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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from DarthDementous in "House of the Dragon" vs. "The Rings of Power"   
    Completely agree that HOTD has more chance of being actually good. There's more proven talent involved, lessons learned from GOT etc. It's reassuring that D&D aren't officially involved (but likely were consultants, which is fine because despite everything they are also still responsible for seasons 1-4 of GOT). There's also a lot less riding on its success than the other - I get the feeling that Rings of Power is going to be the most expensive flop ever made for television and will probably ruin Amazon's entire content model if that happens. Not that they have much to lose in terms of original programming, but still, I'd like to be pleasantly surprised if it's good. It just feels like anything less than a mega hit is going to be death for this show.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in "House of the Dragon" vs. "The Rings of Power"   
    Completely agree that HOTD has more chance of being actually good. There's more proven talent involved, lessons learned from GOT etc. It's reassuring that D&D aren't officially involved (but likely were consultants, which is fine because despite everything they are also still responsible for seasons 1-4 of GOT). There's also a lot less riding on its success than the other - I get the feeling that Rings of Power is going to be the most expensive flop ever made for television and will probably ruin Amazon's entire content model if that happens. Not that they have much to lose in terms of original programming, but still, I'd like to be pleasantly surprised if it's good. It just feels like anything less than a mega hit is going to be death for this show.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Any indicator that RTD recalls that the show's meant to have a sense of fun is fine by me!  
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Bilbo in "House of the Dragon" vs. "The Rings of Power"   
    I’m cautiously optimistic about House of the Dragon. I think a lot was learned from the reaction to GoT and I think the Dance of Dragons has a story that the casual GoT fans will really enjoy once they give it a chance. D&D have no involvement either. 
     
    RoP looks fucking awful in every respect. 
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Nick1Ø66 in "House of the Dragon" vs. "The Rings of Power"   
    Agree in general, but will just add there's no "LOTR universe".  This isn't the MCU, Middle-Earth is the creation of a single person.
     
    There are the books Tolkien wrote, and the direct adaptations (whether film or art)….anaaaannnnd that's about it.  Everything else is just fan-fic.
     
    At least with House of the Dragon, the original creator is involved & approves. This is one reason I'm looking forward to it more. Though I've set my expectations accordingly, it's hard to capture lighting in a bottle twice.
     
     
    I'm getting more of a Wheel of Time vibe, but....yeah.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Stark in "House of the Dragon" vs. "The Rings of Power"   
    I care more about LOTR’s universe, but HOTD has a much easier route to being good.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Better Call Saul 6x09 Fun and Games

    Three prior episodes this season have seen the death of members of the main cast, all well thought-out, well-executed, well-reasoned deaths with interesting ramifications for the futures of the surviving characters, and all three of those episodes were fantastic episodes.  But I think I like this episode more than any of those.
     
    HBO learned a while ago to put the big climactic events in the episode before the season finale, so you'd have time in the season finale to explore the ramifications of those events.  And that's what this episode does beautifully - spends time with characters really having to deal with everything they've done, and it's quite masterful!
     
    It all starts with just a fantastic cold open.  We see the very next day in the lives of Mike, Kim, and Mike & his team.  The way the filmmakers planned out all these interesting ways to transition from one into another, all while Perfect Day plays, is just great!  I thought it was a little funny how quickly Saul had the "Saul Goodman & Associates" sign getting installed, or was it Francesca's idea? I loved the thoroughness of Mike's team, taking polaroids to make sure everything matched after cleaning up, etc.  And then burning all the evidence, which even included all the post-it notes from the scam.  And then when Kim and Jimmy come home and their day is done and they faces change, it was fantastic.  And the conversation on the bed was great too.
     
    Gus's trip to Mexico to talk to Don Eladio and speak to Hector's accusation was very interesting.  I loved how little Gus said, letting the "facts" of the dental records and nobody else hearing the phone call speak for itself.  I liked that at this point, his revenge against the Salamancas is starting to work, with Lalo dead and Tuco in jail, and I wonder if when he looks down at the pool and probably thinks about Max, if he realizes it will be another 5 years until he finishes off Bolsa, Eladio, and Hector.
     
    It was great when he came home that he opened up some windows in his house, finally letting some (metaphorical and real) light in. And I loved that Mike was waiting for him in the basement tunnel, and that Mike reveals they truly didn't know if Gus would survive the trip to Mexico or not.  And of course, Gus provides no thoughts of celebration, and immediately puts Mike to work on finishing the lab (I guess the second crew won't get their own story like the first crew did )
     
    Speaking of not allowing celebration, the scene with Gus at the bar was one of the most interesting scenes the show has ever had!  I loved seeing Gus not only let her guard down and actually have fun, but have so much fun he let himself flirt with an acquaintance he seems to have some history with (Reed Diamond from Dollhouse was great in this role!).  After he leaves to go get the expensive bottle, you can clearly see Gus ponder the options, decide his need for revenge is more important, and take off.  Damn!

