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  1. My fanwankery is that it's because Klaus intentionally summoned him and they spend so much time together. It's a different relationship than Klaus has with any other ghost.
  2. I think we didn't get enough of Carl's POV to be able to judge what his threat and desire to institutionalize Harlan was really about. Sissy did seem like she was overwhelmed and struggling to take care of Harlan. Harlan also appeared to be getting worse post-Vanya's powers. Carl may have simply wanted to simplify his life by getting rid of both Harlan and Vanya, or Carl may genuinely have thought an institution was the best place for Harlan. I think you can make an argument either way based on what was shown on screen. I think that Carl was more wronged than the wronger based on what we saw on screen. He lied to Sissy to go drinking, but she cheated on him in their shared bed with their houseguest and intended to kidnap their son to run away with Vanya. A slightly different Sissy/Carl thought is that I've realized the whole farm thing is weird. Carl's a salesman, so Sissy must be the reason they run a farm. But she seems unhappy about the farm and keeps talking about how her life isn't what she wants. I'm wondering if the writers really thought through the backstory of their marriage and how/why they're on a farm or if the writers just thought it would be nice to have a farm for some of the big scenes.
  3. I assume Diego was using his power while they were running just as he used it to stop the bullets. I wish the show had established that Diego can do that earlier. His power has always been the least clear to me. Overall, I liked this season a lot. It had all the quirkiness that I liked from last season but more coherent character building. It was also surprisingly sweet. Pretty much everyone who survived found some amount of love and acceptance... even the Commission people.
  4. With a lot of television, it seems like writers get tunnel vision on the specific characters they decide write a storyline for and don't think about how those issues would affect other characters in the cast. The lack of attention to how civil rights issues would affect Diego and Lila bothered me, too. Doesn't Vanya need a sound-based trigger for her powers? She rang the tone before exploding the fruit in the dinner, but suddenly seems to have evolved past that. I thought Carl was menacing in his speech to her, but justified. She was actively trying to destroy his marriage and take his son away. But it is in character for Vanya to be self-centered like that. I don't see how the show could do it, but I would laugh and laugh if Lila recruited Diego to run security for the Commission with her. It seems like a good fit for him. It's not a stretch to see the Commission's mission of preserving the timeline making them the good guys.
  5. I'm pretty sure we've seen him use his powers way more times in a row than he did during the fight with the Swedes. I don't want to go back and rewatch the scene, but what I remember is that the Swede did something to create an orange glow on his chest; Five seemed to recognize it and either said or made an expression of "oh shit"; and then neither Five nor Diego could use their powers successfully.
  6. Was I imagining things or did Lila keep teleporting during the fight with Five? I thought she did it a few times, but then Five didn't comment on it at all during his talk with the Handler. Did I misinterpret fight choreography? This is after the Swedes were somehow able to block powers in the fight at the Consulate, but no one commented on that either. I'm so confused what's going on with the Commission and power abilities! They couldn't do anything other than fight really well and use the briefcases to teleport through time last season, right? ETA: I think Klaus lied about Ben because he's annoyed with Ben constantly condescending to him about his bad life choices. Also, he probably didn't want to have to relay messages between Ben and the other siblings.
  7. I don't think Sissy's a serial killer, but given this show, I make no assumptions. I agree that it can't end well. If nothing more, I don't think Vanya's going to be staying in this timeline. I feel like I accidentally jinxed Klaus by complimenting his sobriety in the thread for the last episode. Did Dave see Ben in the end of the restaurant scene? I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be a foreshadowing of the death coming for Dave letting him see Ben or just an artsy shot. I feel like the show wants us to be okay with Allison and Luther because they're not genetic siblings, but do we actually know that they're not? With that whole scattered energy thing in the Reginald flashback last season, I've been thinking of them as actual half-siblings through Reginald. I like Allison and Luther as scene partners, but I can't ship them for this reason. So I'd like the show to clear this up. Did anyone catch what the Swede did to block Five and Diego's powers? Or what caused it to end?
