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  1. Knowing from Wendy that they were going trying to sic the U.S. military on the Lagunas cartel probably undermined Helen's pitch that Marty was going to go to WitSec. The two strategies are not particularly compatible. There's also the notion that no one can do what Marty can do for Navarro's business vs. pretty much any high-powered and unscrupulous lawyer could bring to the table.
  2. It could be that Seurac is lying about being the creator of the system. Or it could be that Seurac is lying about his actual name. Or it could be like Westworld itself where there were multiple creators (Arnold and Ford) and one ended up getting more public acknowledgment than the other. Or it could be that Seurac was the creator and Liam Sr. was the money man behind it. We'll see.
  3. There's the overt goal that Delos has of turning a profit by attracting as many people as they can and having repeat business. Having a park that's a one-trick pony doesn't meet that goal as well as having multiple parks that are constantly introducing new storylines and experiences. As to the covert primary goal of mapping people's brains, that could be served by multiple parks in a couple ways as well. WW isn't necessarily everybody's cup of tea. Some would prefer IndiaWorld or ShogunWorld or WWIIWorld. So having the different parks means a bigger pool of brains to dupe. It is unclear how much time it takes to dupe a brain. But by getting someone to want to go to multiple parks, it seems clear that you would get more data as they encounter more scenarios (even if some might be thinly veiled copies of other scenarios) and thus you would get a better duplicated brain.
  4. It seems like a natural extension of Westworld: you get to discover who you really are. In WW proper, you get to be a white hat or a black hat (and hypothetically, you can play anywhere in between). In WWII World, presumably, you can play as a Nazi, an allied soldier, a resistance fighter, a Vichy regime type, etc. Presumably, there would be an appetite for that among the ultra-rich same as with WW, and Delos wouldn't care about the PR of people playing as Nazis. In the closest analogue, there are a number of board games and video games that allow you to fight with or against Nazis. (Axis & Allies, Castle Wolfenstein, Call of Duty, Battlefront, etc.) I imagine most of them, have you playing as Allies currently, but maybe the same restriction exists in WWII World, or maybe the future has become more relaxed about Nazis. If the parks that Delos created were to be all based on actual history/myth (from an American/Western perspective), WWII would basically be the first park I would expect after the Old West. In no particular order, the others would include: Medieval World (Knights of the Round Table, larger than life Ren Faire, etc.) 60s World (James Bond-esque scenarios, Cold War stuff, hippies, free love and counter-culture, the Civil Rights movement, the space race and Camelot would all provide interesting storylines) Civil War World (giant re-enactment of battles, plus Gone with the Wind-esque glorification of plantations and the Southern lifestyle) Roaring 20s-40s World (Flappers, speakeasies, gangster battles, noir detective stuff) Revolution World (Fighting the American Revolution and creating the Constitution, although I can't think of too many real-world analogue games to this). Yeah, it started off with "Amused" lit up, and read that for most of the episode. After he was attacked, it changed to "Angry."
  5. Actually, last season had Kara's journalism bring Luthor down, and help show that aliens are people too. This season started off with a commentary on how bad owners were diverting resources from real journalism about substantial things to click-driven fluff pieces. But the ins and outs of reporting seem to bore the writers.
  6. Sophie's mother presumably (and erroneously, obvs) thinks everybody is straight until or unless they have a Kara Danvers story outing them or are caught in the middle of "homosexual" acts.
  7. I'm a few episodes behind. The last one I watched had Cecile introducing herself to Sue as having been a metahuman defense attorney for 20+ years, if I heard correctly. 1. Just no. You may have been an attorney for 20+ years, but (unless this is all a retcon thanks to Crisis) you have been a metahuman defense attorney for like a year or two, and metahumans themselves have only been around for like 6 years. 2. There is no sign, as far as I know, that Sue is a metahuman, right? So why would Cecile introduce herself that way?
  8. So far, my issues with the show revolve around the sassy black quasi-friend. Putting aside the stereotype of her, which is hard to do, I'm annoyed that at this point she is the only one that Zoe has let in on her secret power. Not her best friend. Not her family. Rando neighbor that she doesn't even really like and who doesn't really like her. Like if they had set the show up so that sassy black neighbor was her roommate or actual friend, I could get telling her. But I can't get telling her and not a single person she's actually close to. Like tell Max she is having this happen to her but leave out that she's heard him singing about being in love with her. Or be an actual grown-up rather than a rom-com stereotype and talk to Max about his feelings. I find it hard to believe that Max hasn't made his interest in her obvious if they have progressed to the point where he would spontaneously stop by her dad's place to drop off a fancy desert. Tell mom and brother that Dad is communicating with her by song. Mind you, I still enjoyed these first two episodes a good deal. But that particular set of idiot balls is going to increasingly annoy me.
