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Utopia Talk / Movie Talk / *Talk about random TV Shows* Part VIII
Cherub Cow
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Thu May 17 19:47:53
Life is ultimately meaningless! Watch TV to wash away the feelings of your own insignificance in the universe :D/
Cherub Cow
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Thu May 17 20:14:18
@"Lucifer" S3E23: "Quin8hetessential Decker"

*Really* good one. Lucifer finally admits his feelings to Chloe, and he tells her that he's legit the devil, and she's like, "Not to me" ♥:) .. of course, in the plot this means that she accepted his declaration as a metaphor, not as a statement of legit fact.. but this was more about him realizing that Chloe has chosen him from the beginning and she realizing that Lucifer is messed up but ultimately wants her.. so now it's okay for them to free themselves in a Walpurgis Night ;)

Charlotte Richards also had her final (probably) scene on the show, and even though it was maybe not a great sell for the show to say that she had reformed to a great enough extent to earn "Heaven", her scenes with Amenadiel and then with Dan were well done — heartbroken reactions. Amenadiel getting his wings back and flying away with Charlotte's soul-body was also interesting.. mostly because it leaves Lucifer and Amenadiel with more questions about their personal actions causing their situations versus some "divine plan" manipulating them. If Amenadiel is supposed to replace Lucifer as ruler of Hell, then it's not surprising that it was *Amenadiel* who realized that gaining or losing wings was about personal conscience — not outer judgment — because this goes with the Milton Satan's line that "The mind is its own place". It's a fun game that this story is playing: being quietly anti-religious while working within a universe where deities and superstitions have ground.

The new episode is also out, but I might not have time to watch until Caturday :'(
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Thu May 17 20:37:59
"Life is ultimately meaningless! Watch TV to wash away the feelings of your own insignificance in the universe :D/"


Infinite omnipotent hyperbeing lovingly screaming "YOU'RE VALID", its song echoed across every structural detail of the universe—you, an insignificant mote adrift in some galactic tide shouting back "YES, OKAY, WHAT ELSE?"

http://twitter.com/ctrlcreep/status/989238543875825670
Cherub Cow
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Sat May 19 21:00:27
Is that just a rando on Twitter? :p

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*[Quintessential] Decker

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@"Lucifer" S3E24: "A Devil of My Word"

Season finale! Very cool episode :D
Looks like Lucifer's choice to kill made him into a monster again, and Chloe [apparently] has seen the veil lifted. I'd expect that next season the writers would walk back this progress via Chloe rationalizing her experiences as some kind of trauma residuals, but the song lyrics as the episode end were "the beginning of the end" (song by Klergy and Valerie Broussard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfXnoEFbVrU ), which makes it seem like the show is prepared to close the story next season rather than stretch things further for profit (and of course — more simply — in the main plot it makes sense that Chloe finally learning the truth would precipitate closure). Hopefully season 4 will start with her piecing together Lucifer's previous statements in light of the truth (kind of like Hank reevaluating Walt in Breaking Bad), and then through the season maybe she'll try to bring Lucifer down (because he's legit the devil) only to realize that Lucifer can choose (and has chosen) to be good. Could be more interesting than that, though, because the writing on this show has been great — maybe not shocking if they've been pulling from the already-written comics.. which I'll probably read after the show finishes..

Speculation aside: cool moments in this one! :D The wing effects have been well done. In particular, Lucifer's protective barrier and Lucifer walking back into the room with his wings outstretched and bloody.. awesome that a semi-popular TV show can do effects like this. Weirdly that barrier scene was less emotional than Maz and Linda's apology conversation. Their friendship drama had not been too interesting, but it finally came together with their apologies.

So.. no more Lucifer for a while :(
Cherub Cow
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Tue May 29 23:18:51
Fuck! Apparently Fox cancelled Lucifer on May 11th. :( .. Sadly accurate, I posted this on May 6th: "Lucifer has been funny since its return. It's definitely my new "Quick Draw" or "Don't Trust the B— in Apt 23", which means that it will probably be cancelled very soon ;D"

I only found out today because Hulu uploaded 2 new episodes, but they had zero continuity with season 3's ending so I had to look up why that was. Apparently they were "case of the week" episodes meant for season 3, but they were re-edited for season 4, then released yesterday because of the cancellation. A similar thing happened with "Apt 23": out-of-order episodes were released after the cancellation.

... arg... I was hoping that they could finish the show with a season 4. Apparently the writers left season 3 with that cliffhanger so that there would be social media outrage about the cancellation — which did happen to some degree... so it's at least *possible* that another network will pick up the show. Maybe it'll get the "Community" season 6 treatment where they'll get funding and have a chance to finish the continuity with one last season. I'm doubtful that that'll happen only because "Community" had a dedicated following with a large online presence while "Lucifer" peeps have been much less apparent (to me at least).

Bleh. Anyhow.. Lucifer, X-Files, SVU, and Designated Survivor have all finished for the season (or, "as above, so below": indefinitely, in Lucifer's case), so finally/reluctantly I may check out the new season of "Fear the Walking Dead". Amazon streams "The Expanse", so I may watch that too. And btw, "The Orville" turned out to be really good (it's kind of like having more TNG episodes but with extra joking). That won't return with a second season until December. /wrists
Cherub Cow
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Sat Jun 16 18:14:29
Yay! Lucifer was picked up by Netflix. Now the writers have to follow through with their season 3 finale decision :p
Cherub Cow
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Thu Jul 19 03:47:28
I've started watching old "Nathan for You" episodes, and 2013's S1E5 ("Haunted House / The Hunk") is a great combination of super uncomfortable and really hilarious moments XD
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Thu Jul 19 17:26:32
if you ever run out of shows to watch,try:

the almighty johnsons

The Almighty Johnsons is a new South Pacific Pictures comedy-drama series about four brothers, raised in heartland New Zealand, who also happen to be the living incarnations of Norse Gods. ...

Creators: James Griffin, Rachel Lang

Stars: Emmett Skilton, Timothy Balme, Dean O'Gorman
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utopia

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Creator: Dennis Kelly

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell
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life

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Creator: Rand Ravich

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin
Pillz
Member
Thu Jul 19 19:17:09
Kim's Convenience is a solid sitcom.

