Carole & Tuesday Episode 10: Disaster strikes

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Being Roddy is suffering

It does almost feel like this series is powering through the performances at this point. The performances are fun, but the episode seems to be introducing some drama in the end. I get that the overall theme is that Carole and Tuesday run into obstacles on their path to success, but I’m honestly hoping it’s not drawn out too much. At a certain point, it feels unrealistically like the world is literally out to get you, right?

Ertegun joins the crew

Well, I definitely wasn’t expecting Ertegun to make a surprise appearance. I know he’s supposed to cause trouble for Carole and Tuesday in particular, but I don’t particularly mind this development. He can be pretty funny, so I actually look forward to seeing how he interacts with the girls when they actually get a chance to perform.

GGK comes back to life

Yeah, that GGK origin story goes about as well as I would expect it to go. I have to agree with Catherine in this episode somewhat. For me, it’s hard to distinguish GGK’s first performance from her second one. Once again, Angela’s song isn’t much better, but at least it’s a more memorable performance.

Tao changes the song

I feel like this stuff with Tao would be more meaningful if we knew more about him. I get that his personality is supposed to be mysterious, but his actions seems to imply that he recognizes Carole and Tuesday as a legitimate threat. So, some hints of that would be nice.

Carole can't find Tuesday

I kind of forgot about Tuesday’s birthday until the end of the episode. But looking back, I missed an entire subplot of Carole attempting to give Tuesday a birthday gift. That explains why she complains that the two aren’t on the same wavelength. It’s a small thing, but I think it’s nice.

Pyotr tells his story

Maybe it’s a terrible bias, but I still have a hard time taking Pyotr seriously. This is meant to be a heartfelt story about his past and where he came from, but it sounds too much like pandering to me. Perhaps I’m just too cynical.

Tuesday receives a gift

That doesn’t look good. Presumably, something about this present is meant to interfere with Carole and Tuesday’s performance. It is a bit strange, though. Cybelle seems like the obvious candidate given her creepy tendencies and the fact that she specifically asked about Tuesday’s birthday in a previous episode. But then again, there was also that weird moment with Angela’s manager staring at Angela’s phone. I’m not sure what to make of that.

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Carole & Tuesday Episode 9: The other bracket

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Carole finds out about Tuesday's mother

Memes aside, this week’s episode was another fun string of songs. As far as I could tell, there wasn’t all that much more to it, though. The episode seemed to be setting up a couple of potential plot threads, but it seemed like pure talent show otherwise. I think the main question I have from this episode is about Tao’s interaction with the girls, since it was something I didn’t expect at all.

Cybelle questions Tuesday

If Cybelle wasn’t strange enough last week, she took it up a notch this week. I did like how Tuesday attempts to resolve things within the episode, eventually turning down Cybelle’s offer to start a separate group. But I can only imagine that Cybelle will return in a bad way in the future. From her introduction in the talent show, it sounds like she has a superficial attachment to Tuesday’s appearance, which seems a bit simplistic.

GGK starts to perform

I’m not really one for this kind of “mystical” jargon, so I might have started with a bad impression of GGK. From what I could tell, her music was nice, but her singing didn’t fit with the background song. As a result, the performance felt discordant, which didn’t appeal to me. The Mermaid Sisters may have performed a meme song, but it was admittedly much more catchy. It was definitely a more memorable song too…

Tao finds the girls

From context, I mostly gathered that Tao was in disbelief when he heard that Carole and Tuesday write their own music. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense that he would ask them who wrote their songs. It was something clearly stated before their first performance. Tao’s response to them was extremely cryptic, so I’m curious to see how he proceeds. I’m not sure if he’s meant to have a character arc, so I was expecting him to be more adversarial.

