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Century City 1x04

Sweet Child Of Mine
A couple sue a fertility doctor because their unborn child may be gay. The firm defends the doctor from the couple‘s demand for 20 million dollars. This is a big deal in 2030? This ep is so aggressively sexist and homophobic; one wonders why none of the cast or crew objected. The sexist makes homophobic comments and the VP is gay apparently. There are voice activated computers and a guest appearance by a pre ‘Person Of Interest’ Sarah Shahi.

The sexist wants to hire an assistant and gets a hologram assistant. He has no friends. The sexist complains about whining women and is manifestly unfit to be employed. The future causes manifest social problems and TPTB have no integrity or wisdom. The couple are viperous and have vicious hostility to their potentially gay baby. Again: this is 2030. Nothing in this ep is roughly plausible.

Meanwhile in the other case of the week, the firm defends a man who burgled his ex and is now suing her. Enrico Colantoni plays a homophobe lawyer representing the anti-gay couple. There are smart apartments, hair generators, nanopants and smart pillows. The burglar ex claims he wants his personhood back. This ep and this show are full of rampant sexism but the homophobia is really dialed up. No wonder this was universally unloved because it is a hard hideous grind to watch.

TPTB made really bad decisions. Viola Davis’ character is told the gay population is declining due to people genetically modifying their babies. The fertility doctor (Richard Thomas of ‘The Waltons’ and ‘The Americans’) wants to save the gay population. Viola Davis acts in foaming at the mouth style. I’m not investing my sympathy and belief in this.

Nestor wears a yellow jewel tone shirt and a cornflower blue tie. There is no logic or rationality. There is bad acting. The homophobe lawyer spews pointedly mean slights and homophobia. This ep was dismal. The burglar’s ex wants him back which is an excuse for him to attack her for how awful a person SHE is. FFS!

The homophobe tool yells that parents shouldn’t be coerced into having a gay baby and says it is their right to have pure personal bias if they want. I sense an author tract. The homophobes get damages of 1 dollar. This show deserves grotesque infamy. It is the product of PC hating tools. Lucas (Ioan) wants to attract sexual attention from the genetically modified lawyer. He is married. 4 eps in and at last we learn his name and that he is a cheater.

There are glass storage systems like in ‘Minority Report’. Viola Davis’ character tried for kids? Wanted kids? It isn’t clear. She has a cry. No wonder this was axed, it did not deal with troubling moral and social phenomenon, it was one.

Best Lines:
“Lipid profile.”

“Spend every waking second plotting your demise.”

“You took the front door?”

“How many innocent mistakes have there been?”

“He stole my 6 year old’s teddy bear!”

“Dating losers.”

“Give me back my nanopants!”

“Nobody wanted them.”

“Shut her up!”

Come Home (2018) 1x01
This BBC1 drama centres on Greg (Christopher Eccleston) who is trying to cope after his wife Marie walked out on him and their 3 kids after 19 years for no reason. This has okay opening credits. Marie feels morally right about leaving and is cold and uncaring. She won’t talk to Greg or see her children. Why is she so awful? Flashbacks make things no clearer.

This was dull and not unflinchingly honest. I scarcely tolerated this. Greg shows his emotional upset by going out on cringe-making internet dates and hooking up with some loudmouth random. He stalks Marie and there is a hilarious police encounter and Marie is just the worst.

Best Lines:
“Did intimate things to each other.”

“Where ya going?”

“If you pay me.”
“I already pay you. Food and light and heating.”

“Jesus not Mel and Kim.”

“Why should she need space?”

“No reason that’s anywhere close to good enough.”

“The three children you no longer see.”

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace 1x05

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Ricky Martin can’t act as he plays Versace’s grasping slampiece who is value neutral. Donatella has matchstick legs and wears an ugly loud jacket. Andrew is a negative influence and has unreasonable social expectations and is incapable of being calm and considered. We see Andrew in his knickers shooting up. There is no serious reflection and little consideration is given to entertainment.

People have moral objections to Andrew and his presumption and untruths. This is not emotionally raw and has no quiet yearning. Andrew lies with chilling frequency. This is not a good tale of wrenching despair and loss. Andrew makes irrevocable decisions. He is pretentious and wildly over ambitious with unrealized aspirations and assailed pride. This was uninformative.

The disreputable Andrew is emotionally abusive. This was not dark and austere. Andrew thinks he’s splendidly provocative. He is reviled and he has gothic secrecy and does manipulation of human desires. He is inherently violent and has fierce commitment to lying. Can TPTB remind us what excitement feels like?

There are flashbacks to 1995 and Andrew’s future victim Jeff faces gay-bashing in the navy. He slices a tattoo off and loses his career. He would be murdered by Andrew in 1997. Poor Jeff.

Best Lines:
“I know my place. Unlike you.”

“Surrounded by beauty and kindness.”

“He’s got no-one, he’s got nothing.”

“Do you even like him?”

“He’s lonely.”
“For a reason.”

“Who cares about that?”

“They don’t want you.”

“No one wants your love!”

“I’m done with you!”

Doubt 1x03

Poison Prize
A psychic is tried for conning a man out of thousands and Sadie is unethical whilst defending the case of a hacker. The ideologically fixed lawyers are instinctively hostile to sense. There is bad acting. Sadie has an obsessive tendency to annoy. The plots make no sense. Sadie is not amenable and is a fight instigator. Sadie tries for moral revenge and ruins the DA’s career. The firm sets free criminals. The accused murderer treats Sadie with callous contempt. No wonder this was axed.

Best Lines:
“Find your anger.”

“Deferred dream.”

The Americans 5x03

The Midges
Philip and Elizabeth continue to look into a possible bio-weapon. They and their fake son go bowling with the defector family. Philip and Elizabeth are obsessed with wheat and feel they have moral reasons for what they do. Paige bores. Why are the scenes in the USSR so grey? Philip has flashbacks to his past. People talk and talk and talk. Martha is seen in Russia in a barely stocked shop.

Compassion is rejected. Stan and co bother a guy. People are sturdily watchful. There is no measured caution. Where is Pastor Tim? Everything is a life shattering problem. More wigs, hats, contacts and fake moustaches are worn. Philip’s son sneaks. This was unpleasant. There are no measured arguments. Philip and Elizabeth put the hurt on a dude due to salacious curiosity. This ep was not a showpiece.

Best Lines:
“We’re not a rich country.”

“Wheat eater.”

“You should have asked.”

“I ate garbage off the street.”


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