Their portrayal of Asian church is fairly spot on.
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jul 23 02:46:24
The Korean slurping was funny in the trailer :D

"The Almighty Johnsons" looks pretty seriously low-budget/low-direction .. things like hearing their foot steps on a quiet set while they're exchanging dialogue :D
(trailer of that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd80D347iSI ).. but "Utopia" looks pretty cool ( trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJnN3WMwDsk ).. and "Life" seems low budget but interesting.. looks like it's why they poached Damian Lewis for "Homeland" (basically the same character).. which reminds me that I need to watch the new (2018) season of Homeland :p

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I'm up to S2E2 of "Nathan for You" (""Souvenir Shop / ELAIFF") — it got almost as awkward as "The Hunk" episode (where he creates a fake dating show) :D .. in this one he convinces a crowd of people that Johnny Depp is making a movie, and he very uncomfortably has an extra meet a fake Johnny Depp in his trailer. Have to wonder how often he breaks character and reveals the game.. they must edit around it a lot :)

Short TV shows have been attractive lately. Before "Nathan for You" and Eric Andre I watched "Mr. Pickles", which was an Adult Swim 10-minute episode cartoon about a Satanic dog who seems to act like a vigilante or a slasher film's killer. Lots of fun stuff in that show :D
Cherub Cow
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Wed Jul 25 14:11:04
"Nathan for You" update:
In S3E1 he tries to manipulate Best Buy's price match by getting an electronics store to set the price of a premium TV to $1 so that the store can have people go to Best Buy and buy TVs at $1, but Best Buy doesn't honor the price match so Nathan tries to start a class action law suit... but he needs a Best Buy insider/whistleblower, so he goes on a date with a Best Buy worker and tries to get her to admit that Best Buy doesn't honor the price match. The fun part: Nathan says he works at Hot Topic and that they don't always honor their price match policy (to coax her into talking about Best Buy), and she repeats the same thing about Best Buy... but! after the credits of the episode they show a clip of him mentioning that Hot Topic gets a 40% employee discount (absurd), and she says that Best Buy gets the same XD .... so she only made the price match and discount comments to be cool on the date :D
Cherub Cow
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Fri Aug 03 01:19:12
"Nathan for You" update:
Almost done with the available episodes, so this'll probably be the last update for this show :p ...
There's a really funny part in S4E7 where Nathan has his assistant try to flirt with a random girl (Maria) that they've gotten to come to the studio for an interview. The assistant is pretending to be a make-up artist whom Maria needs to sit for, but he has no clue what he's doing, so he just powders her face for 5 minutes and then puts her lipstick on really really horribly. She doesn't have a chance to look in a mirror after this, so she does the interview with lipstick smears all around her mouth :D
Cherub Cow
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Mon Aug 06 00:27:24
Okay, the "Nathan for You" season 4 finale was amazing.

One of the recurring guests has been a really bad Bill Gates impersonator, and he had apparently been visiting Nathan's office a lot which got Nathan involved in Bill's search for his long lost love (Francis). The search takes them to Arkansas, and there's a ridiculous[ly funny] switch where Nathan tries to book an escort for Bill to see how he'd act with a woman, but Bill declines the meet so Nathan ends up going on a date with the escort... and then several more dates ... followed by a super awkward date where they meet in a hotel room and kiss for a few minutes with all lips no tongue — like Nathan's experience stopped as a preteen or something :D ... that might have been the most awkward moment of the entire show. "The Hunk" was a close second, but this episode I had to pause during that scene and take a break because it was so awkward — really great stuff :D :D

The ending was also really beautiful (( SPOILER ahead )). Bill has an awakening moment where he realizes that as important as Francis had been in his mind (years and years of regret and speculation), Francis had moved on... It was pretty heart-breaking to see him realize that he was just someone's memory. Then it gets even more emotional when Nathan has a closing voice-over that includes him trying to understand what Bill's regrets can mean for the future.. and he meets the escort again :p

Have to wonder about the possibility of another season. This episode had a lot of closure, so it wouldn't be surprising if this was it. Then again, the show seems to give him a lot of freedom and Comedy Central apparently likes it, so if he intends to keep working in comedy (likely), then why not keep the show going?

I might start Westworld now...
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Tue Sep 25 09:19:40
new magnum pi, not good.
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Oct 11 01:17:30
New season of South Park has started and has been funny so far :D
"Dead Kids" made fun of how school shootings don't matter anymore, "A Boy and Priest" made fun of how priests have been ruined by pedophilia charges, and "The Problem with a Poo" made fun of PC kids driving edgy or non-PC content away from the public eye. Good ending joke for episode 3 :D

"It Always Sunny in Philadelphia" started their season 13 — up to episode 5. Not sure where to watch it legit.. FX still only lets people watch via cable providers, and cable is going extinct.. so... torrent.
Cherub Cow
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Thu Oct 11 01:21:34
Oops! Posted too soon: Hulu doesn't have the new season of Philly, but iTunes and Amazon carry it and will do the usual thing of releasing new episodes the morning after they air.
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 00:16:07
Sunny in Philly season 13 seriously worried me with episode 1 (they spent all but the last few minutes pretending that Mindy Kaling was going to replace Dennis), but it's turned into a good season. Episode 5 ("The Gang Gets New Wheels") was especially funny — very unexpected ending :D :D
Pillz
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Thu Apr 25 06:49:24
Punisher season 2 was okay.
Gun gale online sucked.
SAO Alicization sucks.

I wish 24 were on Netflix. Might start designated survivor
Cherub Cow
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Fri May 17 19:57:43
I stopped keeping up with Designated Survivor when Hulu lost the rights to it. Netflix has it now...

Netflix also just released the new season of Lucifer on May 8, 2019! :D
They did the Netflix method of releasing the *entire* season all at once, so that's cool. With "Happy!" also being on Netflix, I may have to add their streaming plan... I could easily burn all my free time this summer if I'm not careful ;p
Pillz
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Sat May 18 07:43:07
Lucifer has always been kinda meh. I missed season 3 but that didn't seem to matter at all. 4 was OK. Show still suffers from dectetive decker being unlikable and the story being... I don't even know what to call it. It's a mess.
Cherub Cow
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Wed Jun 05 03:40:31
"Show still suffers from dectetive decker being unlikable and the story being... I don't even know what to call it. It's a mess."

Yeah, Lauren German ("Detective Decker") is pretty bad at her acting job. I've complained about her in the past (the previous TV thread http://www...hread=76858&time=1526604057432 ). I also agree with the story being a mess a lot of the time. I also get annoyed with things like random piano song moments (probably just an excuse to show that Lucifer actor Tom Ellis can sing; résumé-building for him), how Lucifer's character will resist change artificially so that they can keep the case-of-the-week format (there have been times when he's backtracked from former epiphanies, like how he stopped calling Detective Espinoza "Detective Douche" for a reason but then fell right back into it without any of the continuity justifying the regression), and annoying characters like Ella Lopez (the lab tech, played by Aimee Garcia from Dexter).

So basically I admit that it's garbage :D ... what makes it watchable for me (why I overlook a lot of the bad value of the show) is the central story: the discovery of rare and magical artifacts, and a rebellion figurehead trying to reevaluate revolution and destroy "God"/gods while dealing with attraction as both an unconscious desire (somewhat deterministic) and a conscious choice (anti-deterministic). Under the surface they have some good Faust and Milton issues worked into it... just have to be willing to look past the flashy production ;)

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Chernobyl (TV miniseries)

Really good! It's a limited run of 5 episodes and they've already concluded the show as of June 4th, so marathons can begin.

