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Independent George

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  1. Independent George

    R+L=J v.165

    Man, it's been ages since I've posted here. Reading the back & forth in this thread brings back the memories. Assuming R+L=J, there are some things about that relationship that I really hope we find out about. Like what the conversation was like when she learned her father & brother were tortured and executed after they 'eloped'. Exactly what was the best case scenario for their relationship after that? That's just a whole new level of awkward right there.
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    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    While I don't expect them to match the high-water mark of Season 3, it feels like S5 and S6 had maybe one season's worth of ideas and jokes between them. I had such high hopes for Archer Vice, but it felt like they were never willing to pull the trigger and really make it bold and different, so they just kept at the same schtick in a different setting. S6 compounded that by bringing it back to the same setting while mostly keeping at the same schtick. The best parts of the season were the things that were genuinely different - Archer/Lana's relationship, killing off Barry, etc. I also think that the show is better when the secondary characters prove to be surprisingly competent, rather than being a drag on the group; it's Archer's job to screw things up for them (and then bail them out later). Cyril as El Contador, Cyril as dictator, Pam the Badass, Krieger actually being a mad genius, were all funny. Pam the coke addict and the incompetent Krieger clone just dragged things down (though Pam the coke addict at least started out pretty funny, but they never went anywhere good with it). How awesome would Vice have been if the coke actually made Pam into their best agent in the field, but they had to keep her from consuming all their product while also being impossible to deal with between missions? Like what if Lana and Archer were suddenly threatened by Pam taking over while coked up, and Mallory suddenly starts favoring her over them?
  3. Independent George

    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    It was better than the previous episode (which was pretty bad), but I still thought this was pretty meh. The whole Michael Gray thing didn't just fall flat, it actively sucked the life out of what could have been a pretty good finale. Archer's "Yeah, I was totally going to frag you" delivery was just perfect. I was a little bothered by Lana's "It's their fault! They put us in a position to fail!" attitude, because, really... they totally suck and screwed that up on their own, as they did the previous two missions.
  4. Independent George

    Deadwood

    It's ok. Just watch Justified and see the worm get turned.
  5. Independent George

    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    Didn't he have two of them on hand (heh!) during the Vatican episode? I distinctly remember him offering to give Lana robot hands.
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    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    I think Mallory actually owns the apartment - presumably it went back to her as part of the negotiation at the end of S5, and he's living there rent-free again.
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    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    Holy crap - Cheryl was actually the best agent tonight! Poor Ray. I assume he's getting a robot hand at some point. Is he going to become the new Barry?
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    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    Was that not an insane shot?
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    Archer Season Whatever: Caress of Krieger

    Was that how it ended? My DVR cut off the last few seconds.
  10. Independent George

    Deadwood

    According to the DVD extras, yes, that was always how the series was meant to end. The thematic problem is that it ends with Hearst's victory and the grinding down of the frontier, but it never gives closure on how the community established in Deadwood adapts to it.
  11. Independent George

    Deadwood

    Not sure how much stake I put into it, but I've read (anonymous and unsourced) rumors that David Milch's admitted substance abuse problems played a role, too. Not directly (he was never accused of being high on set, or missing work), but that given his unique style (he would work with the actors directly and continually re-write the scripts himself just minutes before shooting), the HBO execs doubted his ability to continue to function while producing the fourth season.
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    Deadwood

    Definitely turn the subtitles on the first time you watch it; it takes some getting used to, but within a few hours, I guarantee you'll notice a few... changes to your own speech patterns. It's a lot like The Wire in that respect. While you're waiting on your delivery, here's the opening scene of the show: I loved everything about season 2, including the portions with Al on the sidelines. The last two episodes (The Whores Can Come, The Boy the Earth Talked To) are easily my two favorite episodes of the entire series.
  13. Independent George

    Deadwood

    I loved S2 - even more than S1, in no small part because of the funeral. That was the episode that made me really get the show as a whole - seeing all the various outcasts and renegades quietly and somberly line up and pay their honest respects to a young child they barely knew. And then, of course, came "The Boy The Earth Talked To", which is my favorite episode of the entire series. I could watch the last 5 minutes on an endless loop and be happy.
  14. Independent George

    Deadwood

    And Sol Starr. As as far as I can tell, he never did harm to anyone in the series.
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    Deadwood

    I count exactly three: 1. The Preacher 2. Doc Cochrane 3. Ellsworth
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