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  1. Couple of things: Piper Kerman does mention her upbringing and education a lot, but if anything, it's in a context that's the opposite of what you're implying; she goes out of her way to say that she isn't any better than the other women she's incarcerated with, and that she is fully aware how fortunate she was to have advantages that they didn't, especially when it came to legal representation. There's one woman who I think was used to partly inspire both Daya and Moreno, who is serving a much longer sentence for what Piper K seems to think is a much more minor crime than her own, and she finds that unfair. I was expecting Piper K to be more like Piper Chapman, but she's really not. She doesn't pity herself, she takes full responsibility for the crime she committed and at no point claims that the real-life Alex, who she gives the pseudonym Nora, tricked her into doing anything. And given that she's come out of the experience being an advocate for prison reform, I think she's a decent person. While I don't know if she continues to have the women she was in with over for lunch, the book is dedicated to "Pop," Red's real-world counterpart.
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    S01.E07: Blood Brothers

    TC clearly has PTSD, which they've been telegraphing the entire season and especially so last night. I can't figure out A) why Landry never really called him on that, as she's very perceptive and not shy about sharing her observations, B) why Ragosa wouldn't make his employment contingent on him getting in and staying in some kind of therapy.
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    S01.E07: Blood Brothers

    Ragosa had a line that Scott was on his way in when they were about to receive the first patients from the chemical plant.
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    S01.E07: Blood Brothers

    Yeah, I couldn't wrap my head around that at all. I spent most of those flashbacks wondering if I'd missed something and he was just regular infantry in Afghanistan, and then trying to figure out when he would have had to do his tour in order to complete four years of medical school and a three year residency. Then I realized the show just needed him there for dramatic purposes, sense be damned. Pree-post-ter-us!
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    S01.E07: Blood Brothers

    I don't know what would be worse, just casually killing off Topher because this is like Game of Thrones and no one is safe, or killing off Topher in service of pushing TC's manpain closer to Jordan.
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    Season (Series) One: Between Town & Gown

    If you have Amazon Prime, all the episodes are available there.
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    S01.E07: Blood Brothers

    Whenever a TV show gets too ridiculous, I have a habit of muttering "pree-post-ter-us" really slowly at the TV. I was saying that a lot.
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    S02.E02: Nocturne

    I know Amazon Prime has them and I believe Netflix as well.
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    S02.E02: Nocturne

    Bright won me over last week when he accepted Morse's apology graciously and then proceeded to listen to him with absolutely no attitude when he had solved the case, and his completely shutting down DI Church by refusing to get into a jurisdictional pissing contest while they were standing over the body of the little girl confirmed that. I also have to give him a lot of points for mentioning Burke and Hare, two Scottish resurrectionists from the early 19th century who would kill people and then sell their bodies to the University of Edinburgh's anatomists. The 1866 murder, in addition to The Turn of the Screw also reminded me more than a little of a real murder that was featured in a book called The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, although I don't recommend anyone read it. I wonder if that was intentional.
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    S02.E02: Nocturne

    He reminds me a lot of my first boyfriend, although my fellow wasn't a ginger. I'm sure I'm not projecting here at all. I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but that was a much better episode than I could have hoped for. Firstly, I thought having the World Cup (which was in fact held in and won by England in 1966) as a runner was great, especially since they must have stuck it in for the American audience because it aired in Britain a few months ago, before the World Cup started. I love English country-house mysteries, and even though that's more Agatha Christie territory, they managed to tie it in to the present day events splendidly. I'm increasingly impressed by Bright, who seems to actually listen to Morse and value his opinions more than he did at first. Jakes is still an SOB, but you need an antagonist. I still wish Morse had gone to watch the final match with the Thursdays.
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    S05.E03: Too Good to Be True

    Score one for the show then. I would have honestly thought they'd just made it up for dramatic purposes.
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    S01.E06: Coming Home

    Leishmaniasis is caused by a blood parasite, like malaria. Once a person is infected, the parasites like to go after the liver, spleen, and bone marrow, which is why Wilson didn't have any platelets. It's a treatable condition, but once they'd given Wilson steroids to treat the condition he was misdiagnosed with, his immune system was suppressed. However, the speed with which that happened was completely for drama's sake. The only possible reason I could give for what TC said was because once Wilson was stateside, he would be less likely to be seen by a doctor who specialized in infectious diseases or tropical medicine, so any doctor who saw him would be more inclined to make the same wrong diagnosis Topher did. Except that I still don't buy that TC and Topher, who both practiced medicine in Afghanistan, wouldn't have thought of it, if for no other reason that it's epidemic in parts of the country. I guess this is the only branch of medicine TC isn't amazing at.
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    S05.E03: Too Good to Be True

