific man whores, but you have to wonder just what this version of Joanna thought Catherine was going to do with her advice to never marry. I mean, dynastic marriage was kind of the whole point of princesses. It's not like she can trot on back to Spain and take up a trade. She still has value on the royal marriage market to further Spanish alliances even if maybe not as a queen consort. Again, the Harry-Catherine and Lina-Oveido romance scenes feel like they could have been cut and pasted in any random episode with the same result. Nobody's getting married yet because nobody has any money yet. Lots of dramatic pronouncements of "being in love" as if that was a big factor especially in royal marriages. Rinse and repeat. A lot of Maggie Pole's story is lifted verbatim from The King's Curse, where she's more apparently written to have quite a lot of resentment about the Tudors' treatment of her as one of the last true Plantagenets. I guess we're supposed to get that from her digging in her heels against Margaret Beaufort's demands even in the face of poverty and possible starvation, but both versions of her in these last two series have been so hangdog it's hard to see much beyond that. The show clearly wants me to be more invested in sad Rosa and her sad predictable oops pregnancy and miscarriage than I am.
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    Worst Book Parents

    I love P&P a lot and Mr. Bennet gets a lot of great lines, but yeah. Not only is Mr. Bennet checked out as a husband and parent to the younger girls in any meaningful sense, but he's also failing them as a provider. The entail and the financial devastation that looms for these five girls isn't any great secret. He even says as much to Lizzy after everything's gone to hell, that he had expected to father a son to head it off and after that master plan failed he didn't do anything to rein in the family's spending habits to be able to set anything aside to make sure they had something if they hadn't married by the time he died. Mrs. Bennet is largely played as an object of ridicule but in her own ham-fisted way she at least sees the financial danger looming and is trying to wrangle the only socially acceptable solution to it. Lizzy and Jane really lucked out in attracting Darcy and Bingley's attentions that ultimately led to Darcy cleaning up Lydia's mess for them or they all would have been screwed. I have an annotated copy full of notes that puts everything into period context and offers a fair bit of commentary on how all of this would have been perceived in their own time period. The word "indolent" is used repeatedly to describe Mr. Bennet's behavior and handling of the situation.
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    S05.E02: The Hurt That Will Happen

    We're never told much specific about how they all found each other after the dam explosion, only that most of the original core Clark group had regrouped somewhere around El Paso, I think? We've still been given absolutely no explanation how Luciana hooked back up with them after having left them months earlier at an entirely different location, but whatever. They apparently just wandered around for some time until they found the baseball stadium and figured that looked as good a place as any to try to settle in. I would imagine travel hubs like airports were overrun pretty early and have probably already been picked clean. Beyond that, who knows?
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    S05.E02: The Hurt That Will Happen

    I had to go back and look it up too because I while I remembered that Strand shot him I was fuzzy on the particulars. This is this their last interaction at the end of season 3 before this, when it appears that Strand mostly grazed him:
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    S05.E02: The Hurt That Will Happen

    A little slow and yes, a little meandering but not altogether terrible. It seems we're perpetually stuck with Morgan trying to cast every other single person who isn't doing spectacularly in this apocalypse (which not surprisingly would be everybody) as the Clear version of himself and himself as the cheesemaker who pulls them back. Alicia's not killing everything, living or dead, that crosses her path in some nihilistic frenzy, though. She's just trying to take everything on herself to give herself some illusion of control in a world that's increasingly beyond it. I love the Daniel-Strand dynamic so much. Daniel has very little sense of humor or patience where Strand's concerned and with good reason he's just completely over any line of bullshit Strand may try to peddle. Even if in this case, Strand's not actually bullshitting. I love how the normally cocky and overconfident Strand is almost immediately reduced to babbling and "golly gee, this time I'm on the level, Mr. Salazar" because he knows Daniel isn't buying and really isn't someone to fuck with. I think I missed how exactly their paths crossed again beyond Strand seeing him show up on Althea's videos, but I hope there will be more of this to come. Not sure radiation poisoning works quite the way the show seems to think it does, but I like that the show is actually trying to address a real issue in an end of the world scenario with the nuclear plant meltdown and what happens after. I'm here for the addition of radioactive walkers wandering around the Texas woods somewhere and the summer camp of the damned, even if none of these people can ever take a hint that if someone goes to that much trouble to block roads and throw up big keep out signs, maybe not go that way. I did love John Dorie looking at the mobile of walker heads strung up on the billboard high overhead and remarking "That seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to. They could have just left a note."
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    It's all fun and games until you're rolling around in the mud with radioactive zombies.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Daniel's gotten snarky.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    I have ... feelings about radioactive zombies and the summer camp of the damned.
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