meganbmoore: (swath: dark forest)
 140 x once Upon A Time in Wonderland eps 1-7


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meganbmoore: (curiouser and curiouser)
I haven't watched Once Upon A Time since about 2/3 through season 2. I do intend to eventually get back to it, I just haven't yet. Mostly because everything was starting to resolve around Rumpelstiltskin and his male progeny, and not only was that antithetical to everything that drew me to the show, but my eyes still glaze over with boredom when I see "Rumpelstiltskin." Unless they glaze over with annoyance. (I know most people didn't care for her but I found Cora a MUCH more interesting villain with better ties to the aspects of the show that I liked, as well as a MUCH more effective master manipulator. I mean, she was still a horrible person who needed to be stopped, I'm just saying that if they'd put her in Rumpelstiltskin's role, that season 2 plotline would have had the opposite impact on me.)

But I'm digressing. OUaTiW is a spinoff that was conceived as a miniseries with the potential to become an ongoing series. It's set in the version of Wonderland established in OUaT, but operates mostly independent of OUaT. Pretty much, as long as you know how things work when sorcerers take your heart in-universe and about the basic setup of the parent show in regards to Storybrooke and the curse.

OUaTiW is about Alice of Alice in Wonderland roughly 12-15 years after her initial adventures in Wonderland. When her father didn't believe her stories about Wonderland, Alice kept running away to return to Wonderland over and over again, eventually disappearing for a number of years before returning, claiming to have fallen in love with a genie who was then murdered by the Red Queen. A year or so later, Alice has been institutionalized, and is trying to convince her doctors that she doesn't believe in Wonderland and was making it up when the White Rabbit and Knave of Hearts find her and tell her that Cyrus is actually alive, but being held prisoner.

The first 3/4 of the show are fueled by this plot, with Cyrus as the Damsel in Distress who keeps trying to save himself, but fails miserably at it, and Alice as the action hero off to save her Damsel, and Will (the Knave of Hearts) as her roguish sidekick. Now, I'm as prone to partnershipping as anyone else, but lets all pause and sidetrack for a moment to appreciate the fact that Alice and Will are conventionally attractive, sexuality compatible friends who are close and who spend a lot of time travelling and adventuring alone, both during and before the series, with never a hint of romantic or sexual attraction or "will they, won't they" between them. The last chunk of the series is all the various parties coming together to deal with the main villain, Jafar.

Jafar is...urm...well, if you're expecting race!fail, you'll get it, though admittedly not as much as I was expecting.  (This isn't actually saying much.) Naveen Andrews does his best with what he's given, and unlike Rumpelstiltskin, I actually do find parts of his backstory to be sympathetic, though they don't do anything to make him any less awful in the present. This, I think, is where so much modern fiction gets lost in its portrayal of sympathetic villains. Sure, give them tragic backstories and layers, even like them more than the protagonists if you want, but don't act like their pain is more important than the pain they cause others, and both canons and fandoms typically leap over that line as quickly as they can. The downside is that they can apparently only keep from crossing that line if the character is a sinister Middle Eastern man. There is another character whose actions I feel get somewhat swept away because of a change of heart, but given what there was of that redemption plot, I'm willing to assume that a longer redemption arc that addressed the character's greater wrongs, but that it got truncated. A downside to Jafar is that, between he and Alice, there's a major narrative trend of paternal acceptance being a chief motivator, and narrative character drive that I've been over for years. Mothers are also present, but are treated as far less important than fathers.

A lot of the problems I had with OUaT stem, I think, from the fact that it's a miniseries concept executed as an ongoing series. OUaTiW, I think, fares better because it's a miniseries concept that is executed as a miniseries with the possibility of becoming an ongoing series. As I referenced before, I think some character arcs and relationships reveals and developments got shorted because they were hoping for the series to be longer, but the good outweighs the bad for me. There are some serious oddities. The series takes place in both the present and the Victorian age, which can be explained by Wonderland existing in another dimension, but some human characters in Wonderland who aren't from Wonderland are the same age in the present as they were when they were they came to Wonderland some time before Alice first did. The show also maintains more of the sheer nonsense of Wonderland (including Alice sometimes slipping from more conventional, adult forms of speech to the more nonsensical speech she sometimes had as a child in the books.

I liked it enough to look into OUaT fandom a bit more than I have in a long time, and it sounds like it may have turned back to the things I cared about, and have less of the ones I didn't, so maybe I'll get back to it soon. (The flipside is that it looks like certain character stans are worse than ever.)
meganbmoore: (secret of kells: lookee)
1. Accidentally stumbling across spoilers for a recent-ish episode of Wizard Barristers made me lose interest in it, and then deliberately spoiling myself for the end made me glad I did. Lotsa of wasted potential there. I also dropped Magical Warfare, as I apparently quit caring about anything else once the sibling plot I cared about was resolved and replaced by one I anti-cared about.

2. Related, except for Tonari no Seki-kun and Nisekoi, all the anime I was watching are finished (ok, The Pliot's Love Song finishes tomorrow, but close enough). Sadly, the Spring season doesn't look to have that many that interest me? There's Mushishi, of course, and I'll probably check out JoJo's Bizarre Adventures (I liked the bit of the manga i read ages ago, but was intimidated by the length, and this was before I could read scans on my kindle) but other than that, the only things to grab my eye are a couple of shorts and the one about the lesbian romance in an all-girls boarding school where all the girls are assassins. Maybe others will sound more interesting once they've started airing.

