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  1. Avaleigh

    Book 4: A Feast For Crows

    Brienne V Hyle Hunt decides to bring the heads of the outlaws with them so that Randyll Tarly can have them for the walls. Brienne is disturbed by the heads and doesn't like being reminded that she killed these men. She tries to pretend that they aren't there but sometimes she can't help but feel their eyes on her, and once she even has a dream that the heads are whispering to each other. They return to Maidenpool and Tarly is surprised when he learns that Brienne is responsible for killing the three criminals. Tarly wants Brienne to get on a ship that will take her to Tarth but Brienne refuses and says that she still needs to find Sansa. Hyle tells Randyll about how strong and quick Brienne is but Tarly doesn't want to hear it. Brienne says that if she's able to find Sandor Clegane she might be able to find Sansa, but Tarly doesn't believe that Brienne will be able to find Sandor since Tarly's men have so far been unable to locate him. Tarly reluctantly gives Brienne his leave to find Sansa but makes it obvious that he doesn't think she'll succeed. He says she'll be lucky if she isn't gang raped by Clegane and his "pack". Brienne tries to get Tarly to allow her and Pod to stay at Maidenpool for the night but Tarly refuses and tells her that he won't suffer to have her under his roof. When Hyle points out that it's technically Lord Mooton's roof, Tarly gets angry and tells Brienne that no father deserves to have a child like her. He warns her not to return to Maidenpool as long as he rules there. They can't find an inn that has any available beds so they head for the docks to see if they can find a place to sleep for the night. Brienne considers going north to look for Sansa but decides that it's more important to try to look for the Hound first. After spending the night on the Lady of Myr they go to the Stinking Goose for breakfast. They meet Hyle when they're finished and he informs them that the Hound was last seen at the Saltpans looking for a ship. Hyle says that Sandor may be trapped there because of all of the fighting and the presence of the outlaws . He mentions one band of outlaws that's led by a woman called Stoneheart. Hyle suggests that they go with Septon Meribald to the Saltpans and informs Brienne that that Randyll Tarly is no longer his lord. Tarly told Hyle that he no longer had need of "his sword or his insolence" so Hyle is prepared to begin a new life as a hedge knight. Brienne tells Hyle that she doesn't want him coming with her because he didn't swear a vow to save Sansa the way she did. Hyle decides to come alone anyway and thinks they'll be well rewarded if they actually manage to find Sansa. Septon Meribald brings a lot of food for the journey to give to the poor and hungry people of the riverlands. He can't read, or write and hasn't worn a pair of shoes in twenty years. He's memorized a bunch of prayers and passages from The Seven Pointed Star and goes from village to village to conduct holy services, perform marriages, and forgive people for their sins. Meribald admits that he was a "wicked" man in his youth and used his position to seduce and deflower various maidens in the riverlands. Septon Meribald mentions that there's a massive wolf pack prowling around the riverlands and claims it has hundreds of wolves. Septon Meribald gives a speech about why broken men should be pitied and how fighting in a war can change a man. Brienne asks how old Meribald was when he was marched off to war and Meribald admits that he was around Pod's age. He was too young to fight in a war but admits that he went because he didn't want to be left behind when all of his brothers were going. Meribald reveals that all of his brothers died when they went off to fight and Hunt realizes that the war they fought in was the War of the Ninepenny Kings.
  2. Avaleigh

