Meh, I'm not really a fan of Ellen Page, Lee Pace could have been good as Buffalo Bill though. After reading Fuller's interview on Sepinwall's site, it doesn't sound like there is really much hope for any continuation of the show. At least it went out on a high note, lots of ambiguity but enough closure to keep me happy at least.
I watched a shit ton of these episodes this weekend as well, I think I have 2 or 3 left. It's been really good so far, the guy playing Escobar is really great, I was also excited to see Oberyn Martell as the main dude's partner. My favorite group of characters is Poison and the other low level henchmen; all of their interactions with people are hilariously fucked up, the complete disregard for human life and all the jokes they make while just straight up murdering people. Like the argument on whether or not he killed 65 or 66 people, hahah, wow, that shit is fucked. Cool show though, I didn't really know too much about Escobar going into this show, outside of the bigger events, so a lot of this is still kinda new for me. I'm definitely liking it though.
OH WHAT THE FUCK! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT ENDS LIKE THIS! Goddamn, this was an awesome finale, everyone make sure to watch through the credits! *sigh* So the show is officially dead now? Or are they still entertaining the idea of wrapping it up somehow with a movie or a short season?
This show is definitely one of my favorite comedies right now. Last season of it was great, the NASA episode was wonderful and the "Pancakes, Divorce, Pancakes" episodes was one of the best things ever. This season has been really great so far too. They have definitely ramped up the absurdity of a lot of the situations, but it works so well for this show. So many people are dying, getting shot, and having their lives ruined in every episode, the stakes are definitely raised for this season.
Well damn, I thought my DVR fucked up and didn't record it last night. Didn't something similar happen with an episode of Hannibal last year? Right after one of the recent mass shootings and they never aired the episode so everyone had to watch it online? Any word if the finale is going to be edited to remove those questionable scenes?
Completely agree. I think the writer's self-awareness of the various influences really does give the show a special kind of credibility in a way. And those references and character tropes are just used in so many good ways to completely blindside us with unexpected twists, like the whole Darlene thing. I can't really think of a show that has done something like this so successfully over the last couple episodes. Yeah, I'm curious to see where Tyrell's loyalties end up. On one hand, I'd love to see a Tyrell/Elliot teamup and really fuck over Evil Corp, but I am still waiting for Tyrell's inevitable betrayal and complete fuck him over somehow. I've seen the theory floated that Tyrell and Joanna may have similar motivations to Elliot in bringing down Evil Corp, but from the inside. I also liked the theory that Tyrell and Joanna are actually part of the Black Army dealie, connected to White Rose and are double agents or something. But I dunno, right now I'm just leaning towards them being straight up sociopaths who seek power, but I'm thinking there will probably be something more. What do you guys think?
Another great episode last night. I really liked the opening scene with Elliot and his dad and how they incorporated the Mr. Robot logo into the opening. The piano cover of the Pixies song "Where is my Mind" did seem a little bit too on the nose for me, but I did kinda appreciate the acknowledgment of the Fight Club influence on this show. Tyrell and his wife are becoming my favorite characters as the show progresses, the dude that plays Tyrell is just so damn awesome; I hope he doesn't get offed next episode, because having him and Rami Malek play off each other has been the highlight of the show for me. Sam Esmail has also been posting on the Mr. Robot subreddit and is planning to do an AMA after the season finale next week, so watch out for that one. And I heard USA has already signed on for season 2!
I was legitimately shocked at one of the twists in tonight's episode, they have really done some incredible set-up in the earlier episodes. This is definitely my favorite new show this year, lots of cool twists and turns in the plot, interesting characters, breaking the fourth wall in fun ways, and how they can just structure the show in such a way to really reflect the inner workings of Elliot's mind.
Besides the countless examples of terrible dialogue throughout this season, the biggest problem to me has got to be Vince Vaughn's performance. I don't know if it's just that he gets a lot more of the weird, poorly written monologues in comparison to the other main characters or that it's just an inability of his to properly perform those monologues. I don't know, maybe it's a combination of both; last season a lot of McConaughey's monologues could easily have gone into total cheeseball territory, but his performance just elevated the words on the page. Vaughn just seems to falter at every opportunity. I also struggled with a lot of the info dumps that happened in the last episode. I remember the black guy, who is the Vinci police chief right? Riggins's gay lover works for a private military contractor, I think they were just hired by the bad guys for protection/dirty work type deal. The black guy is part of the larger conspiracy and that the group of them (the black guy, Burris, and others we aren't fully aware of yet) are paying the private military contractors. That Miguel guy was playing Riggins from the start, probably under orders from Burris/Black Police Chief. I'm really confused by the blue diamond connection though, can anyone clear up that part of it? I don't know if they were stolen by the cops involved in the murder, the missing orphans, or something else.
Haha, I am seriously going to miss this show. There were so many completely fucked up sequences in this episode, I still can't believe they can do half this stuff on network TV. The worst bit for me was the fetus in the pig. That is seriously some fucked up shit right there, wow. I read on reddit that one of the producers came out and confirmed that the dead baby was Margot and Will's, apparently Mason didn't just keep her eggs, he kept a whole lot more. I'm stoked for the Red Dragon plotline. I remember pieces of it from the Red Dragon movie years ago, was it the one where Ray Liotta eats his own brain?
