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20. Something that made you laugh

Varlyn Stroud always has the funniest moments.

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19. Something that made you think
One of the things I felt was intriguing was the concept of ‘free will vs fate’; If one is predestined to be evil, do they have any chance to not be? 

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19. Something that made you think

One of the things I felt was intriguing was the concept of ‘free will vs fate’; If one is predestined to be evil, do they have any chance to not be? 

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18. Something that made you sad
A scene that made me sad is in the series finale when Libby refuses to leave without Jonesy (not knowing that he had been previously been shot by the presumably now-evil Sofie) and her father attempts to reassure her that he’s likely ahead of them, knowing that it’s a lie. It’s clear that Jonesy will probably make it out alright (and was later confirmed by Knauf that he would) but it’s a heartbreaking scene nonetheless.


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18. Something that made you sad

A scene that made me sad is in the series finale when Libby refuses to leave without Jonesy (not knowing that he had been previously been shot by the presumably now-evil Sofie) and her father attempts to reassure her that he’s likely ahead of them, knowing that it’s a lie. It’s clear that Jonesy will probably make it out alright (and was later confirmed by Knauf that he would) but it’s a heartbreaking scene nonetheless.

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17. Something that made you happy
The ending of ‘Lincoln Highway’. The entire tarring and feathering sequence is probably one of the most gut wrenching things on television I’ve ever seen, and Ben’s subsequent healing of Jonesy one of the most powerful. In addition to healing Jonesy of his current predicament, he unwittingly heals his busted leg as well. Jonesy’s reaction to this is really something that needs to be seen.

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17. Something that made you happy

The ending of ‘Lincoln Highway’. The entire tarring and feathering sequence is probably one of the most gut wrenching things on television I’ve ever seen, and Ben’s subsequent healing of Jonesy one of the most powerful. In addition to healing Jonesy of his current predicament, he unwittingly heals his busted leg as well. Jonesy’s reaction to this is really something that needs to be seen.

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16. Best use of a hoary old trope

If it counts, I like the take on Ben’s ‘healing’ powers; namely that to heal someone, he has to take away life from something else. It’s an interesting take on the whole idea of “a gift and a curse”.

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15. Scene that made your heart break
For me it’s the end of ‘Black Blizzard’ when Justin comes upon the bodies of the dead children after his ministry is burned down. His anguish and the music playing is just devastating.

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15. Scene that made your heart break

For me it’s the end of ‘Black Blizzard’ when Justin comes upon the bodies of the dead children after his ministry is burned down. His anguish and the music playing is just devastating.

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14. Worst decision
I think the end of Scudder’s storyline in Season 2 was incredibly anticlimactic. The search for Scudder was one of the driving points of the entire series and his fate is being unceremoniously decapitated by Brother Justin from the backseat of a car. At minimum an actual confrontation between the two would have been more satisfying.
On a broader scale, I would point to HBO’s executive meddling. To get an example of how they thought, remember the scene where Balthus shoots at Justin and misses? The original ending called for Iris to do the laundry and finding a bullet hole. The implication being, of course, that Balthus had succeeded in shooting Justin… it just had no effect. This was to foreshadow the eventual confrontation between Ben and Justin with the blade deflecting off of Justin’s chest until Ben is reminded that he must plunge at the center of Justin’s heart.
HBO vetoed this. Their reason? It made Justin “too much like Superman”.

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14. Worst decision

I think the end of Scudder’s storyline in Season 2 was incredibly anticlimactic. The search for Scudder was one of the driving points of the entire series and his fate is being unceremoniously decapitated by Brother Justin from the backseat of a car. At minimum an actual confrontation between the two would have been more satisfying.

On a broader scale, I would point to HBO’s executive meddling. To get an example of how they thought, remember the scene where Balthus shoots at Justin and misses? The original ending called for Iris to do the laundry and finding a bullet hole. The implication being, of course, that Balthus had succeeded in shooting Justin… it just had no effect. This was to foreshadow the eventual confrontation between Ben and Justin with the blade deflecting off of Justin’s chest until Ben is reminded that he must plunge at the center of Justin’s heart.

HBO vetoed this. Their reason? It made Justin “too much like Superman”.

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13. Least favorite character
I don’t hate Ben Hawkins by any means, but I do think he suffers from what I call ‘Jack Shephard syndrome’ in that the protagonist is the least interesting character compared to the rest of the cast. I do feel that as the series progresses he becomes more interesting but at the same time there’s only so many ways you can handle the ‘reluctant savior with special abilities drafted into a war of good and evil’.

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13. Least favorite character

I don’t hate Ben Hawkins by any means, but I do think he suffers from what I call ‘Jack Shephard syndrome’ in that the protagonist is the least interesting character compared to the rest of the cast. I do feel that as the series progresses he becomes more interesting but at the same time there’s only so many ways you can handle the ‘reluctant savior with special abilities drafted into a war of good and evil’.

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12. How would you convert someone to your show?
At this point? I would say that while it was prematurely cancelled and ends on somewhat off a cliffhanger, there’s still a sense of closure and it’s ‘only’ twenty-four episodes (less than most seasons on regular channels) so it’s not as if you’d have to devote a lot of time to it.

I guess it would depend on what they are interested in but I’d say if they’re a fan of serialized storytelling with complex characters and an interesting mythology they should give it a shot. It’s certainly not for everyone but at the same time I think those willing to give it a shot will find their patience rewarded.

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12. How would you convert someone to your show?

At this point? I would say that while it was prematurely cancelled and ends on somewhat off a cliffhanger, there’s still a sense of closure and it’s ‘only’ twenty-four episodes (less than most seasons on regular channels) so it’s not as if you’d have to devote a lot of time to it.

I guess it would depend on what they are interested in but I’d say if they’re a fan of serialized storytelling with complex characters and an interesting mythology they should give it a shot. It’s certainly not for everyone but at the same time I think those willing to give it a shot will find their patience rewarded.

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11. An unpopular/cracky opinion you hold.
Even by the end of Season 2 when Justin had fully gone off the slippery slope I still had hope that in the future Justin would be able to ‘redeem’ himself. But who knows, even Daniel Knauf said Justin’s inner struggle wasn’t over.

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11. An unpopular/cracky opinion you hold.

Even by the end of Season 2 when Justin had fully gone off the slippery slope I still had hope that in the future Justin would be able to ‘redeem’ himself. But who knows, even Daniel Knauf said Justin’s inner struggle wasn’t over.

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