    This has some nice parallels with the nice scene with Mike and Nacho's father.  I loved loved loved this scene.  I love that Mike goes into it thinking he is doing his dad a favor, and that he himself has some sort of moral highground compared to everybody else "in the game".  And I love that his dad puts him in his place by pointing out that kililng the Salamancas won't be justice, just revenge, and that Mike is just like every other gangster.  Great stuff.  Really is a nice end-cap to the entire character arc Mike had in this show, and tells you everything you need to know about who he is when he shows up in Breaking Bad.  Oh, and I loved how the scene was shot, with the fence in between them.
     
    At this point with so much time spent on Mike and Gus, I was wondering if this was going to be a total flip of the usual episodes; Often episodes start with a cold open feature either no characters, or characters other than Jimmy or Kim, and then Jimmy and Kim is often the main focus of the episode.  So I was wondering if the cold open would be the only time we'd see Kim and Jimmy in this episode, and the rest would focus on the other characters.  But nope, then we get the fantastic wake scene at HHM!
     
    Boy, what a scene, or really series of scenes.  You are left wondering exactly what their talks with the police were like, and how much prep they did between themselves what they would say at this wake.  It was great to see the famous HHM lobby again, and I loved that the giant pictures of Howard were just from Patrick Fabian's own social media  It was great to see Rich Schweikart one last time, and the little tidbit that HHM is changing its name to Brookner Partners or whatever probably explains the card Saul gives to Francesca in that flash-forward. 
     
    I had no idea what to expect when they go to talk to Cheryl and Cliff and boy, what a scene.  I loved how delicately Jimmy stuck to the story they had to stick to while being as information-free as possible.  I LOVED that he divulged a personal detail - that he was always jealous of Howard because he had the respect of Chuck and he did not - which is probably simultaneously true, something Jimmy would never admit in normal circumstances, and a great detail that would help quell many people in this situation.  But it isn't enough, and Cheryl demands more. 
     
    And then the most interesting part of the entire episode happens, Kim's perfect on-the-fly lie to sell their story.  I loved watching the gears spin in her head, then her lie about seeing Howard snorting coke a while back, and the final button: Asking Cliff if he had ever observed any behavior like that.  Chef's kiss, Kim.  I truly had no idea what Cliff was going to say to that!  Say he had?  Out them as probably scamming them after all, especially since he knows Kim was with him at the hooker-out-the-car scene, etc.  Instead... he neither confirms nor denies specifically, but between his delivery and choice of words "now is not the time or place" more or less agrees that it's probably all true.  Goddamn.
     
    And then Kim twists the knife in another savage moment of brilliance, saying Cheryl would know Howard best.... when Kim fully knows that he had been sleeping in the guest house for a while, so she actually wouldn't know what he's been up to.  Damn!  This is one of the most savage character assassinations I've seen on TV.  I loved the various looks Jim gave Kim throughout all this, he was clearly impressed she could lie better than he could, and tap into everything necessary to pull off the perfect con.
     
    Then the garage scene!  How cool was it that their cars were parked pointing in 180degree opposite directions, foreshadowing EVERYTHING.  I liked that Jimmy thought the con was over and the healing would begin now, but man that kiss from Kim should have told him otherwise.  I love details like this, and here's another one; Kim used to always smoke outside, then during the whole Howard scam this season she started smoking inside again.  Now, after quitting being a lawyer, packing her things, and waiting for Jimmy to come back home, she's smoking outside again.  Damn.

    Once he comes in, their breakup scene is just a masterclass of writing and acting.  All her reasons for needing to separate from Jimmy are completely logical, well thought out, and inevitable.  And I love that Jimmy is so vulnerable here, and so pleading with her to stay.  And the best part was that for the first time in the entire show, they actually say "I love you" to each other on-screen.  And she finally tells Jimmy she knew Lalo was alive, and even admits that she didn't tell him because she knew he would put the kibosh on the Howard scam, and that she feared he'd break up with her as well (this is the only thing in the whole episode that didn't really track for me.... why did she think that?).  And the last thing she says to Jimmy before leaving (that we see at least) is "I didn't want that, because I was having too much fun".  Damn.  I have never been more sure of anything that we will see her again in the Gene timeline.  I will miss her for a couple episodes until we get there!
     
