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  1. AllyB

    Erica Goldberg: Cool Kid/Closet Nerd

    Erica's hair and style always puts me in mind of Mallory Keaton on Family Ties. Her hair was never super '80s' like Jennifer's in later seasons. It was always a bit more preppy and wouldn't look terribly out of place now.
  2. AllyB

    The Other Two

    When they were pretending to be celebrities in ep2, all I could think was how extremely like Kaitlin Olsen Brooke looks. I don't know who the reality star is that she pretended to be but if she had said Olsen, they'd have waved her on.
  3. I've assumed that would be a big reveal at some point. But two teenagers having a brief, seemingly intense but in reality shallow dalliance does not constitute getting to know someone. Not remotely. And since then, ten extremely important years have passed. It also wouldn't change any of it from Max's perspective. Up until this episode all he knew was that despite whatever relationship they had, she left and didn't contact him for a decade. There is nothing between them. His feeling as he does about her is a red flag for her to be very wary, his constant speeches to her are a red flag for her to run and run very, very far and fast. His behaviour is terrifying and absolutely not romantic. He doesn't get to whine at her about his feelings every time he sees her. Especially when she is processing the fact that aliens not just exist but are on earth masquerading as humans. That people she grew up with are actually aliens. That they have all sorts of powers that put humans in a potentially extremely vulnerable position. And an alien murdered her sister and the two girls her sister was accused of killing. She is dealing with both the terrifying existential reality that everything she knew to be real has shifted. And the heartbreaking news that the sister who's actions caused the death of two girls and destroyed her whole family's lives was actually an innocent victim and patsy. But Max needs his feels to be front and centre. He is awful. Isobel wiping a brief teenage relationship from Liz's mind doesn't mitigate the fact that adult Max has behaved like a creepy, empathy voided, terrifyingly obsessive stalker throughout their interactions. It's insanely messed up that a show that's painstakingly (and painfully) preachy about modern day politics is this disturbingly obtuse about painting what is already an emotionally abusive dynamic as romance.
  4. Haven't watched ep 5 yet, so maybe it will improve upon this. But I'm finding Max such an appalling character. All he cares about is his ongoing love for Liz. He keeps throwing his years of love for her in her face as if that's supposed to mean something to her and she owes him some sort of acknowledgement for it. In this episode when he went to her in Crashdown all he cared about was that she believed he loved her. His attitude was, I know you suspect me of murdering your sister, but that doesn't matter as long as you believe I've always loved you. That's serial killer level creepy. He doesn't know her, he was never close to her, got to know who she was. Even if he had, he hasn't seen her in a decade. She's a fantasy that he's obsessed with. And every chance he gets, he needs to tell her all about it with his big wounded face that she could think badly of him when he loves her so. Even his refusal to let her kiss him in ep 2 because she was feeling his feelings, seemed rehearsed. He's probably been mentally fantasising about his big Nice Guy gesture of respecting her autonomy since he was 12. And now he's done that and she still doesn't act like someone who is respecting his big gesture of loooooove. OMG, life isn't playing out like his fantasy, it's so unfair. If only there was a 4chan group for alien men who's human love interest hasn't fallen at their feet despite how Nice a Guy they are. I hate him so much.
  5. AllyB

    S04.E12: I Need a Break

    I feel really bad for Paula. She's had a really shitty ride over the last few years. Her marriage, job and home life was deeply unsatisfying leading to her become unhealthily obsessed with Rebecca, which in turn exacerbated the other problems. When she started to take stock of what would make her more genuinely happy and began to work a little on her marriage and start the hard work of making a career change she fell pregnant. After supporting her through her abortion her husband then turned around and had an affair. After working through that and getting her marriage to a better place, she was still having trouble with her children. As soon as she faced up to that and repaired her relationship with her sons the eldest moved to another continent. And now just as she is on the cusp of qualifying as a lawyer she has a heart attack. Every single time Paula takes a big step forward she gets punched in the guts. Hopefully she'll recover from her heart attack and pass the Bar, but even if she does it will be marred. It's going to be really, really hard to establish a satisfying law career while not having a health relapse. Second heart attacks are really, really common in the year after a first heart attack. Paula genuinely needs to take it easy but her dreams for the next couple of decades of her life involve a lot of hard work. I think it's a really sad thing to have hanging over her as we head to the series end.
  6. AllyB

    Young Justice

    Near the end, when they were cleaning up Conor and M'gann's house the doctor immediately retrieves the hairbrush she'd used to brush Violet's hair. It's sort of implied (though not confirmed) that the whole hairbrushing thing had been a ruse to get a dna sample. I'm also wondering if the daughter she spoke to Violet about is being held captive by her "boss" in order to make her do the work she is doing.
  7. AllyB

    Friends From College

    Yes I know all of that, and as I outlined in the quoted post, people in the same graduating class can vary by several years in age for numerous reasons. There is no reason that Max couldn't have started college at 17 while Marianne, Nick and Sam were 18 and Ethan 19. And Lisa isn't meant to be two years younger, she just started college 2 years after. She could easily be 4-5 years younger than the oldest of the others.
  8. AllyB