3. Also related, there seem to be fewer and fewer shoujo series lately? This saddens me. I know more shounen series are realizing that girls like this stuff too and shaking up the series some to accommodate for that, but it isn't exactly the same thing.

4. To move on from anime, I haven't watched Once Upon A Time since that one character died about 3/4 through season 2. I didn't consciously drop it and will likely catch up eventually, but I came across this Regina spoiler...

I kinda blurted this out on twitter but I'll behave better here... )

5. Last week I stumbled across a book called Ever After High at the library which led too me watching the webseries which in turn led to my mainlining all the Monster High webisodes, specials and movies in about a week. Both series are based on toylines. Monster High came first and is about the sons and daughters of the Universal Studios monster characters attending high school together, while Ever After High is about the sons and daughters of fairy tale characters, though both series also borrow from similar stories not actually in the "canon" that spawned them. As both series are designed to make nine-year-old girls beg their parents to buy them dolls, they focus mostly on the female students. Monster High is extremely entertaining and is pretty straight forward "typical high school stuff and Drama, if all the students were vampires and mummies and gorgons and werewolves and ghosts and such" and can be a bit fashion obsessed. Ever After High, OTOH, is consciously critiquing and deconstructing its source canon (on a very basic level, because, like I said, meant for kids) and has the students being molded to repeat their parent's stories, something that the children of the villains, sidekicks and rogues really aren't very keen on. Of the two I prefer Ever After High even though there's a lot less of it, but they're both a fun way to pass time.

6. So, about 60% of my eagerness to get WisCon panel assignments is to find out what media I'll spend 6 or so weeks binging on. Please tell me I'm not alone in this.

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Apr. 2nd, 2013 11:56 pm
meganbmoore: (white collar: sara/neal: scamming)
Just scratching the surface of what I'm behind on, but progress is progress?

Elementary 1.18:

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Once Upon A Time 2.15-2.16: I liked the episode about Snow's mother about as much as I expected to (A LOT). I liked Cora's backstory less than expectedm due to the fact that, as much as I like Cora's ruthlessness and ambition, that was the biggest "missing the point of your source material" yet of the series. The fact that I can consistently care less about Rumples and now Neal every episode is approaching the miraculous.

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Very much looking forward to what they do with Snow and Regina next. I know I'm still a couple episodes behind, but I'm not particularly interested in what I understand to be the main plots of the next 2 episodes. ("The Stranger," and August. Part of me is still recovering from the abject boredom and pointlessness of the Whale episode a while back.)

Person of Interest 2.17-2.18: I have no deep thoughts, but I hope the HR plotline is wrapped up by the end of this season.

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White Collar 4.14-4.16:  Hilarie Burton really does the Audrey Hepburn look well, doesn't she?  (Still not thrilled with how her hair keeps getting lighter and lighter.  Though I think she was usually blonde before WC?  And yes, when people change their hair in my shows', I obsess over it.)

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The trailer for Graceland that was at the end of the WC finale looked quite dull.

I've also been catching up with Pretty Little Liars.  You may recall that I was very in love with it a while back, and then suddenly stopped talking about it.  That's because it was group watching, and we all got sidetracked.  But I'm about 1/4 of the way through season 3 now, and loving it.  But wow, what is it with Melissa and pedophiles?  Like EVERY SINGLE GUY she's been interested in has chased after at least one teenaged girl way too young for him, and some more than one.  Is the woman just a pedophile magnet, or something?  I'm actually very fond of Melissa, but her taste in men is just horrific.  (Oddly, while I don't care for Ezra and find Aria/Ezra icky in general, not to mention boring, it's also very much a "wrong because of their ages" thing?  Like, I don't get the same pedophile vibe from him that I do from Ian, Wren or Garrett, and actually get why they're compatible?  It's just the NO STOP DATING YOUR STUDENT DUDE, GEEZ part.  I suppose it helps that Aria was the pursuer there and Ezra spends half his time apparently inwardly berating himself, BUT WHY MUST THE PLOTLINE EXIST?)
meganbmoore: (once: apple?)

Arrow 1.10-1.13: This show's devotion to getting at least one actor from every geeky show ever to guest star at least once continues to amaze me. I'm currently rooting for them to dunk either Kathleen Munroe or Gloria Votsis's hair in some red hair dye so I can finally have some Barbara Gordon on my screen. (Preferably as Laurel's BFF, and not making one of her comic book BFFs be a romantic rival like they did with Helena.)

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Bomb Girls 2.1-2.6: It makes me happy to think that we're only halfway through the season, but have already had as many episodes as we had for the whole first season.

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Elementary 2.11-2.15: At this point, part of me thinks Watson is still with Holmes because she's training him to be her personal valet.

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Haven 3.11-3.13: Well, that was a much better cliffhanger ending than last season, but I suppose that isn't really that hard to accomplish. But oh, does this show make it hard to keep liking it at times.

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Once Upon A Time 1.10-1.12: I liked 2.10 a lot. Yes, a lot of it was setup, but it was about the stuff I cared about and the flashbacks were something I've been wanting more of. I expected to like 2.11 a lot and mostly did, but it let me down due to headbangy fail in the flashbacks. I liked bits of 2.12 but I dislike both Rumples and Whale and find Whale thoroughly boring, and so multitasked through much of it.

