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  1. Oh I love this gloriously dumb show. Enough time has passed that Charles had enough time to get divorced, separate assets, presumably make alternate living arrangements, get a full scale wedding planned and get his ex-wife back in his good graces. And yet, so little time has passed that the Mase Cap/Axe Cap employee feud is still in the juvenile prank stages with all employees still on board, including the PR/IR specialist who works for exclusively for the Sub-Fund with only one source of capital. And, of course, Axe's most comparative rival (similar age, similar worth, both investors) who has never been mentioned before is now front of mine. Will Young Buffet here get a ceremonial flight back to Indiana. Seems like slightly smaller stakes than Gregori. All that said, I do enjoy the wider themes. Chuck's continuing neglect of anything approaching responsibility in his immediate family life continues to amaze him when things go off the rails, both small and large. Mafee's genuine excitement at Becky Lynch getting tossed around the office, though he likely would have been up at reception a nano-second after she started raising a fuss. Wag's gentle guiding hand, and complete overreaction to the most inconsequential of blights. Throw in Taylor taking a pot shot at Chuck's training regimen and it was enough to give me a smile in the midst of a rainy night in isolation.
  2. What the hell was Alicia's advice to Denise? She was in a relationship with someone who ticked most of her boxes and she found interesting and captivating and who was very invested in her. He just dominated the conversation. That's not a cut bait and throw in the towel scenario, it's an opportunity for Denise to assert herself in the relationship. Alicia is constantly pushing her Children to stand up for themselves on the face of challenging circumstances, but her advice to her sister is to quit on a relationship because the very nice, polite partner she has talks about his work a lot. That seems completely incongruous!
  3. Pitt is famously incredibly protective of his public persona. It's why he a oids do live interviews, why he hired writers for his award show speeches, and tends to do limited things where his team can ultimately veto them if it doesn't turn out well, like his Jim Jefferies weatherman bit. I guess that's a reason he's never hosted SNL. If things go bad. There's nothing he can do to combat it. But I guess this revised format works to that with only one pre-recorded bit to do and introducing Miley. I really enjoyed this episode. I wanted to say the show was telling on itself but I realise things like "more/shorter sketches and fewer sketches written around a host" won't translate as well to the normal format. I laughed the hardest at Chloe, Kyle, and Melissa's sketches. I also actually enjoyed Kate's two sketches. Her character work has always been great, her impressions just wear on me. Kenan obviously had a bunch of ideas to get out after focusing on TMNT last week. I'm really enjoying the "cast members as themselves at home bits," whether it's Pete's songs, Aidy's look inside her life, or Mikey's family
  4. Luke getting accepted to Oregon was a nice little Easter egg for Ty Burrell. Ty grew up in Oregon and spent some time at the University. Despite Phil attending that unnamed University (Bulldogs/frogs), there was an early season episode where Phil mentioned "we lost to Penn State" at the bowl game. Oregon lost the Rose Bowl to Penn State while Ty was there. Sorry, I know that's a lot. Just a Duck fan here!
  5. Based on the Weekend Update "audience" it sounds like Heidi either really loves WU or is one of the most supportive friends you can have. Chloe is a star in waiting. Obviously a lot of her impression work is well done (she has more of a Dana Carvey approach to impressions, which is to find a hook and lean into it, compared to Melissa who goes for the spot-on impression) but I also get the sense she has some of the best sense for sketch comedy the show has seen since Taran. We heard in her earlier days that Cecily was one of the best writer/performers on the show. I wonder if she lenses her talents more toward writing this week, especially with Update, with her having experience on that front and Che likely being down a bit. I get the sense Pete is a great comedian that just hasn't adapted to the demands of SNL production. Good Neighbor was perfectly Good Neighbor. It's always jarring to me how much more serious "real" Kenan is than "performer" Kenan
  6. Lots of good jokes, but I didn't feel invested in the outcome of the games, which felt odd for a B99 plot. Strange, I can't totally out my finger on what it was. I did enjoy the more involved Hitchcock subplot. I thought he carried the load well.
