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#1247376
Topic
Doctor Who
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Where I was, BBCA showed the credits, but they were in a tiny tiny window in the corner, with no sound, and so fast that there was no possible way one could read them.

What I assume was an otherwise cliffhanger ending was totally ruined by the sudden cutaway to some pumped-up insert, followed by a total lack of clarity that the episode was over. By the time I happened to notice that credits were running in the corner, a lot of time had passed and I assumed I had missed something.

Basically, the episode was great, while the presentation of it by BBCA was pretty awful. When you can’t even tell what you are watching at any given moment - the show, or an ad, or a get-together, and you can’t tell if the people on the screen are BBCA guests or if they are extras in the episode… it’s a mess. I hope it’s not like this every episode.

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#1247086
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

A report by the Trump administration admits that climate change is real and that it will be catastrophic by the end of this century. However, rather than using that as a basis for action, they are using it as a basis for inaction, under the assumption that to do anything would be futile:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-sees-a-7-degree-rise-in-global-temperatures-by-2100/2018/09/27/b9c6fada-bb45-11e8-bdc0-90f81cc58c5d_story.html?utm_term=.0833af276ce0

Specifically, they are using it as justification for rescinding emission standards! This was also reported by NPR a couple of weeks ago. Appalling.

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#1247068
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

I really liked the accents too.

Quick question… I don’t know if it was the same everywhere, but where I was there were SO many interruptions, ads, interviews, sneak previews, etc., that there were times when I wasn’t entirely sure if I was watching the show or something else. This was particularly the case at the very end, where the snippets of the show were so short and so interrupted that I wasn’t sure exactly what happened, and whether or not I missed something before the credits rolled.

So, what exactly was the final scene? Yes I know that would be spoiler - so perhaps someone can figure out how to hide it or put it in a strategically-placed spoiler alert? Thanks.

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#1246986
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Just watched the premiere. Enjoyed it a lot – it seemed like classic Who. Whitaker’s doctor seemed closest to Tenant’s in style, it looked like she even copied some of his mannerisms. I might prefer it a bit less frenetic, and more relaxed Tom Baker-style. But these days it seems frenetic is the order of the day. But her character has nice potential, for a first episode it was encouraging.

The story and writing were excellent, and the villain was very much in the spirit of Who villains. It didn’t devolve into overly-dramatic pablum, just stuck with quirky sci-fy. That’s a big plus in my book.

Didn’t like the color palette at all. Too much overblown yellows. I don’t understand why they always tinker with the color so much until it becomes unrealistic and hard on the eyes.

And for Warbler, I didn’t notice even the slightest pandering to feminism. Not even one line. It was just a Who story.

The constant cutaways, ads, and extras were extremely annoying. I’m glad I was able to fast-forward through them.

My favorite line – “I’m good at building things… probably.”

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#1245269
Topic
Religion
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flametitan said:

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Some day I’ll post the amazing story of my most-religious-ever best friend from high school. Sealed the deal for me, as to why I’ll never become a Christian. It’s a lengthy story so it will take at least an hour of free time to get it all down.

That bad, huh? I feel you. Most of the religious people I know are chill, but the few bad apples I’ve met really sour the mood on it.

No, it’s nothing like that. He’s always been a great guy, still is.

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#1244999
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Warbler said:

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Isn’t the main issue that they can’t be forced to work for a private company?

I don’t have a big problem with it as long at it is only done with convicted prisoners, and done humanely and under reasonable and fair conditions and the 8th amendment is applied properly.

That would open the door to a lot of potential corruption. Certain companies getting free labor and getting an unfair advantage, for starters. Who does one bribe to you get your company on the list? What if the employee/slave doesn’t do a good job? Punishment? Now, as far as cleaning up litter or building a levee or something like that for the city or county, in exchange for some reasonable modest reward, I haven’t got a problem with that.

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#1244804
Topic
<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
Time

Finally saw Solo for the first time tonight, on blu ray.

Enjoyed it quite a lot! I thought that it was very clever how they resolved the “12 parsecs” conundrum from SW. Ehrenreich was fantastic as Han - very convincing. He even borrowed some of Harrison Ford’s gestures. Woody Harrelson was also excellent.

The only hole in the story, that I could see, is how quickly Qi’ra went from being a waif to being a crime syndicate princess/soldier. That didn’t make any sense.

I agree with the complaints about the lack of color. It’s one thing to give a movie gritty realism in dirty, industrial worlds. But they went overboard with that, pretty much sapping all the color and contrast out of it. I suspect it would look better just by increasing the contrast on the monitor, although these days that’s a bit of a pain to do after spending time calibrating it.

Turning the marauders into rebels was a bit cheesy, or maybe just lazy writing.

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#1244221
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Jay said:
It’s entirely possible Kavanaugh did what Ford says he did if he was a heavy drinker. However, labeling him an alcoholic because of heavy college drinking only shows that the person applying the label has no idea what alcoholism is—or is simply using it as a smear to disqualify him or sully his character.

