Stumptown -- Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. Oct 25, 2019 #81 of 150
    Steveknj

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    I've finally caught up with this series and it's funny but I feel that it has a Terriers vibe to it (with a little Jessica Jones minus the superpowers). I'm really liking it a lot.
     
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    Steveknj

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    Terriers is only one season, but if you like this series, you'd like Terriers. I'm sure it's streaming somewhere, so if you have time, I highly recommend it.
     
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    Craigbob

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    Glad to see they tied up Grey's issues in a couple of episodes. I was afraid that this would've been a season long arc. Still loving this show.
     
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  5. Oct 31, 2019 #85 of 150
    Tony_T

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    Whenever Dex has a flashback, i can’t help thinking of “Airplanel” ;)
     
  6. Nov 3, 2019 #86 of 150
    spartanstew

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    astrohip

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    Yeah, but the ABC S&P people shot that one down. Nipped it in the bud :D

    So far we're up to Stumptown, Boobtown, Rip City.
     
  8. Nov 3, 2019 #88 of 150
    cheesesteak

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    Have they wrapped it up? They guy he owes $500,000(?) to is still out there and still wants his money, isn't he? Plus, Grey still hasn't come clean about his past with Dex.

    I'm happy that Ansel was smart enough to figure out that something was wrong at the diner and do something about it but dude, you know not to get into a stranger's car.

    The kitchen employees were awol for a long time during the Dex/bald guy fight.
     
  9. Nov 3, 2019 #89 of 150
    Amnesia

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    He was arrested.
     
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    logic88

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    The fight scene weren't very believable but at least Dex didn't get clocked again.

    I was expecting a bit more with the Took subplot. Maybe they should have included a small scene where Dex's "indifferent service" occurred.
     
  11. Nov 8, 2019 #91 of 150
    cheesesteak

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    I think they went with the B-team writers in the punk rock singer episode.
     
  12. Nov 8, 2019 #92 of 150
    Steveknj

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    Yep, and of course this was my fear with any ABC drama, that it winds up being another night time soap opera / love triangle where there HAS to be some sort of romantic interlude, especially when there's a female lead involved. Really this series didn't need this. It was fun as a gritty detective story with interesting characters with interesting backgrounds. Now we get all of the main characters pining after Dex. Heck, we even get the chef and the police chief in some sort of platonic love story over food? Why? What does it all add to the story?

    And it looks like more of the same next week as well.
     
  13. Nov 8, 2019 #93 of 150
    Craigbob

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    Yeah, it was a bit of a weak story. But fun nonetheless.

    That's called character building. and while it may not add to the story @ first glance, it comes to play later on (if handled correctly). I don't see all the main characters pining after Dex.

    The sexual attraction between Dex and Hoffman was there from the beginning, and less so between Dex and Gray though it appears they did have a brief flirtation in the past. Ansel's reaction to Gray and the woman was funny. I think he wants Dex and Gray together, but they don't want it. The Punk Singer wanted to rekindle a relationship with Dex that they had previously.

    As for Tookie and the Lieutenant, yeah, that was a bit strange, but I see it as more of a way of giving them some background and a way to interact more directly.
     
  14. Nov 8, 2019 #94 of 150
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I don't think it's that he wants them together romantically, but that he's upset at their estrangement as friends and is taking it out on the tour guide, who seems to be "replacing" Dex in his life. I'm not sure that Ansel has any interest in anybody being romantically involved or not.
     
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  15. Nov 8, 2019 #95 of 150
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    I don't think it's character building as much as ABC feels that every type of drama needs this type of sexual tension and romance (especially ones with female lead characters). It's the Shonda Rhymes influence. This has been their M.O. since she came on the scene and unfortunately it becomes a focal point (if not a distraction) in every one of their series (that I've had any interest in). I don't see the need for this. To me there are two lead males in this series, Hoffman and Gray. Both of them are definitely pining for Dex. Another M.O. that I've seen is the incessant need to make the male characters seek out advice as to whether they should approach the female as if they were all in high school. We saw this here as well. I'm all for character development. Tell me more about Hoffman's past. I like the the Gray backstory and his criminal background and his reluctance to become involved with it again. But really, can ABC go in a different direction just once? Do we need the Dex character to be in a romantic relationship? Especially during the first season?

    I'm still liking the show, and it's probably still my favorite of the new shows, but I wish they didn't pull the show in that same direction as the other shows.
     
  16. Nov 8, 2019 #96 of 150
    Steveknj

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    I got the feeling that he wants Dex and Gray to be involved and that this new girl (another romantic entanglement that is going to lead to Dex's true love that she just doesn't see....that's my speculation anyway based on how ABC usually does things) as a hindrance to that.
     
  17. Nov 8, 2019 #97 of 150
    robojerk

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    I think Ansel sees Dex and Gray as his family, surrogate parents.. Dex giving Gray the silent treatment, and a new women coming into Gray's life at the same time could be confusing to him and threatens how he sees things..



    The Tookie /Lieutenant thing felt weird. I know those actors probably appreciate a bigger role in the Stumptown world but it felt forced. I'm hoping that the connection probably has some payoff in the future because so far there's no reason for those 2 characters to ever to really talk to each other.
     
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  18. Nov 9, 2019 #98 of 150
    cheesesteak

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    It was weird that Dex was angry that Ansel found Grey and Ms. Tour Guide having breakfast together. As far as I can tell, Grey lives in or above the restaurant. He can "have breakfast" with anyone he wants and Ansel and Dex just have to deal. It's illogical to believe this was the first time Ansel saw him with another woman.
     
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    Ansel is upset because Dex and Grey are fighting, then Grey is seeing another woman which makes him worry that they might "split up" like his parents did.

    Dex is upset because Grey was supposed to be taking care of Ansel and instead was hooking up with someone, coming on the heals of Grey putting Ansel in danger last week.

    Neither is entirely rational of course.
     
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  20. Nov 9, 2019 #100 of 150
    Tony_T

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    Stumptown started strong, but it seems to be going downhill (for me).
    I liked the episodes with Donal Logue. Should’ve kept him on as a regular cast member, hopefully he’ll be back
     
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