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  1. I give the writers credit for tackling the issue of opiate abuse when it was rarely talked about. But that episode really didn't make any sense, for all the reasons above and more. People who are addicted to painkillers build up a tolerance over time. Was Rose's wildly incompetent doctor increasing her prescription repeatedly over the years, without seeing her? Also, if you go off them cold turkey, like Rose tried to, you're going to experience some excruciating, Trainspotting-level withdrawal symptoms. You're not just going to snap at someone unexpectedly. Did the writers think that opiate withdrawal is like quitting smoking? Then they end the episode with the message that Rose will never be cured, and she has to remain vigilant about staying clean one day at a time. So of course it never comes up again! I know sitcoms are notoriously bad about following through on things like that, but they could have referenced it occasionally - like Rose turning down alcohol when offered it.
  2. S03.E05: Jeremy Bearimy

    I'm sure there's something bigger down the line. I don't think anyone is suggesting that Michael scheming would be treated as the big revelation of the season. But I see two possibilities here. One is that Michael just mindlessly repeated what the judge told him. The other is that he repeated it as a clever tactic, knowing that he was creating a situation where the humans would be capable of doing good without expecting a reward. And I think the second possibility is more interesting. Especially because, without a broader plan, Michael would have to be incredibly stupid to tell them about the point system when he didn't have to. He could have just refused to tell them anything about the door. The humans might have speculated that they'd seen something supernatural, but they wouldn't know them anything about the reward/punishment system.
  3. S03.E04: Vietnam

    Just because someone doesn't want to watch a Vietnam story on this particular show, or happens to prefer the present-day storylines to hearing more about St. Jack, doesn't mean that they don't care about the past. I'd love to see a Vietnam storyline on this show with some originality, but the Vietnam scenes we've seen so far have given me no hope. I can't even count the number of war movies I've seen with some version of that scene with the fish - where a Bad Soldier is cruel to a local child, on the grounds that "in a few years, he'll be trying to kill us!" Followed by a more reasonable soldier admitting that he has a point. I swear, if that kid shows up again to save (or end) someone's life, I may have to throw something at my TV.
  4. S10.E3: Tex and the City

    I hate that they've made Karen a full-blown Trump supporter. I think a real-life version of Karen would love the tax cuts, but be disgusted by his complete lack of taste. Speaking of Megan Mulllaly aging well, I still can't believe she's only three years younger than Leslie Jordan! David Schwimmer's character isn't working for me. I still see and hear Ross, with the only difference being that he grumbles instead of whining in a high-pitched voice. And I hated that he threw a shitfit over learning that Grace once had sex with a guy who he occasionally interacts with. Grow up and get over it.
  5. Randall: Sterling K. Brown

    I think Randall has changed drastically from season one. They've flanderized Randall, somewhat - small aspects of his character in the early episodes have been wildly exaggerated to the point that they're taking over his personality. In season one, he could be a bit nerdy, but he was also pretty slick. He knew how to project an image of authority at a very elite workplace with lots of big egos, and he could be very imposing. Now they've exaggerated his nerdiness to the point that he's a complete social doofus, who makes an ass of himself every time he tries to look cool, but inexplicably can't accept that he needs to "slow his roll." In season one, he was somewhat impulsive. For example, when he met William, he invited him over without discussing it with Beth first. But right after he offered the invitation, he realized his mistake and apologized to Beth, because he genuinely cared about her feelings. Now Randall does whatever crazy thing pops into his head in his desperate quest to be a Jack/William hybrid, and it never even occurs to him that his plans will impact his family.
  6. S06.E04: Big Sauce and Coconut Water

    I'm really not sure how I felt about Kristen Johnston's performance. I generally love her, but this became hard to watch. But maybe that was the point? I think it will really depend how much more we end up seeing of her.
  7. S03.E05: Jeremy Bearimy

    I suspect that when Michael told them that they had no chance of getting into The Good Place, it was a gambit. He knew that by telling them that, he'd be putting them in a position where they'd actually be able to acquire points.
  8. Unpopular Opinions Thread

    I have zero interest in seeing the show "explain" how Jack's father went from a sweet man to an alcoholic monster. They'd probably give us an extremely dramatic - and oversimplified - explanation, like he witnessed some shocking incident, or he committed a crime for the sake of his family, and then he drank to forget. I'd love to see a more realistic reason, like the pressures of fatherhood gradually just got to him, or he was generally miserable because he hated his job and became unhappy in his marriage, and then over time he couldn't resist the temptation to drink. But I have my doubts that the writers are willing to give us anything that subtle.
  9. S10.E04: Torn Between Two Lovers

    I liked the Haley storyline a lot (particularly her speech at the end), and it was nice to see Phil and Claire so clearly in love with each other. Cam and Mitch got along well, too, and it's nice to see an episode where they aren't sabotaging each other. That said, Cam and Mitch's storyline was pretty blatantly recycled from the early episode where they're desperately trying to impress the restaurant owner, and then Lily spills strawberry juice on the extremely expensive designer rug. What's wrong with the people on this show who encourage small kids to play in rooms with priceless valuables?
  10. S10.E04: Torn Between Two Lovers

    So how the hell did the gay couple with the dogs afford that multimillion dollar Los Angeles home? Didn't they tell us that one worked for the prosecutor's office, and the other was a teacher? The writers really are convinced that everyone lives in outrageous luxury.
  11. Kate: Chrissy Metz

    But if her blood pressure is under control, I don't think she's likely to drop dead from it within the next few years.
  12. S03.E04: Vietnam

    I'm very interested in Vietnam, and I was very glad to see that Tim O'Brien had a writing credit on this episode. But I was bored by a lot of it. It didn't teach me anything about Vietnam that I didn't already know, and frankly, I couldn't stand all the cliches they were throwing at us. A soldier boasting about how soon he's going home, and how bright his athletic future is - right before his foot gets blown off?! Are you freaking kidding me?
  13. Kate: Chrissy Metz

    If her blood pressure was above a certain level, I don't think they'd let her appear on the show.
  14. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    The system seems to require that someone get a whole, whole lot of points in order to get into The Good Place. It's not just about avoiding doing harm, it's about doing a slew of good deeds for the right reasons. Tahani's acts of charity weren't done with the motive of helping others. And honestly, she never struck me as empathetic in season 1 - almost everything she said and did was about her own ego. She was also arrogant, condescending, and willfully oblivious to how privileged she was. If she didn't get credit for her charitable fundraising because it was done with the wrong motivations, then I don't see how she could have possibly racked up enough points for The Good Place.
  15. Kate: Chrissy Metz

    I'm sure they require her to get regular checkups. I'd think the odds that she'll be alive and able to work for at least the remainder of the show are probably very high (barring any conditions we're not aware of). Especially with the level of medical care she can afford. The opera singer Montserrat Caballé just passed away a little over a week ago at 85. She appeared to be roughly Kate's size up until the end. There's something to be said for being a celebrity, and having access to the best doctors around.