  9. Isn't there a way to renew patents or other forms of IP for food/drink? After all, the precise formulas for Coke are still under some form of IP protection, whether it's in patent, trade secret or something else, right?
  10. I agree that there is nothing in Jughead's character or the Bughead relationship to suggest that he would deliberately and knowingly traumatize Betty by bringing up Black Hood stuff. YMMV, but I think there's ample stuff in his past to suggest that he might not have thought about it prior to Betty showing it was a big deal for her. That when it comes to his writing, he becomes single-minded and focused. If the writers wanted to show us or tell us that Jughead was aware that bringing up the Black Hood past was potentially traumatizing and that he had any qualms about it, they could and should have established that in any of a half-dozen ways. A shot of Jughead looking conflicted after meeting with the Brotherhood. A voice-over of Jughead explaining that he was conflicted about it. A scene where he tells Brett (or really anyone besides Betty) about the conflict. Change the scene where he tries to pitch a Baxter Bros. version of the G&G storyline that he also lived through and he gets rejected and they insist on the Brown Hood. Jughead threatening to quit rather than write something that would dredge up bad memories for his girlfriend but then being threatened into potentially staying by the Brotherhood saying that they'll just get someone else to write the Brown Hood storyline that they want.
  11. Just because he told Betty after being caught that he had no intention of writing the Brown Hood story doesn't mean he in fact did not have any intention of writing the Brown Hood story. As far as I'm concerned, he totally was planning to write the Brown Hood story until he saw how Betty reacted, and then said he wasn't as an excuse. There was nothing other than his say-so to indicate that he was going to tell the Brotherhood to go kick rocks before he was going to exploit his girlfriend's trauma for a book. In the run-up to the championship, Toni and Veronica each answered a question or so correctly, while Cheryl was mostly just there. In the championship, I think Betty all but singlehandedly answered the questions.
  12. Just to add a little to the correct answer above, comics and cartoons have played it somewhat fast and loose as to the question of what is the natural lifespan of a powered Kryptonian, exactly? The answer seems to be whatever the writers feel like saying. We've seen alternate futures where Superman essentially looks like he's still 30ish or sometimes has a little gray in his hair even though he's more like 100. On the other hand, DC had an event some time ago in which the Superman we all know and love lived up through like the 853rd Century. But in the comics/cartoons, Superboy (the one who was a teen-aged version of Clark Kent) and Supergirl got to the Legion's future by either flying there or using a time machine, rather than just living an extra 1000+ years.
  13. The Legionnaires are a bunch of 30th Century super-heroes who have ships that can travel through time and flight rings. In at least a comics version of the Legion, Supergirl was a semi-regular member, and she was at least for a time dating Brainy. In the show, Supergirl has not been to the Legion's future, but some Legionnaires have been to Supergirl's present. Mon-El joined up with the Legion and brought some of them back to Kara's time in a previous season. Brainy is a member of the Legion, and we have also seen him use a Legion flight ring. We also saw Saturn Girl and had various other Legionnaires from the comics referenced. Dreamer from the show has a distant ancestor with similar powers in the Legion. Finally, Winn went to join the Legion for reasons but has come back in this episode. As for Superfriends, the broader pop culture reference is to a Saturday morning cartoon version of the Justice League. There were a couple chief incarnations of it. The first had Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman as the only members, with non-powered teens Marvin and Wendy and their pet Wonder Dog as kid-friendly characters. Another version had a broader roster of Leaguers, including Green Lantern, Flash and a bunch of characters made up for the show, like Apache Chief (who could become a giant), Samurai (who had tornado powers) and the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna (who could turn respectively into any form of water and any animal after they touched). In the context of the show, I think it is the nickname that what otherwise might be called Team Supergirl. So short-hand for Martian Manhunter, Brainy, Dreamer and Alex, currently.
  14. Again, there's (presumably) a whole planet full of people who potentially have the Dreamer gene that she could adopt, and it could simply be that her adopted child (or great grandchild or whatever) eventually has an offspring with someone who does have the Dreamer gene.
  15. I took that to very much be Lex lying. Because the alternative doesn't make much sense. "OK, Monitor, unless you make Lena retain her memories of the universe where I am a bad guy in the new universe that is to be created which neither you nor I should have any knowledge of, I'm going to remain dead and not help out."
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