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April 29, 2019 at 5:21 am #1202871876
Amazing episode, better than last year’s standout “Loud, Fast, and Keep Going”. Pretty sure that this will be their submission for writing and directing. This season overall is quite good.April 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm #1202872626
Barry is becoming a threat for Outstanding Comedy Series, especially with it being so easy to compare to Veep as its lead-in. I previously reported about how it got more guild nominations than any comedy ever has for its first year, which is no small achievement. Remember that Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy, then was still snubbed by SAG. Or consider how SAG saw True Detective as a two-hander, nominating Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but snubbing the ensemble of Michelle Monaghan and others. Barry got its ensemble nominated in addition to Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. And it is not a lavish period piece like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that has a leg up in fields like makeup and costumes; it got its record-breaking haul in spite of its minimalist contemporary setting.
Even knowing that the unexpected is coming will normally colour expectations more than is ideal, but there was no way to prepare for this episode. There might have been individual flourishes that had me raising an eyebrow, but I am ultimately on board with every choice here just because this was so unlike anything else. And it was laugh-out-loud funny, which sets it apart from “Teddy Perkins” for at least the most part (not that that was one of my personal favourites from Robbin’ Season anyway). I am surprised that it is not divisive, going off of it comfortably being the highest-scoring episode of the show on IMDb.
EDIT: I should add that the directors’ branch will not have to choose between the star and the episode here, like they did last year with Donald Glover versus “Teddy Perkins”.April 29, 2019 at 2:42 pm #1202872880
The Palladinos are QUAKING. This might be my favorite episode of the entire 2018-2019 television season.April 29, 2019 at 6:13 pm #1202873166
The response to this episode is surprising to me, as I considered this episode to be among the worst I saw all season. It was incredibly bizarre and disturbing, and not in a good way. I don’t even have to begin to explain all the logic problems this episode has (i’ll do it anyway: how can Barry go from murdering Janice to refusing to kill a stranger under any circumstances? why didn’t the cop tell Barry that the guy was a world-renowed martial artist? if he did tell Barry that, why wouldn’t he bring a gun at all? how is Barry, the sharpshooter, able to beat up said world-renowed martial artist and break his windpipe? how were the cops able to shoot ronny but didn’t see Barry at all? how did Ronny survive a bullet to the head and how was he so mobile with a broken windpipe? there are more)
I can handle absurdism but not out of nowhere. I can’t handle such an abrupt tonal change when the show has previously been at least mostly based in reality. It feels like the show has completely thrown logic out the window which is disappointing for a show I really like. I understand the redemption of Barry’s character but it seems like the previous episodes have not done a good job of setting up a Barry that refuses to kill under any conditions. Altogether, these issues just created an episode that, while ambitious, just did not work for me.April 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm #1202873195
Barry is becoming a threat for Outstanding Comedy Series…
While it was a brilliant episode, as are other episodes this season, it’s not exactly a comedy anymore. Last night felt like it could have been a tone-companion episode of Breaking Bad, and I wonder if that tone could hurt its chances against other comedies.April 29, 2019 at 7:16 pm #1202873241
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I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. I absolutely love this show. This episode was insane, it manages to be a “One-Off” episode in terms of style and tone, while progressing the relationship with Barry & Fuches, as well as concluding a key storyline.
I doubt he’ll get nominated, but this would be a great submission for Stephen Root. And Hader should absolutely get nominated for directing.April 30, 2019 at 7:44 pm #1202874908
While it was a brilliant episode, as are other episodes this season, it’s not exactly a comedy anymore. Last night felt like it could have been a tone-companion episode of Breaking Bad, and I wonder if that tone could hurt its chances against other comedies.
I personally thought this episode was the funniest so far.
Bob Odenkirk for the win!April 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm #1202874982
Oh, I agree it was very funny, in a wild, Tarantino-esque “what the $@&# is happening on my TV right now??” way.May 2, 2019 at 10:40 am #1202877199
This ep was amazing. Wow. This season has restored my faith. It does kind of annoy me too that one episode is pure drama and the other is comedic. It could easily go drama but its less than 30min episodic duration helps make its disguise as comedy more successful. I’m fine with a Hader repeat, not with a Winkler one though. I still think it’s Arkin vs. Shalhoub. In a perfect world Goldberg would be nominated as well, maybe next year with no Veep and *fingers crossed* SNL. Irrelevant to this episode though, since neither Winkler nor Goldberg appeared lol.May 4, 2019 at 12:20 am #1202879379
Last episode was beyond good and evil. Barry is taking the Atlanta route towards originality and boldness and I’m absolutely ready for it.May 4, 2019 at 12:28 am #1202879388
This show is getting good and Hader is extremely solid, both his acting and his appearance. He’s turned so hot after deciding to work out 😍. His partner, Fuches, really needs to die. He annoys me and the actor is also bad.May 5, 2019 at 9:52 am #1202880692
I’m glad that some of you guys are coming around to this show finally. I got a lot of blow back from y’all last year before it won its Emmys.
I expect Barry to be the next big “thing” come this time next year. It’s going to have a huge Emmy showing in 2019, I think. I’d be surprised if it didn’t. Bill Hader may win 4 Emmys that night.
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