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  • Kepler
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    Finished House of Cards. General comments with spoilers below:


    On the whole, this was the best season since the first. I loved almost every subarc and I loved them bringing the band back together.

    Minor nit: Doug's whole guilt subplot is inane and utterly unbelievable. Doug is a wonderfully complex, dangerous character and I resent the tawdriness.

    The final shot where Frank is now joined in breaking the fourth wall with Claire was interesting but I'm not sure I approve. The tension between their internal divisions and their working together against the rest of the world is the key dynamic of the show. If they become too much of an Underwood Borg it will lose something important.

    Buttercup better win an Emmy. This was the single strongest season performance by any woman in any TV show, ever, by a lot. The scenes of her and Mom alone were devastating and brilliant.

    The acclamation at the convention was lazy. I understand they had burrowed so deep they wanted a quick pull out, but I'd almost have preferred we cut to the White House two weeks after the speech and simply pass over the resolution in Atlanta. Maybe get a reax from Conway basically looking at his wife, like, "well, that settles that."

    I love Conway and his wife, too. Did I mention this was a great season?

    Dr. Mrs. and I are bitterly divided on whether the veep general's naivete is believable. I say no, the members of the joint chiefs are every bit the sleazy politicians of the civilian side; she says it's possible he was promoted directly from the field and is the real thing, and is thus appalled at how sausages are made. We argue about this late into the night.

    Riding with Remy off into the night was cheesy. Dr. Mrs. hated it, but I wanted them to have their happiness. Plus I'm not worried that it'll stay that way -- we're not done with Remy yet.

    I give this season an A+, and appreciate how well it was done. There is room for gloriously non-stupid TV.
    Last edited by Kepler; 03-22-2016, 11:28 AM.

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  • The Rube
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    Finally bought the season pass of The Americans after the business of the past few days. Re-watched last season's finale first, to refresh the little things.

    I am pleased with how things are progressing.

    Not a spoiler at all, since unless you have seen the show (and the new episode in particular), you will have no clue what I'm talking about:

    The black-hat earrings were a nice touch towards the end. I don't know if that was on purpose or not, but I have a feeling it was.

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  • RaceBoarder
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    Originally posted by French Rage View Post
    "Ladies and gentlemen, what you are seeing is a total disregard for the things St. Patrick's Day stand for. All this drinking, violence, destruction of property. Are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?"
    Have you seen Sully????

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  • French Rage
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
    And because it's TV related on this fine faux holiday:

    "Top of the morning to ye on this gray, grizzly afternoon. Kent O'Brockman live on Main Street, where today everyone is a little bit Irish, except, of course, for the gays and the Italians."
    "Ladies and gentlemen, what you are seeing is a total disregard for the things St. Patrick's Day stand for. All this drinking, violence, destruction of property. Are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?"

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  • St. Clown
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    And because it's TV related on this fine faux holiday:

    "Top of the morning to ye on this gray, grizzly afternoon. Kent O'Brockman live on Main Street, where today everyone is a little bit Irish, except, of course, for the gays and the Italians."

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  • The Rube
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Whoa. That sounds amazing. I'm going to have to check that out.
    Please don't. I would like to see it not get cancelled.

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  • rufus
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    I'm enjoying Limitless a lot more than I expected. The lead guy portrays that laid-back slacker, wise-*** so effortlessly he just draws you in to it. And it's just a good bit of goofy fun to watch.

    The opening scene to the latest episode was just hilarious, a great use of lip-sync.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Whoa. That sounds amazing. I'm going to have to check that out.

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  • SonofSouthie
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    60 Days In.

    Started earlier this month, caught the first episode last night. It's pretty good.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/expre...-you-straight/

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  • The Rube
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    HoC: season 3 was off the rails. Season 4 is back to the good stuff.

    Saul: I like that plan of 3-1-1.

    Some real nice moments in this latest episode, especially at the end.

    The Americans starts tomorrow, I think. ZOMG, I cannot wait.

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  • Hammer
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    Originally posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    3 season of Jimmy
    1 season of Saul, pre-BB
    1 season of Saul, post-BB
    Apparently there will be at least one more season. AMC just renewed it for Season 3.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Speaking of spoilers...

