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  1. nodorothyparker

    S05.E04: Skidmark

    As long as you're not being a stickler for plausibility (which again, zombies), this show really is leaning into it, isn't it? I could watch Daniel out leading a sedate zombie stroll with his boombox and having yet another one of those leisurely conversations via walkie while leaving trolling notes on windshields and partnering with cats all day.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Same symbols as those on the helicopter that took Rick.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Sure because what teenage girl doesn't want to wander off with a mercurial, possibly homicidal older man she just met?
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    My teenager thinks zombie death by propeller is the funniest damn thing. The husband just wants to know who has Daniel's cat.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Oh good. The armed children of the corn.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    And again a nice leisurely chat on the walkie with a whole herd out for a stroll. Hee.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Daniel is the one character you're inclined to believe probably can manage a herd by himself with just a ratty old boombox.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Again, this the most amazing and amazingly compliant cat I've ever seen.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    It's all the long leisurely walkie conversations that does it for for me. There's no real sense of deprivation.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Love Daniel trolling Strand via note. He so totally has his number.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    Charlie repeatedly outsmarted Junky Nick. That doesn't necessarily make her brilliant, Strand.
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    Season 5 Live Posting Topic

    I find Daniel's music preferences endearing. Skidmark is a better cat than any of mine who would totally be fuck this, I'm not walker bait for you.
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    S05.E04: Skidmark

    Airdate 2019.06.23
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    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    Coming in late, but gah, enough with the closeups of glaring at the camera. They don't convey anything new or well, anything, at this point. I didn't hate this episode because there were some rather interesting ideas at play but at the same time it's aggravating that some it felt sloppy and not entirely thought through. June started out this episode full of hubris, all but swaggering around the market because she somehow got her baby out and everyone knew it. She seemed pretty pleased with herself initially right up to the point she was asking Lawrence if "they" might hurt Luke, to which he responded "They?" as a stark reminder that he's a part of that "they" regardless of whatever else he might be dabbling in. I can't remember which review it was in or I'd link it, but one writer made the observation that this episode is a particularly apt allegory about how just because someone appears to share a common viewpoint or cause that doesn't necessarily make them your ally beyond that. You see people in political arguments forgetting that all that time and June was forgetting it here. She's been so convinced that Serena is as pissed off at the system as she is that she's completely on board with overthrowing the system and can use that to her advantage when Serena has never said any such thing. O-T Fagbenle and Yvonne Strahovski were terrific in the airport confrontation even if the only possible way it makes sense is if there are plainclothes exiled American and Canadian authorities standing close by in case Gilead gets any ideas about a smash and grab while Gilead's minder also waits nearby in case Serena gets any ideas about doing a walkabout. I can halfway fanwank that's what American spy guy Mark was doing there. It was immensely satisfying to see Luke tell Serena to go fuck herself and remind her yet again that June and Holly didn't just happen in a vacuum, that it required destroying an intact family and real lives to get them their broodmare. While I do like the cassette tape nod to the book, part of me was stuck on how incredibly risky it was for June to commit all that to tape and trust Serena with it, while another part of me could see why she did. She's already acknowledged to Nick that she thinks she'll die in Gilead and it probably feels that much more important to her to make sure someone knows the truth about Holly's parentage and origins. I am a little sorry Luke didn't think to ask her what happened to her finger while she was waxing on about wanting the best for the baby. He absolutely should NOT have offered to let her hold the baby though, especially after Serena tossed out that threat of "you should know I've been protecting your wife" even if she did try to hastily pull it back when he caught it. Serena is very definitely selfish and self-interested but I did get the sense that she came back to Gilead resigned that it really was a closed case until Fred planted the bug in her ear that it didn't have to be. That doesn't make her not guilty of going along with the ridiculous dog and pony show of demanding Canada return the baby, but I also don't think it was her idea. Last season it made all the sense that she rejected American spy guy Mark's offer of treason and coconuts because she was still counting on having her Gilead rape baby. Now that that's a no-go, her reasoning for rejecting it is a little harder to suss out. There's no baby, her marriage is in the shitter, and she's lost a finger over a fairly mild request. I can only guess that without some kind of amnesty and protection, she knows she'd be a target for Gilead to want to shut up and she didn't seem to care for western democracy anyway, so she likely figures the prison she knows is still better than the unknown. Poor Ofmatthew is cracking around the seams. It's easier to resolutely stick to the party line to spin what's already been done than to convince yourself of it when you're staring down the barrel of it for the fourth time.
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    The Spanish Princess

    Gah, enough with all the love talk in this latest episode. Sure, it was nice when the participants in these marriages learned to like or even love each other, but none of the people involved here would have at all thought it a serious consideration in who they did or didn't marry. Marriage among royalty was all about alliances and every last one of these people knew that, no matter how many gauzy high pitched fantasies about burning love letters the show might throw together. I'm guessing the show figures that's a more interesting angle to play than the reality of this particular situation, though, where it was years of letters and negotiations and dickering over money back and forth between the Tudor court and whoever happened to be running Spain that week. Catherine's increasing desperation as her financial resources and position in England dwindled as the Tudors tried to basically starve her into giving up and going home was at least decently done. Uh, Margaret, you were pretty much resentful your whole life that you were married off to an adult man at 12 and all but crippled by birthing Henry at 13. Yes, it eventually worked out in the longterm when your adult son won the throne, but maybe don't be selling child marriage to young Princess Mary as the greatest thing ever. I liked Catherine's dig at Margaret Beaufort about how she should have been the rightful queen if only England wasn't so darned old-fashioned like that. The only reason the Tudors were ever a thing was her own claim though John of Gaunt, but England up to that point hadn't had a successful queen and wasn't about to start for her. All the special airs and rights she ensured for herself as My Lady the King's Mother could certainly be read as as her trying to make up for her having to accept that consolation prize. I appreciate that the show gave us the followup to Joanna the Mad's story, which is one of how easy it was for a female ruler to be usurped by her male relatives. I feel like I say poor Maggie Pole every week, but again poor Maggie Pole.
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