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  • What is the actual justification for not using Russian/Eastern European actors for Chernobyl?

    It will be interesting to see what would happen should China become the new entertainment superpower and we can see what they think of North Atlantic slave trade, Manifest Destiny, the American response to the AIDS crisis, our involvement in various worldwide financial meltdowns, our various military adventures around the world, there are so many interesting topics to choose from. Hopefully if they do the AIDS crisis, they'll cast Reagan as Nigerian woman, because the director thought she was the best fit for the role. As long as they source 90% of what they shoot from contemporary sources (with 10% "sexed up" to play better in Beijing, of course) I'm sure the response will be level headed and rational. BTW, how many lives were lost to the cover-up and disinformation campaign around AIDS, anybody know that number off hand?

    I understand your point, but I don't think this a fair comparison. A good comparison would be if a Chinese company hired Canadian actors to portray how American politicians made the decision to place Japanese Americans in internment camps. That's an entirely different scenario from what you laid out where a black woman plays Reagan.

    We need to keep in mind how much effort was put in by the makers of this show to be at least somewhat accurate. The OP seems to be implying some sort of malicious intent in the decision not to cast actors from former soviet countries. 
  • 107 - An Almost Religious Awe

    I just want to chime in and say this episode was kind of 'meh" for me. It had a lot good parts in the beginning with Angela and her backstory, but as the episode went on and the weirdness and exposition increased it began to lose me. By the time the "Dr. Calhattan" reveal came I wasn't as invested as I could have been. Its unfortunate because there is a good show with something to say underneath all that extraneous material.

    I would also caution those that did love this episode to avoid mobbing up on those who didn't feel the same. Its not that bad right now, but it seems like we're being dismissed as though we "just don't get it" or " are too caught up in the weirdness, we should just let it go". We have some legitimate criticisms about how how our enjoyment of the show is being hampered. Please don't treat us as though our opinions aren't valid. We have watched just as many episodes of this show as you have.
  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    Flukes said:
    I just read the "rough" transcript. If I'm honest, this feels like a trap. The WH waited until their political opponents committed to impeachment before releasing the transcript or the complaint. In effect they made it seem like the details were really bad by hiding them - but it turns out they're probably only a little bad.

    No one will care that the law was broken when the complaint didn't get to Congress within 7 days, because now they will release it. In the mind of Trump's supporters, that's a no harm, no foul situation.

    I hope Pelosi knew the details before she made her decision and I hope she knows what she's doing.
    I don't see how someone who cares if Trump breaks the law reads the "transcript", its not a transcript, and sees it as a little bit bad. The only way it could be worse is if he explicitly offered aid in return for dirt on Biden. Trump urging a foreign government to investigate his political rival is right there in the memo. It only gets worse from here. Remember this is supposed to be the flattering version for Trump and its already bad. 

    If anyone thought this would slow the march towards impeach they were wrong.