My wife and I are really enjoying this series, the new HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet and a host of others. Which prompts my first point: The opening credits didn't 'star' Winslet, nor 'and...' her, but put her name last, in the largest type I think I've ever seen on tv. cool. The glimpse of life in California in the early 30's is very intriguing, to me. I constantly ask Where'd they get all those old cars? and lonely two-lane empty bits of highway. Wonderful. I haven't read the book but find the story interesting and involving. I like the Winslet character a lot (Mildred, of course) and enjoy seeing her becoming an independent woman. I have trouble with the pacing. I understand that there are varying amounts of time that have passed between scenes but it seems jarring to me in some cases. I can't put my finger on what's wrong but maybe the problem is that TV shows don't normally span weeks or months during an hour's performance? Not sure. Anyway, I am looking forward to part three next week. Is/was The Grippe really that bad a disease?