    Note: Casey died on the way back to his home planet. When they sent around surveys at the end of the winter season, one of my comments was that I was really tired of seeing so much of the Rizzolis. I guess I was the only one. That said, I thought the scenes with Maura and Korsak were terrific, as was Korsak's scene with Suzy, and if that had been the whole of the episode, I would have thought it was splendid. I've often wondered, that thing that they use to log the sound of gunshots anywhere in Boston...is that a thing that exists?
  14. Since I came to this series in a roundabout fashion (never having seen Morse, I caught one or two of what had been expected to be the final season of Lewis and stuck around when the first Endeavour dropped), am I missing a great deal by not seeking those out first? Mostly, I'm here because I like a well-constructed mystery, I love Thursday, the production values are splendid, and I think Shaun Evans is darling.
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    The Night Shift in the Media

    I guess what's just disappointing to me is that Drew is an incredibly interesting and appealing character and when Fehr came out and said things that were at least boneheaded if not actually offensive, it really took some of the shiny off the character. Not to belabor the point any more than I already have, there are two straight actors on freaking Days of Our Lives who have been called upon to be incredibly affectionate with each other, and far from complaining, both have embraced (and have been embraced by) the gay press for it. Hell, a few years ago, Luke Macfarlane (who, for the record, is gay) was regularly making out with another straight actor on Brothers and Sisters.
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    The Night Shift in the Media

    It's here. I'm not unsympathetic to actors having to be intimate with other actors to whom they're not attracted; I can imagine it being weird and uncomfortable. But considering how little actual affection actually showed up in the episode--they cut away from the kiss awfully quickly--I just don't know why he needed to make sure he affirmed his heterosexual bona fides, because I think his wife and kids do that already.
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    S01.E06: Coming Home

    Subtracting out the nonsense with Jordan and TC--and even that was redeemed by Topher and Scott--that was a thoroughly enjoyable episode. I'm going to go ahead and add Krista on the Credit side of the ledger, especially with her "don't ever tell me how tough you are again" to Drew. I question two doctors who had served in Afghanistan not realizing that Wilson had Leischmaniasis, because it was the first thing that popped into my mind, and I've only learned about it in class. And it's at this point, I try to remind myself that this isn't actually a documentary and that my obsessing over this kind of thing is exactly why my husband doesn't like to watch TV with me any more.
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    The Night Shift in the Media

    Except he had to go on and on about he was uncomfortable and "petrified" (his words) with having to do it. You know, the "ew, gross" defense that plenty of straight actors don't have to resort to. And not for nothing, this isn't the first time he's either played a gay character or had to be affectionate onscreen with another man.
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    The Night Shift in the Media

    I had been really enjoying it but for Jordan and TC, and then I saw an interview with Brendon Fehr where he broke out the standard gay panic excuse about how hard it was for him to be affectionate with another man and it kind of took some of the enthusiasm I had for Drew out of my sails. I could put up with the outright absurdity for Landry, Drew, and Topher, you know, not cool, Michael, not cool.
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    Which Podcasts Fuel Your Listening Pleasure?

    I know this is just a thread to make people aware of awesome podcasts, but since I don't know anywhere else to put this on the internet, I just have to say that the second half of Welcome to Night Vale's anniversary show that went live today was just...delightful.
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    The Night Shift in the Media

    I'm not sure if I want to be happy about that or not.
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    S02.E01: Trove

    Barbara Batten was the one who drove me crazy. And I'm looking up her resume and I'm still not entirely sure.
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    S02.E01: Trove

    As I said in the Masterpiece thread, I really liked "Trove." As much as I like omniscience TV sleuths, it was refreshing to see Morse being off his game and suffering with a bit of PTSD. I liked the nurse immediately, and if she's going to be a love interest, I'm in favor. As several people said, I REALLY could have done without the incest bit.
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    S02.E01: Trove

    Sigh, I may be a married man, but Shaun Evans is dreamy... More topically, they certainly came back and hit the ground running. I mean, I don't know why they had to go immediately for the incest thing, as I don't think that really added anything to the episode other than being revolting. Is Freemasonry going to be a running black-hat this series? I know that Strange is a high-level Mason by the time of "Morse," but the little insert of the Master Mason getting what I assume was Morse's name on some black list was really ominous.
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    S01.E01: Pilot

    I really don't know what I thought about it. The premise is intriguing, and I like most of the cast, but it didn't quite come together for me. I've enjoyed a good apocalypse story from The Stand to Y: The Last Man, so this was up my alley, but I couldn't get there. I'm perfectly fine with the idea that we'll never know what caused the 2% to disappear. The hook of exploring the psychological landscape is great. But I don't know if I can hack a world that's so bleak that doesn't have occasional zombie fights to break it up. Maybe it's my failing as a viewer. One thing I wasn't quite clear on: from the like, half-second flashback, were we to understand that the Chief was fucking some woman not his wife who then disappeared? I couldn't quite crack that.
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