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Just got around to watching Wonder Woman on the HBO.  Thought it was fun, good stuff from the main characters, and nice twist for the climax I honestly didn't see coming.  Nothing special, and the first act is pretty ridiculous, compounded by excessive exposition of the ridiculous backstory, but pretty much exactly what I expected.

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Black Mirror S4
This was probably the most disappointing season of the series for me overall. Half of the episodes (Crocodile, Arkangel, and Metalhead) had me actually bored. As a Star Trek fan I loved the season opener with "U.S.S. Callister," probably my favorite episode of the season. "Hang the DJ" was interesting and had great performances, but lacked a certain gravitas that it needed to be something as great as "San Junipero" from S3. And "Black Museum" felt like something that'd be a series finale; I'm not sure if like how it tried to weave together the "Black Mirror Universe" or not. I liked that it was previously sort of vague if these stories were connected.

A.P. Bio
I often don't find shows/films about teaching very entertaining and usually avoid them. They're often wildly unrealistic and frustrating for me to watch as teachers are either portrayed as selfish and incompetent for laughs or superhuman in their capacity for selflessness and devotion for those drama feels. However, I watched the first three episodes of A.P. Bio and the overall blatant absurdity of the premise (a disgraced former Harvard professor teaches one class--ONE--at his Mid-western hometown highschool) and the bombastic narcissism of Glenn Howerton's character (a version of Dennis from Always Sunny in Philadelphia that somehow taught at Harvard) coupled with a solid comedic supporting cast led by Patton Oswald had me laughing. Looks like 'm in the minority though as it's gotten poor marks from critics and in the ratings. I hope it can find an audience and at least make it through a whole season.

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8 hours ago, dmc515 said:

Just got around to watching Wonder Woman on the HBO.  Thought it was fun, good stuff from the main characters, and nice twist for the climax I honestly didn't see coming.  Nothing special, and the first act is pretty ridiculous, compounded by excessive exposition of the ridiculous backstory, but pretty much exactly what I expected.

Because the twist was bullshit.

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14 hours ago, Pony Queen Jace said:

I knew you belonged in a tree.

Side by side with you.

13 hours ago, Pony Queen Jace said:

@Tywin et al.

Cloverfield movie getting ripped by everyone else who watched it.

I ripped it too, as well as my cousin who is in the movie and works for Bad Robot.

I tried watching it again last night. I usually find that movies can get better on a second viewing. This one got a lot worse.

 

 

On a different note, is the original Westworld worth watching? I’m asking because I’m finally getting around to watching the HBO series.

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10 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

On a different note, is the original Westworld worth watching? I’m asking because I’m finally getting around to watching the HBO series.

It’s nowhere near as good as the show. I watched it after S1 and thought it felt a bit dated. 

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

On a different note, is the original Westworld worth watching? I’m asking because I’m finally getting around to watching the HBO series.

It's a 1970s B movie, watch at your own risk.  If you have very low expectations it will probably entertain you and you can see the most basic skeleton of the show.

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5 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

 

 

 

On a different note, is the original Westworld worth watching? I’m asking because I’m finally getting around to watching the HBO series.

Yes, because Yul Brenner's the shit!

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7 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

Side by side with you.

I ripped it too, as well as my cousin who is in the movie and works for Bad Robot.

I tried watching it again last night. I usually find that movies can get better on a second viewing. This one got a lot worse.

 

 

On a different note, is the original Westworld worth watching? I’m asking because I’m finally getting around to watching the HBO series.

WATCH WESTWORLD NOWWWWW

IT'S SOSOOOOOOO GUUUUD

JACE WILL WATCH WITH YOU!!!!!

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8 hours ago, Nictarion said:

It’s nowhere near as good as the show. I watched it after S1 and thought it felt a bit dated. 

Interesting, good to know. I figured it would be hard to portray the movie like the show over 40 years ago.

7 hours ago, Cas Stark said:

It's a 1970s B movie, watch at your own risk.  If you have very low expectations it will probably entertain you and you can see the most basic skeleton of the show.

My wheelhouse baby!

3 hours ago, Astromech said:

Yes, because Yul Brenner's the shit!

That would be the main reason I watch it. Loved him in The Ten Commandments. I also need to see the Magnificent Seven. 

46 minutes ago, Pony Queen Jace said:

WATCH WESTWORLD NOWWWWW

IT'S SOSOOOOOOO GUUUUD

JACE WILL WATCH WITH YOU!!!!!

Jace is making moves on Valentine's Day!

