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Can I just take a break from discussing the episode to just say that I really appreciate the podcast here? It was the reason I got into bald move in the first place, that Aron and Jim are so much better than every single other podcast out there. I've tried the next 2 podcasts on the charts and my god, those people really don't get this show. Podcasts that didn't get that John was shredding money, or thought that there will be portal to other dimensions and etc. Jim and Aron are consistently on point and consistently get the point.
I'm sorry if this has been addressed already, but is there going to be Bald Move coverage for American Gods? It's a Starz series and idk if Jim & A. Ron have read the book.I was wondering if this has been addressed at some point.I hope this show is at least covered in Bald Move TV. The initial reviews have been great, and American Gods/ Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite books/ authors of all time.The eight-episode first season is set to premiere on April 30, 2017.
The folks in this household couldn't resist belting out Perfect Strangers lyrics."STANNNNDINGGGG TALLLLLLLL!!!! On the wings of my dream..." lmaoI like how A.Ron said he non-ironic watched Perfect Strangers growing up. You and a whole bunch of other people, buddy. I watched. tha. shit. out of Perfect Strangers growing up. My wife too. In fact, I don't think irony even existed in the 80s.
This show punches you in the gut in a way no other show does or can. The scene where Nora confronts Lily/not Lily and she doesn't know her would be hard enough in any other well acted drama, but because of the premise of this show, because of the sudden departure, it takes on an entire level of grief that no other show can match, simply because they don't have the tools in their toolbox to go that far.
I've seen criticism of this show where, in so many words, it's called a manipulator of grief as a lame cheat to one's heart strings, but Erica's simple explanation perfectly counters this, imo, shallow, surface level look at what's really going on. The only thing that could come close to matching this level of insanity making grief is the parents and loved one's of kidnap victims, and even then, you have a few, albeit horrible, ideas of what's happened or happening. Nora's vindictiveness, hypocritical outbursts, and constant horrified grief is so understandable. In any other show, I might come to loathe her and her outbursts, but in the absolute unknown of the sudden departure, how does one ever be okay not knowing where your kids went and what is happening to them? Carrie Coon plays Nora's ability to be strong on the outside and absolutely broken on the inside better than probably anyone else I've seen. She's like an M&M of grief and despair. One crack of her seemingly thick outer shell and she melts in beautiful, dramatic fashion.
Wow, okay, initially I wasn't crazy about this episode, but I think that's in big part because I live in Europe and had absolutely no clue about Perfect Strangers before The Leftovers so all of those things went over my head. I kind of hated the theme song but now that I know it's the PS one, I guess it's understandable.
It took me a while to figure out why Pillar Man's wife seemed so familiar, but then I remembered - it was the woman who told Matt out in the camps to hit that dude with an oar and then yell 'Brian'. Nice connection to last season.
I guess my feelings were all over the place in this episode just like Nora's. I love her character, but I still thought her laughing when Kevin said he wanted a baby was kind of mean and inappropriate. Sure, lord knows how I'd react if I had lost 3 children, but still. I feel for Kevin a lot too and him saying he was happy didn't seem too honest and that's putting it mildly.
A rewatch is definitely in order to pick up on more things.
PS: Matt's leukemia is totally coming back, right? :(