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Monday, January 21, 2019

Counterpart 2.6: Young Yaneks

 

Well, I was right when I said in my review of Counterpart 2.5 that there was only one Yanek in the present, because he had killed his counterpart. I was wrong that Emily was/is his daughter - though Mira, especially older, does look a lot like Emily.  All of this in tonight's Counterpart 2.6, plus at last a back story that tell us how the two worlds got here, and how the flu arose that wiped out so much of prime.

Parts of this looked like a 1950s movie, especially the moments when the two worlds came into being in that lab.  This happened in East Berlin in 1987, and I guess that did have a look in common with the 1950s.  But the 1950s had some joy, and there was little of that tonight, as Yanek and Yanek learn the hard way that two worlds are no bed of roses.

Yanek was indeed responsible for the split, as he left the "synchotron" unattended at a crucial time.  He - they - were also responsible for the divergence of the two worlds, and for the development of the deadly flu virus.  Significantly, we still don't know if the outbreak was by accident or intended.  In a crucial sense, that hardly matters.  The lesson here is don't create a deadly virus, because even if you don't deliberately deploy it, it could still wreak havoc by accident.

If I'm not mistaken, no one from the previous episodes - except the current, older Yanek, and his daughter Mira (or his double's daughter) - was in evidence tonight.  That in itself is a pretty daring move in a television series.

And I liked the ending in which Mira tells her father's double that they will try to end all of this by permanently closing the bridge.  It's only right that, having created the two worlds, Yanek figures out a way to end the war between them.   Of course, that won't end the two worlds.  My prediction: the closing will come close to happening, but will fail.

See you next week(s).


Sunday, January 20, 2019

True Detective 3.3: Unquestioned Witnesses



What struck me most about the taut, brooding third episode of the third season of True Detective - they all are, of course - just on tonight was what we find in the present, when the TV interviewer tells Hays about that bevy of unquestioned witnesses back in 1980.  Hays recalls one of them - the farmer - and we saw Hays and West question him in 1980.  But what about the others?  Hays in the present may have forgotten them, but apparently they were never really questioned in 1980.  There was no reason the TV interviewer would be making that up.

These witnesses and their reports of a brown sedan etc cruising the area get to the crux of the case so far.   There was a lot more that happened back then that we don't know about, obviously.  But so far everything we've seen shows Hays and West being good, highly motivated detectives - to say the least - so what really happened back then?

Clearly, it put a serious crimp in Hay's life.  He's worried Becca's been kidnapped when she leaves his side for a few minutes in a store in 1990.  Understandable.  But he snaps at his wife when she tells him the progress she's made on the case - he can't bear to see her happy or satisfied about this case. What did he do so wrong, what he is so guilty about?

As I mentioned last week, the one bright side of this for Hays is that the documentary on the case in the present is getting him to "work" his brain, which can forestall at least some of his mental decline.  My guess we'll see an ending in which Hays in the present solves what he couldn't in the case decades earlier, and then sinks into decline, deprived of the challenge of solving this puzzle.

Certainly not a happy ending for Hays, but it should be fascinating to see how he gets there.

See also True Detective 3.1-2: Humanistic Disturbances of the Soul

And see also Season Two: True Detective: All New ... True Detective 2.2: Pulling a Game of Thrones ... True Detective 2.3: Buckshot and Twitty ...True Detective 2.4: Shoot-out ... True Detective 2.7: Death and the Anti-Hero ... True Detective Season 2 Finale: Good Smoke but No Cigar

And see also Season One: True Detective: Socrates in Louisiana ... True Detective Season One Finale: Light above Darkness

 
 philosophic crime fiction:  The Plot to Save Socrates 

Outlander 4.12: "Through Time and Space"



A powerful episode 4.12 of Outlander tonight, with the best line is offered by Roger, who explains to the priest who "sinned" by sleeping with a Mohawk woman and fathered her child, that he (Roger) has traveled through time and space.  I like that kind of talk in a time-travel story.

