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#1 of 63 mattCR

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Posted December 15 2011 - 10:31 AM

Ah, starts in a month, but they've already sent out the Christmas Cards





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#2 of 63 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted December 15 2011 - 11:32 AM

The return of this one makes Sunday's "Homeland" finale a little easier to bear.

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Posted December 21 2011 - 10:04 AM

Yep.  Actually, I think they've got a good line up.   Californication is apparently going to jump a few years into the characters future (which should help) and everything I've seen of "House of Lies" (about management consultants) I like.    But I enjoy the UK Shameless.. but Season 2 of the US has a chance to really go in a very different direction; in the UK, the character that Emmy plays left after two series.. so all from this point on is entirely new ground, basically. 

The first season did a good job of having some of the storylines but changing them up to make them American - and distinctly different then their UK counterparts.


BTW, if someone can find the preview that Showtime shows that has Frank (Macy) wandering the streets panhandling with Liam strapped to his back to beg for money - HILARIOUS

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Posted December 21 2011 - 03:48 PM

Yep.  Actually, I think they've got a good line up.   Californication is apparently going to jump a few years into the characters future (which should help) and everything I've seen of "House of Lies" (about management consultants) I like.    But I enjoy the UK Shameless.. but Season 2 of the US has a chance to really go in a very different direction; in the UK, the character that Emmy plays left after two series.. so all from this point on is entirely new ground, basically.

John Wells talked about that, how roughly half the first season was pulled directly from the first two seasons of the UK show, but the decision to keep Fiona meant they were blazing a totally new trail this year. Instead of adapting UK scripts, they invited Paul Abbott out to tell stories about his dad (the inspiration for the original Manc Frank) and integrated some of them into the storylines.

The first season did a good job of having some of the storylines but changing them up to make them American - and distinctly different then their UK counterparts.

A major difference is the intrinsic contrast between the British social safety net and the American social safety net for the most poverty stricken. The UK Gallaghers lived on a council estate; if they adapted that directly, the US Gallaghers would be living in the projects some where -- and that would have a very different vibe than the show goes for.

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Posted January 08 2012 - 03:47 PM

Good return, though some of the kids really grew up in a year.
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Posted January 08 2012 - 05:15 PM

I was pissed they recast Mandy. She wasn't at all similar to Jane Levy's portrayal, and suffered from the comparison. I know with Levy on "Suburgatory" that they couldn't get her this season, but I would have preferred they had written Mandy out and created a new character to fill the gap. Otherwise, I loved it. The first season filmed in Fall 2010 and the second season filmed in Summer 2011, so there was actually only five months or so between the end of filming for season 1 and start of filming for season 2. If they decide to set season 3 in winter again, they'll be a year and a half between filming and the kids will have REALLY grown up. I enjoyed the decision to set this season during the summer, both because it meant less time passed between seasons in show time than usually happens on cable series, and because we get to see a whole different aspect to how the family functions. I love they they use the money from the flush times to keep them scraping by through the lean times. That rang true to me. I also love how they all have different ways of chipping into the family coffers. And as colossal of a fuck up as having your youngest kidnapped for collateral on a colossally stupid bet is, it was nice to see Frank hustling for something other than just booze money for a change. The old racist bastard that owns the building that the Alibi Room is in and lives up stairs was terrific, too. As was the reveal that the outrageous electric bill was fueled by Kev's massive pot growing operation in the basement. The show has a real ecosystem that all of the characters weave in and out of. Their neighborhood feels like a living, breathing vibrant place. And considering it's stitched together between location shooting in Chicago and sets on the Warner Bros. backlot. (I wonder if John Wells had them keep the L train set from his "E.R." knowing he had this coming down the pike?) This show and "Always Sunny" both arrange their shooting schedule to film exteriors in the cities they're set in even though production's based out of LA. It's amazing how much a few weeks of location shooting sprinkled over the course of a season add to the authenticity of a show. The comparison with shows like "Castle" that are filmed exclusively in L.A. but set elsewhere is huge. My favorite moment was probably Frank sliding in next to his kids at the pot bonfire and them playfully teasing him mere hours after they had to rescue the sibling of theirs he'd gambled away. That says so much about the family dynamic, and the constructive role he plays in the family even amongst all of the destructive influence he has. His ongoing presence matters.

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Posted January 16 2012 - 01:06 AM

The running of the mobile Mr. Goodies van kills me every time.   Making that kid lift his arms before they'd sell him beer?   :)


What I really appreciate though is that the sub stories give their characters something to actually do.   I have to say this seems much more fleshed out then the UK version - which is a surprise.    I liked everything about the relationships and Frank's need to find the next meal ticket now that he fears his is going away.    William H Macy puts in an incredibly gutty performance in this role, "Wait, I'm the male butterface?"  :)




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Posted January 16 2012 - 04:01 AM

Loved his reaction when he saw the eggplant.



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Posted January 16 2012 - 06:14 AM

The running of the mobile Mr. Goodies van kills me every time.   Making that kid lift his arms before they'd sell him beer?   :)

That's one thing that makes it easier to accept the goings-on on this show. It's not that there's no moral code, it's just a very skewed (but consistent) moral code that gets them all through the day.

What I really appreciate though is that the sub stories give their characters something to actually do.   I have to say this seems much more fleshed out then the UK version - which is a surprise.