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White Collar 3.11-3.13:
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Still catching up on:

Beauty and the Beast
Lost Girl
Nikita
Person of Interest
Scandal

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Dec. 15th, 2012 02:43 pm
meganbmoore: (once: apple?)
Arrow 1.8-1.9: These episodes were...entertaining, but not particularly interesting a lot of the time? I dunno.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.8-1.9:

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Elementary 1.9-1.10:

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Nikita 3.6: Interesting note to go on hiatus with.

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Once Upon A Time 2.9:

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Person of Interest 2.9-2.10:

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The Secret of Crickley Hall: 3 part BBC miniseries based on a novel by James Herbert. Rather excellent gothic horror, even if most of the elements were fairly standard. Parents and their two daughters move to big house in the countryside a year after their son goes missing, house just happens to be the site where refugee children drowned in the cellar in WW2. Very creepy and spooky, interesting mysteries, lots of women of various ages and types Doing Things. Very much recommended if you like the ghosts/haunted house/gothic variety of horror, but a strong warning for child abuse, as the hosts of the refugee children were abusive. The majority of the abuse is offscreen, but it's pretty central to the plot.

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Dec. 2nd, 2012 12:10 am
meganbmoore: (borgias: totally no incest)
Arrow 1.7: So Oliver can almost run fast enough to chase down a motorcycle? Uhm...no. Actually, that alone makes everything else look realistic. Also, this show is determined to get an actor from every genre show ever to show up.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.7: Kind of bored by Vincent's angst (and sad at the return of the implication that Catherine has some responsibility for his behavior) but deeply amused by the fact that his shower apparently has random chains hanging in it. Vincent, why do you have chains in your shower? Or are they JT's? Still loving all things buddycops, and I enjoy this week's Dude In Distress bit.

Elementary 1.8: This week's mystery was prtty good, but I mostly enjoyed Holmes's excursions into Denial Land and Watson's exasperated expressions over it. Also, I have no idea if Alfredo is meant to be recurring, but I hope he is.

Haven 3.10: Don't know how I feel about this one. (Mostly on the Jordan front.)
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Nikita 3.5:

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Once Upon A Time 2.8:

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Person of Interest 2.8: This episode was fabulous for Carter's expressions. And I can't help but think it was originally scripted to be a Valentine's episode.

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Revolution 1.10: QAnd now we have a 4 month hiatus.

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The Paradise Series 1: Based on a book by Emile Zola and altered to be British, The Paradise is set in a Victorian department store (though the series sometimes has more of an Edwardian feel) of the same name, focusing on a shopgirl, Denise, and her employer, Moray. For a large chunk of the series, the focus is divided between Denise and the other women who work in Lady's Wear and Denise learning about business (in the first episode, she tells one of her roommates, Pauline, that contrary to Pauline's beliefs, she doesn't have a crush on Moray, but rather, that dhe wants to become her own version of him. True at the time, and I wish they'd stuck with that as the driving force of her arc so that I could have daydreams of her leaving and starting her own successful business and poaching the other women in Lady's Wear when she did.) and Moray's plan for expansion and ambitions, as well as his courtship of Katherine (probably the most complex and interesting character in the series), an aristocrat with an influential (and rich) father whose support Moray is after. I'm not a big fan of Moray and the latter episodes are (IMO) bogged down by a romance that doesn't feel necessary, but it was pretty good and should satisfy most peoples fashion and ,female interaction/relationships needs, and the setting is certainly different from other UK period dramas. A second series has been commissioned and I'm looking forward to it, though I imagine it will be very different in a number of ways.

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Nov. 24th, 2012 09:42 am
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
Covert Affairs3.15-3.16:

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Haven 3.9: I actually could have gone for this one lasting a few episodes.spoilers )

Once Upon A Time 2.7: This was pretty good despite some terrible dialogue, and apparently combining two episodes into one. I mean, Once doesn't exactly have the best dialogue ever, but it's usually better than this.

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Person of Interest 2.7: Apparently on tumblr, there's some sort of wank between PoI and Sherlock fans because PoI fans were referring to Finch as "their hedgehog" and Sherlock fans took offense. I have no idea what the significance is, but it certainly created some imagery when watching the episode.

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Revenge: I'm current, but forget what the actual episode numbers involved are. This season is doing plot things that I don't really care about (Pretty much most plot things not directly related to Emily) and so I'm having trouble paying attention to some of it, particularly given how irritating I find the narrative's attitude towards Amanda and Ashley to be this season. Really, I don't know. I liked the first couple of episodes of the season a lot because of the Emily/Charlotte/Victoria focus but the episodes since have left me cold despite my affection for some of the characters. I'm starting to wonder if it's one of those series that has a excellent first season but only really had about a season's worth of truly maintainable plot. (TBH, there seemed to be a fair bit of that going around last fall.) And, unfortunately, it's having the same problem as Once Upon A Time, which is an overabundance of (typically scruffy) white dudes in roughly the 30-40 range being shoehorned in and taking attention away from the more interesting characters and storylines. (Revenge, at least, was nice enough to cast J. R. Bourne and Michael Trucco as two of theirs, so at least there's some actor affection going there, but their characters pretty much exist to give a couple white guys things to do outside their relationships with women, so...) This is made even more annoying by the fact that right now, Revenge is probably doing the worst of the shows I'm watching in terms of female character relationships and how the women treat other women. Only Charlotte, apparently, is allowed to have anything positive in her relationships with other women, and even then they're all lyin to or manipulating her, and while Emily can somehow find sympathy for all the men in her life, she seems to have nothing but contempt and disdain for other women, particularly Amanda.

