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  1. Maelstrom

    S06.E10: Gintars

    This one missed the mark I'm afraid. Not as bad as Four Movements, as Lady Calypso said, but not one of their better episodes. What's odd is that everyone's actions stemmed from previously established traits, yet still felt... flat, somehow. I don't know how to describe it. Yes, Holt and Amy have both been known to nerd-out/go all superfan on their idols, but would they really jeopardize a case? Holt has a petty, petulant streak that cracks me up, but would he really be so continually insulting to Terry and Rosa? Terry's been known to be on the fussy at times ("SUVs roll, baby! They roll!") but would he go that far to avoid micro bugs? Granted, the whole concept of micro bugs and dust mites and the like are really freaking disturbing, but still. And why wouldn't he get Sharon to draw on decent eyebrows for him? Charles is insecure but would he really suddenly doubt the two years he's spent raising and loving Nikolaj? (or is that Nikolaj?) I don't know... nothing was entirely out of character, but nothing felt quite as sharp as usual. Except for the fact that Hitchcock continues to walk around the station with random bloody wounds and no one bats an eye. Heh. Also, Reggie Lee! Now with hair! He was the only thing I liked about Grimm that they didn't manage to ruin by the end. And I just remembered - wasn't there an early episode where Jake reminded Charles not to watch Grimm because it scares him too much? Hee. Well, this season has had a lot of gems, so I can forgive one weaker episode. And hey, no Gina, which is a huge plus in my book.
  2. Excuse me for a moment. HAHAHAHAHAHA So John has no moral objections to disposing a dead body, just that Tweedledee and Tweedledum did a piss poor job of it. Gotta love Salem.
  3. Maelstrom

    S06.E08: He Said, She Said

    Heck, there are a lot of dramas that can get pretty damn clunky when it comes to handling weighty issues. This show outshines them all. As far as I’m concerned this is one of the all time best episodes of the entire series, hands down. Everything was handled so perfectly: Amy and Rosa’s differing yet valid opinions, Jake becoming more supportive and understanding the more he learned, and the aftermath for the woman. Well done, Show, well done. This season has had several top notch episodes, actually. Losing deadweight in the cast and relocating to a network that actually gives them some love has clearly been good for the 99.
  4. Lowlights Highlights from this week in Salem: Claire's character assassination kicks off with the reveal that she's actually an unhinged pyromaniac The most completely realistic election ever takes a turn for the ridiculous Haley expresses her displeasure to JJ over spilling her secret Also, Abe and Sheila are besties now; Jack decides to torch JJ to protect him; Brady gives Gabi advice that I'm pretty sure she already came up with last week; and everyone continues to tell Ciara how strong and tough she is despite fainting and swooning helplessly every five minutes. Seriously, I'm amazed she can stand up under the weight of that hair without swooning into Ben/Tripp/whoever's arms. I hope not, I don't want to watch him inevitably pull his ragey abusive caveman BS on Gabi.
  5. HALLELUJAH! We're finally free! Freeeeee!!! I accidentally caught five seconds of the wedding today (my FFing finger cramped up on me) and was treated to Julie pontificating about marriage: Luckily I recovered quickly, and was spared watching any more that barf-inducing nightmare. Good riddance, Chabby. Never come back, 'kay? Seriously, Gabi loses her company, again, the same day that Abigail gets her happily ever after and rides off into the sunset. Fuck you, Show. Fuck you very much. That's really cool to hear! I remember Vincent Irizarry saying only good things about him during their time on nuAMC. I understand why Ben is such a divisive character, but RSW has won me over despite the writing, so it's nice to hear that he seems to be a decent guy IRL. I know, that really bothered me. It was completely unnecessary for her to be so cruel. I'll join you at the UO table, because I get a kick out of watching Melinda stick it to all these self-righteous hypocrites. Sure she's awful, and treats her sister like crap, but everyone else in town is awful too, so what's it really matter? I loved Anne! She was so much fun, she had awesome hair, and she and Lucas would have made a fantastic couple. Oh, what could have been... Also, Kassie's hair looked great, and she looked so pretty even with those giant poofy red sleeves.
  6. Thank you! So that means
  7. Thoughts for Friday: JJ was surprisingly mature and considerate in his apology to Hayley. How is he a Horton with that caring, thoughtful attitude? Nevermind that, how is he a character on a soap? On the shallow side of things, Jack looked mighty fine. They've totally trashed Jordan now, I see. Speaking of being trashed, I really hate watching Kassie stuck in all of these doomed-to-backfire storylines they keep writing for Eve. I wear shoes or sandals around the house all the time, mostly because A) Arizona is dusty, and B) Arizona has scorpions. But I can't imagine dirt or creepy-crawlies daring to come within 50 feet of the pristine perfection of Jennifer Horton's house, so Abby has no excuse. Other than the fact that she just generally sucks. (Also, how soon is she leaving? *whines*)
  8. Maelstrom

    S06.E05: A Tale of Two Bandits

    I heard Charbonnay as well, as in cheap knockoff of actual Chardonnay wine.
  9. Maelstrom

    Captain Marvel (2019)

    HA! That shitty website made my day. That overused ugly font whose name I forget, the crappy layout, the hard to find links - it’s all so perfectly 90s. And not to leave out the backgrounds: the too-bright colors, the poorly repeating images, and those sparkly stars. The only thing that could make the site better would be if it made the dial-up sound whenever you click a link. We thought we were so cool in the 90s, heh.
  10. Maelstrom

