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This is a tough one for me. I guess I tend to think of pulp as things that I enjoy while I'm watching them, and prestige as things that provoke thoughts that stick with me or are worthy of reflection later on. I usually feel like presitge media has changed me in some way. Based on that definition, I think Knives Out is very high quality pulp for me. I know it had some themes about class it was going for, but nothing profound or original enough for me to feel like I need to keep chewing on it later.
Follow-up question: is Pulp Fiction prestige? Is The Prestige pulp? Inquiring minds want to know.
I can definitely see where you're coming from on those points. I do think the language is a good insight into Hank's character, and the UFO might even be an interesting element. I suppose they might have both worked better for me if they had been earlier in the season. Like if I learned something about how Hank deals with loss, and then I get to see him in action after that revelation. Or if the UFO thing had time to settle in and didn't feel like the climax of the season. I don't entirely disagree with the show's choices, but maybe it's most accurate to say that I like where they're going with almost all of the characters, but I wish the pacing of their progression had been a little different. But who knows! I might feel differently on a re-watch.
There were a lot of good things to like about this episode, but some things fell flat for me and left me feeling disappointed. Hanzee's ending seemed shoehorned in there. I also didn't like Hank's story about wanting to make an archetypal language. It just seemed like the mark of a much lesser show to have a character say "Oh hey, what about that one thing?" in the epilogue and have it not affect the story in any way, or even give us insight into Hank's character while the story was going on.I felt Hank's story about developing that picto-language did tell us something about his character, and how he dealt with loss, and I thought Ted Danson did a great job with it.
I was on the fence about the UFO thing, and I almost thought it wasn't going to be mentioned this episode at all, which might have been an interesting nod to how absurd the last episode was. But then they had a throw-away line about that too that messed it up for me. It was a decent episode overall, but my least favorite of the season by far.And the "throw-away line" about the UFO? When he said that, I chuckled and thought it was the appropriate nod to what happened. The basic jist of the story (as far as the police report is concerned) is that this shootout went down, the Gerharts are finished, Hank got shot, Ed and Peggy ran away, Hanzee went after them, and Lou and Ben gave chase. The UFO? Well, let's just keep this to ourselves.
The Hanzee ending? Well, I don't know whether or not it was shoe-horned in. Hopefully, we'll see a post-mortem interview with Noah Hawley. I think it was a cool idea to set up Numbers and Wrench. I'm sure if Noah Hawley were to do it again, he may have cast someone to look a little more Native American as Tripoli in Season 1, and maybe made some kind of suggestion that he was or used to be a bad ass, but it's too late for that now.The more I think about it, the more I like this idea. It probably would have worked perfectly for me if the mob boss had looked more like Hanzee. Maybe George Lucas can make a special edition and fix it for me! I was pretty satisfied with the episode overall and agree with many of the positive points made above.