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  1. S12.E04: The Tam Turbulence

    I thought for once Sheldon's reason for hating someone seemed pretty justified. I'm assuming he was at most in his late teens when he came out to California, and a lot of normal kids that age struggle with suddenly being branded an adult and on their own. (At least two kids I knew turned to drugs, another to outrageous promiscuity, hell, I went into an anxiety meltdown and I was still living at home, as did my sister.) It's a lot to handle and Sheldon in particular has never had the natural coping skills to make it on his own. So Tam promising him that he'd help and then throwing Sheldon over for a girl was pretty harsh.
  2. S09.E01: Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now

    THEY FINALLY OFFICIALLY NAMED THE TOWN AND IT'S THE NAME THE CAST GAVE IT YEARS AGO!!! (Seymour's Bay, since they spend a lot of time in the editing bay with editor Mark Seymour) Damn, I knew there would be Big Names for all those solos, but three leads from Book of Mormon and DAVEED FRIKKIN' DIGGS? I have to rewatch every single song now. Loved the baby rat storyline too. Showed the family at their most bizarrely functional charm. And H. Jon Benjamin killed those lies with the rat in his undies.
  3. Harris's List: Harlots in the Media

    YES, YES, FUCK YES!!! Harlots Renewed for Season 3
  4. Airs September 30, 2018.
  5. Scandalous Speculation

    I think it would be very interesting to see Emily become the next Lydia. She would be more sympathetic because we'll have seen her failing so much before establishing herself. I can see Emily becoming rather nihilistic. I'm gonna call a time-jump next (possible) season. Mostly because I think as soon as Jacob hits about 15, he's outta that house and on his way to America to find his mother. His sisters and father trying to stop him, or worrying over whether they should help him out or let him do something they consider foolish. I can see Charlotte and Lucy clashing on that. In general I see Charlotte and Lucy having a difficult relationship going forward because the big cats can't share a cage. One thing I loved this season was seeing how vastly different - and possibly equally effective -- harlots Lucy and Charlotte are. Charlotte works with openness and charm, always making whoever she's working for feel like they're the most special person to her in the world. Lucy, meanwhile, uses mystery and aloofness, and a kind of contrary arrogance that invites people to come and try to tame her. She appeals to anyone who loves a challenge. Anyone who gets Charlotte thanks their lucky stars that she could see something so special in them particularly, while anyone who gets Lucy will feel some great achievement in managing to entrance an Ice Queen. I don't see Charlotte ever going for a keeper again with the house to run, but I think Lucy might try again. She's said flat-out that she doesn't want to be like the other girls in the house; she yearns to be special. So unless she wants to run an opposing house (and I don't think that would interest her), she'll have to get out there and look for more fitting situations. I wish they had told Fanny that Margaret was alive; she was the only one left of the original household that came to Greek Street from the previous house. She'd known Margaret long enough to truly mourn her loss. Hopefully they will have told her when the show comes back. She's got a senior position by default in the house now. Sukey's outburst in the final episode of season 2 was very interesting, although she sounds a little too much like a replacement Kitty for me. But the fact that she has a background in service of rich people should be interesting as they try to round up Lydia's old clientele. Anne Pettifer was featured so much this season that I think she will be the only thing that stops Charles from running Golden Square into the ground. Cherry might try to help him, but there's no way he can run that business successfully on his own.
  6. S02.E08: Season 2, Episode 8

    I would think that they'd say that Sophia is Blayne's bastard with another woman, and that since he has no legitimate heir (and hopefully will die next season, leaving his estate behind), she's likely to inherit from him. It actually looks good if he purposefully sends his daughter off to live with his sister, away from his bachelor life, which is no place for a young girl. So Sophia is kept and raised to be a perfect lady by her devoted (and still respectable) aunt, who is unlikely to marry and will probably leave her own money to Sophia as well. Bastard or not, being heiress to an obscene amount of money will make Sophia an extremely comfortable woman and a sought-after wife. And in the end her father having a bastard is no great comment against her. If it was known she was her mother's bastard, that would be a different issue. She'd have to contend with accusations of inheriting her mother's sinful urges. Meanwhile I've been thinking, Fallon's seppuku scene is a very interesting juxtaposition to his interrogation scene in Hunt's house. A bunch of men standing around in the dark play-acting that they are some fabulous arcane society out of the history books, with stupid rituals and great shows of "nobility". Whereas the scene at Hunt's house is way scarier, in broad daylight with a bunch of women standing around wanting Fallon's blood and doing it in a very matter of fact way (I love Charlotte's body language as she pulls up a chair). It was a bit on the nose, but I appreciated Isabella's rubbing Blayne's nose in the fact that Fallon has fallen into womens' hands and that was worse than he could imagine. Blayne freeing Fallon and scoffing at him letting women do that to him make me think (hope) that Blayne will meet his death at the center of a pack of women with knives. There were a couple of things things that bugged me deeply this episode that were basically just plot-induced stupidity: Charlotte didn't need to tell Isabella exactly where Fallon was (down to the area in London and the house), Violet really should have been given an extra glance at Fallon after beaning him in the head to make sure he was down -- the whole time she was hugging Amelia I thought he'd get back up and hit Violet from behind. The biggest stupidity of course is leaving Fallon with no guard, though I don't think even Nancy could necessarily win against Blayne in a fight (of course there is some very satisfying fantasy to be had about her catching him in her house and destroying him). There still should have been someone keeping an eye on Fallon in case he slipped his bonds.
  7. S02.E08: Season 2, Episode 8