    S06.E05: A Tale of Two Bandits

    I think this is one of my very favorite episodes of the entire series. After the black hole of humor that was last week's episode, this one more than made up for it with non-stop laughs. I always get a kick out of Doug Judy, and it was very welcome to see him finally be on the level and experience a betrayal of his own. Nice to see them mix it up by including Terry, and Jake's song has to be the worst thing I've ever heard. Ever. "He gave himself a key change!" Loved the Shaw's storyline too - after 22 long minutes of Gina crapping on everyone last week, I really appreciated watching the gang pull together as a family to save their bar from the arsonist FDNY. We added another level to Amy's scale of drunkennes, and how she managed to flip her head every which way during the Amy Dancepants sequence without getting dizzy or throwing up is impressive. I gotta say, having watched MF on One Life to Live back in the day, I would have never ever in a million years expected to find her so entertaining as she was in this episode. I feel I can honestly say now that there are no weak links in this cast. Nine-nine! And last but not least, I'm strangely pumped by Hitchcock and Scully finally making it into the credits! Love the shot chosen as well, with the both of them waking up on the couch together.
  11. Maelstrom

    The Dragon Prince

    Great news! That was a much quicker turnaround than I expected, it's nice to not have to wait a year or more in between seasons.
  12. I fell behind and am slowly catching up on episodes. But as I do I find myself with a few questions: Are GH and Days having a contest to see which show can be more unwatchable? Because they're tied neck and neck right now, and the only loser is the viewer. Stefan is shot by evil an henchnoodle and back to the hospital he goes - does he have a private room reserved there? He's spent more time in the hospital than out since he came to Salem. Was Brady out of town having his rageaholism surgically transferred to Eric? Because that's the only explanation I can come up with for their personality switches. Why does Sarah have three men sniffing after her? Is it her terrible hair? Her shrill voice? Her grating personality? I enjoyed LG for a time on B&B, but find her rather unbearable here. Is that it for Xander for the time being? If so, my motivation to watch the show just lessened, a lot. Why am I getting such a kick out of watching Judith Chapman stare at everyone like she's getting ready to skin them alive with her laser eyes and eat them? Why do TIIC think we want to see poor damsel Ciara being victimized yet again? Why couldn't she have just stayed in South Africa, off my screen? Why can't we have Steve and Jack together on the show sharing a storyline? For the love of all that is good and holy in the world WHEN IS ABIGAIL LEAVING? I can't take it anymore! *cries* CountryGirl, thanks for rundown of the Gloria/Kevin/Michael storyline from Y&R - I only ever caught snippets of them, but always thought their shared history sounded really interesting. ReRon does love recycling stories, but at least this Diana/Leo redo has to be better than Messica's Abby's DID retread from OLTL. Hopefully. (What am I saying, it can't be worse!) Yeah, I can still remember how naturally pretty she was on AMC and find it hard to look at her now. She's not old enough to have all that shit done to her face! I hate seeing women in their 30s start down that road, and not just because I'm the same age as they are. Ah, but I personally find Xander and Leo both to be far, far more sympathetic than the supposed good guys we are supposed to be rooting for. And I realize this is 100% subjective. Seeing the both of them treated like dog shit on the shoes of the good hypocrites of Salem is frankly disgusting at this point, and makes me want both of them to come out on top, even though they are both very flawed characters (and I mean that in every sense of the word). The other day when Adrienne mouthed off to Leo about never being good enough for her precious son - um, back in the day didn't some people think Adrienne Johnson wasn't good enough for Justin? And people calling Xander a worthless criminal not worthy of the Kiriakis name - uh, good ol' Uncle Vic has committed more than his share of heinous crimes over the years (just ask Kimberly for starters). And this is why I have such a hard time taking anything on this show seriously anymore. Literally every character in town has done terrible things and committed all sorts of crimes - some are remorseful, some are not - and yet certain characters are pardoned and deemed "good" by the rest of the town, and others are kicked to the curb and deemed "bad." In the 13 years I've been watching, the show has jerked around every character and every story they've done, along with more than a few classic storylines that originally went down long before I came along. There's no structural integrity left to any of them. Crazy Murderous Ben is bad, Crazy Murderous Abby is good, and Crazy Murderous Andre was an accepted pillar of society. Living Nicole was a scheming slut and Dead Nicole is a martyred saint. Scheming Gabi and Eve are bad and Scheming Will and Sonny are good. And on and on it goes. Nothing makes sense. Nothing has consequences. Why should I give a shit about any of it? At this point all I do is watch the actors I like and enjoy their performances, and throw sense out the window. It's apparently too much for us soap fans to expect our shows to be good these days. But that doesn't mean I want to lose the rest of them. I just wish they would be better. And I've officially spent more time writing this post than I did actually watching the show. Sigh.
  13. Maelstrom

    Aftermath in the Media

    Wow, that's a mindfuck. (Especially since it happened not that far from where I live and this is the first I've heard about it). It's hard to know exactly how much Scientology really influenced the defendant, but IMO there's a big difference between looking out for your young nephew and brutally murdering two people. And his actions to hide/destroy the crime scene showed "panic, not a calculated plan"? Uh, sure. Because we all just happen to carry acid and diesel fuel with us on road trips in case we accidentally commit heinous crimes and decide to destroy the evidence. Damn. Just damn.
  14. My Legends-withdrawal must be making me all schmoopy, but that was a really nice ad. Makes me remember how much I appreciate the lighter tone that LOT has compared to most "dark and gritty" shows. Also, how adorable is Caity Lotz? I say this as a straight woman, but I think that ad made me finally fall in love with her. The finger heart, the smile, those blue eyes... too cute!
  15. Maelstrom

    S06.E04: Four Movements

    Guys, did you know that Gina is awesome? She’s the most awesome awesome that ever awesomed, and no one else could ever possibly be as awesome. Bow down before her awesomeness! Seriously, that was really hard to take. The best thing about it is that she’s gone now, and I can get back to enjoying this show. Now I’m off to rewatch “99” for lots of Gina-free laughs.