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  1. ICantDoThatDave

    S02.E10: Level Up

    Any writer who has one of their characters say to another "You are the strongest person I know" should be banned from writing dialogue for life.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Oh, I know that's how they explained it in the movie. I just think it would've been "cleaner" to stick with "what happened happened & still has to happen", keeping one timeline. Trimming the branches.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    That's why they should have had everyone realize they couldn't kill Thanos in the present & HAD to send him & Gamora back to 2014. Then Nebula tragically realizes she has to wipe her memories & take her past self's place. All to preserve the timeline.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Now you know how Sharon Carter must have felt.
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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    Just make Galactus a Celestial. The existing films have laid the groundwork for how powerful they are plus you don't even have to explain why he's giant dude in purple armor.
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    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    A few weeks ago, I thought they were heading for a happy ending, & I would have been fine with that, but this was a fitting ending.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    They should have had them make the (agonizing) realization that they had to send Thanos & Gamorra back to the past in order to not break the timeline. Probably with some sort of mindwipe. Then Nebula realizes she has to go back with them, knowing what's in store for her. Which would also nicely mirror the comics. Loki can only be gone long enough for his TV show then return to the end of Avengers 1. Which would only leave the lesser problems with Steve having been with Peggy all this time & no one knowing, which is (relatively) easier to handwave.
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    S08.E01: Winterfell

    That was just more tell not show. We didn't see how that happened, How did Sansa outsmart Littlefinger? What did she do? What was her reasoning? Did Bran help? Did she have Arya spy on him? We were just told it happened somehow and witnessed the aftermath. A lot of stuff apparently happened offscreen in order to keep the audience in the dark, but it prevented us from seeing in place of being told. It'd be like if Jon walked outside of Winterfell and was confronted by the Night King. Then the next scene he walks in & tosses the NK's head on the floor. We get Brienne whispering to The Hound "He's the greatest swordsman I've ever seen!" But we, the audience, don't actually *see* him fighting. If Sansa's the smartest person Arya's ever met, we need to see why or that line's just laughable.
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    S08.E01: Winterfell

    I freeze-framed it and it looks like a short spear which can eject the tip as a projectile. Presumably made of dragonglass.
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    S08.E01: Winterfell

    I wish they'd stop having every character telling us how smart Sansa is and show her doing something smart or thinking up a brilliant plan or something.
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    S01.E17: Chapter Seventeen: The Missionaries

    Well, they were Devil Ex Machina'd onto her, so that would be appropriate.
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I don't like Cinemascore because *everything* gets a high rating. Jurassic Park Lost World got a B+. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull got a B. Thor: The Dark World got an A-. Iron Man 3 got an A. It suffers from too much grade inflation. Or, to quote The Lego Movie (which got an A) "Everything is awesome!"
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I was never *not* going to see this movie but I do think that's a bit... silly? Sorry, can't think of a better word. It's basically the same as people who hate certain music or films simply because they're popular (hipsters). I like Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" & no one can tell me otherwise!!! It's letting other people affect what you're interested in, IMO. See/listen to what you want. By all means, go see this movie - I fully expect it to be awesome, but going even partially out of spite just seems pointless to me.
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    S38.E01: It Smells Like Success

    In real life, sure. On Survivor it's simply accurate. I'm no spring chicken but if I were out there & had a couple days to evaluate my tribe, I'd do exactly what most of these people are doing. "Hey, see those 3 going off by themselves? The rest of us should totally vote one them out!" "Hey, that person messing with our stuff? Let's totally vote them out!!" "Hey, that person who's older than me? Let's totally vote them out!" Bonus points to me if someone else suggests any of those & I just have to agree. First 3 days, *especially if your tribe loses Immunity*, Sandra's "Anybody But Me" is the way to play.
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    S38.E01: It Smells Like Success

    Don't forget to dry the sails on the beach, in the sun, first. Maybe move them around a few times, too.
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    Box Office

    As a general rule, the studios only get about half the domestic gross, so a film that costs $10 million & makes $15 million is actually operating at a loss. Of course, that's not taking into account foreign box office (studios get roughly 25% from China, maybe 33% from other countries), costs for advertising/marketing, DVD/streaming sales, revenue from merchandising, or any other pluses/minuses, but generally speaking if a film without much of an international presence makes double it's budget, it's breakeven & anything more is a success. Of the films you listed, only Escape Room & maybe Dragon Ball would really be considered a success by that metric.
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    S37:E11 So Smart They're Dumb

