I'll be really surprised (and relieved) if JD gets to live. Mostly surprised though. Unless the writers do one of those stupid twists where Molly does indeed shoot him but he manages to pull through because….whatever. A magic cure shows up at the last minute or it gets revealed that he's not human after all and he lays down on the ground, sheds his skin and then pops up as if nothing happened. Like Molly. You're right about the dialogue being patronizing. Someone once said that you can never go wrong by assuming a high amount of intelligence on the part of the viewer. (Might have been me.) Whoever said it was correct. In fact, that's how the series started out - with a bunch of seemingly disconnected scenes and incidents that you just knew somehow all made sense. It kept us coming back so that we could get fed a few more pieces of the puzzle. It made it interesting. It's still fairly interesting and they've managed to keep us invested in the show. And despite it all, we just can't accurately predict how it's going to end. But yeah, I surely wish they'd just stop that clarification stuff. It's deadly and a tad insulting.
I didn't trust Romero from the start to the end. I doubt very highly that his focus was on getting anyone (much less Ray) to repent. Remember how he tried to get the information about the priest's death from Ezra as he lay dying? That was hardly about anyone's repentance - it was about justice. Watching Ray follow Romero along, even as far as he did, was sickening. I was sure he was going to confess in that confession booth - and then discover it was wired and that Romero wasn't a priest at all but an undercover agent. I mean the "priest" is sort of good at playing undercover right? He took off his priest's garb when he attended the SNAP sessions and didn't let on to Bunchy at all that he was a priest. Plus that part at the end, where he supposedly excommunicates Ray and then follows that up with "repent!" Come on - once you're excommunicated that's it. There is no repentance after that, as far as I know. I think he wanted Ray to say the words. Did anyone else wonder if perhaps Mr. Donnellen had murdered his wife, and that maybe he's a closet psycho? I sure did. Bridget may experience more than a broken heart over this guy. I don't like that he agreed to get together with her for a coffee the next day - that's stepping over the student-teacher line. Of course if he's a psycho then that line means nothing to him.
Michael touches on one of the main reasons I love this show: it's all about the story. Always. The writers keep things moving forward. Love the interview, Jim! I'm looking forward to this season.
That painful discussion Frank convinced Jordan to take a hike was just downright ridiculous. I was glad when the scene was over. How those actors can stand to keep blabbing out those ridiculous lines is beyond me. For eight episodes we waited for the "it" moment - when things would click and we'd suddenly realize we were watching a masterpiece, just like Season 1. It was not to be. Not only did the series just bite the big one all the way through, the ending was spectacularly awful. The bad guys won (for the time being, at least) and three out of the four characters in whom we got invested all joined the choir invisible. I don't remember ever being quite so disappointed in a series. This was a disaster.
Don't know why, but I kept expecting Ray to lose it while playing the role of a servant. I suppose being able to slap the talk show host twice allowed him to let off some steam. (P.S. It wasn't until he started mouthing off at Ray that I realized that was Jack Wagner. Jack *friggin* Wagner!. Man has he aged. Also, I had no idea until the review that that was Cheryl Ladd!) Does anyone really believe Mickey's going to hang around for the culmination of Terry's illness?
I really felt like this episode kicked it up several notches. I was more invested in this episode than in any of the ones preceding it. Frank was a little more believable - probably because Vaughn was given fewer idiotic phrases to utter, and because of his gruesome takedown of that guy. I mean he shot him in the gut, then settled down with a drink to watch him die. I kept thinking his wife Jordan may have been in on the conspiracy against him. She may still be, I don't know. She's his one weak point for sure. I'm now really curious on two fronts: 1) how will Frank come out of this a wealthy man? He knows the setup for the handover of $13 million (side note: who does that anymore? In a digital age you'd think they'd find ways to move it around online and not take chances with cash handovers). 2) How will Ray and Ani solve this while sidestepping the array of crooked cops and politicians aligned against them? That second one alone will keep me riveted until the final scene next week. Also - poor Paul. Poor, misunderstood misguided Paul. His story was such a waste in this series. His life - and death - only served to show how evil the other guys are. That's it, that's all. I agree Carissa: the editing on this series needed a *LOT* of work.
I'm leaning toward that interpretation too. Didn't see any brain matter but man was there a lot of blood.
Did I stutter? I said Trump had the right to say whatever he wanted. I just added that NBC has the right to turf him if they don't like what he says. The man isn't being thrown in jail for his remarks. If he were, then I'd be right there defending him. (Free speech and all) Show me a country - and country - where the employee has the right to do what he likes and the employer can't fire him. Can't can you? So instead you respond with an ad hominem attack. Really loving your debating skills.
Oh good. I thought I was alone in not quite getting where all of this is going. I mean, I understand how the first episode or two was spent introducing us to the main characters and their backstories but…..enough already. Let's get to the meat of the thing. I'm glad Ray made it and wasn't killed - although the explanation of that left me cold and disbelieving. Yeah, cops use dummy bullets but not usually at such close range. Kudos to Farrell for making us sympathize with his gut injury (noticed how he constantly protected himself even while chasing the guy who torched their car?). The first season of True Detective wasn't so much about the case at hand, as it was about Rusty and Martin. God help us if that's true about this season as well - because I'm just not getting it.
Sure it is! Just as it is NBC's right to cut ties with him if they feel his opinions don't reflect their own. We are all free to be as bigoted as we'd like to be, but we're not free to be exempt from the consequences of our actions. I applaud NBC for their actions in this regard. Nice to see a major corporation exhibiting some decency.
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