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yeah i know what you mean--it's the difference between Fukunaga and the rotating cast of directors for this season. Fukunaga managed to inject a bit of supernatural horror into the overall atmosphere that was missing here. S3 was more a straight-ahead mystery/crime story, albeit with weird chronology

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 March 2019 23:01 (one year ago) link

Halfway through, liking it fine. Definitely more than 2, and within range at least of 1. Very convincing aging job on the three Ali's. He's great as always (although, as seems to be standard with this show, maybe a little too grim and monosyllabic--but they at least let him lighten up when courting Carmen Ejogo), Dorff is surprisingly good, Ejogo better yet. Deft handling of race--not the focus but there.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 March 2019 14:53 (one year ago) link

Found the resolution to the Purcell story a little far-fetched, to say the least. (The pink room was left intact for 20 or 30 years? Really? I would think Mr. June might have gotten in there and destroyed it.) As someone points out above, though, that's just one part among many, and overall I found it all pretty absorbing. Not sure if would hold up to a second viewing, as the first season did for me.

clemenza, Monday, 11 March 2019 03:31 (one year ago) link

There were some shots of Hays (both younger and older) on the street at night that I thought might have been meant to evoke the opening scene of Get Out.

clemenza, Monday, 11 March 2019 13:35 (one year ago) link

(The pink room was left intact for 20 or 30 years? Really? I would think Mr. June might have gotten in there and destroyed it.)

The room was in Edward Hoyt's mansion, and we don't know when exactly died, but West does mention his estate, so presumably the death was fairly recent, and the mansion hasn't been sold yet. So Mr. June probably didn't have the chance to destroy it. But yeah, it doesn't make much sense Hoyt would keep it intact, given that it ties him to well-known crime. Maybe he felt it was a memento of her dead daughter?

Tuomas, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:41 (one year ago) link

my assumption was that after his death, he left no clear instructions for anyone to deal with the room. June might have just assumed it was someone else's problem, or that it wasn't worth the trouble?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

June also subconsciously (well, consciously) wanted to be punished for his crimes, so there's a possibility he wanted it to lead back to him/the Hoyt family.

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:55 (one year ago) link

it's possible the estate would be wrapped up in legal crap for years and everyone would be dead by the time someone found a secret room in the basement of a sprawling mansion

kind of fits with the series theme of buildings in disrepair sitting empty for decades

mh, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

Yeah, those are all plausible explanations--especially the idea of wanting to be caught.

clemenza, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:08 (one year ago) link

Didn't know Michael Rooker would show up, recognized him almost immediately (but took a few seconds to place him--I was thinking, "JFK, JFK..."). Solid actor.

clemenza, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

Michael Rooker fits so well in the world of TD. I'm rooting for him to be one of the leads in the next season, or at least a Dorff-level supporting character.

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Monday, 11 March 2019 15:17 (one year ago) link

this was rather lovely.

mr june exposition scene was painful af but allowed the last episode to focus on the relationship and a happy ending, which i was fine with

dorff character is gay for sure but im glad they left it unsaid

plot meh characters good performances good looked great more like this

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Sunday, 17 March 2019 00:56 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

really liked this, pl complaining about the dialogue are taking themselves too seriously imho, s3 > s1 > s2

Simon H., Friday, 9 August 2019 12:51 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

I just watched this and, after the debacle of S2, enjoyed it very much. It did fade away slightly in the final act but the setup was strong enough that it didn't matter. The two leads were brilliant - especially Dorff - and I'd have happily watched Carmen Ejogo all day. Ejogo fact: she was married to Tricky. For less than a year.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 6 July 2020 16:18 (six months ago) link

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