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  1. Yeah, the ads always really bloat the run time. A typical Walking Dead episode is often only 42-45 minutes long but may run between an hour and an hour and 10 with ads.
  2. I guess even this show is not willing to not play Harriet Tubman reverently straight. As talky as some of this could be, I liked Onion calling Brown out on their differing ideas of "freedom." Brown was obliviously treating Onion like one of his many offspring in just assuming that of course he'd be along for the ride without ever once stopping to ask Onion if that's what he wanted. For all their adventuring up to this point, Onion has never really committed to any of it. Both actors were doing good work this episode, with Ethan Hawke shouting to the rafters.
  3. Neither book nor show even pretends to be a straight historical drama. James McBride, the author, by his own admission wasn't trying to write Serious History and so picked and chose the narratives he wanted for all of the historical characters. There's argument to be made, for example, that this portrayal of John Brown as truly mad as a hatter was something of an invention of pro-slavery factions after Harpers Ferry to discredit him and everyone associated with him and that the real Brown was just extremely passionate to the point of zealotry that the time for talking and compromising about slavery was over. Ottilie Assing was also a real person who did live with the Douglasses off and on while translating his writings for European audiences, and there were rumors about her and Douglass for years.
  4. Onion and "Mister Fred" making successively more drunken toasts to all the poor enslaved animals down to the goats was a hoot. Never really imagined seeing Frederick Douglass starring in a sex farce, even after reading the book, but here we are. It's interesting to put this portrayal up along side Daveed Diggs' dickish performance of Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. You can quibble from a historical propaganda perspective just how crazy John Brown really was, but the point the dinner table argument was making still resonates in modern political discussion about the "safety" of respectability politics vs. burning it all down. For all his affectation, Douglass was demonstrating he knew full well how much higher the stakes would be for a free man of color in his position or black people in general.
  5. Hi, Steve Zahn. Bye, Steve Zahn. The execution was pretty gutting in the book, and they did it effectively here with Sibonia refusing to drag Onion down with her even though the whole plot getting out was sort of his fault for not keeping his mouth shut. The young actor is really doing well with the role and in showing Onion's growing uncomfortable awareness of the bigger picture in fits and starts. Despite my initial misgivings about him in the role, Ethan Hawke is also selling the book version of John Brown, who can be completely preoccupied with worrying about whether Onion committed sins of the flesh while a gunfight rages all around him.
  6. So I'm apparently alone here but starting this for my holiday weekend binge. Mostly I'm just enjoying how well the show captured the tone of the book, which especially in the first part feels like they took a roughly based story of John Brown and threw it into a Huckleberry Finn blender. Ethan Hawk is better in this than I would have expected.
  7. Airdate 2020.11.29 Yes, AMC is showing the two final episodes of the season as a combined season finale. All total, it clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 24 minutes, so strap in.
  8. This episode was a lot more cohesive in the sense of the group sans Christy finding its own rhythm instead of trying to frantically write around her departure. It's the first one this season that felt truly natural to me. Ironically, though, Bonnie's lead story did at times feel like the writers were straining to fill the time. Some of it was great, like Bonnie really not grasping that she'd been a groupie to some minor band that no one else remembered, or Rob asking if they maybe had a daughter who needed college money. You know from the stories they've told that the old Bonnie would have tried to take that and run with it. The best by a mile, though, was the Adam and Tammy story. As a woman of more than average height myself, it never would have occurred to me to parallel that to Adam's life as a "person who doesn't fit" but it totally worked and highlighted what an empathetic thoughtful person Tammy is. It also makes Bonnie look much worse by comparison. There have now been enough incidents with him over the seasons where Bonnie came off as incredibly thoughtless at best to Adam's day to day challenges, if not borderline abusive. I wonder if that's a deliberate choice by the writers that may be going somewhere or whether we're supposed to see it just as a reminder that at heart Bonnie has not been a good person much of her life and still sometimes shows some rather nasty edges.
  9. Airdate 2020.11.22 This is our reported midseason finale.
  10. Since most of the press has been about the casting of JDM's real-life spouse to play Lucille the long-dead wife vs. Lucille the baseball bat, I'm going to guess no. More about Episode 18, Find Me, in case you were just dying to know what Daryl was doing off in the woods during that six-year time jump. Answer, living in the woods looking for his one true love, Rick. The Walking Dead to Revisit Six-Year Time Skip After Losing Rick Grimes
  11. We're back Feb. 28 in our usual spot. Dropping this here instead of the media thread because half of it is episode synopsis for the covid half season before what's expected to maybe be a year wait for the final season 11. The Walking Dead Season 10 to Resume in February — Plus: Get 6 New Teasers for the Upcoming Bonus Episodes
  12. Fear the Walking Dead is having its best season ever Not the first time I've seen this opinion by critics. I'll concur as far as to say that the show is more watchable and less of a chore to sit through now than it was all last season.
  13. It's irritating when a show requires characters to behave stupidly to extend a plotline, or in this case a villain's lifespan, when there is literally no good reason to do that except to drag it out. The mothership did that with Negan, forcing longtime characters into increasingly ridiculous Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner scenarios to the point that it all but killed the show and made it all but impossible to care about those longtime favorites. Now this show puts June in the same position because 30 seconds after torturing a wounded man Virginia expresses an emotion about her sister? Look, I get it. June is a nurse who wants to save lives. She's a true believer in the idea of helping people. So no, she doesn't want to kill anybody, no matter how many problems it might solve. But as presented here, she didn't even have to do that. It was a matter of doing nothing and letting things take their natural progression. It also doesn't help that saving Virginia forces the second time in as many weeks of a supposedly deathless love that survived the ZA and separation to split up over dealing with her. I guess John is just going to go sit in his cabin 100 miles away and play Scrabble with himself, even if I did like the aerial shot of the decision to go. I'm also going to need the show to decide where the unknown spray paint bandits land on the scale of villainy compared to Virginia's crew. So far all we've seen is cryptic graffiti and a claim of sabotage along with boobytrapping some walkers.
  14. So he's just going to go back to his sad little cabin and sulk? Okay then.
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