Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Heroic" - The Handmaid's Tale


The Handmaid's Tale (on Hulu) continues to impress. The latest episode, Season 3 Episode 9, called "Heroic", is maddening throughout most of it as the main character is forced to endure isolation leading to her own madness. The acting by Elizabeth Moss here is just terrific, and the supporting cast is great as well. The emotion we feel at the end is strong, and a good payoff for an otherwise trying episode.

There are only four more episodes to go. They promised us a revolution in the preseason publicity, but the show is taking a very long time to advance the narrative even a little. Instead, it meanders on little side stories that feel intensely personal. It appears like they don't have enough time to bring the series to a proper conclusion.

Previous episodes repeatedly referenced a war being fought in Chicago. This might be the key to how the series ends.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Handmaid's Tale

One reviewer said, "The Handmaid's Tale continues to disappoint." I disagree. The final season of the series is slowly building to something, very likely something big. The most recent episode was called "filler", which it might have been, but every single episode has moved the story along at least a little bit. Meanwhile, the series gives us a great many dramatic moments along the way.

It is interesting that people complain that Season 2 was too dark and too violent. How could this show be any different? Almost everything bad that has ever been done to suppress women is in the show. It should make whatever payoff that is coming all the more dramatic.

People's comments about the series are all over the place. Some think that it is an attack on Christianity. Some think that it is about sex slaves. Some think that this is somehow about the Trump administration. Almost everybody thinks that it is about feminism. However, if we can look past the obvious, it is possible to look at the show as the universal struggle for freedom against oppression, regardless of what other themes you attach to it.
On Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 11:33 PM John Coffey wrote:

In Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss plays June, who is very intelligent, angry and very intense. I just saw a couple of interviews with the actress, where in person she seems more like Drew Barrymore. Maybe not completely, but there is quite a difference between the actress and the character she plays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpWtif_VTzI

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Elisabeth Moss

In Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss plays June, who is very intelligent, angry and very intense.  I just saw a couple of interviews with the actress, where in person she seems more like Drew Barrymore.  Maybe not completely, but there is quite a difference between the actress and the character she plays.

Friday, June 14, 2019

"TV Turn-Off" Letterman Controversy on Late Night, October 3, 9, 1984

If you watch this from 1.5 minutes to 10 minutes, it is hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37tn_AzMmFQ

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION | Tim Conway on "Turn On" | PBS - YouTube

LOST

There is an article on Facebook listing TV shows with terrible endings, one of which is "LOST."  This led to some discussion.

John Coffey: The ending of LOST was brilliant. The problem is that people didn't understand it.

Charles Brilliant I still don't.



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John Coffey:  

It is a matter of understanding the timeline. A few escape the island. They go back. They stop fake-Locke (Flocke) and save the world. Jack gets killed along with Sun and Kim. Almost everybody escapes from the island, with the exception of a couple who chose to stay behind. Hurley is now the new caretaker.

A long time later, after everyone has died, they are all in Limbo together. This is what the "flash-sideways" is all about. Because they were the most important people to each other, they act out portions of their lives as a way of letting go of their mortal existence. They don't realize that they are in limbo until each person one by one has an epiphany. Jack is the last one to have an epiphany because he stubbornly hangs onto his mortal existence. Once everybody realizes where they are, they are all ready to "move on", except for poor Benjamin Linus who has some soul searching to do.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Saturday, May 11, 2019

What we left behind documentary

Surprise. I was just talking about how much I enjoyed rewatching Star Trek Deep Space Nine. I must not be the only one, because there is a documentary about the show coming to AMC theaters Monday night only.

Honestly, it doesn't make much sense to me to release a documentary into theaters about a TV show 20 years after a show has ended. Star Trek fans can't be that dedicated. How long before the documentary comes to Netflix streaming?

Not all the episodes were great. It was a mixed bag. Initially, the show took a while to find its footing.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Why You Should Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I may have posted this before. Much strong language in the video.

https://youtu.be/gAdo3dGYd1

I actually like Season 1, Jar Jar, and the prequels.

This is a show that got better with every season. Season 3 episodes 5 to 7 were kind of dull. However, there were few episodes that I didn't like.

This show is no longer on Netflix. I have all the episodes.

The show is being revived for season 7 on the new Disney streaming service starting in November. Likely all the episodes will be available on Disney streaming, along with a new Star Wars series called The Mandalorian, which is why I plan on signing up for the service.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Top 10 Worst Star Trek Deep Space Nine Episodes

#6 was good. #8 and #10 were passable. Otherwise, I agree. Almost every series has a few duds. LOST only had 1 episode that I disliked, and it wasn't even that bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP7BjprAX2I