I've finished episode 2 now. The first two episodes have a lot of "Fuck... don't do that" moments where misinformed or incompetent leaders make poor choices (namely Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) in episode 1, and Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) in the beginning of episode 2). ( Minor Spoiler ) It's good to see that the decision-making was improved once people accepted the catastrophe, but wow... perilous situations.
McKobb
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Wed Jun 05 07:36:34
Them miners are fucked.
Cherub Cow
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Thu Jun 06 05:31:22
( Chernobyl SPOILERS )

Looks to be so! The ending wrap-up said that 100 out of 400 of the miners died before age 40. That's kind of a vague way to say how many died (it raises questions like, "How old were most of them during the dig?", "What were the causes of death?", or "What (generally) happened to the other 300?"), but that partial vagueness is explained in the wrap-up via Soviet secretiveness making numbers like that difficult to track in "official" ways. (To be clear: it's pretty obvious from their age at death that it would be Chernobyl-related — I'm just talking about the vagueness as a comparison between Soviet recording of history and "objective" recording, where in objective recording the statement would be more specific, e.g., "124 of the miners died of cancer-related illnesses within 2 years of exposure.")

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"Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid."

Like the "noble lie" of religion! \:D/
That is, the longer that religions last, the more difficult to correct their damage. That's something that Nietzsche points out in "On the Genealogy of Morality": religion places a "debt" upon its believers which they can never repay (such as the debt of Jesus' "sacrifice"), which creates the constant psychic imbalance of "bad conscience" — imprisonment for the mind. Truth would destroy religion, debt, and the feeling of guilt.

Solid show. Guess the truth&lie stuff (coupled with the show's release date) was probably aimed at modern political&journalistic fuckery, but this would be a good show regardless of timing (i.e., even if released 8 years ago, its themes would still work). I rank it 14 out of 8 cancerous fetuses, which is over 9000 Roentgens!
McKobb
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Fri Jun 07 00:32:49
I see religion more as a genetically imbued survival strategy with most humans programmed to believe. It's just too damn ubiquitous among all cultures to be seen otherwise. Cults, UFO nutters, hologram manifesters, climate changers (he who controls the weather controls the world and sense no on can then wag the dog!), ct nutters, etc. Humans are for the most part true believers. What can be done about it or more importantly how do people use it to control human behavior is what matters imo. Science has mitigated it to a degree but I'd better dollars to donuts we take it to the stars with us.
McKobb
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Fri Jun 07 00:33:47
*I'd bet
Pillz
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Sat Jul 27 03:14:30
The blacklist is televisions most disappointing show
Pillz
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Wed Aug 14 03:52:29
Designated survivor is Jack Bauer carrying on president palmers legacy.
Pillz
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Thu Aug 15 15:30:14
This shows incredible
Pillz
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Sat Aug 17 05:06:28
GOAT show
Pillz
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Mon Aug 19 22:25:05
Even has Audrey and a forbidden love between Jack and herself.

CC did episode reviews of this didn't he?

Pillz
Member
Tue Aug 20 16:36:47
Season 1 was just incredible. 2 was a bit more hit or miss. Too many additional cast members & the entire MI6/Russian agent guy was pointless.

Both seasons did a good job of not politicizing issues too severely.

Unfortunately season 3 does away with a lot of good cast members/guests like Mike (Aaron of 24's stand in) and fbi director Forster (who I assume they couldn't afford). I'm glad leeor is gone, but Kendra almost served a role in providing his administration with legitimacy (because before that it was just two staffers and a Jr speech writer advising the accidental president. Leeor and Kendra was too much though).

Season 3 is also so much more in your face political (and progressive) and its irritating. Like wow guys it's 2019 why aren't natives the ruling class yet??

Wells = jack
Kirkman = palmer
Duncan = Tony almada
Forster = basically every ctu director rolled into 1
Audrey = audrey
Mike = aaron
Chuck = chloe



Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 05 07:43:16
[pillz]: "CC did episode reviews of this."

Yup! Reviewed mostly in this thread: http://www...hread=76858&time=1526604057432

I started losing interest in the 2nd season because the show didn't really care about its own continuity anymore. And I agree that it was getting "much more in your face political (and progressive)" to an irritating degree. It's like their goal was to show a white president who was so beta that his greatest goal was transitioning the U.S. into a "respectable" future where no white men would ever have power again ;D

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[McKobb]: "I see religion more as a genetically imbued survival strategy with most humans programmed to believe."

That's close to how I see religion: religion is akin to Jungian Archetypes, where the structure of the human brain and the sensory nervous system have an initial tendency to grab on to familiar (early) forms, to then perceive the world through those forms, and to order the world based on interactions with those forms. It starts with familiar sensations like the recognition of mother and father; the fear of drowning; and the fear of darkness, isolation, and the unknown. This is the basis for ideas such as ghosts, world-ending floods, paranoia in the absence of functional sense, and gods — "God" by those terms is most often aligned with the "Father" archetype.

But, I agree that "What can be done about it or more importantly how do people use it to control human behavior is what matters".

Belief in gods can be highly problematic, particularly because it's not a robust system of perception; it creates too many errors. One example is ghosts. I've heard it said that ghosts must be real because every culture around the world — even those that were isolated from others — have ghosts and ghost stories... but the problem is that **of course** these *humans* all have ghost stories. Send a human form anywhere, and with its limited sensors and potential for cognitive oversights, it is liable to make the same common, archetypal errors: creating a mother god, a father god, ghosts, etc. It's under the Nietzschean "Error of Imaginary Causes"; familiar systems of thought tend to be favored over difficult to reconcile present realities; old gods will (mistakenly) manifest in new realities where they (still) do not exist.

So yeah, people probably *will* "take [religion] to the stars," but that error would result in a universe improperly explained. And, fittingly, that's a big theme of the movie "Ad Astra" (Roman: "to the stars"). Pitt's character goes out into the solar system searching for his father (a "God" archetype), but his journey is to realize that while humanity *brings* its archetypes to the stars, the stars themselves do not have any hint of gods. Gods were just the baggage of the old world, preventing people from seeing the limits of the universe with free eyes. I'll stop there because I want to review that movie still :p


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The new Family Guy episode (S18E01: "Yacht Rocky") was hilarious :D

Highlights include a comical decapitation, Stewie and Chris being momentarily in a failing marriage, and John Oates looking for his severed mustache like that random shell-shocked soldier was looking for his arm in "Saving Private Ryan" :D

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"Superstore" is also back for a new season. I don't know if I've ever even mentioned it in the forums.. but it's by Justin Spitzer, who wrote for "The Office", so the humor is organized pretty similarly. The big difference between them is that I don't like a *single* character in "Superstore" (not a fucking one of them is redeemable). Still, it's a funny show just due to the situations and jokes (things like making fun of customer behavior and showing how certifiably crazy some employees can be).

