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  1. S03.E02 Imagine Manchuria

    At the end of that scene, as Joe walks off in post-shovelcide bliss, we see two guys come out of the shadows with a shovel and a burlap bag/canvas; one of them was (I think) the same guy in the hallway a moment earlier who had told Raeder that Joe had stepped outside to smoke. So they presumably scooped him up and disappeared him in whatever is the Nazi hitman custom of the time.
  2. S02E10: A Duel of Iron

    I freakin' know!!! Season 1 was my least favorite of the 4 "Defenders" shows (although I didn't hate it as much as the internet, I had to enter "stoner mindset" to get much joy out of IF-S1). Yet now: The Defenders mini-series was just awful, DD-S2 was eh, okay... JJ-S2 was eh, okay.... LC-S2 was eh, okay to even "bad", and IF-S2 was... wait a second here... interesting and decently plotted?!? Characters who were written and behaved like human beings? The "bad guys" were morally complex, while the good guys weren't just pants-on-head stupid all the time?!? How on earth was this a Scott Buck project?! Well, whatever they did, it worked because that was enjoyable and well-paced and has me actually looking forward to season 3.
  3. S02E05: Heart of the Dragon

    I'm enjoying this season so far (in a lazy way; season 1 didn't exactly make me excited to watch season 2, but eh...). That said, the hallmark of this show continues to be sloppy plotting/writing. Time continuity, character behavior, unnecessary obstacles for the sake of drama, etc. I think a lot of that is the writers being somehow unable to understand- still- how much different life would be for a friggin' billionaire. I think it would be a smarter choice to really explore that- how Danny Rand has the kind of resources a Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would have, and how that would unavoidably change his behavior and goals, and not in the throw-away "I got you a fancy arm and I can pay your rent!" kind of way. I mean, as an example, while Danny is not all about wealth and its trappings, and living this ascetic life of the humble furniture mover, I'd be shocked if [a real world] Ward didn't have Rand contacts on speed dial to discretely get Danny immediate, A+++ medical attention. So instead, they let him limp around with a gut wound, an actual doctor says "Eh, fine, don't take him to a hospital"? Things that are kind of a slap to the viewer, because it reads as almost childishly naive about the world. That said, I still enjoy watching, and have grown on Finn Jones/Danny Rand. "We live in a cynical world. A cynical world."... so it's kind of nice to have a hero who is a genuinely good, decent, noble person. Imperfect, flawed, sure... but far better than most.
  4. S02.E01: Reparations

    The Snells- who are batshit crazy- killed Del out of some ridiculous hillbilly pride. The cartel demanded a fair negotiation and gave Marty 1 hour to accomplish this. Jacob realized that only blood for blood would work (and simply offering money would show its own form of weakness), so he killed their like-a-son right-hand man, Ash. The cartel would recognize the trade-off- and equivalent value- and call the debt paid. The unseen cartel heads basically think similarly to Jacob: their stupid, violent world is all about "pride", and "respect", and "power", and "weakness". So the Snells offering up their own "highly-placed lieutenant" would be seen as a way of wiping the slate clean and returning to a pure business relationship. That said, I'm just now watching episode 2, and the Snells are not so good at... anything related to business. Or basic human interactions. The Snells are little more than feral animals, wearing human-shaped clothing, and while the cartel is similar, they are also presumably too wealthy and professional to play this sort of game with the Snells much longer. "Coach Sue, Esq." does not strike me as one to dabble in backwoods feuds and petty spats.
  5. S01.E12: Why Bad Things Happen

    I really liked this show/season- I kept seeing the little trailer and tried it on a whim, surprised how much I liked it- but I can also agree that "uneven" is a pretty apt summary. The show was all over the map in terms of tone, and that ending was daaaark. Still, it was so fun, and so goofy/weird/camp, I had a blast watching it. I'll be back for season 2, and I'm curious where they'll go with this now that Patty has basically chosen the irrevocable "dark side" while Bob A. is now aligned at the hip with her.
  6. S01.E10: Banana Heart Banana

