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  1. This is the first time I can remember the Team not being eager to grasp at straws in defense of a brother. Have they ever tried to talk command out of a mission when there was no other Ray-oriented mission to perform? All of this despite the incredible return of the sainted Jason, without whom (Hi Nasri!) they wouldn't even be operational. They'd rather not follow his gut! Riiiiight. I could buy the dissension as to EIT ("enhanced" interrogation). But, bottom lining it, which is what they are masters at doing, it really was not a close call. Not for those guys, Blondie included. The murder of the hostage was horrible, but that was the least blood I have ever seen portrayed for such an event. Literally none on the floor where he fell. I bet there was one heckuva "discussion" with the suits regarding the gore allowed on a legacy network in what was once known as "family time." I'm fine with the decision to show almost none. I was wrong about that guy, too. At first, I thought he was a mole. Was Ray trained to believe that and act accordingly?
  2. Finally, I broke down after years of pressure form my sister to watch the series. She was right. It's the best of its type in the history of TV. For me, the silliest hot take I've seen/heard (not in PT) is that Peggy is actually responsible for the Hilltop ad. The staging of the final scene with Don into the actual commercial makes it entirely clear to me that the concept was his. Also, the chance that M-E would roll the dice as they did with an "arty" ad to roll out a "REAL thing" campaign that someone other than Don created is just about zero. Having said this, I could totally see that Peggy came up with the seminal campaign slogan (It's the real thing). She was proven to be excellent at taking Don's concepts and putting a pithy phrase to them. So, insum, the ad simply had to be Don's, but the campaign slogan (smartly incorporated into the ad), could have been Peggy's. My favorite character was Roger. The ultimate happy ending for Don would never have been possible if he had not forcefully defended him after the Hershey debacle. Sure, there was significant self-interest involved. I also believe, however, that his better nature kicked in as his best friend was in real trouble and being attacked by the jackals in the room. Finally, I am grateful that I did not have to endure the fits and starts and uncertainties there would even be, new seasons.
  3. She was disgusted that Clay would choose to save Ray's bacon and that he had decided to be a warrior and not a politician. She walked.
  4. So much insanity. I'm sad that Lindell gave in. War by emotion causes more pain, not less. That Algren character is the worst. Well, unless it's Blackburn. Did nobody make the basic points Hayes made when they were planning this op? Why was Echo team not worthy of the best leadership from home? Jason abandoned them every bit as much as he was accusing Lindell of doing with Ray. Are our special forces that moronic? That would be a big NEGATIVE. The Sonny conversation with Ray's daughter was powerful. It felt right that it was Sonny who initiated it and not another team member. As always, the battle scenes were filled with close-ups and extreme close-ups - the better to let TPTB have any result they want to portray. There was a whole series of Jason movies that used this technique, right? The best part of the ep for me, and I can't believe I'm writing this, was Stella. She's nuts to choose the life of a special forces wife, but she sure has the makings of a great one. Bless all the Stella's out there.
  5. "Obi-Blonde Kenobi." Every once in awhile, Sonny delivers a gem. Also every once in awhile, he does something incredibly stupid. Live rounds on an exercise?!!!!!!! Not one mention of accountability measures. Boo! I still can't get over the expense of ongoing training for the SEAL units. Those planes and equipment do not move cheaply. Lindell continues to impress. I do believe that man would not be giving Jason all the leeway we've seen. He'd also be reassigning folks left and right, beginning with Blackburn. I really did appreciate that he seems set on moving Spenser to another team. He simply must. Dita (Cerberus) needs to be up for a doggie Emmy for appearing chastened when Jason discovered the torn bedding and such. It was actually touching when he took such an understanding and loving tone with her. Ray's home story is very compelling to me. Our Blue Star families deserve so damn much respect and appreciation. It's been an interesting beginning to this season.
  6. Here is a wonderful take on how the Stars Hollows denizens would be handling the pandemic: https://twitter.com/mikedicenzo/status/1335998914441457677?s=20
  7. Another continuing issue which cropped up in this ep was how orders in the heat of a firefight are questioned and not acted upon unless and until a discussion ensues. All the "Focus up!" and "I'll follow you ANYwhere!" stuff is so very empty because of it. This time, Sonny directly challenges Ray's decision to ignore Jason's problems and to devote everything to completing the mission and survival for the multiple men under his command. It wasn't that hard a decision. But, noooooooo. We had to have draaaaaaama. Of course, if Sonny had cited Cerberus as the supreme concern, I may have had to go with his wisdom.
