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  1. Decent follow up episode. Homelander continues to be awesome and Soldier Boy is highly entertaining. "You want to know what I do when I'm sad or scared? Fucking nothing. 'Cause I'm not a fucking pussy." Even though the guy is being parodied, in a sea of weepy, melodramatic characters that's a refreshing take. And it was very satisfying to see Hughie - who has spent the entire series as an annoying and whiny character - get slapped down.
  2. All sorts of fusion technology exists. The technical challenge is that you are aiming for a net surplus of energy. The energy demands of pumping temperatures to a 100 million degrees Kelvin to overcome the Coloumbic barrier (I think it was 100 kev per nuclide for D-T fusion - someone can correct me if I'm wrong) is a serious problem in getting a positive net output.
  3. Climate change to the degree anticipated is unique and increasingly unsolvable in the magnitude of effects that will occur. Human beings are reactionary. When the ecosystem undergoes a drastic paradigmic reformation and the geosocial structure is vastly and irrevocably altered, consequences ensue. The exact consequences are impossible to predict, but one can assert that exceptional times arise from exceptional circumstances.
  4. The only problem with cold fusion is that it will be 30 years before the tech can be employed practically, just as it has been for the last 80 years, and just as it will be 30 years from now.
  5. I don't think things have reached a particularly exceptional point in history quite yet. I do think we've passed an inflection point where we as humanity can reasonably overcome our inertia and right our path so that exceptional point can be avoided. I'm not preaching end times, but I am preaching extraordinarily hard times.
  6. It is fascinating witnessing the despair in this thread. It's a very light sampling of what is to come. As the world gets increasingly desperate in the coming years, interesting times will persist. This has been an entirely predictable trajectory since Americans (particularly boomers) decided that the only electable parties are extremist Republicans and neoliberal pseudo-Republicans like our current president. This isn't just a problem of the US. Authoritarianism will envelop the world.
  7. I didn't think anything could justify the existence of this abomination of a show, but Ryan George swoops in for the rescue. Love it!
  8. More likely, Sansa would be a villain, and Bran would be a psychic god-king tyrant. Jon Snow would be unable to contest either one as he remains incompetent in his own efforts at ruling and eventually is assassinated again. Bran and Sansa cause their own undoing as some long persisting personal flaw eventually slaps them down. I love that about Martin's writing. Women are terrible people, as are men. Human beings are fundamentally awful, regardless of gender, race or orientation - just as it is in real life. Martin may not agree with that in principle, but his writing certain welcomes that interpretation, I think.
  9. Not even close to being dark enough for me, but headed in the right direction. Wonderfully fun season!
  10. Another entertaining episode of The Boys. I normally get bored by shock humor, but all the goriness and excess has worked for me so far and been surprisingly fun. More shows need to embrace collateral damage!
  11. Martin has commented about the show on his blog. It will be called Snow, and Martin says he's involved.
  12. There are other participants in this thread aside from me. I've only made a few comments since I stopped watching, but I confess that it is entertaining how disastrously bad this show turned out to be. Although I agree with your overall sentiment. Why waste time on something you don't like? If you want to experience a truly wild ride, check out the Rant and Rave threads. People have dedicated entire novels worth of words in their echo chamber of hate, to the point where it seems like their entire life identity is centered around their hate for some random bit of entertainment that is now three years ended. Fascinating stuff. And just to clarify: I will freely make fun of this show because for now it's fun to do so. But I don't think there's anything wrong with liking it. I don't think liking it makes a person stupid, or it indicates anything negative about a person. I'm interning in a facility that produces radioisotopes for targeted cancer treatment. I'm not part of the research team, I simply help the Radiation Safety Officer write up procedures so the accelerators are run within safe and legal standards. The person who is the head of the team, though, I do know and he is an extremely intelligent guy. One of the brightest I've ever met. And he loves Obi-Wan Kenobi, too. All liking or disliking Obi-Wan Kenobi says about a person is that they like or dislike Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  13. The later seasons of Game of Thrones are subject to almost universal derision. Obi-Wan Kenobi has a script that somehow surpasses the worst writing of Game of Thrones and is consistently that poor throughout. I stopped at episode 3, but I can't think of a single moment that was remotely clever, and we've exhaustively gone over all the really stupid moments in this thread. Considering how much hate Game of Thrones gets on this board, I would say Obi-Wan Kenobi gets off quite lightly. There are no torches and pitchforks here. People are either expressing disappointment or saying that while the show may stretch the limits of absolute stupidity achievable on scripted television, nostalgia wins the day for them and they still enjoyed it. Btw, what do you mean about lightspeed happening at lightspeed? That seems to have no application to Star Wars, where there's not even a suggestion that real world physics plays a part.