Revolution 1.8:

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And because I didn't get around to posting on last week's TV until after this week's Revolution aired:

Revolution 1.9: Not exactly filler as it was mostly character development (apparently largely designed to cater to shippers) But the only real plot momentum was with Rachel. My thoughts on Rachel are that I am very happy that this TV season and this show in particular is providing me with plenty of mothers who are morally ambiguous if not outright shady and have things going on besides thier kids while still being written as sympathetic and loving their kids.

Scandal 2.6: Have we actually had two whole episodes and no Fitz? Is it early Christmas?
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The latest Arrow and Beauty and the Beast were good but felt like filler with a few important bits thrown in. Elementary was interesting on the Watson front but the Mystery Of The Week was brought down by a trope whose execution I didn't care for with Gregson's old partner.

I've pretty much finished Rich Man Poor Woman and Naniwa Shounen Tanteidan, the two jdramas I started a few months ago and got sidetracked from. "Pretty much" because, the last time I looked, the last episode of Naniwa hadn't been subbed yet. RMPW floundered a lot in the middle but got back on track in thel ast two episodes and had a pretty strong ending. Naniwa was pretty hit-and-miss in terms of the cases, but the characters and character interactions were great. I also finished season 4 of Fringe, which had a lot of interesting ideas going on but seemed determined to strip Olivia of agency in as many ways as possible. Like with AltLiv's storyline in the second half of season 3, I keep wanting to write up a rant but dissolve into inarticulate raging before I even get started. Then there's season 4 of Parks and Rec, which was largely very fun (as expected) but while I like Leslie/Ben and Leslie running for office, I dislike how it seemed to isolate them from the rest of the cast for large chunks of the season, and I'm unable to comment on Ann/Tom.

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Nov. 11th, 2012 12:09 am
meganbmoore: (10k: virginia white)

Arrow 1.5: My main thoughts are (1) Show, why can't you give Byron Mann a shave? There's a very nice looking man under that beard, but you can't really tell, (2) Moira, you would be my favorite forever after this episode, except that Laurel is Black Canary (even if they're just going to tease us about it forever and probably not follow up on it for ages) and that's kind of stacked way too high against you, (3) well, at least someone pointed out the biggest logic facepalm in the show and tried to fi it (ok, a big logic face palm, maybe not actually the biggest) and (4) can we just have Laurel and Oliver learning to be friends for a while and getting to know each other again and maybe a lot of grovelling and working for it from Oliver instead of pushing how they are Meant To Be? Please.

Covert Affairs 3.13-3.14:

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Haven 3.7-3.8: The Claudia Black episodes!

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Nikita 3.4:

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Once Upon A Time 2.6: I enjoyed the present parts of this as much as I expected to, but didn't like the flashbacks as much.
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Person of Interest 2.6: Did I mention this season is like awesomely crackstastic fanfic in the cases? Because it really is.
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Revolution 1.7: Well, someone on the writing staff certainly likes Peter Pan.

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I'm current on Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, and Scandal and am enjoying all but have nothing new to say about any. Though, as much as I enjoy watching Scandal for every important character but Fitz, I have no idea what the writers are thinking with the main plot.

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Nov. 4th, 2012 01:08 am
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)

Arrow 1.3-1.4:

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Beauty and the Beast 1.3-1.4: I feel I've watched all these mystery plots before in various other shows but I don't care because I just enjoy watching Catherine and Tess running around being buddycop and the show not feeling it has to bend over backwards to reassure us that they aren't lesbians. (Though, since the show appears determined to be all het all the way, I can't help but think they'd be better off doing Tess/Evan than trying to force a Vincent/Catherine/Evan triangle, because the Catherine/Evan thing mostly feels like the writers assume two people that pretty will HAVE to want to jump each other and so have other characters assuming the same when the characters...don't come across that way, really.) These episodes seemed to devote a lot of time to Vincent making up his mind, which is ok since it had a bunch of Government Conspiracy stuff going with it, but I can only take so much "I must hide from the world so no one will see me! But I'll leave the pretty cop notes and run out to save people every 5 minutes BUT NONE MUST KNOW I EXIST!" and am ready to get back to Catherine and her official and unoffical buddycop adventures.

Elementary 1.5: I think I liked this mystery more than the earlier ones. They're definitely getting better at them. But I mostly liked learning more about Joan's past (even though we didn't learn as much as I thought we would) and being amusedc at Sherlock's less-than-secret obsession with it.

Nikita 3.2-3.3: Well, these episodes took care of the doubts the first episode of the season left me with, and could be summed up as "Nikita: the suprspy who saves other women, and her sidekick, the first girl she saved." Actually, 3.2 might be my favorite episode of the series so far, but it did play into a lot of excellent narrative tropes, and the writers appear to have watched Hanna between seasons.

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Once Upon A Time 2.5: Much better than last week, but that wouldn't be hard to achieve in my book.