Angela is recognized

From a musical perspective, I got the sense that Angela’s song was meant to emulate a typical pop song, so it’s reasonable for it to get the enthusiastic reaction from the audience. While it’s not what I’d usually listen to, I would probably still favor Angela’s song over Cybelle’s song. Anyway, I’m still wondering if Angela will actually get the chance to compete against Carole and Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 8: The tournament begins

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Angela meets her new manager

I’m surprised that this singing competition to be such an extended arc. I guess I’ve gotten used to the one-shot nature of the girls’ previous ventures. I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll grow from this. I’m still thinking it’s too early for them to win, but it sounds like we can get a lot out of this endeavor.

Tuesday meets a fan

I’m not sure what to make of Cybelle so far. I think it’s funny that Tuesday has her own stalker right now, but I get the sense that Cybelle exists to cause trouble for the main pair. However, I don’t know how that’s going to happen when Cybelle is currently pit up against Angela in the first round. My assumption has been that Angela is meant to win this competition, so it seems like a death sentence.

Pyotr just wants some followers

Pyotr has an insufferable personality, but his performance was surprisingly entertaining. I get that he’s meant to be a stereotype and all, but it’s absurdly hard to listen to him talk. It should be interesting to see how the girls deal with him, I suppose. He seems a lot more formidable than their first opponent.

The girls write songs without AI

This point still feels like the weirdest side point. I understand that it’s hard to realistically represent what a world of AI-generated music would sound like, but it would be nice to have some idea of what’s different. From what we’ve seen so far, I think the judge is right to call them out on that being their hook, because it almost seems like a gimmick.

OGBulldog is not a gang member

Compared to past performances, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Carole and Tuesday’s song in this episode. Granted, I don’t like opera music at all, so I think it was better than OGBulldog’s performance. It’s not surprising from a story perspective, since it gives the two room to improve throughout the competition. But then again, that’s just my take on it.

Angela doesn't like their song

I’m happy to see Angela confronting Carole and Tuesday, though. This is pretty much the interaction I expected them to have, since it establishes that the two are now aware of each other. With how much the story contrasts them, it should put things into a better perspective.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 7: Mars got talent

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Tuesday is curious

I’m happy to see this episode addressing a dynamic I thought was missing in this series, the relationship between Carole and Tuesday. The series has been fun, but it was a bit strange given that they’re the central characters. After seeing Tuesday’s brother appear to accept her decision, it’s nice to see Tuesday herself gain some resolve for her chosen path. I was also expecting the talent show to be a bust, but it honestly looks like the girls are headed for an encounter with Angela, which should make things interesting.

Gus finds a shortcut

Given previous trends, it’s funny to see Gus advocating for the shortcut to fame in this episode. It kind of breaks with the tone of the previous episodes in that it actually seems to work this time, but I guess it’s still too early to tell. With their current track record, it wouldn’t surprise me if this performance fails miserably as well.

Angela is entered into the talent competition

I’m looking forward to seeing the confrontation between Angela and the main pair. I’ve enjoyed seeing Angela contrasted with Carole and Tuesday throughout the series, so it should be cool to see them interact. In addition to developing the relationship between Carole and Tuesday, this episode did a good job of showing a bit of Angela’s past as well. While she’s clearly coming from a background of fame, the episode makes it clear that her journey hasn’t been easy either.

Tuesday tries to hide her face

I liked seeing this episode build on the previous episode, showing that Tuesday’s nervousness doesn’t come from a typical sense of stage fright. It makes sense for her to be afraid of being discovered, and it’s also why I think it would have been better if her brother had revealed himself when he found her. But that aside, it was funny to see her to reference a tried-and-true disguise technique by covering just her eyes.

IDEA auditions

Most of the performances in this episode were pretty cringe, but I thought that the return of IDEA was hilarious. I have a soft spot for the robot from its introduction in the past, and I liked how he was basically making fun of vocaloid music.

Tuesday admits to being selfish

It was great to see Tuesday starting to open up to Carole. I’ve been wondering for a while how much the two knew about each other, and it turns out that it was practically nothing. I guess Carole respected Tuesday’s privacy, and the two have a tendency to go with the flow. I found it interesting that Carole doesn’t make a big deal about her past, effectively saying that she can’t miss what she didn’t have. Normally, the feeling of jealousy or loss comes from seeing what others have, which makes me question Carole’s relationships with others.

