'Succession' Season Four begins on a high note, 'The Mandalorian' gets ambitious, and 'Daisy Jones & The Six' concludes
Here is that Party Down story, btw: https://bit.ly/40vjWhe
As someone else pointed out, “rummage to fruition”. It’s just a funnier word which is why I cackled both times I watched the episode.
I never read Daisy Jones & the Six, so I had no basis for disappointment. I really enjoyed the show. I thought the reveal related to the framing device was well done and wrecked me. The whole final episode did. Like blubbering mess wrecked me. Making them younger in the series also could set up another go at it where Billy and Daisy start working together again.
Not watching anything else, but loved this season of Party Down. Episodes 3 and 4 were up there with the best of the series, and while I didn’t love episode 5, the rest were at least very good. Really hope they get another season and that it’s a little longer like the old days.
Trying to keep this as vague as possible...
As soon as I saw the person rummaging for the vodka I pointed at the TV and yelled "I KNEW IT".
It was a great season of Party Down, especially when you consider the time between seasons, but as far as I'm concerned it was six episodes building up to a five minute scene.
Also, I watched Seasons 1 & 2 in prep for S3, and I have to say: while Jennifer Garner performance was a pleasant surprise, the chemistry between the other two even after all this time is ridiculous.
Daisy Jones just didn't work for me. Keough's performance was great, but Claflin's not so much and I just didn't buy their "love" story at all. Plus, all the band's conflicts seemed far too compressed. Those are things that would shake out over multiple albums, not a single tour from the first one. And what was Simone's story supposed to be about?
Between Succession and White Lotus, HBO has gotten pretty good at the 1 hour comedy.
I know you're not recapping individual Ted Lasso recaps this year (your prerogative; there's a ton of tv these last couple of months of Emmy eligibility). But curious if you have any specific thoughts on how they handled Colin's developments in the latest episode? Your preseason review did a good job not bringing that up.
"Rummage to fruition", not completion. It's both funnier and somehow even grosser.
Man, I love that show.
I truly loved watching Daisy Jones, but some of the changes from the source material really didn't work for me. In the book, Camilla chose to trust Billy because she had to, and though he had feelings and intense chemistry with Daisy, he NEVER acted on them. Camilla's choice to sleep with Eddie was also confounding as hell. Lastly, I HATED that Daisy and Billy never got their final performance of Honeycomb. In the book, Daisy knows that Billy is going to leave the band for Camilla and his daughters, and when they sing that song on stage for the final time, she sings his original lyrics because she knows he needs it to be the hopeful song he intended it to be. It's a gut-wrenching book scene and the way it plays out in the show leaves much to be desired.
1) Succession is funny but ultimately slight to me, and it keeps being repetitive, without saying too much having seen the s4e2 at this point. It's a decent show and comedy, but I feel like it gets too much love for being decently good, but not amazing (IMO, of course).
2) I have the benefit of not being able to compare it to the sounds-like-it's-superior book (as is usual for the juxtaposition between books and TV shows/films), but I found myself actually really enjoying and getting sucked into Daisy Jones & The Six, which I just binged in full over the past week. I'm also a sucker for musical biopics though, or at least certain ones (love Straight Outta Compton, Lords of Chaos, Pistol, and Almost Famous; also enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody and The Dirt, but Elvis (2022) didn't really work for me). I started the series a bit suspicious of how good it might be, and then couldn't watch the episodes quickly enough by the last 3. It just sucked me in and made me love the characters and Daisy and Billy's tortured artistic connection turned quasi-realized romance. The twist at the end also got to me a bit too. Having said all that, it definitely sounds like the book is better, and I agree with all criticisms I've read on here and other places. But I just loved that show, despite its flaws.
3) Also loved this Party Down season, but it was too short. Both my girlfriend and I audibly reacted/gasped/squealed in delight at the reveal at the end of episode 6. I agree with Paul L that the chemistry was immediately palpable and made me miss a certain character immensely. I thoroughly enjoyed season 3 of Party Down on the whole and thought the new characters added a great dynamic. My only complaint was that the episodes sometimes felt a bit crowded with ALL of the old characters, including both Constance and Lydia to various degrees, plus the new characters plus the guest stars in each episode. Sometimes it felt like they were smushing a lot in each ep, and our core characters' interactions may have suffered a bit. But overall, great season, and there better be a 4th season!
EDIT: I forgot to say that I've been playing "Look at Us Now (Honeycomb)" way too much too! "I don't know who I aaaaaaaaaaam..."
A couple things:
1st - thanks for the shoutout for the audiobook. Love audiobooks and will definitely take a dive into this one.
2nd - Off topic, just watched The Last of the Waterman episode of Homicide Life on the Streets which is not available (so far as I can find) on any streaming service (except private caches on upload services). Just wondered if I and any fellow watchers agreed to buy any music featured on the episodes of shows we watch that are not available for streaming due to what I think are debates over fees for the music (at least that's the excuse I see most often) e.g. Frank's Place, Homicide Life on the Streets, et al. could we get some of these shows into the rotation on streaming services (or at least onto Pluto-like streaming/live TV)? As an aside already own Raining in Baltimore by Counting Crows from this episode and one of my favorites Boom Boom Boom by the Iguanas from "The Documentary" episode.
Did i miss something in your Succession recap on the webite...or did you refer to your "just as soon as" bit in the newsletter and that not actually include said bit it in the recap itself?
That was my favorite episode of Mando this season, but the weakness so far this season appears to be undoing much of what happened in the last season. The Grogu thing I can live with, but Moff Gideon is captured, but escapes immediately, but it's rumor in the New Republic somehow. Meanwhile the story on Cara Dune is she was recruited by New Republic Special Forces for getting Gideon, who was immediately lost.