- Why did Victor Vector keep using his mechanical arm to turn off the lights in the pizza parlor, enabling the pizza thief to steal slices under cover of darkness? And why did he look so guilty when Sara accused him of being involved?
- After getting accused of being the pizza thief, why did Pizza Lady break into a self-implicating song about how she always cooks the pizza but can never eat it? Seems like a pretty odd move for an innocent person to make. Does the 5th Amendment not exist in the world of this show?
- How could anyone think Rumples is capable of such a heinous crime, when he is clearly a good boy? Look at him waggin’ his li’l tail! Good boy!
- If Stevie Wonder is really blind, how did he know to catch the falling microphone stand that Paul McCartney knocked over in that one video?
For the past two years, Amazon has simultaneously released the first episodes of several original series and called it their “Pilot Season.” (This year, there were thirteen, released in mid-January). Based on that democratic feedback, Amazon decides which pilots to pick up for a full season of episodes. (Ed note: This is how Transparent happened, and Mozart in the Jungle. It was how Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans didn’t happen, sadly. Though we hold out hope!)
As you can imagine, this blitzkrieg of content was overwhelming at first, and no sooner had I finished analyzing the new batch of hopefuls than Amazon announced which five shows they would pick up. Without even consulting me first.
Which might have been wise, considering how different my tastes apparently run to Amazon’s prime (not Amazon Prime, but sure…that, too) viewership. Click through the slideshow to see my reactions to each of the original series, and whether or not they’ll soon be taking the place of…well, not Transparent. But Alpha Dogs, maybe?
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