The girls are selected

As I mentioned before, I’m looking forward to seeing the girls face off against Angela. I’m sure that something will go wrong with the competition, but I think it’ll be worth it as long as the two manage to meet Angela. We can’t have them successfully giving their performance to a large crowd yet, right?

Carole & Tuesday Episode 6: The almost performance

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Gus gets a gig

This week’s episode seemed like the first of what I’m guessing will be many false starts for our main characters. Given how much the opening monologue emphasizes their eventual full performance, it’s hard to take a big opportunity like the one presented in this episode too seriously. That being said, I liked how the gig was approached. One last overall comment about this episode is that the music festival generally makes me wonder more what the current state of music in this world really is.

The girls meet Skip

Specifically, I’m curious about the conversation the girls have with Skip. He makes a general comment about musicians losing a certain spark as they become more established, but I’m curious what it’s meant to mean in this world. At face value, it’s a not-so-veiled comment at the current state of popular music, but it seems to be missing the context within its own story.

Crystal talks to Skip about his song

This is a random tangent, but I definitely didn’t understand the lengths the episode took to hide Crystal in this scene. I didn’t even recognize her after her face was revealed, so it wasn’t exactly a shock to see. Maybe it’s just meant to be as simple as adding some mystery to a celebrity relationship.

Skip sings his song

But back to my main point, I find it interesting that Skip dedicates a song to Crystal in a world where songs are supposedly designed by AI. I don’t think it’s necessarily inconsistent, but it’s a point where context is helpful. For example, AI could create music to match a musician’s lyrics. Alternatively, the musician could add some basic input parameters to trigger the generation of the entire song. Maybe it’s just because of my personal interests, but I’d like to learn more about how the show envisions that.

Carole and Tuesday recover from the performance

I think the takeaway for the performance was handled well. It would be unreasonable for a massive audience like that to come around to Carole and Tuesday’s song given the type of music they came to hear. The two would have to be truly impressive to override a mob mentality. Instead, Crystal’s view of the performance is a nice, grounded way to look at it. There are people within that crowd who may have taken their song to heart even if they couldn’t express it in a way the girls could see.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 5: The big time

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The girls need money

It’s nice to see another wholesome episode, as the girls finally get something they could call their first performance. I also think it’s interesting that the series seems to focus more on its side characters than its main characters. We get weekly montages of the two girls interacting, but I feel like I understand what drives characters like Gus and Roddy more than Carole or Tuesday. I’m sure there’s still more to come, but it’s a fascinating thing to note.

Everyone ignores Gus

The opening of this week’s episode made me realize that the last two ideas were Roddy’s ideas, so it’s nice to see Gus’s input here. Even though Gus inevitably fails to set anything up himself, it does give a sense that he had the right idea all along.

Tao has some trust

I’m also enjoying the disparity between the girls and Angela as we continue to see more from her perspective. There’s this sense that Angela’s past gives her the advantage, which ends up working out for pacing. Her progress is marked by industry veterans and important people, which means that she has less trouble making progress. As a result, her screen time goes down, allowing the focus to naturally shift to Carole and Tuesday.

Roddy tries to vouch for the girls

I liked seeing a bit of Roddy’s thought process in this episode. I’ve been wondering for a while what motivates him, and he goes into it a bit this week. As he pretty much states, he mostly comes off as a fan with a general sense of adoration. He wants to help because of that, and he just happens to have some connections that come in handy.

Carole and Tuesday perform for the bar

Carole and Tuesday’s performance was a nice one. It’s nice that we get these weekly performances, and I like the atmosphere of the series. If I were to make one comment to the contrary, I’d say that this setting feels like it has a lot of potential for exploration that hasn’t really happened yet. It’s still early, though, so it’s more of what I’d like to see.

