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Re: The Deuce

Postby Kellens101 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:52 pm

Last night was the season’s midpoint and I am really enjoying this second season so far. It might be even better than the already fantastic first season. It’s incredibly interesting to watch all the changes that have transformed the characters in 5+ years, as well as the ways that they will always be the same and the ways their lives will still be stuck in the same patterns. My only slight complaint about the series is that sometimes there is an overabundance of subplots in each episode and it can be a little bit disjointed or messy, but even that isn’t too much of a complaint because almost all of these subplots are intriguing and the characters are all endlessly fascinating. I have extreme confidence in David Simon after the Wire, and he always finds an incredible way to tie all his stories and characters together. As for the season’s performances so far, Maggie Gyllenhaal remains the MVP. She is just phenomenal and her character arc is so wonderfully developed and fascinating throughout. But, Emily Meade is slowly gaining on her. Her work this season has been terrific and her story just as good. I’m incredibly incurious to see where her character, Gyllenhaal’s and most of the others end up throughout the second half of the season. Everyone is fantastic in the cast though: James Franco, Maragarita Levieva, Gary Carr, Dominique Fishback, Jamie Neumann, etc. This really is a fantastic show and another masterwork by David Simon and company.

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Re: The Deuce

Postby flipp525 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:24 pm

I’m definitely tuning in tonight. Earlier today, I watched the season finale to refresh myself. I’m excited for the time jump. It’s the year before I came on the scene!
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Re: The Deuce

Postby Kellens101 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:19 pm

Is anyone planning to watch season 2 of this? The premiere is tomorrow night and there is a 5 year time jump to 1977.

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Re: The Deuce

Postby Kellens101 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:18 am

Wow, what a fantastic ending to a great debut season. It's definitely one of my favorite shows of this year. I really hope this gets major Emmy consideration next year, especially for Maggie Gyllenhaal. But, sadly, David Simon shows tend to get ignored.

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Re: The Deuce

Postby Kellens101 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:51 pm

That scene with Method Man towards the end of Sunday's episode was incredible, one of the highlights of the series so far. Fantastic work from both actors, but Gyllenhaal especially. That would be a sensational Emmy submission for her. But that's nearly every episode. Also, I agree the actress playing Darlene is great.

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Re: The Deuce

Postby flipp525 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am

I'm so glad that there is a thread about this show. After the disastrous Vinyl, I was worried about it prior to its premiere. I think it's just fantastic. And I agree that Maggie Gyllenhaal is turning in career-best work as the world-weary Eileen/Candy (her harrowing episode last week should be her Emmy submission, without question. Especially that scene at the end with Method Man).

I also think the actress playing Darlene is a real find. I'm really interested in her character arc as well. James Franco is working for me as Vincent but the twin brother Frankie seems fairly useless as a character (so far).

Chris Coy as the gay surrogate seems set to have a pretty interesting ride throughout the life of the series.

Apparently this show is planned as a three season story with this season taking place in 1971, second season set in 1978, and third season in 1984.
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Re: The Deuce

Postby danfrank » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:11 pm

Yes, I'm watching it and enjoying the heck out of it. The look of it is just stunning, and the series does a great balancing act of depicting the exploitation of women without exploiting them itself. James Franco (who looks great in a 1970s pornstache) is quite good in his main role (he also plays his twin in a role that is thus-far one dimensional). I agree that Maggie Gyllenhall is in top form in a role that appears will have the most compelling character arc. I highly recommend that folks check this out.

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The Deuce

Postby Kellens101 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:13 pm

Is anyone else watching this on HBO? Interested in hearing other' opinions. I think it's a fantastic new show from the genius David Simon, with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the MVP with her brave and fearless work, the clear high point of her career so far. But everyone else is wonderful too. I'm really loving this show so far.
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