The exciting and sometimes disgusting origin story of Perry Mason starring Matthew Rhys

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Really enjoyed the finale, overall loved this show & am glad it got renewed for s2

am i the only person that didnt catch that Della’s girlfriend wore gloves 24/7 bc she was a hand model until Perry says it out loud in the finale? obv missed that key early detail

and a very noir-ish ending too

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:58 (two years ago) link

Wigham and lots of others are good in Boardwalk Empire but the show kinda mostly blows tbh

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 10 August 2020 18:10 (two years ago) link

I realize that might be challopsy esp on the Perry Mason thread lol

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 10 August 2020 18:10 (two years ago) link

thanks for the spoiler alert before revealing the mystery of the gloves!

gonna watch the finale tonight.

andrew m., Monday, 10 August 2020 18:53 (two years ago) link

Simon’s take is fair. I like the scenery chewing but overall Boardwalk Empire is pretty meh

Wigham playing a corrupt sheriff that eventually loses the sheriff bit almost seems like a parallel character to the role in this show

solo scampito (mh), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 02:59 (two years ago) link

xpost sorry! fwiw it’s not really a spoiler of anything other than her being a hand model

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 03:02 (two years ago) link

I don't believe her being a hand model was mentioned at all, I think when Mason mentioned it in the finale was the first time her gloves were officially discussed. It had just been a quirk up until then.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 16:17 (two years ago) link

i enjoyed this show.

this is not unique to this show but it was very blatant in it: the almost sci-fi feeling of a show that is set in the past but was obviously written in the present by people with present perspectives. basically the way that women, people of color, and other minorities talked about their identities the way someone from 2020 would talk about their identities if they time-traveled back to the 1930s, instead of the way a person actually from the 1930s would.

to be clear, i don't think this is necessarily bad, i'm not eager to watch a show where people are throwing the n-word around constantly, but it was particularly prevalent and not subtle. it took me out of the reality of the show, but this seemed almost intentional.

na (NA), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:22 (two years ago) link

I cringed at one point when Perry talked about "doubling-down" on something, a phrase I don't remember being used in such a context until after the poker boom of the mid 2000s. It seems an odd anachronism in a show that has taken such expensive pains to create a visually "realistic" 1930s world.

Sam Weller, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:42 (two years ago) link

I can't speak to the 1930s, but I can confirm 100% that people were saying "doubling down" in the 1990s. It's not that new.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 August 2020 13:51 (two years ago) link

poker has been around for quite some time

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 14 August 2020 13:55 (two years ago) link

Xps, Maybe after Swingers, but I don’t remember it being used much before then.

Although how can we forget the KFC Double Down sandwich. Maybe Perry will ask Della to order him one of those in S2.

Sam Weller, Friday, 14 August 2020 17:11 (two years ago) link

Google ngram says it’s been used for a long time but started taking off mid-20th century and really took off circa poker boom. Shockingly, I didn’t see a Swingers bump.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 14 August 2020 17:16 (two years ago) link

Enjoyed this, Rhys is great, Della and Drake too and of course Lithgow

calstars, Friday, 21 August 2020 01:12 (two years ago) link

Doubling down = blackjack tho

muntjac wagner (Neanderthal), Friday, 21 August 2020 02:33 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

enjoying this so far. Mason's pretty indelicate at pretty inappropriate times, and seems horrible at being a social animal.

is Shea Whigham contractually obligated to appear in any old timey New York crime show?

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 December 2020 18:00 (two years ago) link


this show takes place around LA, though

mh, Friday, 25 December 2020 22:06 (two years ago) link

Lol guess i wasn't paying as close attention to the first ep as i shoulda

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 December 2020 00:11 (two years ago) link

Google tells me it's still possible to be admitted to the bar in California without a law school degree, if the candidate meets various apprenticeship and testing requirements

Gardner himself had about one month of law school and then studied on his own and passed the California bar exam in 1911

― Brad C., Tuesday, July 7, 2020 7:43 AM (five months ago)

Just started watching this show! So only now looking at this thread ... my great great uncle actually was a lawyer in California around the time this show was set and apparently never went to law school. ... He actually ended up as a judge ... so, in summary, it was probably fairly common at the time.

I never read any of the novels but there are a lot of references to other things, that could themselves be references to the source material here ... like, Angels Flight plays a prominent role in one of the Bosch novels, the detective/coroner relationship (and appearance of the morgue) that looks like Chinatown, there was something that reminded me of a James Ellroy scene in passing, and then the bit where Lili Taylor calls Alice (I keep wanting to say Aimee, because the character is based on Aimee Semple, yeah?) her Daughter, and Sister ... like they got a "my sister and my daughter" reference in that I'm doubting was anything but a reference to Chinatown

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 08:04 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

just saw on hbo that s2 starts on monday?

na (NA), Friday, 3 March 2023 20:47 (two months ago) link

thank God, the world has been holding its breath.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 March 2023 20:55 (two months ago) link

so excited. i love this damn show

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 3 March 2023 23:13 (two months ago) link

never finished the first season, assumed it wasn't going forward, so now maybe I will

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Saturday, 4 March 2023 00:36 (two months ago) link

anyone watching s2?

enjoying so far, loved della & anita at the boxing match

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 06:03 (two months ago) link

yeah me too. i forgot how much i love watching Rhys act. last one was pretty good considering it was a getting the band back together episode

Heez, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 14:42 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I forgot how much I liked this show ... everyone is so enjoyable to watch. The soundtrack (the non-songs) for some reason reminds me of Blade Runner? I could totally be mis-remembering the Blade Runner soundtrack, but there's definitely some iconic LA detective movie that it reminds me of.

sarahell, Sunday, 23 April 2023 18:13 (one month ago) link

though this show also gives me the same frustration as I had with Transatlantic where I have this urge to look up historical stuff online to look for references / fictionalization.

sarahell, Sunday, 23 April 2023 18:15 (one month ago) link

It's a good frustration tbh

sarahell, Sunday, 23 April 2023 18:16 (one month ago) link

its really good, if id to name the vibe its kind of got a black dahlia thing going on, which ofc is itself a stitch of ten other things but

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Sunday, 23 April 2023 19:42 (one month ago) link

terence blanchard’s score is incredible, i love it so much.

also similar to mrs maisel i love when thry go to a new location, like that amazing mission-style house in palm springs … i like trying to work out from exteriors how much is real & how much is added in, like beach scenes & stuff too

i’m finding this season i am having a hard time keeping track of the story threads in this one so i am stressed that there’s only 2 more episodes left

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 23 April 2023 20:08 (one month ago) link

there aren’t that many story threads? some have kind of gotten short shrift though

mh, Sunday, 23 April 2023 22:27 (one month ago) link

i didn’t say there were that many, i just can’t keep them in my head well enough to keep up

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 April 2023 00:03 (one month ago) link

The show is pretty great overall.

They’ve used the N-word several times now though, just seems unnecessary and in bad taste. That never stood out to me in season 1.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Monday, 24 April 2023 05:36 (one month ago) link

xxxpost sarahell you’re so otm about the bladerunner-ness of blanchard’s score, i havent stopped thinking about it. some similar qualities for sure

it never ceases to amaze me how quickly & unquestioningly perry is up for anything pete suggests.
we should go get on that boat.
we should jump off, it’s only an hour back to shore. LOLOLOLL

also perry + pete brawl was so fucking good, omg.

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 03:58 (one month ago) link

big lol for me when Perry references the brawl as Drake & Pete start puffing chests and squaring off

lol yes that was funny
pete’s look was like wtf man

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 20:32 (one month ago) link

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