    The jump forward to 2008 was shocking.  I was NOT expecting that.  Did anybody else think the lady he had slept with kind of looks like Kim?  In fact, I thought it was the actress that plays Kim's mom at first!  I didn't really get the point of having him park in the handicap spot in front of his own office and put up a fake handicap placard; it's his own office, can't he put up a sign reserving it?  That was weird.  I loved the broken down, BB-era Francesca inside, a nice comparison to the still optimistic one at the start of the episode.  And I loved seeing the statue of liberty, Better Call Saul signage, and pillars of justice office all in place.  What a way to end the episode.  I'm happy to be in the BB era to kick off the final 4 episodes, but hope we get some information about the 4 years we just jumped past.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Damien F in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    I think they probably had to move a lot of the furniture around so they took photos to ensure they put everything back in the right place. I could be wrong because I've only seen the episode once, but that's the impression I got. Mike is very detail orientated!
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Damien F in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    I had always expected the time jump from the BCS timeline to the BrBa timeline to happen in a montage, but that sudden jump cut is genius and also quite depressing. To jump cut from Jimmy with Kim, the woman he loves, to Saul with some random meaningless one night stand is very striking. 
     
    Kim's last word in the episode is "fun" and Rhea delivers it perfectly.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to crumbs in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Fantastic episode! Every scene was so expertly directed and acted. Bravo to the whole cast and crew.
     
    Also amusing that the photos of Howard's various adventures are actually from Patrick Fabian's real life escapades:

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    Docteur Qui reacted to Holko in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Great episode! Great to see Gus relaxed and having fun, and also great but sad to see Kim come to her senses.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to DarthDementous in STRANGER THINGS - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    He’s easily one of my favourite characters probably because of his uncanny Harrison Ford energy at times 
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    That will be told in the upcoming spinoff, Never Trust Gus
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Anthony in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Of course everything had to go down the way it did! The surprise was that they didn't try to subvert expectations. It all played out to logical conclusions, yet the tension came from how exactly we'd get to them.
      I like that the decks are cleared for the final 5 episodes. I still can't work out how they're going to slot Walt and Jessie in without it feeling shoehorned, or how we get from where we are now to full-Saul-Goodman and ALSO wrapping up the Gene timeline.
      I keep wondering what Peter Gould means when he says "By the time we're done, you won't look at Breaking Bad in the same way."
      Dave Porter has been kicking the shit out of this season with his score. All the other seasons it's been - as Gus would say - acceptable. It's done what it's needed to do, but it hasn't drawn my attention like the music this season has. Bravo!
      There were so many good scenes but I think my favourite has to be Kim approaching Gus' house to kill him with the overhead shot mirroring (exactly?) Walt doing the exact same thing a few years later. I'm not sure either of them would have actually been able to pull the trigger. The music here was so creepy, and the whole scene was more like a horror movie (the light in the peephole disappearing!), even though I predicted Mike would run up behind her at the last second.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Damien F in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Yeah, in the final season of BrBa, we see Hank and Gomie with a CSI team in the lab after the fire so it is inevitable that their bodies will be discovered. I think the police will naturally assume Howard was involved in Gus's drug empire in some way though so his reputation will never be repaired. 
     
    We might even see a news report about Howard's body being discovered in the later episodes depending on the time frame of the episodes set during BrBa.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    You have to wonder if in the post-Breaking Bad timeline, the authorities will discover the bodies underneath the lab.  If they do, I guess his family will get the closure that he wasn't a cokehead who committed suicide, he was shot in the head.  Though, I don't know if the authorities will ever figure out who killed him or why...
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    The whole episode had way more of a BB vibe than a BCS vibe.

    It might be the only BCS episode without any jokes or comedic moments of any kind...
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    I forgot to mention Dave Porter's score in this episode, which was really good; The music for Kim driving the car and approaching Gus's house was really good
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in BETTER CALL SAUL - spoilers allowed for all aired episodes   
    Better Call Saul 6x08 Point and Shoot
     
    This has got to be one of the only episodes in the entire BB / BCS canon that just follows one story the entire time, and doesn't cut back and forth between different ones.  And that of course makes sense here, since the aftermath of Hamlin's death affects all 5 of the remaining living main characters.
     
    Of course in retrospect it makes total sense that the only reason Lalo went to Jimmy and Kim's place first before going back to the laundromat was to use them as sacrifice / bait / distraction.  I'm sure he wasn't expecting them to actually kill Gus, just take more men off the laundromat.  That guy is smart.  So smart that it's almost disappointing that he let Gus give a speech instead of just popping him, and didn't notice the power cord by Gus's feet.  But of course in these 2 shows Gus is the smartest character, with the Salamancas and his quest for revenge against them being his only weakness, so everything tracks and is really satisfying, and I really liked that he didn't get away unscathed.  That bullet to the vest would REALLY hurt, and I like that he knows he'll be out of the limelight for at least a solid week.  It was so great to see Lyle get the call to be store manager!  Very... acceptable.
     