  8. Marshall Tucker in the background was a perfect add to the profundity of Jason announcing he was standing down. Ray is not honorable (In my Worf voice). The Spenser reveal by Ray to Jason was the Jason in the bus moment for Guz. I liked it. A lot. The battles largely bore me. IRL, I have only the greatest respect and awe for everyone who puts themselves in harm's way. But for TV, zzzzzzz. No principle cast will ever really die. We did have one enemy RPG this time! I also really liked that Cerberus' beacon saved Jason, who saved Cerberus. Lindell continues to show me he understands command. He gave Bravo Team every chance to fly right. Missions accomplished, so he judged correctly. Now, he is left with no real choice. Blackburn is the first I'd reassign. Mandy went out good. Not easy. Congratulations and thank you for your service. The insistence on mentioning that Jason was expected to have particular issues with going after the son of a super bad guy, who himself is a really bad guy now, was TV tropism at its finest; which is to say, "worst." I half-expected Maria Ouspenskaya to make an appearance! The biggest thing, however, is I want to give props to TPTB for directly addressing an enormous American issue. Just what was our objective and did we meet it? Is it still achievable? Just what the heck IS our mission in Afghanistan? How does a warrior deal with a realization that the sacrifice may have been for naught? As they would say in the 60s..."Heavy, man."
  9. I took it as an homage to a fellow gangster in film, Vito (Andolini) Corleone, who died (natural death) while eating an orange. Loy couldn't hold that man's socks.
  10. I'm pretty sure the syndicate (Ebal) ordered the hit, using their new ally Happy. I agree it was a stunning shot. It wasn't gratuitous, imo. But, the killshots and the knifing were grotesque and overkill (pun intended). I was intrigued that they intentionally went with a very long view of Oral-etta's shooting. Sexism? I forgot to mention that I found Ethelrida's joyful/triumphant moment as she picked up the suitcases to be a major off-note. We had just seen the conversation last week where her mother spoke of the curse and the teen made it known that she had experienced the evil presence herself. Well, if that wasn't prima facie evidence that the curse was going to live on, through Ethelrida, what was it? Here, Hawley did not have the guts to show us a troubled young lady - just as he showed us a confident Mike. TPTB went to great lengths to depict the troubles which beset these two likable characters and then refused to honor their choices in the finale. What happened to the macro messaging, with which we were hit over the head with several soliloquies. about fate and how wicked the world was? Was there a friendly ghost/angel for them that I missed?
  11. Vito Andolini status for Loy's death? A disgrace. The Mike reveal? When last we saw him, he was utterly miserable in that small office. He suffered the exact same professional fate that his Dad did. But, Hawley shows him on the open road and seemingly satisfied. Satchel escaped there once with his dog. There's no escaping the mob, or if you prefer, your fate. That's America. At least that's what Hawley preaches. I was not buying for one second the joyful awareness and acceptance of Loy as he watched his family. He was too far gone and he had just been handed a fate worse than death. Sure, he was happy to have his boy home and relative peace for his family. But, that was too cheap a redemption. No sale. My recollection of the scene where Josto asked Oral-etta to handle the death of his father was that it was entirely menacing. If we were to accept his protestations, we would be denying what we were shown. Oh, right. This whole effort was a deception. Silly me. I will give TPTB credit for never giving up an opportunity to be gory for gore's sake. It makes it easier to dismiss them as empty and cliche storytellers who disdain their audience.
  12. Most every character is a caricature of a typical human. So, of course a ring will have the power to lead them to rationality and end the war, which Josto was on the verge of winning bigly. Happy will not be happy. Roach/Snowman makes for an interesting mysticism. The very great problem is that Hawley (or any writer for that matter) can create any reality they so choose by using the fantastical. Did Roach conjure the tornado? I did have a huge problem with Oral-etta losing her mind when she had a vision and/or a whiff of the phantasma. Have we often seen such a cold-blooded and single-minded character as she? And a ghostie stops her from an easy peasy injection? One she had done any number of times before? Riiiight. The other big issue I had was the significant passage of time from the last ep, which was in late Winter, well before any planting. This was Spring, post-planting, many weeks later. Happy's two weeks would have been long past. No mention whatsoever about what resulted. Why would Satchel still have been walking aimlessly on that road? Or was the greening of the earth and the blooming garden around the Smutny porch just supposed to be some silly visual clue about a new day dawning in the epic? Then, we had the two minions dictating to Josto what New York wanted. When, and how the heck, was that communicated to them and why wasn't Josto on pins and needles to learn of it? He is not that big a fool. Instead, we get them just sitting around and nobody makes this crucial messaging a priority. Hawley insanity. I loved the Mike character and would be fine to know that he was Satchel. I most want some reference to a certain future dentist in the finale.
  13. Hated the entire sequence in Barton Arms. Toto, er, Rabbit, was the only good thing in this ep. How on earth did Calamita get the drop on Loy's guy? Was the dude Barney Fife, with a single bullet in the chamber, which he had just used on the Fadda guy?
  14. "He" is known to them as "Snowman" per earlier closed captioning. Nothing, as far as I am aware, has been offered by way of exposition.
  15. Oral-etta is a veritable preying mantis. Josto is only alive, imo, because she is sane enough to fear Fadda retribution.
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