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  1. She does fade in comparison with both Catriona and Sam. I really have a hard time buying her as their child. But, interestingly enough, this reminds me of another actress, Sophie Turner. I know she is not Blanchett, but for the love of everything I hold dear, I simply don't get why people think she is THAT bad.
  2. I got there a bit early as I thoroughly enjoyed this season, especially Scotland and dashing Lord Grey storyline. He is becoming one of my favorite male TV characters. Plus, the aesthetics is absolutely stunning.
  3. The Americans Season 5 The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 Expanse Season 2 Sense8 Season 2 Big Little Lies Master of None Season 2 Outlander Season 3 Game of Thrones Season 7 House of Cards Season 5 The Defenders Season 1 Sherlock Season 4 The Good Fight Season 1 The White Princess Homeland Season 6 Voltron Season 2 Young Sheldon Season 1 Greys Anatomy Season 13/14 The Big Bang Theory Season 10/11 Iron Fist Season 1 Orange is the New Black Season 5 - I prefer to believe this never happened
  4. And the man through the snowy mountains was so Lord of the Rings. You know, if you look for all the parallels with the other things, it can get superfun
  5. I can not express how sad I am to hear this. Dr Pepper, my prayers are with you and your family... These things are starting to occur with such horrifying regularity that makes you wonder what really went wrong with us all.
  6. ALSO THIS ONE... She fills the void left by Dame Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, when Downton Abbey ended
  7. Damn, the woman is amazing... I especially liked her "rain hellfire on them all" scene with Erinwright. If not for "Our lives are tough" scene, that would be my favorite.
  8. First, you are not an idiot. Second, what are you talking about? I must have missed something. Well, I am not sure WHEN she will be back, although the cast was not shy when spoilers are in question (which is quite refreshing having in mind GoT cast in earlier season) so I assume she will be back somewhere in 1750s. Well, all they need is 200 years to go back. I swear, 1740s Scotland is far more progressive than 1950s Scotland. I have to say I hated the return of what I call "Outlander's infinite loop of rape". That said, for equality's sake, it was Jaime, and not Claire, on the line this time. I think they did a good job of making it serious enough, but also pointing out the youthful stupidity of Geneva. It is a really narrow line they have to walk and balance and for me, they have done good job in showing various aspects and POVs of the situation, never allowing any of those to overwhelm others.
  9. So, it is official. John Grey is the best person in both centuries... Not only that he is brilliantly written, but the actor does his part extremely well. I have to say that I haven't had such a great laugh since Lito told Will that they had sex in "Sense8" Season 1. Oh, and it was funny to see Lord Royce in those robes... That reminded me... So, it was Jaime who deflowered Myranda Royce
  10. I found the entire thing extremely sad. It wasn't as difficult to watch as some argued, but it wasn't the sitcom we grew to love. We can honestly call it dramedy, for lack of better words. And I sincerely sympathized with his entire family. It is just that childish selfishness and his incredible intellect that so easily suffocate the rest of them. But he does love them and I got all sappy with the taking-off-mittens scene. Speaking of which, if my math is right. The year of the show is 1989, right? And he said that he didn't touch his brother 17 years later, if I am correct? That would mean that his first physical contact with his brother was in 2006? And, since TBBT started in 2007, that means that Sheldon's first contact with his brother was a year before we "meet" him. Oh, boy...
  11. Thank you Yes, the actor is amazing. It seems he is Australian and we all know the best things come from Australia (ahem, ahem, Blanchett ). Wow, that is amazing, DrP... I am looking forward to it.
  12. I forgot to ask... Was this the last time we see Lord Grey, or is he going to play a role in future events? #needtoreadthebooks
  13. That is a good point. Admittedly, the last season's finale evaporated from my mind, which is why I am struggling to put some pieces together. As @Theda Baratheon said, Claire is the hero of the story and this is her story. And in most cases, you can't be a villain in your own story. I was concerned that the show has taken a path in which,employment, which remains one of the most important topic of female empowerment could be examined in such way. The modern TV is full of some great examples of female empowerment and well, some, not so much. I was truly thrown back by the notion that Claire's work would represent an obstacle in her relationship with her daughter. I think every aspect of Claire's being is connected to the noble vocation of healer. We see compassion, sympathy and care in her dealings with others, we see how that nature truly blossoms when she needs it the most. We see it in her pursue for independence. As you say, she is a healer and for this character it means so much more than having a degree. One wish this kind of sentiment was shared by many medical dramas
  14. I don't think anyone has said that it is not accusation women face or denied the existence of such accusation. The debate dealt, well, at least from my part, that every TV show has to deal with "shortcomings" of working mother. Lion's share of working mothers on TV show are portrayed as women who are failing their children or who can't be close to them. I don't have problem with the accusation (in terms of showing it). I am having issues that what Frank said might actually be true. That was the issue: did the show, by making Claire a doctor, made her relationship with Brianna cold and distant?
  15. Damn if you do, damn if you don't. You have a point about that. But, here is a question. Were Frank's words just that - words of a hurt man, or were it objective truth? I can't recall last season's finale and Brianna's relationship with Claire, although I could swear it was not as warm as one may expected it. So, is it just Frank? Or have writers actually gone there?
  16. I was speaking about modern trope that somehow working mother can't have a strong bond with the daughter. Frank insinuated that because Claire is a doctor, that due to her working hours, her relationship with Brianna is not as strong as the one he shares with her, which is why Brianna would rather have opted to live with Frank in London. That was what I was referring to. I feel that every time a working mother is portrayed in American TV/movies, it always comes with the "necessary" part of "her missing part of children's life". Which is not the case when working fathers are in question.
