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  1. I have actually enjoyed the last couple episodes more, not because they're better but I just couldn't stand the actors from the first episodes. But yes, the fracturing of the story makes the series not hold the weight like BOB had, I doubt BOB will ever be matched. If they had chosen to follow a single squadron we may have gotten more of that feel but since they are supposed to be showing all of the Masters of Air to us that family feel gets lost.

    The POW camp part seems like a waste on a show called Master of Air, just my opinion. I understand it was a big part of the experience for fliers but I feel like if they spent all the time being used on the POW camps back in the air it would be a better show. More focus on the fighters and bombers and any new techniques they did to turn the tide and win the war.

  2. I watched most of the show, it's the one awards show I still watch.  My wife got home right after it ended and her first question was, did Billie Eilish sing yet, I wanna see her.  So there is something to her for my wife to want to see her perform, we are 50+ years old.  We both watched Oppenheimer, Holdovers and Flowers Moon and agreed Opp was the better movie and felt shorter then Flowers. We also both have no intention on rewatching any of them, whatever that says about them / us.

    When Pacino came on and did whatever he did I felt a little sorry for him and more so for the nominees, has anything been said if he was ill or just age? I didn't read this whole thread so apologies if it was mentioned up thread.

    p.s. It was nice to see the show not take itself so seriously for once. Cena coming out like he did was refreshing since the Oscars usually seem really uptight and full of themselves as a show.

    p.s.s. Did anyone catch Emma Stones reaction when Jimmy made the comment about the Poor Things clip, "that was all of the movie we could show without blurring it"... the camera went to her and it seemed to me she was pissed, probably tired of all the attention the nude scenes have gotten.

  3. 9 hours ago, drawkcabi said:

    Also, no one asked for it, but I have a penchant for lists so here is my totally subjective, U.S. centric, personalized list top 10 favorite comedies of all time:

    1. The Office (U.S.)

    2. Community

    3. MASH

    4. Taxi

    5. Barney Miller

    6. Newsradio

    7. Frasier

    8. All in the Family

    9. Parks and Recreation

    10. Arrested Development



    My list as I look at it isn't necessarily the best comedies, groundbreaking or whatever. Just what I like and what I like to watch in reruns as well. 

    Tier 1 - will watch most episodes if they are on and I'm killing time

    Friends, Big Bang, Seinfeld, Two and a half Men (Sheen episodes only)

    Tier 2 - Shows I used to watch a lot of but don't stop on when channel surfing

    HIMYM, Married w Children, Home Improvement, That 70's Show, Silicon Valley, Cheers, 

    Tier 3 shows I remember more from childhood, some were already in reruns and probably should watch again

    Wonder Years, Sanford and Son, Good Times,  Happy Days, Cosby Show, Night Court, Different Strokes, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Barney Miller

    There are a lot that I just never watched that I heard are great. Arrested Development, It's always Sunny, The Office (tried a few episodes) etc.

  4. 1 hour ago, Werthead said:

    It is interesting looking at which US sitcoms where actually huge in the UK. Friends and Frasier were #1 and #2 and probably still are. Seinfeld was nowhere. I suspect more people have watched it in the last two years since its been on Netflix in the UK than in the entire period before that since 1991 when the BBC showed the first couple of seasons. Cheers did okay in the 1980s but is relatively obscure now. How I Met Your Mother is a cult thing, at best.

    The Big Bang Theory was reasonably big-ish, and Will & Grace back in the day. Brooklyn Nine Nine was a modest success, but Parks & Recreation is almost unknown. The Good Place is probably even more obscure (but to be fair had a short run). The US Office does reasonably well, but in terms of profile and discussion I think people still bring up the UK version more. Modern Family has a pretty small following, but isn't totally unknown.

    There's a whole sub-remit of Channels 4 and 5 and their various channels and streaming equivalents which are packed with US filler sitcoms that nobody ever mentions anywhere else (Two Broke GirlsTwo and a Half Men etc).

    Two and a Half Men, Seinfeld, Big Bang, and Friends are my four go to time killers. Two and a half men only when Sheen was on it, never ever Kutcher.

  5. 4 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

    I'm actually wondering if the Nostromo wasn't the first ship that The Company sent to investigate the alien craft.  The reason for that is

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    We know The Company had advance knowledge of the alien craft, because they replaced the Science Officer with Ash.  But how did they know the alien was dangerous?  Was Ash just a contingency, and there's a real possibility that the crew goes to the alien craft, finds nothing of interest, and leaves?  Or had some other ship been sent there and failed to return, cluing in the Company that there was something potentially dangerous (and valuable) there? 

