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  1. Since it looks like no one else has posted any new material in a while, here's the newest trailer and some promo pics: http://collider.com/stranger-things-season-2-final-trailer-netflix/#netflix Judging by what we see here, I'm guessing that: Eleven goes looking for her mother (that appears to be Terry's house that she breaks into) The adults take Will to an institute in hopes of getting answers about what's happening to him. I'm a little surprised that they would put any trust in the government at this point, but I guess there'll be some sort of explanation Something prompts Jonathan and Nancy to go on a road trip (they're in a motel room at one point) and judging by that one shot of Nancy looking scared, it wouldn't surprise me if they end up getting stuck in the Upside Down at one point. Which leads us to. . . Steve going on an adventure with the kids, most likely unravel some sort of mystery or disappearance I'm guessing Steve and this new guy, Billy, are rivals of some sort. It looks like Billy's punching him in the face at one point I'm not sure if anyone important will die this year. I realize that this is a partial-horror show, which would mean that death is inevitable, but I feel like it might be a little early. This is such a character-driven show; I think the story would benefit most from keeping the cast together for a bit longer. Though to be fair, when I finished season one, I did have this ominous feeling that Will might be toast (writers do love their irony). The trailers have me thinking that this probably won't happen, at least not yet, but you never know. . .
  2. One of the things I dislike about this series is how so many characters are described as absurdly beautiful. How can their beauty be so rare if there are fifteen other characters described the same way?
  3. It's mentioned that salt wife weddings are more informal than traditional weddings, but I'm pretty sure that's all we ever hear about it. I'm interested in this question as well.
  4. Is there any possibility for flashbacks? There weren't any on the show, but I think they could still work. As devastating as Doc's death would have been to watch, I do feel like he deserves a proper farewell. (And I definitely think it would be hilarious to bring Dillahunt back as a third character).
  5. Apparently the first "confirmation" of a Deadwood movie came back in January of 2016, so assuming it does come to fruition, it wouldn't surprise me if it didn't come out until 2020. I'm wondering if they're going to kill off Al as a way of concluding the story. I'm also curious about how they're going to handle the Doc. Are they just going to say he managed to live with TB for ten years? Hopefully he's still a part of the story in some form.
  6. Thanks. I've never seen Star Trek Voyager, but just from watching Deadwood, I can tell that he's a great actor. I'm surprised the Doc appeared so sparingly in the third season. I realize that Al and Bullock are the two "main" characters, but if you consider the amount of time we spent on the theater troupe, Hearst, Leon, Aunt Lou, Dan and Johnny, you would think they would have tried to do a bit more with some of the other main characters. That's a great point. Luck was also apparently a bad gamble: both shows only lasted one season. At least with GRRM, Wildcards is actually somewhat commercially successful
  7. Yeah, it's clear that he put a lot of his heart and soul into the show, and that just about everyone involved in the show was stunned by the cancellation. It's also interesting how he mentioned that most of them thought there was going to be several more seasons of Deadwood filmed. Up until I read that, it sounded like there was only going to be one more season left. Even though Brown clearly thinks HBO was in the wrong here, it is a little mind-boggling that Milch was apparently so set on making John from Cincinnati right in that moment, when he was only halfway through his current (expensive) series. I'm also curious if Milch's reason for writing a Deadwood script has to do with his $17 million gambling debt.
  8. For anyone who's interested, this one blogger did a rewatch of Deadwood a few years ago, and was able to get a few of the minor actors to add commentary along the way. At one point, W. Earl Brown (Dan Dority) put forth a theory that season three was a metaphor for Milch's feud with HBO. It's the sixth comment down, posted as Earl: http://uproxx.com/sepinwall/programming-note-deadwood-review-delayed-again/
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  10. To give Winona some credit, she did have her moments. The very first scene she was in, when she asked Jonathan about when he last saw Will and he told her that he had worked an extra shift the night before because he "thought they could use the money," I remember watching Joyce's face and thinking, "oh, she's not just upset because Jonathan was supposed to be home with Will, she's also guilty that she has to rely on her teenage son to help support the family." Then a few weeks later, I read an interview Winona did where she talked about Joyce's guilt for relying so much on Jonathan, which seemed like a confirmation to me that that was what she was going for in that scene. It was a lot to convey with just one expression, so I have to give her credit for that.
  11. I haven't seen Big Little Lies, but as a True Blood fan, it was pretty exciting to see Alexander Skarsgard win an Emmy. He and Kristin Bauer van Straten were the only things keeping that show going in the end, and it's nice to see him get the recognition that he probably should've gotten years ago. Even though I expected it, I was nonetheless disappointed that none of the acting awards went to Westworld, especially for Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood. But alas, it's only been one season. There'll be plenty of opportunities for them further on down the road.
  12. My parents are both from NYC, and they and the rest of my relatives have always talked about how miserable it was there during the 70s (and the 80s too, for that matter). I've never watched The Wire, although I know it's held in high esteem by both fans and critics alike. Thus far, the storytelling style on The Deuce has been extremely slow, and a bit monotonous at that -- obviously a show with this much crime, poverty, and abuse is going to be dark, but without any humor, it all just kind of blends together after a while. I think James Franco is talented, but I'm not quite on board with his performance here yet. The twins don't seem different to me, and playing an Italian guy involved with the mob is a surprisingly big role to fill when you consider all the other iconic actors who have gotten famous after playing Italian guys involved with the mob. Hopefully he'll get better as the show goes on. I'm curious if they're going to kill Emily Meade (Lori) off in the first season, since that's apparently what happens to her in every HBO show she's in. Also, does anyone else think she looks a lot like Hannah Murray (Gilly)?
