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  1. Well, the "He's a friend from work!" set piece is delightful (I'm not made of flint, people) -- but I think that's largely due to Hemsworth's charm. I also laughed at Sir Anthony playing Loki playing Odin. But so many of the characters had to act so completely out of character that a lot of the jokes -- that the script was so clearly striving mightily for -- fell flat for me. And don't even get me started on Jeff Goldblum's ... whatever it was he was doing. ETA: Sorry for straying off the topic of Loki's glorious ... befuddlement.
  2. Am I remembering it wrong? Didn't Nicole also work against Abe's interest while she and Elvis were ... married, I want to say? Maybe Elvis just gives me rage blackouts and I'm confused. I did not know about the Abe-Brandon connection, so thanks to those who flagged that for me. The list of what this show does not know or does not fully understand is frighteningly long and varied: civic structure, public service, criminal and civil law, medicine, biology, structural engineering, basic chemistry & physics, temporal mechanics ...
  3. How are Nicole and Abe so chummy? That's what I want to know. Elvis and "Nicki" were trying to get Abe sent to prison not so very long ago, I seem to remember. Their friendship now seems at the very least unlikely.
  4. Please, please, please, someone make this happen.
  5. You can come sit by me if you want; not hating Thor: The Dark World doesn't seem crazy to me. (Full disclosure: I think Thor: Ragnarok is by far the worst thing in the MCU: an irretrievable tonal mess that treats its main character with scorn, and I think I'm considered crazy for that -- so you may not want to sit near me!)
  6. You know, I think I'd be okay with the universal (omniversal?) restoration of free will as the endpoint of this series. (I do wonder what the Time Keepers' being artificial constructs will mean. I was beginning to speculate that the Time Keepers would turn out to be Will Ferrell, still trying to super-glue all the Legos.) Sylvie's speech about how "the universe wants to break free, so it manifests chaos" is a straight-up mission statement for a trickster god. You could make a pretty sturdy argument that the function of a trickster god in any mythology is to preserve randomness and thereby
  7. Sandman

    S01.E03: Lamentis

    The whole premise of the Sacred Timeline bothered me from the first episode (like ... so much for free will!) But I hadn't thought of the torch/taser things as possible reset button technology; nice catch.
  8. And this is different from Ava's usual sort of pointlessness how, again? I keep thinking there's a pun to be made about the Original Shin of this show, but I can't get the bat off my shoulder.
  9. Or maybe he just couldn't bring himself to? I feel you, Steve; I do. Without even watching the episode, I feel you, man.
  10. I usually feel like a minority of one when it comes to Meet the Parents, because I think it's truly vile. Just unrelievedly nasty, through and through. (Cringe comedy has never been my thing.) I just don't get it, either, but now I don't feel so alone. So, thank you, @andromeda331 And thanks to @Ms Blue Jay for the chance to sort out my attribution.
  11. I think Justine was introduced before Rachel married Carl (and I think I stopped watching before their "love story" (ick) anyway), but that marriage seemed so incontrovertibly wrong to me that it the show had plainly lost its way. I could never bring myself to watch after that. Another World was the soap I loved first and best, and the idea of Rachel falling in love with Carl Hutchins ruined it.
  12. I think Maggie actually said this, or something very close to it, when Sophie first talked about what happened. Having said that, I can't imagine why Maggie wouldn't have gone over with Sophie what exactly she was going to say in telling her story, nor can I imagine that the issue of naming Peter didn't come up until the moment Sophie uttered his name in the podcast. I think Maggie had a slightly "Eeep" kind of facial expression, but that's it? Yeah, I don't think so.
  13. And Nash's world just got at least 15% more interesting. I'm not saying I'm gonna line up for tickets to A Million Little Things in the Multiverse of Badness, but if Baron Mordo is part of the cast next season, I'll at least watch the premiere. For whatever it's worth, it was my impression that Delilah came up with the idea of moving to France permanently after Sophie spent time there, not before. I don't think selling Sophie on the move was part of any agenda on Delilah's part. Otherwise, why not discuss it while Sophie was there? I also seem to remember that going to France to visi
  14. Didn't Maggie give up her apartment? Did she sublet? Was it empty the whole ... year? (I don't actually know how long ago it was in Million Little Things time since Maggie left for Oxford.) I found it jarring that she's just back there, podcasting away, seemingly without transition. And yes, Maggie's apartment is what I'm choosing to focus on right now... ETA: Except to add that, while I'm glad Javier Sr. is so unswervingly loyal to his son that he's prepared to alibi him out, the fact that Junior is going to let him is incredibly disturbing and feels out of character for Gary -- but this
  15. Everyone seems to be moving forward except Gary. I admit, the show suckered me into thinking Gary thought better of it by the time Peter got to the door. Looks like Gary's storyline next season is going to be both grimdark and stupiddumb.* Can't Regina have a heart-to-heart with Delilah? I think Gina might be the brightest one of the bunch. I haven't been the most impatient with Delilah, but even I'm getting tired of her whining. Just -- geez, lady, talk to your kids! This is more of Nash's "flipping" the characters, isn't it? I'd roll my eyes, but I'm afraid of doing myself serious
  16. Between that ending and the shot of Angela pleading weakly "... help me," as she (presumably) dies, I found this an uncharacteristically grim episode. Grim enough that I'm not sure I want to watch season 2.
  17. I can sort of buy Angela's turning on Wheatley, since she's his ex-wife and maybe no longer family (although for most of the season she seemed pretty down with whatever he was doing) and she does learn that it was he and not Stabler who killed Rafiq. I wondered at first if Wheatley was supposed to be unhinged or somehow unbound from the usual (tv-) mobster codes, since he killed his father; that seems like a non-starter. In a way I still think Wheatley is bloodthirsty to an impractical degree (if mobsters are supposed to be businessmen). On the other hand, I think it makes a kind of sense for
  18. That's what I was thinking, too. But was I alone in thinking that Stabler's big "Annnd... scene!" wail was even more on the nose than this show usually is? I mean, he might have shouted (earlier) "We need help, here!" But no -- Elliot stands at the centre of the screen, in a long, white hallway, gleaming with emptiness, and howls "I NEED HELP!" Little late, dude. On so many levels. I will say I wasn't expecting Richie to arrange so close to successfully to have his Dad whacked. He always seems so completely out of his depth, and not even really aware of it. But as soon as the charges
  19. I did NOT need to see Crazy Wheatley's pre-breakfast O-face. That is all.
  20. I think she might actually be doing this all over town, and we're only seeing the entitled tip of the harpy iceberg. "Excuse me, why are you sitting on MY bench in MY Murder Park?"
  21. Maybe in Julie World it's a thing? Heaven knows Julie Fubar doesn't live in the same reality as the rest of us.
  22. "Poor Unfortunate Souls"? "Snuff Out the Light"? "Sympathy for the DeVil"?
  23. How do you suppose he got the nickname "ShutUpRafe!"? (Okay, only from me, but my point stands.)
  24. But even Colin's face was like "Pretty expensive way to clean the drain, dude." This was the most I've ever liked Shelley.
  25. They're banking on it with Angela's plan, with Wheatley's weakest point being his ego, according to her. Killing any more of Angela's children might prove counterproductive.
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