    Another thing that was interesting to me on the rewatch was Dallas as a character.  Tom Skerritt/Ridley Scott made some surprising choices with his character.  He seems like someone who used to be a go-getter, but somehow ended up as captain of a long haul freighter (not exactly a plum-job).  He is perpetually exhausted and irritable.  He defers to others in most circumstances and just retires to his chamber to listen to classical music.  When Cain dies he asks if anyone wants to say anything, and then when no one does he just blasts him out to space.  Just a brutal non-funeral for a crewmember, particularly one that they were joking with just a few hours ago.  Overall I wouldn't say Dallas is a bad man, or even makes any particularly stupid decisions, but he is a very poor leader in this situation.

    Very clear case of being burned out.

  6. 2 minutes ago, polishgenius said:


    The north is rocky, the south isn't. That's another thing they could have spelled out I suppose but at the same time, I feel like the movie makes pretty clear that 'open sand is dangerous, rocks mean safety' in regards to worms without saying it.

    No, I get that but there are  hundreds or thousands of miles of open sand dunes shown in the mid and north and yet they land ships there. 

    Hey I have tons of experience with under ground desert worms and avoiding them by using rocks and vibrations, I've watched a couple of the Tremors movies! I assume the graboids in Tremors were a pretty direct rip off of Dune.

  7. 1 hour ago, Ser Rodrigo Belmonte II said:

    @dbunting they shot them at the rocks because :

    1) They wanted the emperor and his retinue alive

    2) They destroyed the mountains to remove the protection the city had against winds and also to spur a sandstorm in the direction of the city so the Fremen and the worms could camouflage their attack amidst the chaos. The sardukar soldiers were also blinded by it.

    Shooting at ships and other parts of the fortress that were potentially shielded could’ve also caused more harm to both sides than any good.

    Both of these reasons were clearly mentioned in the film by Paul,not sure what the issue is here


    Your other points about Feyd are understandable but I’ll just say one thing - the movie changed his character and made him much more psychotic and terrifying than he was presented in the books. In them he’s just a playboy who tries to cheat in the final fight against Paul and only gets Dune as a post because the baron is sexually attracted to him (yeah books are a lot weirder), so him dying the same way in the books is easier to digest than the movie.

    1. Ok, that made enough sense

    2. Somewhat reasonable and yes it was mentioned but if you don't know using the nukes on people is forbidden then it makes zero sense.

    The convenient shield thing again. Man those shields are great and useless. Much like shields in all sci fi I guess.


    Remember, I am not invested in this at all. I'm just giving an opinion as an outsider who watched the movie.

  8. 1 hour ago, polishgenius said:

    I would say the 'just land there from space' thing is pretty easily handwavable- where would you land a spaceship that it wouldn't immediately get eaten by a sandworm. 


    How do you land them anywhere and not get eaten? Also, who says they have to land. The battle scene clearly showed the ship was in the air while firing upon the mountain temple.


  9. Can someone explain the whole can't user lasers or guns in the desert? I must've missed it in the first movie. As I was watching Part 2 I was like man wtf aren't they just shooting instead of going hand to hand? Then you have the helicopter things that are shooting and the ship that shoots the mountain over the Freman secret city, and it's confusing why some shoot and they clearly have the technology to do it but they don't do it more often????

  10. Man I don't remember Ross being cheap in the show. Yes he wanted his shirt back but it was his favorite Salmon shirt. IDK, I was usually blinded by Rachel so...

    Ross was definitely the most unlikeable. The first couple seasons he was so annoying, all the constant whining and moaning and the damn monkey. Joey and Chandlers friendship was the best thing about the show for me. Well that and Jennifer Aniston.

  11. 20 hours ago, Jaxom 1974 said:

    Agree to diasgree. HIMYM is (except for the last 30 minutes of the show) entirely more re-watchable than Friends.  HIMYM's ability to maintain its internal timeline and consistency is remarkable. It's use of running gags was a highlight. One of it's est gags was it's piss take on Friends during the second season.  Ultimately, it's a personal choice for everyone, but I'll always take HIMYM over Friends.


    Except that Friends is still being watched more than HIMYM and always will be, it still finds new fans. I like both and think the writing on HIMYM was better, but if both were on this afternoon I'd probably pick Friends to watch. See the snip below. HIMYM didn't even do those ratings when airing live.

