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  • Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

    I made it about halfway through episode 1 before realizing I had no idea what had happened in the last 15 minutes. It wasn’t bad…just dense and slow for the part I saw. I was tired (late at night) and realized I’d need to force myself to get into the world-building and setup. To be fair, I felt this way when I first saw a lot of good shows (notably The Expanse and Game of Thrones). It didn’t feel like they were dumbing anything down for the viewer, which is generally a good thing. Reminded me of when I first saw 2001. 
  • Why did A.Ron leave Better Call Saul

    FWIW, I liked this season's coverage with Jim and Alexis. The on-air chemistry was great, and it is honestly just more enjoyable when someone is into the show. 
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    redlancer said:
    Not too worried. CDC says just this current flu season alone there have been up to 18million cases and up to 17,000 deaths. This new virus has resulted in, what, 6 or so confirmed fatalities? 

    Just the current Disease-of-the-week™ for now.

    source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

    This...did not age well. 
  • My Star Wars Re-Watch...Please, Join in!

    rkcrawf said:
    I think Empire is the only one that holds up to the strict scrutiny of today's fanbase. Like CB said, I think new viewers would rip both ANH and ROTJ apart on nitpick stuff:
    • How did the Alliance not know there was a new Death Star? Why didn't the writers come up with a new threat?
    This seems less egregious considering the Empire is supposed to be a megalithic, controlling enterprise with all the resources.  One of the big problems with TFA is how little explanation / world building there is about why/how there was a force that looked remarkably like the Empire in its current scope and ambitions, even though it was called something else.
    So confusing. Now, after seeing all 3 new movies and understanding what they were trying to explain by reading the Visual Dictionary, it makes more sense, as best as I can figure:
    • The Galactic Republic becomes the Galactic Empire. The Rebel Alliance eventually forms out of the ashes of the Separatists (from the prequels)
    • The Rebellion eventually forms into a government, which is the the New Republic. 
    • The New Republic is weak and has issues (see Articles of Confederation). This allows the First Order to build up from the scattered remains of the Empire.
    • The First Order destroys the seat of the New Republic in TFA, but the Resistance had already started under Leia and others in the New Republic. This explains why the Resistance is on the run in TLJ.
    It is there, but a lot of leaps have to be made.

    ken hale
  • MR ROBOT FINALE 4.12, 4.13

    50 min into the podcast...a couple of points I think maybe missed. 
    1. The Mastermind’s OG purpose was to make the world a safe place for real Elliot. To this extent, Elliot was wearing a mask and we saw his superhero side in his drawings. Somewhat relevant to Watchmen viewers. If you do look back at Elliot’s early series behavior, he is trying to fix the world like a superhero. 
    2. We saw how Whiterose and Angela could not let go of their delusions, and how it destroyed them. I think they are trying to say letting go and moving on is the healthy approach, which is what Mastermind eventually does. 
    3. I believe they did say Whiterose’s project didn’t work. It caused an explosion, but Elliot was saved by being in that safe room.  Delusions of grandeur.