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  1. Yeah I liked that show and then it disappeared. I guess it got cancelled or something.
  2. I finished the season and had some time to think about it. There were some funny parts and worthwhile moments, but a lot of frustration too. Young Gob was a good actor, but young Michael's hair was way too long for what I picture for buttoned-up Michael. There was a good payoff to Michael not remembering Cinco, when we saw him do the chicken dance and fall, but at the same time they claim that Buster really erased part of the security footage with Fakeblock, which doesn't work. They show the staircar photo with GM and Maeby, but again don't explain how/when they got the wigs from Michael and why Steve Holt isn't in the staircar with them. It feels sloppy and cobbled together wrong. The intricate plan to trick the Chinese into buying Fakeblock reminded me of the Pier Pressure/Making a Stand lessons, and it just makes me wonder how did Michael suddenly get so competent, and Gob become such a good magician to pull that off? There's no J. Walter Weatherman helping them this time. I'm also glad that Tony Wonder survived, but disappointed that we didn't even get a kiss between them, just hints of running around in secret still in the closet. The last episode had Michael and GM driving away in the staircar, but given Michael's "dreams" of spending 24/7 with his son in a suffocating way earlier in the season, I don't see them leaving together as a happy end; I see it creepy as Michael living in GM's dorm room, never letting go. I never got the sense that Michael learned his lesson to stop interfering so much, and to let his son have his own life. The show instead tried to validate him as a hero. Also, while they were hiding plot twists, there was so much misdirection. So much was spent on Dustin Radler with Lucille, only for there to be a motherboy twist, and his dad Dustin Sr. With the gay mafia storyline, we are led to believe that the threats are real and deadly, that they killed Tony Wonder and gave his body to Gob to get rid of. Instead we learn that it was just a mannequin, and they only killed his career, by forcing him to work in Branson. Then Gob got him out of the contract by financing Guys and Dolls for five weeks, so no they don't really murder and break people's legs like real mobsters. We even learn that Gob never thought Tony was dead; he just thought Tony ghosted him. So why did we the audience have to suffer thinking him dead so long? The rewrite of Lindsay's parentage upends a lot of Bluth history, and I see some fans rationalizing that the Nana who died in season 1 was a stepmom (even though the narrator doesn't say that). I'm not willing to give the show that much leeway, though. Sudden Valley had a whole neighborhood of houses in season 4 and the first half of season 5, but now we're back just to the model home and an empty lot to build a prototype wall on. The show tossed continuity out the window whenever it's convenient, and they haven't addressed GM and Maeby being married either. It's like they don't care about details anymore.
  3. The "Uncovering America" special turned out to be just academics and celebrities praising Dr Gates for the impact of his various cultural history series, along with clips from those documentaries. Lots of pledge breaks too and a 1-minute trailer for his latest series "Reconstruction" in April. So I guess they still haven't shown the episode about Gates's newly discovered ancestor. I hope I didn't misunderstand about the reveal. I thought he said this current season, but maybe it won't be until next season? I remember when Ben Affleck had a slaveowning ancestor but his episode only mentioned the spiritualist ancestor, Dr Gates got into trouble for making that switch as a favor to Affleck, and I think PBS had to change procedures so that he couldn't make that kind of editorial decision again. I don't remember now if they pulled the episode or not. Personally I don't think the show should feel embarrassed about Felicity Huffman's episode, because the cheating scandal isn't related to the genealogy stuff. That's on her and the other people accused.
  4. I've only watched 3 of the new episodes so far. Episode 9 was fine, but the other two dragged like crazy because I hate Tobias's story, the convulted wall stuff, and Michael and GM still having boring awkward conversations around Rebel Alley. Out of nowhere in season 5, the show started referring to Rebel as "the girl of Michael's dreams" and the "love of his life" when all of season 4, he seemed mostly interested in her because her red hair reminded Michael of Tracey. Not once did they have any interaction suggesting they had a great love affair. He, just like GM, was always lying to her and even acted like a douchebag while jealous, before he realized the other guy was GM. I'm at least glad that Maeby pointed out to GM that he's a sociopath for continuing to pretend to be George Maharis with Rebel. Such a hypocrite pretending to be the honest good guy while defrauding investors and hiring GOB to be his fall guy; in fact he's just as horrible as Michael has turned out to be a real asshole Bluth. I wish Mitch had killed this stupid storyline long ago. If he wanted Fakeblock shenanigans, he could have used P-hound's lawsuit against GM instead of this dumb Rebel Alley business. I'll probably get around to watching the rest of the episodes eventually, but Mitch sure is making it a chore to get through it. AD is no longer binge-able to me.
  5. I liked this episode better than Identity part 2. Good dramatic tension even though it was predictable that the "daughter" was the weapon Oren was using. I was surprised that she wasn't his daughter and was a different species. But then that makes a plothole. If Oren's real daughter died along with his wife, then why do the Krill think he still has a daughter? They said they only wanted to extradite Oren, not his daughter. But they didn't seem surprised or asked, "What daughter? He doesn't have a daughter?" Oh well. Again with Ed's one on one talks with admirals, but at least they said this is just a preliminary agreement, not the actual peace treaty that will be negotiated later by real diplomats. Actually what I thought watching the episode was "Isaac is barely in this and barely has any lines, so why he couldn't be on Earth right now in jail?" I want consequences as in actual punishment in jail or demoting him from his job on the bridge. Not just social ostracizing in general or being out of Claire's family life. Sorry, I don't want subtle, I want explicit punishment. I do understand that the show doesn't want to lose the actor, but there are other ways to keep him while actually acknowledging that the character is responsible for a lot of casualties that can't be erased just because he did the right thing in the end. I did like Yaphit getting an award, though.