Roger also reveals to the priest and us that he had a chance to escape, but decided to stay.  This means that the stones he saw in the forest were not a dream, just his 20th-century shower was.  I'm very glad, for the sake of future stories, that there are time-travel stones in America after all.

Plot-wise, it's also good that Bonnet (likely) escaped.  He's a man who does horrible things, but his survival is also good for future stories.  Same with Murtagh - who is a good man - surviving.

But the Mohawk part of the story had some unbelievable aspects - or parts which required more explanation.  Why should they care so much about the priest baptizing his child?  They don't believe in the priest's religion.  And it's also a little difficult to believe that Roger would be run back to save or help the priest, when he could have kept on running, back to his own time, or, even better, to Brianna.   Indeed, unless he no longer loves Brianna, he would not sacrifice his own life, or so blatantly risk sacrificing it, which is what running back to Shadow Lake did for him.

And one last point - Fergus and Marsali going to Fraser's Ridge puts them right in line for that fire which started Brianna on her trip to save her parents in the first place.   Looking forward to seeing how this turns out next week. 

See also Outlander 4.1: The American Dream ... Outlander 4.2: Slavery ...Outlander 4.3: The Silver Filling ... Outlander 4.4: Bears and Worse and the Remedy ... Outlander 4.5: Chickens Coming Home to Roost ... Outlander 4.6: Jamie's Son ... Outlander 4.7: Brianna's Journey and Daddy ... Outlander 4.8: Ecstasy and Agony ... Outlander 4.9: Reunions ... Outlander 4.10: American Stone ... Outlander 4.11: Meets Pride and Prejudice

And see also Outlander Season 3 Debut: A Tale of Two Times and Places ...Outlander 3.2: Whole Lot of Loving, But ... Outlander 3.3: Free and Sad ... Outlander 3.4: Love Me Tender and Dylan ... Outlander 3.5: The 1960s and the Past ... Outlander 3.6: Reunion ... Outlander 3.7: The Other Wife ... Outlander 3.8: Pirates! ... Outlander 3.9: The Seas ...Outlander 3.10: Typhoid Story ... Outlander 3.11: Claire Crusoe ...Outlander 3.12: Geillis and Benjamin Button ... Outlander 3.13: Triple Ending

And see also Outlander 2.1: Split Hour ... Outlander 2.2: The King and the Forest ... Outlander 2.3: Mother and Dr. Dog ... Outlander 2.5: The Unappreciated Paradox ... Outlander 2.6: The Duel and the Offspring ...Outlander 2.7: Further into the Future ... Outlander 2.8: The Conversation ... Outlander 2.9: Flashbacks of the Future ... Outlander 2.10: One True Prediction and Counting ... Outlander 2.11: London Not Falling ... Outlander 2.12: Stubborn Fate and Scotland On and Off Screen ... Outlander Season 2 Finale: Decades

And see also Outlander 1.1-3: The Hope of Time Travel ... Outlander 1.6:  Outstanding ... Outlander 1.7: Tender Intertemporal Polygamy ...Outlander 1.8: The Other Side ... Outlander 1.9: Spanking Good ... Outlander 1.10: A Glimmer of Paradox ... Outlander 1.11: Vaccination and Time Travel ... Outlander 1.12: Black Jack's Progeny ...Outlander 1.13: Mother's Day ... Outlander 1.14: All That Jazz ... Outlander Season 1 Finale: Let's Change History

 
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Prime Suspect 1973/Tennison: Excellent



My wife and I binged Prime Suspect Tennison on Amazon Prime - originally Prime Suspect 1973 which is when this story of the young Tennison, just beginning her police career, takes place.  The series has received some criticism for not measuring up to Prime Suspect in several ways.  I disagree (my wife does, as well).

Of course Stefanie Martini as the young Tennison is not as good as Helen Mirren, who defined the brilliant older role.  But who would be?  I doubt that even a young Helen Mirren, if she could be brought to the future by some time travel magic to play this role, would be as accomplished as her older self.

