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  1. And just one more thing I forgot to say, which is the same as I said in the season 1 thread - 17 year old Aiden Gallagher really acts everybody else off the screen. I’d love to see him and Millie Bobby Brown in something.
  2. Zachary Mason? For some reason this throwaway name intrigued me more than all the effusive Wexler praise.
  3. I thought it was a good season, bit of an improvement over the first. Like Ran, I really enjoyed the music and the opening sequence was great as well. At times though I thought it suffered a little from the Netflix effect - prestige television but done half assed. And I wasn’t that keen on the powers overload in the last episode, I think it works better when their powers are nothing but trouble for them.
  4. Is that powers ordering theory really from the comics? I don’t recall that. I’m not sure it works.
  5. I noticed from a quick perusal via amazon that Harrow the Ninth is written, at least partly, in the second person which is a bit off-putting.
  6. If the top falls it’s not a dream. We don’t get to see whether it falls so it’s still ambiguous, that’s how I see it anyway. If the viewer wants to think it’s all still a dream then just imagine that it corrects itself and keeps spinning.
  7. By the way, I recently saw an episode of Star Trek Voyager from the mid 90s with a plot that really mirrors Inception. The starship crew is stuck in a dream and the Native American first officer is able to help them navigate through it due to some inappropriate mystical vision quest stuff. So not only do they have totems so they can tell when they’re in a dream but they also have layers of dreams and if you die you wake up in a different layer of dream. Really wouldn’t be surprised if the Nolan brothers have seen this episode.
  8. I hadn’t realised that about Nolan films, that’s interesting. But I don’t see how you get the save the kids scenario without the uncertainty. For me, it’s definitely a dream until you see the top possibly wobbling. Personally I can buy that Cobb is willing to accept dream kids but it’s nice to have the ambiguity that means it’s possibly real.
  9. I don’t understood that interpretation. Without the top wobbling it’s definitely a dream. He could’ve made it so Leo destroys the top or simply decides not to spin it but that still indicates it’s a dream.
  10. Yeah, use of Hook as one of Spielberg’s best just rendered the rest of that post utterly meaningless. I would go for Kubrick over Spielberg because I slightly prefer a visionary over a crowd pleaser. Nolan I don’t think is even in contention. He’s mastered the art of making blockbusters out of more niche subject matter, which is no small thing, but he doesn’t seem to have the depth of meaning in his films that Kubrick or Spielberg manage. How about Hitchcock though? Obvious pick but nobody straddles the ground between auteur and by-the-numbers like he does.
  11. I don’t think any of these examples are the same as what Scot is talking about. Zakalwe is known to be bad from the start, he just turns out to be worse than the reader was expecting. Paul Atreides might be the villain from some perspectives but he still has the hero journey. Scot’s saying, I believe, that Kvothe is purporting to have the hero journey, but in fact isn’t. I don’t really agree with that necessarily, but there is something going on with Denna mirroring Kvothe, Lanre possibly being a good guy, possibly a bad guy. Personally I think Rothfuss is more interested in how legends change in the telling and it’s more likely that Kvothe is just a greyer protagonist than we might have initially thought.
  12. The way we’re watching it, 8 to 10 episodes a season, it’s mostly enjoyable enough (although there was a paucity of people on the internet willing to list top episodes from the first two seasons ). Retrospect started off quite well, there was some good drama with the crew rallying around Seven and then beginning to doubt her account as evidence emerged. It was just quite flabbergasting, especially from a 2020 viewpoint, that they would have the upshot of an assault storyline being that the supposed victim became more human by learning from her mistaken accusation. Wikipedia tells me that Bryan Fuller was preoccupied with the idea of false memory, he’d heard some academic had lost their job because of it, and wanted to write a story exploring it.
  13. Just watched “Retrospect,” season 4 episode of Voyager, which I’ve never seen before. Features a thinly veiled rape analogy involving Seven of Nine, with the outcome that she has had a false memory, thus makes a false accusation, the guy involved ends up dead and Seven expresses remorse for the first time because she caused his disgrace and death. What the actual fuck.
  14. Is that what happens? Sounds like somebody was reading her own fanfic. edit - oh yeah, remembered it wasn’t actually Rowling that wrote it, it was one of Britain’s most successful screenwriters, which somehow makes the use of fanfic tropes even worse. I believe they also crack out the time turners at one point. I have heard it works a lot better as a live performance than a script though.
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