    What an amazing episode to illustrate both the heights of what woman can achieve when they are allowed control over themselves and the depths they can be dragged through by the passing whims of masculine control. I mean, Lydia totally deserved that end, but the fact that Charles could just snap his fingers and have her dragged away is terrifying, and I think the showrunners wanted us to see that. Isabella is a fascinating and really not totally likable character. In the end her feeling of class difference from the others really did show. I'm sure she feels sorry in some way for what she did but at the same time feels totally justified. So her entire family is saved, she gets her money and her daughter, and meanwhile a bunch of beasts will find another Priestess and continue on to rape and murder girls she probably won't ever think about because they're so far beneath her. In the end, how much do the lives of some innocent poor women count against the life of her raping, murderous, incestuous brother? Meanwhile, Florence Scanwell is one scary Mama. I feel like she might have been the most dangerous person in the room with Fallon, even more so than Lucy.
  8. History Talk: The British Monarchy

    May she live to be 120.
  9. S02.E07: Season 2, Episode 7

    The hanging scene surprised me a little because if Hunt was doing it with the express idea of making it more merciful than the Justice would have, he should have set it up so that she'd break her neck instantly instead of choking to death. I'm not particularly well-versed on methods of hanging, but if I understand correctly, using a longer rope and attaching a weight to her feet would have helped it end quicker. I don't think Hunt was actually planning to spare Margaret after technically hanging her, but that it was a more spur of the moment-type act. My guess is he probably bribed the hangman to keep silent about it.
  10. Harris's List: Harlots in the Media

    A really interesting article about the show's handling of sex scenes.
  11. Harlots Cast & Crew in Other Projects

    I've been wondering about that myself. Does shooting the one exclude shooting the other? I wonder how long it takes to film a season of Harlots.
  12. S02.E07: Season 2, Episode 7

    Goddam that was amazing. I was watching it thinking it reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, where you know how it ends but you watch and you hope and you hope it will have a different outcome. But then it did, and it is still fucking bleak, but the Magistrate is officially on my favorites list. He just needs to be quick to tell the family she's alive. Won't they come asking for her body? One more episode to wrap the season and while I hope the show returns because this season has been crazy good, I suspect they won't want too many loose threads in case they aren't brought back for season 3. So I'm gonna need to see (aside from the Magistrate telling the Wells clan what he did) Amelia damning Fallon, Fallon falling into Nancy + Lucy's hands before he even gets to the jail, Emily freeing Abigail and maybe running to Charlotte for safety (because frankly I think Emily was probably her happiest just working for Margaret as another of her girls, without much responsibility and some modicum of freedom), and Blayne walking into an ugly death at the hands of his sister and/or daughter-niece. Although actually I'm not sure what I want Isabella to do, because it does seem too soon to drop a villain as insanely unlikable (in a good way) as Harcourt Fitzwilliam. She should probably take Sophia and disappear, but how she'd afford it is a tricky question. Samantha Morton has a lovely voice. The band that sang her song was awesome but she was better.
  13. Scandalous Quotes

    From 2.03, the exchange that made me love Cherry: Cherry: You looking for new girls too? Margaret: I might be. Cherry: I pull a peg better than anyone in London. Culls will be queuing up, even if it is a cursed death house. Margaret: A what?! Cherry: It's just something I've heard...lucky for you, I don't scare easy. Margaret: Cherry, you're not right for me. But I'll pay you sixpence for every girl you send 'round, and a shilling for talking the house up. Cherry: I'll do that, till you see sense. And from 2.04, Emily and Harriet scanning for new girls: Emily (spotting Nell): Cor, she's a diamond! Harriet: I thought we needed variation. Emily: Do you know how many blonde blowsies there are in Soho? I just ride the pole better than any of them. Don't let a little competition scare you.
  14. Scandalous Quotes

    It's actually "paps on a man". I make a point of watching with the subtitles on because the accents can blow right past my ear!
  15. S05.E12: The Tale of Two Wolves 2018.07.25

    How does throwing ice at the staff of a restaurant not get you thrown out and banned?