‘9-1-1 Lone Star,’ Give Me a Break. Please.

 

This is RightAngles, TV Reporter, here to save you some time. Do not bother to watch the new Fox show 9-1-1 Lone Star unless you want to end up throwing things at your TV. I admit I may have been predisposed to disliking this show because in the trailer they flew the Texas flag upside-down, but I think my initial gut reaction proved to be correct. So without further ado, here is my reaction to this over-the-top mishmash of SJW causes.

My first clue was when with the opening credits barely finished, we learn that New York Fire Capt. Rob Lowe’s son, also a fireman, is gay. I mean they just could not wait to stick that in there. Lowe is sent to Austin to repopulate a firehouse where everyone died in an explosion, and they tell him diversity is paramount (what?). As a result, we see him interviewing a paramedic in a hijab (he hires her even though she has 11 reprimands on her record), a black trans person (a twofer!), a basic Brown Guy who has failed the written exam four times (he hires him too), gay men, etc., etc. I mean is this the Fire Department or the SJW Cavalcade?

I don’t know about you, but if my house is on fire I want a 120-pound woman in a hijab with a record of not following orders and whose scarf is blowing around getting in her eyes and a trans person who’s checking to see if I’m a bigot before saving me.

One woman calls 911 because her Mexican neighbors were making some kind of disturbance, and the firefighters arrest her (citizen’s arrest) for being a racist. (No idea why they sent the fire department for a noisy piñata party) She starts having breathing trouble so they think she’s having a heart attack (who could blame her?). Before helping her, a fireman says “I should tell you I’m gay” (why?), and she recoils a little so the trans one bends down to help and says “And I’m trans.” When the woman is in respiratory distress! Excuse me?

In one pilot, they managed to pack in all that plus an opioid overdose, a learning disability, PTSD, and an illegal Mexican kid with asthma who is saved in the street by paramedic Liv Tyler, whose face is so puffed up with fillers that she looks like an alien. She tells the dad he needs an inhaler, and the dad says no insurance because he’s afraid of being deported, so she gives him her card and says she’s “with a group who doesn’t ask questions.” Why aren’t we mad at the irresponsible dad who put the kid in this situation?

And did I mention Lowe’s character is a metrosexual? In a locker room scene with all the firemen wearing only towels, he stands in front of the mirror and lets them all in on his skincare secrets, including the importance of exfoliating and moisturizing. Begone, Toxic Masculinity! He also goes for regular hair treatments so he won’t go bald. Oh, and he has cancer due to being a 911 first responder, and he tells his doctor he’s not sure if he wants this new cancer treatment that can prolong his life because he’ll lose his hair. “This is my look,” he says to her. Priorities, I tells ya!

Obviously we also have two men kissing. And this does not mean I have animosity toward gay people. I don’t. I have animosity toward sanctimonious TV writers who think they’re more sophisticated and intelligent than I am so they have to shove every social cause down my throat until I vote Democrat. We also have of course the requisite interracial couple, which is usually a white man with a black wife because the other way around makes black women mad.

Well, you know what, this whole stupid show made me mad, and a spinoff from the already woke enough 9-1-1 was not necessary. I want to be entertained, not yelled at.

For these reasons and for flying the Texas flag upside-down (which may have been on purpose. “Look at us! Stickin’ it to The Man!” but it may have been just ignorance), Two Thumbs Down.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

    Probably the best example ever.

     

    That was terminally stupid. I stopped watching L&O after that.

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  2. Hoyacon Member
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    @Hoyacon

    Percival (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

    Probably the best example ever.

     

    That was terminally stupid. I stopped watching L&O after that.

    It’s on the long list of “Things I Wonder About That Don’t Matter At All.”

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  3. RightAngles Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

    Probably the best example ever.

     

    That was terminally stupid. I stopped watching L&O after that.

    That must have been the year that suddenly every show injected lesbians and gay guys for no apparent reason, like it was a box they all had to check. On How to Get Away With Murder, after we’d known the star for two or three seasons as a straight married woman, suddenly she jumped into a lesbian affair, and we find out she’d been a couple with this woman in college?! Huh?

    I took it out of my DVR and never watched it again. But not just for that. I also realized there wasn’t a single likeable character. Every last one of them was a murderer, a cheater, a liar, or all three. Where are the heroes?

