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    Denis
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    I really like this show, Rhys is terrific as always but, Lithgow will be really missed here, the show was unique with him, I hope the writing elevates the rest of the casts material.

    I am not a fan of Maslany’s character so far.

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    Episode Title: “Chapter Six”

    Synopsis: Emily’s trial begins and a damning witness testimony takes center stage, while Mason attempts to recover from a shaky start; in their search for clues that might lead to an exoneration, Della and Strickland investigate a potential connection between Detective Ennis and Charlie’s kidnappers; Mason considers betraying Drake’s trust to give his client an edge in court; Birdy urges Sister Alice to scrap her Easter Sunday plan before it’s too late.

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    Matthew Rhys was fantastic tonight! It was the first time that I could picture him winning an Emmy for this role … eventually. I had a vision about it lol. It’s still inherently ridiculous and fraudulent for Perry Mason to practice law in the context that the show’s created, but whatever. Two more episodes to go, and then all will be decided. Category is: Shows that don’t require a second season. J/k, but not really.

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    So glad that was renewed, Rhys, Rylance,Chalk, Whighan are incredible, not missing Lithgow so far.

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    Episode Title: “Chapter Seven”

    Synopsis: Mason puts Herman Baggerly on the stand in an attempt to expose the hidden link between the Radiant Assembly’s staggering debt and Charlie’s ransom. Sister Alice faces mounting pressure from the church elders about her promises for a “resurrection.” Strickland loses track of a key witness. Drake’s detective work opens a new avenue in the case.

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    I finally caught up with all 6 episodes, I saw the first two on a weekly basis, but then I started watching pending limited series for the Emmy noms.

    Having watched all 6 episodes now, I have to say that the show is really compelling, but very far from perfect, it has big flaws. I agree that the mystery is not really a mystery, it is more of a story of a few good people fighting a corrupt system, it almost looks like a superhero movie if you really look deep into the its narrative. The writing is good, but is not the writing we were expecting.

    The three episodes directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven were much more entertaining and fast paced in comparison to the first three directed by Tim Van Patten, she is extremely talented and I love to see her working after her amazing work on The Handmaid’s Tale.

    Matthew Rhys is terrific, there is nothing he cannot do, I am glad he took this role from Robert Downey Jr., I cannot imagine another actor in this role. Tatiana Maslany is brilliant as always, but Sister Alice is not a very well written character, I would say that she is the only real flaw of the writing, she will do something important, that is obvious, but I cannot imagine her being in season 2, I hope I am wrong and they manage to surprise us. Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, John Lithgow and Shea Whigham are very good, but the MVP from the supporting cast is Gayle Rankin, I am surprised that no one here has mentioned her when her role is maybe the most demanding one, her range is amazing, I keep forgetting that this is Sheila the She-Wolf from GLOW, she deserved all the awards.

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    Crazy episode. At this point, all I really want to see from the finale is Perry winning his case and redeeming himself on multiple fronts, inside and outside of the courtroom. The murder “mystery” of the season was anything but. That’s going to be a major challenge moving forward for season two, I think, mounting material that’s worthy enough and compelling enough for all involved. On paper, everything looks perfect–the cast is top-notch, the technical crew is outstanding, and there’s HBO money all over the place in every single frame. But something just isn’t there there, you know? My attention doesn’t waver whenever it’s on, but then the end credits roll, and many times, I think to myself, “Oh that’s it?” Anyways, lots of business to square away next episode, so I’m hoping for the best regardless.

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    Episode Title: “Chapter Eight”

    Synopsis: The team receives some unvarnished critique from Hamilton Burger; Della presents an increasingly stubborn Mason with her case for putting Emily on the stand; as the sensational trial winds to a close, Mason, Strickland, Della, and Drake attempt to tie up loose ends—and set the stage for their futures; Season Finale.

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    That was as straight down the middle a finale as they could have done. Blah. It was to hedge their bets in case the series didn’t return for another season, but I have to think that this was always intended for multiple seasons, even if it was only a soft hit. There was too much onscreen and offscreen talent involved for it to be otherwise. The murder case and its resolution, if we’re to call it that, ended up being flat and uninvolving in hindsight. The other big stumble was losing John Lithgow, which the show never fully recovered from. His exit had to serve as the fumbling segue for Perry’s fraudulent ascent from private investigator to lawyer, but still. I wondered why Della didn’t use those same shady tactics to become a lawyer herself instead of doing it the old-fashioned way, since it was her idea, after all. The less said about the Radiant Assembly nonsense, the better. I did genuinely enjoy Tatiana Maslany here as Sister Alice and got to see slivers of why she’s so revered. Her last scene was nice, even if it felt like a tacked-on studio note. All the pieces are nicely set up for another run, but it’ll take a lot of reworking to get this to where it needs to be for future installments.

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    I loved this show so I am so glad it renewed 🙂

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    I was behind, so I caught up with the show before the finale. Having seen the season, it was underwhelming. Maybe I had bigger expectations than I should’ve had due to the talent involved, but it felt empty more than a few times. The whole church storyline felt unnecessary and it took too much screentime, but at least we got Maslany and Taylor doing good work. Not sure how I feel about the resolution of the case, I don’t see the reasoning behind the ideas put in the finale.

    Personally, episodes over fifty minutes is a kill and it felt like a chore. I’m not excited about a second season, but I might give it another chance.

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    The becoming a lawyer thing n improving in court was too quick for me. I felt like Maslany signed up for show Bc of episode 2 and then her character writing never lived up to that episode. Also, what was point of the church , I thought it was going to be that they sold the baby or something .

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    That was not satisfying, however I will watch the second season because of that stellar cast. Hope the emmys remember some of them.

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    I fell off this show after the first few episodes and just revisited to finish, and I have to say, the second half for me was far more compelling than the first. The mystery was kind of blah, but I was actively interested in a lot of what was going on, probably due to the performances. The writing for this show was average, but the direction and crafts incredible, as well as the performances, just about every supporting actress on the show should be getting nominated, and Rhys is win worthy. I didn’t miss Lithgow at all after he left. Wish we had spent more time with the villainous detectives to better understand what was going on there (at least in the finale).

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