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  1. R.CAllen

    Picard

    I hold out hope for Worf nonetheless. Not you, not your promises, not the nerd Internet, not CBS All Access itself can take the hope of Worf away from me. (... I guess if we don't get him this year then they have to dole out him and Geordi for one of each of the upcoming seasons, respectively, in order to dovetail w/the abbreviated list of the TNG cast offered by Picard's houseguest/lifepartner in the 2nd episode.) (... Then again, of course, there's probably not going to be another season of this show. Or of any TV show. Well, maybe it's best to just optimistically assume a healthy delay of a
  2. R.CAllen

    Picard

    - This time the TNG ep I watched before the new one was 'Aquiel', from Season 6. It's generally regarded as something of a clunker, by fans of the series and even by the team who made it, and little more than yet another among a string of episodes focusing on Geordi's lovelife that ends unhappily for all involved. I don't think I've ever seen it before. It's solid stuff! It could easily have been nothing but a dismissible rip-off of an old movie (the wiki told me it was Laura from 1944, and even still, I mean, it's not like that's too bad of a thing for a Star Trek to be; half of TOS was just
  3. R.CAllen

    Picard

    - I was watching (well, technically, re-watching : I did see it sometime ago in reruns and may even have caught it on first airing as a toddler, who knows) the Season 2 TNG opener "The Child" just before putting the latest episode up. Remarkable how the shakiest rendition of a dusted-off script by a show still finding its feet managed to just completely trounce what came after it, seriously, it was way better than what came out thirty-one years later. It's even kind of the same story, no matter the overlapping characters, both episodes are about people dealing with death, the sudden and unexpe
  4. Yeah, that's more the kind of thing Fozzie Bear might say.
  5. The Gentlemen (2019) C Ordinary Love (2019) A+ Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019) B+
  6. You're welcome! The bit that first popped into my head when I was trying to force my dumb brains to scrounge up something for them to be watching was a v. similar one that I couldn't find online (because I couldn't quite remember who it was, either the Muppet or the guest host) but which I realized today was the other semi-famous Rita Moreno bit, not her singing "Fever" w/Animal, but this'n which opens her episode.
  7. R.CAllen

    Picard

    Makes sense to me, man. Good taste, smarts, the works! After all, what could anyone possibly NOT enjoy about, say, seeing Narek do the Zhal Makh on Soji while Narissa watches but during the Zhal Makh (which, of course, consists of Yut Makh, Lu Shiar, Qlam Wath, Vri Glam, and Rok Khan) Narek takes out his tan zekhran to kill Soji with but before he does so breaks his Zhat Vash training first and tells Soji his name is actually Chaya!?
  8. Yeah, generally speaking I tend to associate the popcultural avatars of any given user of any online platform w/the statements tied to them (not necessarily the names themselves, tho, if @DarthVader420 tweets 'wait are you telling me a CAT made this ketchup!? #smdh ' I just think that some guy, some shmo who four hundred and nineteen other people got the idea to be Darth Vader before him, he's the one who tweeted it but if there's a picture of Darth Vader there I'm all like 'Omigosh! I guess Luke & Leia's pops has a half-developed opinion/joke about a condiment which he has chosen to shar
  9. R.CAllen

    Picard

    - Goddamn, deep cut to Season 1 of Star Trek : Voyager right there @ the end. You'd think what with the long established idea of, like, subspace transporter platforms (I think that's what the evil Ferengi used in the final season of TNG to hop on board the ship and spook Picard when he was doing his evil son plan thing, hold on, is that guy Jason Whatshisname gonna come back and be on this show too? Calling it now, that guy or his mom is gonna get referenced sometime before the finale, you betcha) and the way that technology was used in two of the Abrams films for v. similar purposes that'd ju
  10. R.CAllen

    Picard

    I think part of what I dislike about this show is just how goofy the structure feels (this week especially so because Robot Girl & Romulan Spy's B-plot was nearly completely absent; the characters didn't even appear) and the awful sense of mismatch generated because every other televised Picard story is basically over-and-done-with inside of 45 minutes but this one just keeps going and going and going. It's like what Chuck Jones thought of Space Jam (1996), Bugs Bunny shouldn't have needed any help and should have had the whole thing wrapped up inside of seven minutes. Why can't Picard jus
  11. R.CAllen

    Watchmen

    I had a lot more to say back when the finale aired but in order to say it I typed it out in Microsoft Word, and copying'n'pasting it in here doesn't maintain the formatting, so I would have had to go through the three pages and manually italicize everything again. I was too lazy to do that then so you were all spared. UP UNTIL NOW! Don't blame me for the following; blame Darth Krawlie, blame Tank, blame yourselves! I guess on the whole I really liked the first three episodes, the Tim Blake Nelson one, the black'n'white flashback one, and that's kind of it. 5 outta 9. Not half bad! Literally.
  12. R.CAllen