  7. Regarding the Wave Metaphor. Looks like Chidi may have studied death and what comes next with Professor Det. Fearless Seriously though, that's how great that metaphor is that I can recall it from the Pilot Episode of a 17-year-old single season (and change) NBC Friday Night Drama. I knew this was going to be a blubbery episode for me to watch as soon as Janet clued into what Jason was saying, they hit when Dance Dance Resolution performed in front of an adoring crowd in the afterlife. Well done show, well done indeed
  8. I can't really comment on anything else.because of that painting. Oh my god... The way the camera would just.zoomminnandmlinger.on the face. Jeff's reaction tonite sitting in the kitchen. Everything. What a piece of gold!
  9. This episode made me really laugh a few times. But I think my favorite was: "Throwing away sunglasses, that jacket! What kinda budget is this guy working with?" Also, "Oh great! Actual feuding with your family!" Glad to see this show can still pull deep when it needs to, even if the "life lessons" get pretty repetitive after a while!
  10. "You did go into the family business, son. Spreading joy and positivity" Damn, what a line in what was a beautiful exchange between the two actors. I had seen Fred in something else recently and he was looking frail too. As they say, "Time is the undefeated champion," but it's so nice to see that he can still perform, if not as physically in the past. I'd always assumed John Michael Higgins would assume those Fred Willard roles, going forward, but it looks like Ty Burrell should have the inside track. The casting if them as father and son has been absolutely perfect. Sentimental Phil always hits hard. I hope we get another episode of him and his Children.
  11. It's quite a common analogy that Sisyphus' rock represents a grand purpose. It's annoying and it never goes away and it's easy to hate in the moment, but when it's no longer there, life feels empty. A common thing for people who made work their whole life and then can't figure out what to do in life. Jake in Everybody Wants Some!! talks about how Baseball is his rock in a Sisyphean struggle as part of his college application essay that required him make an analogy for his life to Greek Philosophy. While I was very happy watching Vicky get turned into a pile of goo earlier this year, it was even better having her back. She'll be great in that role. And at the risk of costing myself some Good Place points, she looked fantastic! That Acid snake knows how to pick a skin suit! I appreciated the relative lack of drama, or twists and surprises. I still think we'll get some as we close out (the committee is obviously wholly incapable of running anything in the Good Place) but this was a nice set up to the finale
  12. I'm pretty sure it was the Horse Chidi tried to draw during pictonary earlier this season, struggling to survive as it ever has.
  13. And their motto: "Fragile Trinkets for the Happiest Days" I don't know if Megan Amram is still the primary writer for these, but she's going to need a creative outlet when the show ends! Even I'm all hot and bothered by this Chidi. /Eleanor makes a good point /Chidi swoops in to kiss her passionately, "Do you want to get out of here?"
  14. Look, I'll always appreciate a Christopher Lloyd farce. Nothing is ever going to top the Ski Lodge episode of Frasier, but many of the Modern Family farces have been great, and the show has been at its best when it goes that route. But I have to agree that the whole premise felt icky with the family taking advantage of Alex. And really the only reason for it was the Robot Butler gag. They could have still gone on the "adventures" if they were able to wander the building on their own. Great heavy lifting by Stephen Merchant though. "Let me just slide back into my shorts" got me
  15. I was pretty Meh on this one. I think endings are hard for Storytellers when you're crossing multiple iterations/series, and especially when you have a rabid fan base who for better or worse has its own ideas about how to end it. So I am willing to give Abrams and crew a good bit of latitude here. I liked the Force Awakens for its ability to reset the tenor and spirit of the films, although in reflection it was a very close rehashing of A New Hope. I LOVED Rogue One because it told a captivating story and presumed you were up to speed on everything going on around the story and the battle scenes were amazing. I really enjoyed The Last Jedi, despite some of its flaws, because it felt like we were going to go in a new direction to close out the story. I really disliked Solo, because it felt like a comic book that gets released alongside a bigger media production, and so much of the movie was just *Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge. This one decided to go back to closing out the predictable beats from the first two Trilogies along with mass celebrations by everyone. Which I can understand, but still felt underwhelming to me. That said I did enjoy the Kylo and Rey storyline, right up until they kissed. Poe and Finn were well done, and the actors gave good performances. I do agree with the take that this felt like Abrams was trying to shoehorn his own ideas for what TLJ was supposed to be into this which really made it feel bloated. This felt every bit of its running time (which to be fair, TLJ did as well, for me). Palpatine being back wasn't shocking or interesting to me, and I would have enjoyed seeing the fallout from Rey had Chewie actually died in the Transport or Hux deciding to join our crew of ragtags. But all-in-all, it served its purpose.
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