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    Chloe Sevigny stan <3
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    I’m actually seeing more and more people talking about this online which is good.

    Emmy FYC!!: Pen15, Mare of Easttown, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale in all categories.

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    Am I the only one finding episode 7… stupid? Are we supposed to believe that after the station got exploded she is still able to find a way to go through the undergrounds and quickly encounter a 5 stars looking wagon waiting for her? Like what?

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    Carlo
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    I’ve seen half of this.

    Episode 4 and 5, even if still perfectly executed were a bit…boring.
    Especially after the first great three.

    I have a felling this could have been way shorter than 10 episodes..

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    This had a such a strong start.  Lead by an amazing Thuso Mbedu and great supporting performances from actors such as Aaron Pierre and Lily Rabe, the first 3 episodes are among the best things that came out this year. The directing and cinematography are stunning, as well as the beautiful score that allowed key scenes to be even more powerful (thinking about Cora and Cesar running to “freedom” at the end of episode 1).

    But sadly, my enthusiasm for the show was cut short. I have severe issues with the show, especially writing wise, after the first installements. The background episode on Joel Edgerton’s character was completely useless. I don’t care if people say it’s essential to understand his character. I don’t need to understand why a slave catcher is a slave catcher. I also felt like they tried to give him some kind of redemption arc with his monologue in episode 6 that was completely out of place. That whole episode was also frankly a mess. The only note worthy part is when Cora learns about what happened to Cesar, which ultimately was just a reharsh, writing and directing wise, of the same scene an episode earlier when she learns about what happened to Lovey. Ridgeway asked her if she had forgotten about Cesar, but we have to wonder if it isn’t the writers that had prior to that episode. I have already expressed my feelings towards the terrible parts of episode 7 earlier, so I won’t go back to it. I’m just perplexed by people praising the writing of the show when it contains such a nonsensical scene.

    I also didn’t appreciate the first part of the final episode. I get the idea of having a background episode on Cora’s mother but we ultimately don’t even learn much about her. The episode is more focused on another woman’s trauma after losing her babies and an unnecessary long scene of a man getting wiped once again than it is on Mabel. Her running away doesn’t even make that much sense. The episode never explores the psyche of that woman and why she could have decided to suddenly run away without her daughter without turning back (which she apparently did in the book, but it’s not featured in the show).  It’s an episode that added more trauma porn than anything else after a powerful penultimate one that had the goal to end this circle of suffering for Cora and for her, and us, to move forward.

    Which brings me to something that bothered me aswell, we ultimately don’t know much about Cora. She is our heroine but she was less developped than other characters like Ridgeway. She feels more like a pawn that the writers are moving around to write the story that they want to tell rather than a fully developped protagonist, which is just unfortunate.

    So ultimately, this show left me with mixed feelings. I loved the beginning, the production values were still incredible throughout the whole thing aswell as Thuso Mbedu who is my personal winner so far, but as Cora progressed in the undergrounds, the show lost its way and favored aesthetics over substance.

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    I’m half way thru but yikes who had idea of episode 5 being an hour long. They could of cut that whole episode and there be noting lost.
    also, surprised that no one has mentioned that Yes, the show looks gorgeous but all this dark scenes that you can barely see does not work for tv. It’s fine for a movie In a dark movie Theater people watch tv at different time. Some scenes you can barely see anything if I watch during the day.