And, indeed, the part called for a less accomplished performance, since Tennison was just finding herself.  And whether or not Martini is also brilliant actress who delivered that performance, or is just less sure of herself, I couldn't say.  All I know is that she was excellent in the part.   As to the plot--

[spoilers follow, in case you haven't seen this yet]

But as to the plot, I thought this series also did a fine job of that.  We need to see how Tennison in 1973 began to become the older Tennison we all know, love, and appreciate.  And I think this series did that in two important ways, both involving DI Bradfield.

First, it's Bradfield who convinces her to lie on behalf of the detective who beat a suspect.  This is a crucial moment in the development of Tennison's persona.  She would never have risen so high in authority had she not learned to play the game.  Her being conflicted between telling the truth and being a team player, and deciding to go with the team, was played out perfectly,

Second,  Bradfield's death explains an awful lot about the older Tennison's outlook on life.  She lost someone she loved, and found out he was married with kids in the bargain.  Something like that is bound to harden anyone, and endow them with some degree of live for today.

So, good job 1973/Tennison, and I look forward to more (even though it's been "confirmed" that there won't be a second series).

 


Vikings 5.18: Demented Ivar



Ivar continues to go from bad to worse in Vikings 5.18, burning women, leaving his newborn son to die in the wilderness, because the son is born deformed, just like his father.  Ivar's story this season has become a textbook tale of how and why an insane dictator comes to be that way.

In contrast, Ubbe is the soul of reason in England, talking two of the three Danish leaders into accepting his and King Alfred's offer of peace and land.   Of course the third wants to attack - the course of war vs. negotiation never did run smooth.

Over in Iceland, Floki was never exactly 100% sane in the first place.   From our 21st century perspective, his beginning to doubt the gods - actually, pretty much giving up on them - is a step in the right direction.  Of the sundry stories being told this season, Floki's has the least connection to actual, recorded history.  I'm therefore especially interested in how this will all turn out - at least, in the near future of this series.

Hvitserk, in contrast, has become more religious, though with an unexpected godly figure, the Buddha. In real history, the Vikings did get around to most of the world, and undoubtedly encountered followers of the Buddha in central Asia.   What role this played in convincing King Olaf to join him against Ivar is not clear, but was good to see anyway.

And while we're on the subject of good to see, Judith and Lagertha make a nice pair of sincere conversationists, though it's uncertain how much longer either will continue as characters in this quickening series.

See you here next week.

See also Vikings 5.1-2: Floki in Iceland ... Vikings 5.3: Laughing Ivar ...Vikings 5.4: Four of More Good Stories ... Vikings 5.5: Meet Lawrence of Arabia ... Vikings 5.6: Meanwhile, Back Home ... Vikings 5.7: A Looming Trojan-War Battle, Vikings Style, and Two Beautiful Stories ...Vikings 5.8: Only Heahmund? ... Vikings 5.9: Rollo ... Vikings 5.10: New and Old Worlds ... Vikings 5.11: Rollo's Son ... Vikings 5.12: "The Beast with Two Backs" ... Vikings 5.13: The Sacrifice ... Vikings 5.14: Fake News in Kattegat ... Vikings 5.15: Battle ... Vikings 5.16: Peace and War ... Vikings 5.17: No Harmony in Iceland

And see also Vikings 4.1: I'll Still Take Paris ... Vikings 4.2: Sacred Texts ...Vikings 4.4: Speaking the Language ... Vikings 4.5: Knives ... Vikings 4.8: Ships Up Cliff ... Vikings 4.10: "God Bless Paris" ... Vikings 4.11: Ragnar's Sons ... Vikings 4.12: Two Expeditions ... Vikings 4.13: Family ... Vikings 4.14: Penultimate Ragnar? ... Vikings 4.15: Close of an Era ... Vikings 1.16: Musselman ... Vikings 1.17: Ivar's Wheels ...Vikings 1.18: The Beginning of Revenge ... Vikings 4.19: On the Verge of History ... Vikings 4.20: Ends and Starts