    Nick also showed his hand at tribal by saying sometimes the best play is to take out someone who's both a threat as well as a friend who might want you to win. That plus Gabby's transparent almost confession told Christian he was in danger.
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    S01.E10: Chapter Ten: The Witching Hour

    I thought the series started off really weak but finished strong over the last 3-4 episodes when the stakes got ramped up, the characters started to seem less like cardboard cutouts, Sabrina finally became likable, & there were actual consequences for both the story & the people in it. At first I was just having fun playing Diversity Bingo. So, she's talking to her African-American friend about their LGBTQ friend & she casually mentions her Jewish friend's Bar Mitzvah & her Mexican friend's Quinceañera. So far so good. But where's the standard-issue gay best friend? Ah, it's her cousin who's a different race! Hmmm... we haven't had an interracial couple yet - there they are! Now, what race are the Weird sisters? All of them you say?!? Bingo! I also thought Sabrina started off as too much of a Mary Sue. Perfect in every way, all the boys want to date her, all the girls are either her friend or jealous of her. All the adults respect her. She defies & outwits the Devil of all people (albeit with some help). She stands up to every authority figure, never faces any real consequences for it, & almost always gets the authority figure to back down. She's great at witchcraft, is apparently The Chosen One or something, & is never wrong about anything. Anyone who doubts her or dislikes her is shown to be wrong or evil (or both). Plus she complained all the time about people lying to her while lying to (even mind-wiping) her boyfriend & her best friends. But then the last 3-4 episodes came along & all that started to change. She started to fail, to have "good" people disagree with her choices, to have her boyfriend complain that she lied to him (I don't think she ever did see the irony in that, though). She was the one getting manipulated, & I actually liked seeing her "go dark" a bit. The fake sacrifice with one of the Weird sisters was surprising, not because of the actual fake out plan, but that Sabrina would slit the girl's throat like that, even given the fake out plan. I guess we needed to see her get there, but I found endgame Sabrina so much more interesting than perfect, milquetoast Sabrina from the beginning of the show. Plus the storylines really seemed to be going somewhere instead of existing just to check off boxes. I'm looking forward to a Season 2 now that she's signed the book.
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    S03.E09: Revelations

    Agreed, especially on the "unnecessarily convoluted" part. It was better when it appeared Fisk was just waiting for a "clean" agent that could be manipulated instead of setting up the whole situation. Also, apparently Obamacare doesn't exist in the MCU if his sister could be turned down for a pre-existing condition.
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    The Star Wars Saga

    That cartoon implies that not only was The Mouse prescient in regards to some fan reactions to three characters, one of which doesn't even appear until episode VIII, but that Jar Jar Binks was really a great character that people only disliked because the guy in the suit was a black guy. Then, given all that, they decided to make the main bad guy of the new trilogy whiny & pathetic in order to ridicule a small part of the American fanbase. I'm not buying it.
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    Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

    In the director's commentary they mention that they use a combination. They shoot the actual actors doing a scene, then shoot a younger "lookalike" doing the same scene. The CGI then de-ages the actual actor's face & superimposes it onto the lookalike's body. I guess it's easier than trying to digitally de-age the real actor's entire body.
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    The Star Wars Saga

    I dunno - I thought Kylo Ren was a lame villain in both movies. He's not really intimidating or scary, except that maybe one of his temper tantrums might cause a put-upon orderly droid to have to clean up his mess. When your villain is pathetic, not respected, or easily dispatched by noobs (or in Kylo's case all 3), it generally hurts your story. I also don't think anyone fetishizes the Dark Side/Sith. Darth Vader was an iconic, great villain. Darth Maul was a cool adversary. But no one really cares about Count Dooku. Even the Emperor isn't really a fan favorite. It's just that some bad guys are cool & some aren't. It's no different than any other franchise. Loki: cool. Thanos: awesome. Ronan the Accuser? Not so much.
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    S37.E03 I Am Goliath Strong

    Now THAT'S vile.
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    I saw Bean as "What if Leela was a princess?" as well. At this point a non-ass-kicking tomboy who's rebelling against the position society chose for her would be refreshing. The anti-tropey character has become more cliche than the tropey character. Agreed on this point as well. I thought it was surprisingly tame & paint-by-numbers for a "Groening on Netflix" type show, but it picked up a lot in the last few episodes. I still didn't get more than a few chuckles ("Eye of newt. Tail of newt. Rest of newt."), but the storyline held my interest a lot more towards the end.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

    Just attach hyperdrives to large asteroids & trigger them by remote. No need for kamikazes.