Tuesday's brother leaves

Tuesday’s brother was also surprisingly interesting in this episode. He initially seemed like he might take after his mother, but he ends up leaving Tuesday alone after he finds her, seemingly content to know that she’s okay. I like this idea that he could be an ally in the future, and it breaks from the character archetype I was expecting. I think it might have been cool if he’d taken the opportunity to talk to Tuesday before leaving, but it’s kind of a small point.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 4: Reading reviews is important

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Roddy suggests making a music video

I’ll be honest. I thought this episode was a lot of fun. I’m not sure it did much more than develop Gus as a character, but pretty much every moment was entertaining. I really liked the comedy surrounding the IDEA robot. But more than that, I thought that this episode used subtlety well, even to set the tone of the entire episode. It made the enjoyment of the episode feel earned, since I wasn’t just being told things.

The group finds a video editing robot

I liked that the episode immediately prepared the audience for the episode with this simple shot. While none of the characters are suspicious, it’s clear to the audience that using IDEA is a mistake. I mean, let’s be serious. Who would buy a product with a 1-star rating on Amazon after 2058 reviews?

Roddy gets nervous in Carole's apartment

I also thought it was funny that the episode broke down Roddy’s “cool guy” act by emphasizing a more nerdy personality. He’s nervous around the girls, and he’s shown to have an interest in anime and collectibles. I think that’s decent for character background.

Gus reunites with an old friend

Seeing GUs meet with someone from his past was interesting. I don’t think I got a clear sense of how much I was supposed to get from those interactions, but I think it’s generally meant to show that he’s a decent person whom the girls can trust.

Giggy is suspicious

My absolute favorite part of the episode was the interaction between IDEA and Giggy. It’s mentioned a couple of times in passing, but there’s a clear rivalry between the two despite their limited screen time. I thought it was hilarious to see, and it made the episode way more fun than it should have been.

Roddy has to dance

The convertible in this episode was also a surprisingly entertaining aspect. At the end of the episode, it’s clearly in tatters, but there’s a clear indication of this earlier in the episode. While Roddy is resting and the girls are running around, you clearly hear a window smash and Roddy reacts negatively to it. The episode doesn’t need to make a big joke about the car being damaged, but it’s an easy conclusion to make.

The robot is a lie

I guess the series is taking it slow with getting to its big “miracle” moment, but I’m glad that it seems to be keeping things light in the meantime. I totally don’t have any issue with this style, and I hope it keeps it up.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 3: Finding a DJ

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Carole is suspicious of bribes

My general opinion on this series hasn’t changed much. I think it’s a lot of fun to watch. As with previous episodes, I like how the series approaches contrasting similar situations just by putting scenes next to each other. Additionally, there’s a surprising number of Western references, which makes it more entertaining to pay attention. It’s hitting at many of the things I like to see in a series.

Tuesday's family tries to find her

I think it’s funny to see the sharp difference between Roddy from the previous episode and Tuesday’s family here. Roddy finds Tuesday’s exact address within minutes, but Tuesday’s brother is having trouble despite presumably having access to more expensive searching techniques.

Angela is ignored

Similarly, Angela’s continuing issues with her new manager are shown next to a scene where Carole and Tuesday meet Gus. The two sides are equally suspicious of their new manager, but we see the clear difference in the managers’ individual behaviors with Gus taking a more personal approach.

Voice training is hard

Along the same lines, Angela, Carole, and Tuesday go through voice training at the same time. Carole and Tuesday are suspicious of the shoddy yoga session they’re in, but at least they’re not being threatened with lasers and drills, right? As before, I think it’s a fun contrast.

Roddy gets a meeting with Ertegun

The whole thing with Ertegun also makes a lot of sense in the context of the series. We saw Roddy and Ertegun talking last week, so it’s clear that the two are at least friendly with each other. It also explains why Roddy’s first suggestion to the girls was to find a DJ to get their song out. I guess I feel like things are coming together well.

Ertegun refuses to listen to the song

I’m not entirely sure what to make of the final scene. Ertegun’s reaction to the song isn’t super surprising, but Tuesday’s reaction to him was. I wonder if the scene where she burns the sheet music is meant to imply that she somewhat accepts that she’s not quite ready yet. Although, I’m guessing the simple interpretation is that she was saying that the song’s not good enough for Ertegun, which would be interesting as well.