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  4. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Here’s my crazy conspiracy theory: they must normalize incompetence as a prelude to socialism.

    It would explain how someone like Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff keeps getting elected. They are the paragons of the new incompetent order!

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  5. James Gawron Inactive
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):
    the paragons of the new incompetent order

    Drew,

    Well, you’ve got the title. All you’ve got to do is write the novel.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  6. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    @RayKujawa

    RA, please remember to breathe. Breathe in, breathe out. Wax on, wax off…  Thank you so much for your unwilling sacrifice. This show is beginning to sound like a comedy. No way I’m watching it.

    The word gratuitous comes to mind.

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  7. RightAngles Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Here’s my crazy conspiracy theory: they must normalize incompetence as a prelude to socialism. Under the new order,everyone will be guaranteed a job. Well, they’re not going to have a special job for all he incompetent people to do, they’re going to be spread throughout all the jobs, and the competent will have to make up the difference of their lack of and mal-performance.

    Screw-ups are comrades too.

    I see it this way too. They’re trying to destroy the meritocracy. I think the stupid “Self-Esteem” movement was a part of it. They want to tear down everyone who has a talent or gift that makes them special. They hate that. So if everyone is special, then nobody is. They hate it that some people have a gift that you have to be born with, that can’t be bought or bestowed by the government. It’s why they’re trying to destroy the NFL, because not everyone can be in it.  They hate all pro sports. I’m surprised they haven’t marched in protest that the NBA doesn’t have enough Asians. They hate supermodels too, and they try to get people to see them as “freaks of nature” or stupid.

    Every aspect of the left, including these and the economic sameness of socialism, is based in the negativity of envy and resentment. Instead of “Good for him! Some day I’m going to have that too if I work for it,”  they say, “If I can’t have it, let’s take his away from him.”

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  8. RightAngles Member
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    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    RA, please remember to breathe. Breathe in, breathe out. Wax on, wax off… Thank you so much for your unwilling sacrifice. This show is beginning to sound like a comedy. No way I’m watching it.

    I actually did not realize they were serious at first! I thought the Rob Lowe character was being sarcastic and ridiculing metrosexuals, but NO! He actually IS one, and they were serious. That skin care scene in the locker room! OMG I thought he was being funny.

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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    But really . . . it is satire, right? I mean, the show. They aren’t serious, right? This show is making fun of Woke-TV, right?

    Please say yes.

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  10. RightAngles Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):
    Reply

    They could put on the whole thing as an SNL skit and nobody would think it was not parody.

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  11. JustmeinAZ Member
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    Well, I decided that the show couldn’t really be that bad so I pulled it up On Demand and started watching. My first thought was that OMG Rob Lowe looks really old! And, RA, you missed telling us the part where the son tells his Dad that his SO has fallen in love with his spin cycle instructor. At least I think that’s what he said. You really can’t make this stuff up. The writers couldn’t have done a better job if they really were writing a parody.

    I kind of fell asleep so I missed the rest.

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  12. RightAngles Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Well, I decided that the show couldn’t really be that bad so I pulled it up On Demand and started watching. My first thought was that OMG Rob Lowe looks really old! And, RA, you missed telling us the part where the son tells his Dad that his SO has fallen in love with his spin cycle instructor. At least I think that’s what he said. You really can’t make this stuff up. The writers couldn’t have done a better job if they really were writing a parody.

    I kind of fell asleep so I missed the rest.

    Yes, they tricked us there. He said “Dad, I’m going to ask Terry (or Pat or Chris or whatever it was) to marry me,” and then they cut to him in the fancy restaurant with the candles and we see that it’s not a girl. Not only is he a man, but of course he’s a black man.

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  13. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

    Maybe it was just a sneaky attempt to make Fred look bad. 

    I liked Fred, he was so laid back he was  the first person to attempt a Presidential mosey. 

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  14. Caryn Thatcher
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Here’s my crazy conspiracy theory: they must normalize incompetence as a prelude to socialism. Under the new order,everyone will be guaranteed a job. Well, they’re not going to have a special job for all he incompetent people to do, they’re going to be spread throughout all the jobs, and the competent will have to make up the difference of their lack of and mal-performance.

    Screw-ups are comrades too.

