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    BamaEd
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    I’m still not loving it as much as y’all but it has some good. I will say, shows with very unlikable leads are a tough sell for me (unless they are supposed to be a villain). That’s why I can’t watch Ozark, but Mad Men gave you some reason to root for Don Draper. Mare, a name too clever by half, is somewhere in between. They did make strides to make her more likeable and relatable. They also showed that she is a good police officer. Also had her unlikeable side show with her mom, with her ex, with her grandson’s mother. I do like that Winslet isn’t afraid to play her as unlikeable. I still want Jean Smart to have more to do, but I like seeing Evan Peters here and doing good work and doing it outside of AHS/Ryan Murphy. I didn’t realize that was Sosie Bacon as Carrie either. I loved her brief work in 13 Reasons Why and good to see her continue having good work. Carrie isn’t going to be mother of the year, but she is still his mother and what Mare did was eleventy shades of wrong. She deserved to have her badge taken. But then you get the cop trope of “I told you to go see a shrink but you never went”. I’m sure she will go rogue and investigate and solve because she’s the only one who could, but I hope there are some fresh takes on it all. It still has the seeds of really good, but compared to say Fargo season 1, I like the fresher takes from Fargo. OK ramble over.

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    Kate acting is brilliant ….. the series so natural…. like your daily life….

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    Those who have to like or relate to the protagonist will not like Mare of Easttown. I have never seen Kate Winslet give a bad performance, so that’s enough for me to overcome my dislike of her character. Also, the series reminds me of the British TV show Happy Valley, also about a flawed female detective in a small town fighting to keep custody of her grandchild — another mashup of two genres — the murder mystery and the domestic melodrama.

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    Those who have to like or relate to the protagonist will not like Mare of Easttown. I have never seen Kate Winslet give a bad performance, so that’s enough for me to overcome my dislike of her character. Also, the series reminds me of the British TV show Happy Valley, also about a flawed female detective in a small town fighting to keep custody of her grandchild — another mashup of two genres — the murder mystery and the domestic melodrama.

    its detective movie…its gonna be the same with the other…but the key point is how the script, the actors the director give the best what they have to the audience…..so do you think that The queen of Gambit is stand alone really authentic???of course not…if you watch another chest movies youre gonna find the same thing except it played by girl

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    Episode Title: “Poor Sisyphus”

    Synopsis: With Mare forced to take a backseat on the case, Colin presses a local priest about the vague circumstances that prompted his transfer to the parish; an anonymous call gives Dawn hope that Katie might still be alive.

    Discuss.

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    Another great episode, with a surprising ending that I didn’t expect.
    I’m all In for Evan nomination, he is hilarious with his awkwardness

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    I really like how this show brings the way the event has affected this town and its mechanisms and how it include’s Winslet’s character’s own personal tragedy instead of superficially focusing on its murder mystery elements. It reminds me of Sharp Objects in that way.

    FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")

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    This episode was all over the place with varying results. The best scene of the night was Mare’s flashback with Kevin and Carrie. Harrowing sequence, while also partially giving justification to Mare doing what she did with the drugs planting to keep Drew away from Carrie. It’s really weird having someone of Jean Smart’s stature here as comic relief. Hiding ice cream in frozen vegetables? It was a missed opportunity to not at least have a hospital room scene with Helen. The ambulance took her off with Mare, and the next scene has Helen back in her bedroom. Siobhan’s love interests are time fillers that serve no real purpose. Zabel trying to date Mare is gross. Kate Winslet has no romantic chemistry with Evan Peters, not when Guy Pearce is right there. Dawn being strung along like that by effin’ Freddie was a tough break. It’s not cute that the two prominent black males on this series are a nonexistent police chief and a crackhead. But Katie’s alive! I thought the murders and abductions would tie together, but maybe they won’t? I don’t think the Deacon killed Erin, and there’s some suspish explanation for him having her bike. But once the townsfolk get word that he’s been diddling young girls, that’s that for him. So many suspects at this point! I’m keeping an eye out on Kenny’s sketchy ass cousin and Father Dan.

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    This was also great just like the rest. Perfect balance of slice of life and murder mystery.

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    Watched the third episode and Winslet really crushes it. All her faces and sarcastic looks. It’s not like other shows where you have an unlikable character that you’re not supposed to root for but you end up loving it, or a likable character that you were supposed to root for but you end up hating it

    Mare has all the flaws of an unlikable character, but you’re supposed to root for her because Winslet’s acting is so honest in this. She knows exactly what she is doing to the character. It’s very effective.

    Kinda bummed by Angourie Rice, though. She is not a good actress and they gave her a very complex part in this. I wish they had cast someone as good as Winslet or Smart.

    I still have to catch up with Episode 4.

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    I started with a five-episode lead over you guys, but am now just one ahead, which is a little concerning.  The next episode is a real doozy and definitely the one that I have been waiting for everyone to see, particularly since the premiere.  The show has been a bigger hit than I expected, but I do kind of want to see the last two episodes (not for the reasons that you would expect) before slotting it into my Emmy predictions, especially with how I am not even sure what I would drop at this point, between WandaVision fading and Small Axe overperforming at BAFTA, plus also perhaps people not being in the mood for The Underground Railroad, which I will be bingeing over the next couple of days.  Who knows if Mare of Easttown is sixth or second?

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    I love the tiny details in this, Jess’s Spyro shirt with the fading material on the lettering was 🤌

    Emmys FYC | Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien” | Billie Piper in “I Hate Suzie” | Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live” | Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn” | “Dickinson” | “P-Valley” | “Pose” | “Superstore”

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    Is no one gonna mention how absolutely hilarious this episode was? Jean Smart’s ice cream in a bag, that scream, the “paper cut,” the family meeting, “my Mare–my partner, Mare,” etc. Pure gold.

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    I started with a five-episode lead over you guys, but am now just one ahead, which is a little concerning. The next episode is a real doozy and definitely the one that I have been waiting for everyone to see, particularly since the premiere. The show has been a bigger hit than I expected, but I do kind of want to see the last two episodes (not for the reasons that you would expect) before slotting it into my Emmy predictions, especially with how I am not even sure what I would drop at this point, between WandaVision fading and Small Axe overperforming at BAFTA, plus also perhaps people not being in the mood for The Underground Railroad, which I will be bingeing over the next couple of days. Who knows if Mare of Easttown is sixth or second?

    It seems like I may be more in line with you on this than others. Just to be clear, I don’t hate it, I was just expected more or probably just different from it.

    I did actually care more about Mare here than other episodes because they gave some background about her. Also, I got to see why she is a good detective.

    The rest of the episode was fine, but unnecessary. I still hate they are wasting Jean Smart. I would love to see her back in the Emmy race, but for this role, I don’t see it.

    I thought the part with Dawn was a full on red herring until the end, so I liked how they linked that.

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    I don’t see agree that Jean Smart is “wasted”. She doesn’t need a five minute monologue to have material, and I think she’s embodied and developed a specific character perfectly. I’d nominate her in a heartbeat, especially this year. Also someone I hope gaining traction is Enid Graham who plays Dawn. She was great here.

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