    Big Love

    I have always maintained that the Margene being 16 when she married Bill was a retcon. In season 1 she explicitly stated that she was 23 in a seemingly truthful, almost confessional style conversation with Sarah. She also indicates at least twice that she graduated from high school, once during a conversation at the Mexican restaurant when she and Nicki went out to dinner. Furthermore, if the writers had genuinely always planned for this to be a thing, it really should have come up in the episode where Margene's mom Ginger visited since Ginger was the only person who knew Margene's true age (apart from Margene). As for Bill liking polygamy, I agree that he enjoyed it because he had to sacrifice the least. Some would argue that he didn't sacrifice at all and I'm inclined to agree. Where I think I disagree is the idea that he was always destined to go back. I think Barb's illness caused him to have a crisis of faith and he wondered if not living the Principle was the reason for her getting sick in the first place. (In the pilot, when Rhonda is in the same room with Barb, she tells one of Roman's underlings that Barb and Bill were divinely punished for being "regular married" and that this is why Barb can't have any more babies.) When you read about some of the people who manage to escape extreme Mormon Fundamentalism, many of them struggle with whether or not they made the right choice and initially blame or fear that difficulties they are subsequently encountering are due to abandoning the religion and it being a kind of judgement and punishment from Heavenly Father. I think Bill couldn't understand why their perfect life was suddenly falling apart and turned to religion to get through it. Roman and Nicki likely both saw an opportunity to worm their way in after Bill came to Roman for the loan for the store. (Considering how Roman treated Bill's grandparents it never made sense why Bill would go to Roman for a loan in the first place knowing the kind of person Roman is.) Nicki herself says that she brought herself into Bill's life and we know how manipulative she can be. I think it's very possible that Bill might have stayed with Barb if she hadn't become ill. That being said, I totally think that he would have gone midlife crisis on her at some point and cheated somewhere down the road. If that had happened I could see him trying to pull the polygamist card in order feel morally cleansed. In this scenario though I think that Barb would have had the strength to leave him. I agree that Bill had a massive ego and having a big family was part of that. I seem to recall Bill admitting at some point that his ideal family would have been something like 25 kids. It's like what?! If that isn't ego then I don't know what is. I agree with you about the grandiose sense of self with Bill and it was always surprising to me that he didn't see being prophet of Juniper Creek as being part of his destiny. Having thousands of people following his words and believing in the things that he believes in--it's strange to me that he didn't jump at the chance for this. You'd think it would have appealed to his ego.
  3. Avaleigh

    Big Love

    I don't think that any of them really liked the polygamy thing. If I had to choose which character seemed most at peace with the arrangement it was probably Margene particularly in the later seasons. She wanted the family to stay together no matter what. She was even supportive of Bill getting an extra night off from the wives. She happily accepted the arrangement and was rarely jealous. In fact she wanted Bill to get a fourth wife and even spoke of him one day having a fifth wife and had no problems with it. I think it's entirely possible that Bill would have stayed in a monogamous marriage with Barb if Barb hadn't got sick. I think the fear of losing her and potentially being a single parent made Bill revert back to what he'd been taught as a child. I think it made him start believing again in the Principle because his interpretation of it was that the arrangement of Principle makes it so that the family is always growing. There's never really an empty nest, he can justify his desire to be with other women (and get Heavenly Father's approval for it! lol), his kids would still have maternal figures if something happened to Barb or one of the other wives, etc. It was a completely selfish move obviosly, but it didn't strike me as unrealistic given his upbringing. Still, I definitely got the impression, particularly in the first two seasons that Bill preferred life with Barb. Nicki was a cross to bear and caused the family nonstop grief. He liked Margene mainly for the sex and the idea that she somehow made him feel younger. That being said, her lack of maturity was annoying and there were definitely times where he preferred being in Barb's company and house to Margene's. Nicki HATED polygamy, she'd just been brainwashed since birth to believe that accepting polygamy was the only way she'd make it into the Celestial Kingdom. She wanted nothing more than to be the first wife and eventually progressed to wanting to be the only wife. She didn't want her daughter to be a polygamist and found herself attracted to the idea of having a monogamous relationship with Ray Henry. If we could see where these women are ten years after Bill I can't imagine that Nicki would marry another polygamist man. If Barb hadn't been LDS I think she more than likely would have dumped Bill the moment he floated the idea of marrying Nicki. It was her LDS background that made her especially vulnerable to being manipulated into believing the original word of the faith. It wasn't some thing that was completely alien to her. Her not too distant ancestors were polygamists (her mother's grandfather was a polygamist) and this is something that has happened with real life LDS women, so it wasn't hard for me to believe that Barb struggled with whether or not to believe. I thought her crisis of faith was one of the most interesting stories of the series because it struck me as very real and complicated. Reading the real life stories of women going through similar conversions only made it more fascinating to me. If ever there was a show that I wish would get a reboot or a sequel series it's this one. So many interesting stories they could tell. I agree with others that seasons 4 and 5 were weak in comparison to the first 3 but I still think Big Love was one of the best shows I've ever seen and it well earned its spot in the Golden Era of television.
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    The Favourite (2018)

