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  1. alexvillage

    S03.E20: ON THE R-O-- ROAD A-G-- AGAIN

    Just hope this means that the conclusion is that JJ is the one who knows what JJ's needs are.
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    S03.E19: P-R-O-M-P-- PROMPOSAL

    I really liked the episode. I guess the reference to committing suicide because wheelchair movie idea, plus all the other ableist Hollywood stuff was at least partially based on the movie "Me Without You" - which I didn't watch but know of all the bullshit in the story. Brilliant way of introducing possible oblivious people to the concept of representation. And the ableist/woke/diva part was also done well, by being comedic about the whole thing but still showing the seriousness of getting rid of ableism. Nice touch with the protesters posters and the community's motto. "Hot Mc-Ableist" - perfect! I also liked that Jimmy stepped out of his role of appeaser and enabler to cll out Maya's sabotage of her own business.
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    Good Trouble

    Interning for judges is like interning for elected officials - you have to go in thinking about the experience you will gain, not changing how the judge or politician thinks. Many students intern for politicians they disagree in most everything, but they are INTERNS so they shut up and do their job. I don't think a conservative judge would hire a "liberal" intern because the judge wants to "learn the other side". They hire them because one, they have to, as a matter of whatever written or unwritten rules of allowing the younger generation to experience the "wisdom" of the elders (and to do work that is boring but needed), and two, so they can have a cover for whatever conservative argument they need to defend. The way Callie acts is naive at best, arrogant at worst.
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    Good Trouble

    I keep coming back to this show that I don't like much because they have the Fosters characters in it but then, this. It frustrated me too, the reason why I watched the episode and it was like watching a parallel universe Stef-Lena. I like Mariana's story. I like the boss, which does look like a stereotype of an autistic, I hope the show runners do, at least, get some actually autistic person to advise on how to make the character a person, not a caricature - no feelings, incapable of interacting, all logic and nerdiness. I have no idea if the actor is autistic, it would be cool if he is. I also like the twist on Jamal's story. Coincidentally, there is an article on theGuardian today about how prosecutors, in the name of "transparency", dig out anything about the victim of police killing they can spin into "proof of bad character" to keep the cop murderers free. It is sickening. I thought Callie would be fired. She deserved to be fired. And the idea that she should just go through the internship and then go to work for ACLU is laughable. She wouldn't last there either because it is always all about her and the ACLU don't have the resources to keep fixing whatever she messes with. In a way she is still the teenager who believes she can change the world by simply having a good argument.
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    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    That's a big generalization. Yes. I don't know any statistics but I know a young adult who was born with half the weight the show's baby. He was a small skinny child but when he hit puberty he shot up and today he is probably taller than the average (even tough his parents are average to short - but grandfather was tall). Picking up n this tough, I think that Kate has been a patient in the hospital for longer than advised. Six days is a lot, usually they want you away from all that as soon as possible. People I know who had c-sections and preemies didn't say that long. The writers didn't hint at any complications that would require Kate to stay that long either. My take on how awful Randall was is that he is being consistent. As a child he was an overachiever, he went to the library to study, during a school dance, and ignored the girl who asked him to the dance. What he did to Beth is a mirror of his younger self. Sowing up at the recital was how he sees his function and the flowers was a sweet gesture, but also a way to say: See how caring I am, now your turn. Then he seems to demand the same type of commitment from Beth, to show up at his dinner. I think this is kind of silly, his overreaction to her not being there. Just walk in and say she had a job thing maybe she is late, maybe she won't make it, let's eat! If done well, this can be an interesting story to follow, how his marriage falls apart and how he deals with his need to be in control and succeed at everything. I think for "control freaks" like Randall, a marriage ending is a failure and they cannot have that. Nitpick: "seven pirouettes starting with one pile". As a former dancer, that line was really weird. Or they have a super talented dancer. Would love to see that.
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    S02.E17: Betrayal

    That's fair although white people seem to always find a way to report back men, or a black child.
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    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    That's a very interesting take I had not pondered. It makes sense. If the writers are not writing the show as you see it, they should.
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    S02.E17: Betrayal

    This show... The FBI had Marshall wired, Gorgon discover the wire, the FBI takes forever to get there and then the first observation from one of the agents is: "he has a hostage"! Seriously, I had to laugh. Such a pointless line that the writers decided it was vital for the audience to understand. And how bad are they at shooting? How unprepared for the take down? When it is about a drug bust on a house with children, in the middle of the night, they send a battalion - if the family is black or brown, they send two battalions. Sure they often get the wrong house and terrorize innocent people too... Speaking of it, AJ entering the mansion of a white man and no neighbor called the police to arrest the "big black man" that they thought had a gun? Right... Yeah, I am all snark today.
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    S02.E17: Betrayal

