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  1. Ucch, this is gonna get real ugly, real quick.

    20 hours ago, Aileen said:

    Gary needs to throw out that hoodie. He can afford a new one.

    Gary, burn those clothes! They make your ass look guilty.

    Can I not care about the guilt-ridden woman who hit Eddie, please? Like, at all? We've all moved on, writers; why can't you?

    19 hours ago, nexxie said:

    ... a million little directionless characters and disjointed plotlines

    That was the show's working title, but it didn't do well with focus groups (I'm guessing).

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  2. 13 hours ago, Crs97 said:

    I also noticed that he is successful in each timeline - superstar singer, heroic cop, great nurse.  I wouldn’t have minded if he was struggling with more than his love life.  That is one of the great things in Sliding Doors.

    I think Joe is shown consistently as driven, but I wouldn't say he's equally successful in each timeline: he does act bravely as a cop, but the heroism seemed to arise out of timing, rather than skill -- he was in the right place, at the right moment to save the senator. And Nurse Joe seems to be a hard worker, but not especially gifted or successful. (If the show is weighting the storylines to suggest one is more "real" than the others, it might be Rocker Joe's red-hued storyline -- where his passion and talent align -- that hints at this, for me.)

  3. Well, I did sort of say I wanted a lighter tone...

    On 9/22/2021 at 8:49 AM, paigow said:

    ... Thor looked a lot like Charming

    I wondered if the animation style for this one was consciously sunnier, more ... cartoon-esque? Fairytale-ish? It looked to me like a more overtly Disney-like style (which is a little funny, considering that the Disney now owns the whole works). Anyway, it suited the tone of the episode, which I've already started calling "Thor: Ragamuffin" in my head.

    I'd like to think the high turnout among the original cast as voice actors had something to do with how much fun this episode would have been to play in. (But everyone was still more in character than in Thor: Ragnarok. Sorry, Mr. Waititi. Still glad you could be part of this! /OT)

  4. 12 hours ago, DearEvette said:

    ... and Rocker Joe's concert prevented the speech from happening so no shooter.

    Nice catch! I didn't pick up on that.

    12 hours ago, DearEvette said:

    One thing that took me out of the story was during the reunion, Rocker Joe's "new song" was being sung in all three timelines.  I am sure we are supposed to realize that in Rocker Joe's TL it was 'in-story' music whereas in the other two it was just soundtrack/score music but in a show like this that little element confusing because my first thought was how was Rocker Joe's "new" song being sung at the other two TL reunions when he doesn't exist?

    Maybe take this with a grain or two of salt, given my missing of the detail mentioned above, but I think the song being played in all three timelines was not Rocker Joe's new song but Sometime Around Midnight. At least I heard it a few times in the episode, and I don't think the show means to conflate the two. I could be mistaken. (Again, see above comment.)

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  5. I think it has potential, but what I've got so far is that heartbreak is universal. I was wondering if the show would weight one of the three possibilities heavily to hint at its being Joe's "right" future, the one where he really belongs, but I didn't have that impression -- at least not yet. I found the transitions pretty easy to follow; the RGB colour schemes were clear enough for me. I found it easier to distinguish one reality from another than, say, in Awake, which had a very similar, though binary, premise. (The colour differentiation in that show was a bit more subtle, if I remember right.)

    Other than front-loading the tragedy a bit, I thought this was pretty good, as pilots go. I like the cast, I'm intrigued, and I think Wolk did a nice job making Joe a bit of an Everyman without making him bland. I think Joe has a consistent core across all three possibilities, and he seems like a decent man. I didn't expect that Lucas/Chris would be a constant in all three stories along with Amy, Jenny and Eric, but it would seem so.

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  6. On 9/8/2021 at 10:54 PM, Cthulhudrew said:

    Better yet - "What if... everyone was Happy?"

    And all characters are voiced by Jon Favreau.

    I want an episode where everyone is played by Michael Pena's ultra-fast-talking Luis.

    This was far too dark for me, to an unnecessary degree. Even the characters' acts of self-sacrifice ended up being warped into meaninglessness.

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  7. On 9/1/2021 at 6:10 AM, arc said:

    But if she'd just told this one "you can have Christine back but the universe will take most of the use of your hands", he'd probably have taken that deal.