    I'm glad there's a thread for this. I LOVED it. I'm a sucker for period films in a royal setting so I knew I would see this when I saw the trailer, but I'm still surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It felt very fresh, original and funny. Some royal stories are just paint by numbers adaptations but The Favourite is a film where I feel like I can say that I haven't seen a movie quite like it. If I were to compare it to another movie, I guess The Madness of King George comes to mind. I can see a few surface similarities there but both movies have qualities that are totally their own . The humor really sold me and the language feels very modern but not in a way that feels like it's trying to pander to the lowest common denominator. The shooting scenes were fun and really gave Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone a chance to shine. Olivia Coleman was terrific. She's funny and alternates between being clueless and occasionally sharp. She has some level of self awareness, but being the monarch insulates her from have to deal with any genuine introspection. On the surface she has some things that people would enjoy having. Money, power, a palace, servants at her beck and call, a best friend she can confide in and have fun with, etc. On the other hand, it's easy to see why she's completely miserable. She's lonely, she's in constant physical pain, she has no family left, she endured 17 pregnancies but has no surviving children to show for it, and she's only in contact with people who are on her payroll or who want to use her for their own reasons. (Sometimes it's both when it comes to people like Abigail or the Marlboroughs.) I'm curious to know what people think about that ending.
  5. Oh, I'm sure she is. She probably thinks she's somehow the HBIC now even though that title probably goes to Erika or Kyle these days. It was so strange to me how all of the women pretty much bent over backwards to be in Dorit's good graces last season. What does she bring to the table that makes them all want to be besties with her? I'm surprised that Teddi and Denise didn't go to Lisa's event. Maybe they thought it would make more waves to attend than to not attend if Lisa is done with the show. Why piss off the other women for the sake of someone they'll no longer be working with on the show? I guess certain people wanted to make sure this event wasn't filmed. Nice of the VPR cast to come considering the cameras weren't there.
  6. Avaleigh

    The Romanoffs

    I enjoyed the last episode a lot. The first and last episodes were the only ones that felt like they were worth my time so two out of eight. I was disappointed with this series overall but this last episode is definitely worth talking about. Ondine was HORRIBLE. I can't remember the last time I felt such loathing for a character. I am a nonviolent person in real life yet somehow I was hoping that she'd end up getting punched in the face. She pushed all of my buttons so good job on the actress for absolutely nailing the inner hideousness of this character. Ondine was the sort of person where her only redeeming quality is her appearance. It takes a special kind of asshole to be cruel to a child let alone a child who is suffering from the loss of a parent. Then to add in that she probably killed said parent and you realize they don't make them any lower than her. Then she actually has the audacity to suggest that if he'd really loved his mother that he would have saved her from the fire. Omg that made me see red. That would have been the nuclear button for me if I'd been in Simon's position. That was the point where I was hoping she'd get a smack in the mouth. Then she says that if her son had been in the same situation that her son would have saved her. Gah, what an awful asswipe of a human being she was. I know MW loves his horrible mother characters but this one took the cake for me. The stuff in Hong Kong could have been its own episode. I liked the use of Eternal Flame. What I find shocking about my reaction to this episode is that I was okay with Candace (presumably) getting away with it. I wouldn't feel this way in real life of course but since I know these are fictional characters, I'm totally fine with this murder going unsolved. The only thing that sucks is that Ondine won't ever realize that this was payback for the lifetime of cruelty she happily inflicted on her stepchild. I think in my headcanon I've decided that Candace will visit Ondine on her deathbed and whisper the truth to her.
  7. Avaleigh

