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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    I watched the first two episodes and boy, was it difficult to watch. The second episode in River Run was so painful. This show has such a great power in telling those history lessons and turn them into humane stories of suffering and regret. Claire and Jaime's powerlessness in this episode was both frustrating and appropriate. But it is Rufus' fate that reminded me of so many atrocities that humankind has done. And the worst tragedy is the notion of justice. It is a perverse logic of dehumanization of others that truly leaves the worst of tastes in your mouth.
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    Daredevil Season 3 [SPOILERS - Page 3 and beyond]

    Forgive me if I am mistaken, but isn't that how comics usually go? Especially with long-standing villains. The villain gets caught, the villain escapes, superhero catches the villain and then we go on... I think that the season was more about Matt's psyche than his confrontation with Fisk. I felt like Matt is finally in peace with being Daredevil. There will some moral dilemmas along the way, but I felt that the climax was all about him and his realization that he is not the devil he thought he is, or at least the devil he thought Daredevil had to be.
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    The Americans Season 6 Daredevil Season 3 The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Sense8 Finale Killing Eve Season 1 The Expanse Season 3 This is Us Season 2 The Good Fight Season 2 Altered Carbon Jessica Jones Season 2 Lost in Space Season 1 The Chi Season 1 Will & Grace Season 9 Grey's Anatomy Season 14 13 Reasons Why Season 2 The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Young Sheldon Season 1 There was always a limit in how much you can actually say in a superhero story, but this season of Daredevil showed that you can indeed say much more than people think. I don't know which aspect truly amazed me whether it is dichotomy between Matt Murdock and Daredevil, Kingpin's marvelous plot, Poindexter's subplot or religious aspect of the story, which truly remains unique on American TV landscape. Charlie Cox did wonders this season (just to add that his "blindness" is actually not caused by the usual lenses actors use but Cox trained that too and managed to do it, in my book, absolutely perfectly.). D'Onofrio was always the elephant in the room - he managed to portray that aura of uncomfortability around him in a way that I can't remember I was so affected by one's performance. Nicely executed twists, not getting too repetitive in a season that truly showed the depth and quality not just of the source materials but of everyone and everything included in this show.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    There is every evidence that this is how Emmys work. It is not an exact science but some conclusions can be made. Matthew Rhys is not the first one to win award in the last season. Remember Jon Hamm? Sterling K. Brown represent the other side of voting, the actor rewarded for its first season and quickly forgotten, the likes of Jeff Daniels, Damien Lewis and Rami Malek comes to mind. Oscars, Emmys, Globes, all of these award ceremonies have certain rules. That is why people can quite correctly predict the winners. TBBT simply, like Grey's anatomy in Drama Series, simply became uninteresting. People moved on... It happens all the time. Awarding body is a living, breathing organism but you can actually follow certain rules, and name-checking is one of the most obvious one. Things get noticed and things get overlooked. Just like every one of us notices and overlooks some things. I am sorry, but I don't think any of those episodes were better than START. Yes, I can be bias here, but I do think that START worked perfectly in providing a finale that would be carried out solely on the backs of the human drama. And that was the most wonderful point of the entire show. It always comes down to people, to what they believe in and what they are ready to do. Big battle episodes in GoT can be masterfully written like Blackwater or can make so little sense like Battle of the Bastards. Hardhome is a directorial masterpiece and the entire sequence is also written nicely. GoT at the beginning had so much relying on wonderful drama being connected to the imaginary world. People have seen big budget spectacle, that was not what they signed on when they started watching GoT. They were sold on drama aspect. The aspect of human conflict. The very same aspect START did so marvelously and GoT Season 7 did so poorly. Just look at Stark girls conflict. There is a real conflict. Not something to be so blatantly disregard, but a real conflict that had to be resolved in a proper way. We migrated all the baddies on one side - Cersei, Euron and Randyll Tarly against all the good guys - Starks, Dany and Tyrion. I always laugh when I remember how Tyrion and Ellaria exchanged words about Myrcella. As for START
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    That is also true. But we also have the issue of having too many big and small guys nowadays. And it that equation, only truly exquisite little guy does stand a chance against solid big guy. I don't negate the cultural impact of what GoT did or how it presented fantasy to wider audience. I just don't think it is the best TV show in 2017/2018. This is the same argument used by Twilight and 50 shades of grey fans. Popularity and quality are not interchangeable. A popular product can be just as good as it can be bad. On one side of that spectrum you have LOTR, on another Twilight. Same goes for obscure products. Some are good, some are bad. It perhaps is not as daunting, but it certainly draw a great talent. What Fields and Weisberg wrote and put in "START" is something that I honestly believe Benioff and Weiss will never, ever be able to do. That episode was a masterclass in writing and truly encapsulated drama of the characters we knew for 6 seasons. Benioff and Weiss have this incredible story and yet, they made, although somewhat coherent story, something that truly fades in comparison with many TV greats. Yes, logistics is nightmare, casting is huge, production value is through the roof. But, when it comes to the core of Martin's writing, what lies below all the gore, blood and destruction is something they not only they are unaware of, but simply not interested in. Yes, they are not writing school paper, but neither were Fields and Weisberg and one can spend hours and days talking about genius that went into that last episode of The Americans. I wholeheartedly believe that the best drama 2017/2018 was The Americans. I believe that GoT had one cheap solutions too many for my taste, even though I can't speak against many, many great aspects of GoT.