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  1. SusanSunflower

    The Bletchley Circle

    Guardian: Top-secret Christmas card sent to Bletchley Park codebreakers rediscovered https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/15/top-secret-christmas-card-sent-to-bletchley-park-codebreakers-rediscovered
  2. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    Delighted to know Spiro survived the Durrells of Corfu --- Checkov's Gun .... Spiro's brakes ... possibly not WWII, which was vicious throughout Greek region. I would have liked a post-arrest check in with Sven .... life without Viggo and the reaction of his neighbors..
  3. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    In the opening scene, Lucretzia was hilariously freaking out watching Spiro and Luisa advanced in proximity ... I'm pretty sure she tipped off Mrs. Spiros. eta: Did Spiros gets his brakes fixed (after refusing help from Luisa)? It felt like anvil-flinging last eposide and then nothing so I'm hoping that death defying (or not) driving isn't in his future.
  4. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    Meh, manipulative is not kmowing if Spiro intends to fight for his marriage and access to his children and/or if his wife gave him any reason to hope reconciliation is possible. Not knowing how old they are --- 13 and 14 year old boys are not the same as 4 children under the age of 10. Why ruining Spiro's marriagle (n part, by hid neglect) would greenlight an "affair" is beyond me ... except she knows he.sleeps.alone. (or so we assume). Louisa doesn't seem like a libertine to would leap into bed with a grieving Spiro .... (again, not sympathetic to me) ... the IRL Louisa was much more sympathetic and vulnerable and "likeable".... imho ... and her out of control children were the product of her inability to cope and exert discipline. Obviously, YMMV. Spiro and Louisa could have been carrying on wildly for months (to the shame of Mrs. Spiros). I'm not anti-sex but I'm not sure Louisa isn't something of a prude in these matters and/or that others would have warned her about preserving her "reputation" among the locals.
  5. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    Such manipulative writing ... they've (MP) have done this before and it's part of why for me they've lost trust There is a wife, there are children, but how many and how old and where they are is a mystery. IME, after a few years association (given holiday cycles and human events) various "statuses" become apparent. The recluse may be a recluse or may have a "secret". Someone may have a spouse but be separated -- but that becomes clearer with holiday invites and presents for children. People can be deliberately deceptive --usually not for purely matters of privacy. I found Spiro oddly boorish and was confused why he was forcing himself on Leslie and then Larry. His wife "changed" or maybe he neglected her or -- just maybe -- she got tired of pitying glances from folks who assumed she was tolerating her husband's affair with Louisa. Did Louisa and Spiro go off unchaparoned by a child or another adult? Given Louisa's rather fragile mental state I'd have expected Larry to check out Spiro's "intentions" and status. I think we're supposed to like him (and maybe think he has boundary issues) for loaning the Ferrari's money he couldn't afford to lose. Where does this money (savings/nest egg) come from that it's even available to be lost? Anyway, where is the Spiro family living and who is buying their groceriees (and why not just kick Spiro out to sleep in the car? ). Strange episode altogether with miserable (inarticulate but brilliant) Gerry at the center. Those mosquitoes were the size of moths. I've never heard of such a thing (but likely a hazard for caged animals who need mosquito proof shelters. So, Spiro and Louisa can have a near-miss (possibly having discovered everyone assumed they were "doin' it" all along -- afternoon delight in the convertible -- oops, too late. With Louisa, one doesn't know if she wants to be enfolded in those big brown arms (who wouldn't?) or to marry him and provide a father for her children (Spiro?) and Larry strupping the young girl in the closet ... If Gerry's 13, how old is Margo?
