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  1. I didn't much like this one but I'm going to chalk that up to circumstances not involving the actual episode itself.

     

    • This is not my own original thought but I figured it was worth sharing as much as those, if not more so. This series is essentially the same premise as the next-to-last episode of the original run of The X-Files ('93-'02, '16, '18). The one that was written and directed by Vince Gilligan. It starred Michael Emerson as a guy w/psychic powers who recreated the house from The Brady Bunch ('69-'74).

    • Don't know where it's going! Starting to wonder if the guy from the commercials is going to show up in a red'n'purple costume wearing a bucket helmet and moving metal around w/the power of his mind!

    • Wait, who was the aerospace engineer Rambeau was talking about? Was that just set-up for the appearance of the eighties-style drone or something/someone else for upcoming episodes?

    • I think it's apropos for Evan Peters to show up during the eighties pastiche episode since the movie he came from was ITSELF an eighties pastiche. Except, no, wait. It wasn't. He was introduced in the seventies one, X-Men : Days of Future Past (2014). He was in the eighties one, X-Men : Apocalypse (2016), but he was last seen in the nineties/00s one, X-Men : Dark Phoenix (2019). Okay, scratch that. It's not apropos! It's inapropos! It's positively inapropos-iate!

  2. For a little while there it seemed like they were going to explain away all MCU mutants as Inhumans but there was some sort of course correction eventually, I guess.

     

     

    Nowadays, I've kind of assumed it's going to be kept somewhat simple and be one of two options :

     

     

    1) Status quo. I don't understand why it isn't just the same way it always is. Children of the atom, etc. They usually opened the X-Men movies with one or two lines of expository voiceover from Patrick Stewart about evolution occasionally taking a giant leap forward. Literally just that. "Why haven't we seen ____ before now?" is the kind of nerd question that doesn't really need much explicit addressing. Like, for example, they reconciled the coexistence of science & magic with a line of Tilda Swinton dialogue in Doctor Strange (2016).

     

     

    2) The thing Bendis did in later years of the Ultimate line where it was revealed that mutantkind was not a natural phenomenon but was the result of a secret government program that spiralled out of control.  I think this, or something like this, is where they'd go if they want to gild the lily and explain their explanations with more explaining.

  3. They are constantly having abnormal conversations over the entire episode. It's a work of fiction about government superagents spying on a witch in love with a robot. I just want someone somewhere in this episode to have one little piece of abnormal conversation so it's clear to me what's the deal w/this particular aspect of the show.

     

     

    If the idea of a conversation seems so abnormal, well, this could literally have been solved for me with just a prop during all the scenes where they're inside the base camp doing their little detective work.  Just a little blurred out picture with 'NAME REDACTED' underneath it.

     

     

    I have no way to prove it one way or the other but my complaint over this would not be alleviated if every single episode of the show was available to me at once. These things bug me about television shows that are long since finished and I'm going through the episodes one by one, they bug me about television shows that I'm bingeing, they bug me about television shows that are coming out weekly. They bugged me ten years ago and they bug me today! (Yes, I know what the obvious comeback is here. It's true. It's me! The problem is me.)

  4. Hah! I'm revising my previous concrete assumption that Kathryn Hahn is Agatha Harkness and I'm allowing for the possibility she's one of the Agents of Atlas. Venus or Namora, probably, but she could be any of 'em! M-11 The Human Robot, 3-D Man, Gorilla-Man, the Uranian, it's all up for grabs.

     

    Although, for real, if Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) does well I do expect them to start up an Agents of Atlas movie/franchise/series/whatever. Those dumb Guardians movies proved you can basically do an Avengers without having any of the characters be big names or a part of previously established blockbusters, you can just start from go and general audiences will hop on for the ride.

  5. I assume it's gotta be, yeah, as well as someone we've already seen on the show but something like the following —

     

     

    TEYONAH PARRIS: What's the witness' name?

    RANDALL PARK: The FBI can't share that information with any other federal agency on or outside this planet, Agent Rambeau. They're in witness protection.

     

     

    — would really help smooth it along. I mean, why isn't the witness' name & picture up on the big board w/everyone else? Why isn't Jimmy concerned about them at all after the initial pow-wow over it?

     

     

    It's just dumb dumb mystery box style plotting. It's hiding information from the audience that'd make sense for the characters to be talking about. This, in an episode that's NOTHING but characters chewing over and expanding stuff we already know, that's a real explainasaurus, that's kind of like The Magician's Nephew. Just explaining away every point of ambiguity so far for half an hour. I don't get it. It confounds me.

