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MJ Frog

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  1. MJ Frog

    S03.E04: Foreign Bodies

    Honestly, if he really wants to help her, the best thing Joseph could do for her would be to murder her husband. He'd hang for it, of course, but that is the only thing he could do that would make her life better. An affair, or even the suspicion of an affair, would destroy the both of them. Plus, overthrowing the social order and killing that bastard would feel really good. For a minute. Nice to see a cameo by Mary (Lucy Briers) from Pride and Prejudice as the apothecary.
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    Godless

    There was a lot of that in this series, a lot of building to something that went nowhere. The Buffalo Soldiers’ storyline for one, as many others have mentioned. The show invested a lot of time setting up the idea of some sort of reconciliation between them and the townsfolk in service of getting to see some serious badassery on their part. It was fun to see ladies who had never so much as shot a gun before kick some ass, but not very realistic. The folks from Blackdom were billed as being more than a match for Frank and his gang, the only real countervailing force against the seemingly unstoppable bad guys . I submit that it would have been more realistic AND more satisfying for the Buffalo Soldiers to have substantially reduced Frank’s forces, with some of their own people surviving to help the women of La Belle in the final showdown. And also as others have mentioned, Bill’s trek served absolutely no narrative purpose whatsoever. It seemed like it was going to, but it sure didn’t. The dude with the dog following Bill around was definitely built up to have some sort of significance – enough so that for some reason we were given the scene where his mere presence was enough to cause Frank to let Bill go (only so Bill could go back to tracking him all the way back to where Bill started – a literally circular storyline). And this happened because... Magical Indian who might also be a ghost? With a ghost dog? Who wants to look out for him for some reason? And inexplicably deters Frank from being Frank for a minute? And these are simply the worst of several abortive narrative threads that all seemed to be leading somewhere but were suddenly cut in the last two episodes, trailing off like so many roads to nowhere. Subverting expectations can be an excellent narrative tool. This was used to great effect in the first few moments of one of the greatest gun battles ever in the now classic western Open Range, where the character played by Kim Coates (Ed Logan in Godless) meets a fate very different from the one he does in this series. But oftentimes, as in this case, subverting expectations is just bad storytelling. So much so that I really do wonder if they just ran out of money, leading them cripple or compress storylines that were originally written to take the series to two or three more episodes. That’s a series I would have loved to have seen. As it was, I really, really, enjoyed this one up through episode four or five. A lot of missed opportunities here.
  3. MJ Frog

    S02.E10: The Passenger

    I respectfully disagree. In that second screen cap, if Dolores rotates the spent shell 90 degrees (about the same angle as the first screen cap), it doesn't look to me that it would be any wider than her thumb. In the third screen cap it seems clear to me that she could indeed fit her thumb in the barrel (almost up to the knuckle, certainly past the nail) which makes sense since the bore should be just over half an inch in diameter. Add to this the fact that a flattened piece of lead is going to be pretty malleable, and she could fit it in flat ways on, like a coin in a slot, bending the outer edges a little if necessary. This would create a good snug fit, and she could even angle it a bit to block more of the barrel, which wouldn't have to be completely blocked to cause a misfire. I hereby declare this myth plausible.
  4. MJ Frog

    S02.E10: The Passenger

    Well, not to humble brag, but even though it took some serious processing power at times, there were those of us who were able to follow it. Actually, that's just straight up bragging. Not saying there weren't plenty of people smarter than I am who were confounded by it -- but just because they were doesn't mean that the show didn't make sense or have it's own internal consistency. Was this the best way to tell this story, or better yet, did it hit on the most interesting aspects of this world? As to that, I am undecided. But I was riveted by much of this finale, and my breath may have hitched a little when Ake met his love in the hereafter. Also, Teddy looked so damn alone in robo-heaven. The nice guy finished last again.
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    S02.E09: Vanishing Point

