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  1. 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”.
  4. 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).
  8. 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.
  11. 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....
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    Totally agree, worth noting as well that they weren’t specific on how much time had past. I took it to be that Endgame concluded somewhere around the start of the school holidays and then they had the summer to get back to some kind of normality. Nothing particular unbelievable happened for the characters we saw, they would definitely return to school, and we can assume governments and what not are dealing with some heavy shit that isn’t in the remit of this film.
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    Yea I noticed that too. Maybe Talos emphasised it seeing as he was there when it happened.
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    It didn’t need to be his grand plan all along, he may have been trying to up his cred with the fake monsters and then stumbled across the fact that Peter had the glasses.
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    Spiderman: Far From Home, Near to Spoilers

    Really enjoyed Far From Home. Pacing maybe wasn’t quite as tight as Homecoming but I thought it was funny throughout, cast were all on form, really entertaining. Best post credits we’ve had in a long time, one that has massive implications for the third Spider-Man film, and one that has repercussions for everything you just saw and the future MCU. I was kinda looking forward to at least a brief ‘classic Spider-Man’ stint (in Manhattan, dating MJ) but I trust them to go somewhere with this. A few quibbles: the trippy scene in Berlin was a bit out of the blue, mostly because we hadn’t seen any indication that Beck could come up with an elaborate personalised nightmare on the fly. To borrow so heavily from Peter’s own insecurities, like the Homecoming suit? How would he know this stuff? It seemed more like he’d drugged him than fooled him with VR. They seemed to be going for a ‘minor baddies teamup’ that just totally ran out of steam. “For it is I, the man behind the curtain you didn’t see in Civil War! And him, from Iron Man! And her, from ... uh ... I dunno! And some other people! Yea!” I was relieved they didn’t do any crass stereotypes of the countries they visited ... right up until Holland. Not sure why they suddenly went Eurotrip for that bit. What was up with the second teacher? It felt like they suddenly realised late in the game that they’d never go on a trip with one teacher and had to hastily write him in, and he was very comfortably the least funny part of the movie.
  17. I don’t think you missed anything, they just haven’t made it clear yet. We know that the cave can take you forward or back 33 years from 2019/20, but we don’t know how long the loops actually are. I’m thinking that maybe they’re a year and half, which would take you through the events of both seasons. So that Season 3 could potentially open exactly as Season 1 did, and we see a replaying of events that we’ve seen but with an added alt-Martha curveball. I still don’t really know how I feel about their version of time travel, with everything happening because it has to happen because it’s already happened. On the one hand, it’d be so easy to test if you had a mind to. Who’s alive in the future? Jonas? Great, kill Jonas. Theory disproved. Or less drastically, make a mark on the cave entrance that you can see isn’t there in the future. What happens exactly to prevent you from doing that? Secondly, if those were indeed the rules, why is anyone putting any effort into anything? If everything is preordained, then just fuck off down the pub and let things be. But Adam and Claudia obviously have agendas, they clearly take actions for some reason, which implies that things can go wrong if they didn’t. Which is why I’m clinging to my ‘multiple loops’ thing - that things can be different, but there’s so many iterations of the loop that certain people know what can happen and how to manipulate things. Sadly, the Charlotte-Elisabeth-Charlotte lineage puts pay to it I think. I don’t see how there can be a ‘first loop’ in that scenario. Unless once upon a loop Charlotte had a different mother but same father, then had Elisabeth, then Elisabeth went back in time and had a kid with that father, and by staggering coincidence passed on the exact 50% of genes that she’d received from her mother, thus producing the exact same person. Strongly doubt they’ll go that route.
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    Board games!

    Too late, I got it. I deliberated a little, but Firestorm Cards lost a different game and offered me £10 off when they already the cheapest, so I got it brand new for £100. And got compensated for the lost game, obviously. I’m really enjoying it so far, I think about it quite a lot between games which is always a good sign. I like how much each scenario feels like a new game. I’m also massively loving the app, it cuts out soooo much admin.
  19. Complete season 2 spoilers:
  20. There is a season one recap on Netflix, I don’t think it auto-plays when you start season two.
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    MCUniverse: Phase Four and Beyond(er) **maybe spoilers**

    DaveSumm swoops in on seemingly unsupported webbing to bring the thread back to its proper place: time travel stuff! Nah, Widow’s death is permanent. Otherwise it’d be a rubbish trade: you could gather the other stones first, snap half the universe right there, then immediately trade it back for whoever you sacrificed. Widow is perma-dead, Gamora-who-remembers-the-Guardians-films is perma-dead. And I’d be shocked if Evans is ever in the MCU again.
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    MCUniverse: Phase Four and Beyond(er) **maybe spoilers**

    This is kinda why I want Endgame to beat Avatar, it’s more anti-Avatar sentiment than pro-Endgame. The film was so average, minus the visuals. Even now, very few people have a decent 3D television so that was all it really was - see these awesome visuals now, or never.
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    MCUniverse: Phase Four and Beyond(er) **maybe spoilers**

    Maybe it’ll beat Avatar after all... https://comicbook.com/marvel/2019/06/19/avengers-endgame-theatrical-re-release-extra-footage-kevin-feige/
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