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    Russian Doll

    I'm counting on Russian Doll and The Good Place to unravel the meaning of life before either the environment or nuclear holocaust send us into oblivion or some thoughtless studio executive replaces either with Albania's Got Talent: The Runners Ups. Natasha's a genius... Amy too and the other women whose name I was too thoughtless to memorize. I only wish she would stop her bizarre, affected, Bukowskiesque, Tom Waits like diction that carried over from OITNB... who knows, maybe that's the way she talks all the time but it's distracting and takes me out of her character. Gonna go now to see if she wrote any novels because the script was amazing.
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    Nightflyers

    This isn't the cool kind of WTF you get from watching Chris Nolan's movies or the first Matrix. This is if they took the Matrix and stretched it out for two pointless segments and then tacked the ending of Dallas onto the end. Too bad, because it had potential.
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    Nightflyers

    This show has some really nice ideas and decent actors and production values... but the characters are so poorly written that I just don't care what happens to any of them. Everyone only cares about their own agenda... even the supposedly more sensitive ones. I suppose the Beekeeper was somewhat likeable but she was as thinly written as a groupie out of Almost Famous. The actor who plays Thale does his moody, brooding act decently, but he doesn't show much of a sweet, sensitive side that might make one empathize with him more. You can tell the actor has it in him to portray him that way... but the writers chose not do much more than present a damaged soul. Rowan is a repulsive character... I didn't like him even before he started his Jack Nicholson in the Shining routine Karl is supposed to be a tragic, obsessed Ahab like genius... but he just comes across as a selfish prick. Mel is okay but she comes across as cold like her perfectly Gattaca constructed persona is supposed to be. Ditto for Roy Lommie is just pathetic to me... she kind of got cool for awhile but now she's back where she started controlled by the mother. Auggie reminds me of Ash from Alien. He's not an android but you always knew he was going to fuck everyone over. I suppose I'll finish but after I got hooked by the first couple episodes... I kind of regret watching it. Won't watch another season unless someone else takes over.
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    S37:E12 Are You Feeling Lucky?

    I've been watching the early seasons of Survivor on my tablet while running on my treadmill (that's how I justify watching something over again... as opposed to watching something new) What I'm struck by the most is how much we as a country and culture have changed so much in 17, 18 years. People really feel horrible about lying and betraying other players in the old days... you'll hear a lot of people say in tears... I know I'm going to lose... but at least I'm keeping true to my values. That type of thought is unthinkable in Survivor 2018. The way the game is played today is much more like professional poker... lie like crazy... and shake hands when you screw someone over. Now, I'm not sure if it's only the gameplay that has evolved this way... or if it's indicative of something deeper, more ominous in our society. Are we raising a generation of Machiavellian sociopaths by raising kids on shows like Survivor, Big Brother, The Bachelor? Or is it all just clean fun that has nothing to do with anything other than entertainment? Makes you wonder when you look at what we tolerate in the political arena. So now that the game is played more like a professional sport... I agree that something needs to be tweaked... so much of the drama was generated from seeing a Sue Hawk melt down over what today would be a fairly tame betrayal. I think the only way to do that is casting goats who have an almost antiquated sense of right and wrong... or sheep like Big Brother tends to cast. Given that choice I'd rather watch good strategists... but I really do wonder about the effect of watching people cheat and lie to each other over and over is having on our culture.
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    S37:E12 Are You Feeling Lucky?

    Sounds like Mike has gone from being the lovable writer of School of Rock, to a lowkey version of Big Brother's Andy Herren on this thread. I want Davey to win the most probably but I don't hate Mike... I think he's annoying because it doesn't seem like he really knows what he's doing and causing a lot of collateral damage with his amateur play. Whereas Andy was an actual ass... and Mike seems like a nice guy outside of the game.
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    S37:E12 Are You Feeling Lucky?

    When you don't have any more old people like Big Tom or Paschal... and you only have 7 people that overthink every single move and you have more than one idol in play at this stage of the game... the game play becomes more like flipping a coin than actual strategy. The Princess Bride analogy was perfect because there is no way to tell who's telling you the truth... they don't have any goats left that they can use for votes... it's every person for themselves and it's a new era of Survivor. I love this season and I love that Nick introduced the idea of using a fake idol to stop a search... but it's almost a game of chance at this point. Credit to the players as they made it this way and removed the challenge beasts so I have no idea who will win... but I'm not sure how much skill remains at this point
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    Mars

    Modern antibiotics were too sophisticated for the primitive Mars organism. They determined penicillin would be more effective against a simple one. American pharmaceutical companies no longer used penicillin so they were able to acquire it from the Chinese satellite. As soon as they used penicillin, the threat was stopped. Still can't believe biologists would handle live foreign cultures without prophylactic measures.
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    Mars