  14. I honestly would start watching again if Disney would embrace the absurdity and let self-awareness motivate the bad writing. Season 2 of Obi-Wan could be the Inquisitors capturing Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker. Bail and Leia find out about this and together go on a rescue mission. They sneak pass Vader's forces and rescue Kenobi and Skywalker...but it's a trap! Vader himself appears and Kenobi is too weak to do anything. How will our heroes escape? Bail takes up a lightsaber and manages to hold Vader off briefly, but the Senator is no match for the strength of the mighty Sith. He is disarmed, and Vader is about to strike the fatal blow...until 10 year old Leia intervenes, grabs Bail's lightsaber and holds off Vader's attack. Little did Vader know that the Sith is no match for sassy little kid plot armor, and he's put on the defensive as Leia strikes one fierce blow after another, allowing Skywalker, Kenobi and Organa to escape. Vader desperately attempts to regain the advantage, but Leia Yoda flips over him, and having the high ground, savagely decapitates him. I feel like this writing is basically on par with what I watched, and at least it would be very entertaining for me.
  15. I'll join the anti-Tenet crowd. I laughed when I read that Nolan consulted Kip Thorne on the Tenet script, because Tenet is so far out there that doing such a thing seems like a random indulgence. I do really like Interstellar. I take "love...transcends dimensions of time and space" as the opinion of desperate characters, not a narrative fiat. As for falling into a black hole, etc., I say that if renown hard sci-fi movie 2001 can have giant superdimensional space babies, then Interstellar is allowed its own pseudoscience. I really recommend The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne. It adds a lot to the movie, and Thorne is a very entertaining writer.
  16. I finished season one. It was kind of a mixed bag. I still really like the alternate history aspect of the show, but it really goes overboard with the soap opera nonsense. The dead kid was tedious, and I really was disappointed with what the writers did to Deke. He was absolutely correct to be enraged at Waverly. Fair or not, her secret was an exploitable security problem. To have him change his mind, say he was wrong and the bigots are the problem...yeesh. Pam the bartender is extremely annoying. Trying to be open about her orientation, thereby jeopardizing two people who are actively committing felonies...because love conquers all, I guess? I really hope that her idiocy ends up annihilating the careers of Waverly and Wilson. Stupidity ought to have some consequence. And Baldwin going Colonel Kurtz was bizarre and didn't really work for me. Anyway, I feel hesitant to move on. I'm fascinated by the timeline, but the soap opera elements are so over the top, and I do not enjoy being preached at, even if I agree with the message.
  17. Interesting. Well, good luck with the show and its success! That kind of puts a twist on things though. I'm pretty frank and caustic when I don't like a show because I know there's almost no chance the creator of the content will read my words. I would feel terrible if I ended up hurting someone's feelings. That is to say, I hope the show turns out really well, and if there are criticisms, I hope people aren't dicks about it.
  18. These are shows that have come out. And I would argue against the notion that many of those meet the standard of being both original and good. Looking at shows that are currently being developed for the future paints something far less picturesque. Time will tell. I suspect that a few years from now we'll look back and wonder where HBO went wrong. Edit: I absolutely agree with you on Watchmen. While its production was ethically dubious, the show itself was fantastic.
