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  1. John Potts

    S05.E10: I Am Bane

    I'm sorry - did Penguin & Edd not realise Unification was happening? A sub seems excessive when you could just walk off the island now! Gotta say, I love the idea that, "I'm going into labour, there is no pain you can inflict on me that's worse!" So Dr Strange's plan was to begin with the physical improvements and then the mental conditioning? Can't see how that could go wrong. And if the plan was to allow Jim to escape - that's one hell of a risk for Hugo to take. I know Jim's a hero, but even heroes will kill if they have to. And with his new (if, presumably, temporary) super strength, he might just kill you accidentally. I realise the military isn't meant to be heroic in comics - but haven't any of the soldiers heard of illegal orders? And did they just sit around while their General was captured!? They didn't seem any plan to rescue him under way - more like, "Oh, General, good to see you back. Been somewhere nice?" You obviously haven't seen Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars where Aeryn Sun fires off a huge gun while giving birth ("It makes me feel better!"). I mean, what's the occasional murder attempt between friends?
  2. Which would make it more like England post the Black Death (which hit England around the mid 14th Century, so pre Wars of the Roses - though it did kill the Black Prince so did help set off the succession crisis that caused all the trouble). Which is reckoned to have ended the Feudal system within England. The English House of Commons was established roughly the same time, though it was a long way from being democratic (more of a wider based oligarchy). ...which doesn't have a lot to do with ASoIaF, but we might see the formalising of some sort of Council of Lords as a ruling council presided over by their God-King Bran as a sort of Chairman of the Board. I really hope we don't end up with a Dune rip off where Bran/Bloodraven/The 3-Eyed Raven end up as the eternal ruler of Westeros (of course that would require the final Book to ever be published!).
  3. I'm not sure who it was who said it (maybe Preston Jacobs? Alt-Shift-X? I forget), but assuming the end point (Bran as King) is the same in the Books, his thesis seems to be that even the most well intentioned leader (Danerys) will ultimately be corrupted by attaining power - unless you're an inhuman tree wizard. Which as a depressing view of human nature, because we don't have any inhuman tree wizards available IRL (that we're aware of, anyway)! Even the downer ending of having Cersei (or worse, Euron) ending up on the throne would at least say something about human nature - it's just a rather depressing message.
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    S02.E07: Janet and Michael

    Awww, Michael likes Janet and doesn't want to marbelise her! Maybe there's hope he can get into the (real) Good Place after all. Maybe there's some Ineffable plan on the part of God (whoever he/she/it is) to get everyone into the Good Place eventually? Can I just say - Called it! Janet is glitching because she had to lie. OK, I didn't get the root of it, but I was right on the cause. Incidentally, her internal temperature is a few trillion degrees? Given that's a lot hotter than the centre of the sun, her skin must be an incredible insulator (I guess that's divine engineering for you). OK, Big Picture stuff: God's (whoever he/she/it is!) plan is to have everyone (Angels, Humans and Demons) end up in The Good Place. The "Bad" people have to qualify by realising and overcoming their faults. Furthermore Janet is God (maybe) - she is literally the hope in Hell. Except her resistance to being rebooted is purely automatic. It seems to be the equivalent of Microsoft's "Are you sure?" prompt. I mean, presumably Michael is aware that she can't be pregnant with his baby! Maybe you're actually in the Bad Place?
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    S06.E15: Return of the King

    Come on, that has to be the most believable thing about the episode!
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    S01.E19: Misalliance

