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  1. It's not that uncommon for people to play themselves or fictionalized versions of themselves. I think Purple Rain was quasi-based on Prince's real story, and Morris Day was playing a fictionalized version of himself. There are umpteen shows and movies where celebrities play themselves. Entourage comes to mind.
  2. It was more than one line of dialogue. Calling her Stormfront is a pretty big clue. For people familiar with the notion of the white supremacist website, they might as well have called her Swastika Sister. As others have said, it is her racism that informs her being a psychotic mass murderer. It allows her to casually kill innocent people by the dozens, something that we have not yet seen others Supes do. The implication has been that Supes act like gods and are cruel and unreliable. But I can't remember an on-scene incident where any of the Seven deliberately killed innocent civilians until now. And yes, the implications of Stormfront being a racist psychotic mass murderer are more terrifying than a garden-variety psychotic mass murderer. Because her racism will allow or even drive her to do acts of mass murder that a garden-variety psychotic mass murderer like Homelander would not attempt.
  3. I think that is different from this. Inheritance of acquired characteristics is (as I understand it) the notion that a giraffe who stretches his neck and develops a longer one will pass along a stretchier, longer neck to offspring. Compound V presumably changes someone's genetic makeup and traits from it could get inherited like any other.
  4. A lot of blacks were transplants from the South so they brought grits with them as a staple. I don't have Southern roots so I don't remember eating them growing up. My own family had a lot of Cream of Wheat.
  5. I will be interested to hear if you care to share why you thought this. I might be off, but when we lost saw Hippolyta, she was still in whatever void deciding if she wanted to go with FutureWoman or if it was worth becoming small again for D. There's no real rhyme or reason to how the time/space/dimension travel thing works so no real reason to think that the cop would come back at all, let alone to the same time/place as Tic does. Hanna could be a ghost, could be a psychic vision, could be a lot of things. I concur with the other poster: the device doesn't seem to be a time machine so much. It either lets you visit alternate or simulated realities. FutureWoman specifically talks about being able to send Hippolyta back to her own Earth. Again, maybe I missed something, but nothing about the observatory suggests it is not fixable/workable. Tic fiddled with some switches and then left. Chose one or more: 1. Because she is intrigued with the power that might be at her disposal through magic. 2. Because Christina is more or less honest with her. 3. Because Chrilliam is bringing all kinds of good stuff in bed. 4. Because Christina has literally put a spell on her. It went through my head that maybe Christina would kill Ruby and start masquerading around as her. I hope that doesn't turn out to be the case. From the previews, one episode. It seems the cops report to Lancaster (although Chicago is a ways away from Kansas) and it makes at least some potential level of sense that he can make the connection. Lancaster knows of Leti from his arrest of her.and by extension knows about how she has moved into a white neighborhood. It's not unreasonable that he would know of the other black boarders there, including Tic Freeman and then be able to trace Diana through Tic. To me, they seemed like European colonizers. Confederate soldiers would wear grey.
  6. Seems to me that Amazon Prime usually drops the entire season of its originals at once. Just binged Utopia, and from my recollection, that's how it's done Man in the High Castle, the Expanse and Upload. The Boys S1 I think dropped all at once. They decided to release three episodes of S2 and then dribble them out on a weekly basis.. I think I agree that the upside is that it lets you digest things and talk about things in more detail. I probably have glossed over things in Utopia, even though I just wached it.
  7. In real life, lots of celebs manage to piss away their money. A-Train has been shown to be a junkie with poor impulse control, so it doesn't surprise me that he would fall into that category. It's not apparent until you get to know them that the supes are psychopaths, and some are less psycho than others. I'm trying to remember if we have seen Maeve do anything that is outright and unquestionably evil. I can't think of anything off the top. Even leaaving the planeload of people to die can be rationalized as being under duress from Homelander. I'm sure that the wealth, fame and power might cause some to look the other way to some low-grade crazy. The main classic-comics trope has the main downside of dating a supe being the possibility of villains coming after you, and in the Boysverse, there haven't really been villains till now. Like others have said, there's no reason to not test non-Aryans since they are going to just get rid of them afterwards. But what doesn't make much sense to me is, assuming Stormfront has been telling the truth about being Vought's wife why Vought would have given the working version of Compound V to minority kids like A-Train. There's a reasonable argument that she should have stood up to Homelander, no matter the costs. If Wonder Woman somehow found herself in the same sort of situation with a suddenly-evil-and-cowardly Superman, that's probably what she would have done, even if it meant that Superman killed her. It is probably easier to have that thought if, like Elena, one doesn't realize how much of an actual psychopath Homelander is. Yes, Maeve has said he's a psycho, but tons of Vought conditioning could lead her to think that was an exaggeration. It also probably had Elena was "Brave Maeve" rather than the exact opposite in real-life. They are both heroes and actors. They are literally filming a movie now, and I believe have done individual movies before. Classic comics/superhero movies and shows have been all over the map as to whether powers can be inherited and how much. Various takes on Superman's offspring have had his kids having twists on his powers (Superman Returns), his normal powers (Jonathan Kent) or I believe watered down versions of his powers. Black Lightning has a kid whose powers have nothing to do with electricity and another whose electricity powers work a different way than his do. Magneto's kids Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch didn't get magnetic powers but developed their own powers. Franklin Richards doesn't have stretchy or invisible powers as such, but has, well, all the other powers. I'd bet that there have been examples of powered heroes having kids with absolutely no powers, but I'm blanking on them. It could be that Stormfront's daughter did have some powers but not the slow aging one. Or it could be that the earlier form of Compound V didn't produce results that could be transmitted to offspring, but the current one does. Or it could be that Vought meddled with Stormfront's kid and Comppound V'ed him and he doesn't have the powers as a simple matter of what he inherited from Homelander. At the end of the day, the writers can make up whatever rules they want on this and the answer will probably be, "some just do, and some just don't."
