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May 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm #1202901805
Veep has the emmy already in the bag, but this was a truly amazing season, just like season 1.
Kudos to Hader and Berg for putting together such a great show on all levels (writing, directing and performances).May 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm #1202902269
Barry went too Daenerys in the finale for me. I get that he is a killer by nature, but he has seemed to have operated under some sort of moral code and that has never included massacring. Correct me if I am wrong, but his previous murders were more motivated than this. We have actually seen him go out of his way to avoid killing on several occasions when it would have been easier to do so. He would have killed Hank too if he were not so good at hiding, which would have changed the audience reaction. He knew that Fuches was there, but they were not protecting Fuches or anything and what I had gotten from the rest of the season was that they were actually pretty loyal to Barry. Like if Hank had texted Barry that Fuches was at the mall, would Barry have mowed down everyone in the mall?
Being in a more critical mindset made me less forgiving of other story lines. Maybe Moss really was the love of Gene’s life and I can handle asides to that notion, but giving it so much focus here made Gene’s sorrow harder for me to stomach because were they not dating for like only three weeks or something?
It is not that men are incapable of writing women because most women on television are written by men after all and I enjoy a great many female characters, but Sally has struck me as a woman written by men. And I actually think that they try to do some interesting things with her role and it seems like they are even a bit self-aware of their limitations, with half of this season’s episodes either scripted or directed by women, but ironically enough, I see Sarah Goldberg as having to settle for material that could be more nuanced, which is exactly what the show tries to get at with her role as an actress having to settle for work that is beneath her. It does not help that the show’s portrayal of show business is broader and not nearly as biting as the writers clearly think that it is. Just looked up Sarah Goldberg and I am shocked to learn that she is a homegirl. Go, Vancouver!
So this was a disappointing end to a strong season for me and that makes it harder to root for it upsetting The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Veep. To say that I am in the minority about this finale would be an understatement though, so it could still win if it mobilizes the male vote, which is the majority of the academy anyway. I am tantalized by the prospect of all five main cast members getting nominated.May 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm #1202902391
I think Fuches hit a nerve when Barry thought he was gonna hurt Gene, and I can see why it set him off in addition to Sally slapping him and giving up on her “truth”.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorMay 20, 2019 at 8:56 pm #1202902496
Barry went too Daenerys in the finale for me. I get that he is a killer by nature, but he has seemed to have operated under some sort of moral code and that has never included massacring. Correct me if I am wrong, but his previous murders were more motivated than this. We have actually seen him go out of his way to avoid killing on several occasions when it would have been easier to do so. He would have killed Hank too if he were not so good at hiding, which would have changed the audience reaction
They spent a few episodes flashing back him losing his shit in Afghanistan. So, he does have the blind rage seeing red foreshadowed. I didn’t necessarily love that but I didn’t hate it and it felt earned at least.May 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm #1202902501
Not saying that that is not the best answer, but my recollection from those episodes is that he was exacting vengeance on the one person that he believed was responsible for killing his friend, which is why I felt that there was a disconnect in that translating to him killing dozens of people who had not wronged him.May 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm #1202902505
Bit nitpicky for my taste. I wasn’t hugely behind Gene’s catatonia either, though. I love the show and this season but the finale wasn’t without some flaws. I’m just not feeling particularly punitive about them. I enjoy this show too much right now to try to talk myself out of the show’s own flimsy logic.
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