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  1. S02.E07: Season 2, Episode 7

    This was quite an episode. I knew Margaret was likely going somewhere because Samantha Morton's been cast elsewhere, but it was tense just the same in waiting to see if they would really go through with hanging the character or provide some other kind of out she might be able to come back from. Although as has been mentioned above, assuming she survives the trip and her sentence which will last several years, she'd still be on the hook for financing her way back. A lot of people simply didn't have the means or inclination to go back by that point. Justice Hunt's 11th-hour attack of conscience over duty to people who don't deserve it was believably done. One thing I really did like was the other characters amid their goodbyes driving home for her that she'd made this terrible impulsive choice to confess to murder for Lucy without really taking into consideration her other two children, who could at least be bothered to show up. Jacob is still a child and because she was trying to do right by her Charlotte is now on the radar of the Spartans Very Bad Men Murder Club. And in the end, her choice didn't even make Lucy any safer because she still ran right back to Lord Murderpants. Props to Morton for really bringing that realization in a gut wrenching scene. I don't know at this point if the show is wanting me to be sympathetic to Lucy for apparently forgetting that she's in a business arrangement and not a grand romance and that she needs to be smarter than this, but she's becoming an increasingly hard sell. I know she's a teenage girl who despite her mother's softer spin on it was still basically sold into sex work. I know she had a pretty rough entry into it and now thinks she hit the jackpot. But after two seasons of her character being all over place with none of those places being terribly likable or even understandable, it's just becoming tiresome. While I did enjoy the chief lord justice's "what now" reacting as one person after another paraded through his office demanding one outcome or another, by having her demand Margaret's execution NOW and then gloating to her about it they've lost any of the interesting shading they seemed to be striving for this season with Quigley. She's shown something of a softness and vulnerability with Charlotte that was so much more intriguing than yet another round of being a cartoon villain but all that was thrown away this episode to have her crowing about putting Charlotte in danger too. It would have made for a much stronger Quigley vs. Charlotte story going forward had Quigley been believably handicapped by her own regard for Charlotte and lingering sense of obligation to Margaret to not want to hurt her child. But instead we get Cruella De Vil in a powdered wig blithely revealing secrets and locking up despoiled virgins and just generally being terrible for the sake of being terrible. The Marquess is fast joining Quigley on the cartoon villain pile to the point that he might as well start twirling his nonexistent mustache. I know this show firmly takes the line that all aristocratic men are the awfulest to ever awful (and most of them probably were) but again, a little shading or subtlety or something would be appreciated. I'd even take a Jaime Lannister who believes he's in a star-crossed romance with his sister thing at this point. The Isabella-Sophia meetup for the first time ever was underwhelming to say the least.
  2. S04.E02: Breathe

    I don't "like" Gus in the same way that I didn't "like" Chuck. Two very different characters, but neither are people I'd ever want to spend time with in real life despite both being extremely well written and portrayed and having given me a lot to think about out here in my ruminating on the human condition. Because we've seen how they both end between the two shows, they're both also quite tragic figures. Whatever they may have been in life, they didn't live to enjoy the fruits of what they'd done or even see that they were mostly right about Jimmy or Walter White respectively.
  3. Watch Duty: Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation

    I know who Henry is only because three grown adult characters among the dwindling cast of people I still care about spent a ridiculous amount of time separated from the main story chasing around after a child with a death wish last season. And even then, the child actor is going to be replaced after the time jump so it's not like we can be expected to care because we've watched him grow up (even that little bit) onscreen like we did with Carl.
  4. Harris's List: Harlots in the Media

    I'm honestly amused a lot of the time how the only thing you see in so many of the sex scenes is the occasional bare male ass. I can't remember now which article it was or I'd find it and link to it that specifically mentioned the scene in the first episode of this season where Margaret is kicking Harriet out of the house and it intercuts with all the other women servicing clients but clearly preoccupied in listening to the fight. The comment was that the scene likely never would have happened that way had it been written or staged by men, but because the show is strictly from the women's point of view where sex is a transactional thing we get to see that isn't where their focus is at all.
  5. S01.E06: Filter

    I'm with you on this. It's why I can't refer to him as Devil Boy either because at this point there's a lot of mad projecting going on with the characters (especially those who were in on the whole locking him away for decades) that in turn leads us to believe they must have known something, they must have had a valid reason to do this. I try to keep that in mind whenever we see chaos breaking out around him. I don't know if he's a conduit of chaos, or as one review put it the charcoal that soaks up all the bad in that town, but we've yet to see him actually put his hands on anyone or do anything to anyone that isn't extremely open to interpretation. I kind of want to shake Pangborn. Whatever the boy with no name is, you saw him bundled in the trunk of a car. You knew where he was being taken. You looked the other way. Are you really surprised now that he has some feelings about that that include you? I think we may find out that Ruth stabbed him too.
  6. S01.E06: Filter