    Book 4: A Feast For Crows

    How does Cersei expect anyone to take Tommen seriously as a king if she doesn't? She's creating division within her own family when they already have a host of other enemies and problems to deal with. The way the laughter and smiles die when Cersei enters the picture during Tommen's training session with the Tyrells tells us everything that we need to know about the dynamic between Cersei and the Tyrells. Even when they're helping her son, cheering him on, giving him valuable advice, being friendly to him, making him laugh---it means nothing to her. No matter what they do they'll never be able to win this crazy woman over so how are they supposed to handle her? The only positive bit between Cersei and Tommen here is that she recognizes that he's a kinder person than Joffrey was. The stuff with the kittens, she pushed it to the back over her mind but she never forgot. She saw proof of Joffrey's monstrous side and is at least glad that Tommen isn't going around the Red Keep looking for kittens to murder. As for Cersei not recognizing that Loras Tyrell would be a great master-at-arms for her son, here she is again blocking attempts for her son to form lifelong friendships and powerful alliances. She's dojng everything she can to isolate him. She also seems to be uncomfortable with Loras's sexuality when she has the line that she doesn't think that Loras is the kind of man that any boy should want to emulate. I think it would have made sense if Jaime and Loras would both teach Tommen. That would give a balance for both families and he'd learn from two of the best fighters in Westeros. It isn't surprising that Cersei cares nothing about what's going on in the Free Cities and Essos but I continue to find it strange that she blows off all of the rumors about dragons without at least wanting to make a few more inquiries. It isn't like there isn't proof of dragons having once existed not too long ago. It isn't as if she doesn't know that there are one or two Targaryens left. It isn't as if she isn't aware that there are huge ass dragon skulls underneath the Red Keep. This is a woman who sees dangers in every shadow of every corner. I would think that the dragon rumors would just add to her overall paranoia especially since she's heard the rumors from more than one person. I find it very hard to believe that she wouldn't at least wonder if it could be true. I do wonder what would have happened to Jaime if Cersei would have married Rhaegar. What would Tywin's plans have been for him? Would he have ended up with a Tyrell? A Hightower? Catelyn? If Cersei had given birth to three of Rhaegar's kids would he have looked at Lyanna? Would Lyanna still have turned Robert down? Cersei doesn't consider even for a moment that people don't respect her because she's done nothing to earn their respect. She hasn't shown wisdom or strength or political acuity. She hasn't made useful allainces, she hasn't shown loyalty, and she routinely insults people whether they're servants, nobles or family members. One bit that I thought was interesting was Cersei remembering her father telling her that she'd marry Rhaegar but that for the time being it would have to be their secret. Cersei specifically remembers Tywin smiling. "The secret smile that only she ever saw." This idea that Tywin never smiled seems to be an exaggeration amd he could probably be warm with his family from time to time particularly when Joanna was alive. As for the picture that Cersei drew, it's funny that she drew Rhaegar and her on a dragon even though Rhaegar wasn't a dragon rider. Also notable here is that little girl Cersei was hiding stuff from Jaime. She hid this drawing, her hope to marry Rhaegar, her visit with Maggy the Frog, and whatever happened with Melara, etc. Jaime OTOH seems to have been an open book with his sister.
  8. Avaleigh