They only seem to care about continuity when the season is about to end; whatever the season finale cliffhanger showed, it evaporates immediately in the following season premiere.. so their messages about unionization and workers claiming their rights will probably only materialize when the show is finally cancelled.

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The new South Park season (S23) is also back and has been great so far :D
I reviewed episode 2 a little in UP ( http://www.utopiaforums.com/boardthread?id= [break to prevent thread stretch] politics&thread=84816&time=1570255875981 ).

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Law&Order: SVU also started their new season (S21), but I haven't watched a new episode of that since S20E13 (January 2019)... it really has just become Mariska Hargitay's vehicle for her NYC-liberal and SJW politics (all very cliché interpretations of modern events). The writing can be outright awful sometimes, so I started dreading getting another dud episode. I may restart with them though :/
Pillz
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Tue Oct 08 12:32:42
There is a single popular Chinese anime called The King's Avatar.

Like legit, probably the only good Chinese anime. It is about a eSports champion, the greatest in the game Glory, who is forced to retire and ends up getting a job at the Internet Cafe across the street from his old team's headquarters.

He meets folks in real life and the game who he takes under his wing and forms a team, then sets about smashing records and Pking professional teams with a tag tag group of (talented) noobs.

Its basically heralded as a Chinese Sword art online but better. In reality the two have no real similarities outside of being game-oriented (which is a very popular theme in anime).

Anyways, Netflix has the live-action adaption. It is 40 full length episodes and extends beyond the anime material by a considerable margin (like an entire season).

The anime does the in-game scenes better obviously (in the live action they're CGI). Buuut more importantly it is just easier to accept that the main character is just a prodigy because it's a cartoon.

This is sort of hard to swallow in the live-action, since he makes everything look stupid easy while every other character struggles and the difference in expression is just too pronounced. Like the guys some sort of God smirking and shit talking while nobody can touch him.

But it was better than I expected. And while it was a little too extra (see: all Asian dramas) the additional content both to the story and between characters was pretty great. It was much more coherent and less rushed. It also captured all the great moments well.

Someone in UP mentioned the quality of Chinese media vs Japanese media. And I don't think they're that different tbh.

All Asian drama is disgustingly pro establishment and law & order. Except IP Man, which is all Chinese patriotism ofc.

Anyways, favorite part ahead

Spoilers.

Ye Qui told his boss on like his first day he was Ye Qui. She laughed it off. Over the series he is obviously an amazing player, he introduced her to her (second) idol, and is causing an in game uproar. But she doesn't believe he is who he said he is.

Queu the next eSports competition. They go to watch, and one of his noobs is picked for the rookie match where an audience members gets to fight someone from one of the teams. She puts up a good fight but loses. Repeatedly. Eventually Ye Qui gets up and goes back stage and takes her place. During the match, he uses a move so difficult nobody has ever done it but him. The crowd erupts cheering his name and the professionals Jaws all drop at the realization he's just revealed himself.

And then you have his boss, dumb struck and in denial because she didn't believe him for months now.


Tl:Dr all Asian media is actually equally garbage. Cartoons are superior to anime.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and TRON: Uprising are the best animated series produced this century. I'll concede that Violet Evergarden is probably better than either. It is a particularly great show, even if Japense.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is weeaboo trash though
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 19 01:28:43
South Park S23E03: "SHOTS!!!"

An alright episode, but it was late to the "make fun of anti-vaxers" party (those pre-S23E03 social media jokes were painful from the beginning and have gone on for too many months (years?) — just more safe copy&paste jokes from imbeciles making fun of bigger imbeciles), so not much there thematically. Cartman squealing like a pig and running around was good though :D

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South Park S23E04: "Let Them Eat Goo"

Some real lol moments, especially the cow slaughter scene :D

They threw in fun references to "There Will Be Blood" via their goo-selling Daniel Plainview character, though the reference didn't map onto the show very neatly when mixed with Randy's plot. They also pointed out that while places like Burger King have started carrying Impossible (fake) meat, that doesn't mean that Impossible meat is *healthy*, which probably isn't a surprise to a lot of people, but the episode framed it in a way that mocked the pseudo-benevolence of food advocacy groups (I.e., episode theme: "[Good for the environment, but not for peoples' bodies]").

Aside, personally, I wouldn't eat Impossible meat from Burger King anyways. They cook it on the same grill, which means it's only for flexitarians (cheater vegetarians) or people who mistakenly think it's good diet food.. (Looks like I've complained about that twice in Utopiaforums, here this year http://ftp...hread=84211&time=1555801866999 and here in [2012?] http://www.utopiaforums.com/boardthread?id=politics&thread=63327 ). Not to mention that it's fast food :p

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Superstore S5E04: "Mall Closing"

lol@ending.. this show may have just solved teen overly-SJW issues with mockingly supportive "hip" words ;D
Cherub Cow
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Sun Nov 03 01:04:29
South Park S23E05: "Halloween Special"

lol... So much lol :D
The ending joke was great, and so was Randy's comment about him (Randy) being the target audience. :D

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Superstore S5E06: "Trick-or-Treat"

Marcus was pretty much the only funny part of this episode.

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I've also been watching NTSF:SD:SUV:: (2011-2013 Adult Swim 10-minute spoof show). It's funny, and it's nice to see Captain Janeway messing about ;)
Cherub Cow
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Sat Nov 09 07:11:35
South Park S23E06: "Season Finale"

More lols :D
South Park's message on their show within a show came full circle. The "Tegridy Farms" meta-show just had its season finale, so next week will probably be the regular South Park intro.