    I disagree; what I like about this show is that most characters in it are people-like, including Patty. While Regina and Dixie are cartoonish, almost everyone else is nuanced and multi-faceted. The adults do try to be good with their kids, but are also not great with them- or each other. Everyone's got secrets, everyone's got lies, everyone is a fraud... she's basically a weight-losing female version of Holden Caufield. And her town is just full of phonies... Was Patty completely in the wrong to lash out at Bob like that- and not the first time she's done so impulsively? Absolutely! But her character is basically still a child, and that kind of absolutist thinking and sense of hurt is extremely realistic for an adolescent- much less one who was cruelly bullied her whole life, hospitalized, has undergone a drastic physical and social transformation, and who is encountering a rapid-fire set of challenges and new and confusing experiences. After a cruel series of rejections and abandonment- all happening around a ridiculous and cruel farce of a "roast" because she was unfairly labeled a bully by the evil machinations of the worst person in town- she snapped and acted waaaay out of line. Yeah, okay. That she would be self-absorbed and quick to temper is believable, because- again- she's a teenager going through an extremely complicated time. And she's good enough at heart that she has had plenty of genuine moments of decency and compassion, does care about other people. Once it hit her how much she had hurt Bob, she literally collapsed into a Costco sheet cake of despair from her guilt and the emotional crisis of realizing just how much she bears the responsibility of her own unhappiness. She's very, very imperfect- but so is everyone else in this show. That's what I like about it: no one is getting the Mary Sue "winner's edit", and (excepting the sort of comic relief of Regina/Dixie) no one is unredeemably evil either. Patty gets dumped on an awful lot, but also brings a lot on herself. Like you'd expect from a teenager, and like you'd hope she would eventually grow out of it (I type this still having not seen the final two episodes).
  7. S01.E08: Weiners and Losers

    Like some of you, I was mystified at the overwhelmingly negative reviews, because I had been digging this show as frivolous camp fun and goofiness. But this episode went way over the top for me- in all the best possible ways! The sheer absurd campiness of it all- down to the parallel generational unrequited love stories (Bob/Bob and Nonnie/Patty) and soap-opera-dialed-to-11 dramatic "twists" like a false pregnancy that was actually a "demon" teratoma, my god- had me absolutely howling. I mean, when Dixie bit into her like a freakin' vampire, and the camera lingers on Patty's shocked face, clad in her WienerTaco dirndl sporting fresh bite marks on her neck, looking for all the world like a peasant who's just been attacked by Count Dracula, and all this while "Cry, Little Sister" (the theme from the movie "The Lost Boys", for god's sake!) is playing in the background... I was in tears. Tears. Whoever was ragging on this show based on the supposed "fat-shaming" elements is missing out on a hilariously goofball show that also is really good about genuine human moments (I find the parent-child conversations for example to be surprisingly well-written, and the show at times gets serious about serious things) and yes, about body-positivity. I hope word of mouth gives this show a cult following, because I think it deserves much more attention than it's getting.
  8. Season 3: Episode Discussion

    Just a FYI, but that was actually Vincent Kartheiser ("Pete Campbell" of Mad Men), not Wil Wheaton as the congressman. Yeah, I think this needs to be the final season, and hopefully (I type this having just watched the 12th and presumably second-to-last episode yesterday) they'll wrap things up with the Eddie death sequence next week. I don't know what well they're still drilling here, the show has no focus or point since a few episodes into season 2, at least that I've been able to detect. I watch it out of habit, and because Freida Pinto is so gosh darn cute. Her character is pointless too, though, as are they all.
  9. S03.E12: Catalina

    I actually liked this season, and am happy (to intuit from the comments here that) this was the final season. It ended on a nice note, and while there are little things resolved, eh, that's life. To me, the bathroom/sickness fight scene a few episodes prior was the real key moment: when they both realized they loved each other, and that's why they fight- the insecurity, the group dynamics, the fear of being rejected first by someone who only lashes out because they fear being rejected first. Realizing that made them stronger, as we saw when they worked out their problems in South Dakota more like actual adults, and I think we are supposed to imagine- especially with their wedding being held without the spectacle of the "wacky sitcom friends group"- these two will finally make it work. To @auntiemel's point about Arya, while I'd have liked more recognition from almost anyone on "Witchita" that Gus was a good person (if awkward), the Arya subplot if nothing else showed him being a good parent instinctively, and that his own reservations about having kids have passed. I think what I liked about this show- when I liked it and wasn't frustrated by it- is how the characters are not only their sitcom-esque archetypes but also tinged with humanity. They joke, but they have feelings and hurt as well, even/especially when the other person is just "playing their part" as per normal TV/sitcom rules.
  10. Season 3: Episode Discussion

    Ha ha, no, I work at $GIANT_TECHNOLOGY_COMPANY in Seattle (I guess that doesn't completely narrow it down) but after I get home, it's nice sometimes to just plop on the couch with my vape pen and some sativa extract, puffing away while TV plays that I don't have to (or care to) think about much.
  11. Season 3: Episode Discussion

    Yeah, I watch because I'm bored, and when I open Hulu mid-week, it's there so I watch it because the workday was long and I wanna smoke weed and not think. But it's so pointless, and it just meanders... I don't care about these characters, the way they act and talk they're just sort of cut-outs for plot purposes- and yet there's no real plot. One nitpick- as if it matters- was Sarah finding those journals of Steve and Lilith's. She watched the same play that's been going on for decades, in which she herself acted as a child, and only now did she- or anyone- connect the words of Steve's song with a literal set of directions to a cave that looked no more than a couple of hundred yards from the compound. Seriously, no one had discovered that exact path the whole time?! Just more sloppy writing from a show that feels like everyone involved checked out halfway through season 2.
  12. Season 3: Episode Discussion

