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  1. Annara Snow

    HBO's Sharp Objects

    I must have missed something in the premiere, since I have no idea what that bit about no 5 is referring to. I also only noticed 'vanish' - which is what she carved into her skin as well, and no other words. I already have a suspect... but I feel that the murder mystery may not be a be all and end all of this story. it's more of a character-based psychological drama. It was so weird, after what we're used to watching in Hollywood movies and the USA we (the rest of the world) get about it, to see this small southern town in the present (or just a few years before - I don't know what year it is supposed to be, but the Obama poster at least puts it roughly in this decade) where 'old money' still has a black maidservant, and people are so openly and blatantly homophobic. When Ann Nash's dad was talking about the killer and referring to the killer as "he", I was thinking "why does he assume it's a he? It could also be a she". But that's probably what they all tend to assume. It's hard not to notice that the murdered girls all look kind of like Marian/Amma/young Camille.
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    HBO's Sharp Objects

    I don't know... I had mixed feelings about TP: The Return, but there are many who think it was fantastic, and others who hated it. It's pretty polarizing. But you definitely need to see it if you are a fan and decide how you feel. It definitely took some chances, especially with the ending... it was really surprising, and I don't know how to feel about it.
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    Yes. I'm still not sure how I feel about some of the elements of the story, but it's certainly interesting. I like the main character, and Julianna Margulies' character is kind of an antagonist, or semi-antagonist, who seems one-dimensional at first, but has been showing some layers.
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    The Americans (S6) The Good Place (S2) The Alienist The Expanse (S3) - I finally found the time to see the two part finale (this has been my first weekend in over a month where I didn't have to work, yay!). The show keeps getting better each season. Season 3 was more like two mini seasons, and the finale was really good, except some plots and character development felt rushed. Jessica Jones (S2) Black Lightning - I stopped this after episode 5 when it was airing because I didn't have time and it didn't engage me that much, and finally binged episodes 6-13 recently. It got much better in these episodes. As far as superhero shows go, it's decent, it has engaging characters (and its own specific thing, and does successfully what it sets out to do. I didn't think I'd be putting it ahead of Agents of SHIELD, a show I actually love, but AoS season 5 disappointed me and turned into quite a mess after episode 14. While on the other hand, The Gifted did its plot pretty well, but didn't make the characters that engaging - and it took a while for it to really get interesting. Agents of SHIELD (S5) The Gifted Runaways Deception - an ABC attempt at another Castle is not a type a show I would normally make an effort to watch every week, and to be completely honest, I started watching it just because a certain actor was going to guest star in an episode. It turned out to be much more fun and better than I expected, not actually a procedural as it was pretty focused on the ongoing mystery, the 'magic' parts were fun and the cast was likable (the main actor was good in a double role, it was good to see Lenore Crichlow again after Being Human, and Vinnie Jones was surprisingly funny)... But I didn't care for the forced attempt at romance between the leads later on, the chemistry was not there (do they always have to go for that cliche or the male and female lead falling in love?). A decent show to watch when you just want a bit of entertainment and nothing deep... But it got cancelled. Well, better shows have gotten cancelled, too. I actually saw the finale over a month ago, shortly after I watched the finale of The Americans, but didn't feel like posting another version of the list so soon just for this. Star Trek: Discovery The X-Files (S11) Now I'm going to go catch up on Dietland and Cloak and Dagger, and then I can start Luke Cage and continue The Handmaid's Tale and Westworld (the latter I just started this year and only saw the pilot, so now I have 2 seasons to see), and Sharp Objects will quickly debut, too.
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    Cast the Actor!(v3)

    Littlefinger can't be tall. You'd have to find the rest of cast members in NBA and WNBA, and use some weird camera angles... Russ Tumblyn, otherwise known to me as Dr Jacobi. I don't know his other roles, but looking at his youthful photos, he could be Littlefinger, at least physically. Peter O'Toole
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    Cast the Actor!(v3)