And see also Vikings 3.1. Fighting and Farming ... Vikings 3.2: Leonard Nimoy ...Vikings 3.3: We'll Always Have Paris ... Vikings 3.4: They Call Me the Wanderer ... Vikings 3.5: Massacre ... Vikings 3.6: Athelstan and Floki ...Vikings 3.7: At the Gates ... Vikings 3.8: Battle for Paris ... Vikings 3.9: The Conquered ... Vikings Season 3 Finale: Normandy

And see also Vikings 2.1-2: Upping the Ante of Conquest ... Vikings 2.4: Wise King ... Vikings 2.5: Caught in the Middle ... Vikings 2.6: The Guardians ...Vikings 2.7: Volatile Mix ... Vikings 2.8: Great Post-Apocalyptic Narrative ... Vikings Season 2 Finale: Satisfying, Surprising, Superb

And see also Vikings ... Vikings 1.2: Lindisfarne ... Vikings 1.3: The Priest ... Vikings 1.4:  Twist and Testudo ... Vikings 1.5: Freud and Family ... Vikings 1.7: Religion and Battle ... Vikings 1.8: Sacrifice
... Vikings Season 1 Finale: Below the Ash

 
historical science fiction - a little further back in time

Friday, January 18, 2019

Nancy Pelosi is Second not Third in Line for the Presidency

My wife Tina called my attention to a funnily annoying meme last night:  commentators on MSNBC keep saying that Nancy Pelosi (as Speaker of the House) is "third in line for the Presidency".  I just heard Stephanie Ruhle and Malcolm Nance say that.

But, actually, the Speaker of the House is second not third in line.  The President is not first in line - he's already there (unfortunately) in the White House.  The first in line to succeed him is the VP.  And the Speaker of House is second in line.

Look at it this way: if you're waiting in line to see a concert, the person who is lucky enough to be first in line is not yet seated or even in the theater.   If the line has been moving, everyone who was first in line who entered the theater is no longer on line.  (They could be online, reading their email or tweeting, but that's something else.)

Ruhle and Nance and everyone who has been getting this wrong could benefit from Bertrand Russell's theory of logical types.  If you're counting all the clothespins in a bag, you don't count the bag, too.   I realized a while ago that even people who pick up the trash understand this.  You empty the garbage pail, but don't take the pail away with the garbage.   The pail itself is not garbage.

Regarding the President, whoever is in that office is not on any line of succession.  That's because the person in that Oval Office has already assumed that office.   It's even incorrect to say that Nancy Pelosi is third in command.   The responsibilities of government don't work that way.   In many ways, the Speaker of the House is far more powerful than the Vice President.

But she does stand behind the Vice President in one very significant regard.  She's second in line to succeed the President, behind the VP who is first in line.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Orville 2.4: Billy Joel



An instantly classic episode of The Orville - 2.4 - tonight, in which Billy Joel plays a role.  Yes, his long retirement tour proved to be a ruse for a trip in a time machine he took 400 years into the future, to join the crew of The Orville.  No, not really.  It was the music of Billy Joel that played a role tonight, and it's thoroughly believable that it would still be listened to and much admired by Captain Mercer.

The centerpiece of the plot concerns his budding romance with the lady cartographer, who, in a nice piece of twist, turns out to be a Krill that Mercer has had some bad history with.  He killed her brother.   The Krill and humans don't get along.  And Teleya used some kind of genetic masking to pass The Orville's sensors and be identified as a human,

Before the episode is over, she and Mercer are not quite back at the precipice of love again. But Mercer has saved her life, and struck an important blow for interstellar-species detente. It's the kind of moment we saw in the some of the Star Treks.  But The Orville is increasingly blazing a path of its own in the stars and our popular culture.

The subplot was good, too.  Gordon wants to climb up the ladder to command.  It falls to Kelly to guide him, and she does a good job of that with compassion and toughness, when needed.   But I did miss Alara, and I'm still eager to know if she's off the show.   A search of our 2019 Internet shows no one knows what's going on with her.   My recommendation: weave her departure into some long-range plot, and bring her back before the end of the season.

