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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.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorApril 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 #1202877199This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.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 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.May 6, 2019 at 5:04 am #1202882193This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.May 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm #1202883452
Loved this episode. It’s a great showcase for the entire main cast. Everyone gets their moment to shine, and I loved how they furthered Barry’s growth as an actor.
I’ll be wounded if Michael Douglas does win over Bill Hader. He’s fantastic in this role. Having seen The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – Season 2. And i’m now up to date on Veep. Barry is my personal vote for Comedy Series.May 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm #1202887446
Just wow – this show has me absolutely gripped. I was in the minority of opinion here who loved the first season and I actually didn’t really love the first two episodes of season 2. It had me wondering whether I was just wrong about season 1. But man, episode 3-6 have been intensely dark with episode 5 being totally absurdist and uncomfortably funny. I’m excited to see how this ends.
Someone here mentioned the lavish costumes and set design in Maisel, but part of what I love about Barry is that the show isn’t trying to be flashy. The scenery is commonplace. It knows it’s best moments come from when they just sit the camera on the actor’s face and let them chew up the scene. And the pitch black, moral theorizing just makes it all the more interesting to watch.
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