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  1. JTM

    S20.E16: Facing Demons

    Every week I think they've made Olivia as unbearable as humanly possible... and then they keep topping it.
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    Nailed It!

    They made the eggless version, which uses corn syrup instead of egg.
  3. I can't imagine they're forced to participate. And to be fair, they don't all have to have the exact same political viewpoint generally speaking to be reactive to the past two years -- which has less to do with policies than it does with tone.
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    S15.E08: Blowin' in the Wind

    I've completely blocked out who married them... but this drives me NUTS. It's the person who officiates who sends in the legal documents. NOT the couple. Unless US law or some states' laws are completely different from Canada, it's NEVER the couple that's responsible for sending in the signed docs. Believe me, we as officiants know how easily it would get forgotten. That's why it's part of our job. Ugh.
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    Vanity Fair

    This is straight out of the book. The heiress Miss Schwartz is West Indian. It was rather a 'thing' at that time, for the wealthy often-mixed-lineage daughters of colonial plantation owners to be educated in England in the hopes of snaring a high-end-but-poorish husband.
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    S06.E12: Meet Your Maker 2018.07.23

    I also found it weird that it was sort of implied it was connected to the incel thing, because it was very specifically targeting women for their professional success in male-dominated fields.
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    S05.E05: Quartet

    Foyle's War -- My absolute favourite, hand's down. The whole cast, the history of it, fantastic. And I too loved that our MI6 Hilda was in Endeavour too!
  8. I'm a little ashamed at how annoyed I was by that poor little girl, particularly since she doesn't seem to be getting a whole lot of "I'm good at thinking long term" parenting. But honestly, as a (mostly) reformed (ish) nail-biter, my heart broke every time I saw her hands go to her mouth. Whatever she's presenting up front, she's got some big sads going on inside.
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    Babylon Berlin

    I just want to quietly point out that there was no such thing as a Jewish collaborator in Nazi Germany. The occupied zones certainly had locals who collaborated -- for a variety of reasons, from vile to expedient -- but there was no way to mitigate Jewishness. No Jewish person could merely opt to be corrupt, horrible, evil, and 'get' to collaborate. Many things are nuanced. Nazi policy with regard to Jewishness was not.
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    Little Women

    I'm looking forward to the second half, which I'll certainly watch -- but I'd hoped to fall in love, and I haven't as yet. These books were truly formative for me, so I did have high hopes. I do like how closely they're staying to the book, because that's a huge pet peeve of mine. But something isn't ringing quite right as yet. Others have mentioned a lack of warmth, and maybe that's it. One thing is for sure -- I think it would have benefited from being longer with a slower pace. There was something frenetic about chapter after chapter whipping by in vignettes. It seemed to lose its heart in all the action. Updating language (mellow out) is weird. Far better to let the book be what it is -- and to let the subtext be reflected so that the characters feel real, as the new Anne did.
  11. SNL tends to 'seize on' whatever tv shows are popular/current for their show parodies. Since I don't watch most of those other shows, I don't necessarily get the jokes, but I see the references in forums like this one. So doing a Handmaid's Tale sketch is sufficiently in their wheelhouse not to be evidence of some kind of focused gynocentric conspiracy. That said, I'm not sure that women who are viscerally fearful of having their bodies controlled by government qualifies as a 'niche audience'. I'd write more about how Handmaid's Tale is indeed a dystopic work of futuristic fiction, and not meant to represent reality, but I gotta go read the news. I've heard that some state legislatures have been super-productive lately! Gotta keep up!
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    I think it must be quite wearying for people of colour to see actors who look like them actually included as the ordinary Britons they are in the casting of British tv shows... only to have even the concept that they might actually just BE ordinary Britons extra-dismissed by the addition of snark about manufactured diversity.
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    S09.E05: Stripes and a Stripper Pole

    I didn't get that sense at all. There wasn't a whole lot of drama -- both homeowners were doubtful about the rooms as they were working on them, and then both of them really did hate their own rooms.
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    S07.E07: Episode 7

    It's worth remembering that British actors get work even when they look like normal people. Good work, regular work, even lots of work.
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    S07.E05: Episode 5

    I agree. I think what we're actually seeing -- and we're experiencing how dispiriting I suspect it was for many -- is the actual changes on the ground in Poplar.