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I grew up in Guatemala in the late 70s/early 80s with live in maids from indigenous communities. It is great to see a story that centers on their experience and tries to capture all the nuances of the relationships between them and the families that employ them. I really appreciated their use of their indigenous language and their awkwardness in speaking Spanish, trying to figure out what was going on with their employers, and the blurred lines between family/employee. One of the scenes that struck a cord with me was the one where they are all watching tv and it feels like they are all a family, yet in the middle of the show someone asks her to go bring something from the kitchen (iceceam?). Yet, at the same time while she is bringing things back to them be told "hurry, you're going to miss the good part." The relationship turns from "we are all a family watching something together" to "hey, employee go get me something." Really well captured.
Another minor observation that I forgot to mention was the relationship of the families/maids/dogs. Dogs are treated a bit more like they are part of the family than the maids. Maids are asked to take care of dogs (feeding them, cleaning them, and cleaning their poop). There are probably more pictures of people with their dogs than people with their live in maids. Yet some of these live in maids develop a bond with their employers and may even forgo getting married and having kids of their own. A couple of years ago, I visited Guatemala and was surprised to find one of my old neighbors live in maid still living with them (now in her 70s I assume). Never married, never had kids. I get the feeling that she thinks of my friend as his family as her family, yet still live in a small room tucked behind the back yard and wakes up early to serve her employers... and clean dog poop.
Although it takes time for things to build up, once it all comes together on the last episode you have some really great character moments. The phone calls with Seldon, and that scene with the sandwiches, and the dinner scene were probably my favorite parts. Really glad I watched the show.
This show is based on a book by the same name. I cheated and just read the plot summary on Wikipedia and looks like the show followed the book more or less with the exception of how the show ends.
I also felt a bit odd about seeing Black Panther, Spiderman, Dr Strange, the Guardians disappear, but I suppose what they are doing is showing us an alternate ending to validate the sacrifice of the folks that will probably permanently die on the next one. What better way to show why it was important for the folks that will make the ultimate sacrifice do so by showing us what would happen if they don't?
By the way, anyone notice at the very beginning of the New York fight, how Dr Strange used his magic against the flying doughnut and then winked at Tony Stark? Does that have any significance?