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  1. Eolivet

    S04.E15: I Need to Find My Frenemy

    This episode was so confusing, love quadrangle-wise. They are hitting the "Greg is the only one with a life independent of Rebecca" beats hard, he had the longest list in the columns, and they did have a prior relationship that seemed healthy. Maybe getting back together with Greg would be showing that now that they're both healthy and independent, they can be together. Nathaniel slipped a little in my estimation, having Josh come to him first with the "stand down" and so readily admitting his feelings for Rebecca (where Greg had to be pushed, like the classic rom-com hero). On the other hand, I go back to the rom-com "I'm Almost Over You" episode, where I can't imagine they spent 44 minutes on Nathaniel letting Rebecca go, if he was really going to let Rebecca go (I've been on this merry-go-round with How I Met Your Mother, where "letting you go" never means letting you go, and is instead code for "ment2b") I lean more towards that Rebecca will choose one in a throwaway moment/scene at the end of the series, similar to what others have said -- because love is just one of the things she needs to be healthy, not the only thing. In other news, those were the nicest, classiest looking hotel rooms I have ever seen in Vegas.
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    S38 David Wright

    I love players that give good confessionals, and in addition to the episode title (aptly describing the whispering tribal council sessions as the "Worst Cocktail Party Ever"), David had so many gems this episode. "We're so far on the edge of extinction, they've stopped looking for us" and "we're like the last four dodo birds on the island," but my absolute favorite was: "Wardog is creating a war, I guess that's what war dogs do. It's divisive. We need to be united." The TV writer writes himself some pretty clever dialogue.
  3. Eolivet

    S38 Aubry Bracco

    Watching Aubry back, boy did she play her third time, sans Edge of Extinction, wrong. She keeps saying "you know how I play, you've seen me play" -- reminding Victoria she was a returning player on a season where she knew they were targeting returning players. In retrospect, she should've been like "hey, my game's not set in stone, I can switch it up." It might not have helped, but constantly reminding people she was a returning player probably wasn't the best idea.
  4. Eolivet

    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    Ha, but that was shortly after I believe the show had received criticism (or "criticism" from the "fandom") for the glowing hero edits for the (predictable) winners of Worlds Apart and Second Chances. So, I believe the winners of Kaoh Rong (not Aubry), Millennials vs Gen X (and Game Changers?) got similar "stealth" gameplay edits, like "hey, look, isn't this winner shocking! Bet you didn't see this one coming!" But I think this ended up just annoying the "fandom." It also didn't stick, because once we got to Heroes/Healers/Hustlers, the editors clearly got sick of not doing hero edits anymore.
  5. Eolivet

    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    Ever since last year's dramatic editing smash cuts to black or the artsy shot of Angelina going "you've got this" to herself, the editors are convinced they're entering episodes in Sundance or something. Hey, editors. How about instead of trying to make the episodes look pretty, you try to develop characters and storylines? I will say, I've enjoyed the way they've edited most of the veterans. The newbies may not get any screen time, but the veterans have been painted in a harsher light than I remember. The Aubry "I say the same thing to everyone" montage from a few episodes ago never would've happened. I'd also venture to say we wouldn't have been shown something like the Joe "It's so hard to be this awesome" soliloquy (unless it was played straight, and this clearly wasn't). Kelley has gotten the "I'm angry all the time" edit that I don't quite remember in Second Chances, and even David, whose edit has arguably been the kindest, has reverted to his "I suck, I'm pathetic" natural state. But is some screen time better than none at all? I feel like I know more about the people on Edge of Extinction than I do about players still in the game, and that's a huge flaw. I know we're meant to invest in Edge of Extinction, but having the Kama kumbaya folks mainly be a giant "404_file_not_found" + Joe isn't the best way to tell a story.
  6. Eolivet

    Ex On The Beach (US)

    Okay, that finale was ten times more interesting than last year's (the "you accidentally on purpose stepped on my necklace" drama aside that led to two guys fighting). While I missed the shady narrator telling us all these relationships broke up the minute they left the house (or a couple weeks, a month, several months afterwards), the lie detector was almost as good. Get the lovey-dovey aww, I wuv you and aww,, of course I accept your necklace and then the harsh reality of the lie detector tests. I mean, it sort of ended the same way with the couples being like "la la la, I can't hear you, what lie detector test?" (except Angela), but for the audience, who knew these people were doing nothing but killing time in the house ... very satisfying. So, of course the reunion is two parts. Show is not done with us yet. P.S. I hate you forever, show, for ruining Jay's chances of ever being on Survivor again, only to make him a cuckold sacrificed at the altar of MTV's shiny new star, Morgan.
  7. Eolivet

    S33.E07: This Means War

    One of the more interesting parts of this episode I thought came at the beginning, when Wes was talking about the U.K. alliance and essentially assuring ... Kyle's participation ("I hate England.") in trying to take them down. This confused me, mainly because I couldn't tell who was in the room (Kyle, Mattie, Dee, Nany, Turbo, Amanda and Josh?) Yet Paulie doesn't have a U.K. partner, but Cara does. Does this mean Paulie and Ninja are de facto in the U.K. alliance (which is really a U.K. rookie alliance, if Kyle's not in it). Paulie and Cara almost seem to exist outside the alliance, just as nebulous "threats." I'm just curious where their loyalties lie (other than with themselves) if it comes down to U.S. vs U.K.
  8. Eolivet