  6. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    lots of men are continuously flirtatious and have "work wives" that sometimes stray into infatuation or even romance. I felt in this episode Spiros was flinging anvils at Louisa to put such ideas OUT of her head, realizing how jealous she was of the Ferraris ... typical head-in-clouds self-centered Louisa (as, arguably when was with Sven). Getting to the bottom of the Ferrari's secrets and getting rid of them -- coup (particularly since they were broke and were not enrich Spiros. Still in her magical thinking way, Spiross' affection for her and her brood is earned by their special-ness while the Ferraris were there new -- to be loathed and envied -- rich kids in town .... until they weren't. I couldn't remember if the Ferrari daugthers were aware their brother was actually taking the fall or has also just discovered their father was using him as a cover for his crime. I have expected murky circumstances of their mother's death.
  7. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    I would think that Spiro's "it's a job" attitude wrt the Ferraris, "just like you" would put a quick damper on any romantic notions (at least judging from Louisa's recognition that while Spiro might not want her ending up with Ferrari, he didn't think of her "that way"
  8. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    Anyone else confused as to the Ferrari's future back in Italy (where the father is in debt and -- if honest -- is liable for a hit and run traffic death)? I may have missed reference to just how long ago the wife/mother died, leaving this poorly coping despot in charge to traumatize the daughters, but perhaps more seriously the son (unless that was all resolved by finding a friend in Larry). There was a whiff of moral triumph in making this man "face the music" but his kids seemed likely -- unless extended family steps in -- to be ruined and shamed and destitute. Vile as he was/is, no one seemed to have the tiniest sympathy or advice on how to deal with this horror of a dead wife, a questionably suicidal son, two traumatized daughters and no money. Keeping the daugthers on Corfu might have been a charity -- the son needing to clear his name and -- if of age -- be put in charge of "the family". Stavros looked stunningly handsome while Louisa looked-- given the beauty of Keeley Hawes -- look formidably unkind and petty (but gratified that Mr. Ferrari & Company were even worse than the worst of the Durrells of Corfu.
  9. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    That's part of the "mystery" of Leslie's popularity and endless redemption story lines .... now he's a policeman and not quite so embarassingly stupid and reckless, but he's still likely a "catch" with his English family, money and connections (he's got one of the few salary paying jobs) ... not some indistinguished local nobody who might well never NEVER score with the ladies (much less several). My vague memory is that Leslie never amounted to much, so all of his various "leaf-turning" amounted to little. Leslie -- born of local stock, impregnating young women -- would be lucky to escape waking up from a very bad beating to find himself the star of a shotgun wedding. Leslie, son of the nice English lady, gets paid to be a policeman ... because? And yet, there's a hint of recognition at the "privilege" that comes with having even the modest fortune and/or prospects of the Durrells. Margo alarms me by walking a fairly thin line between respectable and "bohemian" in a landscape of male farm worker types. Portraying local peasant types of "honest as the day is long" and somehow too charmed and fascinated not to victimize Marge or Jerry. We know or have learned that Jerry and Larry grow up to become "stars" international figures (and presumably make money enough) as if that redeems them. I don't want the show "darker" or "political" but a little self-awareness would be welcome ... Louisa's aimlessness and vacations from vacations from parenting. I suspect Larry (in particular) orbits home to keep an eye on Louisa and the other kids, but there's no reason, for example, that Gerry's education could not be fobbed off on Leslie, Larry AND Margo -- assuming they know anything and can spell.
  10. SusanSunflower