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Person of Interest 2.5: The first half of this episode was absolutely hilarious. In general, the series seems to not be taking itself quite as seriously as it did in the first season, and I think it's stronger for it. I had actually forgotten that there were dangling threads for the ongoing plotline this episode went back to, but that's ok. It's always good to see Zoe Morgan, even for that little amount of screentime, and I think this was Gloria Votsis auditioning for Lois Lane. Hopefully she'll be in more episodes, since White Collar seems to have written her out.

Revolution 1.6: I don't know who thought a promo that went "Will Charlie be forced to prostitute herself to save her friend? MEN WILL DISCUSS IT AND DECIDE." was more interesting than the actual plot of the episode, but whoever it was really should not be left in charge of promoting shows again.
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In non-currently-airing US TV news, I've watched season 3 of Warehouse 13 and it was its normal campy delight and had some interesting changes and developments (only somewhat marred by the horrific decision to give Joanne Kelly straight hair. Not that it actually hurt the character or her looks or anything, but sometimes I get attached to character/actor hair, and in this case, Joanne Kelly with straight hair is just wrong.) until the last couple episodes, in which in all became Gloom and Angst and Drama and I was pretty much sitting here going "......whhhhyyyyyy....." and then the DVDs ended with a Christmas Special that appears to be set during the first season (maybe early in the second) in which Harry Dresden is being stalked by Santa, and so at least the DVDs ended on a happier note, even if the season didn't. I'm also 9 episodes into season 4 of Fringe and I was really really enjoying the new status quo (especially the changes to Olivia and Nina's relationship, even if they still had few scenes together) and hoping it'd be like Eureka and make the radical change permanent, but apparently changing things back to the way they were before is the main goal of the season. Also, why can't Olivia have a partner without developing a romantic interest in them? (Or even just a partner who isn't a white male close to her in age and with a compatible sexual orientation.)

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Oct. 27th, 2012 03:44 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)

Covert Affairs 3.12:
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Elementary 1.4: I think they were trying to make up for Watson not having as many scenes last week. I approve.

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Haven
3.6: Pretty solid Haunted House episode, properly spooky and creepy, and I was surprised all named characters made it out alive. Though the main thing I came away with is that Claire is a Buffy fan. Something of an underuse of Iain Glen, though, but I highly anticipate Claudia Black's arc.

Once Upon A Time 2.4: Well, it was only a matter of time before this season churned out an episode I didn't care for. I think I'm going to try to banish everything that didn't involve Red in general or Belle telling off men for trying to control her. And the last scene. At this point, my dearest wish is for Cora to off Rumples and become the main villain of the series, which would be much more interesting to me. BTW, I'm assuming that all the people talking about how "daring" and "unusual" it was to have an episode without Emma, Snow or Regina has never actually watched another episode of US tv before without blinders, because there's nothing remotely unusual or unprecedented in women (or anyone besides straight white men) being shoved to the side so that men can be developed, especially if they can be developed via violence towards women. (All I'll let myself say about the main plot-talked about it too mych elsewhere already-is that while I quite dislike Belle's dad, I think the show expects us to find it illogical for a parent to flip out upon learning that their kid is shacking up with the god of evil who terrorized the world for centuries and enjoys randomly turning people into plants and animals for kicks.  Then again, his role here was purely an attempt to make umlpes look better by having someone else do bad.  Oh, and Charming seems to be raiding his daughter's wardrobe.)

Person of Interest 3.4: This week, Reese crashed a romance novel.

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World Without End
ep 8: Pretty solid ending there. Ralph and Godwin needed to suffer a lot more (naturally, the villain I kinda wanted to escape and run away to be evil elsewhere seems to have had the worst death) but I'm glad this show remained true to the end in not coming up with reasons for us to excuse their actions and sympathize with them. Philippa summed up Ralph best when he was all "I know you always wanted me!" ie, "Yeah, you got a rough deal and I felt bad for you, but then you turned into a creepy raping murderer and that went away." Which is pretty much this show (and Pillars of the Earth) is about villains. A nice contrast to all the "but you don't understand HIS PAIN that drives him to be evil which we will primarily show via misogyny and racism, because we know fans are willing to look past that" that we get in so many shows. Not as good as PotE, but still worth watching. (As a side note, I'm very fond of Caris's outfit from this episode.)

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Oct. 20th, 2012 09:29 pm
meganbmoore: (ftt: little mermaid)
Arrow 1.2: So, Oliver appears to have spent a good chunk of the last 5 years practicing his delivery of "YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY." No, really, he seems very proud of it.

I'm going to watch every week hoping that the new episode will be the one where Laurel starts to become Black Canary, even though I know it will be futile for quite some time.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.2: This episode was about 10% angsty manpain, 10% sisterly bonding and 80% WOC buddycops. I approve of this ratio, though could do less with the angsty manpain if Vincent is going to be setting off my "creepy no" meter like a lot of his scenes this episode did. Vincent, I liked you better in the pilot, where you were bland but nice, and not setting off my stalker alert in a way that I might have to take seriously, as opposed to "oh, CW...". (Right now I feel like their relationship is Vincent going "I pine for your purity but we cannot be but I will stalk you for your protection and tell you to avoid me!" and Catherine going "You will lead me to my mother's killer! You will be very useful and I will not let you escape helping me! Oh, and you got I really bad deal so I feel pretty bad for you.") Also, I'm glad this show is giving Kristen Kreuk lots of action scenes.