    I get that the President likes to fight for the "little man" but he really should be focusing on big picture stuff or he'll never get anything done. Supposedly Kirkman has (or had) his "100 Days" Agenda, but we've learned nothing about what it was (to my recollection - I know it didn't contain his Gun Control Bill, at least initially). If the Secretary of State is discussing nuclear disarmament, shouldn't he be talking to the UK as well as France? Both are nuclear powers, but the UK is a much more likely to follow the US lead than France is. I'm sure Kimble did speak to members of the Turkish military. I thought she was going to be brought down by not remembering that she had done so, but given how involved the military had been in Turkish politics (less so in recent years), it is doubtful she didn't speak to somebody military. As Clear and Present Danger told us, the correct answer to any direct question of "Did you do X?" is "I have no recollection of doing so" rather than "I did not," because it looks like you may have something to hide if it's shown to be inaccurate. Hey, next week are we going to have Toronto standing in for... Toronto? It's lucky that conspirators are so loose lipped - but unlucky that Catalan is so competent. It would take a miracle for Atwood to survive in that situation, as Catalan seems highly competent, though you can never entirely rule out plot contrivance to save him. That was such a "Hollywood Surveillance" moment - he had absolutely no reason to have got that close. A bit like the way that air (or space) combat is always depicted as taking place at visual range when it would probably involve missiles fired over the horizon. In Spooks (MI:5, in the US) we had a woman using hers as a garotte! It also showed a captured female agent being held naked (using careful angles to prevent it being exploitative), partly to deny her using anything and partly to make her feel more vulnerable (it was also later revealed that she had been raped as part of her interrogation). They (presumably) want to know just what she does know, but if they were going to interrogate her, you'd think they'd deny her food, drink and sleep before trying to question her. For people who are mass murderers, they seem to be remarkably considerate to a captured enemy! He's still alive (he ran out of Hannah's apartment when it got blown up), last we saw him, IIRC. But it didn't seem that he & Atwood were particularly close, although they did both work for the FBI.
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    S05.E06: The Venue

    As with any wedding on TV, this made little sense, as nobody (certainly not somebody as up tight detail oriented as Amy) would be buying a cake without locking down the venue first (I know she had a verbal agreement, but as Henry Ford once said, A verbal contract is not worth the paper it's written on). I guess The Vulture overbid at the venue to steal it from them? I also didn't understand why Jake & Amy didn't excuse themselves from the meeting with the Vulture ("People are always criming!") and, if their consciences are bothering them, let her know later when they've definitely got the venue (not that that's the important thing, it's about making sure she's fully informed, of course).
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    S05.E07: Two Turkeys

    If only all crime in NY was restricted to those areas!
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    Babylon 5

    From what we learn in the series, previous iterations of the Shadow War went more along the lines of (spoiled for those who haven't seen the whole series): My favourite Jack the Ripper was in the little known Forever, where the immortal protagonist (Henry) had met him and it's suggested that the Big Bad of the series (another immortal) may have actually been him.
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    S05.E09: The Trial of Jim Gordon

    If I was living in Gotham, I'd be more concerned about food than the water. You can distil the river water and/or collect rainwater. I'd be more concerned about food - it's not like there are vast plains of arable land inside the city and food doesn't fall from the sky. Good to see Harvey engaging in some good old fashioned police work... He actually had a good episode all round. He even remembered Ed's walking into the GCPD a couple of weeks back. How exactly does Ivy's power work? Surely if Bruce sprayed Lucius with Ivy's magic potion he should fall in love with him. But I guess even a coerced gay relationship is too much for mainstream TV? Why are people so concerned whether Lee is going to be a good mother? She's not pregnant and Barbara doesn't seem that interested in involving Jim anyway. Maybe if Babs does die in the Finale, she will end up being Baby Babs' stepmom, but it's like Jim is some sort of paterfamilias who has an absolute right to bring up his children when the mother has no interest in involving him. Did like Alfred's conversation with Lee about sudden onset parenthood, though. He doesn't. He concluded the wedding with, "By the power invested in me by absolutely no one, I pronounce you husband and wife!" Though I thought the candles around the GCPD were kinda cute and very fitting. It's a shame nobody else realises that the best way to attack somebody is not to announce your presence first.
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    2019 Womens World Cup France

    …#Coming in to show that their women play the bes(t)#? Yeah, congrats to the USA, who were easily the best team of the tournament and thoroughly deserved their victory. I did think the Dutch did pretty well in the final, but I didn't think they'd actually win (unless, maybe, they could take it to penalties).
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    S02.E06: The Trolley Problem

