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  1. I loved the alliance because I knew at some point a team would get screwed by it. It has always been a good strategy this season shows just how well it can work. I'm glad that TAR has a real social element between the teams because that is something that has been missing.
  2. If TAR added a new rule every time a viewer saw something they didn't like, I think the show would become tedious to watch. I don't watch reality shows to see how closely people can follow arbitrary rules. I watch regular sports for that.
  3. Watching the teams turn on each other will be fun though.
  4. A little context for The Day After. In September, the Soviets shot down Korean Airlines KAL007 killing 269 passengers and it looked like Andropov would do just about anything. In November, we saw The Day After. Then in December two articles published in Science described a "Nuclear Winter" in which even a small nuclear exchange would envelop the Earth in so much smoke and dust that the sun would be blocked out, crops would die, and people would freeze to death. It was not a fun time.
  5. Seeing the Goldbergs at the Kremps house during Christmas brought back one of my worst 1980's memories. At our parents' Christmas party (I think 1982) I overheard my mom explaining to a Jewish couple what Christmas was, as if they had been on Mars their whole life. I really expected Virginia Kremp to explain what Christmas was to Murray and Bev while they rolled their eyes.
  6. At least the identical twin plot device is making some sense now.
  7. At this point it looks like they're going to have exactly one significant plot-related thing happen in each episode, then pad the rest of the episode with twenty minutes of Jen and Judy sitting around being freaked out. All the energy and tension from last season is gone. Was I supposed to care about the bird?
  8. Couldn't they have just hired a new actor for a new character?
  9. I loved the chaotic tribal! Season after season I was so tired of everyone in tribal glued to their seats like obedient schoolchildren as if they were completely helpless to what was happening in tribal no matter how badly their plans have fallen apart. Now the show finally has people who have the brains to get up off their asses and try do something with others at the last minute.
  10. The writers may still have him do something stupid like shoot Rio in a crowded bar. After all, they need to create yet another ridiculous crisis to keep the show going.
  11. I just started watching the show. I didn't think I'd like it because I don't like loud humor. All I had to do was turn the volume down whenever Murray or Barry start talking. The show in syndication is now running season one and season five so watching those plus the current season is a tour of the many octaves of Sam Giambrone's voice.
  12. The last place I worked once sent managers around the country to interview candidates instead of flying them to us. They said it would be cheaper but it was a joke. They flew first class, stayed in five star hotels, and went to football and basketball games on the company dime.
  13. I think I'd be OK about that if it were only a good show about killing. Anyone with a brain would know that assassinating someone in a crowded bar is not a smart way to kill someone.
  14. I love the whispering! It adds a rare bit of realism to a completely contrived television show of people talking in front of cameras and microphones. It builds tension at the end of the episode when you think you know what's going to happen and then you have no way to know what's going to happen. I really enjoy the literal last minute scrambling after something in tribal has crushed their plans and they have to break into groups. After the vote I go back and try to figure out what they were saying.
  15. I'm now just skipping over all the scenes with Annie and her accented therapist since they don't appear to have anything to do with the main plot. Sorry, Mae, but I have other things to do these days.
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