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  1. owenthurman

    S04.E15: Terms Of Service

    I might be too willing to give the writers some slack in exchange for the joy they give me, because I know exactly why they wrote that curse scene in: because the actresses playing Sara and Ava have MAD TAP-DANCE SKILZ. They may have begged the writers to include that scene or they may not, but either way, those two are loving life because of that scene. When they are old and gray, that scene will be a special memory for them.
  2. owenthurman

    S04.E13: Egg MacGuffin

    I'm guessing the writers originally wrote the q&a scene with some random audience member doing the outing and the challenge, and then someone decided to give those lines to Mona instead. It was a bad decision.
  3. owenthurman

    S04.E13: The Seam

    In regards to this show, my predictions have been accurate approximately zero percent of the time, so, grain of salt, but: Remember the alternate universe where Quentin was a villain? What if an alternate-universe Q is "the dark king" ruling over Fillory now, who deposed Josh and Fen? It would give the show a role for Jason Ralph, and the provide the storytellers with an opportunity to explore different sides of the character: who he would have become if different choices had been made, and, possibly, a redemptive arc.
  4. owenthurman

    S04.E11: Séance & Sensibility

    I found Nate's relationship with Amaya repugnant because he always talked down to her. He lectured her about Elvis and other parts of his culture while showing no interest in hers; he treated her like she was some naive, ignorant girl who needed him to sophisticate her. It was painful to watch. Zari comes across as far more worldly and sophisticated than Nate, so I don't think the same power dynamic will show up. I'm ok with seeing where they take it.
  5. owenthurman

    S04.E12: The Secret Sea

    I read the current developments as: the writers do see Quentin/Eliot as the final, enduring romance; they decided to reconcile Quentin and Alice because they plan to kill her character, and they wanted her death to have impact on at least one of the others; once dead, she will (I predict) show up in an elevator.
  6. owenthurman

    S04.E12: The Secret Sea

    I haven't seen any spoilers, this is pure speculation:
  7. owenthurman


    On the plus side there's great music, one good fight, great interpretation of language, but on the minus side there's tons of exotified sexual objectification of Asian women (probably the worst I've ever seen), pointless focus on extraneous characters, and a bunch of poor decisions. I'm giving this a 3 out of a possible 10 so far, but I'll probably tune in again just to hear Cantonese on American tv.
  8. owenthurman

    S04.E11: The 411

    No spoiler, and I haven't read any interviews, but here's some speculation: I hope I'm wrong. I loved season 3 SO MUCH until that incredibly disappointing finale, and I suspect the writers will do it again.
  9. owenthurman

    S04.E01: A Flock of Lost Birds

    I missed that! Reference to Star Trek and Game of Thrones?
  10. owenthurman

    The Passage

    That, to me, was the most problematic change. The book's
  11. owenthurman

    The Passage

    I haven't watched the episode yet, but based on the book, there could be some good reasons to be bothered by the race change. In the book at least, Again, I haven't watched the ep yet, so maybe they found a good way to deal with the issues around that.
  12. owenthurman

    S11.E08: The Witchfinders

    I agree with y'all regarding the series, but that was actually addressed in the dialogue of this episode. King James looks the crew over -- I may be transcribing this a little wrong because his accent was unclear to me -- and says "Peculiar rags there, silks. And such strange garments. Are you actors?" Though a throwaway line lampshading the issue isn't enough to make the issue go away.
  13. owenthurman

    S01.E06 Kappa Spirit

    I suspect these storytellers don't understand why anyone wants to belong to a sorority or a fraternity; they know these things only from the perspective of a distant outsider. But I know a woman -- a bestselling novelist -- who owes some of her success to her sorority sisters: when she was trying to find a literary agent, she wrote to one who was a member of the same sorority; the literary agent had contacts with sorority sisters in the publishing world; when the book was published, it was given publicity by sorority sisters, and other sorority sisters helped usher it to Hollywood.... This might sound like a conspiracy, but they are all so proud of her. I attended a dinner they held in her honor, and they were so tickled to be supportive of a sorority sister, they may as well have been kvelling. Many of the women in that room had never met before, but they all seemed to feel such a deep mutual affection. They seemed proud that they were part of a traditon with familial bonds stretching back over a century, and this one novelist's successes were something they all took pride in. It was nothing like the representations I'd seen in movies. Granted, the movies show college girls and the women in that room ranged from 20 to 85, but the cinematic representations all seem to be storytold by people who don't even understand that a sorority can give a powerful sense of community, and I suspect the Charmed writers learned about sorority life from those movies. This leads viewers to ask "why the hell does Maggie want to join this dumb sorority anyway?" rather than feel torn by the dilemma; and since we don't feel the tension between Maggie's choices, we don't find ourselves identifying with her but judging her.
  14. owenthurman

    S04.E05: Tagumo Attacks!!!

    The three-breasted woman has become a metatrope; it's not just referring to three-breasted women but also to every prior appearance of the image. Check "Multiboobage" on tvtropes for many more examples.
  15. owenthurman

    S04.E05: Tagumo Attacks!!!

    A Thanksgiving episode, AND a tribute to the kaiju films of the great Ishirō Honda? This show is so much fun.