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Mare of Easttown SPOILERSReally enjoyed the ending to this show. This show isn't as stylistic and thrilling as Sharp Objects and True Detective, but I appreciated the characters and relationships so much more. I like that we got to know the victim before the death, and Mare was more than just a gritty anti-hero detective. From the first episode she was trying to help people instead of just kicking ass and making arrests, and she was constantly vulnerable and in pain despite also being a very tough character. Hope we get to see more shows like this in the future.
108 - A God Walks Into A Bar - SpoilersWhat a great episode. Obviously it's hard to talk about causality in a meaningful way with Dr. Manhattan (chicken and the egg and all that). But my takeaway is that he was disappointed by the perfect love he got on Europa, he went to seek the limited and flawed love that humans can have. The great thing about human love and relationships is that we embrace them even though they pretty much always end in either breaking up or dying.
As we saw at the end, Angela is the kind of person that will show up for the relationship even if she knows she can't save Dr. Manhattan in the end. So she's the rare type of person who could be happy being with Dr. Manhattan knowing who he is and knowing how it all ends. That's what makes her special and worth walking up to in the bar in a thematic sense, even if the paradox makes my head hurt if I try to untangle the causality in a literal sense.
805 - The BellsIt's such a weird feeling to really enjoy this episode and then see the Internet, and several different pods I usually enjoy, think that it's the worst episode of Game of Thrones.
I really agreed with Aron's point last week that it can be a bummer on either side of a fandom when you feel like nobody else agrees with you. It's not like I think anyone should be changing their opinion or anything, but I just wish we could talk about these things differently. Or maybe relate to fandom differently.
I don't know what the solution is, but it just feels like I'm showing up to talk about whether Darth Vader or Obi Wan is cooler and instead everyone just wants to talk about how much Star Wars sucks. Maybe the solution is to just have my own opinions and not care about other people's opinions but that just feels lonely too.
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210 - "Palindrome"
On another of my Fargo casts, they mentioned last week that the Coen brothers said they have a lot of unfinished scripts because they don't know how to end movies. You can see that evidence in some of the ones they have finished. So is the ending to this season Coen-esque because it wrapped up oddly?That's an interesting possibility. I might be in the minority in saying that I would enjoy that if it was actually the intent. As long as they don't commit to making weird endings for the sake of weird endings every season!