    No, I'm talking about the new character who Sarah has been meeting with, that teaches the "American Religion" class and helped her with the film projector. He seems to be generically interested in her, romantically now, but it's not clear why as he sought her out first (at the booth that Meyerism had set up). I don't see a political/feminist agenda, and I don't remember them ever talking about men sitting with their legs spread [Edit: I I did remember, when Hawk and the other kids were hanging out]? I do agree that Eddie's whole "no wall" thing is poorly thought out. There's a balance between walls, and things like discreet cameras and neighborhood watches.
  13. Season 3: Episode Discussion

    Yeah, i'm on the fence as well; it's still watchable, but the coming disasters were predictable from the first moments. The exact method is up in the air, which is fine- not every show has to be a mystery wrapped in an enigma- but there's something... missing. Maybe it's because the dialogue is increasingly heavy-handed and melodramatic, or that every episode is so tense with staring contests and force confrontations, and there's just not enough to ground us. What the first season did well was immerse us in the lives of the people, the community, the recognizable hodge-podge of religion and new agey spiritualism that we could see the attraction even as a cult religion. The growing tension was earned as fractures gradually but realistically appeared. The last season+ has felt forced, and honestly I'm not loving Aaron Paul's acting choices as this sort of reluctant messiah. The reluctant, always-one-foot-outside religious believer/dutifully husband and family man worked well- I think for me, he was a good focal point for the audience to sympathize with him as both wanting to maintain his family but also losing the faith he had. B he's still playing that kind of vocal fry passivity that doesn't work given his plot journey from heretic to visionary to living incarnation of The Light; Cal is so dynamic and good at speaking, it's hard to believe people Eddie would have attracted that kind of growth just from a single youtube video. It's also weird that they have this huge building now, and are presumably flush with cash, yet whenever they address the faithful it's less than a hundred people; I get budget, but at least do a little work to suggest why we never see many actual Meyerists. One character I'm not sure about yet (I'm 4 episodes in) is the religious studies guy. He seems sinister somehow, like he has an agenda (why not, literally everyone else does as this is apparently the season where everyone is out to tear down Meyerism in some nefarious and subterranean plot), but other than thinking Sarah is ripe to be "cult deprogrammed" I'm not sure what it would be. By the way, it's telling that when I went to the show's wiki to look up that actors name, no one has yet bothered to update the episode descriptions past the first episode of season 3...
  14. U-Turn Ahead: How Would You Fix TAR?

    Wait, I'm not sure we do disagree; I don't mind a little taxi luck, but the amount in some of the later seasons was kind of insane. It's basically the opposite of your hypothetical sound stage season: why even do the tasks at all, when one bad taxi driver can turn you from first to last? That's why I suggested, as you did, that they should bike/drive/walk themselves whenever a locale would allow it- which is how it was in the early seasons, actually, leading to great hilarity every time a team showed up not knowing how to drive a manual transmission. When that's simply not possible, they should get a dedicated fluent-English-speaking driver for that leg/city; the drivers would be told to not help/aid them in any navigation or decision making (maybe with a 30-minute+ penalty if a team asks/gets help) but just to follow the laws of the road and to go exactly where the teams tell them. The teams would still be responsible for all navigation and directions, leading to the "random variation" where shouty "Yo bro, why won't you speak English, *god*?!?" teams would be heavily penalized because they can't get directions from locals. Heck, as a viewer some of the funniest schadenfreude is when a team is ahead and literally drives themselves out of the game by misreading a clue or going 80 miles the wrong way. I'm a TAR purist, in other words. I believe the ideal TAR has fairly designed yet diverse tasks (not all strength, or stamina, or puzzles, and with real balance/choice in the detours), requires teams to be good at navigation, reading maps, interacting with locals, figuring out clues more complicated than "Turn around, it's the building right behind you", and otherwise making consistent smart choices. Everything that detracts from a merit-based assessment of the "best team" is to me a flaw in the game, and the utter randomness of grossly incompetent taxi drivers is a sometimes very frustrating example of that.
  15. House of Cards Cast & Crew's Other Projects

    Hadn't been watching this forum much lately (for, uh, reasons- of which one was my utter disappointment with the godawful trainwreck that was season 5), but just finished watching this show on Amazon starring Rachel Brosnahan (Rachel Posner), and it is honestly fantastic. Figured I'd post about it here; in retrospect, the actress was clearly wasted being paired opposite the charmless fencepost that was Doug Stamper. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marvelous_Mrs._Maisel