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  1. The new series started up a couple of episodes. They've changed the format again and now have a host in the kitchen with the chefs. They start off with 4 chefs and two are eliminated before the judges' table. I miss the old format of one dish per day a lot. I was also fine with the chef judge hosting it himself. With the plethora of other shows on at this time, we're not watching this much. It's too bad; I use to really like this show.
  2. I've been a Colbert fan since TDS and was a faithful viewer of TCR. While I occasionally watch LSSC, the format and the interviews don't really work for me as much so I watch it less. I am enjoying these at home shows much more. I feel like Stephen has found the groove without an audience. It feels more sincere and real in some ways even though he still has access to his writers. The interviews are more candid too; the Oliver and Radcliffe ones felt like he was just calling some friends. Overall, it is different vibe though which I really like.
  3. I think Data's death would have profound effects on Picard for a number of reasons chiefly the theme of sacrifice which was highlighted in this episode. I think Picard's obsession with Data's death is also that of survivor's guilt. Also, no matter what way you can cut it, Data was exceptional member of and friend to the Enterprise crew and his loss would be profound. I didn't find it difficult for Picard to obsess over it especially after all the stuff with the Mars Attack and the synths ban. The other thing that this series touches on and was explored on TNG was that the crew were a family. Some of them did not have good relationships with their parents. Data himself did admire Picard and saw him as more of a father figure than Soong ever was. Riker felt the same. Notice that in Nepenthe episode this is touched on with Soji and Kess spells it out to her and the audience. Soji will also see Picard as a mentor and father figure. I still think the show is silly at times. I am really biased because I adored Data so his loss and paying tribute to him worked for me in this series.
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  6. I liked it. Called the Golem thing and the Raffi/Seven thing was a nice little addition. My partner didn't get the Seven subtext earlier in the season and went "Whaat?" when he saw that little moment. Actually it's been interesting watching this show with someone who is less emotionally invested than me but still knows enough about TNG. My partner really enjoyed it and actually preferred this over the other new sci-fi show we tried "The Mandalorian". I liked them both for different reasons. We both agreed that ST: Picard had a really good definitive arc for its first season and lots of good character moments. It has a lot sentimental value for me as someone who grew up with TNG and loves these characters (Data!) to bits. I know it's controversial among fans but as someone who mainly liked TNG, this show worked for me. I couldn't ever really get into the post-TNG shows except Voyager and some of DS9. Couldn't do Enterprise or Discovery so I'm happy that I can continue with this show. I have a few questions too: xBs? Soong? Narek? Synth colony? I hope Narissa is truly dead because she was not a compelling villain.
  7. I think Cary Grant is with us on this one. After filming Charade he said, " All I want for Christmas is to make another movie with Audrey Hepburn." Grant was reportedly also offered the role of Higgins in My Fair Lady, and apparently he requested Hepburn as his co-star in Father Goose (1964). Charade was my first Hepburn movie and it remains one of my favourite movies (possibly ever for sentimental reasons). I grew up watching Cary Grant on his Hitchcock movies, but there was something special about their chemistry in Charade too.
  8. I like this show: the visuals, the world building, the music, most of the actors and some of the writing. I love Thandie Newton's Maeve the most. I find her character is the heart of this show. She imbues Maeve with such intelligence and wit, but also with warmth. All her interactions and discussions with Sim!Sizemore showed that range. It should be interesting to see how she gets out or if she goes along to play along with Cassel's Serac character. I like the Bernard/Stubbs buddy cop movie happening as well. If they pair up with Maeve, that will be even more fun. The GoT cameos were crap.
  9. The theme of twin/siblings synths is interesting and carried over from TNG with Data and Lore. One is more evil/amoral and one is more good at least to the audience's eyes. It also seems like in this utopia everyone has a twin so losing one would be probably be traumatic even for synths. Maybe Janna was the "good" one and Sutra is the "bad" one. She is definitely the more amoral one. Similarly, up until maybe last episode, I still preferred Daj in her one pilot episode to Soji even though they are played by the same actress. The writing has also made us more inclined warm up to one synth over the other. Even though it looks like Soji will change her mind in the finale, she is still an unknown and it all rests on her. This episode was good. I liked episode 7 and 8 much better, but this one sets up the finale so it doesn't have as many punches. The utopia is camp. I do like seeing Brent Spiner back on the screen. I will always miss Data.
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  14. I agree and I noticed that on her phone call with Jessica she doesn't even wait for Jessica to reply before hanging up on her as if it's a done deal. Jessica and Kevin are actually presented as middle-class. Jessica is supposedly the most highly skilled and Mrs Park treats her as if she is the lowliest help who would love to spend her day off at a kid's birthday party. I liked how realistic Boon wrote the Parks. They aren't malevolent. They are out of touch and not empathetic to their employees. They aren't the worse rich people to work for but they exhibit their most common behaviour.
  15. I'm watching too but taking it slowly with all my other shows. This iteration is not as popular as some other shows sadly.
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