Covert Affairs 3.11: That was certainly a short midseason hiatus. What was that, 3 weeks? 4?

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Nikita 3.1: This episode had a lot of really high points, but opened on a sour note by having Ryan do the intro narration? WTF? THAT'S NIKITA'S JOB. Never got over the WTF there, and both the beginning and ending of the episode made me feel like the writers are more interested in Ryan's troubles and struggle than the rest of Team Nikita, including Nikita herself, and I don't like that feeling. (If I want a show focusing on the struggled of an intelligent educated white dude adjusting to a stressful new job and responsibilities, I have a few dozen other options.) But what it does right it still does right, I just hope the current direction doesn't overtake everything that was good in the first two seasons.

Once Upon A Time 2.3:

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Person of Interest 2.3:

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Revenge 2.3:

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Revolution 1.5:

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Elementary, Haven and World Without End were all pretty good, but I don't have much to say about them. Most of Scandal was good, but the "romantic" plotline reached new heights of icky and creepy.

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Oct. 13th, 2012 10:30 pm
meganbmoore: (swofta: inappropriate temptation)

Arrow1.1: Better than I expected, but still rather eyerolly. Particularly Oliver's "I am Batman with a touch of Edmond Dantes" voiceovers, and I mostly cringe at Oliver's somewhat annoying BFF and how they appear to be treating his bodyguard. I started it not expecting to like Oliver and don't particularly, but don't dislike him the way some things I'd heard made me expect I would. No idea what I think of the plot yet, but I was entertained. Dinah lance is now a lawyer and goes by Laurel. I refuse to ship her with the guy who cheated on her with her sister (especially since her sister died in the middle of the cheating. Err, because of a shipwreck, not his killing her) but they are pretty and maybe he'll work really really hard at it.* But I hope she gets to join in on the crimefighting in the literal sense before long too. Roy Harper also appears to have been genderbent into Oliver's younger sister (And, uhm, he held on to a rock for 5 years because it had an engraving that reminded him of her and it was his "beacon of hope" type thing or whatever? CW shows and siblings...) which I think I approve of. Especially if sh ever joins in on the literal crimefighting.

*There's also a scene that goes pretty much like this:

LAUREL: Well, I guess I'm glad you're alive.
OLIVER: OMG YOU STILL LOVE ME. WE ARE OTP. FOREVER.
LAUREL: I mean, my sister still died while you were cheating on me with her, so there's not going to be anything happening there, but if you ever need to talk...
OLIVER: OMG YOU TOTALLY WANT TO GET BACK TOETHER EEEEEEEE. Wait, this doesn't work well with my angst.
LAUREL: I'm not sure we're having the same conversation.
OLIVER: I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER BUT WE CANNOT BE FOR I AM A DARK AND ANGSTY AVENGER. I MUST PUSH YOU AWAY FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.
LAUREL: What is going on here?
OLIVER: FOR. YOUR. OWN. GOOD. Cocky playboy time!
LAUREL: Well, you're still a jerk.

Beauty and the Beast 1.1: Very entertaining, bad dialogue, multiple POC, and soundly fails to pass the reserse Bechdel Test due to the fact that the 1 scene with 2 men and no women is the men talking about Catherine. They don't even try to make Vincent look beastly (he just has a strategically placed scar) most of the time and the beast part is that he kinda...werewolfs out? They seem to be doing a Jekyll/Hyde thing which has the unfortunate potential to head south fast but we'll see. I'm going to be watching in fear that we'll start having Catherine having to learn how to behave around him, though I don't actually get that vibe from the pilot. But, well, it's CW, and they have a certain history there when it comes to controlling/abusive men as love interests. (I also remember that in the original series, he lived in an underground city filled with "society's rejects" or however they put it-my mother loved that show so I saw a lot of it, but not since my early teens-and i think I much prefer that to being holed up in his buddy's apartment.) I feel like multiple episodes worth of Catherine and Vincent's relationship was condensed into one episode (I suppose they wanted to jump straight to the "Angsty forbidden romance" part?) and wish they'd taken their time. It's called "Beauty and the Beast," we know you're going to have lots of angsty romance, you don't have to shove as much of it into the first episode as you can to make sure we know that, ok? It's not going to win any "Best Anything" awards (well, maybe for Kristen Kreuk's hair) but I mostly enjoyed it, though I suspect that of the new shows I'm watching, it's the one most likely to get cancelled.

(Err, Both Arrow and Beauty and the Beast pretty much end with the dude watching the heroine from above without her knowing? What's with that, CW?)

Haven 3.4: I enjoyed this episode's Troubled plot, but so much of it made me think of the things I don't want to have happen (love triangles, Audrey and Duke not trusting each other, Audrey and Nathan not being buddycops anymore with Boston Cop on the scene, Boston Cop ending up evil, etc.) threatening to happen. I mostly enjoyed Claire's scenes (I'm starting to suspect she's Troubled herself.) and hope she doesn't go the way of other non-Audrey female characters on this show. I'd much rather have more of Audrey's past selves than the stuff Nathan and Duke are up to.

Once Upon A Time 2.2: Well, that was a pretty good episode despite the almost total lack of Emma and Snow.

