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  1. I said in the episode seven thread that it was almost perfect, and it was, but the bear fight felt anticlimactic. First, they were supposed to be in armor, and Iofur's fancy high-coverage armor was supposed to make him look more intimidating than Iorek in his rusty, dented armor, really cementing Iorek as the underdog... second, Iorek was supposed to trick Iofur by pretending one of his front legs was useless before striking with it... and third, that strike was supposed to take off Iofur's jaw (at which point Iorek would go in for the kill and then eat his opponent's heart). I realize they want this show to be "family-friendly," but the bear fight is a huge deal in the books, and having the kill offscreen took away a little of the impact. It also wasn't obvious enough that Iorek was tricking Iofur; it seemed more like knowing Lyra was in imminent danger gave him enough strength for one final lunge. We needed to rely on later dialogue to know he was only pretending to be weak. The Bolvangar fight last week was similarly underwhelming, going from a huge battle with Tartars, Gyptians, Witches, Lee in his balloon, and Iorek, to a short indoor battle with one witch. The movie did a lot of things wrong, but it got the Bolvangar and Svalbard fights very right.
  2. That was almost perfect. Loved Lyra tricking Iofur... you could tell she was nervous, but she knew exactly what to say and she lied convincingly. She earned the name Silvertongue. I didn't think Iorek's trick was quite as obvious (it seemed more like he got an extra burst of strength from Iofur threatening Lyra than that he was faking worse injuries than he had), but it worked well enough. I love the idea that you can't trick a bear... unless that bear is acting more like a human. The scenes in Will's world were appropriately tense, as well. It's a bit slower of a story, but it's working for me, especially in this episode where both storylines stayed tense throughout as they built up to action. This week I didn't feel any sense of annoyance when we switched between worlds. The episode seemed more tightly-written than the others and had better dialogue, too. I'm looking forward to the finale!
  3. Her Billboard Woman of the Decade speech was pretty great (if you don't want to watch a video, you can read the transcript here).
  4. All episodes of season three are live now!
  5. Nah, I'm right there with you. I'm so over the standard love triangle. I actually don't get the sense that Dex is into Grey like that, though. She's always denied it when asked, and it didn't seem like she was lying. I guess we'll see. I feel like it's far too early in the series run to get to any sort of "endgame" pairing.
  6. I'm not sure of the legality, but the fact that Nancy left the journal open on her bed and Carson asked the cop to go into her room probably didn't help. It's not like the cop was trespassing or rifling through anyone's things. Based on what was shown when Nancy talked about "new beginnings" (George turning to look at Nick), I feel like they are going to go there with Nick and George, and I think I like it. They have more chemistry than Nick and Nancy do, anyway. If Bess turns out to be a Marvin, can she start using her real accent all the time? Because if so, I'm all for it. So are all of the mysteries going to be tied to ghosts or other "entities," and if so, how long can the show sustain that? Will they bring in other creatures like vampires and werewolves? How will they explain such a high amount of paranormal activity -- is Horseshoe Bay on a Hellmouth?
  7. I think the only hint that there were still people around was that lit lantern Lyra picked up on her way to the shack. And yeah, the basic idea is that when puberty hits and daemons settle, they start bringing more mature, "sinful" thoughts, so undergoing intercision is kind of like being castrated, or having a lobotomy... rendering you childlike and (ideally) compliant. Looks like it worked fairly well on those nurses, but not so well on the children.
  8. Which part was specific, the townspeople hiding? That was from the show itself, except I felt like the fact that it was nighttime took away from that a little bit (of course a town is quiet and still in the middle of the night). I don't mean to insult any viewer's intelligence. I feel like the writer is just making some odd choices that are making certain events less impactful.
  9. No specific book talk here, don't worry: Basically, there are a lot of little things they could be doing to better explain daemons, but they're mostly just making them look like cute little animals who follow you around and occasionally talk to you about plot points.
  10. We learned in the first episode of this season that the house is cloaked and on an "empty" lot, so at least that's explained (there was no tree on that lot, however). Everything else, though, is a mess. Parker's heel-turn, Parker "dying" but not really (where are the stakes!?), both Harry and Macy suddenly falling for bad guys, anyone trusting Abigael at this point, still no powers (or minimal/occasional powers) by the mid-season finale... I don't get it, because this show came from the people who gave us Jane the Virgin, and while that show could be silly sometimes, it was good. It was funny, it had a lot to say about family (both blood and found families), it was sweet without being saccharine, it had great character development... this show has none of that. I guess as a developer/ one of many exec producers, Jennie Snyder Urman isn't steering the ship as much as she did as JTV's showrunner, which is a shame.
  11. McGinnis: Someone in this town has been tampering with the spirit world. We could stand here all day, or one of you can start talking. (LONG PAUSE) Bess: Okay. Dead Lucy - (OTHERS GROAN) - was on Nancy's phone video. We went to a medium to see what she wanted, and then the medium freaked and vanished. George: Not like mystical vanished. She just, like, skipped town. Bess: Right. Then there was this '70s throwback lady who applied for a job during the Nor'Easter storm. George: She also might've been dead, not sure. Bess: But Tiffany Hudson's ghost definitely attacked me in a freezer right before she possessed George. Nick: And there was the antique coins that opened the door to a crowd full of spirits during the seance. McGinnis: Seance? Nancy: Yeah. I conducted it with a crash course from Victoria. George: My mom's a clairvoyant. It's why she's a raging alcoholic. What does this have to do with Ace? McGinnis: You all have been reckless. This place is still cluttered with spirits, even worse than the hospital.
  12. Taylor Swift Documentary 'Miss Americana' to Open Sundance Film Festival
  13. I'm kinda over triangle nonsense in my media, but if we're gonna have triangle-type drama, I'm much more entertained by Dex sleeping with Grey's girlfriend than Dex sleeping with Grey. This should effectively kill the Dex/Grey will they/won't they stuff, at least for a while. I liked Dex bonding with her ex's widow. It wasn't saccharine; it felt real. I don't know a lot about Native Americans or reservations, but it seems like the show is handling stories involving them pretty respectfully, which is nice to see. Usually when you see Native Americans on TV shows, they're filling the stereotypical "wise old Indian" role that Sue Lynn called out this episode (and are usually doing some badly-researched mystical stuff, besides).
  14. This show is ridiculous. Does everyone believe in ghosts at this point? Carson hasn't seen any ghosts and has no reason to believe that Nancy and her friends aren't just crazy. As I watched that... ritual or whatever it was they were doing, I looked for anything that would show Carson they were right about this spirit world stuff, and there wasn't anything concrete that would have turned me into a believer. I loved that scene where the crew spilled all their recent activities to McGinnis, though. It was a perfect summary of episode 1-7's insanity. This week it was Lisbeth's turn to be a suspect, and now we've gotten that out of the way... I guess. She didn't show them any proof she's actually a cop. The double agent stuff where she's sneaking around with Bess (and punching Nancy!) makes her more interesting, though. I was a little surprised she stayed with Bess after Bess flat-out accused her of attempted murder, but I guess they haven't been together long enough for a lack of trust to really hurt her feelings. They won't have to keep secrets now, anyway. It's funny, I always wanted Riverdale to stop hinting around at supernatural stuff and just go for it, but now that a similarly-toned show is doing it, I kind of wish this was all a big plot involving technology and trickery instead.
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