    Narcos

    I feel bad that I find the narco characters to be infinitely more compelling than the DEA characters. I want the DEA characters to win and always want them to be safe from violence, but when it comes to the actual story I'm more interested in what's going on with the drug lords and their button men. Kiki was a great character though and I liked seeing what a strong and loving dynamic he had with his wife. It was hard to watch scenes with the two of them knowing what would happen. It was also nice to see how close the DEA families were who were stationed in Mexico. They made sure to be there for each other and be supportive. Lots of parties and laughter. They really seemed like a big family. Miguel Angel was a smart guy but he got greedy the way all of this show's top drug dealers do. I'm kind of inclined to agree with him though that if he hadn't chosen to expand into cocaine, somebody else from one of the plazas eventually would have. Still I don't know why he had to rush it. They were making ridiculously excellent money with the weed with minimal complications. Neto was right that Miguel should have been content the way that Neto and Rafa were. Miguel was always looking for the next best thing. I was surprised when Miguel broke up with his wife. I honestly didn't see that coming. Somehow I expected more from him. It was so cold the way he told her that hd didn't need her anymore. Also, the way he continually fucked over the lady who made the introductions for him. She was patient, she repeatedly helped him negotiate, she asks for a piece and he lies to her and eventually gets angry enough with her to manhandle her without ever thinking for a moment how he would feel if he were in her position. Rafa was an idiot. He was loyal to Miguel but he was ultimately a liability and he shoulders a big part of the blame for what happened with Kiki. His romance with Sofia was so crazy. Both characters need to have their heads examined. If you have to stage a kidnapping in order to be together IDK maybe consider seeing other people? Lol and how Tony Montana is his style icon? This guy has all of the maturity of a fifteen year old boy. I'm glad that he got to see with his own eyes how quickly Sofia turned on him in order to save herself. I will say that anyone who was concerned that this series somehow glamourizes drugs and drug dealers has absolutely nothing to worry about. There are basically only two endings for guys who get into this business and reach the top levels. Death or prison. Sometimes there's a period of life on the run but life on the run ends either with the runner being killed or taken off to jail. As for the drug use, this is about as appealing as the drug use in Requiem for a Dream. It's awful, awful stuff and seeing Rafa's moment of clarity was very well done. When he watches one of his guys repeatedly snorting obscene amounts of cocaine up his nose, it's finally obvious to him how sick and dangerous it is. You wonder how they don't OD. When he's trying to quit and he goes through all of this panic and pain, I was so disappointed when one of his guys decided to give him a snort so that he'd feel better. It seemed like he was so close to making it to the light at the end of the tunnel. I did find it interesting that Rafa was so anti getting into cocaine distribution when he's such a coke head. Did we ever see him smoke weed at all? It sort of reminded me how we wouldn't see Pablo doing blow. We'd just see him smoking weed. Maybe it comes back to that 'don't get high on your own supply' rule. Don Neto was my favorite character in this group of bad guys. Funny, loyal, intelligent but also recognizes his own limitations. His grief over his son--nice work by the actor. He doesn't even really try to get away when he goes to the beach house. He could have had a life on the run (or at least attempted it) but he seemed to accept that his course was run and that jail or death were the only options. He didn't panic or make a desperate last move, he just accepted it. Consider the way some of the characters in previous seasons who have been in his position have acted and it makes him seem fairly dignified in comparison. I enjoyed this season and hope that we get another one. If they're going to do bunch of sub series, this show could go all over the world and to multiple time periods.
  9. I'm still confused about how the feud with Dorit turned into a feud with everyone on the show save for maybe Teddi. (Not sure if Teddi is involved with the feud or not.) I can see Erika and Rinna gunning for her. Lisa is (mostly) to blame for why Rinna has it in for her. Lisa could not let up and teased Rinna whenever she could and made it obvious that she didn't like her. I can see why she had issues with Rinna but I think Lisa could have done a better job playing nice with Rinna once it was clear that she wouldn't be going away any time soon. Erika always had it in for Lisa from day one. She never liked her and talked poorly about her the first season she was on the show. It seemed like her mind was made up about Lisa because of whatever Yolanda told her. Kyle and Lisa have had their ups and downs so it isn't hard for me to believe that they'd fall out again. I guess I have a harder time understanding why Kyle seems to prefer Dorit particularly given all of the shenanigans Dorit pulled last season with Kyle (and others). I wonder how PK feels about the feilud between Lisa and Dorit. Naturally he'd side with Dorit but I wonder if he's at all encouraged Dorit to make it up with Lisa. When Dorit and Lisa had their first kerfuffle, Lisa was pretty clear that one of the reasons that she tolerates some of Dorit's silliness is because of her friendship with PK. I wonder if any of that stuff has factored into where things currently stand. Also, I always got the impression that the producers got turned on to Dorit partially because of Lisa. That would be another reason to want to maybe attempt to save the friendship. Not sure if Camille has weighed in on this at all. I'm also unclear as to how newcomer Denise feels about Lisa. I haven't heard anything about Teddi but I imagine that she's either neutral or leaning towards Team Lisa given the way Dorit treated her last season.
  10. I've always taken for granted that she would come back because in between seasons she'd always talk about how she wasn't sure if she'd come back only go back to filming as usual. So does this mean that she's blowing off the reunion as well? Wow, is this seriously down to the fight with Dorit and Kyle? I hope she's still in a decent amount of footage and that we'll be able to the fight for ourselves. Maybe having the other show makes it easier to walk away. I wonder how Andy feels about all of this? I wonder if losing Lisa and keeping Dorit is a better bargain for the show in the long run? Dorit just seems do easy to replace to me. Lisa though...not do much.
  11. Avaleigh

