I agree with BarbT. Too much talking and not enough good music. Why should I care about Jennifer Hudson's character now that musical numbers from THE WIZ won't be airing? One-woman show w/edge - um, not interested. Also, I thought the dramaturg was dead WRONG! BOMBSHELL didn't have heat? What about the "History Is Made At Night" number? That was *very* sexy. Frankly, I *don't* want to see cheap gossip included in a story about Marilyn's life via a sex scene with John F. Kennedy. YUCK! Wasn't the goal to see Monroe as a person beyond her sex appeal? The dramaturg accused Julia of having a shallow, 2-dimensional book. Then his suggestion to improve it makes it even MORE shallow - more sex, more gossip rag stuff, less emphasis on the relationships that actually meant something to her. How is that "deeper" to the Marilyn mythology?
PART III FROM BELOW...She may not be madly in love. But, Pamela isn't as cold-hearted as she wants her dad to think she is.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...Judith Light's courtroom scene HAD to have been a homage to her time on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and the Emmy she won on that show. Seeing her on that stand again brought back some soapy good times.
I liked how Chris & Pamela cringed at the trial testimony, and came to realize how parents can ruin a child's life with all the fighting and drama. It doesn't matter who is right or wrong. A more civil path is better for the child regardless of what the grandparents (Cliff, Bobby, Mrs. Ryland) want. Pamela's dynamic with her dad is interesting because it mirrors her mother, Afton, and how she came into Cliff's life. In the original series, Afton was hired by J.R. to literally get into Cliff's bed and undermine him. BINGO! It's disgusting that Cliff would ask his own daughter to do that. Afton always had a good heart though. So, I suspect that perhaps Pamela Rebecca (P.R.?) may have warmer feelings for John Ross than she lets on. She may not be madly in love. But, she's not as cold as she wants her dad to think.
This episode just ripped IMO! I love how the writers cut to the chase and don't draw things out for months on end. One thing I wish they had shown however was J.R. confronting John Ross about his betrayal. It's hard to believe he would give his son the silent treatment for a month. J.R. is never silent about anything. The relationship between him and Sue Ellen has also surprised me because it seems grounded and real. Who knew she would be the one that could change his outlook on things? There was a time when they were just poison to, and for, each other - and that was good to watch, also!
I don't read comics, and I find the island scenes necessary to understanding how Oliver developed from a shallow, rich playboy to Arrow. How can you not find them necessary? The guy ends up a multilingual martial arts/archery expert AFTER being marooned on an island for 6-7 years. If the show didn't address it, or explain how he knows how to use the local Russian mob to his advantage, viewers would complain about the lack of explanation.
GREAT episode IMO. I like Slade Wilson and hoped Arrow would have an ally of some sort out in the world. Since apparently that's not the trajectory of the Deathstroke character, that's too bad.
@Marisa1983 - You bring up a good point. I've had to hide the OUAT Facebook feed so I'm not spoiled on upcoming episodes. That's my preference. I've found that I enjoy a show more when I don't know what is ahead. I also avoids getting sucked into frivolous debates about where the writers are going and what will happen. Does it matter? They're going to write what they want to write. Come September, I will have to build blinders around my head to avoid DOWNTON ABBEY spoilers, too. To each his own.
It's OK to say that Mary is prickly, and Thomas was a jerk in Season 1. Of course they were! Why would anyone watch a show where all the characters were perfectly nice and polite and sipped tea all the time? How BORING that would be! I watch DA because I like the dynamics of a family that cares for each other through their disagreements, and sticks together because they are invested in their long-term survival and preserving their heritage. They may not like each other all the time. But, they're in in for the long haul and they refuse to give up. All the characters have depth and contradiction, just like real people, and I plan to continue watching for a long time.
@serenityQ2 - Bae does have good reason to be bitter w/Rumple. IIRC, Bae & Rumple were set to jump into the portal together, holding hands. But, when faced with the reality that he'd return to "normal" and lose his powers, Rumple let go and let Bae get sucked in by himself while Rumple stayed behind in the Enchanted Forest, watching the portal close after his son. Bae didn't hate his dad before that because he thought they were on the same page about Rumple giving up his power. But, making your 13-year-old son go into a strange world by himself because you want to remain the Dark One - that sucks big time. I'd call that "throwing your son to the wolves" to retain your power. BAD DAD!
@DeAnn - I had an idea. Hook has pretty much served his purpose if going forward, it's all about Cora, Wonderland, Jefferson & possibly Oz. I think Colin O'Donoghue should hop on over to DOWNTON ABBEY & romance once of the female leads over there next season. The guy is made for loosening up straitlaced ladies!
Just a suggestion...If DA wants to seriously compete for viewers, they might want to steal away Colin O'Donoghue (Hook) from ONCE UPON A TIME. He has fans so mesmerized over there, they don't care what his character does.
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