  17. I am not arguing that people are unable to love the adopted children. I am saying that it is impressive (well, at least for me) that his love is unconditional, especially having in mind that Brianna, after all, is adulterous love child of his wife. We are on a website dedicated to the series in which a lot has been said about woman who couldn't have made herself love her husband's bastards. So, yes, it is special.
  18. The show is back... So, time to bring this back to life... I am not sure how I feel about the premiere. It is like TBBT bingo. Raj is still depressed, Penny is still mean to Leonard, Sheldon is still Sheldon. That said, when Mary Cooper said, "that was a mighty achievement", I remembered how great episodes with her can be.
  19. Yes, I think the Episode 3 clarifies what actually happened. I was more baffled to why they are still together, completely forgetting Brianna. That said, yes, it is truly admirable that he loved her as his own, never even thinking about Jaime (at least, not that we have seen it). It is love so few are truly capable of. I will miss Tobias Menzies... Now that both of his characters are dead, he is truly gone. He was really excellent piece of the puzzle. Couple of things that I disliked in American storyline. First, I hated Claire being "punished" for being working mother. It is becoming a cliche in the American TV/movies. I wish one would stop using that every time there is a working mother involved. Second thing was Claire's reaction to Frank's romantic liaison. I understand that she felt angry to have had to deal with her on such important day for her, but I feel that she was truly jealous. And in her situation, I find that rather selfish. Frank's death was done TOO conveniently. It did make me sad. As for Scotland... Per usual, it was for more interesting than America. I really enjoyed Mr Gray and his storyline, until that unfortunate incident. The moment he touched his hand (well, since he told the story about his dead friend), I knew it won't end well. But, as uncomfortable the scene was, I have to say it was acted perfectly. You could see poor Jaime going through the memories of his rape. Poor Grey couldn't have known that. It reminded me of what I heard somewhere about how homosexuals lived in the world where they only have clues. That it was a subtle game of reading signs, and that it took a great courage to act upon the interpretation of those signs. So, can you imagine what leap of faith Grey had to make here? Rejection is one thing, but opening to someone in that way and having that sort of result must have been devastating. I really wish we see more of him. And, we had our fun time... It seems that next episode will be featuring that wooden darling that played Brianna last season
  20. That is just so sad for me. I mean, the episode went through the possibility of some long-term "I-will-grow-to-love-you-again" motif, to all of that shattered with the sex scene, and just when I thought they found a way to work it out, bam, separate beds. On the rewatch, it did make more sense than it initially did for me, but I am still saddened that poor Frank will never truly know what Claire did. Deep, passionate, all-consuming, love. Now, since the occasion demands, I have to quote one of the best TV characters... That is what is sad about poor Frank. He lacks that little element. To be loved as his wife is.
  21. Was it on Trident? Nope. Actually, Ned wanted to back away when he fully realized what he was getting into with Robert. Joffrey's behavior was not the instigator of his decision. Ned was stupid, to the point he was almost negligent. And well, he paid that with his life.
  22. It was indeed an interesting season. With Season 7 of GoT being illegible, it gave us enough room for numerous other TV shows to shine, which, undeservedly, would not have the space with juggernaut such as GoT in game. I think that this decade has been amazing when it comes to Drama Lead Actress category. We simply can't choose. And so many different roles have been in game over the years, so many different styles... The stories have been outstanding and with each new year, the winner is just "first among equals". This is the category in which brilliant women such as Robin Wright or Keri Russel haven't won. To win Emmy, you have to be rather good. To win Drama Lead Actress Emmy, you have to raise your game incredibly high. This year we saw a lot of new faces and each of them - Foy, Moss and Wood could have been deserving winners. Davis is still not working for me. I simply don't get the love. Between Moss and Foy, which seems to be the debate this year, I would give slight edge to Moss, simply because Foy's role has been done to death. It was a new approach, amazing production, well written and she did excellent job in portraying monarch in age where she has not some great and ultimate power. On the other hand, Moss was amazing in her own right. I am not too convinced that either of these roles were out of what we would expect of these two ladies, but depth and nuance can't be disputed. If I say this once, I have said it thousand times... Matthew Rhys needs an Emmy. If The Americans ends and the role of Phillip Jennings is not properly awarded, it would be one of the greatest shames of the Academy. This man is doing amazing work and it is so beautiful to watch his character being tested, morally and emotionally, episode after episode. The Americans had a slow-burn season, but, for these characters, it was emotional ride and they managed to show that with each scene. Admittedly, I haven't seen "This is Us" but I seriously doubt my opinion would change on subject. I really hope that the last season of The Americans will be so good that this show will bow out with the bang next year.
  23. That time of the year was on Sunday and the best of the TV has been awarded. The winners are here What do you think? Which of the TV shows deserved the praise and which one was snubbed? @HelenaExMachina, there you are...
  24. Age is not barrier only in dire circumstances, or during the war. The usual practice of arranging marriage is matching two people who "click". That is the way the political union that depends on the marriage is stable. Because if the marriage fails, so does the union. Hence the need for proper matchmaking. You still have not made the point that the idea of marrying Crown Prince and firstborn daughter of Warden of the North is actually bad. On paper, this match works, especially having that they are of similar age and that, it seems, both are rather beautiful. Yes, Ned was stupid for not seeing who Joffrey is, but that speaks nothing of the idea of union. The idea itself was good. Other things went against it.
  25. And in continuation of the quoted post, I expressed my lack of knowledge regarding what led to said situation. I wasn't trying (at least intentionally) to say that Claire forced him to stay. I haven't read the books so I don't know the full story. That said, when Claire came back home, I was pleased to see how they moved on, only to see separate beds. For me, there was a lot of mixed emotions in that scene.