    I accidentally stumbled on the HoC season one whopper as I was trying to figure out where I knew the actor from.

    Right there on page 1 of Google.

    I was pizzed although I know better.

    Currently in HoC operational darkness right now.

    Probably shouldn't even be in here...

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    Originally posted by johnnypohlfan View Post
    It's been fun since I learned what happens when he shows up (at least in the comics) and telling my wife that she is going to be pretty pizzed. She keeps guessing but hasn't landed on it yet. Should be interesting when he finally makes his appearance with Lucille.

    I don't want to know any specific spoilers, but I have heard one.

    I'm good.

    Needs to be a culling anyway as there are too many characters and too many arcs right now.

    It's hard to get invested in any of them as none are getting very much screen time.

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  • Handyman
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    Originally posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    My thoughts of HoC is that it is very good for the first 2 seasons, not the best show up there, but solidly in the top 3-5. Season 3 was ok, but a letdown. Season 4, so far (I think I have 1 episode left), is the best season yet. Incredibly good. It still isn't the best show I've seen this season, it doesn't beat Fargo, or possibly Better Call Saul (still TBD), and I seriously doubt that it will end up better than GoT.
    After the finale my gf said "Ummm...HOLY !!@#!!". Her favorite character by far is Claire cause she doesnt think she is totally evil...well not anymore! (dont worry that spoils nothing)

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  • French Rage
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Thoughts on the Bachelor finale, because I know you all depend on me.

    Spoilers below:

    1. When Dr. Mrs. and I held our fantasy bachelorette draft, I won the RPS and drafted Lauren B. #1 overall. She said she would have done the same. So, both of us picked the eventual winner using only the picture and little bio provided by the show prior to the first limo greetings. Either we are all tapped into a Jungian synchronous collective unconscious, or we both have watched way too much television, or it was a coincidence (albeit one with odds of 26-squared to 1).

    2. Both women looked beautiful in their finale dresses, JoJo because she was a little s-x kitten and Lauren because Lauren is, genuinely, a lovely woman.

    3. JoJo was so forgettable throughout the run of the show that I didn't recognize her on her final date. I mean, come on son.

    4. Ben proved himself an empty suit, first by his heel routine of being "in love" with both women, then by his inept and self-centered dumping of JoJo.

    5. Although it is my standing contention that there is no genuine emotion in the show and that everybody is there for their 15 minutes / to hype whatever sad sack soap opera acting career they aspire to, Lauren at times actually looked like she might have a wisp of sincere feeling for Ben, which is grotesque because (a) it's Ben, and (b) it's a contrived voyeuristic cattle call to get middle-aged brood sows to cake on more makeup, so actual emotional involvement would indicate desperation or a pathology.

    6. The final ran 3 hours. We fast forwarded through everything unnecessary. Our viewing time was about 18 minutes.

    7. Ben was the second-most boring Bachelor of all time, second to that flyover stiff 4 cocks ago, Sean. He had no chemistry with anyone, and was also shifty-eyed and bored. May he live long and prosper as the assistant manager of whatever La Quinta Inn he winds up at.

    8. This was an unfortunate cycle because the drunk sobered up quickly, the villain went home about show 4, and there was really nothing redeeming about any of the on-screen personnel. The show has long-teetered on the lip of too much product placement and this year it slipped over, making many of the group dates unwatchable. The music choice for the one on one after parties is too often that sickeningly stale country/pop crossover dreck that clogs the arteries of the prairie haus fraus that are the show's go to demo. There is no longer any attempt to bring in younger viewers, bathing the whole show in a sad sort of furniture store narcolepsy.



    Finally, Chris Harrison's gettin' old, and his interaction with the cast continues to decrease. Chris is either losing interest or being phased out, and to be honest as with T. J. Lavin it's probably time to let it go. The boys of summer are gone, gentlemen. Depart with dignity.
    I also did a fantasy league with some college friends who (have to) watch with their wives. Honestly it makes it alot more fun to yell at the screen as things happen. Ours did the draft on its own, though, we didn't get to draft ourselves. That said, I still could have won if Caila made the final two. So close!

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