    Book 4: A Feast For Crows

    Cersei V Tommen is pouting because his mother won't allow him to sit on the Iron Throne. When Tommen points out the Joffrey was always allowed to sit on the throne, Cersei claims that this is because Joffrey was older. When Tommen reminds his mother that he's the king and that the Iron Throne belongs to him, Cersei can tell that he's being influenced by Margaery. Cersei asks Tommen if Margaery has been having these conversations with him and says that if he lies to her that she'll have his whipping boy Pate beaten until he bleeds. Tommen admits that Margaery has told him that he should start sitting on the Iron Throne and attending small council meetings so that he can learn to be a king. Cersei tells him that he's too young to understand the matters that the small council discusses but promises that he'll be able to attend as many meetings as he likes when he's older. Cersei thinks about how she's waited all of her life to finally be able to rule. She thinks Tommen should be able to wait the way she once did and vows that she'll be the one to rule until he comes of age. Cersei has meetings with Lord Rosby and Aurane Waters and later speaks with some merchant guild members. The merchants are concerned about the growing number of sparrows in King's Landing. Cersei considers using the gold cloaks to chase the sparrows out of the city. Pycelle has been complaining about the men Aurane Waters wants to have captain the new ships. Aurane wants younger men to fill the positions but Pycelle argues that the commands should go to the captains who survived the Battle of the Blackwater. Cersei sides with Aurane and dismisses the men Pycelle suggests as being too old. She tells Pycelle that the only thing the old captains proved they were good at was swimming. Cersei is informed that Wyman Manderly has beheaded Stannis's onion knight. Manderly has the knight's head and hands mounted about the walls of White Harbor. The Freys confirm the story so Cersei agrees to have Manderly's son returned to him now that he's proved his loyalty. Cersei brushes off the representative of the Iron Bank and tells him to try speaking with Lord Rosby for a seventh time. When Osmund Kettleblack escorts her back to her apartments, she asks for an update on Osney's progress with seducing Margaery. Osmund admits that Osney hasn't been able to seduce Margaery and Cersei wonders if a different guy would have better luck. She wonders if Margaery would be more responsive to Aurane or maybe a big guy like Ser Tallad. Osmund says the problem is that Margaery is never alone and always has lots of people around her. When Cersei and Osmund reach the yard, they see Tommen practicing at jousting with Ser Loras. Margaery and her cousins all cheer Tommen on and he gets excited when he manages to break a lance. Loras tells him that he'll have to practice every day if he wants to be good. Cersei tells Tommen that he did very well and tells him that jousting is in his blood. She says that he'll rule all of the lists the way his father once did. Margaery asks Cersei which tourneys Robert won and says that she didn't realize that Robert had been an accomplished jouster. Cersei blushes when she realizes that she was thinking of Jaime when she spoke and not Robert. Cersei tells Margaery that Robert won the tourney of the Trident where he overthrew Prince Rhaegar. Cersei tells Loras off for helping Tommen ride at the quintain. She tells him that his job is to protect Tommen and says that any training will be done by a master-at-arms. Loras says that the Red Keep hasn't had a master-at-arms since Aron Santagar was killed and says that Tommen is at the age where he should already be a squire. Cersei says that she'll immediately see to naming a new master-at-arms and Loras responds by telling her that she isn't going to find a man who is more skilled than he is. Cersei doesn't want Tommen to grow close to Loras and tells Loras that Tommen is his king, not his squire. Cersei thinks about where she's going to find a master-at-arms and decides that she can't look to anyone from the Kingsguard because that'll seem like even more of an insult to Highgarden. She has other plans for the Kettleblacks and finds herself wishing that the Hound were still around. She remembers that Aron Santagar was Dornish and decides that a Dornishman might be the right guy for the job. Qyburn gives Cersei an update on the Free Cities and Essos. He says there are rumors of dragons and says there are slave rebellions in Astapor and Meereen. Cersei isn't concerned with any of the news outside of Westeros and asks why she should care. Qyburn also informs her about a puppet show that has become popular with smallfolk in the city. At the end of the show, a dragon hatches from an egg and devours all of the lions. Cersei asks Qyburn to send spies to see if anybody notable attends the puppet shows. Men of substance who are found attending are to be fined half their worth. Those too poor to pay will lose an eye, and the puppeteers will be executed. Qyburn asks if he can bring a couple of the condemned to his dungeon. He says that a woman would be especially useful and when Cersei reminds him that she allowed him to have her maid Senelle, Qyburn admits that Senelle is too "exhausted" to be of anymore use. Cersei feels queasy and tries not to think about feeling guilty. Cersei is having a bath when Jaime brings Tommen to come and see her. Tommen says that he wants to have his jousting lessons every day. Cersei says that he will be able to ride everyday once they get a master-at-arms to supervise his training. Tommen says that he wants Loras to train him and says that he commands it. Cersei threatens to send for Tommen's whipping boy and tells him that he doesn't command her. Cersei says that the rule is hers until he comes of age. She says that Loras is too busy being knight of the Kingsguard to supervise his training. She promises that Tommen will start training with a master-at-arms soon and says that he might be allowed to get a kitten if he stops bothering her about jousting. When Jaime and Cersei are alone he asks her if she's drunk or stupid. He tells Cersei that she's not going to find a better jouster than Loras but Cersei tells Jaime that she'll ask for his counsel if she wants it. Cersei thinks about how men always obeyed her father and how different it is when she tries to command. Cersei convinces herself it's because she's a woman who can't fight them with a sword. She notes how they respected Robert even though Robert was a drunk. She's tired of Jaime balking her and decides that she needs to rid herself of him. She thinks about how she used to dream that they would rule the Seven Kingdoms together. Cersei has dinner with the Stokeworths and asks Ser Balman to see if he can arrange for Bronn to have a hunting accident. Cersei explains that she thinks Bronn might still be in Tyrion's service and worries that Tyrion is plotting to kill Tommen. Cersei looks in on Tommen while he's sleeping and sees that he's been given three black kittens. The kittens make her think of Rhaegar's daughter Rhaenys. She thinks about how Rhaenys might have been her daughter if the Mad King hadn't refused her. Cersei was ten when she finally saw Rhaegar in person at a tourney her father threw in Lannisport. Cersei remembers that the crowd cheered for her father twice as loudly as they did for the king but only half as loudly as they cheered for Rhaegar. The day Cersei was presented to Rhaegar was the day she went into Maggy the Frog's tent. She thinks about how happy she was that day and convinced she was that she would be Rhaegar's wife. At the end of the tourney there was no betrothal and there was an obvious chill between Aerys and Tywin. Her aunt Genna later explained to her that Aerys had refused the match. According to Genna, Aerys told Tywin that he was his most able servant but that a man isn't supposed to marry his heir to his servant's daughter. Genna tried to reassure Cersei by saying that Tywin would find a better man than Rhaegar for her to marry. Cersei think about how her father gave her to Robert and how Maggy's prophecy has come true bit by bit. She thinks everything would have been better for everyone if Rhaegar had simply married her. Cersei never forgave Robert for killing Rhaegar.
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    S08.E09: Fire and Reign

