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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    San Junipero feels like it needs a 'sister' episode from the perspective of Wes (or someone like him)..... I loved San Junipero and I guess the season needed a lighter episode, but it feels like there's a much more interesting episode hiding in that dialogue.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    I guess this is what I was getting at when I said it'd probably change if I watched them in a different order, SUaD felt like it was partially retreading White Bear in that it took a vilified part of society and began its story from their perspective. But where White Bear took this point of view of "prison's too good for em" and cranked it to 11 to ask just how much torture you'd be comfortable with these people enduring, SUaD was kind of the same but not quite as extreme. And I just left feeling much the same as I did before about both child sex abuse and 'mob rule' social justice, that they're both (though not necessarily to the same degree) awful. It employed a bad thing to punish a bad person.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    I've seen 1 - 4, and so far it's very, very good but there hasn't been one that's completely knocked me for six like previous seasons. Or maybe it's just that they felt newer and exciting and I've kind of desensitised to the show now. I'm not sure. There's so many shows out there that will depict something unusual and say "oh look we're exploring this issue", and hope that that's enough. Black Mirror immediately raised its own bar by truly exploring issues and putting characters through the ringer with it, and really feeling like it had something to say about each issue.....whereas this season it feels it's slipped slightly back to simply depicting the issues as opposed to commenting on them as such (but only very slightly, and it's still incredible). Take Shut Up and Dance.......it made for horrific viewing, but does it really tell us much about internet blackmail? What's the take-home? Or Playtest; again an excellent hour of television, but other than perhaps 'call your Mum more often', do we come out the other side having enriched our opinions in anyway? And I'm really asking, I've watched them over two days so probably have more digesting to do. White Bear remains my favourite, the way it looked like it was going to be a proto-typical Black Mirror episode (wouldn't it be weird if everyone filmed everything) and then managed to pack its twist and its message and a fairly controversial one at that into one brutal gut punch of an ending. There haven't been any real gut punches for me this season. White Bear The Entire History Of You Be Right Back Fifteen Million Merits White Christmas The National Anthem San Junipero Nosedive Shut Up and Dance Playtest The Waldo Moment But to be honest 1-5 are very close and would probably shuffle around if I rewatched them.
  4. As to your last question, of course it wouldn't. Captain America agrees with you. Except the show got renewed and it had to be about something, so here we are. But taking its existence as given, the Inhumans are perceived as a potential threat. That was the whole arc of the show, that they were practically a new species and could we trust them etc etc. So an organisation famous for allowing the enemy to be secretly running it......hires a guy belonging to the very next threatening group to come along? Nah.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Can I ask a question about Tigana? I've just started Part II, Dianora.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    http://thewertzone.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/where-to-start-guy-gavriel-kay.html?m=1
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    Official Testing Thread

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    Official Testing Thread

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    [TWOW SPOILERS] Theon I, part vi

    Yea it was just a muddled conclusion I'd come to from reading other posts about the chapter without reading it. I think I probably agree that Ramsay under false impressions is most likely. Although I do wonder; is there any reason to suspect he didn't? Why did all the conspiracy theories start, other than the fact it'd be lame if such an important character was unceremoniously killed off through a letter?
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    Official Testing Thread

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    Board Issues 4

    Does anyone know if there's a way to edit the bolded "Quote" text at the top of a quote box? So if I were to post an excerpt from Jaime I aFfC, I could type that into the top so it appeared instead of the word Quote? I thought I'd done it earlier when i pressed delete at the beginning of the quote and it moved to the title line, but I haven't been able to replicate it. I can't remember what the code is to do it, if that would still work?
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    [TWOW SPOILERS] Theon I, part vi

    I finally got round to reading this. I'm working on a combined Feast/Dance/Winds reading order, and I gleaned that this took place before Jon's last chapter so I've put it a few chapters behind it. I was a bit disappointed as I'd heard mention that the Pink Letter theories rested on this chapter, so I was hoping it was gonna prove Stannis wrote it and therefore he was alive and well......well, it's not conclusive. There's a lot of good points to the theory, but I can't shake the lack of motive. Is he trying to get a significant enough army from them to make a difference in the battle? Despite Castle Black not contributing an army to anything other than beyond the wall for thousands of years? Even if they hadn't 'killed' Jon, and had by some miracle agreed to abandon the far greater threat to the North, how far away are they? What's stopping them getting stuck in the same snow that's preventing Stannis from going anywhere? It all seems too elaborate for such an unlikely chance at such a small reward. And the Mance part doesn't quite fit, I don't see any reason to think that Theon found out who Abel was. And I'm not buying that Stannis was in on the switcheroo. He was a deserter, laws should be made of iron, not of pudding. It also seems odd to have such crucial chronology out of order for GRRM, I can only assume the plan was to include the battle but still end the book with Jon's stabbing, and so he had to shuffle things around.
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    Official Testing Thread

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    Official Testing Thread

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    Official Testing Thread

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    How do i find or read sample chapters?

    Is the Alayne chapter still out there, now that Alayne II has replaced it? I can only find links to Martin's site, but the text is copyable, surely someone nabbed it...?
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    How do i find or read sample chapters?

    Dear wise folk of the forum: Does anyone know if the sample chapter on the app is Tyrion I or II? The app says I, but this site says it's II. And could someone confirm that these are the chapters that are released, or at least, are the actual text (I'm assuming Victarion's not from memory, but was actually recorded?) Victarian I: https://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/comments/r1v01/transcript_of_the_excerpt_from_the_victarion/ Alayne I: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/ Arianne I: On the app Barristan I: On the app Theon: On the app Mercy: On the app Tyrion (I? II?) On the app And so Barry II, Tyrion (I? II?), Arianne II, are all chapters that have been read and so there's only second hand descriptions of, right? And that's all of them? ETA: or hold on, is this Arianne II? https://web.archive.org/web/20131028114918/http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/ ETA2: Nope, Arianne I again. The app version just has an additional bit at the beginning so I thought they were different chapters.
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    Board Issues 4

    Is the board always going to have the banner advert along the bottom? It's currently rendering the mobile version somewhat obsolete. One half the width would be fine.
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    Board Issues 4

    Don't know if it's connected, but I usually use Google to search this forum, but no results from the forum show up on a Google search anymore...?
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    Board Issues 4

    I like the I like the new look, just a couple of things: Any idea when the October database might be up? I'm just not sure whether to bother reposting a few things or wait it out. And the mobile skin currently shunts everything over to the left hand side; weirdly on my iPhone, while it's loading it looks fine. Then fully loaded, it compresses to the left. Appreciate all your hard work though guys, I'm sure it's no fun having a bunch of complaints waiting after busting a gut updating the place.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    In the article I read, Channel 4 would still air them first, so I'm not sure what's changed......unless Netflix are co funding? Good news that there's more episodes though.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    I thought it was good how it lured you into thinking it would be funny, but then a lot of the people turned away or didn't watch at all. It kind of morphed from a comedy into a bleak drama, I don't think it could really have made its point if it had stopped short. Also the scenarios only get more abstract, so the realism of them isn't really relevant. The second episode particularly is entirely set in a structure of some kind with no clue at all as to how, where or when any of it is happening. Others seem to be set in the present day but contain impossibly advanced technology.
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