    Picard

    ME FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, OVER & OVER IN MY MIND: The popular appellation of 'Mary Sue' to any character appearing in any canonical mass-market source-authentic media is a category error on multiple levels and, honestly, arises more out of an inability to correctly separate audience & artefact than from any genuine attempt to understand fiction itself! ROMULAN NINJA WARRIOR RAISED AS THE SOLE BOY IN A CONVENT WITH MAD LEET SKILLZ, FOLLOWER OF AN ANCIENT CODE, THE ONLY CHILD CAPTAIN PICARD HAS EVER LIKED AND WHO USED TO SNUGGLE UP W/HIM AND READ HIM BEDTIME STORIES TOO: Hey, wazzup
  13. Wait, Jlo didn't get a Best Supporting Actress nod for Hustlers? Unfair! Wait, Taika Waititi gets Best Adapted Screenplay over Greta Gerwig for Little Women? Unfair! Wait, Parasite won 4 Oscars including Best Picture but didn't win Best Production Design? Once Upon A Time In Hollywood did instead? Somewhat unfair! Weeks ago when the nominees were announced I assumed there'd be a Nightly thread on the subject so I wrote up a quick post in my word processor. (Why? I can't seem to get spellcheck to work in the browser anymore so I like to tippy-type my posts up beforehand. Why do I care ab
  14. I didn't do the Goodreads Reading Challenge last year and I'm not going to do it this year. You lose[1] again, Jeff Bezos! [1] Wait, or is that a win for him? If I don't accept his Challenge then do I lose by default?
  15. R.CAllen

    Picard

    I liked the last two episodes way more than the first one. Gonna chalk that up to seeing them while huffing and puffing away on the treadmill; that can kind of tend to improve the viewing experience for me, oddly enough. Predictions : - Alison Pill's character is obviously a Starfleet plant (possibly unknowing - she might just be dosed w/nanites or whatever) and is also, unless I miss my guess, a robot too - I don't think this even counts as much of a prediction because they went extra out of their way to make it obvious within the text of the show itself but, duh-doy, the Skype call bet
  16. NOIRVEMBER II : THE FIRST NOIREL / JANOIRARY Remember the Night (1940) B+ Nightmare Alley (1947) C? Caged (1950) A Ruthless (1944) D Body And Soul (1947) C-/C Born To Kill (1947) B+++ Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) C- Blast Of Silence (1961) C+/B- The Captive City (1952) B+ Crossfire (1947) C Brute Force (1947) C+ The Big Clock (1948) C Gun Crazy (1949) A Criss Cross (1948) D- Union Station (1950) C+/B- Where Danger Lives (1950) B Tension (1949) Ride The Pink Horse (1947) C- The House
  17. No promises but, yeah, I'll stop watching if they don't have that done by the third episode. I mean, the show probably isn't going to even happen anyway[1] so the whole point is moot. Respectfully disagree, Obi-Wan's a traditionalist. He's got his lightsaber and he knows how to use it. Dual sabers is a flashy show-off Anakin move. I have three (equally respectful!) counter-arguments : 1) It'd be rad as hell! 2) It'd be rad as hell! 3) It'd be rad as heeeeeeeeeeeeeyeeeeeahhhhhhheeeeeell! [1] Obviously, if Ewan McGregor doesn't want to do it they should offer it to his twin brother Go
  18. R.CAllen

    Picard

    I thought it suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked. • Repetitive! Picard has a dream and then Picard has a dream! Picard goes to a sci-fi place (Starfleet Archives) and then Picard goes to a sci-fi place (Daystrom Insitute)! • It can't decide whether it's for die-hard dyed-in-the-wool Memory Alpha editors or casual fans of Star Trek (a category which probably includes, well, possibly a large plurality of literally all living fans of televised non-'reality' non-sports narrative programming). What needs to be explained and what doesn't need to be explained shifts from scene to scene because of this!
  19. Obi-Wan dual wields both lightsabers facing down a krayt dragon by the third episode or I'm out.
  20. I agree wholeheartedly! I have never seen this movie and, בלי נדר‎, never will. So I have no reason to doubt that it's the best sci-fi movie ever because I have seen literally no evidence to the contrary, I'm fine w/that, that makes sense to me, it all adds up. I've seen some (or all? They're pretty much the same movie over and over again so it's tough for me to tell which ones of the five or six that have come out I have seen or not seen) of the Michael Bays (Michaels Bay?) though, and they're kind of okay (well, no, they're terrible!) enough for me. I don't really remember off hand much o
  21. Sorry! There was a time when the unpaid content creators here @ Ricardo Champignon Allen Industrial Posting Facilities would've hyperlinked each individual scene but those days are long gone by now. Ever since editorial was sacked back in '11 standards have really disappeared : it's little more than just a clickbait factory paired w/incomprehensible ramblings and/or injokes that make sense to a grand total of one (1) person(s). What is this, I don't remember thisThe Hardware Wars homage in TLJ. What is this, I don't remember this In TLJ when Finn, Rose, DJ and BB-8 sneak onto Snoke'
  22. Of all the things I liked about this movie, well, I'm not sure "ideas" would really top the list.
  23. Just gonna try and throw ten things out here and now w/out giving it much thought : * Han Solo saying "Move, ball" contemptuously to BB-8 * Threepio calling Babu Frik one of his oldest friends * Luke slurping down that milk while eyeing Rey w/disdain * BB-8 giving a little thumbs-up flare to Finn * Luke screaming out "the sacred Jedi texts!" to Ghost Yoda * the fake-out shot of what seems to be a spaceship but is actually space laundry equipment * the ending of TFA * Rey, alone, on Jakku * the troopers reacting to Kylo Ren's temper tantrum * Leia telling Han, "If you see our son, bring him h
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