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  1. Overall, very good for such an early episode of a non-comedic superhero series. Very big props to them for allowing characters to still have visible wounds that last beyond the episode in which they occur. Not only is it more realistic, but it serves as good narrative reminder that there's probably a lot of other stuff that still hurts from the last fight. Pat is really good at some aspects of this stuff. Such as building giant robots. But his tactical planning? Not so much. Let me see if I understand this one correctly: "If I die of a stroke tonight, you need to tell your mom to just leave her husband's body here, quit her job, abandon the house, and run away with everyone to a new town and get new identities... because her fifteen year old daughter said to." What the hell?
  2. Starman's treatment of Pat reminded me a lot of Nandor and Guillermo.
  3. Now I really want to watch a silly movie with Laszlo, Nadja, and Nandor, just so I can listen to them trying to explain various plot elements to each other.
  4. Then I guess I'm not Colin. I always think "Demolition Man."
  5. This was not great. It wasn't bad, either, but it was not great. Surprisingly, the best stuff was actually the B plot with Kite Man. The main story felt more like "Hey, look how similar to a big budget movie we can make our animation look" than "we've got a really funny and smart way to advance the plot."
  6. Does Sy want to be his latex salesman?
  7. How does "angry super-strong football player" translate into "manipulating two lightweight cutting weapons at the same time?" I'd think something heavy and two-handed, like an axe or hammer, that would allow him to easily put his body weight into each blow, would fit the character better. Maybe they don't want to do the Casey Jones sledgehammer cliche, but there are lots of objects smashier than machetes, as well as being more likely to be quickly available to an escapee. Did Arkham make him do a lot of work in the Gotham City sugarcane gardens or something?
  8. The funnies thing about the Bruce Springsteen joke was that they weren't even suspicious about his pronouncing it "Spring-stine." Clayface is like a sillier, more clueless incarnation of Sideshow Bob.
  9. Jeff: "Amber is losing! In last place! Because none of the other players trying to do this puzzle are as far back in last as Amber, who is in last!" Amber: "So I take it you don't want to come to Rob's barbecue this year?" Jeff: "Pssst... keep the mostly red sides in front... it spells "Outwit, Outlast, Outplay, and... now you want the mostly green sides... Out-Idol-Find, and... now the blue side... Out Deus Ex Schenaniga...."
  10. It will be filmed on the grounds of a chocolate factory, which has long been closed to the public. And whenever they do something stupid, they will be bludgeoned with ridiculously on-the-nose poetic justice by Gene Wilder and his delightful singing mutants. Either that, or it'll be "Survivor: Epstein Island." As for the show itself, I thought it was a surprisingly good finale for a a pretty damned crappy season. Without our live-posting thread, I probably would not have finished it. I completely lost track of how many times I was surprised that Kim was still in the game. Or Nick. Or, sometimes, early on, Sarah. Or, after they were voted out, Danni and Jeremy. I thought the show and the viewers had an understanding. We will try to keep track of all these people, and the show will try to help us keep track of all these people, but once these early people get voted out, we are allowed to forget about them and continue trying to keep all the active players straight. But you have to break a few eggs, god damn it! People bitch and moan about participation trophies as if kids themselves don't still want to kick the other team's ass, yet this season was far, far worse. Not only does nobody, no matter how early they're voted out, actually just get sent to Loser's Lodge, but the jury are actually allowed to screw with the game itself. Not only does every single loser get to have a vote as to who should be winner, but they get to shuffle the cards in favor of whoever they want to, as well. Of course it was the least bitter jury ever. They were allowed to play god. Hey, Jeff? Wouldn't it be fun if, every once in a while, CBS flips a coin to see if you should still be the host? I mean, who cares what people want to see? Changing it up is always better. Right? Yadda, yadda, yadda. hated this fucking season. Yet, actually wound up caring about how the finale turned out. Not enough to be mad that Tony won or whatever, but at least I watched three hours without being bored. I'll take it. However, after three hours of a "Survivor" finale and thirty minutes of "What We Do in the Shadows," when I woke up hungover today after an extremely heavy night of TV-drinking, I had at least half a dozen "wow!" thoughts in my head. And the only one that was about "Survivor" was "What the fuck was that moron Ben thinking?"
  11. I could see maybe Adam voting for Michele the underdog, and Natalie will get a decent number of votes, but Tony is gonna win this thing. And, much as I dislike admitting it, he's earned that win.
  12. What happened to "you're voted out, leave now?"
  13. OK, I've got to ask.. what else from Ben would we hear?
  14. Nobody has said that this is the best season of all time.
  15. It does seem a bit odd for it to be common knowledge that Jason Todd was Robin without anyone putting the rest of the pieces together.
  16. It's pronounced "Baneton!" It rhymes with "plankton."
  17. I was thinking Hugo Strange, but, to be honest, I would much rather see your idea.
  18. Presumably the amnesia is from the chemical. Considering how much LoD tech he had access to, I can shrug that one off. As for the earlier question about why the citizens aren't used to constant Arkham escapes... it could be those escapes have cost a lot of the city's political figures their jobs. Perhaps keeping criminals behind bars was Harvey's biggest campaign promise. I hope we see more of Arkham. The origin flashbacks intrigue me, as does the question of who is running it today.
  19. I suppose the biggest unanswered question is: When did that thing with Commissioner Gordon's chest hair happen?
  20. So did any of the Gotham villains actually become a new person? Maybe Man-Bat, I suppose. But Harvey was always a power-hungry dick; the acid simply took away his charm. Even at her most straight-laced, Harley had a criminal history, was extremely fascinated by murderous supervillains, and considered black lipstick perfectly normal for the first day at a new job. The only one that really confuses me now is Joker. I mean, my gut tells me that he was always a maniacal sadist. And if he ever did have a ferret, I do not ever want to hear what he did to it. But his current persona doesn't match that. Does that mean he was super boring until he changed? Or does that mean that everything interesting about him is so interwoven with his Joker identity that all that was left was... this? Oh, and Dr. Psycho? I laughed at your joke.
  21. There seems to be a big "alternate selves" theme going on this season. Meeting their own ghosts, looking at past events through the lens of one's former human morality, and even creating literal alternate selves. Actually, not just this season. This whole series. If you don't believe me, ask Jebsk. Nadja just embraces it. She doesn't give a damn about whether or not suddenly judging Nandor to be a murderer makes her a hypocrite, she feels what she feels. That's why she can be best friends with her own ghost. It didn't even take much prodding for the old lady next door to get her to admit everything, because compartmentalizing periods of her life is just not her style. Nandor is so old and settled down that he remembers himself as an adult human the same way that I remember being, say, 10 years old. So he remembers his horse fondly, but his actual personality from back then is removed enough from today's that it's hard to guilt trip him much over it. Laszlo settled his biggest personal identity crisis this season by doing one of the things he does best: pleasuring himself. This week he didn't particularly have a bat in the race so he simply did whatever it took to make Nadja happy. Gizmo had already dabbled in this theme last season when he met the other familiars. More recently, he's been dealing with it by interacting with the other slayers. Hell, even the next door neighbor rediscovering himself through amnesia fits into the identity theme. So what did we learn from Colin Robinson and his alts? We learned that he's okay with himself or himselves, but does still require other distinct people for self-actualization. He was actually more upset about his roomies not caring about the promotion than he was about the alts dying.
  22. Previously, on "Survivor:" "Whisper, whisper, whisper, whisper..." "Some people are voted out! Well, okay, not really, though..." Did I forget anything?
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