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  1. blackwing

    S31E01: You're In Our Race Now

    Colon and ChrASStie are among my most disliked teams ever. I loathed both of them. Him for being over the top intense. But her because as you said, she showed herself several times to be a horrible human being. Came across as spoiled and entitled. I really hope that now they are older that they have mellowed out a lot. Hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since they’ve been on. Takes me back and makes me feel a bit nostalgic. Back to the early-ish days of TWoP, where if you didn’t agree with the likes and dislikes of the mighty Linda (snort) you would earn yourself a reprimand. Three days off. I miss airport drama too. Mirna was particularly great at it. I believe it was Charla with the infamous line to try and get what we wanted, calmly saying “I need a doctor-o.” Hah.
  2. blackwing

    S31E01: You're In Our Race Now

    I’ve watched every season of the Race since the very first episode premiered since the week before September 11, 2001. I have absolutely zero recollection of Art and JJ. And they finished third in their season??? The one that tried the climb irritated me to no end with his crying and kvetching “I have a cramp wah wah wah!” Suck it up buttercup! But I hate Stupert with a passion so I was hoping that both of those teams could have been philiminated. Corrinne still sucks. Is the girl that Rachel Reilly is racing with really her sister? If so, was she actually on Big Brother? (I haven’t watched it in years.) Or does she mean “sister” as in close friend. If she wasn’t actually on the show and is Rachel’s real life sister, then why is TAR making an exception for her? She wasn’t on a show.
  3. blackwing

    S38.E10 Blood of a Blindside

    Ugh. Two people voted out, and neither of them are The Warthog. Awful.
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    S38 Lauren O'Connell

    I agree completely. Some are saying that she is playing a great game but as far as I can tell, she is barely playing. She got into a tight three person alliance with Kelly and Dan the Warthog, but it seems to me she has yet to make any kind of decision in this game. All she does is do exactly what Kelly and Dan tell her to do. The other players are noticing as well, saying that the three of them have always voted the exact same way every vote. She's the very definition of a coattails player. It's like Blood vs. Water when the tight and open alliance of Tyson, Monica and Gervase rolled over everyone but it was very obvious that Tyson was doing all of the driving. In this case, Lauren is 100% squarely in the Gervase role. Zero votes to win.
  5. blackwing

    S04.E11: Séance & Sensibility

    I liked Jane Austen England, and I liked the Bollywood thing, I just thought it was really weird to have them together at the same time. Too much Mona. Mona is eating the show. She's practically become the show's lead actress. Why????? I thought they got rid of Amaya because the special effects were too costly, yet now they are having Mona hulk out every episode? Too much Mona, not enough Charlie. Charlie needs way more to do and she's a fun character.
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    Knightfall

    I have no idea what happened here either... that woman was the woman whose baby he killed last week, right? I didn't know what was going on with the blood, at first I thought he was raping her and she was a virgin, but then I thought she was the mother from last week so that couldn't be the case. Whatever it was, I found myself not really caring. Louis and Gawain are approaching fast forward status for me. I just tune them out. When Talus was making the Initiates into full Templars, he named "Rhone the Merciful". I really really wanted him to give honorific epithets to the other two so I could actually learn their names and faces. But alas.
  7. blackwing

    The Code

    Unfortunately I think the obvious answer as to why Ato Essandoah isn't the lead is because he's black. For some reason the show has decided that it revolves around the young pretty blonde white boy and his beautiful past fling (?) who he keeps being on the opposite side of. However, I bet they are destined to rekindle their flame, I give it to episode 5 max before it happens, if the show lasts that long. I actually don't mind Luke Mitchell, I think he brings an earnestness to the role. He's Australian, so I think maybe the thing with the voice you are hearing is occasionally his natural accent slipping through. He does a pretty good American accent. Nice to see that Ferry got major screentime and had his own storyline, even if it was the B plot. And nice to see that Harper Li got significant screentime and was more than just an extra. The fussy male pool secretary (or whatever his actual position is) is still irritating, however. I agree that the behaviour of Greszak was abominable. How did he make it through training? I suppose it is because he was self-medicating. And then what? He ran out of meds or forgot to take them and when he went overseas in combat he had an attack? Why didn't the medical guy at the base who was providing him with those drugs get charged with anything? He should have reported it. He's partly responsible for the deaths of those Marines in Somalia because he knew this guy was unfit for duty and still helped him.
  8. blackwing