  8. Miscellaneous early thoughts: "I am" is one way that God in the Old Testament refers to himself. "I am who am." I don't know if we are meant to think that the space lady is supposed to be a god or the God or what. In the Sons of Adam mythology, Adam was a person of immense power because he got to name everything. Hippolyta here gets to name herself, sort of a flipside of that version of the myth. I love that Hippolyta has had the adventures she had and the brilliance and mad math skillz to figure out even a piece of how all these things work. It moved me, the notion of self-hatred for letting herself be made small. Definitely empathize, and that is one of the most insidious things about racism in my book. I feel bad, though, that she harbored these negative feelings toward George. It seemed to me like the George we saw loved her and with the exception of doing the guide trips, wanted her to be as big as she could be. And he even had come around on the guide trips. The notion that you can redefine yourself however you want seems nice but is kind of naive in the real world. No matter how well Hippolyta learned the steps, real Hippolyta wasn't going to get to dance with Josephine Baker. Real Hippolyta doesn't get to be a warrior against colonizers and win. Real Hippolyta doesn't get to go on interstellar adventures with George. Tic's relative's friend is super-lying about the Book of Names. I am wondering if they are supposed to have been friends with benefits. It seems like a pretty big coincidence that Lancaster would send cops in uniform all the way to Kansas if I'm following this correctly AND those cops would show up just after Hippolyta got the whatsits activated, AND that Tic would get there in the nick of time when he had no car. Any cool points for the rescue are probably not going to touch the deficit from him being a cold-blooded killer in Korea. I know it's the 1950s, but I wish there was a more enlightened way for him to come to grips with learning his dad is gay. What are we to make of him ending up with a copy of Lovecraft Country? I'm sad that Montrose seemed to take a step backwards. It seemed like he had an epiphany about who he was at the drag event. And now he's back to the self-hatred. I thought it was interesting that Montrose's boyfriend didn't know of any black people who shopped at Field's. I started to get some of what I had hoped for from Ruby in this episode -- confronting Christina with the desire to know more, and talking with Leti. But still not enough. We got cheated out of finding out much of what Christina told Ruby, and Ruby is playing her cards too close to the chest with Leti. She presumably knows now at least some of what Leti and Tic have been up to, and about the orrery that Christina is into. But she's not spilling, nor about her encounters with Chrilliam. I am pretty sure that she is warming up to the notion of hooking up with Christina in her true form.
  9. I think that the Army could have been fine with plugging the leak, as opposed to getting intel as to what the spy might have known, who her contacts were and that sort. But taking the approach of shoot-em till someone confesses doesn't really handle false confessions or no confessions. It's possible that the spy just keeps her mouth shut and then you have to kill every person on the shift. And it's possible that even though whatever got leaked happened during that particular shift, it wasn't a nurse who leaked it. It also doesn't deal with the problem of alienating other nurses. By killing women in cold blood, it seems like at least one nurse might want to throw the Americans under the bus the first chance she got. The Tic we've seen in 1955 seems to only use glasses for reading. It appears that was the case in 1950 as well, only he lost his pair in the explosion that he was in.