This was much more entertaining Trump commentary than SNL does :p .. I don't think the show totally gets it with "The Whites" because some of their satirized grievances have legitimacy (e.g., "whites" facing similar tragedies do not receive the same press coverage). But if taken to be a subset of white people who also happen to be Trump voters and insensitive to immigration issues, then the joke starts to work. That wasn't really the episode highlight though. The police car running over that kid was hilarious ;D

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Superstore S5E07: "Shoplifter Rehab"

Marcus, as usual, is the funniest part of the show :D

And they brought back the "Bo" character (Johnny Pemberton; funny actor from "Sunny in Philly", "Kroll Show", and a cameo in "Ant-Man")

[Dina]: "Your hand is like velvet"
[Mateo]: "I sleep with gloves on."

lulz. Didn't realize that method was mainstream :D

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I've heard good things about the TV show for "What We Do in the Shadows" (same setup as the movie).. so I may check that out this weekend.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Nov 12 01:15:20
there's a "The Mandalorian" show coming to Disney's streaming service... may have to buy :/

& there's a "Kings of Pain" show coming to the History channel that stole Coyote Peterson's thing
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 23 05:29:54
Lulz. Good to see lots of people pointing that out on their YouTube videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQvoVGMonKg
[THEIRISHAXE]: "So I'm guessing these guys saw coyote peterson and straight copied him"
[Charles]: "I'm Coyote Peterson, welcome to the sting zone"

They don't show hurt the way I like to see Coyote show hurt :(

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"there's a "The Mandalorian" show coming to Disney's streaming service... may have to buy :/"

Disney is dead to me :p

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@Superstore S05E09: "Curbside Pickup"

I do like it when the show focuses on retailers finding new ways to over-promise to customers at the cost of hurting employees ;| .. this one goes into the "let employees shop for you" game. It's becoming standard at retailers and grocery stores even, but I somehow doubt any additional employees get hired to deal with it. Jeff Bezos must be excited to be pushing the world's business practices to kill all humans for a robot work force ;)

Linda Porter, who died earlier this year, had a small appearance as a living person. They must have had some extra footage to burn because she hasn't been on the show since last season.

Marcus once again had the only big lol moment of the episode, though this line was darkly good:
[Cheyenne]: "Should we just quit our jobs? I mean, I'm in if you are."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Nov 23 16:20:32
yeah, i watched one sting of the new guy, he isn't as good at entertaining people w/ his pain as Coyote

Disney+ seems to have a 7 day free trial so i may go w/ that to see Mandalorian once the season all there :p
Habebe
Member
Mon Dec 30 02:25:23
Tumbleweed, I highly recommend watching the Mandalorian, its all complete for season 1 now. (8 episodes)

HBO/BBC come together for a new show ( they have great track record of great shows IE- Rome) its called " His dark materials"

Now admittedly I found it a littlenhard to get into but i think a lot of it was finding it confusing. So fst it does seem to be good but i would highly recommend googling " understanding his dark materials" and finding out about daemons,gyptians,Dust, magisterial ( think catholic church sort of) , Goblers just to start otherwise its a game of catch up.

BUT THE HANDS DOWN WINNER OF MUST SEE SERIES OF THE YEAR

_______The dark crystal: age of resistance__________

A Netflix original based as a.prequel to the 80s movie. This show was great and easy to follow with the one downside being it starts a little quick and some characters look alike but you'll catch on in no time.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jan 01 01:12:39
yeah, i'll probably get the Disney trial & binge Mandalorian soon

& watched 1st episode of 'His Dark Materials' a couple days ago, probably will continue with it


if anyone watched "The Jinx" (HBO) - a good documentary on Robert Durst... there was a pretty big admission in court recently:
http://www...ote_n_5e0bb37dc5b6b5a713b4806f
Habebe
Member
Wed Jan 01 02:36:30
Whats nice about disney is if you want** they also have the animated series...now I havnt gone through and watched a lot of them but you can warch select episodes that explain where some shit came from.

His dark materials I just finished.It gets better as it goes.Without spoilers...

The Magisterium = corrupt catholic church.

Daemon- physical embodiment of a person's soul in this world. Constantly changing as a kid but they " settle" into one creature at puberty. Everyone has them and needs them.

Dust- think midichlorians but without powers. The Magisterium thinks its literally the embodiment of sin.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Mar 10 01:28:24
A few show updates from me..

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@It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 14

Many lols! The show opener ("The Gang Gets Romantic") was especially strong, as was episode 4 ("The Gang Chokes"). The finale was a bit meta and had a sort of "Waiting for Godot" vibe where Dennis was debating his sense of self and repetitive life in the model of the show's circularity/repetition and him not really being sure if he can do it forever (not to forget that with other cast members having their own side gigs, it can be difficult to get them all together to make more Philly).. but in Godot fashion, he is trapped and must "repeat", so.. season 15 will happen! :p

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@"Letterkenny"

I finished marathoning this a couple of weeks ago. Overall, pretty clever stuff. Their main strength has been quick trash-talking. It's also nice that they haven't been afraid to reset dynamics each season, whether that means rewriting characters into new roles, changing sets, or forcing other changes (with mixed but always temporary results). It definitely feels like it's written/produced by actors who just want to give themselves exposure or have some fun (not quite to the level of actor-guided comedy that Hulu's "Quick Draw" had, though; Letterkenny tends to have more planning each season).

That said, it has some weak episodes mixed in (can't all be winners), and some characters don't really add any value to the show. Katy, for instance, has never had anything interesting going on as a character (just vanity and sexual frivolity), and Katy's actress, Michelle Mylett, isn't particularly funny and isn't a good actress. Lisa Codrington (Gail) *can* act, but she seems to be a one-trick pony here, so if you don't think her gimmick is funny (I didn't), her scenes get redundant. In the later seasons (7 and 8, currently), they also start feeding Daryl corny/cringe lines and make him an idiot instead of giving him the same clever lines that were previously shared between actors.

Highlight episodes for me were the "Letterkenny Spelling Bee" (S05E04), "W's Talk, Baby" (S07E05), and "National Senior Hockey Championship" (S08E02).
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Mar 10 01:31:40
*"A [couple] show updates from me.."

:p
I thought there were more, but I already mentioned the new episodes of Nine-Nine in UGT: good stuff! Hoping for more Vanessa Bayer episodes :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Mar 17 00:37:44
@"The Jinx" (2015 HBO miniseries)

Episode 1: “A Body in the Bay”

They managed to creep me out in the first five minutes.

"He doesn't look like a person who would dismember a human being."
Were the police not seeing the same person? :D
He *totally* looks like a person who would dismember a human being :p

[Interviewer]: "Do you know why Douglas Durst hired a body guard?"
[Durst]: "'Cause he's a pussy"
lol

..do I need to watch "All Good Things" now?

"If you back him into a corner — if you threaten his freedom, he'll kill you."
If we weren't talking about a modern killer, this wouldn't exactly be sensational. It’s one of those lines that applies to heroes and villains alike. For example, talking about William Wallace? Yeah, don't threaten his freedom ;p

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Episode 2: “Poor Little Rich Boy”

Interesting that he openly admits that he was fighting with Kathie. It’s the better strategy to get ahead of allegations, but it’s just not common in murder cases… people usually make the mistake of saying that everything was perfect. But then admitting that he lied about his alibi, about dropping off Kathie, and about making the phone call doesn’t just seem like strategy… I’d like to just call it arrogance, but he talks about it like he just wanted the inconvenience of being bothered by police to be over.

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Episode 3: “The Gangster’s Daughter”

“This would not be information gleaned from the police; we wouldn’t give that out. It’s being fed to the newspaper at that time from the Durst side.”
I think I’m most impressed that the Dursts had the power to get the newspapers to just take the info. Not *good* impressed but bothered and not surprised impressed.