    How many views does Friends still get?
    Yet Friends' popularity seems to be on the rise. Between its various syndicated airings, the show still draws a weekly audience of 16 million in the U.S., a big enough viewership to make it a viable hit on current network TV (and that's not even including streaming).

  12. I'm not a big Dune fan at all, never saw the other movie way back and never read a book so I am just not getting this.

    Over all it was an ok movie. The scenes I enjoyed the most were on the other planet with the pale bald people, those scenes were cool as hell, the way it was filmed, the black sun etc. The introduction of this psycho killer and letting us know he will be unleashed was a hell of a set up. For me this was the best part of the movie.

    Unfortunately the payoff sucks ass.  We get one scene where a ship is shooting at the rocks presumably at his command, and how the they just now find out they were under there btw? Then we get his fight scene where he dies. That's it. All that build up and he is killed basically the next time we see him? What an absolute waste.

    This whole southern pole b.s. OMG we know they are down there but there are sandstorms in a ring around it protecting it so we will do nothing. You travel through space, IDK maybe land a ship from space there, bypassing the oh so horrible sand storms? Or fly over them? Man this plot hole killed me.

    Another issue. They introduce these 92 atomic weapons that every great house has.  It appears in the last battle that they fired three of them. AT THE ROCKS.  Why not fire more and IDK maybe at the enemy forces, and ships and the fortress? Maybe you save thousands of your people who needlessly died in hand to hand combat.

    All this said and I'll probably see the next one in theaters because I love big sci-fi action movies on large screens.

  13. Finished S3 of Slow Horses . Overall this is a very good series that is easily binged. You could get an entire season in about 3 hours, I almost did.  S3 did go a little farther into an absurd situation. 


    Obviously the whole go kill unarmed MI5 agents is way over the top. At least they showed us a few of the storm troopers questioning the orders and hesitating.

    Looking forward to S4.

  14. 17 hours ago, 3CityApache said:

    Bugger, have I already forgotten so much? Can't figure out what you're talking about here.

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    What bomb on a plane? Who would be alive?




    Cartwright was at the airfield and the Russians made him think they put the diesel fuel and whatever else that was on the plane. Made sure to talk about the entire plan while he was on the floor and left a phone there so he could call in the September alert.

    S3 Slow Horses, only watched one episode today and it was a good one again. I don't really have a single character or actor on the show that I truly dislike so that makes this so much more enjoyable. One thing that begs a question.


    What do countries do with retired spies who know a LOT, like Cartwright and they develop dementia like he seems to be doing?  I hate to say it but I am pretty sure they would kill him.

    They mention Cartwrights parents every season, hopefully James Earl Jones doesn't have a cameo, or a voice over in a future episode. If you know you know.

  15. Finished S2 of Slow Horses, another really good season.  Really surprised by the death in Ep3, shouldn't be based on the premise of the show, but still. 


    Kinda had the whole bomb on the plane thing figured out, why else would he be alive if not to pass the info on to someone else. Wasn't sure why, didn't know the endgame though.

    On to S3, ep2 already.   And joy!


    Spider is dead for real this time! 


  16. Finished S1 of Slow Horses and I really enjoyed it for a few reasons. I like the pacing, around 40 min episodes and the whole season was just six episodes. I also liked the actors in this compared to say True Detective Night Country where I found the lead character just annoying. The other thing that was nice is that this was somewhat grounded in reality. You could see this scenario play out in real life and it wouldn't be shocking, so it's how the characters act with each other that carries the show, not over the top chases and death defying scenarios.

  17. 42 minutes ago, DMC said:

    So the official cap number for the 2024 season came out today at $255.4 million.  That's over a $30 million increase from last year and about $12 million more than what everybody projected as recently as a week ago.

    This is great news for the Niners.  They actually should be able to improve their roster for at least this coming season without undertaking a ton of restructures.  Hitting on this draft is still vital, but these increases should keep their window open a lot longer if they can continue developing talent as ShanaLynch have throughout their tenure.

    Great news for the FA's this year too.  There will be a week of nutso spending to kick off free agency.

  18. 6 hours ago, TheLastWolf said:

    Beat me ot it.

    I sincerely hope they acknowledge and learn from their shortcomings, but it sold, so not much hopes rested.

    Will wait out the next season completely before deciding to plunge or not.

    Why would they learn when according to the article this season was the most successful? It was probably better than I give it credit for, I was soured right off the bat and it tainted my viewing.

    I hope it's a new fresh "mystery" again so I can start w a clean slate.

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