  13. Ditto on the rewatch. From what I've read, the script is placed ten years after season three (although I'm not sure what they'll end up doing about the fire, in that case). I would much rather they did the Gilmore Girls thing and release a few episodes on HBO as a way of wrapping up the story. I'm not sure why, but the idea of seeing Deadwood in theaters isn't as exciting for me as watching it on TV. Deadwood definitely had more of a slow-burn style of storytelling; I have a hard time seeing a full plot being condensed to two hours. I ran across an interview Kim Dickens did about a year ago where she talked about how Joanie had some great scenes with Cy in the script I guess there'll have to be revisions now. You bring up a great point regarding the script. Aside from the fact that it's hard to distance yourself from your work, I also doubt that any of them would feel comfortable saying anything negative about something written by a man they clearly all have a lot of respect for. Cancelling Deadwood is definitely one of the worst decisions HBO ever made. (Although to be fair, it sounds like David Milch was as much of a problem there as HBO).
  14. The first season of Stranger Things was terrific, and I'm really excited for the second one (even the trailer was terrific). The character I liked best was actually Jonathan, which is ironic, since he's the one character no one ever really talks about, and when they do, it's always in relation to Nancy (just look at this thread) which I think is a pretty big disservice to the character. Maybe it's just because I didn't grow up watching 80s movies, but I didn't see him as being a "cliche teenage outcast." Rather than just being some angsty loner, he was portrayed as a pretty caring person who could admit when he was wrong and was forced to step up as a kind of surrogate parent and provider when he was barely old enough to drive. (I also disagree with the claim that he's a 'Nice Guy' type. He doesn't show any bitterness or anger when Nancy gets back together with Steve at the end; if anything, he seems kind of confused as to why she's still talking to him). On the contrary, if you'll forgive me for using the term, I felt the show tried too hard to make Nancy "happen." Her not dying or getting knocked up after having sex with Steve wasn't enough of a groundbreaker for me to be mesmerized by her. I feel like the show tried desperately to make her an embodiment of "badass girl power," and it just didn't work for me. I can see Steve's appeal, but I found his redemption arc a bit rushed: it felt like it was just shoe-horned into the last episode. I don't think he and Nancy will end up staying together, but I do think they can still keep him as part of plot by developing him as more of an individual character and hopefully keep him as comedic relief, because he is pretty funny. Barb. . . look, I liked Barb too. She got a raw deal. But this "justice for Barb" movement has gotten way out of hand. She was a likable, sympathetic character, but at the end of the day, she was a minor character who was created for Nancy's character development, not her own. I don't really have much to add regarding the kids. Plain and simple, they were great. Everything that could be said about them already has been, so I just hope they continue to be great as the series continues. I liked both Hopper and Joyce, although I do feel like Winona went a bit overboard at times (that may have been more the director's fault, however). I'm really looking forward to seeing Sean Astin next season, and I'm crossing my fingers that they'll have a scene of him standing in front of a Goonies poster at some point
  15. I just finished watching Deadwood and absolutely loved it. I've seen detractors say that it's a bitter and grim show, but I actually found the portrayal of community as rather uplifting: there's something incredible about watching a bunch of people who don't like each other come together for the sake of their town. My favorite character was probably the Doc. He was the one holding the town together half the time, and if there's one good thing about the show being cancelled early, it's that we didn't have to watch him slowly get killed off in season four. I find 90% of TV and movie romances to be uninteresting and/or forced, but I found Trixie and Sol's relationship surprisingly delightful to watch unfold. I think it worked as well as it did because they had very complementary personalities: Trixie was incredibly fiery and choleric, and Sol was generally collected and unfazed by it (which made the few times he did lose his temper that much more powerful, for both the audience and the characters). My one big complaint about season three would be that these characters were given so little to do -- Doc and Sol, mostly, but also Trixie until the penultimate episode. Al's obviously the heart and soul of the show, and Bullock is arguably the second-most important character, but a lot of time was spent on minor and new characters, which I found a bit tedious at times. I also enjoyed Joanie and Jane's relationship, and I loved the two of them as individuals as well. (I've noticed that, despite never being one of the "advertised" characters when promoting the show, Joanie appears to have quite a following among fans). The one romance I didn't care for, surprisingly, was Alma and Bullock. And Alma's miscarriage felt like a bit of a cop-out on the screenwriters' part. I loved the way that they managed to make Jen's death so tragic. I've seen too many shows where red shirts are just discarded arbitrarily (I'm sure we can all think of one ) so it was really powerful seeing how distraught Johnny and Trixie were in response to her death. Even Al wanting to clean up her blood himself was a small sign of penance. As much as I wish that we had gotten another season of Deadwood, I'm a little wary about this movie. I'm not really sure this is the kind of story that can be concluded in two hours after more than a decade off the air (especially since Milch is the same person who claimed he couldn't conclude the story in six hours when he was offered a shortened season for what would have been season four). Most of the actors who've read the script have praised it to the skies, so I suppose that's a good sign. (Although hopefully when Paula Malcomson says it's a "big Valentine to Trixie and Al," [link below] she didn't mean that literally, because the idea of the plot focusing on some sort of romance between Trixie and her former pimp would basically be Deadwood jumping the shark for me). http://tvline.com/2017/09/05/deadwood-movie-al-trixie-spoilers-hbo-revival/