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Revenge 2.2:

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Revolution 1.4: 

spoilers )Scandal 2.1-2.2: I adore this show despite not caring about roughly 2/3 of the plot. (Though I think I'll much prefer the "What happened to Quinn?" plot more than the Amanda Tanner plot simply because Fitz isn't involved in it.) But then, I adore Olivia and Mellie and like and am interested in every other important character except Fitz. 2.2 makes me just want to...not talk about anything but how much I hate Fitz. He's verbally abusive to Mellie, might as well be an ornament but likes to rant about how the people who keep him afloat are the unimportant ones, andhe has no respect for Olivia's interests or boundaries in the name of their "true love" (which she seems to suffer more than reciprocate, more often than not. I mean, those phone calls are downright creepy. Try replacing "call" with "touch." Especially the one at the beginning of 2.2, when it pretty much becomes "I stayed up late and made 23 people work late so that I could impose on you in the middle of the night and touch you. Do you want me to stop touching you? Tell me, the most powerful man in the country, to stop touching you in private. No? Ok, I'll abuse my power and misuse my staff again so I can touch you again tomorrow night." WHY SHOW WHY DO YOU FIND THIS RELATIONSHIP ROMANTIC? Yet, I will endure it for the sake of watching Olivia and Mellie verbally smack people around and rule the world. (Why can't Mellie be olivia's Forbidden True Love? At least that'd be different and interesting.)

World Without End 5-6: I thought these episodes were a lot better than the first 4. Things felt more unified in general, and it pretty much did away with the violence against women that was so pervasive in the first half. I briefly considered liking the king again, but then I remembered the "you can be my mother or you can be a whore" bit, and, nope. Sorry Blake Ritson. Hopefully the last two episodes stay on the same track as these two. Sadly, Godfrey (Godwin? I tend to be busy wishing him ill when he's on my screen and so don't pay much attention to his name.) and Alfred didn't die of the plague.

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Oct. 6th, 2012 11:20 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
666 Park Avenue 1.1: Well, that was...dull? It has potential and I'm curious about a few things, so I'll try to remember to check out thenext fewepisodesto see what characters it focuses on. But really, my main thought was "Doesn't Satan have better things to do than tempt white people?"

Elementary 1.2: Smoother than the pilot and they toned down on the filters the pilot seemed to have. No deep thoughts, but I really hope we aren't going to have a woman forthe victim every episode. It reminds me of why I'm not a fan of procedurals. I found Holmes more aggravating than I did in the pilot but less so than I have in other versions, and I'm glad they toned back on the "instabuddies" feel the end of the pilot had. Much more interested in Watson and her parents than with Holmes angsty London secret.

Haven 3.3: It's like the goauld invaded and became organ harvesters...

No strong opinions-largely a solid, entertaining episode-but I don't think I like how they seem to be changing the Duke/Audrey/Nathan dynamics this season.

Once Upon A Time 2.1: In most ways an excellent return. In one way...not at all.

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Person of Interest 2.2: Well, no one involved in this episode has ever been to Texas. WE HAVE GOOD HOTELS HERE GUYS I PROMISE. And our police offices have better security. And the vast majority of us do not, in fact, own crossbows. (Sadly.)

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Revenge 2.1: Most of my thoughts can be summed up as "flaily mcflailalot."

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Revolution 1.3:

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meganbmoore: (once: red)
113 x Once Upon A Time (eps 1.8-1.12)

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May. 23rd, 2012 08:32 pm
meganbmoore: (revenge: emanda x gun)
Avatar: The Legend of Korra 1.6-1.7: Pretty good episodes. Pretty sure I'm in the minority regarding Tahno (don't care for him) but I lie the overall plot more and moreand how Amon is legitimately creepy and scary. Love all the flashbacks to the characters from the first series as adults, and hope we get more of those.

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The Borgias
2.5-2.7: Can we just have Lucrezia, Giulia and Vannozza running around, manipulating the cardinals and doing good deeds with a side of wrapping everyone ever arond their fingers? Because aside from every episode needing lots of Caterina Sforza (though not at the expense of Giulia, thankyouverymuch) that's all that's going on that really interests me right now, though I still largely enjoy all the rest. Also, while Cesare is still a homicidal sociopath, I find it interesting that his less appealing traits and less appealing/successful ventures (both known and believed) are being transferred to Juan. TBH, while the first season deviated from history a fair bit, it still seemed to be trying to stay somewhat true to it, but this season is being a lot more liberal in that regard.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.12-1.13: Not sure if this is the end of the season or the end of the series. I believe this is actually my first Australian TV series, so I'm not sure how these things go there. I was worried for a bit that episode 12 was going to go an unfortunate ableist route (it didn't, in the end) and I'm not sure what I think of Foyle's motivation, but I thought this was a pretty good ending to a very enjoyable series in which I pretty much adore the lead and her posse of friends, family and associates (including her 2 henchmen whose names I can never remember). I particularly like how well it manages to balance being adorable and fluffy while handling (and being) legitimately dark and angsty in it's subject matter. If there is more (*crosses fingers*) I hope Jack learns not to leave Hugh unsupervised if there's a chance Phryne might show up, because that boy has no defenses whatsoever when it comes to her devious schemes.

Missing 1.9-1.10: Played out about as expected. On the surface, it has the needed emotional payoff, but you see all the things that weren't addressed or start falling apart once you scratch it. Honestly, though, while this wasn't necessarily good, I enjoyed it a lot and am sad it wasn't be renewed, though I understand they're trying to sell it to another network. I hope they succeed, being I like having Ashley Judd being bossy and unrealistically badass on my screen.