    I'm trying to think of a way that Coco can be the antichrist but I don't have an explanation for why her powers haven't shown by this point. Her family is sinister so that works. They made sure that she'd survive the apocalyptic fall out. She's generally a terrible person. She seems to be able to conveniently wiggle out of trouble. I also think about the moment in the first episode when they're in the plane. When everything starts going to hell and there's some sort of explosion, we can see the fire balls reflecting in her eyes and she doesn't seem horrified. Hmmm. OTOH, not only do we have her not showing powers for the most part but she's pretty easily killed by her disgruntled ex at the outpost. Would Satan really let his kid/representative be taken out like that? I have to admit though that Michael doesn't seem to have all of the qualities that I would expect an antichrist to have. He isn't quite cruel or power hungry enough. He also seems capable of feeling love and affection. Not only that but he comes across as exceptionally lost for someone who is supposed to have a pretty straightforward path. No, he doesn't have a guidebook but looking to The Omen III for guidance? Isn't it strange that he doesn't seem to have the power to instinctively know which steps to take? Calling on his father doesn't seem to have made things clear for him. Billy Eichner's character might not have been that off the mark when he joked that Satan should get a DNA test with Michael. As for Mallory, I know there are people who want her to be the real antichrist but the reason that doesn't work for me is because she continually shows goodness and empathy. Having her be the antichrist would be surprising, sure, but wouldn't make any sense narratively.
  13. I'm not looking forward to seeing LVP get iced out of the show. She and Kyle are the two OGs that I hoped would stay around as long as the show was around and it's hard to imagine the show without her. I love Lisa's tea parties as much as I enjoy Kyle's white parties. I love when Lisa invites the latest newbies to her home for a one on one so that she (and we) can get to know them better. I enjoy visiting her home and checking in on all of the animals. I like seeing her devotion to animals in general and appreciate how she's brought awareness to the horror show that is the Yulin Festival. I think it's fun to peek in on her cracking the whip at the various restaurants. I'm touched by her relationship with Ken and how ride or die they are with each other. I've also always appreciated seeing her relationship with Kyle. The ups and downs, the supportive gestures, the silliness, the make ups, the jokes, etc. I'd rather keep Lisa and lose Dorit, Erika, and Rinna in favor of three new ladies but I know I won't be that lucky.
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    S08.E09: Fire and Reign

