Segment Ranker:1. Trump Corruption (Golf Clubs)2. Electoral College3. Illegal Immigrants working at Trump Organization
As VNT winds down in its last month on the air (on HBO at least), the number of segments per episode are getting fewer as well as longer, running 5+ minutes apiece (sometimes up to 7-9 minutes) to the detriment of the quality and conciseness of the stories. While this would seemingly give a bit more room to explore things in more depth and let interviews run longer, in practice the segments end up feeling long and a bit muddled, in need of editing down. Still, with these shortcomings VNT remains a quality program far preferable to basically any other regular newscast, though with a noticeable decline from just 2-3 months ago
Plays out like a thriller. A real life, better version of Taken. VICE isn't going through the motions in its last month on air.
That bit about sound effects in Mortal Kombat was so gnarly and awesome
Segment Ranker:1. Did someone f**k the pool boy?2. Abortion providers in the south
Segment Ranker:1. Election Interference2. Mike Reubens at the Border3. Mueller Hearing
Segment Ranker:1. Amy McGrath2. Julian Castro3. Student Loans
Segment Ranker (none really great):1. Epstein Enablers2. The Late Shrill3. Racist-in-Chief
Segment Ranker:1. Mitch McConnell2. Run for Senate2. Reparations
Segment Ranker:1. LGBT/Pride Month - Doesn't just win by default as the prior 2 segments were relatively weak but touches on companies paying lipservice to pride month by co-opting the idea to self-promote/virtue signal (a recurring issue for other months dedicated to focus on other groups of people e.g. McDonald's turning its arches upside for Women's Month)2. Multi-Level Marketing - covers a lot of the same ground as when John Oliver covered in an old ep of LWT but more of a focus on how women make up a larger proportion of MLM's victims adds/focuses on a different perspective3. YouTube - Seldom a fan of when she goes after corporations/businesses. Seldom goes beyond 'big businesses are bad 'cause they're big mmkay'
Ranking the Segments:1. Mueller2. NRA3. Naomi on Black Twitter (she's got potential as a correspondent)
Ranking the Segments:1. DHS Purge2. Djibouti Visa3. 50 Cons of Way
Ranking the Segments:1. Abortion2. Biden/Electability3. Kamala
Ranking the Segments:1. Presidential Candidates2. Journalism Business Woes3. Democrats on FOX
Delicious has gone from sparring, effective sentimentality to unearned sentimentality to forced sentimentality. Cloying/Schmaltzy/Cliche dialogue (especially the voiceovers) doesn't help things
S5: The opposite of cogent
First season was an 8.5/9. This was so bad, 3.5-4, and that's being generous. Poor writing. Poor directing (Jeri's awkward dance in her apartment early on). Poor editing (was it necessary to play the entirety of 'I Want Your Cray Cray'? Would playing 1 minute as opposed to 3 minutes not have the same effect but cut out some filler? Very indicative of the editing of the season as whole, scenes play for way too damn long, scenes that already smack you over the head with very superficial dialogue)Didn't care for scenes with Malcolm. Didn't care for scenes with Trish (who becomes increasingly annoying and one-note). Didn't care for scenes with Jeri. Really ruined Jeri's character (outside of a classic Jeri move in episode 12). Really disrespected Simpson's character. I would've hated the character of Alisa a lot more if it weren't in the hands of Janet McTeer. Likewise, Krysten Ritter is the only thing keeping me from completely feeling like season 2's Jessica is a mere shadow of the complexity and snark of season 1. It's hard to tell whether I hated s2 of Daredevil or s2 of Jessica Jones more, but they've had the same effect: I feel nothing, maybe relief even, that Netflix has cancelled a lot of the Marvel shows over the past two weeks and the remaining shows might not be long for this world when their committed upcoming seasons are finished.
One of the biggest season 1-to-season 2 drops I've experienced. It was torture forcing myself through the season.
As a Midwesterner, this was an extremely relatable episode.