I only had it on as background noise this week because I'm drowning in work, but never fear, fall break is almost here! I fully intend to rewatch last week's episode plus this Wednesday's ep back-to-back Friday morning.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman mentioned many different soaps. I even have a book published during the show's run that shows a fictional TV Guide-style listing for the Fernwood local stations which includes several of their soaps, including "Days of Our Nights."
I think Fred and Grady watched "The Edge of Tomorrow" on Sanford and Son.
Lucious's singing is still SO hilarious, though omg. I am CRYING in here.
Snitch, bitch, snitchin' ass bitch!
I just can't praise tonight's episode enough! One of my all-time favorite soap tropes is the good old-fashioned "circling the wagon" scene, and Cookie, Andre, Hakeem, and Anika are bringing it tonight.
Andre got middle child syndrome without being the middle child.
Tonight's episode has slowed back down to the Empire that I fell in love with in January. The focus needs to ALWAYS be on the Lyon family and their interrelationships, period. They lose their way when they introduce all these random add-ons. Also, more focus on the music and less on violence.
AMC's central theme, to me, was always progress steeped in tradition. Quintessential All My Children is classic, old school elegance coupled with a modern sensibility, which is why the show was always at its best when it was telling stories across the generations.
"Good" and "honest" really aren't the right words, on second thought. I just think that if he was meant to be a JR-type character, it would have been more obvious in the first episode. We mainly saw him in good association with the Lefevres, and he reined Wick in several times as well when, if he was more villainous, he could've have just let it ride. I guess it remains to be seen the type of role he's supposed to play here. The daughter shows up next week, so it'll be interesting to see how she fits into all of it. Hopefully we get some good family scenes.
I don't think they're trying to do JR in this show at all. Hap (Don Johnson) seems to be a shrewd businessman, but he was generally portrayed as a good, honest man. His son is an !@#$%^&*] with daddy issues, but I don't see any comparisons to JR Ewing in the character besides his villainous streak.
IDK, I thought it was a solid opener, and it kept me engaged the entire hour. I'm just tired of shows that try to cram a hundred things into the pilot. This was a very refreshing change from that, and that probably colors my opinion. I adore almost anything that starts with a slower pace, really. After the episode was over, I felt like we'd gotten from point A to point B without important beats playing out off-screen or being completely ignored, which is one of my hugest TV pet peeves. Compare that to Empire, which I love, but they came back with a S2 premiere that was already moving at 100 mph with new characters rushed into the action with little introduction and multiple story beats playing out in quick succession with poor development. I'm not hating on Empire in the least because it looks like that may end up being that show's style and tone, but I'm happy to have something that's on the opposite end of the spectrum, however long it lasts.
I'm also a staunch supporter of any network drama that eschews the overdone season-long mystery/suspense plot that almost always builds up tons of momentum in season one then falls flat on its ass in season 2 as the series stumbles to a very miserable demise by season 4 or 5.
I did like the ending a lot. The show is at its best when the focus is squarely on the family, IMO. They took the time in the early eps to develop those characters and their relationships with one another, so any scene that focuses on that is going to be gold. I include Becky and Porsha in this as they're part of the Lyon fold as well. Most other characters since maybe halfway through season one have been sloppily introduced and played out with a quickness. On the bright side, it's a huge positive that, no matter what, the Lyons as characters and a family unit still deliver, so the rest of the show can find its footing without missing a beat. I mean, I think of a show like Dallas (though I know it's not productive to compare) and how even Cliff Barnes was merely a recurring character at first before he became a major story driver. They focused on the Ewings then gradually brought others in. With Empire, they toss a new character in and have that person making moves within their first hour on screen.