  8. Why do you think Lila was lying? She said her parents were murdered at 4. There's nothing inconsistent with that and the revelation about the Handler being her mum. If the Handler adopted her after her parents were murdered, Lila would consider the Handler her mum. And this show being this show, I wouldn't be surprised if we learn that Handler murdered Lila's parents in order to adopt her so that Lila could be in a position to get the Handler to Five (or possibly JFK, depending on if the Handler's present on an assignment for the time agency people or back in time on a rogue mission for revenge against Five). Klaus only seems to be using his powers to channel Ben. We haven't seen him speak or channel any other ghost. I was wondering about that when he was building his cult because it would seem like an excellent way to do it. I'm also proud of him appearing to still have his drug habit kicked. His scene with Dave broke my heart. When Klaus is sincere, it's so moving. I'm glad Allison went ahead and used her power to save Ray. I want to see Allison's power in action more often because it's cool. Her desire not to use it and earn her way through the world doesn't resonate for me because we never really saw her abuse it last season... just that single flashback montage. I did appreciate how weird Klaus and Luther showing up as Allison's brothers would be for Ray. Poor Luther. He really was the most f'd up by their father. I want movement on Ben's plotline. What could he be so invested in with anyone in San Francisco? There was the implied romantic interest in bus woman, but Ben's always seemed too realistic about his ghost status. Also, he wouldn't be able to communicate without Klaus's assistance, and Klaus seems clueless about what's going on with Ben.
  9. I don't know what the original poster meant, but that was a question I had. Why did Copely and Booker need to link up to obviously shady Merrick instead of going with an academic researcher or looking around for a less shady company? Booker was willing to be studied, and they didn't actually need the rest of the immortals for Booker and Copely's aims. Merrick just wanted them all because he's evil and profit driven. I think the actual answer is "because otherwise there would be no plot," but it seemed like they could have added a teeny bit of exposition to justify it. Put in a line or two that establishes the evil research doctor as the only genius with the potential to crack the secret and claim it was Merrick or nothing.
  10. That is true. But she does have to tell him that the child slavery exists and that the First Order is bad and does bad things and that's why Canto Bight is bad. It was bad writing for the character. It still makes me angry. Finn was a stolen child solider who broke his brainwashed programming and left the First Order because he saw the evil. He didn't freaking need Rose to explain the evils to him. I thought JJ tried to bring the character back to where he should always have been, though, in TROS. Finn's scenes with Jannah where they bonded over their rebellion were so powerful. It's why I can't get on the Rose deserved better train. Rose was a poorly written, poorly conceived character whose sole purpose was to give Finn someone to talk to during a horribly written story line. Jannah was an excellent character who enriched Finn's character. And even though I wish we'd gotten Finn leading a Stormtrooper rebellion, Finn was key to events in TROS, including the final defeat of the First Order on Exogol. He wasn't sidelined in TROS. IMHO, the main problems with the character come from Johnson, who clearly didn't know what to do with Abrams' story or main characters. It's not like the storyline for Rey was good in TLJ either!
  11. Zuleikha

    The Star Wars Saga

    I think this is a crappy way to announce a show, though. Star Wars fans have demonstrated that they will embrace female characters and female leads, but the Internet has made everything so toxic. Introducing a show with nothing more than "about female characters" is setting it up for the target of trolling. I don't think that SHOULD be the case, but it so obviously is. Why not wait until SOMETHING else can be said about it?
  12. I like JoJo Siwa's hairbows, but her success will always be a mystery to me. She can't sing! Why do kids like her? Why???? So I'm glad she's off the show.
  13. Twins are genetic clones of each other, so I don't think Ray's father being a Palpatine clone would make Rey his daughter in the general way we talk about father/daughters. But it would make her his genetic daughter, which actually would have been useful to have in the film. This is the first time I've ever looked forward to a novelization to get clarity on the official canon! I actually wouldn't mind seeing that supposed initial 3-hour cut either.
  14. I do not understand Kenny's reaction to the camera person. If he and Kelly had a mutual agreement that they weren't even staying engaged, much less getting married, why was he so mad at the camera person? I think Kelly was simply not attracted to him, and that's part of why things didn't work. I don't think that means it's a loss on her part or that she has a bad picker per se. Attraction isn't something you can sum up. I do think based on the statements about her past sexual history that she has some deeper intimacy issues that she needs to work through with a good therapist. Mark came across to me like he had decided in the pods that Jessica was his trophy, and he could never engage with her on a person to person level. He didn't actually seem emotionally available to me. He seemed fake. When she brought up issues, he never actually engaged with them. He just dismissed them as not important. What I read in an interview with him is that he did know Jessica planned to say no, but he also thought she wasn't going to be in a wedding dress. So he got caught up in the moment when he saw her in the dress. That's just weird. Damian's reaction of "heck no, I'm not making a legal commitment to you at this point" to Giannina after Giannina ran hot and cold makes so much more sense to me.
  15. Yeah, I was shocked that this storyline didn't come up in more detail before. I was also shocked that she said she couldn't take her eyes off Barnett. Barnett? Really? He's obviously not ugly, but he just seems pleasantly fine.
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