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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Donbadabon, Jan 4, 2021.
IIRC my wife's car was a Dodge Omni 024...
Nolan keeps trying to do right, yet the neighborhood “Mayor” keeps telling him he’s making things worse (A playground only attracts drug dealers, the lights you installed to keep away the drug dealers will only get broken, the patrols you ordered to keep the lights from being broken will only arrest black drug dealers).
Sheesh, give the guy a break.
I assumed he is in on it and that's why he didn't want her to pursue originally.
Not to mention the nerve of the cops arresting someone who stole something from a car...
Yeah, i dont know if that whole ordeal was supposed to "enlighten us" or to make people have less sympathy. Whats he supposed to do? Oh right, just magically get rid of the meth and all will be well.
Seems liked the writing there missed the mark.
There's plot and there's writing. The plot was inane but the writing seemed to be trying to deal with the idea that you try to figure things out and you do the best you can, and that both of these are very hard. I thought there was some good writing there, within the mess.
It's amazing how these systemic problems don't have magical, trivial solutions in the show. It's almost like real life!
I actually thought they did OK. I don't think they were trying to say there's a magical solution: just the opposite. The idea was to show Nolan swooping in and trying to do things on his own initiative, thinking he knew what would be really helpful. But it turned out, those things weren't helpful. At the same time the neighborhood person is just tired of people coming in for an afternoon to, as he sees it, get a checkmark in their personal "good-person" journal without really accomplishing anything and this keeps him from considering Nolan might be different.
When you're used to never getting it yourself, it's hard to give others the benefit of the doubt.
At the end the two of them are set to have an actual conversation about what is happening, so they can try to find concrete ways to improve things. Obviously there's no way to create an Eden but you can hopefully make incremental improvement, in ways that matter.
How so? Nolan cleaned up the park installed lights and increased police patrols by the park. What's wasn't helpful was the neighborhood "Mayor" crapping over everything Nolan is doing to help the community. What wasn't shown (yes its TV), is what the other residents of the neighborhood thought about now having a nice, clean park to take their kids.
Like the parents who had to go in to clean up all the discarded needles before the kids found them?
It seems you missed part of the episode. Nolan didn't "clean up the park". He unlocked the park, so now the kids can go in there and find and be hurt by all the used drug paraphernalia. And he replaced lights, which won't help anything because they'll be broken immediately at best and now you have broken lights all over. And he asked for more police patrols, but that is NOT a benefit to the people there, from their perspective. They believe that all it does is increase the odds that they, especially but not limited to their sons and brothers, will be harassed, shot, or killed by the police.
This is exactly the point the show is trying to make: people who don't live in the neighborhood saying "well at least they did SOMETHING and why aren't they grateful because even if it's not much, it's better than before". But... maybe it's not actually better, for the people who live there. Maybe all Nolan did was make himself feel better. Maybe, even, they are actually worse off than before!!
I mean, does Nolan really think that these residents are so incapable of taking care of themselves and their neighborhood that they couldn't remove a bike lock if they wanted to? Does he believe that it takes a cop from a better part of town to swoop in and ... use some bolt cutters to save them?
Frankly it's insulting, although obviously that's not how Nolan intended it.
What are ratings like for this season? So far I haven't enjoyed it as much as the first 2 seasons.
Yes it still is quirky just not quirky and fun.
So far I have been a little disappointed in this season. Too much personal things going on and not enough police work.
And he's got an annoying redhead mom. Where have I seen that before...?
I wonder if they rewrote the season after last spring. The cliffhanger story line got resolved mighty quick in the first episode and then they went with the racist bad apple arc. I can't believe it was coincidence.
Which to me means it's not what the writers were intending the show to be, but felt an obligation. Problem is this type of story line just isn't their wheelhouse.
Same thing happened after first season.
Just curious, they're filming the cliff hanger for the season, everything and everybody is there, do they go a head and film ahead for next season? Which would explain why 1st ep seems different than rest.
Almost universally no. They only film the episodes that have been ordered for the current season.