He seems to know when to lie and when to be honest — always skirting that line between where the evidence has been established and where he can bend the truth.

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Episode 4: “The State of Texas vs. Robert Durst”

Real power move for the defense to open with Durst. It’s generally considered dangerous to let the prosecution question the defense directly, but Durst answered their questions effectively. And opening with Durst basically up-roots the prosecution’s entire strategy because now they have to address a mountain of new evidence and claims. Each new claim means that they have to send out investigators to disprove or question things, which can be difficult to manage when the trial has already begun.

The show-maker tried to make the jurors looks bad, but I can’t say that I blame the jury for their decision. The prosecution needed Morris Black’s head to disprove self-defense, and they just didn’t have it. All they had were the extra bruises on Black’s back, but — in the show at least — the prosecution didn’t establish (via a coroner, perhaps) that the bruises were from, say, pistol strikes or were otherwise distinctive from a struggle on the floor. I’m also surprised that the prosecution didn’t push more for Durst to tell where the head could have wound up or what he did with it. Making Durst appear to not be helpful in finding the head could be used against him, whereas if Durst appeared helpful then he could maintain his “[all cards on the table]” claim. The Wiki page isn’t particularly helpful, so I may have to search for the court transcript if the mini-series doesn’t add more details.

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Episode 5: “Family Values”

[Jim McCormack, brother of Kathie Durst]: “Now if you’ve got, you know, nothing to hide, and you dropped your wife off at the train station, why would you go out and hire a *criminal* defense attorney.”

Oh, what bullshit. The “nothing to hide” argument? It sickens me that people use this argument in earnest — it is flawed to the core.

$77,000 engagement ring… D: … That money could solve every issue in my life ;D

@Letters being the same: Yikes D:

They’re making the family out to be villains with the filmmakers’ “Family Values” cynicism (not releasing the private investigator findings to the police), but that’s an extended part of the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment (that is, why would a family *help* the police put away one of its own?). I think the filmmakers should have focused more here on the police incompetence, since the *police* should have found these interview discrepancies by conducting the interviews that this PI did.

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Episode 6: “What the Hell Did I Do?”

Good to see the film crew going through courtroom questioning strategies: setting up a trap where someone admits to something seemingly insignificant and then getting them into a spot that they can’t back out of. After the last couple of episodes, I wasn’t sure if they were just hack filmmakers who didn’t know much about law (especially when they did that weaselly hot mic thing in episode 2 or 3 and how they often edit out chunks of telephone calls).

Lulz.. but their questioning didn’t go as expected. He just said that he didn’t remember writing the letter, and then sort of wobbled on admitting that he wrote the letterhead, which shut down Jarecki’s plans.

Ugh, there’s the hot mic again… The problem with doing the hot mic tactic is that it destroys all trust in future interviews. It’s a reputation thing — it’s effectively bugging people, so no one will have a reason to trust that you’ll do a fair interview in the future. Andrew Jarecki got the scoop from a sleezy move, but if anyone trusts him ever again, it’ll be their stupidity on trial (unless they go through him specifically to confess for fame). Of course, that also means that Durst was stupid here, since he already found out from his lawyer in a previous interview that the filmmakers were doing the hot mic tactic. That makes me wonder where his lawyer was *this* time. It looked like Durst walked in alone, he looked tired, and he was definitely caught off guard (as per the hot mic audio talking about his burping), so all the safety nets were gone.

Anyhow, a damning finish!
“There it is. You're caught. You're right, of course. But you can't imagine. Arrest him. I don't know what's in the house. Oh, I want this. What a disaster. He was right. I was wrong. And the burping. I'm having difficulty with the question. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

That, for sure, will be used in this current Susan Berman trial if it hasn’t been already. The defense could get a lot purged, but that “Killed them all, of course” line would have to be admitted (that’s another problem with using the word “all” — too inclusive). Jarecki would have to give the court the raw audio, and maybe the defense could argue tampering (especially since Jarecki definitely did audio editing in the documentary), but I think a decent judge would admit it. Durst could argue that he was taking the position of his detractors, and there would be lots of evidence of him doing just that in this documentary, but I think he’s screwed this time. To parse a few things:
“Arrest him.” — That line could easily be taken as heteroglossia, where he’s taking different viewpoints and not necessarily “confessing”. The defense would have to know what it’s looking at and know how to explain it to a jury.
“I don't know what's in the house.” — Sounds like he didn’t know that they were softening him up for the big punch of the letter, so he maybe was trying to figure out what evidence was in that picture of him sitting on the couch with Kathie.
“Oh, I want this.” — Sounds like a thematic repeat of him getting caught for stealing from a deli when he had so much cash on hand. He must be exhausted by keeping the lies straight after 38 years (or 33 years at the time of the documentary filming).

Good documentary, overall! I didn’t like some of the editing choices, especially the repeated info at the episode start (not really made for binging), but it was a slow boil with a good payoff. I don’t have a lot of respect for Jarecki’s style, but he got results here that may have a real effect in this current Durst trial. But, hopefully the trial has more evidence than just the letter, this “confession” (not a true, full sentence confession), and Durst’s vague travel outline (it doesn’t solidly put him even in the same city). They may need something more significant placing him at the scene.

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After a quick Google, it sounds like the filmmakers even edited the “confession”, putting it out of order to alter the effect of it. This was the actual order:
"[Unintelligible] I don't know what you expected to get. I don't know what's in the house. Oh, I want this. Killed them all, of course. [Unintelligible] I want to do something new. There's nothing new about that. [Inaudible - possibly "disaster."] He was right. I was wrong. The burping. I'm having difficulty with the question. What the hell did I do?"

That makes Jarecki look even slimier. Putting, “Killed them all, of course,” *after*, “What the hell did I do?” makes it sound like he was answering his own question, when seeing it in correct order further sells the idea that he was just trying to consider the viewpoint that his interview could create in other peoples’ minds. I see that working *against* Jarecki’s attempt to help the new case, because now the defense doesn’t even have to say, “He may have edited it,” they can outright say, “He *did* edit it.”

