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    Mare of Easttown

    In which, I'll watch an episode and predict who did it... in spoilers.

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    Episode 1 -
    Somewhere between a cross of Sharp Objects and True Detective, this seems like something I'm going to dig.

    LOLed at seeing Guy Pearce pop up. Definitely sticks out in this city, but I guess it fits.

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    Episode 2:
    Gotta love smalltown drama.

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    All caught up, and this show... EVERYONE is a LIAR!

    I like that it subverts the typical twists of stories as of late.

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    This is tantalizing! I want to watch so bad, but can't find the time. Argghhh, I want to open the spoilers almost as bad as I want to see Kate Winslet in this role.
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    Mare of East Town ***: Serviceable crime mystery with maybe one too many twists. Always engaging if sometimes pat, worth watching if for no other reason than to see Kate Winslet own this role.

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    Love this show.
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    LOL'd at that []
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    Penultimate episode and my thoughts on Guy Pearce is:

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    ^FWIW, Pierce was a last minute recasting because the original actor had a schedule conflict, and Winslet acted with him in Mildred Pierce so she rec'ed him for the role.
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    That makes sense. I was wondering why they'd get such a name actor for such a small part.
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    Quote Quoting Peng (view post)
    ^FWIW, Pierce was a last minute recasting because the original actor had a schedule conflict, and Winslet acted with him in Mildred Pierce so she rec'ed him for the role.
    Even if it was a minor actor, it's such a weird role. Like, you could probably remove every scene of his, and you get the same show.

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    Terrific ending.

    Obviously the detective story is what will entice viewers, but I think the parental theme that touches literally every character is what makes this something really special.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Terrific ending.
    Obviously the detective story is what will entice viewers, but I think the parental theme that touches literally every character is what makes this something really special.
    Yup. Pretty solid show overall.
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    The Triplets of Belleville (S. Chomet, 2003) ☆
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    I wouldn't say I watch the show for the characters rather than the mystery (since the mystery is actually compelling as well), but Brad Ingelsby's writing and Craig Zobel's depiction lend this town's population and their relationships a tremendous amount of natural, lived-in authenticity, with both dramatic and comedic moments, that feels so engaging to watch. I could have watched these people dealing with their problems both personal and public all day, which the show has in spades. And the many lively digressions serve dual purpose as both effective storytelling and mystery's clue camouflage as well.

    This also extends to the reveal, since however satisfying or not one may find it, we still see its effects reverberate and ripple outwards to the show's cast. The way they're affected is an unexpected but fitting continuance from the town's and especially Mare's arcs (with a never-better performance from Kate Winslet), so that it is a neat trick of plot-based reveal transforming so satisfyingly into concluding tangents of character-based drama too.
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    I could watch an entire show based solely on Mare's mom's antics.
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    The Triplets of Belleville (S. Chomet, 2003) ☆
    Jiang Ziya (Cheng T./Li W., 2020) ☆
    Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (M. Kamikita, 2021) ☆
    Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose (T. Naoya, 2021) ☆
    Steven Universe, S5 (R. Sugar, 2017–19) ☆
    Steven Universe, S4 (R. Sugar, 2016–17) ☆
    Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro (H. Hanai, 2021) ☆

    First time ☆

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    Episode 1 -
    Somewhere between a cross of Sharp Objects and True Detective, this seems like something I'm going to dig.

    LOLed at seeing Guy Pearce pop up. Definitely sticks out in this city, but I guess it fits.

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    Holy exposition batman! At least its got a mis en scene that I'm down for and enough interesting characters that don't seem overly familiar from other sleepy-town murder series. Guy Pierce was a surprising and superfluous addition, but I'm not gonna be the one to object to a Pierce/Winslet hook up-- even if he turns out to be the murderer.

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    Episode 2:
    Gotta love smalltown drama.

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    Second episode fleshes out the characters just enough to keep me excited about future episodes. The ending reeked of DUN-DUN-DUNNNNN and was signaled by the most obvious furrowed brow I think I've seen in modern television.
    Recent Films and TV out of *****:

    Memories of Murder ****: Powerful direction, incisive and surprisingly funny script, beautiful cinematography.

    Inside ***.5: Genuinely funny and occasionally profound, Burnham has created something so of-the-moment that its virtues may fade rather quickly.

    Mare of East Town ***: Serviceable crime mystery with maybe one too many twists. Always engaging if sometimes pat, worth watching if for no other reason than to see Kate Winslet own this role.

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    Would have skipped the show entirely but Scar's comments in another thread got me curious (tbh I took them as an unofficial rec).

    Just finished first episode. Very well done. I dig the heavy soap opera aspects of it. This is something Brit crime dramas do well but you don't see too often in
    the States.

    I like the way the show doesn't do exposition dumps, doesn't tell you everything at once. Like how 2 people on opposite sides of a public issue have known each other since highschool.

    The final shot, with Mare waking up and thinking she sees someone, seemed to me to be straight out of life. Made me wonder out loud who directed / wrote this.

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    Yeah, keep watching. Glad I couldn’t ‘binge it’ and had to wait week to week.
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