    I see it this way too. They’re trying to destroy the meritocracy. I think the stupid “Self-Esteem” movement was a part of it. They want to tear down everyone who has a talent or gift that makes them special. They hate that. So if everyone is special, then nobody is. They hate it that some people have a gift that you have to be born with, that can’t be bought or bestowed by the government. It’s why they’re trying to destroy the NFL, because not everyone can be in it. They hate all pro sports. I’m surprised they haven’t marched in protest that the NBA doesn’t have enough Asians. They hate supermodels too, and they try to get people to see them as “freaks of nature” or stupid.

    Every aspect of the left, including these and the economic sameness of socialism, is based in the negativity of envy and resentment. Instead of “Good for him! Some day I’m going to have that too if I work for it,” they say, “If I can’t have it, let’s take his away from him.”

    Harrison Bergeron. Kurt Vonnegut, 1961.

    • #104
  15. Caryn Thatcher
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    @Caryn

    Zafar (View Comment):

    @rightangles – you might enjoy this. (They have a similar one involving firemen, but sadly I couldn’t find it.)

    Brilliant, Zafar.  I like Sanjeev Bhaskar very much, so that just made it all the better.

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  16. RightAngles Member
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    Caryn (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Here’s my crazy conspiracy theory: they must normalize incompetence as a prelude to socialism. Under the new order,everyone will be guaranteed a job. Well, they’re not going to have a special job for all he incompetent people to do, they’re going to be spread throughout all the jobs, and the competent will have to make up the difference of their lack of and mal-performance.

    Screw-ups are comrades too.

    I see it this way too. They’re trying to destroy the meritocracy. I think the stupid “Self-Esteem” movement was a part of it. They want to tear down everyone who has a talent or gift that makes them special. They hate that. So if everyone is special, then nobody is. They hate it that some people have a gift that you have to be born with, that can’t be bought or bestowed by the government. It’s why they’re trying to destroy the NFL, because not everyone can be in it. They hate all pro sports. I’m surprised they haven’t marched in protest that the NBA doesn’t have enough Asians. They hate supermodels too, and they try to get people to see them as “freaks of nature” or stupid.

    Every aspect of the left, including these and the economic sameness of socialism, is based in the negativity of envy and resentment. Instead of “Good for him! Some day I’m going to have that too if I work for it,” they say, “If I can’t have it, let’s take his away from him.”

    Harrison Bergeron. Kurt Vonnegut, 1961.

    This says it all Why does their idea of equality have to be a dull dreary sameness? ( I saw Kurt Vonnegut in a restaurant in New York once and I nearly died of excitement. My blasé New York friends threatened to pretend they weren’t with me)

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  17. Miffed White Male Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    I also realized there wasn’t a single likeable character. Every last one of them was a murderer, a cheater, a liar, or all three. Where are the heroes?

    The show *was* called “How to get away with murder”.

     

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  18. RightAngles Member
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    I also realized there wasn’t a single likeable character. Every last one of them was a murderer, a cheater, a liar, or all three. Where are the heroes?

    The show *was* called “How to get away with murder”.

     

    Thanks Mister Smarty.

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  19. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

    Ha! But you know, it really wasn’t that long ago that the TV shows were more normal. I got so sick of the new preachy shows that I’ve been binge-watching older series from before 2009 or so, and it’s shocking to see the difference. Even the David E. Kelley show Boston Legal wasn’t nearly on the level of the ones today, and he was one of the preachiest ones out there at the time. But Boston Legal had a transvestite character, a big fat black guy, and he was treated with ridicule. I’m sure Kelley wishes that would never see the light of day again, but it’s streaming on Amazon Prime, or was it Hulu, I forget. Anyway as I watch these shows which are not that old, I’m shocked at how fast this has all been allowed to happen.

    Can they still even broadcast episodes of “MASH” that have Klinger as a character?

    Happily, MASH is on TVland and the Sundance Channel. It’s horribly politically incorrect and I love it!

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  20. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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    All of the MASH episodes on t.v. 

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  21. RightAngles Member
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    ShaunaHunt (View Comment):

    All of the MASH episodes on t.v.

    This and others like it are ripe for the purging as soon as someone notices.