In the meantime, keep playing Billy Joel.   My request for his next number: "Say Goodbye to Hollywood".

See also The Orville 2.1: Relief and Romance ... The Orville 2.2: Porn Addiction and Planetary Disintegration ... The Orville 2.3: Alara

And see also The Orville 1.1-1.5: Star Trek's Back ... The Orville 1.6-9: Masterful ... The Orville 1.10: Bring in the Clowns ... The Orville 1.11: Eating Yaphit ... The Orville 1.12: Faith in Reason and the Prime Directive


1st starship to Alpha Centauri ... had only enough fuel to get there

You: Review from An Unconflicted Fan



I've been hearing a lot about You recently - originally on Lifetime, more recently binge-able on Netflix - usually along the lines of "I didn't like it at all, but I couldn't help watching it".  Count me as someone who also couldn't help watching it, but/because I liked it a lot.  Indeed, pathbreaking, revelatory, and tour de force are not too much to say about it.   Including that last episode, and that jolt of an ending.

The series has something of American Psycho in it - being about a stalker and a kind of serial killer - but it's much more than that.  It's about why people are especially afraid to fall in love with people who love them deeply.  It's about the power of books, and words, and lies.  And it's about a world - our world - in which social media have made it so easy to deceive.

Our protagonist Joe Goldberg (who manages a bookstore with a handy basement) does have a heart in him somewhere, as Beck, his obsession, tells him.  He does his utmost to protect Paco, his neighbor's son, in danger of being beaten by the lout who lives with Paco's mother.   Joe will do almost anything to support and protect Beck, except when that gets in the way of his own self-preservation.   He may be a sociopath, but he's a much better than average boyfriend.

There's a literacy in this story, more than a passing glance at fables and white and black knights and princesses, which leaven the depravity, and serves as almost a co-equal foundation of the series.  There's an understanding of human nature, what makes us all tick, that supports Freud's contention that the difference between sanity and psychosis can be razor thin.   All of this animates a plot that's full of surprises and twists, though I did guess a few of them. Penn Badgley as Joe and Elizabeth Lail as Beck are just perfect in their parts, and I can well understand why Joe loves Beck so hard.

Netflix has called for a second season.   I'll be watching it for sure, an unconflicted fan.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Project Blue Book 1.2: Calling Roy Thinnes




Having just watched the second episode of Project Blue Book - 1.2 - I've come to realize what at least a part of this series really is:  a version of Roy Thinnes' The Invaders (1967-1968), still, for my money, about the best extra-terrestrial invasion series ever on television.   Thinnes' character does a great, largely futile, job trying to alert our world to the invaders' presence.  And it's tough, seeing as how they can induce heart attacks when needed in powerful people who are beginning to suspect their existence.

There's definitely an alien presence in Project Blue Book, making that part straight-up science fiction (though of course I could be wrong if extra-terrestrials are really among us).  They, or one of them, presumably killed that poor lady in the mental institution.  Presumably, the blond (played by Ksenia Solo), and the guy who looks like the guy who usually plays sleazy attorneys (Currie Graham), are extra-terrestrials, too.

Or maybe not.  They could be working for the government - our government - in which the generals are keeping a lot of things from the public, including a flying saucer literally under wraps.  That our government keeps things from us is true.   That they kept - and for all I know, are still keeping - flying saucers from us is unknown, but, for the reasons I mentioned in last week's review, likely fiction.

So, given that there really are extra-terrestrials afoot in this science fiction series, who isn't?  I guess everyone is suspect, including even Quinn.  But, at this point, I'll give him a pass, as well as Hynek, though you just never never know with these kinds of stories.

In its mix of reality within fiction within fiction - a docudrama based on a real scientist, Hynek, and a government that really lies to us all the time, so why not about flying saucers - Project Blue Book continues to be an unusual series, and worth watching.