  19. I think he means it has to be bombastic but sterile, like what Game of Thrones became toward the end. House of the Dragon may be good, but it doesn't seem like it will be anything new. It seems like it will just be focused on the politicking side of Thrones (which was the best part of it, but again, this isn't new). If the creators are to be believed, this will be a loyal remake of the video game. It may have a good story, but it's nothing new. When The Wire came out, there was nothing like it. Same for Deadwood, Rome and Game of Thrones. HBO seems to now be relying on very familiar content, instead of paving their own path.
  20. I think looking at the shows that HBO is currently developing lend more credence to Burns' claim. A bunch of Game of Thrones knockoffs, a remake of a video game, a remake of True Blood, Hellraiser, etc. There is clearly a trend, and that is an attempt to compete in a world where subpar shows like The Witcher, Stranger Things, Obi-Wan, and Bridgerton get massive viewing numbers. Chernobyl was excellent, and I really liked We Own This City. However, I think it's a legitimate concern that shows like this will become less frequent.
  21. I mean, you can be disingenuous if you want to be. I'm not going to point at Martin's "fat pink mast", "Myrish swamp" or "I am of the night" and pretend that these lines somehow undermine the entirety of his work. GoT had the largest cast on television, and everyone was given a personality. Grand Maester Pycelle in any other show would be some background nobody, but for this minor character he had many dimensions and was a really good character. Ygritte's entire runtime in the show was only 51 minutes, and yet she had many dimensions, and was an extremely memorable character. Joffrey clocked in at 70 minutes and Tywin Lannister at 78 minutes. All of these characters had a profound impact on the story, and were extremely detailed. That's nuance, and it takes a great detail of talent to accomplish that. Take something like Wheel of Time and compare the screen time of Rand al'Thor (158 minutes), and he has the personality of a wooden block. Tying this to the Jon Snow spin-off, I read an article recently by David Simon that declared that making something like The Wire is no longer possible with current HBO (link to the interview below). And if HBO really is going to humiliate themselves with a Jon Snow spin-off, I believe it. Game of Thrones, which for a while was a very good deconstruction of the fantasy genre, is becoming just another Marvel or Star Wars universe. So I hope that this show implodes in a big way. I want shows that are bold, and try to do something new. I want The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, the early years of Game of Thrones, not this generic nonsense that HBO is trying to push on us. David Simon and Ed Burns interview
  22. Wrt point one, D&D are absolutely capable of nuance. I think in seasons 1-4 of GoT and occasionally in season 5 there was plenty of nuance. Maybe it didn't achieve the gold standard of nuance that you see in The Wire, Mad Men and The Sopranos, but there was far more nuance in GoT at that point than almost any other show, and especially more nuance than most shows airing today. Most shows I've been watching lately can't resist transplanting the latest in cutting edge 2022 morality and mindlessly grafting it on all of their characters. That's not nuanced - it's insulting. Would D&D fumble the issue of slavery? Possibly on their own, but I will note again they were merely the biggest names attached to the property. Nichelle Spellman, who is a talented writer that has written for shows like The Good Wife and Justified has demonstrated capability in nuance. It's possible she would have made invaluable contributions in this area. Wrt point two, that's precisely what has the potential to be interesting. I would disagree first that slavery would not continue on. Laborers in underdeveloped countries are ruthlessly exploited to the point where for me "work" and "slavery" start to lose their distinction. And most people are complicit with this system. Mechanization does not by any means assure a non-enslaved society. In fact, lots of sci-fi posit societies truly reverting to slavery in the near future. Expanded efficiency in production has not historically resulted in a lighter work load. This all has quite a bit of potential, and I would say something that explores these ideas is more worthwhile to me than another generic Marvel or Star Wars show that Disney contemptuously defecates on us, or a Jon Snow spin-off, which to my mind has virtually no potential. Could it have misfired and just been a grotesque mockery? Maybe, but that's the average show today, and I would have been interested to see if it resulted in something good.
