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  1. Clanstarling

    S03.E08: Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

    It's still Star Wars to me. As well as to my grown children - I raised them right. 😉 I was sobbing like a child. Not only because it was a touching moment with the characters - but I said goodbye to my friends so many times in my young life because my Dad could not stand to be in one place for long, that this really hit home. Loved this. Given what I said above, it hits home too. But they'll have each other - and they're the two who encountered the Upside Down and Mind Flayer more directly. The thought might have passed through my mind. In a miss it if you blinked moment, the Mind Flayer sucked it up - or it was absorbed - into one of its appendages. In the flashback memory El accessed this season, Max was a few years younger than she is now when she was introduced to Billy. So, not a baby. I don't think there was any retconning - abused people often still love the abuser. But @The Companion says it better:
  2. Clanstarling

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    That was an awesome story. I got FJ right away, because it's stuck with me - despite all of the horror stuff I've read and seen since. I missed him saying that - but then I was saying "Boo hiss" at the time. 😄 Both are correct - I say "on-clave" as well. I would have expected Alex to say it that way, as it sounds more like French (which is where it English "borrowed" it from, according to Merriam Webster).
  3. Clanstarling

    S03.E07: Chapter Seven: The Bite

    I may have had damp eyes and a clogged throat - with a big grin on my face. I thought it was a brilliant scene, and loved both characters the more for it. Steve may not have a girlfriend at the moment, but he's got quite a collection of unique friends. Compared with the excessive puking I've seen on so many shows, this one was pretty kind to the viewer, in my opinion. Even the overhead shot was only a little disgusting (comparatively). I'm not sure what the deal is with all the puking on tv these days. I'm not as crazy about the show this season either, but I think, for me, it's more that the stakes seem so high, and the people (especially the kids) so endangered - and physically hurt - that I'm a lot more tense. I think with other seasons I've just assumed everything will turn out fine and it was just a thrill ride. This season, I don't have the same confidence. (yes, I know Bob died last year, but that was telegraphed pretty early on, imo)
  4. Clanstarling

    S03.E06: Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

    You have every right to still be salty. I'm a touch salty just hearing about it. That was one heck of an episode. I'm don't generally get too upset by kids in jeopardy in this type of show - but I was truly tense and worried about these kids. Billy's backstory is sad. It doesn't quite excuse everything - but it does explain him. I'm thinking (based on nothing, so not a spoiler) that El needs some extra help on this one. Though it's hard to see how they'd pull it out of a hat in the next two episodes.
  5. Clanstarling

    Season 35 Final Jeopardy Contest

    As a kid, I used to listen to Z Minus 10 (science fiction) on AFN (Armed Forces Network). When I was a military brat, we didn't have American TV anywhere, and this sufficed. I enjoyed it because I could do things while I listened.
  6. Clanstarling

    S03.E01: Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?

    My hair was also smooth and slippery, as well as fine. Teasing it just made it break, and I hated inhaling hairspray. Plus, I hated (and still hate) spending any more than a few minutes on my hair. A blow dry was as much as I could stand. But I did get an 80's perm - which wasn't quite as poodley on me as most. It was the first time I looked like didn't have thin hair, and it was so easy to maintain. I loved it.
  7. Clanstarling

    S03.E05: Chapter Five: The Flayed

    I think these Soviets want to create a Chernobyl on our soil - and aren't think past that in regards to consequences. (just like the American scientists - in terms of thinking of the consequences) Mileage clearly varies. I don't think either of her parents are all that - but I think she is. There were a few times when I tried to decide if he was doing a Russian accent, or Arnold's. But they couldn't have cast a guy who looked more like Arnold, could they? What is weird is that I was disturbed by the rats (and I hate rats), but more curious when it came to the humans. I think with the rats it was the pained squeeking/squealing that really got to me, and with the humans it was that they were pretty disgusting in the first place. I don't know if you coined "Ice Cream Team" @ganesh, but I love it. It has pizzazz and is fun to say. Behind the wall the Russians are trying to break through. I saw a still shot of them walking down the corridor, and thought it was hysterical. Though I'm truly glad they didn't have them in uniforms from the corn dogs on a stick place (did they ever hire guys?)
  8. Clanstarling

    Season 35 Final Jeopardy Contest

  9. Clanstarling

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    That's what my mind was trying to pull out. I must have buried the memory deep - the helicopters coming over our house and spraying malathion was traumatic. I got it from "lied" which is really just the generic word for song in German, and "lieder" was the plural. At least that's the way it was used when I grew up there. Never knew there was a specific origin to the word.
  10. Clanstarling

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Especially with the answer "cherry trees" which got them more than half way there.
  11. Clanstarling

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I said "line" at first (because it is done) but then realized they were going for an implement, not an action. While hearing this in your head? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoaktW-Lu38 James Franco. Who I recognize mostly because I don't like him. Mustache or not, he seems a bit of a douche. I always pause before using one or the other - and that's even though I frequently work with the Capital Budget. It just doesn't stick in my head. (to be clear, I'm not the finance person, so it's not like it's a daily occurrence)
  12. Clanstarling

    S03.E04: Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

    I thought so too - but having half-siblings (my Dad married my Mom, who had other children), I know the dynamic can be similar (well, not like Billy - my brothers were waaay better than that) I couldn't remember if it was said explicitly, a post had me second-guessing what I thought had happened.
  13. Clanstarling

    S03.E04: Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

    I liked it too. They both had valid points, but couldn't hear what the other was saying, because in they were too wrapped up in their own fears and outrage. Perspective is everything when it comes to understanding each other's points of view and challenges. I lean a bit more on Jonathan's side, though I've walked more in Nancy's shoes. Financial insecurity is a heavy burden, especially when his income is also helping his family - and his mother's job is at risk with the mall closing so many downtown shops.
  14. Clanstarling

    S03.E04: Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

    Do we even know whether Billy and Max are half-siblings or step-siblings? I always took it that they were step-siblings, and that they hadn't been a family all that long. Based on nothing, I figured the reason Max was "at fault" is that they wanted to move away from her father (another move Billy's abusive Dad took to isolate and control them.) Me, I thought it was the MF talking, trying to fool Max. The actor played it wonderfully, but color me skeptical. I have every faith that the band (plus recruits) will all join up and be that much stronger because of their separate story lines.
  15. Clanstarling

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I got confused too -mostly because I forgot the category. Which I did with nearly every clue in the category. Sigh... And then the mister and I squirreled off on a tangent reciting mnemonics we'd learned as kids. I've always heard it with "Fine" - but I like Fudge. 🙂