    Is that true, though? Not a rhetorical question -- I am really not sure that he didn't know well before season 1. And I am not 100% that he did. Does anyone remember anything that indicates how long he was aware the hosts are sentient? If, as I suspect, he DID know for quite awhile, and all this awfulness was some sort of crucible in which to complete their evolution, then he has the same problem the other God has, wherein he seems unable to create a world that does not have suffering woven deeply into it. Fuck you, Ford.
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    S02.E09: Vanishing Point

    Ford confounds me. I have absolutely no idea where he stands. How could any good father not only allow, but engineer, the kind of suffering the hosts have endured? I have said it before -- the parks are an abomination. I mean, what sort of creator would afflict his children so? Well, I mean there's THAT one, but...
  7. MJ Frog

    S02.E09: Vanishing Point

    I rolled my eyes SO HARD at that, especially considering Anthony Hopkins could have delivered that exact sentiment non-verbally -- just have the camera linger on his face while a slight smirk develops. Let your world class actors actually act, Show! YES. One of the first rules of good writing is: omit unnecessary words. This is one of those things that probably looked fine on the page, but once they had Sir Anthony in front of them they should have realized that he could have pulled this off without saying anything, and the scene would have been the better for it. I wonder if they had a different writer from last week -- a lot of heavy handed dialogue this time.
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    S02.E08: Kiksuya

    This might be a bit of a stretch, but Akecheta would be familiar with the sub-basement area because he had been repaired there at least once, before the newer facility was built. Now, how he got there and back without being discovered? That's a whole other matter. He seems to have been given a LOT of freedom to wander.
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    S02.E08: Kiksuya

    Well blow me down, that was up there with the best of the 1st season episodes. This show works best for me, well any art works best for me, when it makes my brain go to interesting places, and I was fascinated by this new perspective on a host becoming awake. Just a person like any other gradually becoming aware of the strange workings of the world in which he finds himself. The wrong world. I found myself wishing that Westworld had begun purely from the perspective of the hosts, people living in the Old West discovering that all is not as it seems. A little Matrixy, maybe, but with a different twist. I began nervously eyeing the clock as the episode wound down, always a sign that I don't want the fun to end.
  10. MJ Frog

    S04.E05: Laura

    Precisely. I don't find her motivations particularly mysterious unless one finds Morgan's equally mysterious. Loss is such a dreary constant in the ZA world that I find a fear of attachment perfectly credible and understandable. And she broadcast early on that she was a runner. I really enjoyed this episode -- a lot of good character building, a lot of interesting small details. It doesn't hurt that I like Jenna Elfman. I find her line delivery and body language natural and believable, unlike some other actors on this show. And who wouldn't want to be friends with John Dorie after watching this?
  11. MJ Frog

    S06.E10: START

    Well, she better start learning. How the hell was she EVER going to be a spy? Does she have to submit to FBI questioning without a lawyer? If not, then she needs to follow my original advice and lawyer up and shut up.
  12. MJ Frog

    S06.E10: START

    Oh they definitely knew mom and dad were spies -- but she could feign surprise as part of her cover story. They knew she wasn't at her apartment, but I think she could plausibly say she met with them, but didn't run.
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    S06.E10: START

    I was wondering why she didn't go back to her apartment. No one but Stan knew she was on the run, so why not go back and keep her mouth shut? Or at most make up a story about meeting her parents to say goodbye before they went back to Russia because it turns out they were -- you'll never believe this -- spies!
  14. MJ Frog

    S06.E10: START

    Absolutely. Things can be both true and manipulative at the same time. And these kinds of scenes are infinitely more interesting to me than just garden variety lying for one specific, self interested, end. Philip was trying to get his family out of there, first and foremost, but he really did feel bad, and had a genuine need to make Stan understand that the friendship was real, and the betrayal was not personal. I seem to be seeing a lot of this lately and I'm always riveted -- Killing Eve in particular has had a few scenes like this.
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    S06.E10: START

    Ah, thank you! So Harvest was their indirect downfall, in a couple of different ways.
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