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  22. Vance Richards Member
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    This is on again right now. People are stabbing them selves and jumping out windows. Liv figures it must be mercury poisoning because. . . Turns out the sandwich  guy put mercury in the food because the people were bad tippers. Are you sure this isn’t a comedy?  

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  23. RightAngles Member
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    This is on again right now. People are stabbing them selves and jumping out windows. Liv figures it must be mercury poisoning because. . . Turns out the sandwich guy put mercury in the food because the people were bad tippers. Are you sure this isn’t a comedy?

    It really does seem like parody. I have a feeling it has low ratings, and that they’re showing the pilot again, even though they’re on Episode 2, to try to boost viewership. They’re probably going “Oh maybe people missed it, so let’s show it again.'”  No, Fox, it isn’t because people missed it.

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  24. Full Size Tabby Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    I took it out of my DVR and never watched it again. But not just for that. I also realized there wasn’t a single likeable character. Every last one of them was a murderer, a cheater, a liar, or all three. Where are the heroes?

    Apart from the “woke” check boxes, this is another aspect of many modern show series that annoys me into not watching: The writers write “complex” characters to be “real” (though as we see, they’re not really real), and often making those characters “complex” means making them unlikable. With no likable characters to root for I’m probably not interested enough to continue watching the show.  

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  25. RightAngles Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    I took it out of my DVR and never watched it again. But not just for that. I also realized there wasn’t a single likeable character. Every last one of them was a murderer, a cheater, a liar, or all three. Where are the heroes?

    Apart from the “woke” check boxes, this is another aspect of many modern show series that annoys me into not watching: The writers write “complex” characters to be “real” (though as we see, they’re not really real), and often making those characters “complex” means making them unlikable. With no likable characters to root for I’m probably not interested enough to continue watching the show.

    I hate this too. They seem to think an “anti-hero” is more “relatable” or something, but we need heroes who are better than we are, figures we can aspire to be like. Not a protagonist who might be a great detective but he’s an alcoholic with three failed marriages behind him. Bring back John Wayne.

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  26. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    Thanks for taking one for the team, RA.

    It is very strange to find ourselves living in a Monty Python skit.

    I recently watched about 2 1/2 seasons of The Expanse.  I’m a SciFi fan, and I tried to keep an open mind as long as I could, but they eventually lost me.  It seems that every character is a bizarre weirdo.  I went back to Stargate SG-1 for light viewing, though even Stargate (and the Trek series) are short of normal characters.

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  27. Front Seat Cat Member
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    This story was so darn funny that I am now compelled to watch it – at least one episode. I’ll have to see with my own two eyes.  No, I don’t just want to see the firemen in the locker room…..shheesshh…… I just can’t believe that anyone would write a show like this on purpose, expecting it to be taken seriously with all the forced PC stuff.

    PS….. RA, your new avatar is genius.

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  28. RightAngles Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This story was so darn funny that I am now compelled to watch it – at least one episode, because unless this is a comedy show (which might work), I’ll have to see with my own two eyes. No, I don’t just want to see the firemen in the locker room…..shheesshh…… I just can’t believe that anyone would write a show like this on purpose, expecting it to be taken seriously. I think it sounds like its supposed to be a parody on all the PC stuff??

    PS….. RA, your new avatar is genius.

    Haha! Thank you! I had to change it when I woke up to find this on the main feed. I had to go incognito so I grabbed the hat and took a selfie in record time! (Most of my posts are marked “Members Only”)

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  29. Lilly B Coolidge
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    It was on again last night, and I happened to put on the channel just in time to catch the “hair nightmare” moment. I couldn’t watch after about a minute of listening to Liv Tyler’s bland, whispery voice. It worked as an Elf, but it doesn’t transfer well to human characters. (Sorry if this was already covered in the comments – I can’t keep up)

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  30. RightAngles Member
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    Lilly B (View Comment):

    It was on again last night, and I happened to put on the channel just in time to catch the “hair nightmare” moment. I couldn’t watch after about a minute of listening to Liv Tyler’s bland, whispery voice. It worked as an Elf, but it doesn’t transfer well to human characters. (Sorry if this was already covered in the comments – I can’t keep up)

    I find her cringey in this as well. In addition to the voice, her puffy filler-face kills me. I mean she isn’t even 45 yet. What on earth does Hollywood do to these women, and how do they even find a reputable doctor who’d do it.

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