July 4, 2015 at 9:00 am #347901
I also didn’t love the premiere.
B- ish for me. All of the events with the kids seemed taken from a soap opera, and I’m not sure I buy the Libby/Virginia dynamic. They did not earn the kiss…
Like Cobalt Blue, I thought last season’s premiere was phenomenal, so we’ll see where this season goes. With that said, the writers had to do a lot of work to catch us up to the time period. As the title card after the episode suggests (the kids being fictitious), we are in uncharted territory here.
Lizzy Caplan was superb in the episode, as was Michael Sheen, but the material was shaky at best.July 12, 2015 at 10:21 am #347902
Airs tonight on SHOWTIME if you haven’t watched yetJuly 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm #347903
Episode 1: Parliament of Owls
As Masters and Johnson face the press for the first time, they flashback to summer vacation, where Bill is finishing their book, Virginia faces parenting struggles, and Libby is pulling herself out of a depression. Season premiere.July 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm #347904
I found it to be a very good episode, even if it seemed a little crazy due to the number of “events” that happened. I mean, that’s a lot for one episode… But it was easy to see the writers setting up every story for the season, and it was obvious, but I still admired it. I thought all of the new actors playing the kids were very good, especially Jaeden Lieberher. Caitlin Fitzgerald did great work last season, and she looks like she’ll impress again. And of course, Sheen and Caplan are amazing. I thought the second season was fantastic, even when others thought it fell apart by the end, so I’m happy to have this show back.July 14, 2015 at 8:51 am #347905
Good premiere. I think that this episode was a reset of sorts for the new season, which can be interesting if done correctly. All of the time jumping between the press conference and vacation retreat was a bit tedious, and I’m not completely buying it (Caplan doesn’t look a day older than the pilot still). But the chemistry both professional and personal between Masters and Johnson is undeniable, and now I’m very much starting to notice Caitlin Fitzgerald. She was great here, though part of me wishes they kept her interracial storyline from last season. That’s far more interesting than what the last scene between Libby and Virginia suggested. All the scenes with the children were jarring. I guess that’s where the “aging” comes in. The little boy playing Masters’s son was a standout. Virginia’s children, hmmm. The daughter being attracted to Masters was very cliched, and the weird eldest son’s going to be killed in Vietnam as sure as anything, correct? Since they didn’t show it, I was like, if Masters didn’t get Virginia pregnant after all this time with him being practically sterile, isn’t it convenient that it happens now? And then, blam! It hits you that Masters isn’t really the father, but George is! How about that? That alone opens so much potential up for where their relationship goes for the course of the series. If they follow the timeline correctly, then wedding bells are in these characters’ relatively near futures, but the writers have veered from the script so many times already (like in the lives of these fictional children), so we’ll see, I guess. Only one scene for newly Tony-minted Annaleigh Ashford? For shame, lol.
Grade for “Parliament of Owls”: B+July 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm #347906
I have a feeling something happened to Libby’s black lover that we’re going to learn about. Her outburst about racial relations in the country felt entirely unprovoked, and I would guess it’s a triggering moment that put Libby on her medication. I guess we’ll learn soon.July 19, 2015 at 3:07 am #347907
Episode Title: “Three’s a Crowd”
Synopsis: The book nears its release date; Masters takes on a high-profile
fertility patient; Virgina and Libby come to terms with their roles in
Discuss.July 20, 2015 at 11:27 am #347908
Amy Lippman delivered one of my favorite scripts last year with “Fight,” and sadly, this episode was one of her worst. Character motivations didn’t feel genuine, the pacing was lightning fast (Virginia’s pregnancy in an episode was ridiculous, and not even making any gestures as to her middle age and what should be a less-than-ideal delivery was suspect), and I didn’t like all of the speechifying that went on to justify some convoluted notions about marriage, monogamy, and motherhood. As much as I loved Caitlin Fitzgerald last episode, the writing here served her poorly. At least all seems to be out in the open about Virginia and Bill’s affair, and it’s interesting to see Libby and George navigate through those ill waters. The layers are starting to peel away with Bill’s abrasive veneer, but did he really have to sing “Oh Dannyboy” to prove that lol? Just a very bizarre episode for no good reason. The only scenes that ran true to me were the ones between George and Virginia where he fought for wanting a real marriage and not a cold business arrangement, or Virginia’s grown daughter railing on her for being an absent mother (the line about having to practically raise herself all this time was a particularly brutal and stinging line). Thankfully both Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen are grounding the material as best they can, and hopefully this episode was just a blip in what can otherwise be a notable season. They’re back at it again the next episode (Bill’s had to wait a long eight months as he points out to us in the previews), and Josh Charles appears for the first time! Can’t wait to see what his character is all about, and if this was worth leaving “The Good Wife” for (among other reasons). I also hope Libby at least mentions what happened to her black lover from last season. That shouldn’t be swept under the rug completely as forgotten and done with now.
Grade for “Three’s a Crowd”: CJuly 20, 2015 at 11:35 am #347909
I think I’m finally done with this show.
Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)July 20, 2015 at 11:37 am #347910
I think I’m finally done with this show.
Look on the bright side. If Gini’s son really does die in Vietnam, then Lizzy Caplan might have an Emmy-worthy episode.July 20, 2015 at 11:54 am #347911
I thought Lizzy Caplan was awesome last night. Can’t wait for Josh Charles next week!July 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm #347912
I thought Season 2 was a clear decline from Season 1, and Season 3 is off to an even worse start. I don’t know, maybe M+J’s getting the study off the ground was the only thing that could be mined for great drama. I hope I’m wrong as I still really like the cast.July 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm #347913
I know this show loves flying through timelines but an entire pregnancy in one episode?! Lizzy Caplan killed it though (as per usual). I wonder if anything this season will match the beautiful first half of Season 2 (specifically “Fight”).July 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm #347914
I know this show loves flying through timelines but an entire pregnancy in one episode?! Lizzy Caplan killed it though (as per usual). I wonder if anything this season will match the beautiful first half of Season 2 (specifically “Fight”).July 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm #347915
The casting of Virginia’s kids was so jarring to me. I get that they needed to do a time-jump, and I know Virginia is supposed to have had children at a young age, but Lizzy Caplan simply looks too young to believably portray a mother of two teenagers. I mean, fuck, she is only like 8 years older than the guy playing her son. It’s insane.
Anyway, these two episodes were okay, but I still feel like the main draw is Caplan’s performance.
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