Carole & Tuesday Episode 4: Reading reviews is important


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.



  • jester_monocle

    June 24, 2019, 1:02 p.m.

    This episode was so much fun! I love the exploration of style in it. How it tries to combine the ambitious varieties of each of the characters' ideas (not intended) and drop them into 1 solid music video and honestly? The result wasn't even that bad hilariously enough; Showing how ambition isn't limited by faulty equipment, rather, the effort and time you put into it.

    Them purchasing IDEA was probably as ignorant as you suggest on the part of the characters but I didn't necessarily see it as "clearly this is a bad decision". In the context of the world itself it appeared to me like "IDEA" was moreso on a 1-star rating and priced low because of how outdated it was as a product. The setting seems to delve into how AIs and other autonomous products essentially help its citizens consume lazily and produce equally as lazily.
    IDEA doesn't completely serve that purpose as, theoretically, it doesn't work FOR you. Rather, you work WITH it. Not only that, but you have to come up with the ideas yourself and present them to IDEA and it'll provide you with the information of how to closest obtain what you want. Thus, IDEA is not technically an autonomous AI. Which seems terribly outdated in a world where even machinery that isn't AI has some form of autonomy involved. Hell! Technology in our world seems more advanced than IDEA if you think about it.

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    marthaurion

    June 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

    yeah to be fair, this episode came out in same week that i found out about an ill-advised purchase my sister had made based on amazon reviews, so i was in a strangely sensitive state of mind when i saw that. this episode still ranks as one of my favorites, though. IDEA is just too great as a character.

    that idea also kind of gets into how AI is viewed today. typically, it manifests as kind of a black box, so it's easy to trust that it will just work for you. in truth, it only really works as a function of the data you feed it.

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