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* We finished Rectify the night before last. It didn't necessarily go "off the rails" in Season 4 so much as it just lost power and slowed itself to a mind-numbing crawl and then a stop. The Season 3 "finale" was far better than anything that gets resolved, or not, in S4. Ah, well. Endings are hard.

* Rain has stopped, but now it's cold and very dark. A very mountain winter for us this year.

* I've decided to track my reading for 2017. I am pretty haphazard in the way I tackle my tottering to-read pile. Thus far, this year, I've read Jeff Vandermeer's impressive trilogy - The Southern Reach. And I recommend it. NOT my usual fare and typically the type of thing I shy away from because I find it existentially depresseing. Bleak sci-fi. But these books are so incredibly well-written and profoundly thought-out that I could not put them down. One after the other after the other. I do think the story is an analogy to writing? Life? Human existence in regards to the planet? I'm still pondering.

One of the amazing lines I've bookmarked.

Next up on the list -

* I've decided, once again, to grow my hair out. I want to grow out my bangs/fringe because I think it's time. We shall see if I can accomplish this.

Obligatory dog pictures. Sleepy Zoltan and Desmond sad to see me leaving.

* Completely and utterly humbled by the response to my Idol piece this week. It has lit a small flame within me and I'm beyond grateful.

When your heart is soggy with unshed tears and you stumble across an amazing hand-painted pitcher at the outlet store and begin drying out. "Jal" -gypsy name meaning wanderer.

I leave you with this astonishing line from the poet -


Jan. 12th, 2017 02:53 pm (UTC)
I liked season 4, not necessarily for Daniel's storyline, which could have ended in season 3 indeed, but for the other members of the Holden/Talbott clan. In more than one way, it was Janet's season.

And the Teddy-centric episodes were brillant! :- )

His proposal of divorce was something I had never seen on television.

That said, the final episode wasn't one the best. But yeah endings are hard.

Zoltan looks so big!!!!
Jan. 12th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
It definitely was about the Talbot's and the fallout from Daniel's rerouted life...Teddy's story was difficult. I didn't "buy" that they would sell the garage and that he would not try to be his own boss. That didn't hold up for me. I ended up not liking Janet at all. I liked her most in the S3 finale when we saw that she and Daniel had the exact same sense of humour! That was delightful.

I'm looking forward to perusing your reviews!
Jan. 12th, 2017 07:20 pm (UTC)
Teddy was good at selling tires but he has come a long way and had his world turned upside down. I believe he's grown a lot and needs to cut some ties regarding a business that came along with Janet's family...and should have been Daniel's heirdom.
BTW I enjoyed the sibling relationhsip he obviously had with Amantha.

Janet has always been a character hard to like but the actress was fantastic during this final season (she and Clayne Crawford were the best). Janet's storyline made me understand and like Amantha more.

And that above shot of Janet and Ted (in the bathtub), in the penultimate episode, was so great.

I'm going to miss those people.
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
As per your usual, this is a great take in a brief way about that final season. I agree with you, symbolically, that Teddy needed to leave the tire business which was Daniel's inheritance....but in middle America....that just doesn't hold realistic water. And I, too, loved seeing some warmth between him and Amantha. But sorry to see her trapped in the life she had rejected.

Tub scene was good. Wish we had seen more of Ted and Ted/Janet to understand the timeline more.

Always a good sign when you miss tv characters!


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