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    I’ve seen the first 3 episodes and I thought the show is good so far. It’s not an Emmy-bait show though and it is likely to not get nominated in any categories. But, I wouldn’t count out Chris Evans given how Limited Series Lead Actor doesn’t have a lot of locks for nomination. But it all depends on how the show will perform in weeks to come.

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    I thought it was about Teridax. Lol

    I really miss that guy.

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    Even though there were problems with the show, I actually enjoyed all three episodes and am looking forward to the fourth. All of the central three a good, and Chris Evans has gotten better with every episode, he’s a beloved actor in a role unlike anything he’s done before and I’m absorbed

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    “Damage Control”: The diner scene with Dockery and the eventually-revealed reporter was absolutely spectacular. Otherwise this was fun but still very much by-the-numbers. I didn’t cringe at any dialogue this week though so that’s a plus I guess.

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    “Damage Control”: The diner scene with Dockery and the eventually-revealed reporter was absolutely spectacular. Otherwise this was fun but still very much by-the-numbers. I didn’t cringe at any dialogue this week though so that’s a plus I guess.

    I thought this fourth episode is better than the 3. Dockery is wonderful in this episode and it could be her tape (Well, she’s in lead so she actually doesn’t need to submit a tape if she gets nominated).

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    “Visitors”: Yeah it’s definitely got to a point where this show flourishes when Dockery is alone on screen or speaking to one of the supporting cast. Evans and Martell, partly due to the script, are just spinning their wheels and neither has developed much since the premiere. I actually liked this episode a lot but it was the first one where I understood what the critics talked about with the show dragging things out longer than necessary as most of the actual plotting here was filler.

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    The show is getting better for me. It’s still not top-tier TV, but it really is watchable.

    Also, this hasn’t been shared yet but: https://deadline.com/2020/05/defending-jacob-success-chris-evans-series-apple-tv-plus-ratings-1202928008/

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    I’ve seen the first four episodes of this and must say that it’s incredibly watchable and far from being bad in any way. In fact, I quite enjoyed watching it, and it’s the perfect show to watch after an exhausting day. Is it extraordinary? Hell no. It is bold and/or artistic? Absolutely not. It’s a middle-of-the-road whodunit mystery with somewhat interesting, but far from compelling, characters. They play it really safe with everything, but after watching Hollywood, this just looked so much better.

    Chris Evans is fine. Again, he isn’t blowing me away or giving any type of Emmy-caliber performance, but he’s good enough for me to be interested. He doesn’t quite have the range to make his role entirely believable though. Jaeden Martell is heartbreaking, but he’s not doing anything I haven’t seen before either. Michelle Dockery is great, even amazing when she’s really given something to do, like in that bathroom scene. Now the standout so far has IMO been Cherry Jones, who, like forwardswill has said, brings so much energy to this. I, too, am always looking forward to seeing her scenes. Her line delivery is so on point.

    I am definitely going to finish this. IMO, it’s better than most of what Apple has given us so far!

    Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)

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    Another solid episode. I think it suffered a bit from being a “part 1” type of episode with all the leading up to the next one. I think this was probably Evans’s best episode so far. Dockery and Jones solid again.

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    The One And Only of Gold Derby.
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    Another week, another solid episode. Jones, Dockery, and Evans all did great job this week. They did a great job trying to get an audience to question their opinion. The ending 😳.

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    “Wishful Thinking”: Michelle Dockery must be getting tired of carrying this entire series on her back. It seems like this was supposed to be Evans’ big episode. I can’t tell whether it is the writing or his performance (or both) that makes the character so unoriginal.

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    “Job”: Starting to feel like this whole thing has been ruined by the structuring of the flashforwards revealing that things do not go well. It’s so so obvious to me (and I really hope I’m wrong) that the Andy’s dad is paying that mafia guy to help the case and he is forcing Patz’s confession. Then next week it all seems great for Jacob until Judas finds out and that’s what leads to the point of the flashforwards.

    I hate myself but I am so entertained. Praying for a good twist. The series has been worth it for Dockery, Martell and Jones anyway.

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    CHERRY JONES! She continues to steal the show and this was undoubtedly her most riveting turn. No one delivers lines as pitch-perfectly as she does on this show, and some of her facial acting during the trial scenes just blew me completely away. That’s what happens when you give her actual material to sink her teeth into! It’s not going to happen, but if she were to be nominated for DJ, I wouldn’t be mad at all. Michelle had to carry so much weight and convey so many emotions with just her face in this episode, and she did it brilliantly. Then there was that emotive final season, which was a home run for her. Jaeden remains subtly heartbreaking, being the rare child actor his age who tones it down and keeps his performance grounded.

    It’s so weird because I consider this show to be extremely basic and by-the-books, but I still look forward to watching it every week and always feel the need to post about it. That’s something, right?

    Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)

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    “Job”: Starting to feel like this whole thing has been ruined by the structuring of the flashforwards revealing that things do not go well. It’s so so obvious to me (and I really hope I’m wrong) that the Andy’s dad is paying that mafia guy to help the case and he is forcing Patz’s confession. Then next week it all seems great for Jacob until Judas finds out and that’s what leads to the point of the flashforwards.

    I hate myself but I am so entertained. Praying for a good twist. The series has been worth it for Dockery, Martell and Jones anyway.

    I agree that Andy’s dad is probably paying the mafia guy, but I think the grand jury is about Laurie. Neal is always asking about her (what Laurie felt about it, what did she say) and they are building something with the whole I closed my eyes with the bowling alley thing.

    I’m guessing there is a secret about the marriage (she says its fake in the discussion at the end of yesterday’s episode and that Jacob’s line about we are sailing towards an iceberg, but it was beneath us the whole time, seems important, since it is the first thing in the trailer) and she does something bad.

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    After five episodes, I think the series is much better than the critical opinion suggested. Yes, a little general, it doesn’t bring something refreshing in its own genre, yet if one can relate to the doubt that goes through the minds of the characters, the experience can be really interesting.

    What I’m disappointed about is that there’s very little talk about Michelle Dockery’s remarkable portrayal and her Emmy chances (I know it’s a strong category, but still). Not only did she hit the right accent here (I was shocked), but I think she is just perfect in her role as a devoted mom. All Evans, Dockery, and Cherry Jones would deserve acting Emmy nominations, big time.

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