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    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think this was a mistake. The show doesn't have the weight and gravitas to go dark like this, especially not in the first season. It's not what I came here for. Nolan has already seen a few people die in his arms including a corrections officer whose last thought was of the woman he loved, so there's already plenty of material for him to develop angst and explore his mental health if that's where they want to go. I'm not sure I want to continue further, especially when 9-1-1 will give me my fix for crazy situations.
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    S01.E16: Greenlight

    So there’s a gang of white supremacists with membership of over a thousand, access to military weapons, and the willingness to straight up murder cops when the leader orders it? What is this place, Mosul? It makes for great and shocking drama, but come on! And why did nobody notice how long it was taking for Nolan and the Captain to deal with their call and send backup? Edit: and the previews show ANOTHER earthquake hitting LA? Come on, Hollywood. Come up with some new material.
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    S02.E17: Betrayal

    Oh good it wasn’t just me! Every time I saw her I thought, “Why is Nic wearing glasses?”
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    S02.E17: Betrayal

    I busted out laughing when Gordon’s car exploded. It was so over the top. But it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
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    S02.E18: Trampoline

    You know what? I like Shaun with Carly. I didn’t know that I liked them together, but I do. We’ve spent all this time afraid that he was going to get with Lea, but it seems the writers realized that would be wrong. And I’ve actually come to like Lea as Shaun’s friend. I didn’t quite get what happened with Melendez and Lim. So he gave up the chief of surgery job which is a great gesture. But they’re not going to continue dating while he’s her subordinate, right? This isn’t Grey’s Anatomy. Right?
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    S02.E09: Identity, Part II

    Just got to finally see this, and I have two thoughts. First is that The Orville (and the Union in general) benefitted from diversity. The Kaylons are all exact copies of each other, but the Orville was able to get a message out to the Union because they had a slime guy on board. I don't know if that was an intentional message (and I'm glad they didn't beat us over the head with it), but it could make for a nice detail when they clash with the Kaylons again. Second is that I think emotion does exist among the Kaylons but they're in denial about it. There's a school of thought in philosophy and in math (no seriously, stick with me here) it's been mathematically proven that not every question has an answer that can be determined. Even worse, it's been proven that for any given question, you can't determine with 100% certainty if there's any answer at all, let alone what that answer is (I'm super simplifying, so please don't kill me math majors). The point is if you try to determine all your actions by mathematically computing everything, you will fail. Humans have things like boredom which prevent us from getting stuck on a problem for eternity. There's a story out there about a guy who got some brain damage and no longer had emotions. The result was that he couldn't even decide what to have for lunch because whereas most of us just say, "Eh, Mexican sounds good," he had to try to logically think through every possibility. Emotions cause us to do imperfect things, but the whole point is that perfection isn't possible and so we have evolved shortcuts that are good enough most of the time. The Kaylons must have something like that to shortcut their decision-making process because they do function somehow. It might as well be called "emotion." But they're in denial about it.
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    S05. E15. Between the Seats.

    Boy if that story ever happened in real life and it came out, the social media influencer girl who faked the video would be in for a public shaming to end all public shamings. I liked this episode because it didn't shy away from all the hard choices that surely have to be made in international diplomacy. We can only hope that the actual US withdrawal from Afghanistan happens with only one girl's life being put at risk. In the meantime, let us remember that Will was the guy who wnated to run out to do medicine in a war zone while his wife was pregnant and that he thought she would be ok with doing all the child-raising because that was their deal. He may be messed up and may have lacked good role models, but I can't say I'm really surprised or that I feel sorry for him. As recently as a few years ago, he was just a bad person.
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    S04.E16: Old Flames, New Sparks

    It's too bad Dr. Charles was tied up because he would have been useful in either of the other two cases in this episode. He's the resident ethics guy, so he could have weighed in on the leukemia patient with the spare parts brother (plus he's good with kids). And as a psychologist, he might have been able to help the woman who passed out frozen outside her ex's house. I actually liked Ethan and April as a couple together, but then again I also liked him with Vicky back in the day. The relationships and soap opera storylines in this show have always been stupid. I still liked the show in previous seasons because they concentrated on the medicine and presented interesting cases (although I can't say how accurate any of them were). None of that is happening here, though. All of the cases were medically run-of-the-mill. There's nothing to hold my interest here.
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    S03.E08: Now Am Found

    I think Nic Pizzolatto stuck the landing. The actual case was a little anti-climactic, but the story was really about how it affected the people around it. And I got the logic of the time jumps by the end. They were tied by a theme more than story progression. The theme in this episode was Wayne (and Amelia) deciding to leave the case behind for the sake of their family. A couple details are left untied like how exactly Amelia died and what happened with Wayne’s daughter, but in the end they are irrelevant. It reminds me of Season 1, actually: a much happier and more hopeful ending than I would have expected.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Deacon, my man. In the future, if your wife wants to work to earn money, she should do it. She doesn't need your permission. Also, use some birth control.
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    The Dragon Prince

    This season was much better than the first. The animation actually looks really good now! And I think the writing also got a lot better and added nuance to the characters. Also, I felt that Season One was missing the quirky side characters that added just a little extra texture to Avatar. We got one in this season, and he was a lot of fun!
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    FBI

    I was really bothered by the slow reaction of the cop in the bank. He gets a bead on the robbers, identifies himself, and then one of them has the time to turn and open fire before the cop gets off a single shot? So this is the one time an NYPD cop in a suspect situation isn’t fast on the trigger?
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    Russian Doll

    So in a series that pays a lot of attention to the details, I was surprised to catch a continuity error. In the final timeline when Original Nadia is about to cross the road and Reboot Alan pulls her back before a car can hit her, we can see in the shot that the Walk sign is on above Mike’s head on the other side of the road. However, in a matching shot to Alan, we see that the sign on his side of the road is on Don’t Walk. The perspective changes a few times between the two, so we know the two sides of the road are supposed to be simultaneous. I guess if the traffic lights aren’t matching up, that could also explain why a car speeding through an intersection where there should be a red light.
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    S03.E06: Hunters in the Dark

    Little correction: Wayne's wife is Amelia. Elisa is the documentary director. Henry (Wayne and Amelia's son) is having or had an affair with Elisa. Don't worry. I can barely keep the characters straight either. I think he was implying that, but it's not clear if he was telling the truth or just being an asshole.
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    S03.E06: Hunters in the Dark

    Yeah that took me out of the story for a bit. It wasn't until the after episode summary that I remembered who Hoyt is. I've got to pay more attention to the character guides. I'm not sure why Tom would go down to the basement where there's a vault for conveniently left open either. But it did make for a real banger of an ending.
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