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  1. Ashforth

    The Eyes: News and Media

    I didn't miss Nick, either. This article is particularly interesting because it records what many of us who post here have noted: there is no cohesive planning for story arcs or character development. It sounds like chaos in the creative process, and that is evident in the deterioration of the show.
  2. Ashforth

    S03.E13: Mayday

    This might be better for the plot holes thread, but another thing missing from the show is the media, Canadian and worldwide. Overall, how have they covered the story of Gilead and its refugees? Specifically to Fred's arrest and Serena's detention (and now arrest), where are the reporters? What news has been reported? Would people on the street recognize Serena? Things can happen in a vacuum in Gilead, but not in the free world.
  3. Ashforth

    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I hate the Captain Morgan Rum ads that feature mobs of people charging toward a bartender or a store clerk demanding "Morgan and ginger" or "more Captain Morgan." It's terrifying. What will they do if they don't get what they want? Add an assault weapon and there you go. What ad agency thought this was a good idea, and what company executive approved it? Not to mention that the beautiful song they bastardize has nothing to do with demanding cheap spiced rum. https://lyricstranslate.com/en/guantanamera-guantanamera.html-16
  4. Hey Bruce Miller: Tell your story within the confines of the show itself. If you can't do that, you fail as an artist. Viewers should not need to watch "inside the episode" or interviews with the actors to figure out what the show is trying to say, or tie up the loose ends, or make sense of the nonsensical things that you and your writers put into the story.
  5. Ashforth

    S03.E13: Mayday

    But she's acting! With her FACE! not words. The children younger than 5 would be those birthed by Handmaids - they didn't have pre-Gilead families. What happens to them in Canada? Unless their Handmaid mothers make it out, they are essentially orphans at this point. It will be interesting to see whether/how the show deals with this. It would not surprise me at all if June is pregnant and that saves her yet again. The actors who play Lawrence and Rita both have new series coming up, so depending on shooting schedules they may not be available for significant participation in S4.
  6. Ashforth

    S03.E13: Mayday

    Make that a table for two, @BrindaWalsh Actually, table for 3 now that I have skimmed through all of the responses. You and @BodhiGurl and I are ready to make our reservation.
  7. Ashforth

    CBS This Morning

    Agreed, and same. I guess there may be better cable morning news shows but I want my local news and traffic updates on the half-hour. I especially like the What to Watch segment with Vlad Duthiers. He is great! I was surprised that he wasn't moved to one of the co-host positions, but maybe that's better for him...
  8. Ashforth

    Small Talk: Mayday

    That is a terrifying article. It, and other similar news about law enforcement officers getting together in their "private" online groups (and really, what morons, it's called the World Wide Web for a reason) make me feel sick. I'm sorry you're dealing with this in your home area. It reminds me of questions many of us expressed on these boards during S1 of THT - how does a takeover like Gilead happen? Part of it is that some members of law enforcement are gung ho to oppress people who they see as inferior.
  9. Ashforth

    CBS This Morning

    Is it just me, or has Gayle King gotten more and more unpleasant to her co-hosts? She took Anthony Mason to task on air yesterday for briefly stumbling over her name. I mean really, Gayle, you got rid of the co-hosts you wanted to get rid of, and I assume handpicked your new ones. Still there is little chemistry. Try not to be overtly rude to them. I would have thought that the lead of a major network news show (as "CTM" likes to bill itself) would cut short a vacation to cover crises like the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton. Not Gayle. But the truth is, I like the show better when she is on one of her many vacations. The irony is, I started watching CTM years ago because of Gayle. It's sad that I am actually considering going back to Today or GMA.
  10. Ashforth

    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I see what y'all did there (9-5, one of the best movies ever, imo)!!!!!!!
  11. Ashforth

    Favorite Commercials

    I'm not gonna lie, I think some of the Progressive ads are great, and... I love Flo. The ad with her sister Janice on the date? The actress plays both parts so well that you can't tell she's the same person. This is the newest, it is hilarious. That's how you put a customer at ease! And at the end... "Jamie" WHAT? https://www.ispot.tv/ad/oluz/progressive-the-corning
  12. When did Toyota Pam become a country singer?
  13. Ashforth

    Small Talk: Mayday

    In regard to experience in the legal field interfering in the ability to enjoy fictional TV legal dramas: For those old enough to remember The Practice, which had a couple of incredibly entertaining years, my stopping point was when a stalker of one of the lawyers showed up in the office with a SEVERED HEAD in a medical bag. Now, I've seen a lot, but bitch, please. Plus, David E. Kelley had most if not all of the women on the show victimized, raped (one raped multiple times IIRC), and otherwise terrorized. Thanks for showing us who you are, David.
  14. Ashforth

    S03.E12: Sacrifice

    I bow to your knowledge of Canada's legal system and totally agree with your summary (which I bolded). I work in the legal field in the US (civil, not criminal, but I have some familiarity with the US criminal legal system). There are many fictional "legal drama" shows that I just can't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy, no matter how entertaining they might otherwise be. I guess I have suspended disbelief for THT to the point that I truly don't expect any realism in the depiction of the legal process in regard to Canada, the US, and Gilead. For me, it isn't interfering in my ability to enjoy the show, especially now that it has moved on from the malaise that derailed the middle episodes of this season. I'm seriously curious about what they will do with Fred. Taking a comment about this to small talk!
  15. Ashforth

    S03.E12: Sacrifice

    I think he did it to save himself, and maybe to save Eleanor from being sent to the Colonies or hanged. He seems to have decided that bringing a bunch of kidnapped children with him will buy him mercy from the rest of the world. Mercy he didn't show when he helped create Gilead, and has only sporadically showed since we met him.
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