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  1. Ucch, this is gonna get real ugly, real quick. Gary, burn those clothes! They make your ass look guilty. Can I not care about the guilt-ridden woman who hit Eddie, please? Like, at all? We've all moved on, writers; why can't you? That was the show's working title, but it didn't do well with focus groups (I'm guessing).
  2. I think Joe is shown consistently as driven, but I wouldn't say he's equally successful in each timeline: he does act bravely as a cop, but the heroism seemed to arise out of timing, rather than skill -- he was in the right place, at the right moment to save the senator. And Nurse Joe seems to be a hard worker, but not especially gifted or successful. (If the show is weighting the storylines to suggest one is more "real" than the others, it might be Rocker Joe's red-hued storyline -- where his passion and talent align -- that hints at this, for me.)
  3. Well, I did sort of say I wanted a lighter tone... I wondered if the animation style for this one was consciously sunnier, more ... cartoon-esque? Fairytale-ish? It looked to me like a more overtly Disney-like style (which is a little funny, considering that the Disney now owns the whole works). Anyway, it suited the tone of the episode, which I've already started calling "Thor: Ragamuffin" in my head. I'd like to think the high turnout among the original cast as voice actors had something to do with how much fun this episode would have been to play in. (But everyone was still mor
  4. Nice catch! I didn't pick up on that. Maybe take this with a grain or two of salt, given my missing of the detail mentioned above, but I think the song being played in all three timelines was not Rocker Joe's new song but Sometime Around Midnight. At least I heard it a few times in the episode, and I don't think the show means to conflate the two. I could be mistaken. (Again, see above comment.)
  5. I think it has potential, but what I've got so far is that heartbreak is universal. I was wondering if the show would weight one of the three possibilities heavily to hint at its being Joe's "right" future, the one where he really belongs, but I didn't have that impression -- at least not yet. I found the transitions pretty easy to follow; the RGB colour schemes were clear enough for me. I found it easier to distinguish one reality from another than, say, in Awake, which had a very similar, though binary, premise. (The colour differentiation in that show was a bit more subtle, if I remember ri
  6. The episode ended just as the story was getting to the good part.
  7. I want to like this show. I'm hoping Wolk lands a hit.
  8. I want an episode where everyone is played by Michael Pena's ultra-fast-talking Luis. This was far too dark for me, to an unnecessary degree. Even the characters' acts of self-sacrifice ended up being warped into meaninglessness.
  9. I think my DVR didn't record these?! I thought "Renewal" was the end... ETA: How did I not see the 16th as the airdate?? Coolcoolcooolcooool. Thanks, @shoregirl.
  10. Oops! So much for my idea of a family resemblance being "plausible." Try "actual," Sandman!
  11. The central weakness of this episode was the divergence point, for me. It might not have been an all-consuming love in the movie, but Strange did come to realize that he did love Christine -- eventually. It's just that he had to reach a certain point of enlightenment, or at least self-knowledge, to understand that. It's a bit of a bootstrap problem, for me: his love for Christine becomes the thing that drives him toward mystic knowledge, but without a driver toward mystic knowledge, he never would have realized how much he loved Christine. Having Strange start from the point of being in love w
  12. No one needs that universe. Ick. I dunno -- I thought Nebula calling T'Challa "Cha-Cha" was kind of adorable. I have more trouble imagining that Yondu could go straight than almost anything else in the episode, but I appreciate the implicit compliment to Chadwick Boseman represented by T'Challa's reality-altering eloquence. (I still haven't forgiven Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II for soft-pedalling Yondu's threats of cannibalism to try to turn him into a substitute father for Peter. That never sat right with me.) But it was a fun heist episode.
  13. I actually find it quite believable that Holt could feel discouraged, dogged by the feeling that his thirty-odd year career hasn't resulted in the kinds of change he's been working so hard for, even if the public is more aware of the problem now. There is significant backlash as well, and concepts like defunding the police and critical race theory are mangled and shouted down by a large faction of the right wing without even really attempting to understand what these ideas actually mean. I will find it heartbreaking if Holt's and Kevin's marriage doesn't end up in a better state, but I'm
  14. Not only is his colouring similar enough to Fumero's to make a resemblance plausible, but it's easy to imagine Jake as a sweet-faced, serious-eyed baby with a mop of dark hair, too.
  15. It's the "... [signed] Raymond J. Holt" that always kills me -- still. But I don't want even to imagine a world in which the smell of mayo is enough to turn Scully on. It just ... NOPE.
  16. That was brilliant! What does it say about me that I think a Tiny Terry spinoff would be vastly more entertaining than either Young Sheldon, or Young Rock, for that matter? Loved the moment that Mac stood up in his playpen. From the casting of the kid to Samberg's wonder-filled response -- just about perfect all around. Amy and Jake's maple-scented flailing was endearing, and the end of the episode was just sweet enough. ETA: Between Holt's signing his digital phallus portrait to Kevin with his usual hauteur, and his genuinely surprising (to me), sailor-like "Not too thinky" cus
  17. Doing a rewatch on Disney +, and I just want to say how much I still love Peggy's platonic-but-blinding chemistry with Mr. Jarvis. James D'Arcy is just endlessly entertaining in the role, and a brilliant match for Hayley Atwell. Howard might be the role of a lifetime for Dominic Cooper; or maybe it's just that it's the most I've ever liked him. I enjoyed the "Captain Carter" episode of What If... but it feels a little superfluous somehow; that is, I agree with the comment upthread that giving Peggy superpowers seems almost beside the point. Edited to add: Not that I didn't enjoy watc
  18. I just about died at bleeped-out, blurred-out Amy. Oh, my goodness, I missed this family so much! It so happens I've been doing a Scrubs rewatch lately, and the cameo from Johnny C. was a lovely coincidence. Full disclosure: I also laughed my head off at "Amy was right: Drugs are bad." But then, Stephanie Beatriz's comic timing and delivery usually make me laugh out loud.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. Please, please, please, someone make this happen.
  23. 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!)
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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