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    This had a such a strong start. Lead by an amazing Thuso Mbedu and great supporting performances from actors such as Aaron Pierre and Lily Rabe, the first 3 episodes are among the best things that came out this year. The directing and cinematography are stunning, as well as the beautiful score that allowed key scenes to be even more powerful (thinking about Cora and Cesar running to “freedom” at the end of episode 1). But sadly, my enthusiasm for the show was cut short. I have severe issues with the show, especially writing wise, after the first installements. The background episode on Joel Edgerton’s character was completely useless. I don’t care if people say it’s essential to understand his character. I don’t need to understand why a slave catcher is a slave catcher. I also felt like they tried to give him some kind of redemption arc with his monologue in episode 6 that was completely out of place. That whole episode was also frankly a mess. The only note worthy part is when Cora learns about what happened to Cesar, which ultimately was just a reharsh, writing and directing wise, of the same scene an episode earlier when she learns about what happened to Lovey. Ridgeway asked her if she had forgotten about Cesar, but we have to wonder if it isn’t the writers that had prior to that episode. I have already expressed my feelings towards the terrible parts of episode 7 earlier, so I won’t go back to it. I’m just perplexed by people praising the writing of the show when it contains such a nonsensical scene. I also didn’t appreciate the first part of the final episode. I get the idea of having a background episode on Cora’s mother but we ultimately don’t even learn much about her. The episode is more focused on another woman’s trauma after losing her babies and an unnecessary long scene of a man getting wiped once again than it is on Mabel. Her running away doesn’t even make that much sense. The episode never explores the psyche of that woman and why she could have decided to suddenly run away without her daughter without turning back (which she apparently did in the book, but it’s not featured in the show). It’s an episode that added more trauma porn than anything else after a powerful penultimate one that had the goal to end this circle of suffering for Cora and for her, and us, to move forward. Which brings me to something that bothered me aswell, we ultimately don’t know much about Cora. She is our heroine but she was less developped than other characters like Ridgeway. She feels more like a pawn that the writers are moving around to write the story that they want to tell rather than a fully developped protagonist, which is just unfortunate. So ultimately, this show left me with mixed feelings. I loved the beginning, the production values were still incredible throughout the whole thing aswell as Thuso Mbedu who is my personal winner so far, but as Cora progressed in the undergrounds, the show lost its way and favored aesthetics over substance.

    I disagree 100%. Espeically about the final episode.

     

    But to each their own.

    I personally believe that the show fleshed out alot over the episodes and introduced lots of people along coras journey who help her become a stronger woman.

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    Because they are all about the black experience during the segregation/slavery era.

    The “segregation era” and 400 years of slavery should not be grouped together. The are not one in the same.

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    Bcs as a black man i found “them” and lovecraft pretty boring and weird black propaganda sci-fi with confusing/no pay off. I enjoyed the acting in “them” and the cinematography and the storytelling here and there but lovecraft was trash to me.

    This felt much more fleshed out and i respect it more for what its going for.

    I also compare them all bcs they are black period dramas dealing with race.

    Why else wouldnt i compare them?

    Because this is the issue…..Movies about black oppression shouldn’t be grouped together. The Underground Railroad is about a very specific time in African American history during SLAVERY times.. Lovecraft Country is about Jim Crow south in the 20th Century, specifically the 1950s.

    That would be like grouping Malcolm X with The Underground Railroad……or 12 Years a Slave with The Help……or Django Unchained with The Help. They have nothing to do with each other….other than them being movies about black oppression (and movies about black oppression are not a genre.)

    I’m not sure why you are pointing out that you are a black man. But so am I.

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    The episode never explores the psyche of that woman and why she could have decided to suddenly run away without her daughter without turning back (which she apparently did in the book, but it’s not featured in the show).

    I don’t think Mabel intended to run away. She lost her mind after having to deal with her friend’s tragedy and kept walking away from the place where it had happened into the woods. Not until she was in the middle of a pond did she suddenly realize where she was and then try to walk her way back, but alas…..

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    Ultimately, I enjoyed this miniseries. I’m not sure if I was helped or hurt by the fact that I had read the book prior to viewing it. I think it was very powerful at times, but I would be dishonest if I didn’t express that I agree the series could have been cut shorter and did lag towards the middle.

    In terms of the Emmys, I think the series is doomed. It’s essentially a 10-hour art film and I don’t see the majority of Emmy voters responding to it. It should at the least secure nominations for Miniseries, Lead Actress and Directing.

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    I don’t think Mabel intended to run away. She lost her mind after having to deal with her friend’s tragedy and kept walking away from the place where it had happened into the woods. Not until she was in the middle of a pond did she suddenly realize where she was and then try to walk her way back, but alas…..

    That whole storyline was so heartwrenching but beautiful. Bless Sheila Atim for that stunning performance.

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    Episodes 1-3: A+
    Episode 4: B+
    Episode 5: A
    Episode 6: A- (the fantastic ending)
    Episode 7: C

    Still need to watch the last three episodes, but I agree with some things hopelesstar said.

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    Am I the only one finding episode 7… stupid? Are we supposed to believe that after the station got exploded she is still able to find a way to go through the undergrounds and quickly encounter a 5 stars looking wagon waiting for her? Like what?

    It’s an allegory, same thing with the underground railroad itself. If you don’t think of it as an allegory, you will definetely find inumerous problems within the show.

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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