  6. On 1/30/2021 at 9:19 PM, Fozzie said:

    Questions that might help:

    -Who is the person in witness protection?

     

    I really hated that bit. Either :

     

    - we as the audience should be clued into who this person is

    - or they should provide some explanation as to why they can't talk about who the person is (it would literally take two lines of dialogue)

    - or, and I think this is the least likely possibility, this person is an irrelevancy and shouldn't have been a part of the story in the first place.

  7. Well, it's the first episode that I didn't like! I guess deviation from the formula accounts for that. Unless this week was supposed to be riffing on, like, NCIS ('03-'298) and shows of that ilk.

     

    • Lost ('04-'10) did an episode kind of like this. But it wasn't the fourth episode of their show! It was, like, Season 3 or whatever.

    • It's inherently uncompelling to just have a bunch of people hanging around watching stuff we've already seen for half an hour so their solution to that dilemma was to ensure the people doing that were familiar minor characters from the larger franchise. Did it work? Not for me!

    • Last night I was rewatching J. Edgar (2011) and it's just HITG after HITG in that film. Josh Stamberg shows up with an absolutely ridiculous 'stache. It's genuinely a plot point in the movie how ridiculous his moustache is; objection to it is a way of establishing the control freak weirdo nature of Leo DiCaprio's portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover and that character's (and our worlds' at large) descent into tyranny. And here he is now, 'stacheless! My point is this : I would like all future appearances of Acting Director Tyler Hayward of the Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division to feature him wearing a moustache. Moustache him up!

    • Those opening scenes w/Teyonah Parris, the stuff in the hospital, but especially the stuff with him felt like they were written and rewritten again and again, over and over, in order to clumsily convey what they needed to about her character. Except the whole rest of the episode doesn't really feature her, like, at all. So is the next episode going to reveal the exciting adventures of Geraldine undercover in Westview? What else was all that for? Is every episode of the show from now on going to be Here's What Really Happened Before?

    • Someone once pointed out that the meaning behind the two major comics crossovers of 2004, Identity Crisis and Avengers Disassembled, could basically be summed up in four words : "The bitch be crazy!". Jean Loring is crazy so she manipulates and kills a bunch of people, Wanda Maximoff is crazy so she manipulates and kills a bunch of people. I'm not sure it's a supergreat idea to do a television show all about how a traumatized woman is, like, kidnapping folks and brainwashing them!? WandaVision, the bitch be crazy! *Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix plays*

  8. Working just from memory here :

     

     

    - there was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called Galaxies for a while and I think the nitty gritty of it was that someone somewhere in the story of Star Wars was assumed to have gone through what 'you' went through. Except the 'you' in the previous sentence, the antecedent of the pronoun, was literally hundreds of thousands of different people doing all sorts of different things while, like, wearing different hats. It was, in some sense, canonical. Someone really did see Darth Vader one time, sometime really did get their skills in Haberdashery increased w/a visit to a minor character out of one of the comics.

     

     

    - I don't know how it really works because I've only played most of them for a little bit but I think KOTOR and one of the later Dark Forces and a lot of the other video games lets the player choose the gender of the character. But the gender of that character is canonically determinated, like, the Jedi Exile is a guy and Jaden Korr is a guy. Officially. In the official standings.

     

     

    - There's a bit in the Obi-Wan game where Queen Amidala gets kidnapped on Tatooine and you, Obi-Wan Kenobi, must rescue her from the Tusken Raiders. Except it's not really Queen Amidala. It's one of the handmaidens who pretend to be her because while this is all happening Natalie Portman is meeting Jake Lloyd in Mos Espa. It's basically just what went on with Ewan McGregor while the rest of the cast is involved in the main plot of the movie. It's a little side adventure.

     

     

    I'm not really a video game person and I no longer feel any great need to reconcile anything anywhere in any way but I hope the above was of some interest! It's what popped into mind when you asked your question!

    • The final season of The Clone Wars ('08-'20) really coloured outside the lines with the music in a way that I found really pleasing. That last arc especially but as well earlier in the season there's this bit where Ahsoka is at an outdoor café and there's an alien pop song with alien lyrics playing on the jukebox and it sounds like ... David Bowie?
    • There's a comedy bit in AotC where the John Williams score ceases abruptly. I love that little moment!
    • Generally speaking any time in the Star Wars where aliens are singing alien stuff and/or playing their little alien instruments, well, that's my jam. (I even love the new stuff in RotJ for the Special Edition.) That's a bull's-eye mark the new stuff always manages to hit for me. I love the little Lin-Manuel Miranda song in TFA, I love the little duet in Solo, just put some monsters singing in monstertalk on my screen and I'm entertained. I love the little song the Ewoks sing to themselves as they stoke the firewood underneath Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in RotJ. Tunka tooka loola, loola toonka doonkin doo!
  9. There's this thing Jason Aaron did in the comics where Thor gets whispered some terrible secret into his ear about Gorr the God Butcher (who is going to be played by Christian Bale in the movie) and it so unnerves him and shatters his world that it makes him unworthy. He can't lift up Mjolnir!