  23. Possibly. I don't know them personally, so this might have been the case. The impression I have of them is that they are highly dedicated individuals who devoted everything they had for 11 years to a show they were passionate about. According to Hilbert, nothing got through Thrones that wasn't first approved by D&D. People pin all the bad of the show on them, but all the good is to their credit too. It's not as simple as mindlessly putting the good source material on screen. So many good works have been adapted into abominations that this clearly requires skill to do so. 11 years is a long time to dedicate your life to a single thing. It had to be demoralizing when Martin completely failed them by not following through on his own duties as an author, so the pressure of completing this vast, sophisticated tale was solely on them. Also, many of the cast were clearly indicating that they wanted to move on. And let's be honest. Fandoms are often cesspools of hiveminded bile. Dealing with that had to be exhausting. A lot fo fans are not satisfied with attacking the work itself: no, insulting the creators is all too common. I wouldn't want to deal with "fans" for all the money in the world. So a lot of factors probably went into the decision to end the show when they did. Could D&D have done things differently, which would have resulted in a better ending? We'll never know. People suggest that the show should have had more seasons. I think the problem was with the writing itself. Martin and D&D seemed to be a magical combination. When Martin catastrophically failed in his duties and left D&D to take care of things, the quality of writing faltered. I think having more of that writing would not have helped. Others suggest bringing on other competent writers. But even that may not have done much. I love Breaking Bad. One of the best writers, Moira Walley-Becket, went on to do her own show, Flesh and Bone, and it is unbelievably awful. And there are other examples of great writers who fumble with a different show. I suspect Lord of the Rings on Amazon will be another example of this. At any rate, lots of factors probably went into the botched ending of GoT. We'll never know what could have been done differently to end it well. I do strongly believe that we'll find the answer isn't "Jon Snow spinoff".
  24. It's interesting that this comment immediately followed DMC's take, which I think is more fair. You really believe that D&D wanted to write a show glorifying slavery? We'll never know, but I disagree that there is any indication that this is what D&D or the Spellmans were going for. Absolutely, I would be very interested in that concept. But that isn't what was being produced. Confederate, which was also an interesting premise, was being produced. Anyway, Zorral, I think we'll have to agree to disagree on this issue, and I don't want to hijack this thread. I had my little rant, it was cathartic, and I'm ready to move on. A debate will change no one's opinion, and Confederate is not going to happen, so it's rather moot.
  25. I just read about that. It wasn't just the idea of D&D, it was also the idea of Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman, who I guess through association are insensitive racists too. Honestly I think it's a shame that this didn't get made. It sounds like a promising show - far more so than most of the unoriginal drek that is fed to audiences right now. The US post victorious Confederacy has many avenues that would be extremely fascinating to explore. But then I find I really like anything that explores alternate timelines. For All Mankind is excellent, and I really like Man in the High Castle (the book, not the show). I suppose people would say the idea is insensitive, but there are those who would say the same of exploring a timeline where Nazi Germany prevailed. How do you determine which idea is acceptably insensitive? Measuring Twitter outrage? But I guess simply not watching a show that one disagrees with is not an option. No one should be allowed to watch the show. It's a very frustrating attitude for me to see. However, it did ultimately result in D&D moving on to Three Body Problem, which has far more potential than even Confederate. So ironically Confederate being killed really worked out well. Edit: Note to Winterfell is Burning - Even though I'm quoting you, a lot of this isn't directed at you. I'm not trying to suggest that you are implying D&D or either of the Spellmans are racist, etc. This became a side rant on a rather unpleasant aspect of society I seem to encounter regularly. All I care about is a story that is intelligently designed, with good characters, ideas, and plot. It stops at that for me: that's all I care about. But right now everything must go through its sensitivity checklist, and in that process so much material that fails on good storytelling makes it through, as if that is not even a consideration anymore. It bothers me, so I had to indulge myself on a little rant.
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