See also:  Project Blue Book 1.1: Science Fiction, Or?



here I am talking Ancient Aliens a few years ago on the History Channel

 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Dirty John Season 1 Finale: Truth Stranger than Fiction



Dirty John wrapped up its first season last night - there's supposed to be a second season, I assume with a completely different story - with an episode that seals this first season as a sterling example of truth stranger than fiction.  (I didn't review last week's episode 1.7 because it was mostly rehash.)

John comes close to killing Debra's daughter, Terra.  Her instincts with a knife save her, and she fatally stabs John.  As he's laying there in the hospital, waiting only for permission of his family to take him off life support, Debra says she can't do it.  Fortunately, John's sister is there, and she has no problem at all sending this monster to whatever hell awaits him.

But Debra ... she's good to the last drop.  After all of this, including the near-killing of her daughter, she can't bring herself to give the ok for John to be taken off life support?   She obviously inherited that insane forgiveness gene from her mother, to a grievous fault.

If this were purely a piece of fiction, I would find it too unbelievable to enjoy.  I would be utterly unable, in Coleridge's apt terms, to suspend my disbelief.  But since this is based on a true story, what are we to make of it?   For me, the lesson is that Debra in her own way is as crazy as John.  She doesn't hurt people, but she enables someone who does.

The acting in this series was excellent.  But since the storyline defies belief, even though it is true, and that is even more disturbing, I can't say I was enhanced by watching the series.  Nonetheless, glutton for punishment that I am, I'll no doubt watch season 2.

See also: Dirty John 1.1: Hunter and Hunted ... Dirty John 1.2: Motives and Plans ... Dirty John 1.4: The Forgiveness Gene ... Dirty John 1.5: John's Family ... Dirty John 1.6: Getting Wise

 

True Detective 3.1-2: Humanistic Disturbances of the Soul



True Detective returned for a third season last night, with a completely new story with new characters, as was the case with the second season.   The first season was masterpiece, justly lionized. The second season was widely panned, but I didn't think it was as bad as the critics made it out to be.  The third season is much more like the first.

Indeed, it has the same narrative template as the first season - a detective and his partner consumed by an unsolved case, shown at the three stages in their career, when they first caught the case, ten years later when the case is being re-opened, and in retirement (in the season 3 story, when someone is making a television special on the case).  There's even some kind of unclear, quasi-religious element.

But there's one big, significant difference.  Detective William Hayes (wonderfully played by Mahershala Ali) falls in love with a teacher in the victims' school - a boy, Will Purcell, 12, kidnapped and murdered, and his sister, Julie, 10, just kidnapped.  That's in 1980, when the crime is committed.  Ten years later,  Hays and the teacher, Amelia, are married with two kids, and her book about the case is about to be published (in 1980, she tells Hays that she always wanted to be a writer).  Unlike Matthew McConaughey's tortured Detective Rust Cohle, who lives alone throughout, and is close to possessed or psychotic - one of the very best performances I've ever seen on television or in the movies, period - Hayes has a relatively normal life, is obsessed by the case but troubled rather than nearly psychotic, and is suffering from just the beginning of Alzheimer’s in 2015, meaning he's much more compos mentis than Cole at this point in the third stage of the story.   Indeed, this obsession is "working" Hayes' "brain" - as he says - helping reverse or postpone his mental decline.

And I think this medical rather almost supernatural context is a big plus.  Because the one part I wasn't especially thrilled with in the first season was the dive - or ascension, depending upon how you look at it - into, I don't know, religious ecstasy, Blakean demons, in that riddled season.  Hayes' soul is deeply unsettled, to be sure.  But it's a less mystical disturbance, and he has someone in addition to his professional partner with whom to share it - Amelia, and later, his family - and that makes for a more humanistic narrative.

Lots to look forward to here - I haven't even talked about who is the likely kidnapper/killer - and I'll be back with reviews every week.

