Myles McNutt
mylesmcnutt
Contributor, A.V. Club, and Assistant Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University.
11/18/19
10:25 PM
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Not to my understanding, no. Maybe my feelings on that will change, but I would be surprised if we got to Citigazze before the final scene of this season, and there would still be too much ground to cover to try to do both books in one eight-episode season. Read more

11/15/19
2:47 PM
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The only way to make the reunion work is to cut the live audience, ban Dan, read the votes, and then have a conversation where everyone repeats their apologies they already posted on social media.

11/13/19
1:15 PM
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It’s Billy’s daemon that is Ratter, which is the same choice the film made in terms of merging him with Tony Makarios. It’s a really efficient choice, and one that I think works. Read more

11/13/19
1:14 PM
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Oh, did they put that in the preview? Yeah. No sense of how quickly that story intends to move, but it’s in motion.

11/13/19
1:13 PM
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I just want to be clear that this is a welcoming space for more optimistic readings. I’m struggling to see the version of Lyra you’re describing, and I do think that my short distance from a reread is creating some initial whiplash that will fade as time goes on, but I don’t want you to think I’m incredulous at the Read more

11/12/19
1:23 PM
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I’m definitely paraphrasing, and I definitely don’t mean that “they’re trying to put one over on us,” precisely. But I think the reality of any adaptation is that it is unavoidably fan-centric. This doesn’t mean that fans are owed a particular version of a show or that we inherently know better, but I do think that Read more

11/12/19
12:55 PM
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I’ll refrain from discussing too much because I’ve seen next week’s episode and know a bit more of where this is going, but I do think that the logical path for this story is to show us the lead-up to the way we drop into Will’s side of things. And I’m open to that being valuable, even if I am not sure it’s “worth it.”

11/12/19
10:47 AM
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It definitely wants to use the existence of the other world as a way of making Boreal’s character a mystery: why is he so casual about this? How long has he been crossing? How often does he cross? What are his motives?
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11/12/19
10:30 AM
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I think the lack of changing is probably an issue of animation: every model that they use has to be fully developed, and more importantly it needs to have the facial animation to be able to talk convincingly. For this reason, to focus on a primary one makes sense, and personally I don’t think it will be a significant Read more

11/12/19
10:00 AM
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You know, I’d never thought about the ending of the first book in light of that epigraphic promise of sorts. I mean, I literally just reread the series, and I now remember that being there, but I can’t imagine that I was thinking about it when I first read the ending? You’re right that Pullman doesn’t treat it as a Read more

11/12/19
9:53 AM
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It was definitely the same daemon, but having seen the way this resolves I will only say that the show’s Gyptians aren’t as tied to the water.

11/12/19
9:53 AM
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Yeah, as I note in the review, the fact the “door” he opens goes everything and collapses everything into one is itself meaningful. And so it’s really going to come down to what they do in terms of visualizing and actualizing the reality of what Asriel does.

11/12/19
9:51 AM
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Just to be clear, while I was committed to the Paula Abdul earworm with my headline, I’m mostly onboard with the Asriel change: the Gyptian exposition in the book is basically unfilmable, and so moving at least part of it to Lyra’s time with Coulter is sensible. Read more

11/11/19
5:08 PM
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I hear what you’re saying, but to be very honest with you: I only wrote how the episode made me feel. I’m not going to pretend I’m not piling on somewhat, but the point at which the show stops inspiring big picture manifestos on its existence is the point at which I stop writing them. I wrote a whole paragraph about Read more

11/11/19
5:05 PM
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Because it has showcased the potential of combining these formats, and these formats themselves contain multitudes that are worthy of careful consideration?

11/11/19
5:04 PM
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If Debbie didn’t look like a teenager, this would track, but it just doesn’t for me. Just show a fake ID!

11/11/19
5:03 PM
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Genre is inherently subjective, and therefore I am not surprised that there are people who believe Shameless is a comedy and watch it through that lens. Read more

11/11/19
11:27 AM
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The Yips are very different from what Kevin is experiencing, but fair.

11/11/19
11:26 AM
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I think your second point is part of why I wish they’d redone the whole thing in the different bathroom set, because now that they’ve updated it at all the soundstage difference is more notable (since before it was “well, we made the credits based on the pilot).

11/11/19
10:21 AM
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Admittedly it’s been a while since the show got an A grade—the beginning of the Fiona and Ian feud in Season 8, right before it completely fell apart. But to claim that I wouldn’t give the show credit for doing something well is baseless. Yes, I’m more jaded about the show than an average viewer, but I’m a critic. I’m Read more