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    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2011 edited
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    I love how utterly shameless the Inception bit was. And something tells me Peter's a fan of The Matrix.

    More Nimoy in any form was great to have, but I will admit that I'm having trouble seeing what was accomplished by bringing him back for so short a time. Did he provide some key mythology puzzle piece or moment of insight and I've just forgotten about it?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2011
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    Will Ferrel's first appearance on The Office was interesting. He was . . . acting. Not just being a goofball. His character is just as much of an ass as Michael Scott, but in a different way. Less pathetic and childlike; more of an adult male jerk. Far too soon to judge whether he can fill Steve Carrel's shoes.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    I'm disappointed that security guard Hurley didn't become William Bell. I was hoping for awhile there, but alas.
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    Did he provide some key mythology puzzle piece or moment of insight and I've just forgotten about it?


    I think if anything he explained to Walter that Walter didn't need Bell anymore; he had humility now, and whatever Walter would decide (in the war between universes) would be the same as what Bell would think up. Previously Walter had been second guessing himself, wondering what Bell would do in the same situation. Now it frees Walter to act on his own, trust his instincts, etc.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    But then aren't we back to him trying to regrow his brain? His original problem was more that he didn't think he was smart enough, not that he doubted his own judgment.
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    The way I understood it was that Walter wanted to regrow his brain because he thought that by himself he was not up to the challenge of going up against Walternate without Bell at his side. He had given up on the regrowing his brain idea after talking to Nina, and that's why he tried using the soul magnet. Walter was "doubting his own judgement" because he thought he was not smart enough. Bell's last appearance should give Walter the confidence to trust that he has the intelligence to go head-to-head with Walternate, and not only make the correct decisions and come up with the right answers, but to also make the right moral decisions as well.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    Ah, I can see that. So we've got a Walter who's been at the top of his game his whole life but whose only moral compunction is experimentation on children, versus a Walter who lost fifteen years to drugs and institutionalization, but who's learned from his mistakes and now has a stronger moral compass.

    So the question is, what's the deal with Bellternate?
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    @SteadyUP

    There's only one William Bell. They've established that at some point or another.
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    Bellternate died in a car accident as a child. Or at least, that's what Bell said in the last season finale...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    Watching the pilot of The Killing.

    Sweet Jeebus, is this grim.
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    Games of thrones in five sentences by people who just watched.

    Me: "Hey Lady Stark let Bran climb, i might me important in the series."

    Blond guy: "Hey kid." PUSH.

    Credits.

    rest of the story is awesome.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2011
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    @Stefan: And continues to descend further. I'm loving it.

    After waiting so long to see Game of Thrones finally hearing "The things I do for love." was utterly thrilling. If I were filling out a report card I'd check the "Exceeds Expectations" box, and my expectations were quite high.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2011
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    The Killing is definitely impressing and I'm really wondering what direction it will take to keep things fresh for it's ten episode run. Sounds like I should probably get on Game of Thrones now, as I'm sure I'll be hearing plenty about it in no time.
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    At first, I felt the Killing was overly drawn out. I feel like, as a TV-watching people, Law & Order has somewhat dulled our senses when it comes to horrible crime. We see scenarios every week that are very similar as those portrayed in the Killing, and Stabler & Munch and Ice T & co. solve them in 45 minutes. That's about when I realized, this is the point. Horrible crimes like the murder of 14 year old girls should not be glossed over and solved with no serious impact on the detectives, the family, the wrong suspects, and I guess more importantly, the viewer.

    It's dark as Hell. Gritty. I like that the female detective is not a stereotype. She just is who she is. A while back, someone started a thread about the "strong female character" and how it was badly portrayed in film, TV etc. Sarah Linden is exactly how to get that right. She doesn't have to prove how tough she is, she just lives it.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2011
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    Did anyone watch Forbrydelsen, the Danish series The Killing is based on? If so, how does it compare?
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    Rented "Super" On Demand. Wanted to see it in the theater, but wasn't playing anywhere nearby. Surprised to see it On Demand.

    The girlfriend had originally said she wanted to see it after I showed her a trailer and told her it was the director of Slither. She's very picky about her "dorkyness."

    I think we were both disturbed by this film, in different ways. We both have sick, twisted and dark senses of humor, but

    the superhero sidekick raping the hero scene was a bit off for me, the cartoonish violence/realistic violence mash-up hit me a bit wierd, and she was a bit bothered by the weird tentacles and extreme gore and eplosions of body parts.
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    I thought the first episode of Game of Thrones was good, but it hit me with the same problems that made me stop reading fantasy fiction back in the day, mainly the subservient role of women as pawns in games played by men and the 'people with darker skin tones are all savages, yes' thing. However, I've read enough of Martin's work, although not this stuff, to give it some more episodes in the hopes that there's some interesting twists on these tropes to come further down the line. But it was stunning to look at, and Sean Bean with a sword is always pleasing to my brain. And it's exciting that fantasy is something HBO clearly feels is worth spending what looked like a fairly substantial chunk of change on. Now if they would just make a science fiction show for grown ups, that'd be great.

    Over here in the UK BBC4 is halfway through series 3 of French police show Enrenages/Spiral. The most incompetent police in the world are attempting to find a serial killer while skating close to losing their jobs and, in some cases, going to prison. Awesome, and not just because of my ever-expanding crush on the wonderful Caroline Proust. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who doesn't mind reading subtitles. And the first two seasons are available as a DVD set which I would recommend grabbing.

    Also enjoying Spartacus: Gods of the Arena for it's over-the-top goofiness and wonderful, wonderful dialogue. John Hannah saying, 'You counsel to suck the cock that pisses on me?' Just awesome. Although it may be the second most idiotic show airing at the moment...

    Embarrassing admission: I love Hawaii 5-0. It's the stupidest TV show I have ever seen, and about a fifth of each episode appears to be an extended advertisement for Hawaii as a tourist destination, but the banter between O'Loughlin and Kahn is so watchable. And it makes me happy. Senility may be setting in.

    Of course, all else pales into insignificance next to the return of Doctor Who tomorrow...

    S.
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      CommentAuthorlgenius
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
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    That is a broad generalization about broads and one I don't think is true especially in this series and The Sword of Truth series. Which are the two biggest series that represent the genre and for your other point, come on dude we all know the only thing that scare nerdy white guys more than interaction with beautiful women is big black guys.
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    Saw the first ep of Game of Thrones while on vacation at the hotel, only to realize when I came back home that I lack HBO. Ah well. I can wait!
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2011
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    I finally caught Game of Thrones and will definitely now be tuning in tomorrow. Wasn't expecting such a dark ending (not that I was expecting a cheery one).

    Speaking of dark endings, I am madly excited for the next two episodes of Justified.