Yeah, the prosecution better have more.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Mar 17 01:00:24
there was another update where he admitted to writing the cadaver note (or lawyers admitted for him)

and as he said himself, only the killer would write that... hard to come up w/ any other explanation (him finding body after killed would be a real stretch... <- not sure he's offered that defense or any defense, just all i can think of)

plus the timing of murder happening right after he learns cops want to talk to her

any opinion on that seemingly stupid cop? :p w/ note about “Town dump, bridge, dig, boat, other, shovel or? Check car-truck rentals"

him dismissing 'shovel' as it would be hard to dig frozen ground... well maybe city boy doesn't know that :p
(plus wasn't concerned about neighbor denying Durst's story)

it's possible he was edited to seem dumber than he came off... although another update is he had some inappropriate affair w/ a potential witness or something


also was crazy they never asked him where the head was in trial...


current trial has been delayed due to coronavirus :/
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Mar 17 05:25:04
"any opinion on that seemingly stupid cop? :p w/ note about “Town dump, bridge, dig, boat, other, shovel or? Check car-truck rentals""

That was a strange situation. I couldn't get a full read.. like, he seemed like he regretted it, but he was defending the information he had at that time... but he also sort of knows that he didn't chase the leads (more regret). I wondered if he was just over-burdened by other casework and didn't know what to do, or if he was just out of his league (his first big murder or missing persons case?), or if he had just never dealt with a high profile case. It also seemed like he just let Durst walk over him and accepted Durst's explanations so that he (the detective) could feel like he was part of the club or worthy of the presence of a rich person (particularly regarding those comments about how "[sometimes women just leave]"), which could mean that Durst just out-smarted a poorly educated detective. It could also mean straight-out bribery for silence, but that detective seemed so sheepish that I doubt that bribery would even be necessary. He was probably just someone who had never had to do real work before, and there he was, with an important case that he tried to handle the same lazy way he'd handled other cases. A bored bureaucrat just waiting to die :'(
;p

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"another update is he had some inappropriate affair w/ a potential witness or something"

I'd believe something like that! Some real missing pieces there that the filmmakers could have pursued.

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"also was crazy they never asked him where the head was in trial..."

Yeah! Even if the answer was, "I'm not sure, maybe it sank," the question should have been in the show or the trial...

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"current trial has been delayed due to coronavirus :/"

It would be hilarious if Durst caught it and died because he's a vulnerable group, and that was that.. no solid answers for anyone. ;)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Mar 17 12:59:08
it would've been nice to see Durst explain the obvious 'body disposal options' list as he's pretty quick on his feet, yet quite a challenge :p

but i guess he probably would've just denied ever seeing/writing it



an article on the cop behavior:

"
Retired New York police Det. Michael Struk testified Wednesday that during his investigation into the disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife three decades ago he had sex with a witness.

Would you agree, a prosecutor asked, that your actions were “about as unprofessional as you could get?”

“Yes,” Struk responded.

The bombshell testimony came during a hearing in Los Angeles, where Durst is charged in a separate case — the 2000 slaying of his best friend, Susan Berman. Prosecutors allege that Durst killed Berman, a crime writer and the daughter of a mob boss, to keep her from telling authorities what she knew about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen.

Durst, 74, has denied killing either woman.

In an L.A. court Wednesday, Struk testified that during his investigation he received a phone call from a witness asking him to come search a location the next day. When he arrived at the location, Struk said, two witnesses were there, but one of them soon left. The witness who remained — a woman who was not identified — then made a sexual advance, Struk said.

“I went along,” the detective added.

Asked whether he was aware at the time that it was improper to have sexual relations with a witness, Struk said, “I would agree with that.”

The detective also testified that he’d spent the night on the couch at the home of a friend of Kathleen Durst, after attending a party where he hoped to gather “some information” about the case. Asked whether he spent the night because he had been drinking, Struk responded, “I don’t remember.”

Earlier in the hearing, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin grilled the detective about other problems with the investigation, which he called “well-intentioned” but “incompetent.”

While on the stand, Struk testified that he had a practice of getting tips from Mary Hughes, Kathleen’s sister, and Mary’s friend Geraldine McInerney, and then following up on the information.

The prosecutor later inquired about whether the detective had ever asked the women for concert tickets to see Neil Diamond or the Rolling Stones.

He hadn’t asked for the tickets, Struk said, clarifying that he did accept Neil Diamond tickets when offered them by McInerney, who he said got them for free from her job. (He said he didn’t recall anything about Rolling Stones tickets.)

Lewin asked Struk if accepting tickets from a witness in a case he was investigating complied with New York Police Department policy.

“Sitting here today, I wish I had not done it,” the detective said, adding, however, that he didn’t think it had compromised the case. Pressed on whether he’d disregarded NYPD policy, Struk said, “It was a mistake — sure.”

The detective also said that during the course of his investigation he’d visited a laundromat in Ship Bottom, N.J. — the location of a pay phone used to make a collect call to Durst’s father’s company, the Durst Organization, on Feb. 2, 1982, two days after Kathleen’s disappearance.

Lewin asked the detective if his theory at the time was that Durst had discarded Kathleen’s body in Ship Bottom.

“That was certainly one theory,” the detective responded.

Struk, who said he worked hard to solve the case, testified that he’d traveled to Ship Bottom with Hughes and McInerney in their car — a move that he said was approved by his bosses.

“Isn’t it true that they actually gave you a case of beer that was in the trunk of the car?” the prosecutor asked.

“That is totally beyond my memory,” Struk said, shaking his head.

<then continues about Durst's story not checking out & his 'disposing of corpses for dummies' list>
http://www...st-hearing-20171129-story.html

so sex, gifts, possibly passing out on a couch
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Mar 19 05:21:46
Fuck. D: That's amazing... D: .. The Dursts managed to have the most bribable cop on the case.
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Apr 13 08:05:31
@"Rome"
I had been watching episodes of "Rome" (2005–2007) over the last few weeks and finally marathoned the last episodes this weekend..

Very good show, overall!
I have to wonder how it would have been done post-GoT, though. Meaning, would they have thrown even *more* budget at it? And I say this knowing how much they threw at it in 2007; they had to cancel the show because it was so expensive. And Wiki says that they attempted to get a script going for a wrap-up movie, but it was abandoned in 2011...