Commenters on another board I visit from time to time were complaining that all of the Gallaghers were off on the own plots instead of coming together as a family, but I love it. The biggest change from the first season winter run is that we really get a feel for the fabric of the neighborhood in these two summer episodes. Yes, everybody's off doing their own thing, but they all weave in and out of each other, like Frank picking up the groceries for But-her-face at the Kash and Grab while Ian's working, and then later that's where the Mr. Goodie's truck loads up with product. It just feels like a cohesive universe in a way that other shows do not. This show does less than a month of location shooting in Chicago every season, but they get way more bang for their buck than any other show I can think of. The exteriors feel like Chicago, not generic-vaguely-Los Angeles-Vancouver city. "Switched at Birth" much as I love that show, has no connection to the city it's set in, and it shows. This one gets it right.

I liked everything about the relationships and Frank's need to find the next meal ticket now that he fears his is going away.    William H Macy puts in an incredibly gutty performance in this role, "Wait, I'm the male butterface?"  :)

I loved the relationship with But-her-face, because it's 180 degrees from his situation with Sheila. I like Frank has as much affection for Sheila as he does for anybody, but their whole relationship is based on a certain fiction. There's no illusions between Frank and But-her-face. She might not know exactly what scam Frank's pulling, she she knows he has an angle. His realization that he's the male But-her-face was indeed great.

Loved his reaction when he saw the eggplant.

Hee! Me too. "I don't care how much Vaseline is involved, it. won't. FIT!"

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Posted January 16 2012 - 03:56 PM

I have to say, I think this show does a better job of mixing comedy with drama than any show I can remember.


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Posted January 16 2012 - 04:53 PM

Adam, you do know it's butterface, right?  :P

Whoops!:blush: One of those terms I've heard often enough, but never read. I spelled it like I heard it.

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Posted January 16 2012 - 07:19 PM

^ Yeah, but but-her-face is the meaning of the slang. "Smokin' body, but her face... ew."



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Posted January 22 2012 - 04:10 PM

How can a scene be that funny.. and that sad at the same time?   Both the big sex scenes tonight were both hilariously off-balance and at the same time, desperately sad for the characters.    Just a great way to change the entire script for that - what Fiona imagined vs. how it played out; vs. how Frank's end game played out..


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Posted January 22 2012 - 06:49 PM

This episode was so messed up.
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Posted January 23 2012 - 02:07 AM

Pretty much, it was.  And yet, there was a lot of heart in all of the scenes; I had said all the sex scenes were so conflicted, and I had originally thought of Frank & Butterface, and Fiona and her HS Crush.. but it really didn't stop there.


The thought about them just having a strange moral code.. when they had ripped off hte bag, and there was money inside - they were OK with ripping off a rich person who left it; but when she found out it wasn't that it ate at her and she had to "do the right thing.."   It didn't work out, and for her, the meeting with the HS Crush turned into karma all over.. staring at the car window with the stenciled pictures of the family.. woof.. such complete chaos.   Totally not what she had expected.




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Posted January 23 2012 - 01:16 PM

Most of the time I can justify Gallagher behavior within its own skewed moral compass, but sometimes the show just goes too far. Frank playing Dottie for her pension in the hopes she doesn't get a heart? I can get behind that. Him blowing off the organ donor lady when Dottie's beeper goes off? Over the line into just outright despicable. I think the show knows when it's crossing it, too, because those are the only times we see Frank display any remorse. Killing Dottie really threw him for a loop, at least momentarily. Jody was lucky he caught Frank in a reflective mood, or he would have never gotten that ring back. As an only child, being left alone after my parents die was a childhood fixation, so I could relate to Debbie. On the other hand, if I had a handful of siblings I'm close to and had terribly promiscuous parents that probably meant more siblings are on the way sooner or later, I don't think it would have entered my mind. Kudos to the show for having one of the least sexy sex scenes in TV history between Fiona and her married high school crush. Simultaneously hilarious and depressing. Totally agree about Fiona and the bag. The money that she was going to give back became a bitch tax. If the purse owner had a bit of class, she'd be one month's rent richer. Still loving Jack Carter as Stan the racist bar owner. EDIT: "threw" not "through"

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Posted January 24 2012 - 12:32 AM

This was my least favorite episode since the show started.  Frank is a horrible person, but that was out of character even for him.  I really hope it doesn't ruin the character for me from this point on.



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Posted January 29 2012 - 03:09 PM

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Bwahahahh   More thoughts later, but Showtime had it going tonight; both Shameless and House of Lies were laugh fests tonight.


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Posted January 30 2012 - 11:28 AM

So where did Frank's miracle come from?
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Posted January 30 2012 - 01:01 PM

The thing I really enjoyed about last night's episode was the way it showcased how the cycle repeats itself: Fiona hiding under the table with Frank after doing something ill-advised and morally reprehensible, Lip hopelessly in love with Karen (a hot mess just like his mother), Carl pulling Frank-style scams, Debbie crushing on a boy who's fated to become a Frank, etc. etc. The only one who didn't fall into the trap is the only one who isn't Frank's kid: Ian. The baby reveal at the end was good. Lip takes after Frank in another way, and keeps Karen in the picture without necessarily writing out Jody. LOVED the end tag with the landing gear from a jet landing mere feet in front of Sheila, just as she's about to set out to the Alibi. Looks like the shit's going to really hit the fan next week.