  10. Liked most of the season, but this finale seemed a little contrived and lacking. Too many face-heel turns - we have Stearns, Wilson and Homeland all taking steps toward the dark side. At least with Homeland, that seems plausible (though how she was partners with Mr. Rabbit from the beginning apparently isn't so much.) But it seems a stretch that Wilson would let his general misanthropy get over the fact that Mr. Rabbit not only killed his family members and numerous others but has numerous oher deaths planned, and involuntary sterilization is no picnic either. BTW, why weren't people recording Mr. Rabbit from the jump? And why bother with the "Dr. Christie commits suicide after confession" thing? Given Jessica's attitude to casually killing whoever, it's kinda tough to think that she would even postpone killing someone who so richly deserves it. At the end of the first season, we don't have an answer (AFAIK) as to why the Harvest allowed Utopia to exist in the first place, how it and Dystopia got out, and lots of related questions like that. Like at some point, shouldn't the Harvest know that Dystopia was spreading secrets about them and squashed that comic book company? The plan to destroy the vaccine seems overly complicated. If we are taking Mr. Rabbit at his word, there is no emergency need to stop people from taking the vaccine in the first place. If it ships and gets distributed, the worst thing that will happen is that the early adopters will be sterilized. That's bad, but not so bad that it makes sense to go on a longshot attempt to break into a secure facility and risk death or arrest. Not when there's a way easier way to stop people from taking the vaccine. Stearns singlehandedly could have prevented the use of the vaccine by calling up FDA bureaucrat, someone from the CDC and the media and telling them what he knew -- that the outbreak was spreading via petting zoo rather than organically, that the one case where the vaccine seemed to work was suspect and that there should be more analysis of the vaccine. Against the backdrop of real events, it's hard to believe that if Stearns was to criticize the vaccine that it people would buy into it still uncritically. I mean, we can't even get people to routinely wear masks in public. But given that it had to happen, it still didn't really make sense on its own terms. What possible reason could there be that the security guards for Christie Labs could not access a secure Christie Labs facility without using a truck to try to break the door down? How is it that there were no people inside the warehouse trying to get the materials onto trucks for the shipping that was supposed to be happening that day? It was an interesting concept and if it gets a second season, I'll probably tune in. But this episode left a bad taste in my mouth.
  11. I think it is meant to be a wink at the fact that across all Trek series and movies, we have seen just a handful of Earth settings more than once in the timeframe of the shows: Chateau Picard (the vineyard, shown in TNG and Picard), Sisko's (the soul food restaurant, although technically Cajun/creole isn't soul food, shown in several DS9 episodes), Starfleet HQ/Starfleet Academy. There was Hoshi's Rio De Janeiro school when Archer was recruiting her, a scene at a Starfleet adjacent bar, and Kirk's childhood and youth in JJ Trek. There might be some that I'm overlooking but that's about it. (I'm not including things like time travel, flashbacks or holodeck recreations, obviously) Personally, I would have loved there to be a Trek series based on Earth that showed us more about what Earth is like, either truly focusing on the founding days of the Federation in a way Enterprise didn't/couldn't, or the Starfleet Academy show that had been floated .
  12. I think it is clear that nobody before Picard (and to some extent, including Picard) trusted Data as a commander. In Redemption II, Data had to specifically request to be asssigned to captain a ship when it was clear how thinly stretched the makeshift fleet was going to be for senior officers, and that jackhole Commander Hobson to his face requested a transfer because he thought androids could not be captains. As far as we know, Data has never been offered his own command, and he been in Starfleet for 25+ years prior to joining the Enterprise.
  13. Mariner could have started Starfleet super early, either because she's a prodigy or because Admiral Daddy/Captain Mommy.. Canonically, Picard noted a Capt. Scott from the first season episode Conspiracy was the youngest woman in Starfleet history to make captain, so it's could be more routine to do it faster. Indeed, from what the Internets are telling me, Riker was born in 2335 and was offered the first chance at being a captain that we know about in 2364, so at 29. One could think that Mariner and Ramsey are as good as young Riker, and so Ramsey could have been promoted to captain around 29 or even earlier. After all, she could have accepted a post on a less prestigious ship than whatever Riker was offered. Like being the first officer of a 1,000 crew ship is probably more prestigious than being the captain of a 100 person ship. I would also think the losses the Federation suffered in the Domnion War left the captain ranks thin and allowed for real ambitious people to get promoted quickly.
  14. Lower Decks takes place about 10 years after TNG's Season Seven. So it makes sense to me that the events of TNG would be mostly accessible to Starfleet members and that they would spend a lot of time fanboying over them. Even some things that would have been classified at the time might be taught in the Academy now, or the subject of holo-documentaries, news reports, etc.
  15. My guess would have been mid-to-late 20s before this episode. After this, I could see her as early-to-mid 30s. She stated she has served on five ships. Assuming she graduated from the Academy at 21 and she averaged about two years on each, that would put her at 31. It's possible that she started at the Academy earlier than 18 (what I assume to be the average age of a first-year cadet) or graduated faster than 4 years (what I assume is the standard length of time it takes to graduate).
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