    The Durrells In Corfu

    I dunno. I thought they were hitting Louisa's drinking pretty hard last night (after previously largely avoiding the ugly true story of her drinking and depression and breakdowns, etc.) I thought we were nearing the end of the final season and discovered my error (there's a 4th season filming) )which I'm still adjusting to, having my usual difficulty with the "penniless" Durrells slumming on Corfu while well dressed and groomed and "carefree". I miss the doctor's wife in season 1 whose appraisal of Louisa (as full of airs and pretensions and uselessness) added tartness. Another season may well mean that "Margo's secret" is also explored (along with Louisa's drinking) which could bring a bit of unwelcome grimness to the story. (I was actually feeling affectionate about the show before discovering there was yet another series to come)
  11. SusanSunflower

    Little Women

    my local #2 PBS station (I have two, #1 more flush with funds and showing things in first run) is showing this and I must say I am enjoying it better a second time after the "shock" of various things has worn off. I still don't understand where this Jo sprung from, but that's true of most of the characters (who are hard to distinguish from some sort of paperdoll/stereotype -- the pretty one, the curmudgeon with a heart of gold, etc.) which is a weakness, because -- even if it's not mandatory that Jo be your favorite -- you should like her (and all of them). Amy similarly keeps reminding me of the irredeemably nasty-girl on Little House (and I never watched Little House) ... her ending up with Laurie becomes a horror, not a matter of settling well. Anyway, it's better than I remember, if overly dark (in a shallow way) ... I'm not sure why it's not as good as they wanted it to be. Emily Watson and the father and Gambon and even John seem to be flesh and blood. I felt Lansbury (who I love) was wasted behind all that make-up and sangfroid (the giving of the pearl necklace and other moments lacked punch emotional depth)
  12. SusanSunflower

    S05.E03: Passenger

    Joan and Endeavor reminded me a bit of the dilemma in Far From the Madding Crowd between Bathsheba and Gabriel Oakes (whom she does finally marry at the end of the story). She is "everything" he hopes for in a wife -- intelligent, lively, hard working, ambitious like himself. She sees someone unexciting and unpromising with the affrontery to suggest marriage as-if-she-would marry the first man who asked her. [deleted paragraph -- too error-filled to keep with apologies -- but I don't think he had much experience with a welcoming home to "come home" } The relaxed companionable Thursday family must have felt like some Norman Rockwell drawing of a "perfect family" where everyone cared about each other with affection. I thought they were done with Joan and Morse, with him recognizing that she's far from ready to settle down, particularly in a marriage "like her mothers" ... unfortunately we haven't been given much reason to find her interesting or think she's be a "good match" for Morse now or in the future. from Far From the Madding Crowd (quoting Gabriel): ""At home by the fire, whenever I look up, there you will be. And whenever you look up, there I shall be."" I suspect that's sort of predictability and domestic "bliss" is exactly what Joan wants to avoid ....
  13. SusanSunflower

    S05.E06: Icarus

    yes, in the age of virulent #metoo, to cut the context of Bright's affections for Trewlove is unconscionable ... sad, even tragic ... as if everyone were somehow on a par with the worst of us. I stopped watching the major-networks' true-crime programs when I began to feel complicit in the violence-towards-women as stellar programming meme ... yes, it seemed -- in the end -- it was always the husband who "deviously" murdered the wife to avoid having to "lose money" or stature in a likely, even pending, divorce .... almost a how-to ... with hints about what to do to avoid getting caught .... like the featured hubby. OH, 10, 20, 30 points to the writers for avoiding writing Trewlove as Damsel in Distress and giving the actress a solid role to bank on in her resume .... I never expect beautiful women actors to be treated with dignity and respect (as actors) -- my bad.,
  14. SusanSunflower

    S05.E06: Icarus

    No idea what Win knew or what Joan eventually might have told her. It was a shock to realize she might in anger use Joan's secrets to hurt her husband. She didn't. but she almost did. But it doesn't answer the question of what "secret" Win knew (and yes, I thought she was largely in the dark about sex, money, pregnancy, life style, etc.)
  15. SusanSunflower

    S05.E06: Icarus

    Worrall has a wonderful face and presence. I "totally" believed in her throughout, even as I realized how unlikely it all was, she was credible .... good job!! Yes, I think the headmaster assumed his promiscuous daughter was guilty (enough of something) to desperately need an alibi. The writers really to believe the world is filled with deeply-concerned-about-the-well-being of their daughters (if not their sons) --- rather touching. No one has mentioned Win's near betrayal of Joan -- yikes. Thursday didn't tell her and likely still hasn't told her everything about the loan ... as he waxes sage and forgiving about Joan's (secret to him) past .... I hope Endeavor is not forced to understand that Thursday falls a bit short of "best husband in the world". I don't particularly want Endeavor and Joan to have a relationship, but I'd like it both were left with "happy memories", no regrets and a clean slate. Yes, Morse and Trewlove: Morse can like women without immediately being determined to shag them (sooner rather than later). Anyone else suspect his dislike of Fancy was built on Fancy so perfectly playing the part, with his impeccable suits and perfect shoes and hair cut.... a perfect undertaker of a policeman (much like Thursday) ... Morse's "excuse" to be different, even an iconoclast has been and is that he's "more clever" (he's less secure than he pretends)
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