     

     

    It's exactly like this thing Jason Aaron did in the comics where Frank Castle gets whispered some terrible secret into his ear by Bullseye and it so unnerves him and shatters his world that it makes him catatonic. He can't be the Punisher no more because of it!

     

     

    In both cases the actual text of this terrible terrible secret is illegible to the reader of the comic and it's only revealed later what this terrible terrible secret was.

     

     

    This might remind some of you of kind of sort of in a way of the thing with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost In Translation (2003) or with Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Clarke on 24 ('01-'10, '14). That's what was brought to mind by me each time I saw Jason Aaron pull his clever little trick. I'm guessing it's the sort of move that comes up in a lot of other fiction, too, I'm guessing if I bothered to look around TvTropes or whatever I could find an exhaustive list.

     

     

    I am mentioning it now because it still makes me kind of mad even after all this time and I want to see if I'm still kind of mad by May 2022 when (if? fingers crossed!) the movie comes out. Comics writers! At some point they got their brains scrambled by prestige television, wrestling, and roleplaying games and now it's all they know! They're like those coal miners from the news or whatever! It's the only life they've ever had!

  10. OH WAIT when you kill the Emperor in TIE Fighter. That's my favourite part of any space battle in Star Wars. Shooting down Emperor Sheev Eisley Palpatine's shuttle in the TIE Fighter video game. Final answer.

  11. My favourite parts of the space battles in outer space, listed as they come to mind :

     

    • the metallic sprooooooing noise Ben Burtt made for the seismic charges Temuera Morrison uses in the asteroid chase in AotC (I think it's also used when he shows up in THE MΛNDΛLORIΛN)
    • when they blow up the Death Stars
    • the pairing of music & motion in that one sequence where the Falcon is diving away from the Imperial ships in ESB
    • all the ships in the fleet jumping to hyperspace in RotJ
    • I kind of like the shot of the Starkiller's rays reaching out like outstretched fingers on their way to smash into the planets in TFA
    • the Coppola rip-off from RotS has some space stuff, right?

     

    Uh oh. I thought I liked these movies way more! I thought an unending series of instances of moments from its many many outer space battles would just come spooling out of me without much prompting.

  12. I have the most normie babybrain opinion of all time on this point because I'm pretty much always thrilled to see one lightsaber (or more!) fight another lightsaber(s). Love to see the blue light and the green light and the purple light clash against the red light. Or any combination of lights and shapes in conflict. I love the sounds, too. Vhrrrr! Flurrrrrrm!

     

    I don't know how many lightsaber fights there are in the entire corpus of the GFFA but let's say for the sake of argument it's 2098. It's a two thousand and ninety-eight way tie for me on which ones are the best. Can't wait for the two thousand ninety-ninth lightsaber fight!

     

    BUT

     

    I think my two favourite bits of lightsaber business from the OT is Han cutting into that wampa and R2 potato-cannoning Luke's saber from Jabba's sail barge.

     

    If I had to had to had to choose then I'd say the worst fights are probably Qui-Gon versus Maul on Tatooine and Finn versus "Traitor!" on ... ??? ... Planet ... Planet Where The Oompa Loompa Had Her Temple/Bar? Both for the same reason, they sap momentum from the film's climactic saber duels and don't really serve much purpose on their own. What is the point of them? I don't know. Maybe I'd like them more if they were longer? Does that make sense? Maybe not.

     

    Either way, those are closer to the bottom of the list than the top for me. But the gap between the #1 of all time i.e. Luke briefly igniting his father's lightsaber in Obi-Wan's little hutch on the southwestern edge of the Dune Sea in Star Wars (1977) and #2098 of all time i.e. Khod Fishfangar's accidental dropping of his lit lightsaber into a nearby koi pond as dramatized in the text-only portion of Star Wars ✩Annual✩ (2014) is not very large. Lightsabers! Love to see 'em. Love to hear 'em! Yes please!

  13. On 1/24/2021 at 9:11 PM, Tank said:

    Based on absolutely zero evidence my guess is they will team up to fight an unrevealed monster villain.