Some quick features that stood out:
( SPOILERS! )
• I liked in the first episode where Octavian very quickly showed how deep the political intrigue goes — how it's a show about hidden political maneuverings and control. They set up the theft of the eagle like it would be a simple soldier's story, but then Octavian lets Vorenus and Pullo in on Julius' designs, which was a real awakening for the show's potential.
• Sometimes, Vorenus and Pullo being these sort of ultra-composite characters could get a little jarring (like, no commoner could be *this* important to Roman leaders for so long), but the show did its best to sell them in a way that connected the events, gave excuses for exposition, and showed how leadership was affecting life for common people.
• Lots of good dialogue about people (namely, soldiers) feeling disaffected and searching for new purpose after having such strong purpose.. vacillating between extreme despair and a clear reason to build a life. All the ruined projects, wasted energy, and moments of optimism.
• Lots of good tragedy within realistic characterizations. It'd be easy to hate on the patriarchal side of the story, but it was given a fairly even hand where everyone was suffering from the moments where honor and duty made people behave against their own interests. This was particular to Vorenus's final rage at Niobe (Indira Varma of GoT), where Vorenus clearly struggled with an honorable/dutiful rage at his wife while also knowing that he loves her and had already vowed to forget about their past mistakes. And Niobe at the same time knowing that she loves him but in duty shamed him and also that she's supposed to die for his honor but she doesn't want to hurt his conscience by forcing his hand... lots of emotions and problems all packed into a very short scene. You want them to be able to solve the problem without death, but they're within a particular mode and can't quite get out of it.. so.. tragic :p
• Pullo and Eirene's relationship was also romantic — and realistically flawed.. Pullo struggling with his Achilles-like rage and loss of control but finding some peace with Eirene, and Eirene changing from a mute foreigner to someone who wanted to have her own voice and direction. It's especially impressive that the writers were able to sell Eirene forgiving Pullo after Pullo killed Eirene's fiancé, but that's part of the romance: forgiveness seems impossible in a cynical world. And of course it was tragic that Pullo's decision to kill Eirene's fiancé was echoed back at him through Gaia killing Eirene...
• In a good way, the story ends up leaving all of these tragically broken promises, whether Pullo and Eirene, Vorenus and Niobe, Servilia and Julius, Atia and Antony, Timon and Atia (broken for him, anyways), Octavia and Glabius/Agrippa... I leave out Antony and Cleopatra because their portrayal was more like Cleopatra was just keeping Antony drugged up and satiated. Their relationship was mostly useful in showing Atia's love of Antony, and Antony's strategic failure at the Battle of Actium was colored with Atia's reaction that Antony *would* knowingly make a strategic error for love, which she respected and desired in him, even against her early season 1 manipulations (which would have her give up that kind of admiration for the sake of family advancement).

The show-runners were forced to leave a lot of threads untied (Timon's religiosity, Jerusalem's development, Octavian's struggle to feel emotion through his Asperger's), but their rushed "Shit! We just got cancelled!" finish was still nice. I do wish that they had explained to Vorenus' daughter, Vorena, that Vorenus had not himself killed Niobe, but it was enough for Vorena to forgive him knowing that he was responsible for Niobe's death even if he didn't *directly* kill her. A scene showing her finding out the specific details while still coming to the conclusion that she hates him would have been nice. But where cancelled showed from 13 years ago stand, that feels like a meaningless complaint ;D

2020-04-13
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Apr 27 22:09:47
..I'm one of Family Guy's 15 remaining viewers, so I keep up with the new episodes.. and the latest one (S18E17: "Coma Guy") was hilarious — def check it out if you peeps have a chance! :D

Family Guy, Superstore, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine have continued releasing new episodes despite the virus... but the well dries up. Brooklyn Nine-Nine usually does 18–22 episodes per season, but last week's episode (episode 13) was considered their season finale. Superstore was supposed to conclude with a 2-parter (second part would have been this week), but last week was retroactively considered their finale. Family Guy still plans to finish season 18 on time (last three episodes still slated for the next few weeks).. the perks of a cartoon not really needing face-to-face work.

The second half of "Rick and Morty" season 4 will air on schedule, starting this Sunday (May 3rd). In a quick Google, it looks like production companies have already seen the potential of moving to cartoons to fill programming gaps.
Pillz
Member
Sun May 31 00:33:28
I've watched like 10 anime recently. Spoilers.

Bofuri

- Girl joins her first neural vr game. She doesn't want to get hurt so maxes out defense. She ends up becoming the game end boss. While watching it, just know that it is never her final form. Never.

Wise Man's Grandchild

- boy is reincarnated in a fantasy world. He is adopted by merlin, the wizard-hero. His grandmother is the kingdoms greatest sorceress. His uncle is the king. His cousin is the prince. They grow him up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, because he's stupid OP.

In a world where just making a fireball is impressive, this kid is setting off thermo nuclear explosions as controlled experiments to test his powers.

Magic is based on the detail with which you can imagine your spell. So being from modern Japan, his knowledge of everything is incredible compared to them
Aerodynamics, flight, heat, fire, electricity, etc.

He becomes like a 12yo God warrior who just wants to have fun and make explosions in the desert but the other kingdoms get all salty so he trains all his friends to be OP like him.

That time I got reincarnated as a slime

- exactly as title would imply. He eats a dragon right off the bat. Eats everything. In terms of stupid OP power combinations, it is similar to Bofuri. Ends up becoming a king of his own country and also basically the end boss.

Knight's & Magic
- similar to wise Mans grandson in foundation, except rather than using magic he builds mechs.

How not to summon a demon lord

- it's funny but a bit too perverted.

Fire Force

- humans spontaneously combust into fire demons. Fire force are fire demon-fighting soldiers.

Kono Suba

- it was not as good as I thought. I suppose because 4chan liked it so much I should have known.

Is it okay to pickup girls in a dungeon

- eh I don't remember this one.

And others I don't know the names of.

I recommend them in that order I think. They're all Neural VR/reincarnation animes except for a couple.

Also akame ga kill. Not as good as hype would suggest. Not bad though. The ending. Just what.
Pillz
Member
Sun May 31 00:37:28
I can't recommend Bofuri enough, if you like anime and like video games.

It will leave you dumbfounded and speechless constantly.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jul 14 03:39:44
lol..
I had joked to myself about how Brooklyn Nine-Nine might not come back next season simply because police have become so completely unpalatable to the vitriolic ACAB crowd, but some idiots really think that way:
"It’s Time For Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Cops To Quit Their Jobs"
http://kot...ops-to-quit-their-j-1844070430
"[Brooklyn Nine-Nine is] devoutly committed to the myth of the good cop—that there might be some bad apples, but somehow, they don’t spoil the whole bunch. Now, with the country consumed by conversations about whether or not policing as an institution is even salvageable, it all seems woefully naive ... The system is bad and some cops are bad, it says, but the idea of policing can be redeemed if you just put the right people in charge. The good cops. Many other shows refuse to admit that the system is bad. They’re wrong, but at least they’re shaped by a coherent worldview."

Yes, the "myth" of the good cop. It is "naïve" to think that any cops at all could possibly be good in a corrupt system. Fallacy of association to the extreme. Jake Peralta is a sociopathic, violent, excessive-force-wielding, anti-BLM, product of a corrupt system who works for Captain Raymond Holt, who, despite being a symbol of the opportunities that a gay black man can make with enough determination and a will to make positive changes, is himself also not a "good cop", simply because he is a part of a system that as a monolith is either all bad or all good all the time. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

Stupid people writing articles aside, there may be a precedent for changing the role of the characters like this: Showtime's "Homeland" did the same to the Carrie Mathison character. She saw the CIA as being too broken to fix within, so she left to the private sector. But, a season later they sort of reversed that, putting her on some ops and showing that good people can always help. So Brooklyn Nine-Nine could either throw in the towel and disappear without bringing the show back, or they could try to talk the idiocy out of people like that article's author.
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