    Deutschland 83

    On a quirkiness level Comrade Hartman was my most MVP this season. I loved him in the penultimate episode as he was freaking out about the radiation levels being too high while everyone else gaslighted him. He knew his scientific instruments were telling him something was very, very clearly wrong, he knew by history that the accident he could see the evidence of could be covered up, meanwhile everyone else was seeing nothing out if the ordinary and acting like he is mad. The poor man was cracking up. And then the subtle flip, when the Russians admitted the truth about Chernobyl, to Walter asking him about the safety of the refreshments he was about to serve. It was excellent and it made my blood run cold to watch. I have vague memories of the time and my parents being worried, especially about my newborn brother and how best to feed him when the radioactive cloud came over us in Ireland.
  9. AllyB

    Friends From College

    I don't quite get the problem people are having with the casts' ages. 4 of the actors playing the friends from college are more or less the same age. And I think you can have a difference of a year or two between people in the same year at college, especially if people took a year off before starting college or were the oldest/youngest/skipped a year in their school class. Keegan is a few years older but can pass for early 40s. Smulders is the only one who is very obviously a different age to the rest of the group and she is meant to be younger than the others. When Fred quit his job the older agent said he was 40. Assuming he's the youngest of the group the others are meant to be 41-42 (which is totally believable) except for Lisa who is supposed to be maybe about 37. Greg Germain's age is about right too, as Sam married a man a lot older than her. The writing plot really annoyed me. I know it was sold as Ethan walking all over Max, as was their college pattern. But if anything it was the opposite, with Max allowing his possible resentments about how Ethan may have treated him in college to create a huge problem from a normal part of the agent/author dynamic. Max is a successful literary agent, he has to know just how very, very, very common it is to get a great idea for a book and how very, very, very hard it is to both do the work of turning that idea into a real 100,000 words. And how much rarer still it is for those 100,000 words to be put together in a way that is pleasing to read. Max pushed Ethan to write commercially because they would both profit from it. He helped him come up with the ideas, not because Ethan was using him and taking him for granted but because it would be a massive boost to his own career. And no matter how helpful those ideas were, they were just a tiny, tiny fraction of the work that Ethan had to do to turn those ideas into an actual book. I don't think any agent would have wanted any more credit than a paragraph in the acknowledgments thanking him for his help making the book possible. (And his share of the profits depending on how his firm awards them to the agent.) No way would he expect his name on the cover, nor would he want it there as it could damage the 'brand' of Ethan. In fact, even if he writes the entire second part, he'd almost certainly be an uncredited ghost writer still writing under Ethan's name. (As people I genuinely like Max and can't stand Ethan but Max was 100% in the wrong here.)
  10. AllyB

    Young Justice

    I'm another one who's deeply disappointed to see Barbara confined to a wheelchair. I'm sort of excusing it my head by telling myself that back in the YJ conception stages, before the New 52 was created, Babs as Oracle was always planned as an integral part of a later season. And as the current comics Barbara Gordon/Batgirl still has the backstory of several years in the chair we could see that story play out. In fact, even without all the access to futuristic and alien tech, one hug from Halo would see Babs spinning pirouettes. (It's probably why Dick has to be keeping Oracle under wraps. Total plot-service to keep her in the chair.)
  11. When the Christmas radio station goes off the air and you realise that there is no point in turning on the 80s station to get in the mood for The Americans. The Americans anticipation has relieved me of my post Christmas blues for the last 6 years. This year it's just a bleak January. (Though I have saved Deutschland 86 as a substitute.)
  12. AllyB

    Young Justice

    I just watched the first episode. Can't believe the ending with Brucely curled up asleep with the Kid Flash teddy. I nearly wept.
  13. AllyB

    S06.E08: The Living Room: A 100% True Story

    I'm like that. There is 50 year old tinsel wrapped around the door in my living room right now. It used to belong to my great grandparents. And little baubles made of foil cones that were theirs on my tree. Also on my tree I have threadbare, formerly flocked, plastic Santa bears and wooden geese that used to belong to my paternal grandparents. I've been collecting my own decorations since I was a kid in the 80s and they have moved with me and are all in my house now. I would like it if my son or any kids he has want them one day. I love them because they remind me of the wonderful Christmases I had with my relatives, so if my descendants want them it'll mean they had wonderful Christmases with me. I guess that's part of the thing with Beverley's furniture. People get attached to the emotion of objects (as she was). But if her kids were never allowed in her room of prized possessions, how could they possibly ever want them. They're meaningless to them.
  14. AllyB

    S06.07: Bohemian Rap City

    But Barry was calmed by the fall of the Berlin Wall which happened just as Barry was set to destroy Adam. The same Berlin wall that also fell in this episode.
  15. Frank raised Dennis and Dee but he found out that he's not biologically their father as his wife cheated on him with Stephen Collins' (ugh!!!!!!) character. And it's been implied that he is in fact Charlie's father as he and Charlie's mother had sex around the time she got pregnant with Charlie and Frank paid for an abortion that didn't take. Got to say that I absolutely loved the ending. It was weird and unexpected but I think that after 13 seasons, the show gets to do things like this. To turn everything on it's head and just give the audience something completely out of left field. It was amazing. The emotion, the dancing, everything it conveyed. I've never gotten interpretive dance but I got that. I was moved on every level. Though I do worry about Rob as what he does to his body with the forced weight gain for S7 and now the intensive diet and training feels like it can't be good for him. (And, maybe it's just my own insecurity but, the dance was so physically charged I hope Kaitlin was cool with it. I know they are both professionals but I'd have a hard time watching a husband I loved being that intense with another woman.)