    She's obviously perfect for Cersei, just when she gets a bit older. Right now... Nah, I can't think of any other character, she's just perfect for Cersei. Here's an older actor for you: Donald Sutherland
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    I've never been a fan of Friends - I watched the first 2 seasons on DVD and the others just occasionally on TV - and I don't remember the show using that song. "The Chain", on the other hand, seems an extremely popular song to use lately - first The Americans, then Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (and its promos), then I, Tonya. It kind of feels everywhere now - which is a good thing, it's a great song. Most of the songs on The Americans are more or less well known or by popular artists, they don't really come up with little known songs by unknown artists. I certainly already knew most of those songs - the only ones I discovered due to the show were the Peter Gabriel ones - which is just because I never listened to him (all I knew o him was "Sledgehammer" and his guest spot on Deep Forest's song that was a version of the Macedonian folk song - I had no idea his own music could be as interesting as the songs the show used. I now have "Games without Frontiers" in my head) and the Yazoo song "Winter Kills", because I only knew their two big hits "Don't Go" and "Only You", but of course, both of these are or were very popular artists. With The Americans, it's all about how they use the songs, the choice and the way they fit them in the scenes. I've certainly also heard "In the Air Tonight" and "Tainted Love" a thousand times before and since, but now I'll always think of them in the context of The Americans. It's even overshadowed the Ninth Doctor and the end of the world!
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    Some of the best examples of the use of music on The Americans (in chronological order): 1x01 Pilot: 1x13 The Colonel: 3x07 Walter Tuffet: 4x02 Pastor Tim: 4x05 Clark's Place: 5x10 Darkroom: 6x01 Dead Hand: the finale - the montage to "Brothers in Arms": and finally, the "With or Without You" scenes: Unfortunately, there's no uploaded scene on YT from 1x08 with "Siamese Twins" by The Cure. That one was also very memorable.
  9. Tansy the inn-brothel keeper was just a red herring. It's a common name, but Hoster wasn't talking about a woman, he was talking about tricking/forcing Lysa to abort the child she really wanted - which left severe psychological and physical damage on her, and may have caused her later miscarriages (if the pregnancy was fairly late). This is finally revealed in Sansa's last chapter in the book (the penultimate chapter in general), when Lysa mentions tansy tea andPetyr's baby she wanted to have.
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    Why a betrothal between Sansa and Joffrey?

    That's really the gist of it.
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    Why a betrothal between Sansa and Joffrey?

    Because the Lannisters were really desperate at the time and really land-grabbing, and are also ruthless (the Sansa forced marriage is another example). It's not the normal course of action.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    Watching them to report what? Their handlers already knew as much about them as possible. Gabriel knew about them more than Renee could ever possibly find out, especially since they were telling him everything anyway. And later Claudia could have just asked Paige.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    Well, if she was supposed to keep an eye on the Jenningses, she did a crappy job of it In fact, she doesn't seem to have done anything at all. For that very reason, I don't believe she is KGB. But I like the idea that she's some kind of spy and has some kind of an agenda, just not KGB.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    What I remember from the Blacklist pilot is that there was a Serbian guy from Bosnia who had a last name that actually sounded Albanian, who was pissed off over something or other and was trying to kill or blow up something (I don't remember - I guess international Serbian terrorists didn't stop being a thing on US TV after 24) and the best part was when a crucial plot point involved a tattoo which Red explained he couldn't have because he's Serbian Orthodox and apparently, that means he can't have tattoos for religious reasons. Wait, what? Ha ha, I know there's a dude who callsi himself a prince of Montenegro, but they were like "this is (some name), the Prince of Montenegro, one of the richest men in Europe." Clearly in the world of Deception, Montenegro is a princedom like Monaco (well, it kind of sounds similar)... I mean, sure, Djukanovic may as well crown himself King after ruling for 30+ years, but still.. Just in the Hague Tribunal, for practicality I assume.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    I don't know if either Henry or Paige would be too happy to see them. The damage has really been done. In any case, they are never going to be a family again. @SerHaHa The episode North got a "story" credit for (which was written by Tracey Scott Wilson) was "Martial Eagle", the episode where Philip and Elizabeth break into a secret camp where the US military was training the Nicaraguan "Contras". This, of course, was later the subject of the big Irangate or Iran-Contra scandal. Oliver North, as one of the people involved and exposed, certainly would have been in position to provide a lot of info. I find it incredibly interesting that a show partially conceived, run and written by a former CIA officer is one of the least jingoistic, most politically unbiased American shows I've ever seen. Nothing is ever black and white, not when it comes to characters and even less so when it comes to countries and political factions. But as a former CIA officer (I think he describs himself as a disillusioned former CIA officer), he is also in position to know about espionage first hand, more than most TV writers, and the show has always been about the toll that that kind of life has on people who lead it (which we see with Stan - the long-term effects of his former undercover mission we only hear about, for starters) just as we see it with Philip and Elizabeth). It's also incredibly atypical for an American TV show to do so much research into everything, including other cultures and countries. Usually you get total nonsense - they can't even come up with names that sound remotely like they could be from the country they are supposed to be from, and you can do that by using goddamn Google (I'm still laughing at those "Serbian" terrorists in season 1 of 24, and the pilot episode of The Blacklist had a similarly nonsensical "Serbian" character. Don't get me started on shows like Deception, which recently had a character described as "the prince of Montenegro" LMAO). And this show actually cared enough to hire actors who speak Russian well for scenes in Rezidentura and scenes in USSR, and has extensive scenes with only Russians speaking Russian. They also had people who actually speak Serbocroatian (or whatever it's called these days) in the scenes in Yugoslavia in season 5. The Russian Orthodox priest character actually looks like an Orthodox priest, and the wedding ceremony was accurate, with the priest singing in Church Slavic. After the low standards of accuracy re: other cultures I'm used to watching US TV, I'm impressed.
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    Cast the Actor!(v3)