    Love Michael's solution to the Trolly Problem! And he was totally right about Les Miserables… Holy forking shirtballs, Chidi swore! Although that makes me wonder - at what level is the Swearing Censor set? I know where I used to work we had to say to "Austin Powers 2" and not "Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged me" because it was potentially offensive. Or is the swearing censor simply calibrated to American English? It's weird that Chidi would be a fan of Kierkegaard, as Existentialism is about "living authentically" (Practice what you preach and accept that life is about choice, in very simplified terms) - exactly the sort of things that Chidi is really bad at. I'd imagine he'd be much more of a Kant fan, personally (his philosophy was far more abstract). Except you're failing to save five people - aren't they just as dead? Not saying you're wrong - I'd make the same choice - but why is it OK to make a passive choice to let people die over an active choice to kill one? What if killing one saved a hundred? A Million? I didn't get that either. Unless killing Santa kills the idea of Santa - but then that's actually the Utilitarian choice (probably), as Santa ceasing to exist would upset billions. A budding Michael there! I'm sure there's plenty of people who think getting "all sex" is their idea of The Good Place! (OK, I realise it was a typo, it just tickled me).
  13. I was listening to this on YouTube (particularly the line "Like a GOD!") I started wondering - Is Janet God? She is: - From the Good Place (according to Michael, at least) - Apparently Omnipotent (she can get you anything you want - and creates it out of nothing) - Apparently Omniscient (she can always hear when she's called) - Benevolent - Is the only being that can travel freely between The Good, Bad and Medium Place* - Can kick demon butt! OTOH, we have seen her reset (multiple times, in fact) - but we only have her word for it that she really doesn't remember each cycle. Maybe this is just God's way of goofing off for a millennia or so! (I suppose I should add that God isn't usually depicted as a woman, but I suspect that may be because the Books of the Bible were overwhelmingly written by and certainly selected by men! Also, I'm assuming a predominately Judeo-Christian version of God, which is not necessarily true). * I've only seen up to mid Season 2, so it's possible others can, too
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    S06.E14: Ticking Clocks

    That was why I thought Jocelyn might be the hacker (especially when Rosa accompanied her out of the station during lockdown). It would be like the ultimate version of "revenge porn" - really hitting back at the person as an act of vengeance, only for Rosa that would be making her look vulnerable and damaging her standing in the relationship she really cares about (her job). But it's certainly one of the more believable depictions of hacking - the easiest (and probably most successful) way to break into any system is to call up and say, "This is technical support - can we have your user name and password?", which is presumably how he got into the system in the first place.
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    S01.E18: Lazarus

    As soon as it was stated that Hannah Wells was the last person to see Majid alive, I was immediately suspicious, because we know she wasn't (Catalan was) - so it was heartening to see that it was a deliberate misdirect. It's just a shame that Dr Fleishman Abe Leonard and Agent Nikita are the only ones looking into the Capitol bombing! Why would they want Kimble as VP? It's a terrible choice for both sides - Tom because he loses an ally in the House and Kimble because she'd be handcuffed to the Kirkman Presidency. Right now, she can look statesmanlike by helping the President when it seems a good idea but can vote against him when it's not in her interests. Unless she has a plan to "remove" Tom, of course... Yes, Nikita - it's better to go it alone. It's such a shame that nobody cares about the Capitol bombing so you can't find anyone else to help you that might have prevented you getting abducted. At least she knows how to use the ever useful Enhance button when looking at video footage.. OK, beyond Ford Product placement ("The car for well connected traitors everywhere!") what was the point of showing Nikita's phone after confronting Patrick Lloyd? Especially as they have a living former army (or was it marines?) colleague of his who wasn't killed by Mrs McCleish. I'm starting to imagine he's sitting alone in a cell somewhere for the last month because nobody's thought to ask him what he knows about McCleish and his part in the conspiracy. I assume it's possible (at least in the US) to own that sort of an arms stockpile - after all, arms manufacturers must own hundreds and his was a large company. And depending on the state, it's possible to own a ridiculously large private arsenal. I really couldn't understand why it's meant to be a revelation that the conspirators are still alive. Why would anyone assume they were dead? Or did they think McCleish and/or the Not!Dead Catalan was the sole mastermind? It's as if nobody cares about the most successful act of political terrorism in US history!