i just finished the first episode of season 2 of enlightened, and it is so.good. one episode in and i’m already bummed it’s cancelled. like, as good as i thought season 1 was, this is taking it to a whole new level of storytelling. they way mike white writes and laura dern plays the lead amy jellicoe is brilliant. paradoxically an idealist and selfish, unflappably optimistic and also somehow constantly bitter, well-intentioned yet leaving chaos in her path, she’s a person with a current of guileless vindictiveness bubbling just below the surface.
add that to a season long arc of corporate espionage as she tries to
get revenge be a whistleblower, and this is some of the tightest writing i’ve watched since probably breaking bad. [hough i do hesitate making that comparison because i don’t want to oversell the simarities. by which i mean the it’s the story framing and acting which are done so well on both series, not necessarily the protagonist becomes the viewers’ antagonist approach). the character of amy jellicoe walks the line between hero and anti-hero so perfectly that i mostly can’t wait to see what move she makes and how she reacts to this chess game that she only seems to be playing. not to mention that the supporting cast is so well casted, that i actually feel delight when i see amy interacting with them.
again, i’m afraid i’m overselling this, but ugh, it’s just so good. mike white as showrunner forever.
wishyouwould replied to your post: is scandal a show people would rec …
i watched the first season and enjoyed it (not in an OMG SO FANTASTIC
way, but in an entertaining-and-also-kerry-washington-is-gorgeous way)
cool, these are basically my reasons for wanting to watch, too, so it’s good to know it’s reasonably good and also not to expect, idk, hbo drama greatness out of it either. ty!
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i stopped watching after carrell left (and even by then i wasn’t as avid
as i once had been); yeah, i used to love andy too. there was a time i
loved jim/pam fully but by the fourth season i was over them. what
have they been doing this season?
Okay, so I can’t remember if all of this isfrom this season, but it will give you a basic outline. (So this turned out hella long, so it’s under a cut, in all my stream-of-conscious uneditedness).
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who was your fave?
andy was my fave way back when. way to turn a lovable tryhard doofus into a grade-a do-nothing asshole who shits on people who care about him. i actually used to root for andy/erin! lololololol. i have friends who are really into jim/pam and they…are not happy. personally, i fucking hate every bit of of their storyline and “drama” they’ve had this season, both on a narrative level and a character level. it’s all so wtf idek.
wishyouwould replied to your post: wait, wtf is happening with ryan?? i m…
rumor has it network negotiations are not going well and ryan, ian, and
brad may be jumping ship after this season.
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i was kind of hoping for louis ck tbh.
that’s it, you’re in charge of all celebrity romances from now on. that would be so perf.
wishyouwould replied to your link: omg
that… is not who i would have expected??????
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apparently the catfish person actually is the one who approaches the
show first. i guess it’s still a surprise when their identity is revealed to
WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?? that is so fucked up. like there is still a show there if they tell the story as it actually happens! (though it does make sense how none of the catfishes ever chicken out.)
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omg i love that show even though most of it is entirely staged i’m pretty
wait, what do you mean?? i mean, obviously when the read the initial email for the camera, it’s clear they’ve seen and picked out that email/person prior to the filming, but do you mean more than that??
the TAL episode you're referencing is Unconditional Love. it's a pretty good one!
Ahh, thank you!!
here’s the full transcript but here’s what I was referring to in my mad men post:
Deborah Blum: It’s actually one of those things that you say, how could they have thought that? But psychology just didn’t believe in love. And if you go back and you pull any of the psychology textbooks, really almost pre-1950, you don’t even find it in the index because it was not a word that was used.
Ira Glass: This is Deborah Blum, the biographer of this renegade researcher, Harry Harlow. She writes about how psychologists at the time actually saw loving behavior towards children as a problem, a menace. At one point, the head of the American Psychological Association declared, “when you’re tempted to pet your child, remember that mother love is a dangerous instrument.”
Deborah Blum: Yeah, that was John Watson, and he actually said there are serious rocks ahead for the over-kissed child. And then defined over-kissing as kissing your child more than once a year. That was the message of almost everything.
There’s more (and the whole ep is worth checking out), but that’s the gist. I mean, think about what it does to a relationship between a mother and her child. Think about what that does to Bettyand Sally.
i forgot to post pics of my beehive, but better late than never!
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. it was really surprising, in the way louie always is.
also, surprise amy poehler!
yeah, i love how he takes these absurd concepts and surreal asides and turns them into these stories about relating to humanity. he did that with the talk show storyline (which omg, i really enjoyed his “show”!), and also the afghanistan ep.
and yet even with the bit of positivity, he still keeps it in the general vein of life being shitty, and dealing with it, but somehow it’s not so depressing after all? which, thinking about it, the absurdity he infuses to the show probably helps with that.
and as long as i’m talking about louie, i should mention that i really love how he gives bits the time develop, with some room for the comedy to breathe. in the last episode he had the entire doll mishap montage, which may not have been so relevant to the yangtze storyline, but was really fucking funny, and i love that he left it in there.
it’s just a really good and innovative show in the sitcom world.
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:DDDDDDDDDD. yeah, i guess we were being pretty vague before, but it feels like a good time to say it publicly? idk.
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I didn’t think the Sam/Blaine scene had a “titillating” vibe to it BUT I
agree completely otherwise.
sorry, i should have clarified better. i don’t think they played or shot that scene in a titillating way either. i meant titillating in the way that an attractive person taking their shirt off on tv is almost always for the ogling factor, something which i think wouldn’t happen if kurt/blaine had a similar scene. does that make sense?
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Because kurt thinking sexy thoughts at all is also creepy scary predator
gay!!!!! Or lol duets etc
well yeah, a dude chasing after a girl is just romantic!!! (see: brody and his overuse of the word “sexy”). but once the person pursuing a dude starts skewing toward the femme side of gender expression, then it’s just zomg sooOOOoo predatory!! it’s just like those ladies and lady-like gays to want to trap men in their clutches!!