    I didn't understand why a scientist searching for new forms of life wouldn't be wearing gloves and a hazmat suit to begin with... it made sense that Marta was collecting them in her suit... but then the casual handling of the specimens by her assistant without any protection seemed absurd to me. Maybe this show is trying to create the magic of both the Cosmos series... blending some hopefully entertaining drama to make the science less dry... but I get why some of you think the present day segments are too drawn out. What I'm amazed about is that the drama often works in spite of the poor execution... it's a shame one of the Nolan brothers didn't work on it instead... the themes are so powerful and have such dramatic potential. They only included one shot of Trump IIRC. I realize this isn't a political forum but let's try not look at this debate as a binary debate between two sports rivals and consider the science using objective sources not found on Fox or CNN. The polar caps are melting... this fact isn't in dispute by either side. Why not err on the side of caution and try to prevent this even if somehow contrary to most scientific data it wasn't man made? If the scientists are right... we can make life for our children and grandchildren more tolerable. If the businessmen are right... so they lost a few billion in extra profits. Sure some scientists have biases and want to make a name for themselves... but history proves that businessmen and politicians tend to be much more evil than scientists.
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    S37:E11 So Smart They're Dumb

    My idea of a reward challenge wouldn't be eating lunch on a choppy raft... I don't care how hungry I was, it would be cancelled out by the motion sickness that would immediately follow. I don't think Gabby was sexually jealous, I just think she's a competitive person in general who gets jealous of everything. I think Emily might be conventionally pretty if she lost weight and fixed her teeth... that's the main difference between her Gabby... and I'm someone that likes Angelina's body type so I don't think I'm hating on bigger women... she just needs to get to a healthy BMI level. Angelina is conceited and I can see why people compare her to Tracy Flick, but unlike the Election character... I think she genuinely likes others in the tribe who she feels haven't done her wrong. I think considering how her mother seemed to behave, that she came out pretty well all things considered. Christian does the same type of pontificating but because he's nerdy and she's beautiful... he comes off looking endearing and she comes off as full of herself. I honestly wouldn't mind if she won as she cracks me up with her over the top dramatics and is a great Survivor character. Nick did come across as sympathetic after seeing him with his father and hearing the story of their difficult start. It's still hard for me to overcome the edit at the beginning that portrayed him as as more of a snake. I like Davey a lot too... and would be happy with him winning as well.
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    Narcos

    It makes me sad to see so few posts for one of the best television shows out there. Is it because it's mostly subtitled? Is it because they opted for more average, realistic looking casting instead of beautiful telenovela types? If you are lurking here and for some odd reason you haven't watched it, I'd strongly recommend that you do. My only gripe is perhaps the casting of Rafa. The actor worked for the early, humble character who only cared about his weed but lacked the charisma to seduce the beautiful Sofia in my mind. He was so stupid and repulsive by the end of the series that you couldn't buy any woman wanting to deal with his mess. Also maybe they could have done better than Michael Pena... he didn't bother me but he didn't inspire the empathy that Alyssa Diaz did as his wife Mika. The star of the show is Diego Luna who comes close to pulling off a Pacino quality performance as Felix Gallardo, the mastermind behind the first cartel. It perhaps lacks the power of Pacino's Michael, but I think that is because they chose to keep his personal life somewhat of mystery... alluding to numerous affairs and mystery women coming out of his hotel room, but never quite revealing the man beyond his business dealings. I try to keep in mind that these are real people of course, so although there is poetic license, it doesn't have the same latitude that a show like the Godfather or the Sopranos might have. Looking forward to season 2... it was set up so that they can tell a lot more story if the ratings hold up.
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    S37:E10 Tribal Lines are Blurred

    Gabby probably will end up marrying someone like Christian, because few could take that constant drama.
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    S37:E10 Tribal Lines are Blurred

    I don't get why they voted the uncharismatic Carl out when he is clearly a terrible player, yet decided to keep Alison and Mike who have proven that they cannot be trusted and are far better strategists. I hope Gabby doesn't end up costing Christian a chance at winning because her ego keeps getting bruised.
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    S01.E09: As Long As It Takes

    Maybe not full on socialized medicine... but the universal healthcare lite that corporate Dems have been promoting for the last decade. Most of the medical shows are addressing this issue in a lowkey manner... subtly lobbing critiques at overpriced pharmaceutical companies, condemning practices like overbilling and running unnecessary tests to pad bills. Would a hospital in real life fire an entire department for their desire to make profit? I'll have to read more about Bellevue... sounds like that would have made a better story.
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    S01.E09: As Long As It Takes

    The whole premise of the show is that it's a utopian vision of what medical care might be like. The fact that people aren't dressed in futuristic garb and don't have pointy ears shouldn't detract from this. America acts like universal health care is an absurd fantasy... yet all the developed world except for us uses this system. Certain political interests try to scare you by pointing out long lines in Canada or Europe... yet somehow we are 31st in life expectancy while Canada is 12th. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy New Amsterdam shouldn't be fantasy in our country... but somehow it is.
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    Narcos

    I finally finished Season 3 because I wanted to start Narcos Mexico, and I have to say I'm really glad I caught up. I agree with others who have said the first episode is hard to get into, but by the second or third, the show really got me hooked again. Although I like Pedro Pascal's Latino Burt Reynolds charisma... I must say this show was dominated by the villains. Matias Verela was terrific as Jorge Salcedo, the Michael Corleone type who never wanted to be in the business... and actually meant it. Francisco Denis, was a revelation for me, as the paranoid Miguel... and Pepe Rapazote was extremely convincing as the loose cannon Chepe. I really hope all three of them get some work from this gig (I see Denis has a role in Jack Ryan, which I haven't seen yet.) Riveting stuff from the second episode on... felt like a ten hour version of Good Fellas... or the Godfather. Highly recommended.
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