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    Succession Season 2 - Full Spoilers

    I love this show, you’re right though I don’t see a great deal of discussion about it. On paper I don’t normally go for shows with no likeable characters, but this is just so masterfully done. Each sibling has their own unique awfulness, a fledgling personality that’s crushed between their conflicting feelings of utter hatred and devout worship for their Dad. I keep catching myself feeling sorry for Ken this season, then suddenly realising he’s an awful, awful human being.
  2. Haven’t seen this mentioned so maybe this isn’t on the cards, but would Sony not do a film with Holland where they don’t really mention MCU properties, but also don’t do anything to imply that it isn’t still the MCU? And then he bumps into Venom, and maybe sets up some Sinister Six stuff, thus Sony have stealthily got their characters in (what a lot of general audience members would assume is) the MCU? That’d be shit. Agents of SHIELD style sorta-in-sorta-out, yuck.
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    Best Sitcom Episodes Ever

    I think if I had to pick a Simpsons episode, Homer skipping church is just a joy from start to finish. ”Is that....?” The penny: “Mmm hmmm....” ”I found ... A PENNY!”
  4. I follow the Dark subreddit, and it’s mostly “could x be y’s parent/child?”. I’m actually hoping they dial it back for the third season, although I doubt I’ll get my wish. I love Dark, but I don’t find it all that clever to just gradually reveal crazy time travel lineages. This is why I didn’t care for Predestination, it’s really obvious from the outset that it’s gonna contain twists, the only question is how far they’ll go with it. It’s also why I don’t think Dark will hold up all that well on multiple rewatches. Second rewatch? Sure. (Check out the scene where Elisabeth kisses her mother goodbye at school in the first season, they knew about that part 100%.) But so many scenes are only good for what revelations there are about the plot, I can’t think of any scenes that are great simply because the acting and writing is great. Not that they’re bad, but does Dark have a root beer from DS9 conversation? A ‘fuck fuck fuck’ scene like the Wire? Once we’ve seen the third season and we know everything, and we’ve rewatched to check out all the clues, I don’t think there’s much there that will keep me coming back.
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    Netflix's The OA: Part II

    It seems integral to Netflix now, but I do wonder why they decided to always drop 100% of a series at once. Surely releasing a 12-13 episode series weekly guarantees at least 3 months subscription from a viewer of that show? And slightly reduces the gap between seasons?
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    Netflix's The OA: Part II

    People always rush to blame the network, but they’re just companies like any other. They have to make money, and we can assume the ratings for season 2 were poor. We can’t expect charity from them to keep making our favourite things. I am really disappointed after the season 2 finale (hopefully the end sees the light of day, maybe a comic book or whatever) but my instinct is always “it’s a shame nobody watched this” rather than “Netflix are stupid”.
  7. I’ll always remember Alistair Campbell on Question Time asked about why the Tories are so successful: because they’re ruthless bastards. They had a very clear talking point between 2010 and 2016: the debt we inherited, the debt we inherited, the debt we inherited. Meanwhile, Labour memorably ummed and arred their way through those years and essentially conceded the point (do yourself a favour and look up UK debt between 2010 and 2016 under Cameron). Their new mantra, and it’s one that cuts through all the party infighting quite effectively, is that a Prime Minister Corbyn would destroy the universe. And you know what? It’ll fucking work. People will have some vague sense that it’s irresponsible to vote Labour and stick with the party who are ‘good at governing’. Eventually there will be a general election and Boris will win it.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Speaking of the JJ verse, did anyone see this? https://comicbook.com/startrek/2019/07/22/star-trek-quentin-tarantino-chris-pine-kelvin-timeline/ It’s ... kinda weird to see this little regard for what’s actually going on in Star Trek.
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    MCUniverse: Phase Four and Beyond(er) **maybe spoilers**

    We know Portman can act, so I’m hoping Waititi can do something with her.
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    Board games!

    Just reporting in to declare that I have played literally nothing but Gloomhaven since my last post. Played 17 times in three weeks. (It’s awesome).
  11. That’s awesome, I’ve been thinking the same thing that you need two dimensions of time to properly discuss this stuff. One dimension of the regular time (53/86/19) and one to make sense of the idea of ‘subsequent’ loops/cycles. To be subsequent, it has to come after, but it obviously isn’t chronologically ‘after’. I’m rewatching the first season, at first I thought they’d just stopped bothering with the lights flickering / birds dying effects of the cave. But in episode 3 Hannah and Ulrich sit at the bus stop in 86 and say “maybe it’s the apocalypse”. It’s possible that Clausen causes the apocalypse by opening the barrel, but it’s repercussions are felt in the ‘immediate’ meta-afterwards if you will, i.e, at the beginning of the cycle in each time frame. So in linear time, that day at the bus stop is in November 86, but in meta-time, it’s the day after the apocalypse. The birds are seen with with white specks on them which was seen at Chernobyl, but I’m not sure if that’s implying this apocalypse or possibly the effects of actual Chernobyl travelling through from 86.
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    Considering he knew what the plan was when he designed the suit, it would’ve been cool if he’d added a mode where the eyes just completely black out and he goes in blind.
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    Oh man, Gyllenhaal in the first half was just soooo likeable. I knew there was a twist coming, but damn if they didn’t do a good job of making Peter giving him the glasses believable.
  14. I think it’s confirmed that there’s one, but we see it at various points in the machines life.
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    MCUniverse: Phase Four and Beyond(er) **maybe spoilers**

    Now that’d be some retcon....