  6. Wow I didn't know about this Uncovering America special. My local PBS station has it scheduled for March 15th, so I'll record it and see if they mention Gates's search for his ancestor. Thanks for posting it.
  7. No, not if you do a time jump, like I said. Words on screen "Six months later" or have an onscreen conversation where Mercer says, "Wow, I'm glad that the timing worked out perfectly so that repairs to Earth's fleet and your jail sentence were done at the same time. Welcome back, Isaac. I'm glad that the Council finally decided to release you back to us." Just some indication that Isaac was punished, and that the conversation involved more than just Mercer wheedling out another favor from the Admiral. I am so sick of Mercer getting special treatment, and getting to handwave disasters away.
  8. Yeah, that's very suspicious that she'd agree to the date. I guess that's sorta why Magnum suspected her. But I'm annoyed that he didn't pounce on that other date earlier when she mentioned the daughter and later also showed up with his missing phone. He should have checked her out, but he was all obsessed about the other suspect. I didn't like this episode as much as last week's.
  9. yes, finally we know where they went. I much preferred them to the manager who came in during that stupid arc where Kenny Rogers bought the restaurant.
  10. I found part 2 disappointing compared to part 1. Yes, Isaac finally saved everyone by killing Kaylon Primary, but I kept thinking it was way too easy for him to turn and shoot down each Kaylon one by one with his lasers. Shouldn't these robots have faster reflexes and be able to simultaneously shoot Isaac down the moment they realized that he was a threat? He shouldn't have been able to kill more than one before they should have overcome him by sheer numbers. And like others have said, it's weird that the EMP pulse deactivated the Kaylons but not the ship's electronics. Poor writing I think. I don't like space battles that much, and it just went on and on. Going to the Krill for help was an interesting idea for how to finally find common ground with them, but we'll have to see if it leads to any more attempts at brokering peace. I think Isaac should have faced actual consequences, such as being put in jail or something for a few weeks or months while people debate the betrayal and mourn casualties. Too often Mercer gets to have these one-on-one talks with admirals, convincing them to do something highly unorthodox instead of having to plead his case to a tribunal or conference of several authority figures, and I'm sick of him being able to wheedle his way out of problems, like with the Moclans earlier this season. Mercer is NOT the captain of the most important starship, so he should not continually be treated like he can be granted extraordinary favors like this. I don't buy it. This show could have written in a time-jump if they really didn't want to lose the actor for several episodes, but no, they wanted an easy return to the status quo, with Isaac immediately back on ship after Mercer again gets his way. I found the ending between Claire and Isaac a little too rushed. Why should she broach "forgiveness" at this point, even just the start of it? Why couldn't she instead speak grudgingly about how he saved Ty in the end, but still ask why he couldn't speak up earlier when they were first captured on Kaylon? Why not recall bitterly how he had deceived the whole Union about his mission on the ship? It's just too quick to get over that sort of betrayal.
  11. Question: on a recent appearance of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Professor Gates discussed stuff about Seth's episode, but he also mentioned a new DNA match that allowed Gates to find out Gates's white ancestor that he has been seeking for years. I think he said we would see that reveal later this season. Does anybody know which episode that will be, or has it not been announced yet? I want to make sure I don't miss it. There seems to be no new episodes until April, according to the last preview.
  12. Netflix is releasing the 2nd half of the season on March 15th. I'll watch it, but there better not be another damn cliffhanger. Wrap up the mystery, Mitch!
  13. It was a Christmas episode, and yet we never find out what Steve got Diana for Christmas. I wonder when Diana first learned about Christmas in America. Probably in the 1940s, in some unaired adventure.
  14. I remember studying about Venus when I was in school. How Venus was like Earth's twin, until the CO2 got out of hand, and turned it into hell. I can't believe, all those years ago, plenty of people know about the greenhouse effect, and what it could do to Earth, but we still have global warming deniers even today. Even if the deniers were somehow right, that climate change wasn't because of humans, that it was natural, how does that excuse anything? It's still not safe for us to ignore it; it's a big disaster in the making, just like if an Ice Age suddenly returned and killed our civilization. If something terrible is happening to our would, whatever the cause, then why do things that would make the situation worse? Why not try to slow down what's happening and reverse it, by any method available, especially the things we have control over? Why do they argue about whose fault it is? Who cares whose fault it is? The important question is "how are we gonna fix it?"
  15. I wasn't talking about revealing her identity. I was talking about the fact that she sent Moran to New York from London and ordered him to murder somebody using the serial killer method. She set him up to be captured and possibly killed by Holmes. For what? What logical reason? He'd left London behind. Moran coming to New York only made Holmes more motivated in solving Irene's death and finding out the real killer. Then Irene comes to New York herself and hides out at that house, despite the fact that there are enough clues to lead Holmes there. Then Irene kills her own henchmen, and she whines about how she didn't want Holmes to figure out her moneymaking scheme. Then WHY come to New York instead of letting intermediaries do the crime? Why? There is no logic to her supposed "criminal mastermind" genius. None. If we just accept that she's crazy, fine. But I don't like Moriarty just being crazy and irrational and obsessed with Holmes. I like Moriarty being an evil genius who isn't crazy, just amoral, and who doesn't care about Holmes except as being an obstacle to be trod underfoot. I don't like Moriarty as a stalker who'll destroy his or her own business just to get to Holmes. So to me, no, Irene Moriarty is not in any fashion a better criminal mastermind than Jim Moriarty. They are the same. Might as well be brother and sister. Only improvement is Irene is a woman and that Holmes didn't defeat her; Joan did. So that's slightly better than BBC Sherlock. But the difference is only slight to me.
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