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  1. S03.E04: Vietnam

    No, the episode depicted the 1969 lottery, which took place as shown on the CBS special report (which was actual footage). Each canister contained one of 366 dates, which were put up on the board in the order drawn. Simple as that. Except that the canisters weren't sufficiently mixed, so the results weren't entirely random. That was addressed by the following year, with the two-part process. That's a great, terrible find. Someone above asked earlier what trouble Jack's squad might get into while he was off seeing Nicky.
  2. NYPD Blue New

    Here's your place to discuss the projected renewal/reboot!
  3. S03.E09: Baku

    As Cardie said: there's no such thing in an autocratic state, any more than there are private citizens. Along with being a weapon in the hands of anyone who held them, those test results belonged to the Reich.
  4. S01.E01: Keep on Truckin'

    Her proud hurt, guilt and grief. The mess and the heart. Her drunken insistence that Dan should see her, that Dan should see her for who she was -- all of it -- and know that she knew and loved Roseanne...And that this, the trading pills among themselves, was a woman's thing for getting through the day, Dan...It was she who reminded me of Roseanne Conner.
  5. S01.E01: Keep on Truckin'

    It was a grounded, affecting, vivid performance. The writing gave her what she needed and she made the most of it, as did Goodman in response. The episode found its footing right there on the front porch.
  6. S01.E01: Keep on Truckin'

    Much of that storyline was portrayed last year. But not in the depth or realistic outcomes you noted. Mark was twice sent home from school: first for wearing a skirt and then for carrying a knife (to defend himself against bullies). His grandmother came to his homeroom and put the kids on blast. Dan spoke with Darlene about his coming to terms with Mark's being queer, the basis of Dan's saying, "I didn't get a head this big by having a closed mind."
  7. S03.E04: Vietnam

    Nope. My brother was effectively immobile without his glasses in 1972, and only a few increments above legally blind. He passed his draft physical.
  8. S03.E04: Vietnam

    I was also interested in Sgt. Jack's confession to Robinson, his brother-in-arms: "I've been pretending my whole life." That sounds like both his sons, though I'm not sure either was as self-aware at 28. Then again, young Jack had flung himself into the sort of crucible that can yield such truth, and brought together with a companion he felt was strong enough to hear it.
  9. S03.E04: Vietnam

    For many, the generation gap between those in charge and those coming of age was a chasm, with teeth. There was real, visceral hatred, contempt, and hidden despair. The hardening of older men's eyes as they looked at younger men's hair, and the sneer of younger men as they met that look. Watching the lottery, I not only sensed smug aggression from the suited officials displaying their absolute power, but imagined the same satisfaction from many of the millions of older men viewing. I'm sure I was wrong about that, by and large -- just as Jack and Nick were. But another reason they left the house to watch in a bar was to safely place themselves out of reach of their father's reaction.
  10. S01.E01: Keep on Truckin'

    Uncivil posts have been removed. The show, characters, actors, storylines and creative team are all fair game, but not each other. Again, as tessaray noted above: "Direct comments to what happens on-screen and not your fellow posters." We are not the Conners; we just watch them on TV.
  11. S03.E04: Vietnam

    I can. I was watching that night in 1969, when my 19-year-old brother was selected #1. He's adopted (as am I), and perhaps his first mother was watching too. She may have said nothing to anyone.
  12. Media for Mrs. Maisel

    Elle thinks "this year" means 2018 and so do I. My guess is around Thanksgiving: ASP's favorite time to help folks binge. Gilmore Girls in 2016, Mrs. Maisel in 2017.
  13. Media: Lanford, IL Patch

    I moved several posts commenting and speculating on the series from here to the Speculation topic, where they're right at home. Meanwhile the episode topic is loosening up on the first-base line. No word yet on who's going to sing the national anthem.
  14. S03.E10: Jahr Null

    Better than the one where the dominant species devolved into Nazis. I wonder if there's a world where the Reich didn't conquer Europe before being defeated: where the Holocaust never happened, and the other 50 million war dead, aren't.
  15. The Alias Reboot: If Not Now, When(nifer)?

    Al(i)as, a little misleading: Garner confirms only that she's heard talk, and that she has not been approached.