    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    I didn't find Rick giving Aubry the advantage that surprising. The guy's tightest alliance was with David -- he clearly hasn't gotten the "all returning players are scum and must die" memo. His choices were Wendy (which speaks to their level of closeness), three Kamas he's never heard of, and Aubry. Angelina had the nerve to say Gavin is a cross between Nick and Adam, which I don't see at all. I think he's more Nick and Donathan myself. Is Wardog that horrible poker player from Gabon resurrected? Jean Claude or something? He was the same do-nothing, strategize-all-the-time, this-is-only-a-game-for-my-amusement type of jerk, if I recall correctly. Poker players really can be the most obnoxious Survivor players (this includes Tyson and until-he-got-married Boston Rob).
  9. Eolivet

    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    Joe: Guys, let me tell you about the stigma that I face ... as a challenge beast. And a provider. And being really handsome. And so muscular and did I mention handsome? It's just so hard. ::sniffles:: Me:
  10. Eolivet

    Crazy Ex-Roles: Cast in Other Roles

    Please enjoy Santino Fontana absolutely owning "I Think I Can Play This Part" from the Goodbye Girl musical (which originally featured Martin Short and Bernadette Peters) in this live rendition from 2017.
  11. Eolivet

    Christian Siriano: PR Winner and Mentor

    I like the idea of Christian as a mentor, but I found him a touch too subdued on his first episode. I know we all can't be Tim Gunn, but every other judge and the host seems to remember that they're on TV. Christian's affect still seems very flat to me. I'm hoping he warms up more as the season progresses. If I recall correctly from his winning season, he's capable of being a "bigger" character. But maturity doesn't necessarily mean "quiet."
  12. Eolivet

    S04.E14: I'm Finding My Bliss

    I was also wondering about "Bill" for Valencia's song, but "As Long As He Needs Me" is spot-on for that one. Yikes, that song is disturbing (albeit gorgeous). The more I think about it, Rebecca's song is more "tough-as-nails character laments that she's as desperate for love as anyone else." (the closest I can think of is "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Chris Superstar or maybe Reno-with-no-self-esteem from Anything Goes), but "Etta-Mae" seems more Katisha from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado -- the domineering spinster character whose love for the hero is played for comedy (and with the assumption nobody would ever choose her). You forget (or I do) that Sondheim was tearing down fairytale tropes in 1987. Agony was a freaking revelation.
  13. Eolivet

    S04.E14: I'm Finding My Bliss

    Also, Valencia's song was absolutely "What's the Use of Wond'rin'" from Carousel. There's actually a song from The Pajama Game that sounded like the "tick-tock goes the tick-tock clock" song ("Think of the Time I'll Save"), but that's so obscure, I wonder what the inspiration actually was. I actually found Rebecca's song more like "All er Nothin" from Oklahoma (versus "I Can't Say No"). "All er Nothin" is Ado Annie getting scolded for her fun-loving ways by her future husband, as opposed to the unapologetic "I Can't Say No." "All er Nothin," sung with the mopey lack of self-esteem of Adelaide's Lament. Since there were no princes in the classic musicals that I can remember, I can only assume Nathaniel's song would've had more of a super-sexist (but played completely straight) Into the Woods vibe. Apple Man ... reminded me of "Be Like the Bluebird" from Anything Goes. Stupid, mid-Act II, just musing on a strange topic by a goofy character that's only tangentially related to the plot. Also, Cherry Oteri was the perfect community theater director. This episode was amazing for this classic musical fan.
  14. Eolivet

    S04.E14: I'm Finding My Bliss

    Interesting, because after tonight, I was almost certain he's the one she won't end up with. Josh around Rebecca is reminding me of Rebecca around Josh in season 1 (does crazy-thoughtful thing, other person is all "oh, isn't that nice" and it makes the first person feel good). In order for me to root for Josh, I have to sympathize with him that Rebecca doesn't feel the same way about him, and right now, I don't. He just sort of looks pathetic to me. I thought the most telling part about last night's episode was the very last scene. Greg is stable now, and healthy with a good job, he's still got feelings for Rebecca and he makes absolute sense on paper. He's the "husband" she should absolutely "lasso" -- he's truly a catch. But he's not the one she almost kissed. Which brings me to Nathaniel, and the fact that he's the only one where we've been shown his perspective, how he's really, really trying not to move on from Rebecca (and doing a bad job of it). She's almost hooked up with him twice now. They keep emphasizing that Rebecca has continually rejected Nathaniel, which puts a bit of a damper on "oh, she suddenly chooses him," but maybe that's a trope the show wants to reverse. I'm not sure, and I'm fully prepared to have Rebecca pull a Kelly Taylor, but the out-sized focus on Nathaniel, as someone who keeps ending up in Rebecca's orbit in these last few episodes is giving me pause. Sometimes, I think the show is just as obvious as we think, and Rebecca and Nathaniel have been awfully last-30-minutes-of-a-rom-com lately. But again. I could always be wrong.
  15. Eolivet

    Ex On The Beach (US)

    Because they all HAVE to answer the question: can you ever, ever (ever, ever, ever) really get over your ex? (it's this show's version of trying to make Fetch happen)