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  1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: On the fringes of the MCU

    I think it could make for some interesting plots, but no it doesn't make sense. If Coulson was entirely in charge of appointing him it would, because he would want a show of confidence in them so people trust them.......except those people include the government, who actually are the ones doing the appointing. And no way in hell do they appoint an Inhuman after HYDRA-gate. Unless, maybe, they don't plan on telling anyone and just figured it'd be cool to have a superman in charge. Or, possibly, they want all the unaccounted for Inhumans to trust SHIELD as an organisation they can turn to. I enjoyed them talking about publicity and funding, it's something that's come up here plenty. OK it wasn't entirely clear who was paying for these billion dollar jets, but at least they're acknowledging it. Also, not to beat the film-tie-in drum too much again but, SHIELD going public has to be the easiest thing to reference ever. It'd be global news, and very easy to slip in a comment or even a newspaper headline or something.
  2. Supergirl TV show: anticipation or wary?

    Hey, remember that thing we've been waiting for Superman to do for two films? Rip his shirt open and actually save someone? Don't mind admitting that, despite not watching most of the first season of Supergirl, I enjoyed the shit out of that trailer. Imagine if they really can fold this in with Flashpoint, and have all of them team up...
  3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: On the fringes of the MCU

    There's still Inhumans in it, but it's not really about their story anymore. Season 2 / 3 were gradually pulling back the curtain on them, and seems to be done with the grand plan of Hydra's to bring Ward-Alien thing back to earth. Not buying that they knew about Winter Soldier. Otherwise they would have dropped something earlier, Ward could have gone for a secret meeting or something, however small. The first half of the season was just the show not being very good, plain and simple. Then they had to pull a plot out their ass cos the films just destroyed the organisation it was based around. In fact I specifically remember an interview with a producer saying he was annoyed that that got thrown at them.
  4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: On the fringes of the MCU

    Thing is, the one-off bad guy of the week from Season 1 kinda disappeared, 2 and 3 were pretty much all about where Coulson's resurrection led - the Kree, the Inhumans etc. Other than that, it was still SHIELD agents running around beating people up and doing spy like things. They were a bit more low tech and small scale after Winter Soldier, now it's been brought back under government control and they seem to be back to normal. Actually now would be a great time to get back into it, basically Coulson is just an agent and there's a new director, Skye's gone rogue hunting random powered people with her new found Inhuman powers. Skye's stumbled across Ghost Rider......that seems to be all you need to know right now. All the Inhuman / Kree / HYDRA stuff seems to have been put to bed.
  5. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: To Kill a Mockingbird

    AoS was massively boosted by the prospect of it being the connective tissue between the movies. SHIELD already was the connective tissue, it was the appearance of Fury and Coulson that marked the first four movies as part of the same universe. Without the MCU tag, the pilot wouldn't have got a tenth of the ratings it did and probably would have been cancelled in it's pretty poor first season. I'm not looking for more references or more tie-ins, I just want the show (or maybe Feige) to make up its mind; either be that connective tissue (and I'm not buying it's not possible because we've seen it with Winter Soldier, Sitwell getting ordered to head to a ship in an episode, then appearing on said ship in the film) or just admit defeat and go your own way. Someone mentioned suspension of disbelief, but why should we have to? We don't have to with the movies, because they're so carefully assembled to fit together. That's what's so impressive about the MCU, the careful planning to make sure this all makes sense and works when all these characters unite in other films. But my belief that this takes place in the same universe is tested by AoS when it shouldn't be; shouldn't Coulson tell the Avengers he's alive? Wouldn't Captain America really like to know about HYDRA's activities? How does he feel about SHIELD being up and running? I don't really blame the show for this, they probably assumed they wouldn't be hung out to dry and so intentionally littered the series with things they thought could tie in: HYDRA, the Kree, Inhumans, these have been the backbone of the first three seasons. I'm more confident now that we seem to have left them behind, there's nothing in the first episode to suggest these play any part in Season 4. I'd love them to tie up the loose ends now, maybe Coulson's resurrection is now a classified (illegal) part of SHIELD that the Avengers can't know about, so he can't tell them? Maybe build on the brief glimpse of Cap being OK with SHIELD in AoU, and establish exactly who SHIELD are now, who knows about them, what their remit is?
  6. The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I really enjoyed both these parts, I respected that Hobb dealt with Fitz's reaction to the events he was going through before throwing him into another adventure. Seems to be the sticking point with Hobb, I just love the prose and really don't mind when the plot slows down.
  7. Mr. Robot (spoilers).... 'cause I suck at this stuff