I didn’t say that Kavanaugh was an alcoholic. Rather, I said that he had a problem with alcohol. And I stand by that claim – a high school student frequently drinking until staggering drunk, becoming belligerent as a result of the alcohol, to the point of possibly assaulting people, is someone having a problem with alcohol, regardless of whether or not they are an alcoholic.

Interesting follow-up that Mark Judge reportedly admits to being an alcoholic.

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#1244215
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Some people are making a big deal out of other people not remembering attending the particular “party”. Well, Ford made it clear in her testimony that this wasn’t a party. It was a very small number of people stop-over at a house on the way to a party. Given that this crowd seems to have been frequent party-goers, and that they weren’t aware of the assault, I would be more surprised if they did remember.

I went to only a few parties in high school, but still I only have the vaguest of memories of them. I couldn’t even begin to say where or when any of them were. Now, had I been raped at one of them, I’m pretty sure I’d remember the rape. Would I remember all the other details? I don’t know. A lot of experts have said that Ford’s level of recollection is pretty normal for assault victims, and it is a normal defense mechanism for the mind to blot out as much as it can. So I wouldn’t presume otherwise in the absence of expert testimony to the contrary. But then, I’m not frantic to get Roe v. Wade overturned.

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#1244212
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Jay said:
It’s entirely possible Kavanaugh did what Ford says he did if he was a heavy drinker. However, labeling him an alcoholic because of heavy college drinking only shows that the person applying the label has no idea what alcoholism is—or is simply using it as a smear to disqualify him or sully his character.

I didn’t say that Kavanaugh was an alcoholic. Rather, I said that he had a problem with alcohol. And I stand by that claim – a high school student frequently drinking until staggering drunk, becoming belligerent as a result of the alcohol, to the point of possibly assaulting people, is someone having a problem with alcohol, regardless of whether or not they are an alcoholic.

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#1244173
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Warbler said:
Even if he did lose some of his memory while drunk, it doesn’t prove he assaulted her.

Do you even realize how low you and the republicans have just set the bar for being a supreme court justice!? So it’s acceptable for a supreme court appointee to have had past problems with alcohol, even if they lie by denying it, and even in the presence of sworn testimony by a respected professor that said drunkenness led to sexual assault, so long as that particular assault can’t be PROVEN beyond a reasonable doubt.

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#1244125
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Everyone is questioning whether Ford is mis-remembering. But I don’t understand why nobody has brought up the possibility that Kavanaugh is mis-remembering? That seems far more likely to me, since multiple people have said that he had a history of getting drunk and it affecting his personality. It also isn’t uncommon for people who were drunk to not remember what they did while they were drunk.

If it can be shown that in fact he was often drunk, then the “he-said-she-said” balance would seem to tip in HER favor.

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#1242397
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

To elaborate a bit, a large percentage of Who fans consider “Blink” to be the greatest episode ever. When I first saw it, it blew me away, and I had already been a fan for close to 20 years. I’ve watched it at least 6 or 7 times and I still enjoy it. By contrast, some of the more recent episodes are too “drama-heavy” for my taste – the whole Rose period, and the River Song stuff, all kinda detracted from the quirky-time-traveler episodic flavor that attracted me in the first place. In short, there are a wide variety of styles over the years, and you are likely to find some you like, and others you don’t.

For modern Dr. Who, I tend to prefer Capaldi - some of the episodes in the most recent series were fantastic. I also very much liked his predecessor Matt Smith, especially his first episode (“The Eleventh Hour”), but some of his later ones became too drama-heavy for my taste.

As for the older, “classic” Who, Tom Baker is certainly the quintessential Doctor. Way too many wonderful episodes to list. “Genesis of the Daleks” is one of the best, with a fantastic climax… some people consider it the best episode ever. It also would give you a sense of the slower-paced approach of the day, where a single story stretched and developed over a few weeks. Some younger viewers find that pace too slow, but in my opinion there’s no better way to spend a relaxed, rainy saturday morning with some coffee and toast 😃

For these older eras, I have known some women to prefer Peter Davidson, because he was good looking. A former fiance of mine had a big crush on him (she is the one who actually got me hooked on the show). Davidson was in several excellent episodes… “Caves of Androzani” for example. I liked Sylvester McCoy too, and although he was in some dreadful episodes, he was also in a few excellent ones (“Curse of Fenric” and “Remembrance of the Daleks”). Newcomers should avoid Colin Baker episodes (not to be confused with Tom Baker, mentioned above).

One of the cool things about the series, is that each Doctor is encouraged to inject their own “style”. So the various doctors are VERY different from each other, while still retaining some irreverent British humor as a consistent thread. The Dr. Who universe also is replete with a number of repeat-villains. The Daleks, The Master, The Cybermen, etc. It is interesting to see how the villains changed as the budget increased over the years.