     

    On 1/24/2021 at 9:18 PM, Zathras said:

    I don't want to spoil with what I have read, but I think you might be right Tank.

     

    Okay, I have reconsidered. That makes more sense!

     

    5 hours ago, Jedigoat said:

    I don't remember the previous Godzilla movie.  Isn't there a post credit scene that shows one of the heads of Ghidorah being purchased by the stereotypical evil human?

     

    I also don't remember but that sounds familiar!

  14. Also, it is clear that in the new movies Godzilla has only the weakest understanding of humanity and sees us, if at all, as little more than commensal organisms at best on the skin of the ecosystem it bestrides. Kong seems more capable of understanding us, valuing us, and responding to us. In a sense he is us, just bigger and stronger. Godzilla is more like Moby Dick. I think the raw nihilism of Godzilla will triumph over the humanity embodied by King Kong. Kong feels love, love for beauty, but Godzilla can feel nothing but rage at his fellow monsters. Please do not ♥ this post.  Be like Godzilla! Show no love for nobody!

  15. Saw the third episode. Liked the third episode!

    • So, I assume this is kind of obvious but the man & woman in the commercials have to be Wanda's parents, right? I don't mean Magneto & Magda, I don't mean the cow woman made by the High Evolutionary that lived at the foot of Mt.Wundagore who adopted her & Quicksilver, I mean Mr. and Mrs. Maximoff. Her and Aaron Taylor-Johnston's parents. The products they're shilling are all references to formative experiences in her and her brother's life (Stark who dropped the missile on their home, Strucker giving 'em superpowers, Hydra) that made them what they are.

     

    •  I have no idea if this is what they're going for but there was a crossover a few years ago called Pleasant Hill or Pleasant Valley or, ok, I'll ask Mr. Google : it was Avengers: Standoff!. And in it there was this thing where S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret plan to deal with all the superheroes and villains if they ever got out of control was to brainwash them into thinking they were living an idyllic suburban life in a perfect little town called Pleasant Hill. Just thought I'd mention it because I caught half an interview on some nerd news site establishing that Geraldine (Teyonah Parris! Dawn from Mad Men!) is supposed to be Monica Rambeau!??? She's not just some undercover S.W.O.R.D. agent or whatever. So maybe everyone's got a secret identity? Is Emma Caulfield supposed to be the love interest from the Allred Silver Surfer? (Nope! Mr. Google tells me her name was 'Dawn Greenwood' and not Dottie Greenwood like I was misremembering.) Is that what Kathryn Hahn and ... Herb? (I just went to ImdB to check to see the name of the actor who played their neighbour. I don't recommend doing that! Spoilers! Spoilers in the cast list on the ImdB page!) are supposed to be? Also superheroes/villains? Magic users?

     

    • I think the bit with the laugh track being established, then disappearing, and then returning as the cries of the newly born infants was a good bit!
  16. On 1/22/2021 at 6:52 PM, Iceheart said:

     Any winter themed horror movie suggestions are welcome.

     

    The first movie that came to mind is obviously The Thing (1982) but the second was The Abominable Snowman (1957). Peter Cushing stars, Nigel Kneale script. It's been a while since I've seen it but if memory serves it's good good. Not just cheesy good, not just Hammer Horror good, it's a quality li'l film wherein the yeti is not some mere monster but an elevated state of being the cast strives to meet and match and live up to.

  17. 22 hours ago, Tank said:

    A++

    Wordplayer was my first instruction on screenwriting. Despite reading a ton of books and going to school for it later, that website was still the best teacher.

    A few years ago I met Terry Rossio and told him all of this. Felt like I met my one true mentor.

    Two days later he dropped an n-bomb on twitter whilst revealing he was an anti-vaxxer.

     

    Sounds like you gave him just the confidence he needed to let his true self shine out to the world. Congrats!

  18. 7 hours ago, Dark Wader said:

    I think out of the first three, Raiders is the better film - it gets the balance just right between the humour and the dark where as Temple and Crusade lean a bit further to one of the two. 

    But I still dearly love them both - Last Crusade is actually my go to when I’m down. The Ford/Connery dynamic is what really makes it.

     

    I think we're kind of sympatico on this. If I were making a list of, like, top best all-time unquestionable cinema classic 100 films I'd probably choose Raiders but my favourite 'Indiana Jones movie' is Last Crusade, it's the one I rewatch every few years. I really love the following bit :

     

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    DONOVAN: He sticks out like a sore thumb. We'll find him.

    INDY: The hell you will. He's got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got The Grail already.

    <Gilligan's Island-style cut to Denholm Elliot being a buffoon>

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