    So moral of the story? Don't talk to weirdos named after gods talking about the voice of god in the woods and certainly don't voluntarily climb into the soundproof room they built in their RV parked in those woods. I'll be honest that a lot of the talk about schismas and time slipping is where a lot of sci-fi starts to lose me. Especially in a King story where I don't know if I'm supposed to take any of it seriously or whether I'm supposed to see the person saying it as a crazy possibly dangerous person. Henry clearly thought Molly was crazy this outing with her babbling about how she killed Daddy Deaver but she did it with Henry's hands because she read his thoughts that he wanted her to. Six episodes in, it doesn't feel like we're getting any closer to knowing what awful thing Daddy Deaver was doing out those woods, but I tend to think it wasn't just listening to trees. I also don't know what we're supposed to think happened in the house with Ruth and the boy with no name. (I simply cannot call him The Kid) We didn't see a body, which feels like it would be too pat anyway. With the talk of building a "monument" to those responsible for his imprisonment, I'm wondering if Daddy Deaver might have had a hand in that as well since we know he was a regular visiting preacher at Shawshank. At this point the boy with no name is pretty obviously at the very least an agent of chaos with the bird dropping from the sky and the radio report of the fire and patients killed at Juniper Hill.
  7. Watch Duty: Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation

    I saw those spoilers on my way out the door this morning. I have only the vaguest idea about comic stuff as I don't read them and the rest ... well, I could only shrug. Don't worry, three days later he'll be back. LOL. Despite how hyped Jesus was, the show has never figured out what to do with him or his dumb nickname. That's usually a death knell for a character.
  8. S04.E02: Breathe

    Jimmy never voiced the word "suicide." He commented at the fire scene that he knew something wasn't right, that Chuck had always been so careful and that he had seemed better when he last saw him five days before. He noted all the appliances ripped out and tossed in the backyard. But he never actually said suicide. That was all on Howard to put that out there.
  9. And then there were 40. PBS has released the list of the top 40 vote getters so far ahead of the Sept. 11 launch of the weekly show. There are a few minor surprises but it's mostly tried and true favorites that you would expect to be there. They're lauding the fact that TWO MILLION (all caps emphasis theirs) votes have been cast. That really isn't that much when you think about it in a country of this size over a span of several months, especially when you realize a chunk of those must have been cast by people like me who've voted at least a couple of times as it's occurred to me. Still, I'll be interested to see what the final result looks like.
  10. S04.E02: Breathe

    I'll admit Jimmy first noticing the Hummel figurines didn't really register with me initially. So it took me a minute to understand what he was doing at the end in deciding he was going to get something for his time at the copier sellers' after all. I'll also admit that my first thought on watching him go off on the guys for having the temerity to offer him the job was that we were seeing some of the fallout of Chuck's death that Jimmy's so clearly not dealing with. Weirdly inappropriate spikes of anger is a thing that happens, as I can attest being three months out from a death in my family that wasn't a quarter as fraught with the tortured dynamics of Chuck and Jimmy. But my husband, who had a bit of a ne'er-do-well past himself when he was younger, saw something else. Jimmy went back in and gave it his everything to make the sale, and he did. But when he turned away to the window while they're talking, his expression changes. He's fully aware that he's treating them like marks. He sees how much smarter he is and how gullible they are. That's one thing when you're pulling a con in a bar to people you never expect to see again, it's something else when it's someone you're going to be working for everyday and will have to keep up the facade for to make at least an outward show of respect. And because he's still reeling from Chuck's death, whether he admits it or not, he likely doesn't have it in him to keep up that level of pretense. It's oversimplification to see any of this as Jimmy bad, Howard good. Left to his own devices, yes, Jimmy definitely tends to let his slipperier less ethical impulses run roughshod. We also know that if the incentive is great enough, whether it be Chuck's approval or Kim's love, that he will do his damnedest to keep those impulses in check or at least to a manageable level. D&M doesn't count because it was fairly obvious early on that he didn't really care about being a respectable Big Law lawyer for its own sake. Howard has always been a very surface level kind of character and this is where I'm wishing we'd gotten even a line or two at some point about who he is beyond HHM. All we know is that he cares very much about the firm and how he presents himself. When he unloaded his big bag o' guilt on Jimmy he was presenting as someone who wanted absolution because the one time he'd finally put his foot down with Chuck after years of being his convenient fall guy and accomplice and propping him in his delusions that no, of course living like a foil-wrapped baked potato doesn't mean maybe you're mentally ill because it kept the gravy train afloat, Chuck burned the house down with Chuck in it. Kim wasn't wrong to blast him for doing that on the day of the funeral or pointing out that he likely hadn't similarly unburdened himself to the woman who had divorced Chuck. But because it's dirtbag Jimmy, who should be grateful for whatever scraps he's allowed to dig through the ashes for, it's all right. You could see Howard visibly shrinking under Rhea Seehorn laying that withering smackdown on him because he like it or not he knew she was right. Kim has always been a very contained, keep it on a professional level no matter what, kind of character. So to see that ferocity in her for someone she loves and knows is being treated like an afterthought was thing of beauty. That doesn't mean I don't worry about her though in the fallout we surely know is coming as Jimmy slips further into Saul.
  11. S04.E02: Breathe