    Warrior

    I'm still getting some of the characters confused. The couple near the end of the episode... was the guy (with all the scars on his back) Wang Chao? Was the woman the sister of Ah Sahm? I thought they worked for rival tongs. The two Chinese at the very last scene, one was Wang Chao, who was the other? When Chao said "his men killed last night"... he's talking about the two guys on the cart that were killed by Jun the Younger, right? Who was the cop who died? Loved the rap at the end, even if I couldn't understand a word of it. Songs are hard.
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    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    I hope Julie gets voted out next. She's shown herself to be completely unstable and willing to jump to whoever is willing to take her and Ron. She acts like she has never seen the show before and appears shocked that people are playing the game without her. On top of that, she has an irritating whiny voice and she kind of resembles jack-of-all-trades Debbie Wanner in looks. She's probably even more unstable than Debbie. So annoying.
  10. blackwing

    S04. E18. Ohana

    Ugh. "Zapata goes rogue" and "Weller and Jane continue to search" are two episode descriptions that kind of make me want to delete this episode before it even records.
  11. blackwing

    S04. E17. The Night of the Dying Breath

    I am fairly claustrophobic so I had a hard time watching this episode, even though I knew that Jane would be rescued in the end. I must not have been paying that close attention... once they knew where the cabin was, why didn't someone in the helicopter use a infrared heat camera to look for a prone body? It didn't look like she was buried that deeply. And would her air really last that long in the coffin?
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    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    Or the colourful underpants? Cue Angelina saying “we don’t get to pick our own clothes” haha. But really, I don’t think there’s ever been a season where there were more than two gay men, has there? Seems like a token casting just like the casting of racial minorities. And this season they cast Ron and Keith.
  13. blackwing

    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    I've been wondering if there's anything to read in to Jeffy not listing the members of the jury. He did it maybe the first time but that's it. It's his usual spiel, "we now bring in the members of our jury... [long dramatic pause and slowly reads out each name].... A...B... C... and D, voted out at the last tribal council". Now he is just saying "we now bring in the members of our jury" without listing the names. Is it because there was no finality of the person getting voted out? Or is there some other twist about the jury coming up. I could have sworn that the episode after Wendy and Keith quit and didn't show up at TC, that the players in the game proper mentioned it after TC, something like "what happened to Wendy and Keith, did they quit?"
  14. blackwing

    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    If anything, Aurora is the one that looks like Patricia Wettig. She has the blonde hair and slightly buggy eyes. I've also thought Aurora looks like Virginia Madsen, but now that she's on air more, maybe not as much. Not sure who Julie looks like, but I agree she seems to resemble an actress that I can't place.
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    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    I have to wonder if Julia was this arrogant and judgmental and unlikeable throughout the entire time she was on the show. I am puzzled as to why she suggested that she wasn't getting any airtime because she was black. Considering that once she got major airtime, she proved herself to be a completely hateful ass. Chris and his wet skintight boxer briefs. Looked like they were painted on hahaha. I can't remember which season was when the show stopped blurring out the guy's crotches and butts, but I'm sure Jeffy loved watching this on air last night.
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    S38:E09 Y'all Making Me Crazy

