July 23, 2015 at 6:57 pm #347916This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 26, 2015 at 9:41 am #347917
Watched the first two episodes, and I can safely say even Josh Charles will not keep me watching. This show lost so much fire.
The re-cast kids are terrible, and the show’s use of the time jumps have done nothing but been jarring and disconnected.
While I love the leads, and they are still fine, even they can’t carry the material to save this show. I will echo Fitzgerald was the stand out of both episodes.July 26, 2015 at 10:20 am #347918
Episode Title: “The Excitement of Release”
Synopsis: Masters and Johnson want to capitalize on their burgeoning fame.
Guest Star: Beau Bridges, Josh Charles
Discuss.July 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm #347919
That felt like it should have been the Season Premiere. Those first two episodes should have been the last two of last season. Great to see Beau back and lovely to finally see Josh Charles!July 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm #347920
Beau Bridges and Josh Charles were both great tonight. Can’t wait to see more of Josh Charles character, so intruiguing.July 27, 2015 at 10:17 am #347921
I thought that this episode was more successful than the two prior.
Things were allowed to settle somewhat without all the silly
time-jumping and episode-long pregnancy nonsense. I liked seeing Bill
fight to get his book used as a textbook at Washington University, and
getting Beau Bridges back was a treat. Sad that Barton is still living a
lie and not at terms with his homosexuality, as well as a hint of not
being quite there there due to all of those electroconvulsive
treatments. No Allison Janney on board (yet), so it’ll be interesting to
see how Margaret is worked back into the narrative with the two of them
seemingly either divorced or separated. Virginia’s teen daughter is
just awful casting, but she did have one shining acting moment in the
scene in the bathroom after her boyfriend forced himself on her. I’m
completely taken out of these scenes since age wise Virginia and Tessa
look like sisters SHM. I’m glad to see that the baby isn’t being swept
under the rug in this marriage of convenience between George and
Virginia and it isn’t all that easy for Bill and Virginia to get their
groove back. Libby’s scenes with the neighbor lady leaving her husband
was muddled. I didn’t know if she was trying to support her friend
(living vicariously through her) or simply sabotage her efforts
outright. The ending with the husband was jarring too for no good
reason. Bill was so awkward in that card collection scene lol. Poor
awestruck guy. I’m partially intrigued by what they will give Josh
Charles to do, but at first glance this character seems odd and
marginal, and nothing that’s going to match what he left “The Good Wife”
for doing. Annaleigh Ashford was a hoot in all of her scenes, which was
welcome. Slightly better outing that reminds me of better past
Grade for “The Excitement of Release”: BAugust 2, 2015 at 10:31 am #347922
Episode Title: “Undue Influence”
Synopsis: Masters seeks advice on convincing Johnson to rededicate herself to the
study; a familiar face returns to the clinic; Virginia is distracted by
news of Henry; Libby tries to help Paul and Joy.
Discuss.August 3, 2015 at 9:31 am #347923
Bill using the Dale Carnegie book to make new friends and help sell the book might have been the first genuine time the show has tried to humanize or make Bill more relatable. He smiled! Sort of lol. It was nice seeing Christian Clemenson pop up as the bookkeeper. Virginia’s problems with Henry were okay. I’m glad that they haven’t killed him off in Vietnam (yet). They’re bringing Virginia closer to Josh Charles’s character, who was very charasmatic in this episode. Tessa really is the worst (like Dana bad in “Homeland” with an extra side of teen angst UGH). I don’t know where they’re going with Libby’s storyline with the neighbors unless they’re starting up something between her and the husband. It’s such an odd storyline that wastes Caitlin Fitzgerald after her stellar season 2 arc with the racial unrest storyline that’s all but forgotten now. But the centerpiece of the episode belonged to Beau Bridges and Goddess Allison Janney, who both are so good in these roles even when the writing lets them down. I’m very interested in where Margaret’s storyline goes in particular, but Tate Donovan? I don’t know if that match is a worthwhile one. I wouldn’t pick this episode for either one of them next year, but I think it’s safe to say that Bridges and Janney are going to be Emmy-nominated for these roles every season they return to the series. Must be nice lol.
Grade for “Undue Influence”: B+August 3, 2015 at 11:31 am #347924
Well I’m happy it looks like Beau Bridges and Allison Janney are getting substantial arcs this season so that their Emmy noms feel a little more deserved… I’m mostly joking, they were worthy for season two (although Julianne Nicholson should’ve got the nod over Janney).
Michael Sheen was (dare I say it?) a lot of fun last night! I’m enjoying this season, although not as much as early season two. Josh Charles is making a very good impression so far. I wonder how long he’s sticking around.August 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm #347925
Episode Title: “Matters of Gravity”
Synopsis: Virginia’s parents arrive unannounced; Masters takes on a promising patient.
Guest Stars: Beau Bridges, Frances Fisher, Allison Janney, Michael O’Keefe
Discuss.August 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm #347926
Well, looks like Allison Janney has another Emmy coming her way in 2016.August 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm #347927
And it should also be mentioned how great Michael Sheen has been this season at peeling back the layers of Bill’s abrasiveness in some surprising ways. I could see him nabbing that empty Jeff Daniels slot next year with a tape like this very easily.August 10, 2015 at 5:48 am #347928
I heard that Janney was AMAZING, right?August 10, 2015 at 8:38 am #347929
Allison Janney continues to knock this performance out of the park! This could potentially be her third Emmy nomination (and win?) for Margaret ScullyAugust 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm #347930
Janney and Bridges really nailed all of their scenes, even if I don’t quite believe the contrivances involved in getting them back on the show. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are still doing solid work, but the show doesn’t have the spark it had in the first half of season two.
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