    I almost couldn't breathe watching Kim confront Howard. That was one of the fiercest performances I've seen in awhile. It doesn't even matter what we think of Jimmy or what he's done. She didn't say anything to Howard that wasn't true. I kind of love that Mike's logic about the nonjob makes perfect sense to Gus.
  12. Book 4: A Feast For Crows

    I love too how very dismissive and cocky Cersei is in this chapter when she's clearly so very bad at this ruling thing. Showing that she learned not a damn thing from Tywin letting the family publicly tear itself apart and how open it left them to outsiders, she's even deliberately sowing dissent against Jaime and Kevan instead of using what influence they do have to bolster her own. In the space of about three pages, she scoffs at how important Varys was thought to be in knowing things and then gets aggravated that he's not there to provide her with information when the rest of the council is seriously arguing over whether there's really any downside to promising the North to both the Boltons and the Ironborn. Cersei apparently doesn't know the first thing about the Freys either in thinking that if they can just wait until old Walder dies, the new Lord Frey will surely be eager to pin the Red Wedding on other Freys to thin the ranks. The Freys may be a bit of a continual joke among the rest of the kingdoms and they may constantly be jockeying for position, but they're not going to sell out their own and a smarter person would see the Red Wedding as proof of that. Here, we see the shortsightedness of Tywin's actions too in Qyburn relaying that people are talking about how the crown must have been behind it and what a complete violation of the laws of gods and men it was. It also makes me wonder again about Qyburn, who we know was lurking around Harrenhal at the time the ravens would have been flying back and forth planning it and as a maester in practice if not actuality must have been fully aware of who many of those ravens were from. He's basically playing this entire small council meeting like a fiddle. I'll agree the whole harebrained scheme to have Kettleblack seduce Margaery is stupid. Has she seriously not been paying attention at all? A virgin widow of two kings now married to a third shows a certain determination to be married to THE king and isn't likely to be distracted by some upjumped nobody hedge knight no one seems to know anything about. He's seriously too dumb for words to buy what she's selling. It's like Cersei wants to believe something is true, so goes about manufacturing the evidence that it might be. But this is the same woman who's sitting around thinking how lucky she is that Renly who never made a move toward an actual battle died instead of Stannis and doesn't think maybe someone should talk to his reportedly captured hand or look into why he would suddenly relocate his entire force up north at all. You have to wonder how specific the description of Tyrion they're giving out can really be that the three men at the beginning of the chapter brought her a head that still had a nose and claimed they didn't know that was wrong. Of course Cersei being Cersei doesn't care at all that innocent dwarves and in one case, a child, are being killed in pursuit of the bounty she's offering, just that no one has found Tyrion yet.
  13. This thread is for The Talking Dead and the goings on there. Conversation here should mostly be about that show. General chit chit that isn't show related belongs in the Small Talk thread. There is also now a Rewards thread for people who are doing that. Off topic posts may be moved or removed.
  14. S04.E01 Smoke

    I'm glad you raised this point. I said this last season after the finale and I still think it here. The fact that it wasn't a clear-cut suicide, that none of these people will never ever really truly know what happened, even with their suspicions, is going to be a huge thing for each of them to carry going forward. Howard or Jimmy each have their own guilt over what they know they did and what they think happened as a result, but in the end it's all just supposition and they now have live with that. I know we all want to focus on Jimmy's culpability in tipping off the insurance, which yes, did set the wheels in motion for Howard to do what he did, but that was still a scene of him going to Jimmy who'd had a long and troubled relationship with the brother he'd just buried and blubbering for absolution while raising the specter of a suicide he believed was provoked. I'm not sure if someone did that to me in a similar situation my immediate reaction would be much kinder than Jimmy's.
  15. Unpopular Opinions

    I generally don't care if I can see something coming as long as it's well done and makes sense for the characters and the plot. I'm a spoiler whore in most things anyway, so it really just doesn't bother me. What does bother me is when something comes completely out of left field just be shocking and I can't see how this particular character got to this point or the story hasn't done the necessary legwork to support it.