Nikita 2.22-2.23: Much better ending than the first season (the last quarter of season 1 and roughly the first half of this season, I was mostly watching for Maggie Q shooting things and Amanda being evil, but it went back to being the show I wanted it to be in the second half.) I'm sure people will complain about the ending being predictable, but whatever. Looking forward to season 3.

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Once Upon A Time
1.22-1.23: The finale was a bit rushed (should have been longer), but I liked these episodes. I have no idea what they're going to do next season.
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Person of Interest
1.22-1.23: I was so happy seeing Amy Acker playing a character who wasn't an awkward yet lovable child-woman that I forgot to wonder where it was all leading. I suspect the development in the finale that I liked most wasn't what others liked most.

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Revenge 1.20-1.21: I kind of desperately want the season to end with Victoria calling Emanda "Amanda," but that probably won't happen. So excited for the finale!

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May. 5th, 2012 09:27 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)

The Borgias 2.4:

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.10-1.11: Only 2 episodes left! And I have no idea if there's going to be a secdond series? Or even if it was meant to be ongoing or limited.

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Legend of Korra 1.5:

Whoa, not going anywhere NEAR general fandom discussions for this one, even for a casual glance.

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Missing 1.8:

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Nikita 2.21: Is there one episode left in the season, or two?

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Once Upon A Time 1.19-1.20: I feel I spent a lot of these two episodes going "If I'd wanted to watch a fairy tale series about men and their relationships, I would have watched more than one episode of Grimm." (That sounds bitter. I actually did largely enjoy the episodes, but only smaller parts of each were about why I watch the show.)

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Person of Interest 1.21: Show, you had Dagmara Domynczyk and Jim Caviezel and Dagmara Domynczyk on screen together and not a single Count of Monte Cristo reference?

spoilers )Revenge 1.19:

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Apr. 30th, 2012 12:03 am
meganbmoore: (revenge: emanda x gun)

Legend of Korra 1.4: That statue of Aang is going to crack me up every time I see it.

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Missing 1.7: So, apparently this is being submitted for awards as a miniseries? If that means it's cancelled, I hope they actually hav an ending in mind. (Really, like a lot of this season's shows, it actually feels like it'd be better suited as a miniseries?)

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Nikita 1.19:

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Revenge 1.18:

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Once Upon A Time is back from hiatus, but one episode was a Rumples ep and both are apparently very heavy on August, so I don't have a lot of drive to watch them, though I'm sure I'll get to them this week. (My main interest in these episodes is to test my theory that August is Pinocchio who is the boy who found baby!Emma and was supposed to take care of her but didn't/couldn't and has found her again.

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Apr. 9th, 2012 08:50 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)
Lost Girl 2.22:

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.6: This one was really fun! I mean, they've all been fun, but this one especially. Though, I apparently love theatre ghost and 20~ year old mystery plots? Though I think I've mostly encountered those in movies and shows, not books. I was a bit iffy on the B-plot and its "We'll have Chinese characters! Naturally we will imply that they're opium dealers!" but I think the show did avoid the worst of that stereotype by the end. Also, it let Phryne have another random fling. (I'm watching 2 shows in which the heroine is regularly allowed to have sexual relations with people other than a regular significant other on any level resembling what an endless string of male leads have and without a hint of narrative shame or punishment. One is a show about a bisexual succubus and it seems to be trying to singlehandedly level out that playing field. The other is this show.) I continue to be greatly amused by Phryne's trying to "help" Hugh with his courtship of Dot.

ep 1.7: This one was kind of dull. I was excited early on when it started having Phryne's backstory and it was scandalous and bohemian, but I ended up not caring for here it went and the episode overall was rather dull. Hopefully the next episode will go back to the fun of early episodes.

Missing 1.1-1.4: Missing is about Becca Winstone ,a CIA operative who retired 10 years ago who goes to Italy when her son goes missing and discovers CONSPIRACIES and DANGER and promptly revelas herself to be absurdly, superhumanly badass on John Reese levels. I'm waiting for a scene where she walks into a bar full of armed thugs and walks out without a scratch. I kid you not. it's basically about her being hardcore and badass and making everyone (well, all the men...we could use more women in prominient roles instead of supporting) dance to her tune through sheer willpower. The first 2 episodes have an annoying number of comments about how she's nicer and mellower now that she's a mother, which would be rather annoying even without the fact that they haven't seen her in 20~ years and a decade of retirement. I don't know about you, but I assume a lot of things can change a person in 20 years besides giving birth. Thankfully, those comments evaporated in the 3rd and 4th episodes, and it's all fun and games from then on, and even the abducted son is considerably more endearing than I expected him to be. It's a rather absurd show and has lots other "time/technology/the human body doesn't work that way...you do remember you got shot and almost drowned 2 days ago, don't you?" but I'm finding that very hard to care about.

spoilers )Nikita 2.18: Every once in a while, this show puts out an episode that seems determined to outdo every other episode in the series with lesyay. This was one of those episodes.

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Once Upon A Time 1.18: Well that was unfortunately predictable and rather disappointing.

spoilers )Person of Interest 1.18-1.19:

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Ringer 1.19-1.20:

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