I wasn't a fan of Vaughn's monologue. I'm not too impressed with his acting at all so far this season. Maybe something will change in the later episodes, but right now I'm doubting a Vaughnaissance coming out of this performance like so many people hoped. And holy shit, Justin Lin sure does like traffic doesn't he? I'd like to see a season end account of how much time he spent on just fucking traffic shots, Jesus. The pacing of the show doesn't bother me, it's just that none of the characters seem very interesting to me so far and that makes it seem even slower. I am a fan of Rectify, which moves at a glacial pace in comparison to this season of True Detective, but in a show like Rectify, the characters seem much more fuller and interesting, even in the first season after a couple episodes. So the slow pace wasn't a problem for me with Rectify, because it was at least interesting in how they set up the show's world and pacing as a kind of reflection of the main character's mindset of being released off death row after 20 years in prison. With True Detective, the characters just haven't grabbed me like those in season 1, so spending time with these characters as they go through all this plot set up just seems excessively boring in a lot of cases. That being said, I think there is still time to turn it around. A show like this may suffer more in the earlier episodes, but I just hope that all this set-up begins to pay off.
Just wanted to let you know Cassidy that I was sick over the weekend and binged watched the first two seasons of Banshee. Season 1 is streaming on Amazon Prime right now and I really liked the show so I went and downloaded the next two seasons as well. Very solid show so far (I'm just starting season 3 today, so no spoilers). It's a lot of fun and I like that it's not super serious and gritty 100% of the time; I feel like they were kinda going for a more of a "comic-book awesomeness" rather than anything realistic, because there is no way Sheriff Hood wouldn't have been thrown back in jail after that fight with the MMA guy in season 1. Speaking of which, holy shit, these fight scenes are awesome and so damn brutal; the fight with the MMA guy was hilariously ridiculous, breaking his arms, ripping his fingers apart, jesus. The Albino fight was awesome too. And is it me or did the style of the show really begin to change towards the middle of season 2? I feel like it started in that episode when Lucas and Ana were at the farm house he bought and the sniper was after them. They started doing all kinds of different things with the cinematography in that episode, lots of close up shots, lots of meandering scenery shots. Not that it was a bad thing, but the earlier stuff seemed so much more subdued (if that makes sense) and then it's like sensory overload with bright and faded colors and John Woo gun fights in the church. Just wondering if that stuck out to you as well and if it was intentional by the directors or me just being weird. Also, I'm not sure if Job is one of the best characters or one of the absolute worst in recent TV history. He is definitely unique, but I'm glad he's not overused either. He's like the embodiment of gay stereotypes and a superhero. Some of his scenes are pure gold and others make me roll my eyes so hard it hurts; but I think that the intention they had for him (I hope). Either way, he's a fun addition to the show overall I think. Overall, great show so far. I'll probably finish season 3 over this week and post my thoughts about it then.
All the major networks seem pretty shitty these days; it doesn't seem like any of them are really taking into consideration the online audience for a bunch of these shows and still just focus on Nielson ratings and live viewing numbers. Maybe part of it is that the networks can't seem to find a way to monetize the online views of the shows to make them relevant, I don't know. Premium cable channels seem like the best place for shows these days, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz. And Netflix and Amazon (lots of new shows are in production for Amazon). And I guess it's interesting to see how much success those premium cable channels have had over the last few years with growing viewerships and Emmy awards when those kind of channels don't have worry about advertising dollars, and instead just having quality programs that keep people subscribed over the entire year. And to a lesser extent, I'd also say FX and maybe AMC, but AMC has been known to fuck with shows budgets pretty dramatically. Bet let's be honest here, we are extremely lucky to even get a 3rd season of Hannibal. With the numbers it's had, I doubt it would have lasted on any of the major networks. I'd love to see Netflix or Amazon pick it up (fuck Hulu), but I won't hold my breath. If the show stays dead, at least we'll still have Brian Fuller's "American Gods" to look forward to. And Mads Mikkleson can finally play Euron Greyjoy on Game of Thrones (please, please, please TV casting gods!).
Well, at least there are no more spoilers to hide from you guys going forward. A couple of quick thoughts before I go to sleep: - Stannis is definitely not dead. There is no way they just cut out on that swing without a specific reason. - My money is that Jon will be resurrected by Mel, like every single person has predicted since ADWD was released. All the stories about him being off the show that will be released over the next couple days will just be ways to build up his death and the season finale. - I thought the books handled his death a little better. I was kinda pissed that we didn't get the pink letter. In the books, Jon recieves a letter signed by Ramsay Bolton saying that he has killed Stannis and has his sister (in the books, fake Arya, but Sansa would have worked). So Jon decides that he has enough suffering, all his family dead and gone, he decides to take the wildlings and Night's Watch soldiers and march on Winterfell to get back Arya. Which goes completely against the Night Watch vows of interfering with the realms of man. After making an epic speech declaring his intentions, the Nights Watch stabs him. Not sure why they didn't include the letter, it gave Jon more of a reason to get murdered by his guys. The Wildling thing was bad, but when he decideds to take everyone to march on the Boltons and reclaim his home, it's a much more serious grievance to the Night's Watch. Also regarding Jon's fate, Kit Harrington was recently spotted in Belfast, where they film all the stuff at the Wall...which starts up again in a few weeks. Just saying. Might be nothing, but it might be something.