    It's been a long time since there has been a Survivor season in which I find so many of the people so very unlikeable. Rick is an ass. Ron was an ass, and now that he got his power taken away, he's just a sad sack passive aggressive ass. Julie is an unstable mess. She's in her 40s, she should be mentally stronger. Julia is just an all around jerk. The Warthog is a dick. Aurora speaks, and she doesn't look that bad only because everyone around her looks bad. Gavin complained that things turned into a dictatorship when people didn't do what he told them to do (although I'm sure he thinks of himself as a "strong leader" as opposed to a dictator). Victoria is irritating. Of the people left in the game proper, I think the only one I actually would want to see win is David. Shocked to hear that Gavin has a wife. He looks like he's 16, with the face and teenaged body to match. Was there no reward challenge? Or did it happen but not air so we could get even more air time for what Jeff must think of as "one of the greatest tribal councils EVAH". I would have preferred to have seen a reward challenge. Or more happenings on Extinction. I would have liked to have seen more of the interactions between Chris, Eric and Joe. They seem like they would have mutual respect for each other. Aubrey was super irritating. Hey Aubrey... Grandma called. She wants her pearls back. And she says to dial it down a notch and to close your mouth. Not everything is as earth shattering as you think it is.
  17. blackwing

    The Code

    I don't have any military experience but I can understand how those that do are annoyed with some of the details. I am sure "JAG" would have gotten similar complaints if the internet and message boards like this one had been around in full force like they are today. However, as an ignorant viewer, I quite enjoyed this show. I like the premise and story. I like the interaction between Abe and Ferry, they seem to have mutual respect and work very well together. I can't tell if the show is trying to set up Abe and Dobbins for the typical "will they or won't they" scenario when two leads work with each other and there's sexual tension but they seem to hate each other but they really don't (cf. Moonlighting, the current Moonlighting-inspired Whiskey Cavalier, many other shows, etc.). It seems obvious to me that they have a past together, they are no longer currently together, but they may possibly still be interested. I'm quite proud for the show and for Luke Mitchell that he managed to keep his shirt on. I thought it was going to come off at some point, even in a military show, because that seems to be his go-to move in pretty much every show he's been on. I guess he's making an effort to be known as a serious actor haha. I wish we had seen more of Philippa Soo. For some reason I thought she was going to be the female lead. I would have liked her better in the Captain Dobbins position. As it was, she was barely in the show. It's nice that there is some diversity in the show, but I can't help but notice that at its core, the show's two leads are two young pretty white people, while the minorities (Soo, the female Asian driver on the base, Abe's Middle Eastern irritating earnest assistant, Ferry, the judge) were just minor supporting players or glorified extras. Especially with Ferry. Ferry is a Major and outranks Abe. Here's hoping we see more from Ferry and Philippa Soo (I don't believe we even learned her character's name) in the future.
  18. blackwing

    Warrior

    Thank you for posting this article, I really liked it. My Cantonese isn't the best so I have trouble figuring out what they are saying sometimes without reading the subtitles, particularly with some of the slang they use, but I am enjoying seeing how much I can pick up. I did get a laugh out of them saying "nay deem ah?" which I have always thought of as a simple "how are you" but they subtitled it as something like "hey, how the f*** are you".
  19. blackwing

    Knightfall

    I enjoyed this week's episode with the exception of anything to do with Gawain. I really dislike him. The prince is horrible even though I know we are supposed to dislike him. He's in his 20s and he has erectile dysfunction, I'm not sure if I am supposed to feel sorry for him or not. But I don't. So it seems there are three main Initiates that are Landry's buddies. There's Rhone, guy with Scottish accent, and slightly better looking guy. Were those three in Landry's team of 6 from the beginning? Quentin died. Who was the last guy and is he still around (if there were even 6 to begin with). De Nogaret was at least a hateable villain last season... this season they seem determined to make the prince and Gawain the villains so De Nogaret just seems like a nonentity.
  20. blackwing

    S38:E08 I'm the Puppet Master

    But then we get robbed of the satisfaction of seeing someone go home with an Idol in their pocket (or two, as in the case of James in China). If we are never told when anyone finds them we won't get the hubris and overconfidence of seeing someone so sure they are safe going home unexpectedly.
  21. blackwing