    We all kept talking about the upcoming 'reveal' here, but we didn't know Phase 2 existed until about two thirds of the way through the season. I didn't have particular high expectations about what it might be. Especially given the last 'mystery': remember when we all wondered what happened during the time that Elliot lost before he woke up in the car? We briefly thought he might have killed Tyrell, and then......well what did happen? They initiated the hack, which we knew. Elliot started planning (or possibly just told Tyrell and the DA about) Phase 2, which is basically the housekeeping of Phase 1. I'm tempted to think they had something bigger planned but then they went another way.
  8. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: To Kill a Mockingbird

    It seems SHIELD is pretty much up and running again as a fully fledged organisation and not just Coulson and his buds. Seeing as Samuel L Jackson's primary role in AoU was hooking them up with the helicarrier, I'll be interested to see if he's gonna be in Infinity War or Avengers 4. He's about the only thing linking them at the moment. It is funny how much they're dining out on the Sokovia Accords, when there wasn't a single mention in Civil War of anything other than the Avengers being under UN jurisdiction, not a peep about registration. They clearly didn't get to see the script but just assumed it'd be the comic version.
  9. Mr. Robot (spoilers).... 'cause I suck at this stuff

    I missed that he worked for them. Still, it's three characters who I assumed we were done with. Its position post credits made me think there was some deeper implication I was missing.
  10. Mr. Robot (spoilers).... 'cause I suck at this stuff

    Meh. So Phase II is a paper version of Phase I, how exciting. And we have the same conflict of methods (blowing up buildings) that we already covered in Season 1. Angela was somehow convinced of not only the entire plan, but of the necessity to shoot Elliot, to the extend where she's the one telling Tyrell "you did what you had to do"? Seriously? It's hard to picture what Season 3 would even look like. Either Elliot is dragged along against his will through the whole plan as a redundant personality in his own body, or he's gonna suddenly be fine with killing people (unlikely). Meanwhile, the FBI have actually figured most of it out already and are looking for Elliot, so he's gonna have to be bunkered down like Tyrell was. And the paper's gonna be destroyed, so, there'll be a.......financial crisis? Rolling black outs? Everyone thinking their debt's been wiped? Haven't we done this already? Am I supposed to care that guy-from-prison rocked up at the end? So what?
  11. Wise Man's Fear XI

    I have read and enjoyed both books, and I frequent this forum......and somehow I only discovered all this recently. I used to drop in to these threads every now and then but it was always theory discussion that involved deeper familiarity with the book than I have so I stopped bothering. Then suddenly it seems to be all about Rothfuss attitude. So yea, I imagine there's a lot of people who'd love to read Book 3 but don't bother following the progress (or following the discussions that would mention if there ever were any progress, anyway), figuring they're bound to stumble across the news when it is finished.
  12. Star Trek: Discovery

    It's sad that I never even entertained the idea of a one off 50th anniversary episode like Doctor Who. My brain just said "well, obviously they couldn't do that because...." well......why not actually? They have as many time travel shenanigans up their sleeve to come up with some mcguffin to throw some characters together.
  13. Mr. Robot (spoilers).... 'cause I suck at this stuff

    The one thing I'm clinging to is Elliot saying "I'm sorry, I won't do this again" after the prison reveal. I think they wanted to give people a break on second guessing every last thing on the show.
  14. The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I forget which book it's in but at one stage, Fitz says that Nighteyes 'brings up an image' or something along those lines. I picture their dialogue as mental imagery that they share that's rendered in English. It does stretch things a bit how detailed their conversations are I guess, but Hobb's love of animals shines through and makes it well worth it. I really enjoyed the first leg of their journey in Assasin's Quest where it's just the two of them, living off the land. 'Find that in a human, if you can'.
  15. More to the point, was it not the same two cops who did Brandon's 'confession' who interviewed her? Except there's no video footage of that.