    One interesting aspect was how committed both Kim and Jimmy were to each other, both willing to sacrifice themselves in order to save the other.  I have seen theories where some people think Kim isn't really into Jimmy, but I think this episode proves she is for sure.  I don't think for  a second she would have been able to pull the trigger if she got there an a librarian with glasses did open the door, and I would love to know precisely what was going through her head when the cops were at the stoplight with her.
     
    One of my other favorite parts was two scenes with Mike.  First him telling off Gus for going to the laundromat without calling him.  I love how much balls has to talk to Gus any way he likes.  I think in a way Gus really respects that, and I think Mike needs it in order to work for him.  And the second is the sadness he had at the end having to bury Hamlin's body.  You can tell he knows its not right that Hamlin, who wasn't "in the game" got mixed up in all this, and doesn't deserve this death or burial.  I suspect he will have a very unfriendly attitude towards both Jimmy and Kim if we're in for any more scenes with them.  I was confused at first why he was removing Hamlin's wallet, watch, and shoes, until I remember he staged all of those at his suicide beach scene.  That was a nice cold open.
     
    My biggest hope for next week is that we don't jump forward past some of the aftermath here.  I really want to see Jimmy and Kim trying to have that "normal day", I want to see their intial conversations about all this, I want to see Jimmy ask Kim why she didn't tell him she knew Lalo was alive, etc.  I want to see what happens next to them now, in 2004, before we jump to mansion-living Saul in 2008, for at least 1 more episode - hopefully 2.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Jay in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    I recently watched Marvel's Moon Knight, which I wasn't really planning to do (I've been Marvel-fatigued for a while now), but after hearing Hesham Nazih's wonderful theme for it on Dan Golding's (from Art of the Score) Screen Sounds show on ABC radio I thought I'd check it out. Glad I did! I can see why Oscar Isaac signed up for it, he is truly fantastic in it. Fun, thrilling, funny (Isaac's cockney London accent is something to behold), a little bit ridiculous, and heaped with adventurous Egyptology in the spirit of Raiders.
     
    The writing around mental illness and trauma was handled surprisingly well; there's a few scenes in later episodes that were particularly affecting to me, absolutely nailed by Isaac. Ethan Hawke also brings a soft intensity to his role, and May Calamawy is a charismatic and compelling actor who I can't wait to see more of. Nazih's score is gorgeous: big, bombastic and romantic in all the right ways. And best of all is that it's a largely self-contained story that doesn't require enrolling in the University of Marvel to understand - in fact I don't think there was a single reference to the rest of the MCU in the entire thing. I recommend it to anyone who's on the fence. The production value alone is worth a look, and makes Obi-Wan look positively amateur in comparison. What's going on in Disney's budget department? I get that they probably still haven't recouped their cost from buying Lucasfilm but if anything deserved location shooting, good writing/directing and CGI and a large orchestra it was Obi-Wan. Maybe McGregor's fee ate up the budget?
     
    I'm up to date on Only Murders in the Building. The first episode of this season reminded me what I don't find particularly appealing about this show which is the broad comedy style. The gags don't come often enough for the low hit rate of its jokes. But as the mystery deepens in subsequent episodes I was also reminded at how good this show is at pulling you in and zigging when you think it'll zag. It's nice to be back in this world.
     
    I also just finished the penultimate episode of Barry season 3. Another show that is sometimes unappealing to me, but in the complete opposite way to Only Murders; the humour in Barry is absolutely top notch but I'm often thrown by the (literal) violent swings in tone when it gets intense, so I can't watch too many episodes in a row. On the whole it's great though, and I've really enjoyed the pace at which the show moves. Storylines are never drawn out longer than they need to, and despite the frequent absurdity it's refreshingly authentic in the way it draws its characters. Look forward to the finale!
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    Only Murders In The Building 2x04 Here's Looking at You
     
    Oh man, so many developments this week!  The secret tunnels, the return of Nathan Lane & son, the introduction of Lucy, the change in prime suspect, the return of Jan!  Whooo boy!!!  So, the killer has a dust allergy, perhaps...
     
    AND OF COURSE THERE'S THIS
     
     
     
    This season is a hoot!
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Turbo in Good funny music?   
    I had that cue set as the ringtone for my job.  I always wanted to listen to it to the end so I usually ended up missing the call.
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