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October 19, 2020 at 5:40 pm #1203789951
Came looking for this thread. What a shitshow! Worst thing I’ve seen in years and of course I rage-watched it all in quick succession. Annoyance was mostly eyebrow oriented, also triggering major anti-Americanism, if that was its intent (Ted Lasso does ‘American out of water’ MUCH better).October 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm #1203789910
Fallon is rubbish. I recently watched old Johnny Carson footage and can’t believe how much Fallon has destroyed the prestige. Surely lack of nominations means something to the network? I love the idea of Mulaney hosting and keep Meyers in Late. I didn’t know much about SNL history until the last year (we don’t get it where I live) and I just thought Meyers was the ‘smart, dry, political’ late night guy, sort of Jon Stewart-lite, but usually quite impressive in the clips that would make the news where I live. Knowing that he was SNL-fluff kind of dampened that! I prefer him when he’s mean.October 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm #1203789876
I doubt Fergie has a very big role. I mean one she’s kind of irrelevant even to even some of the most royalist people on the planet and two it seems very clear that this season will be focused more on the main characters from the previous season and Thatcher and Diana (with the latter two potentially having the biggest focus although no one can say that as a certainty really until we see the season) than Fergie.
Oh Fergie has an important symbolic role! She was the counterpoint to Di but they were treated the same by the BRF and the media. Only, one of then could handle it, and the other couldn’t. Fergie never stopped being herself though and had some vital perspective and humour within it; she never saw herself than more than what she was, the spare’s wife and baby maker. Markle wants to be a Di but she’s actually way more of a Fergie.October 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm #1203787628
Cross posting from the binge thread: I just burned through Ted Lasso in a couple of nights. Super sweet! Turned the hackneyed ’emotionally literate Americans help uptight Brits be better’ cliche on its head with a really diverse football team/cast. I loved the idea that domineering loud people are the minority who take up space and attention from the normal, positive and non-complaining quiet majority. When Tartt stepped aside, the team were actually all really nice people, and kindness breeds kindness. Good show.
Just wanted to also add that the writing felt SO British! Punchy, fast and no need to explain the obvious, just letting jokes hit. I don’t know if American viewers will get everything. But for me (Australian who lived several years in the UK), there were serious laugh out loud moments but it was also sweet in that American way.October 18, 2020 at 8:40 pm #1203787624
I just burned through Ted Lasso in a couple of nights. Super sweet! Turned the hackneyed ’emotionally literate Americans help uptight Brits be better’ cliche on its head with a really diverse football team/cast. I loved the idea that domineering loud people are the minority who take up space and attention from the normal, positive and non-complaining quiet majority. When Tartt stepped aside, the team were actually all really nice people, and kindness breeds kindness. Good show.October 17, 2020 at 9:48 pm #1203785416
Margo Martindale was the weakest part of the ensemble of Mrs. America. Elizabeth Banks, Rose Byrne, Ari Graynor and Sarah Paulson would have been more deserving nominees
That is indeed an unpopular opinion.
Banks was clearly the weakest link and Martindale was fabulous. 🙂October 17, 2020 at 7:49 pm #1203785267
I think that SNL would benefit going to an hour show so that they can focus on the quality of their sketches instead of trying to fill 90 minutes. I do not remember the last time where I laughed at all of the sketches in an episode.
But then it would be nothing but opening credits (20 cast members!) and commercials.October 17, 2020 at 7:48 pm #1203785261
On a side note I wonder if Marin Hinkle can win one day. She’s practically the only core cast member (I’m excluding Zeagan) who hasn’t won yet and I actually hope she wins because her material on the show gets better and better each season. I actually preferred her to Borstein in 2019 and it’s interesting to see Rose’s character development across the show. Perhaps THE character with the most significant evolution.
She’s become a bit steroptypically neurotic of late, but her opening lines in season 1 were mesmerising. Occasionally you get a memorable performance that takes your breath away and not to be hyperbolic but she was really special in the early episodes.October 17, 2020 at 7:41 pm #1203785243
Certain that Mountbatten’s funeral episode will be called Mountbatten. The name alone evokes so much, not least of which is the impact on Phillip and the question of royal surnames and male lineage (e.g. Harry-no-surname).
The trailer looks FAB but I have to say the wigs aren’t working for me. Thatcher’s hair was never quite that high. Di’s hair was more frosty and feathered, way less glossy disco. Her Maj and Margaret’s wigs don’t feel right either.
On the question of acting, mimicry of a living or recently living person shouldn’t be the sole mark of the acting performance. The reason Foy was so convincing was that literally none of us could judge whether she was mimicking The Queen correctly at that stage of her life, in private. When it comes to re-enacting events in our living memory that we’ve seen on screen, it’s just an SNL impressions job. Chloe Fineman could do an excellent Lady Di.
Finally, not sure if this has been mentioned but the trailer voiceover was not in fact from The Princess Bride but was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech at the wedding of the century.September 24, 2020 at 10:48 pm #1203733120
Comedy or Cabbage was a standout among all Maisel episodes in terms of directing. I was breathless from the club scene to the goodbye.
Fleabag wasn’t a no brainer though. S02E01 was a massive achievment in directorial precision. As much as I obsess over Bill Hader, Ronny/Lily was just an homage to his favourite directors and (trophy room aside) a sore thumb within an otherwise outstanding show. I know most Barry fans massively disagree but ok. He will get his directing Emmy one day.
Directors are usually smarter and more daring with their votes. Not sure how they got Schitt’s over anything else when they are so good picking drama and series winners, but there you go.September 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm #1203733091
Loved this! Season 2 was great – although apparently the 7 episodes which dropped are only part 1 of the 14 episode season, so not sure how that will work with awards.
My pick was episode 3 Vendy Wiccany, written by Anna Konkle. It was excruciatinly accurate full of the whole late 90s early 00s Wiccan obsession.
Techies vs actors was also a hoot.September 20, 2020 at 7:54 pm #1203723666
Who was the person who spat the dummy and turned their camera off right at the announcement?! Seen a few dummy spits tonight.September 20, 2020 at 7:32 pm #1203723236
YES!September 20, 2020 at 7:26 pm #1203723141
I wasn’t schooling you… You literally asked “why is she wearing a cheongsam” the answer is that it’s part of her mom’s culture. Cheongsams are worn in the Philippines like how Saris are worn in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
I spent two years working in the Philippines and no, cheongsams are not worn in the Philippines by people with non-Chinese backgrounds. Also in Pakistan women wear salwar kameez not saris.September 20, 2020 at 7:21 pm #1203723102
cheongsams are worn in more than one country…
Don’t school me on this. Comparing the Philippines to Chinese culture just because they’re nearby is the mistake. I don’t know if her Filipina mother has a Chinese cultural background. Otherwise it’s a weird linkage that others might call appropriation.