    Osney Kettleblack Noah Emmerich
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    There is no need for a dead drop, when Philip and Elizabeth themselves are in USSR now and can tell Arkady all. "With or Without You" struck me as very on point from Paige's POV - "I can't live with or without you" regarding her parents..and "nothing to win and nothing left to lose..." @lady narcissa Ugh, no "Back in the USSR" - the show has never been this on the nose with its music selections.
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    Update, after the series finale of The Americans: The Americans (S6) - this was never really in doubt. This is one of the greatest shows of all time, and this season has been knocking it out of the park. But I doubt anything will manage to dethrone it, though there will be a bunch of shows to watch, as soon as I finish my rewatch of the entire show. I'm still not sure which season of The Americans is the best - this one is certainly up there, together with 3 and 4. The Good Place (S2) The Alienist Jessica Jones (S2) Agents of SHIELD (S5) The Gifted Runaways Star Trek: Discovery The X-Files (S11)
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    So can we drop the spoiler tags now? This finale was the definition of bittersweet. You've listed some the bitter things (the ending had me teary eyed from the moment Paige stayed, to the shock of E and P - and that dream: what a great, heartbreaking use of the paintings... also, Stan will forever be wondering about Renee, just as the audience does... Philip may have wanted to help, but he just screwed him over more), but here is the 'sweet': - While Oleg didn't get to deliver the dead drop, Philip and Elizabeth (aka Misha and Nadezhda) got back home, welcomed by Arkady, and they have no doubt informed him about the anti-Gorbachev faction. (We know that there was a failed coup in 1991 - we can imagine that in the fictional world of the show, the info they provided helped.) So, Oleg's mission was not a failure (and since him contacting Philip and Philip talking to Elizabeth helped Elizabeth make the decision to not kill/stop Nesterenko's assassination, you may say it was already not for nothing). - Though losing their children is heartbreaking, Philip and Elizabeth still have each other. - And Philip may get the chance to meet Misha, his other son he had never met before. - Stan and Henry at least have each other. - Also, I'm pretty sure Oleg won't be executed. Sadly, he will be in prison for quite some time. But we can hope that he eventually gets released in a few years time (come on, Arkady! Work on it!) If someone told you that no one will die in the finale of this show, would you have believed it? But it still managed to break our hearts. BTW, I finished my rewatch of season 4 right before I saw the series finale. So now I'll rewatch seasons 5 and 6. I've been rating each episode on the scale of 1-10 (the lowest rated episode was the Pilot with 7... another season 1 episode was 7.5, everything else was 8 and higher). I expected season 4 to be no 1 and season 3 no 2, but they ended up being the same. I had almost forgotten how great S3 was throughout. Season average ratings (on the scale 1-10): Season 1 - 8.89 Season 2 - 8.86 Season 3 - 9.27 Season 4 - 9.27 Now I'll see how I'll like season 5 on a binge (I liked it, but it was weaker than the other seasons) and if season 6 will top seasons 3 and 4, which may very well be the case. I thought episodes 5,7,8 and 10 were all perfect.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    I'm not sure which one you mean, but the only two songs (other than the instrumental music at the end) used in this episode were "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits and "With or Without You" by U2 (and were they used effectively, especially the latter one... my upcoming top 10 list of best use of songs on The Americans gets some reshuffling).
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    They've had agents who were born Americans.
  22. The Evolving Science of FitzSimmons love triangles
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    GoT Actors in Other Stuff - Part 2

    James Cosmo is announced as a part of the cast of the upcoming TV 8 episode adaptation of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. If IMDB is correct (he's listed as playing Jorge) and if the series is at all faithful to the book, his role is a major one.
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    ‘The Name of The Rose’ TV Adaptation

    IMDB has a cast list with characters they play (except for Sebastian Koch). https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7572868/ If this is accurate and if they are at all faithful to the book, James Cosmo's role should be a major one, as he's listed playing Jorge. Michael Emerson apparently plays the Abbot. The cast seems to include many Italian and German actors. I've read the book a long time ago, so I can't remember who all of the characters are. I wonder who "Anna" is - obviously it's an addition (possibly a flashback character? Someone from William's past maybe?), since the book takes place in an all male monastery and the only female character is a peasant girl from near by (here listed as "The Girl").
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    Would you rather?

    In the books, definitely. I have no problem with having no end to my story, I'm totally fine with living forever. And looking cool is not good enough if you also have to be insane and stupid. I'm having trouble coming up with anything imaginative, so let's just go with something basic that has probably been asked already. Would you rather be a warg or a dragonrider (you only have warg powers to control direwolves, you can't control dragons)?
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