See also Season Two: True Detective: All New ... True Detective 2.2: Pulling a Game of Thrones ... True Detective 2.3: Buckshot and Twitty ...True Detective 2.4: Shoot-out ... True Detective 2.7: Death and the Anti-Hero ... True Detective Season 2 Finale: Good Smoke but No Cigar

And see also Season One: True Detective: Socrates in Louisiana ... True Detective Season One Finale: Light above Darkness

 
 philosophic crime fiction:  The Plot to Save Socrates 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ray Donovan Season 6 Finale: Snowfall and Mick




An outstanding season 6 finale tonight for Ray Donovan, in which just about everybody gets their just deserts, except, maybe, one.

I won't go over the body toll, in case you haven't seen this episode yet.  I will say it was good to see them go.

The one ambiguous note was a biggie.  After Ray gets Bunch out of custody, Bunch tells Mick that although Ray made some deal to get Bunch free, Ray couldn't make that deal for both of them.  The big implication is that Mick will have to turn himself in, after all.

But there's also a big question mark hanging over that.  Why didn't Ray tell Mick that Mick had to turn himself in?  Why didn't Ray take Mick to the police himself?   Why did they let Ray take Bunch away, without Mick right there for the exchange?

All of which leads me to think there's something more going on.  I think we haven't seen the last of Mick, and we're not going to see him in prison again.   The snow falling, the remembrance of James Joyce past, all speak to something else. 

Whatever that is, we should be in for another excellent season next time around.  Ray's seeking help.  Lena has gotten her revenge and should be up for working for Ray again.  Bridge has really come into her own.  And as I've been saying for weeks, Mick has come into his own in this story, too - with an astonishingly good performance by Jon Voight.   Mick's finally acting like a father - to all of his children.  He says all the right things, and they're truthful, to his kids.   There's nothing in this show like seeing all of the Donovans together.   Even if Ray intended to bring Mick in, I'm thinking that snow changed his mind.

Yeah, there's nothing like the Donovans all together, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of that next season.

See Ray Donovan 6.1: The New Friend ... Ray Donovan 6.2: Father and Sons ... Ray Donovan 6.4: Politics in the Ray Style ... Ray Donovan 6.6: The Mayor Strikes Back ... Ray Donovan 6.7: Switching Sides ... Ray Donovan 6.8: Down ... Ray Donovan 6.9: Violence and Storyline ... Ray Donovan 6.10: Working Together ... Ray Donovan 6.11: Settled Scores and Open Questions

See also Ray Donovan 5.1: Big Change  ... Ray Donovan 5.4: How To Sell A Script ... Ray Donovan 5.7: Reckonings ... Ray Donovan 5.8: Paging John Stuart Mill ... Ray Donovan 5.9: Congas ... Ray Donovan 5.10: Bunchy's Money ... Ray Donovan 5.11: I'm With Mickey ... Ray Donovan 5.12: New York

See also Ray Donovan 4.1: Good to Be Back ... Ray Donovan 4.2: Settling In ... Ray Donovan 4.4: Bob Seger ... Ray Donovan 4.7: Easybeats ... Ray Donovan 4.9: The Ultimate Fix ... Ray Donovan Season 4 Finale: Roses

And see also Ray Donovan 3.1: New, Cloudy Ray ... Ray Donovan 3.2: Beat-downs ... Ray Donovan 3.7: Excommunication!

And see also Ray Donovan 2.1: Back in Business ... Ray Donovan 2.4: The Bad Guy ... Ray Donovan 2.5: Wool Over Eyes ... Ray Donovan 2.7: The Party from Hell ... Ray Donovan 2.10: Scorching ... Ray Donovan 2.11: Out of Control ... Ray Donovan Season 2 Finale: Most Happy Ending

And see also Ray Donovan Debuts with Originality and Flair ... Ray Donovan 1.2: His Assistants and his Family ... Ray Donovan 1.3: Mickey ... Ray Donovan 1.7 and Whitey Bulger ... Ray Donovan 1.8: Poetry and Death ... Ray Donovan Season 1 Finale: The Beginning of Redemption


 

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