    There's a thread for spoilers. Please post what you've read. I'm curious to know. :) I agree with those who feel there's been a drop in quality with this show but for me I mark it with Roanoke which was easily, easily the worst season ever of AHS (IMO of course). Cult was a lot better but I didn't feel the need to watch any of the episodes again and it's been the same with this current season. There's some decent humor in Apocalypse and I enjoyed revisiting Coven and Murder House since those were my two favorite seasons, but it's mostly felt like a wasted opportunity. Oh and I love the Joan Collins character/s and hope that Ryan Murphy plans on making her a permanent member of his acting troupe. She's been a highlight in a mostly lackluster season. Count me in with thinking the Anastasia stuff was unnecessary and felt a little exploitative. For me it's especially annoying because I've been watching Matthew Weiner's The Romanoffs which is another show that basically seems to be cashing in on the hundred year anniversary of the tragedy of the Romanov family without having any meaningful insights into the family to make up for the exploitation factor. Both shows also got simple facts about the family wrong which only adds to the overall irritation.
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    The Romanoffs

    Okay, I think I'm at the point where I'm pretty much hate watching this show. I won't go so far as to say that there are no redeeming qualities but damn, I feel like any complimentary observations I have are completely superficial and have nothing to do with the stories that are being told. I like the music and the locations. I like a lot of the cast and it was nice to see some familiar faces back on my screen, but I can't help but feel like most of the actors have been wasted in this series and it's really too bad because I honestly thought I would love this show. I don't even know where to start when it comes to why I've found this series to be boring, pretentious, and anything but compelling. First there's the whole thing with calling it The Romanoffs. Why? What was the point in having each episode have a character who may or may not be related to this historical family? MW chose to do nothing interesting here and it's frustrating because there were so many possibilities. Not one of these stories needed the Romanov name drop. In each episode it felt like a tacked on afterthought whenever a character mentioned the family connection. It feels like he just wanted to do this because it's been a hundred years since the assassination of the family. (Sidenote: am I wrong or is there an error in this most recent episode? The mom in Panorama says that she's a descendant of the Romanov family and that this is why her son Nicky has hemophilia. Empress Alexandra (Princess Alix of Hesse before her marriage to the Tsar) married into the Romanov family and she was the carrier who passed the gene down to her son. I didn't think there were any other cases of the Romanov family having hemophilia. None of Alexandra's children had kids to pass on the mutation so why is this woman claiming that being a Romanov is the reason her son has hemophilia? Or is this supposed to be an indication that she isn't really a Romanov and is unknowingly in the dark about her ancestry?) The #Me Too episode was a long trip to nowhere. I automatically assumed that the teacher wouldn't be guilty because I thought it likely that MW would want to tell the story of a man being falsely accused given how he recently had to deny accusations against himself. Not only did the conclusion to this story feel like a given but I felt like there was zero pay off in other areas of the story. We don't find out what the deal is with the teacher at all. We don't know why he would claim to be a Romanov or have any sense of what his personal life is like. We don't learn who the accuser is nor do we learn anything significant about the families who employ the teacher. There's minimal humor and we have a lot of characters who are kind of off beat only for it to not really amount to anything. The detective is weird, the teacher is quirky, the husband is uneven and temperamentally inconsistent, etc. These episodes are long for no apparent reason. I remember wishing that Mad Men's episodes could be longer. I typically like episodes that have a long running time. These episodes are running over an hour with no commercials and with most of the episodes it's like there's barely any actual story. The only episode that felt at all satisfying was the premiere. There have been a few decent moments scattered throughout the series, but at no point have I been riveted by any of these episodes. When a show is good, I generally want to know more about the characters, the story, the inspiration for it, musings on what might happen next offscreen in terms of plot, etc. I have no questions with this show. I only want to know how MW fould have squandered the opportunity that Amazon gave him. They gave him a huge budget to tell any kind of story that he wanted and he mostly gave us an aimless travelogue of undeveloped and uncompelling characters.
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