    Then again, I never really felt there was an all-consuming love thing between Christine and Stephen in their movie. So maybe the divergence point wasn't just her coming along on the drive but them being in love, which would have started much earlier?

    The central weakness of this episode was the divergence point, for me. It might not have been an all-consuming love in the movie, but Strange did come to realize that he did love Christine -- eventually. It's just that he had to reach a certain point of enlightenment, or at least self-knowledge, to understand that. It's a bit of a bootstrap problem, for me: his love for Christine becomes the thing that drives him toward mystic knowledge, but without a driver toward mystic knowledge, he never would have realized how much he loved Christine. Having Strange start from the point of being in love with Christine seems somehow like cheating. 

    That being said, I do think the voice work in this episode was excellent; a totally involving and moving episode, bleak though it was.

    (What does it say about me that I was sure almost from her first syllables that Christine was being played by McAdams, but couldn't have sworn I recognized Renner right off? This isn't a knock on Renner, I don't think.)

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  8. On 8/18/2021 at 10:35 AM, paigow said:

    Maybe there is a Tom Hardy Bane variant of Thanos...

    No one needs that universe. Ick.

    I dunno -- I thought Nebula calling T'Challa "Cha-Cha" was kind of adorable. I have more trouble imagining that Yondu could go straight than almost anything else in the episode, but I appreciate the implicit compliment to Chadwick Boseman represented by T'Challa's reality-altering eloquence. (I still haven't forgiven Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II for soft-pedalling Yondu's threats of cannibalism to try to turn him into a substitute father for Peter. That never sat right with me.)

    But it was a fun heist episode.

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  9. 2 hours ago, possibilities said:

    I don't know if they're going that way, but I have found it hard to believe that marriage really faltered, even under the pressure of current times. Holt has been through a lot of work-related horrors, none of the current issues are actually new. The only thing that's new is the publicity and public pressure has increased-- but it's increased in the direction that would HELP rather than undermine his agenda.

    I actually find it quite believable that Holt could feel discouraged, dogged by the feeling that his thirty-odd year career hasn't resulted in the kinds of change he's been working so hard for, even if the public is more aware of the problem now. There is significant backlash as well, and concepts like defunding the police and critical race theory are mangled and shouted down by a large faction of the right wing without even really attempting to understand what these ideas actually mean.

    I will find it heartbreaking if Holt's and Kevin's marriage doesn't end up in a better state, but I'm not sure I have trouble believing in the reasons why it's (or might be?) faltering.

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  10. 32 minutes ago, rejnel said:

    Also, the little actor playing Mac is so gorgeous! 

    Not only is his colouring similar enough to Fumero's to make a resemblance plausible, but it's easy to imagine Jake as a sweet-faced, serious-eyed baby with a mop of dark hair, too.

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  11. 38 minutes ago, iMonrey said:

    "Dear Kevin, here is a photograph of my penis. Please see attached."

    It's the "... [signed] Raymond J. Holt" that always kills me -- still.

    But I don't want even to imagine a world in which the smell of mayo is enough to turn Scully on. It just ... NOPE.

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  12. On 8/19/2021 at 9:01 PM, Galileo908 said:

    Don't know what was the better Scully bit: his colorblindness awareness ribbon

    That was brilliant!

    What does it say about me that I think a Tiny Terry spinoff would be vastly more entertaining than either Young Sheldon, or Young Rock, for that matter?

    Loved the moment that Mac stood up in his playpen. From the casting of the kid to Samberg's wonder-filled response -- just about perfect all around. Amy and Jake's maple-scented flailing was endearing, and the end of the episode was just sweet enough.

    ETA: Between Holt's signing his digital phallus portrait to Kevin with his usual hauteur, and his genuinely surprising (to me), sailor-like "Not too thinky" cussing out of O'Sullivan, André Braugher was more than usually brilliant.

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  13. Doing a rewatch on Disney +, and I just want to say how much I still love Peggy's platonic-but-blinding chemistry with Mr. Jarvis. James D'Arcy is just endlessly entertaining in the role, and a brilliant match for Hayley Atwell. Howard might be the role of a lifetime for Dominic Cooper; or maybe it's just that it's the most I've ever liked him.

    I enjoyed the "Captain Carter" episode of What If... but it feels a little superfluous somehow; that is, I agree with the comment upthread that giving Peggy superpowers seems almost beside the point.