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    Much of voting these days in these awards shows is done by name-checking, Emmys are not different from others. Some popular things, or things with well-established reputation will usually get a vote even if it is questionable whether they deserve it. That is why we have Meryl Streep being nominated for everything she is in these days. Awards are not about everyone being on the mission of finding the best product. It is mostly about the sheep mentality and occasional laziness of the members, I can give my arm that out of thousands, half of the members didn't even bother to watch all the nominated shows. This is not even a secret in Hollywood, but an established facts. That is why Oscars pushed for 10 Best Picture nominees in 2009 - to allow some independent movies to be part of the conversation. Awards, in general, is about perception. That is why debates of who should have won and who was robbed at any award shows persist. And, in my opinion, which was formed by what I have heard in conversations about Game of Thrones and other TV products, I made a conclusion that people weren't either impressed by the season and that they felt that the time has come for something new. Not to just push GoT aside, but to give equal chance to many other shows people failed to watch. I don't begrudge them. They do their jobs and hope for the best. I am just saddened that some truly exquisite TV products are being so blatantly overlooked in favor of the most popular Tv product nowadays.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    Well, passion is a subjective thing and as I said, it can be difficult to correctly assess it. Just like you have seen reactions of excitement (and so did I), I have also read comments full of disappointment. The thing is, GoT is pretty good show. Is it the best show? No. Is it the best show in history? No. My impression is that voting members of Academy weren't as impressed by the Season 7 as many of the fans were. That translated to nominations and ultimately awards. This year's Best Supporting Actor in Drama Series was passionless. There was no performance that inspired people to vote for it, there was no narrative for any of the gentlemen and in such climate, voters tend to name check someone. For example, do you understand how much passion Matthew Rhys had to inspire to beat Brown and Ventimiglia, who were clear frontrunners. Same with Thandie Newton. Emmy voters proved to be difficult to predict this year with Foy, Rhys and Newton. Even that Directing Award was quite a surprise. And then we went to "business as usual" which, for me (and many others, but I do acknowledge not for general population) was quite the letdown. It felt like underwhelming finish to a night where Drama Series offered so much in terms of new winners and breaking some established rules Academy made throughout the years. That said, I could be totally wrong. It was just the impression I got. And yes, I do admit I am bias and that I truly dislike the narrative and style of GoT in Season 7. It truly lacked substance for me.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    He was my personal favorite and he demonstrated exceptional depth in playing Phillip. He was able to capture multifaceted nature of his character and even add layers to it. It became one of the most complex roles on TV and rightfully, it was awarded. I said this on another site and I have to repeat here. Thrones lost the passion vote. It wasn't the most nominated TV show, it lost Writing and Directing, two main leads were rightfully out of competition and Lena Headey, once again, could not have made people to vote for her (and next year, in her category will be Strahovski with much stronger material (season 2 finale alone is enough) and Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Margaret. That say, this was perhaps her last chance.) Dinklage is a regular name-check so this feels like people have reached a conclusion in which they will award it but not really. Even the reaction was "meh, been there, done that". Season 7 wasn't better than previous seasons, it did not inspire people and basically, drama went sideways. And honestly, with so beautifully scripted dramas such as The Americans or The Crown, who can blame people for wanting something other than "dragons". I wouldn't say that. Rhys played masterfully his character and I would give him a slight edge over Russell any given day. Russell certainly had much tougher job with Foy also having the swan song narrative and Moss being so exceptional. Even women who weren't in conversation to win like Sandra Oh or Tatiana Maslany did wonders in their respective shows. Rhys, on the other hand, is relatively unknown face competing with much more famous actors. "This is Us" two leads really got huge support and most people believed it would be tough for Rhys to win over Brown. Nonetheless, it was a great show. I do hope SAG and Golden Globes will also give it a proper farewell.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    1. So, Drama categories were amazing up until the main one. The Americans winning writing and Rhys winning Best Actor was superb. 2. Great surprise. Foy deserved the award and I was so happy for her. It was another great surprise. 3. GoT, meh. At this moment, it is uninspiring choice. 4. THT got hammered across the board. Vote-splitting and swan song narratives always work. 5. Yay for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. 6. I am sorry for Michelle Dockery. I found her work in Godless superb. She deserved a win next to Weaver and Bridges.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    Really? I always thought Sunday night is a dud-time for shows due to some sports being on? I always thought it was football.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    I think it is due to football being on Sunday... But, I have to check that...
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    The series is absolute perfection. Season 6 is truly amazing. And Claire Foy winning the Best Actress!!! The last award got even more interesting to predict
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    Truly it was... That episode is a masterpiece in writing. Now, I am waiting for Matthew Rhys to get that well-deserved Emmy.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018