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  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    I feel comfortable saying that someone who voted with Trump 83% of the time is a shitty person. And I don't feel comfortable with people ignoring a history of warmongering and racism to praise a guy who occasionally did the right thing. The Iraq War isn't James Gunn's edgy Twitter feed - it isn't something you can just excuse with meaningless platitudes about "oh, aren't people allowed to change and grow and learn from their mistakes?". Thousands of people died, and a "oh, yeah, maybe that invasion was a bad idea, whoops, my bad" thrown into a memoir a decade later doesn't even begin to make up for that.

    But it's okay, because apparently if you're a Republican all you need to do is vote against the orange neofascist a measly 17% of the time - that's about one in six times - and liberals will fall over themselves to praise you. That's how low the bar is being set here, and apparently everyone is just cool with that?
  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    Here's an article and a Twitter thread on McCain, people should read them maybe.

  • Fear The Walking Dead S4 E9 - 2nd half of S4

    Fear the Walking Dead is clearly struggling with which direction to go in now, after how they ended the first half of the season, so it's kind of hilariously meta that this episode consisted almost entirely of the characters being unsure of which direction to go in or what to do with their lives. Shame that it was boring as hell. "Looking forward" to the entire half-season being bottle episodes set during this storm.
  • Should they continue covering the show?

    I think they should cover season 2 of The Deuce - it premieres September 9. By then, Sharp Objects will be done, and the Game of Thrones rewatch will almost be over. Plus, I seem to remember A.Ron expressing regret that he didn't get to cover it last year. Seems like a no-brainer, really, especially compared to slogging through another season of The Walking Dead.
  • Season 6 Chat (Spoilers)

    I think OITNB passed the point where you could rely on it to be consistently good after season 4. Season 5 was a huge mess (albeit a very ambitious mess with some good stuff in it), and season 6 was a significant improvement but, like I said, it just doesn't feel as reliable as it used to.

    Cutting out a lot of the characters was a good idea - there were way too many by season 5 - but most of the new ones they introduced just didn't work for me. Badison was never interesting, and Carol and Barb felt more like plot devices to create conflict than characters (although the way their story ends is perfect - I didn't get the "Freida killed them" idea at all; you can see her still in her cell in Florida during the montage at the end, and them taking each other out is a far more fitting end to them, especially after the reveal that the story that started their whole feud didn't happen to either of them).

    Oh, and I wasn't a fan of how Taystee's story often seemed like it was more about Caputo's redemption arc than about Taystee. Honestly it felt like far too little time was devoted to her, which is a weird misstep considering how prominent she was in season 5.

    That said, there was a lot to like here, especially in the finale, which somehow tied together almost every plot line from the season (and there were a lot) in a satisfying way, and gave a fitting balance between the good (Piper and Sophia (!) getting out, the kickball game not turning into a bloodbath) and the bad (Taystee being found guilty, Blanca's "release" right into the custody of ICE). I was worried going in that the show was just going to continue on a downward trajectory, but this season ended in a place that had me excited for next year. I do think season 7 should be the end, though - it feels like it's time.