    Edited to add: Not that I didn't enjoy watching Captain Carter hand out lollipops and whupass...
    Also, the moment Peggy picked up that sword to slash at the Hydra tentacle, I admit I thought of Captain Britain. (Excalibur, here we come?)

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  14. On 8/12/2021 at 9:15 PM, Spartan Girl said:

    Amy: Yeah, a natural motherfucker!!!!

    I just about died at bleeped-out, blurred-out Amy.

    Oh, my goodness, I missed this family so much!

    It so happens I've been doing a Scrubs rewatch lately, and the cameo from Johnny C. was a lovely coincidence.

    Full disclosure: I also laughed my head off at "Amy was right: Drugs are bad." But then, Stephanie Beatriz's comic timing and delivery usually make me laugh out loud.

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  15. On 7/7/2021 at 10:08 AM, Bruinsfan said:

    There are a good number of really cool moments (hence one of the most awesome teaser-trailers of all time), but the whole is a mess.

    Well, the "He's a friend from work!" set piece is delightful (I'm not made of flint, people) -- but I think that's largely due to Hemsworth's charm. I also laughed at Sir Anthony playing Loki playing Odin. But so many of the characters had to act so completely out of character that a lot of the jokes -- that the script was so clearly striving mightily for -- fell flat for me.

    And don't even get me started on Jeff Goldblum's ... whatever it was he was doing.

    ETA: Sorry for straying off the topic of Loki's glorious ... befuddlement.

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  16. On 7/12/2021 at 1:54 AM, bannana said:

    Nicole did run Abe's campaign for Mayor. That might have been against E.J.

    Am I remembering it wrong? Didn't Nicole also work against Abe's interest while she and Elvis were ... married, I want to say? Maybe Elvis just gives me rage blackouts and I'm confused.

    I did not know about the Abe-Brandon connection, so thanks to those who flagged that for me.

    The list of what this show does not know or does not fully understand is frighteningly long and varied: civic structure, public service, criminal and civil law, medicine, biology, structural engineering, basic chemistry & physics, temporal mechanics ...

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  17. On 7/9/2021 at 6:13 PM, bunnyblue said:

    Why are Nicole and Theo so chummy? Is it just because of Abe or is there another connection I'm missing? 

    How are Nicole and Abe so chummy? That's what I want to know.

    Elvis and "Nicki" were trying to get Abe sent to prison not so very long ago, I seem to remember. Their friendship now seems at the very least unlikely.

  18. On 6/9/2021 at 8:38 AM, Featherhat said:

    The MCU continues to use Thor:TDW better in flashbacks and reimaginings than they did the actual film (and I'm one of the crazy ones that doesn't hate it).

    You can come sit by me if you want; not hating Thor: The Dark World doesn't seem crazy to me. (Full disclosure: I think Thor: Ragnarok is by far the worst thing in the MCU: an irretrievable tonal mess that treats its main character with scorn, and I think I'm considered crazy for that -- so you may not want to sit near me!)

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  19. On 6/30/2021 at 5:23 AM, Featherhat said:

    I hope that Sylvie's plan and the rest of the Lokis are actually more twisty than the standard sci-fi "destroy the Time-keepers/Lords/Masters and give everyone back free will". 

    You know, I think I'd be okay with the universal (omniversal?) restoration of free will as the endpoint of this series. (I do wonder what the Time Keepers' being artificial constructs will mean. I was beginning to speculate that the Time Keepers would turn out to be Will Ferrell, still trying to super-glue all the Legos.)

    Sylvie's speech about how "the universe wants to break free, so it manifests chaos" is a straight-up mission statement for a trickster god. You could make a pretty sturdy argument that the function of a trickster god in any mythology is to preserve randomness and thereby the possibility of choice.

    ETA: Did I see Richard E. Grant as Old-School Loki? This might be fun.

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  20. On 6/23/2021 at 12:40 PM, calliope1975 said:

    I knew something was shady with the Timekeepers and the workers. I wonder if the taser thing doesn't kill people but resets them as workers. I wouldn't be surprised to see that first guy from the ticket line show up later as a worker bee. 

    The whole premise of the Sacred Timeline bothered me from the first episode (like ... so much for free will!) But I hadn't thought of the torch/taser things as possible reset button technology; nice catch.

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