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  1. I like Rob Lowe and I’ve been a fan of Natacha Karam since the late lamented The Brave. That and screwy rescue scenes are enough to keep me watching. It really irritated me when Firefighter Hoyt kept talking about his “men” and his “brothers” though. There was clearly a woman on his team. On another note, the car accident victim had a 10-month old and also was visibly pregnant. She didn’t waste any time!
  2. OK, I have a theory for the final episodes and a thesis for how the show ends. First of all, Team Cockroach is going to discover The Good Place isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe it will turn out to be super boring or maybe eternal paradise will turn out to be stagnant. I'm not exactly sure what. So I think they are going to decide to leave. Together. And they'll come to the conclusion that as long as they have each other, they'll be fine. This is the flipside of Season 1. Remember that in that season, the original four were explicitly chosen because their mere presence together would torture each other. Now they have spent so many lifetimes together that they would willingly offer themselves up to eternal torture for each other. They can get through anything as long as they have each other. What is The Good Place? It's wherever our friends are.
  3. This was weird. At first it seemed like it was going to be an examination of racial inequality in sentencing (which is fine by me). Then the mom just became kind of delusional. And by the end, Lecroix was vowing to find the daughter even though she’s not relevant to anything he’s doing. And then the episode just... ends. We don’t even get a resolution as to what happens with her son. And I still don’t have a sense of any of the characters. I’m done. I have the show a shot and it’s time to kill boredom with something else.
  4. While Team Cockroach was describing their plan for testing and redemption, I was expecting them to also describe how it could work in the other direction. Theoretically, there's no reason why someone who originally qualified for The Good Place can't start becoming more selfish, short-sighted, and hypocritical. An argument could be made that the Committee Members have done great harm by their indecision and lack of sense.
  5. Also, "murder" has to include the intent to kill (the Latin term is "mens rea"). There was plenty of evidence that the doctor was negligent but none whatsoever that he intended to kill anyone. If this episode was intended to highlight racial bias (which is real), it probably backfired among the intended audience.
  6. To me, that's not saying much. The backdoor pilot was baaaaaaaaaad. This episode was better just because it didn't have a dumbass walking up to an obviously enraged man destroying a headstone with a pickaxe.
  7. What exactly was the plan supposed to be at the end? “Hey, let’s unbalance the perpetrator and then let his daughter come out to meet him. And then let them physically get close to each other. What could possibly go wrong?”
  8. So this episode is really about who gets to have Dr Manhattan’s powers. Senator Keene, Lady Trieu, or Angela. They each represent a different kind of vision. We know what Keene and Trieu would have done with their power, and this episode argues that they shouldn’t have it. What would Angela do with that power? In some ways, she’s like Jon Osterman—unassuming and not really wanting ultimate power. But on the other hand, the comics and this show make it clear that Jon could see all time and was therefore helpless to take any action.
  9. This show was always going to be fan fiction. That’s just the way it is if it’s not written by Alan Moore himself. Lindelof and the team have certainly made some gutsy changes. Some of them I’m willing to buy (e.g. Hooded Justice being a black man). And some of them I’m just going to have to see at the end whether they work out or not. They had better have a damn good explanation for why Doctor Manhattan would come back to Earth. I honestly could have done with him not appearing at all. He casts enough of a shadow on the story without having to be there. Goodness Laurie, you were a little slow on the uptake weren’t you?
  10. If anybody is interested in that guitar cover of Careless Whisper, here’s a video of the artist playing it. He’s pretty great. On another note, why would Adrian Veidt make a video revealing the truth to President Redford and risk the truth coming out? Unless that’s also all part of his plan.
  11. I'm surprised more people aren't picking up on this. I guess as a matter of law, Hen is at fault and she should have been moving slowly enough to stop because that's what is expected from ambulance drivers. But Evelyn very clearly ran a red light. I don't know why there even seems to be any ambiguity on that point.
  12. Review of Regina King’s Vietnamese: not bad, actually. It would have been understandable to a native speaker.
  13. Xantar

    S03.E03: The Searchers

    Ouch. During one of the last scenes, you can see the other Fire Captain lying in the hospital with a green sleeve over his left arm. That was clearly supposed to be taken out so that it would look like he had a missing arm. Some visual effects artist fell down on the job.
  14. I'm not sure which part you don't get, but AT&T now owns Warner Bros which owns HBO. John is making "biting the hand that feeds you" humor. I've seen Charles Johnson (the husband of the woman who died in childbirth) speak at a conference, and their story is even worse than you are probably thinking. They noticed a little bit of bleeding, so they called the doctor who examined her and ordered a CT scan "stat" (that's what it says in her charts). An hour later, the CT scan still hadn't happened. Three hours later it still hadn't happened. When he asked what was going on and noted that his wife was becoming pale, a nurse said, "Sir, she's just not a priority right now." It wasn't until seven hours later that someone took another look, realized that this was a crisis situation, and immediately rolled her into the ER. It was discovered that one of her organs had been nicked during the C-section and she had three liters of blood in her stomach. She had been internally bleeding to death the whole time because nobody would look to find out what was wrong with her. The most frightening part: this happened at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Kira Johnson was an upper-middle class, college-educated woman who spoke five languages. It didn't matter. The system failed her anyway. There's an ongoing lawsuit, although Mr. Johnson doesn't talk about it much. I normally hate medical malpractice lawsuits, but I hope he makes that hospital hurt.
  15. Xantar

    Chernobyl

    But the thing is the show made it clear that at least two people are to blame for the accident. At the beginning of Legasov's presentation, he explains that the reactor was taken down to 700 megawatts and left there for 10 hours. This caused xenon to build up in the reactor core which choked it which is why the power level couldn't be brought back up during the test. And that happened because the test was originally supposed to happen right after the power level was lowered but some factory asked for the power to remain high until after dark. Had there been no xenon buildup, Dyatlov's actions would have been reckless but would not have resulted in "pulling the reactor back like a slingshot." It was Fomin who decided to keep the power level that low for so long and then move forward with the test. He did that because he was so focused on promotion (and probably also had no idea how a nuclear power plant works). Had Fomin made a different decision, the disaster at Chernobyl wouldn't have happened. All of this is clearly depicted in the show. If you're going to fact-check the show, you have to get the facts right. Edit: I've read the article again and I see that the article itself points at three people. For some reason, the quoted post here talks about one person, but the New Yorker article doesn't. I'm going to leave my post up, and I think others are making the point much better than I am.
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