@Lauren_O'Neal - I definitely expected Rust to die, especially w/ all his Gethsemane talk early on.
I think, from the point of view of someone interested in structure/narrative, the show was fascinating to me, in that, it felt really obvious from the structure / pacing to me all along that it was going to be about the two guys, not the philosophy or mystery - and yet, I didn't actually buy into that, cuz all of the content itself felt so different.
I didn't really think about Marty a huge amount, but I think what you're saying is really important - its really sad in a way that by the end of the show, he's resigned to a kind of grim fatalistic view, and it's Rust who has to add the buoyancy.
Also, I feel like tv is kind of fucked with endings, cuz of the spacing. I started to imagine my favorite books split into chunks over time - I mean, imagine if Gatsby getting show in the pool or Rochester able to see his son or like, all of that horribly depressing shit leading to Berthe going off alone in Bovary - I mean, none of those endings would feel good enough as TV Final-Hours, would they?
Please, please let this be an active comment thread. I have thoughts, but would like to listen to ladies before a straight white guy starts offering up opinions on shows where straight white guys do a bunch of hero-ing.
@Edith Zimmerman ugh I was really hoping "Adult Games" were games where you got to simulate paying bills and figuring out whether to "To:" or "BCC:" your friends on email invites and was SORELY disappointed.
Enjoyed the essay. I'm one of those like, dudes who played a couple years of college hoops in DII but then realized he wasn't gonna cut it so had to focus on my actual degree, and now is a middle-manager but still obsesses over Big East recruiting, but for writers, not basketball....
...and I really get so bummed out at some of this shit. I guess cuz NYC is my 'home conference' I end up getting to see the worst of it as much as (what I, i'm sure erroneously cuz I'm a giant homer) assume is the best, and, well. I really have nothing to add at all to the conversation other than saying I really love hearing a voice that's trying to stay above the "this" vs "that", and thanks.
@adorable-eggplant ageed 100% w/ this.
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@Danzig! If it's going to be stuck in my head all day, you might as well have to deal with it too
@stuffisthings fictional nurses are Ratched.
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