Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Edalji, Emmys, more

I didn't really like Arthur and George overall. You'd think, if the writers wanted us to treat the rippings like a mystery, that the show would try to show many suspects early on, but actually 2 out of 3 episodes kept trying to raise the doubt that "maybe he's not innocent!" and "boy, his foreign family sure are weirdos!"; they even had Sir Arthur deliberately destroy footprints because he feared they would be evidence of George Edalji's guilt. Way to prove that you're not emotionally involved and blinded by your own bias! And the whole shit about a Hayden Price character being a real-life Moriarty (when it was probably Adam Worth) just to make George look sinister was a waste of time. Really horrible, and the ultimate solution to the mystery, with the guilty persons getting killed, was so convenient. Stupid fictionalized mess. The only part I really liked was George's sister mentioning "Speckled Band" to point out that Sherlock Holmes is sometimes wrong. Heck yeah, he's fallible. And Sir Arthur is too, which makes the arguments against his amateur investigation more valid. The closing titles talked about George's pardon but glossed over the fact that he was not pardoned for the letter-writing. Well at least the appeals court was created.

Anyway, I also watched the Emmy Awards on Sunday. I don't usually watch them anymore, but decided to do so this year since Andy Samberg was the host, and I've grown fond of him in Brooklyn Nine Nine. He did great, though the awards quickly became boring once I realized that Olive Kitteridge was going to win every damn category it was in. I don't give a damn about the other cable shows either. I stayed with the Emmys though, enjoying how Taraji was so happy for Regina King, and then Olivia Davis later. Very nice moments in the show, though I'm still disappointed that Constance Wu wasn't even nominated.

I decided to try to watch Minority Report after all, since I do like Meagan Good. The pilot did acknowledge that Pre-crime was wrong and rightly abolished, with Wally talking about the "outliers" in the minority report. The freed convicts who had their lives ruined and wanted revenge was a good way to show the consequences of the bad policy. And yet they still don't have an answer for why Meagan's character should trust Dash's visions. If the visions of the three precogs contradicted each other, then why does she think that Dash, or Dash and his brother, will somehow miraculously get everything 100% right and be in agreement now? The other storyline with Agatha and Arthur afraid that they'll be recaptured and put back to work does suggest that the show can see how problematic it is to try doing Pre-crime stuff again. So I'll stick with it for now.

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