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  1. Summer Bass

    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I loved that the scanners were in the cowboy hats. I'm not sure what the significance of Clementine being programmed with a "make the hosts kill each other" code is supposed to be. Aren't they already going to overpower the hosts with their firepower? Is is just that they have some control over the system again? I am glad that Elsie lives again . . . for now. Didn't see her in the "flash forward" timeline, so who knows. I know I would have said, "Elsie NOOOO!" if Bernard had killed her.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Teddy had a great scene to go out on. I liked that he did manage to ultimately break free from Dolores, and died himself rather than either as an enslaved host or Dolores' reprogrammed servant. It definitely felt like this episode was layering on that Dolores & Gang were meant to be the sacrifice to destroy the Cradle and Forge so that the hosts Ford admired could get free (just like how Dolores was the sacrifice that Arnold used to destroy the hosts and himself in the hopes of stopping the park). Ford's line about Maeve being his favorite child that he hoped to get out of there, Teddy's bit, and the Ghost Nation's lines. So we got one episode left to destroy the Forge, flood the inland sea, and have . . . . somebody (or somebodies) get off the island. Probably not, but maybe William's insane toughness is hereditary.
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    Chris Hardwick (of Nerdist) to be fired--from everything?

    Dykstra said she has other proof in case Hardwick decides to go beyond denial to lawsuits. I guess we'll see how this all shakes out, and if there are any other women he was shitty towards.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Well, if sorcery scars the World, then aporetic sorcery has to be holy because it un-scars it. Mimara just had to unlock its full power. Given the real threat of damnation and the awareness that schools like the Mandate and Scarlet Spires have of it, I feel like they haven't put enough creativity and effort into trapping their souls to avoid it. Or even just figuring out how to destroy their souls with sorcery, since a single searing burst of pain is much better than an eternity of it.
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    Welcome to Jurassic Park!

    I'd go look at a dino-chicken with a snout and tail. I bet you could even sell them as novelty pets, and of course they could still be fat and juicy enough to be eaten (and they'd lay eggs you could consume as well).
  6. Summer Bass

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I don't get the impression that Bakker really wanted to get into the details of chorae more than he had to. They're a compensating detail to explain why sorcerers don't just rule the Three Seas outright (especially since they already effectively rule High Ainon with the Scarlet Spires through their proxy).
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    I saw Ocean's 8 in theater today. It was entertaining for the first two-thirds of it, when they're pulling off the heist. The last third of it drags on too long, and feels a bit strange. The biggest problem is that despite getting some excellent actresses and famous people for the parts, they're just not very memorable - they don't interact too much with each other, there's not much personal conflict or anything to make them memorable beyond their parts in the scheme, etc. I don't remember the names of all the protagonists in the Ocean's 11 movie from 2001, but I could easily describe them and how they relate to the other characters in addition to their roles. It felt kind of "small" too. Maybe because they're "only" stealing a valuable necklace off of someone, not doing something ridiculously big like breaking into an impenetrable vault involving an EMP, or causing fake earthquakes with a drilling machines.
  8. Summer Bass

    Unpopular Opinions, Part Deux

    Cakes > Rice Krispy Treats > Doughnuts > Cookies. Ketchup is an excellent condiment to dip your burger in, not slather it on as a topping. Mayonnaise is vile, awful, and slimy. I have no idea why it's a popular condiment at all. Steak fries are the most delicious fries. They are far better than those inexplicably popular skinny fries. The only thing that comes close to matching steak fries in quality is a good pile of well-cooked potato wedges (cooked enough to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - nothing ruins a potato wedge like a soft exterior and firm potato-y interior). Dry rub seasoning is better than bbq sauce seasoning on steaks and ribs. Diet soda is tastier than regular soda. Regular soda is too sweet. Almost every restaurant with General Tso's chicken screws it up by adding too much batter, and by making the sauce both too sweet and too pepper-y. I can only think of a handful of places with General Tso's Chicken that get it delicious.
  9. Summer Bass

    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I think the audience was always going to cool on Dolores once she shifted from merely breaking free to hoping for world conquest.
  10. Summer Bass

    Welcome to Jurassic Park!

    Horner's been fiddling with this for years. I doubt it will amount to more than creating an unusual chicken with a toothy snout and a tail.
  11. Summer Bass

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Who knows? It's a good idea regardless. And it makes it all much more dark comedy.
  12. Summer Bass

    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Given what was said about Shogun World being more intense, I bet they're programmed to potentially give flesh wounds and slow-speed, shallow arrow wounds to guests. Nothing that couldn't be healed completely with their level of medical tech within a few hours, but enough to draw blood and make it seem more intense. We know they can basically heal cutting wounds completely without scarring using a hand tool.
  13. Summer Bass

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I do like the idea that the No-God being felled by the Heron Spear was actually a false memory, and it was felled some other way - or simply died without any obvious explanation to those involved. That seems like the type of explanation that Bakker would like, that "Heron Spear defeated the No-God" was just a rationalization put on a random event because the alternative was terrifying. *Sigh* I wish he had just gone the Disenchantment Route with Mimara and the Judging Eye. That would have been better.
  14. Summer Bass

    All things Star Wars

    Windu was bending the lightning back on to him with his lightsaber (the novelization had something else about how Windu's unique lightsaber style involved channeling the Dark Side from its users back at them, but that's no longer canon now). That part of the fight actually is pretty cool, but the rest is a disaster. I've read from folks who supposedly know their swordsmanship who said it was a mess compared to the lightsaber duel in The Phantom Menace and especially anything from the Old Trilogy. I do like why the scene occurred. It's the culmination of Palpatine's plot to destroy the Jedi: bait them into a coup attempt that can be used to outlaw them, force Anakin to turn against his Order violently and potentially make the commitment to be a Sith then and there. It was just incredibly poorly executed. Obi-Wan vs Anakin could have been good, if not for the atrocious dialogue. There's some good in there - Obi-Wan is constantly giving ground to Anakin because he simply doesn't have the power to fight him to a stand-still, etc. It needed more build, and should have started off with Anakin/Vader more amiable but getting more frustrated and angry the longer the fight goes until he's making mistakes that Obi-Wan can exploit. Yoda vs Palpatine had too much lightsaber. Other than that, it was on a good track - a fight between them should be an absolute whirlwind of destruction, full of lightning and Force-manipulated debris. The Revenge of the Sith novelization was probably the best Star Wars book, period. It's a huge disappointment that all of the novelizations got nixed as part of the change-over.
  15. Summer Bass

    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I'd forgotten, but apparently Ford programmed Ake to be curious and wander around. Presumably that's why he didn't draw any attention, and as long as he didn't die they never bothered to upgrade him. For sure. I think he was supposed to be referring to Ake in the Season One finale when he talked about a people who "could change".