    I haven't watched the episode yet so maybe the situation is way too obvious for the fail but the real FBI has a very bad report card when it comes to solving whatever they are investigating and getting the perps, which a very high rate of failure.
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    S01.E17: Goodbye

    I don't know how they do these things but I suspect that some actors are already the choice of producers and get it easy. If they have to "formally" test I have no idea. Some actors are also hired because of some "buzz" around them - as in spin offs when a character is supposed to attract more audience with a story of their own. And then there is the Hollywood baseline for "beauty and attraction", or the desire of pairing two actors together because they are "hot" at the moment. Of course, shows start with a story and some creators manage to keep their vision about the characters when choosing the cast. But they rarely get to control it all. Aaaaaaand there is the role of the agent. Some actors pay way too much to agents (who dispatch their publicists that can even engage with paparazzi types to get their clients in the news and generate the kind of talk they want) to get them in parts and then we end up wondering why they are there at all. I have a lot of opinions about how things happen in Hollywood. I know some are true, others I just assume based on things I hear (I know people in the lower caste of the business, and a couple of great writers who are not even in Hollywood because they refused to play the game). Maybe that's why I never fall for the "OMG so-and-so is such a great actor"! or "Best!Show!Ever!". I am so horrible, I disagree with nearly every award the shows and actors get, even when I like them.
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    S01.E16: King of Swords

    I still don't see why they can't do this in a network show. By "this" I mean be different and bold, by the very low standard that TV shows have concerning "bold". Some shows do, from time to time, dip their toes on that. I don't even blame the writers so much, but TPTB because they are usually a bunch of cowards who spend their time doing "research" to see what pleases the audience, doesn't cause too much controversy and keeps the money flowing. I guess I expect too much from TV.
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    S01.E17: Goodbye

    I see this a lot, in other shows I watch. some character don't have chemistry with any of the others. I think Delilah is one of those. I think it has a lot to do with acting, at least in the cases I see at the moment. Actors who are between really bad and low-average are just bad at finding the right connection. Or they can only act with one other actor. Or they can be ok in scenes that don't requite interacting. The actor who plays Eddie is ok. The one who plays Delilah is bad. Grace Park is good, the best in the cast in my opinion. So she can pull average actors to the high end. Delilah - Meh. Lost case. Saw her in a small part in another show. Same thing. Not impressed at all. File that under musings that might not make sense at all - or under I am here waiting for something and decided to play armchair acting coach.
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    S01.E16: King of Swords

    Why? Georgia is a recurring character, she is not vital to the stories. It could also be developed into a plot of how many women die in childbirth in this Oh so developed country of ours, or how even though she is white, statistically less likely to die in child birth, in a major hospital, she still dies (or both die). Having said that, I would dread a "Max mourning plot". I am all for getting rid of Georgia, then move on to more interesting stories.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    Yes, cameras for educational purposes, maybe for family, but not for a TV show where they don't know how long it will take to finish, how many takes, how many people they need to be in the NICU for the taping. Documentaries use different lights, the script is not strict. If they did in a documentary way, it would be obvious in the editing, the difference between the scenes. Besides, there are other babies there and the other parents would probably not be allowed to even be there, let alone the requirements to be silent, to not move, etc. Add that to the child labor laws, it would be not only a terrible idea, but also not viable as a scheduling/budget. The baby scene is just a few seconds but a lot of what is filmed is thrown out or cut in the final editing. Seriously, I have been in a couple of ads filming when I was really young. I was dancing it it was literally 4 seconds in the add. It took me the WHOLE NIGHT to finish taping for the 4 seconds of screen time. Maybe not a fair comparison since I was an amateur but still. One take takes a lot of preparing, light, sound, you get the picture.
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    S01.E16: King of Swords

    I agree with that but I didn't see it as a potential anything - or maybe I didn't want to see it because I was hoping for some relationship that doesn't involve romance and/or sex. I think that in most cases the screen chemistry is about the acting. If the acting is - at minimum - convincing on both sides, the result is good chemistry. It doesn't have to be great acting either. Some actors are just bad, so they will not have chemistry with anyone. That's the case with Georgia, imo.
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