Carole & Tuesday Episode 2: Becoming famous

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Carole wakes up to a mess

Episode 2 and this series is still fun. So much of the story feels familiar, but I like how the series presents itself so far. This week’s episode shows off more of its setting, and I think it’s cool so far. I think it would be interesting to see more of how the world reached its current state, but I get the sense that this aspect isn’t quite as important. The series seems to be commenting more on present-day implications as far as I can tell.

Tuesday struggles to clean the place

Having Tuesday fail to clean Carole’s apartment is an extremely predictable move. She clearly comes from money, and she fits the mold of the pampered child. However, I think the episode makes up for this by showing Tuesday alongside Carole, who similarly fails miserably at her new job. As a result, the scene is more about contrasting the two, rather than focusing on each individual’s archetype.

Carole takes a job acting as a grieving family member

I guess this is how the futuristic setting is going to be used for this series. It’s kind of a weird and uninspiring scene as far as sci-fi goes, but I think I have a decent sense of why it’s here. We’re shown a society that has a specific market for hiring random strangers to act like grieving family members, which shows a cultural predisposition for “keeping up appearances without any substance”. I get the sense that this is supposed to be a direct analogy to how the world views music.

Angela runs some tests

On Angela’s side, I don’t have all too much to say, since I don’t think we have very much information about her situation. I suppose the idea so far is that this producer guy treats his AIs as “employees”, but he treats her like a glorified singing bot.

The video gets uploaded

I’m curious to see what kind of role this Roddy guy will play in the series. Presumably he’s here to do more than upload the video that leads to the two girls being noticed. He seems to have a more technical background, so maybe he’s here to advocate for the AI in some way for this group.

Roddy finds the girls

This online stalking scene was strangely…realistic. I suppose normal people don’t have advanced facial recognition, but this reminds me a lot of Reddit detectives.

Gus finds the girls

Well, I guess Gus is pretty direct.

Carole & Tuesday First Impressions (1): The unlikely pair

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Tuesday's suitcase runs out of power

I guess this is another music-related series locked behind Netflix, but that’s never stopped me before. This first episode did a good job of setting up the world and the basic premise for the series. It centers around the two titular characters, Carole and Tuesday, each with vastly different upbringings. However, the two have the common goal of becoming musicians, so the two work together to bring music to a world largely reliant on AI. I suppose this is what happens when vocaloids end up taking over the world.

Carole roams the streets

Much of the focus for the first episode seemed to be contrasting the main characters, which they did very well. Aside from the obvious fact that Carole comes from a refugee background as opposed to Tuesday rich family upbringing, we see the two characters essentially reacting to the same event. Carole notices a child stealing food and chastises him.

Tuesday arrives in the city

On the other hand, Tuesday is shown to lack that same level awareness, as a different thief steals her bag. We don’t need to be told that the two characters are different, because every scene seems to scream that fact. I think my main concern with the series so far is its futuristic concept. I didn’t feel like the setting on a future Mars has contributed all too much yet, so that much remains to be seen.

Angela is upset with her job

In addition to the title characters, we’re introduced to Angela, who seems to be set up as their foil. Carole and Tuesday come from nowhere and hope to make their own music for the world. In contrast, Angela comes from a background in entertainment, and she effectively sells herself as an automaton to perform music that someone else created.

Gus whines about music

I think it’s still a bit early to tell with this first episode. I like how it goes about showing its characters rather than having someone point it all out. Gus, the drunk in this scene, is pretty clearly going to help the main characters, but the series chooses to show him expressing a similar viewpoint rather than saying anything explicit. That being said, let’s be a little honest. It’s hard to take Gus seriously at this point since he’s just the old guy whining about “young people” music, right?

Carole and Tuesday play together

I also like how the first session with Carole and Tuesday feels a bit more realistic. The two build up into their song, rather than playing a studio-quality song from the start. As a result, the song becomes harder to listen to, but you can clearly hear the two adjusting to each other.