:P

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2 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Interesting, good to know. I figured it would be hard to portray the movie like the show over 40 years ago.

My wheelhouse baby!

That would be the main reason I watch it. Loved him in The Ten Commandments. I also need to see the Magnificent Seven. 

Jace is making moves on Valentine's Day!

:P

Is it V day? How about that.

Seriously, I'll do a rewatch schedule with you on WW

It's my FAVORITE THING

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15 hours ago, Pony Queen Jace said:

Is it V day? How about that.

Seriously, I'll do a rewatch schedule with you on WW

It's my FAVORITE THING

I wanted to watch the movie first, but I got home too late, so I watched episode 1 instead.

The opening scene had me hooked!

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Doing a speed and skip rewatch of Star Trek: TNG, skimming/skipping the lousy episodes only spending full time on the ones I really like.

The comparison has been made before by others but it's just so apt and almost eerie to observe when keeping it in mind:

Wolf 359 for the Federation is the equivalent of 9/11 for the U.S.

For a show with a reputation built on "message" episodes and sci-fi plot lines analogous to current events it's spooky that "The Best of Both Worlds" episodes in particular and just the entire Borg story arcs and general feelings in the Federation in general they got so spot on when they weren't even trying to do it that time, when in fact it was done on the show a decade before 9/11 in reality.

Again, it wasn't planned to be this way, anything but planned really, but it's how it happened. Seasons 1 & 2 you had the Federation and Starfleet completely arrogant. So sure in their righteousness and evolved state that they could tackle any problems and difficulties they encountered and not only triumph but triumph while not compromising their ethics. They were so self-assured.

All the while you have these attacks along the neutral zone (while we had embassy bombings in the late 90's).

Then the U.S.S. Enterprise (by way of Q) encounters The Borg for the first time and only gets out of it by asking Q to get them out of there and there was some loss of crew for the encounter. But it was still kind of far off, at least a year and a half away by fastest warp. (in the real world, when the U.S.S. Cole is attacked can be kind of analogous.)

Then Wolf 359. It wasn't a surprise attack. Starfleet knew they were coming, but the sheer devastation and turmoil it caused no one was prepared for.

Then you get seasons of TNG and even heading into DS9 with a decidedly different Federation. They are shaken. Their confidence is gone. They start to get paranoid. There are witch hunts and attempted coups. Any subsequent conflict can no longer be measured simply by "we will do what is right" but now the risk and danger and how strong they are all come into question and sometimes decisions are made not because it's right but because it's what they feel they need to do to survive (Cardassian Border Treaty which leads to The Maquis).

This only gets worse as the Dominion War and the second Borg attack falls upon them, the tough decisions that must be made, at best it's a testing of their "perfect" society, at worst it's their annihilation, in the end it's a deconstruction and realignment of it.

Re-watching all this and thinking of politics/current events today...it's interesting.

 

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On 2/13/2018 at 10:35 PM, dmc515 said:

Just got around to watching Wonder Woman on the HBO.  Thought it was fun, good stuff from the main characters, and nice twist for the climax I honestly didn't see coming.  Nothing special, and the first act is pretty ridiculous, compounded by excessive exposition of the ridiculous backstory, but pretty much exactly what I expected.

I watched it last night with my wife and feel the same.  It was good for what it was, but I feel that way about pretty much every superhero movie that's come out over the last decade except for Nolan's Batman films.  I really don't understand the extreme feelings people have (good & bad) around these films.  I seem to be able to enjoy all of them for what they are, entertaining action films, which WW hits on pretty nicely.

I will say that some of the CGI in it was pure crap.

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43 minutes ago, aceluby said:

I watched it last night with my wife and feel the same.  It was good for what it was, but I feel that way about pretty much every superhero movie that's come out over the last decade except for Nolan's Batman films.  I really don't understand the extreme feelings people have (good & bad) around these films.  I seem to be able to enjoy all of them for what they are, entertaining action films, which WW hits on pretty nicely.

I will say that some of the CGI in it was pure crap.

Didn't know you got married. I remember talking to you in 2015 and 2016 and it was...different back then.

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35 minutes ago, Red Tiger said:

Didn't know you got married. I remember talking to you in 2015 and 2016 and it was...different back then.

I did!  Last summer and it's been an absolute joy :)

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7 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

I wanted to watch the movie first, but I got home too late, so I watched episode 1 instead.

The opening scene had me hooked!

Never saw the movie, but the show is TOP SHELF awesomesauce.

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