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    I'm the complete opposite of everything Mr. Pink is saying. The moral ambiguity and the focus on sexual kinks and psychology of the characters is what keeps me hooked. If you take that away, the show becomes a gangster routine with predictable outcomes. We all know Nucky won't go to prison or die before the end of the show so he will have to defeat his enemies.

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    Quote Quoting Grouchy (view post)
    I'm the complete opposite of everything Mr. Pink is saying. The moral ambiguity and the focus on sexual kinks and psychology of the characters is what keeps me hooked. If you take that away, the show becomes a gangster routine with predictable outcomes. We all know Nucky won't go to prison or die before the end of the show so he will have to defeat his enemies.

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    Moral ambiguity is okay with me, but the extreme detail given to the sexual kinks and psychology of the characters seems almost entirely unnecessary.

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    So that's where my frustration comes from. The relationships on that show are just too fuckin' weird for me to handle.

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    Definitely like the show, finished S2 a week or so ago. I like the Butcher character (surprise, surprise) so much that I'll talk like him around the house. Not sure if my wife is annoyed at it yet.
    “What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, er... an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks and that's all.”

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    I hadn't seen that ending coming although, by its very nature, tv shows must have some cliffhangery shit going on. [
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    Quote Quoting Morris Schæffer (view post)
    I hadn't seen that ending coming although, by its very nature, tv shows must have some cliffhangery shit going on. [
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    The Princess and the Pilot - B-
    Playtime (rewatch) - A
    The Hobbit - C-
    The Comedy - D+
    Kings of the Road - C+
    The Odd Couple - B
    Red Rock West - C-
    The Hunger Games - D-
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    Quote Quoting amberlita (view post)
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    The Comedy - D+
    Kings of the Road - C+
    The Odd Couple - B
    Red Rock West - C-
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    Why?

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    So that's where my frustration comes from. The relationships on that show are just too fuckin' weird for me to handle.
    That's a subjective reaction and I can understand it if not share it.

    I think a lot of the crazy shit that you complain about comes from a historical perspective the show takes which focuses on the asexual and religious education the characters have because of the time period they grew up with. The writers are attempting to show how the characters don't understand their own sexual feelings. And, in that context, I think that bastard children, being married to a lesbian (or at least a woman who experiments with lesbianism) or having an Oedipal relationship are not completely incredible events.

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    Quote Quoting Grouchy (view post)
    Why?
    Just the obvious reason. If I knew him in real life, that would definitely be the friendship deal-breaker for me. You know, not counting the murdering people and stuff.

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    That's a subjective reaction and I can understand it if not share it.

    I think a lot of the crazy shit that you complain about comes from a historical perspective the show takes which focuses on the asexual and religious education the characters have because of the time period they grew up with. The writers are attempting to show how the characters don't understand their own sexual feelings. And, in that context, I think that bastard children, being married to a lesbian (or at least a woman who experiments with lesbianism) or having an Oedipal relationship are not completely incredible events.
    That's what bugs me about the show. It seems like they are using the time period as an excuse to cram all these dysfunctional relationships into the same small group of characters just for the hell of it. Those sorts of things aren't exclusive to that time period, so they're not as interesting as I think the writers think they are.

    They definitely aren't incredible events, but the show comes off a bit phony for me, since I can't imagine any group of people that closely related with that many varied psychological problems/dysfunctional relationships. Or, rather, I'd prefer they didn't focus on it so much. A little is okay, but this show goes overboard with them. It's really just not that interesting, either way.

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    First two episodes. Meh.

    But that appears to be the consensus here.

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    I don't know if I said it here but I got up to episode 9 the other day. As long as I'm watching it I think this show is pretty good, whenever I'm not watching I forget it exists.

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    I'm giving this show another chance in hopes that I'll be caught up in time for the S3 premiere. Halfway through S1 right now, better than I remembered it. I like Jimmy's transformation in this episode. Reminded me of Michael Corleone's restaurant scene, but perhaps that's because I just watched The Godfather last week.

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    D'oh! Just read a spoiler on the last page that I wish I hadn't. You guys can't talk about sexual kinks and then throw in a spoiler box. I have no willpower.

    Liking this more and more. Up to 1.9 now.

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    Solid premiere. Michael Shannon makes the most mundane of scenes super compelling.
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    loved the eli and chalky stuff in this ep

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    Season four confirmed.
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    Great ep.
    The Princess and the Pilot - B-
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    Kings of the Road - C+
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    Just came to say the same thing. Michael Shannon is unbelievable.
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    last night's ep was excellent

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    "Bible Camp's canceled."
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    Holy shit.

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    They are really stepping things up. This might be the best season yet.
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    i fistpumped

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    Great finale, solid season.

    Apparently Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos are joining the writing staff for season 4, both did great work on the last two or three seasons of The Wire.
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