    S38:E08 I'm the Puppet Master

    They already did that at least once with their darling PTSD Marine Ben. It looked like he was finally going to get voted out and then he pulled out a surprise idol that viewers were never shown him finding. Frankly... it sucked. But I hated Ben. I think he found like five idols. There was some speculation that producers were helping him in subtle ways, for example, a cameraman focusing a camera on a particular tree. Then there was the new Final Four firemaking challenge which seemed designed to save him. Of course, the show denied it, but the fact that we never saw him finding an idol and then pulling it out at tribal was particularly suspicious.
  22. blackwing

    Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)

    I'm pretty sure in the first movie, Cher was dead. I remember a scene of Donna and the Julie Walter character talking, and something had just happened, and Donna points to heaven and says something like "I think somebody up there has it in for me. Maybe it's my mother". And then Julie Walter said something like "Yeah, she was a piece of work". Donna points to heaven and Julie Walter talks about her mother in the past tense... strongly implies that Donna's mom was dead.
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    Warrior

    I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that this series features a slice of history that is rarely depicted onscreen, namely the treatment of the Chinese (many who came to America to help build the transcontinental railroad) and the beginning of the Tong Wars. I was a little confused as to who was on which side, but it seems the Chinese will be facing attacks from both the whites as well as from each other. There were a bit too many characters to introduce all at once. Not sure what the point of the mayor and his Chinese-sympathetic wife was, other than to show her naked. The other sympathizer, the cop from Georgia played by Tom Weston-Jones, seems to be there only to advance the "not all white people hate the Chinese" story. Apart from that, a lot of people I didn't see enough to figure out what they want. I thought it was great how the show made it clear that the Chinese characters are speaking with each other in Cantonese but then did a camera spin and overlapping voices to have them speaking in English for the sake of the viewing audience. I thought it was most effectively done when they showed the guy who I think is the consigliere-type, Wang Chao, making the joke to his friends about the two nuns. They are first seen speaking in Cantonese, then the camera flips and they are speaking perfect accentless English to each other. Then we see the scene from the perspective of the cops and he has the broken accented English of someone for whom English is not his native language. Well done. I didn't fully understand what happened at the end. Two Irish locals are urinating in the alley, and I believe it was Ah Toy (the madam) who killed them? Is she just trying to foment fear among the locals? Is she trying to have them blame Mai Ling's tong? I have no idea what is going on there.
  24. blackwing

    S38:E08 I'm the Puppet Master

    I hear you, but I want to say the reason why some here including myself call him "Dan" is specifically because he refers to himself in the third person as "The Wardog" and wants everyone to call him "The Wardog". If he were not such an asstastic pinhead I would probably be calling him Wardog. But because he to me is one of the most unlikeable people on the show this season, I refuse to grant him what he wants. Some part of me is hoping he is reading these forums and getting angry every time he sees himself referred to as "Dan". It seems very Seinfeldish of him to be reading these comments and exclaiming "What?! They aren't calling The Wardog by the name of The Wardog? The Wardog isn't happy!!!!!!" It was the exact same thing with another despicable character on this show, Kyle Jason. He of the amazingly hideous full back tattoo. He wanted to be called "Jason" and Jeffy called him Jason. It was discussed that his first name is actually Kyle so more than a few of us called him Kyle, just because he wanted to be called Jason. True. But the people in the game proper could also be getting fish. It's just that no one bothers. I am surprised none of them (especially Eric, who looks like he should be the alpha male) tried to fish to be the hero provider. I guess they just rely on reward and hope they are on the winning team. Ron was on the same reward team as Kelly and Lauren and actually said something in a TH about how he isn't unhappy he lost reward along with them because he wants to keep them as weak as possible. I get that it's a game strategy, but I don't think I've heard anyone talk so spitefully about another contestant when it comes to their health in a while. He seems like he is not a very nice person.
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