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  1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    This adds to the tragedy. Why is it that Samuel L. Jackson could only get half a muthafucka out while Peter is able to describe his pains in detail, give a speech about great power and great responsibility and ask Iron Man to promise to hand in his homework? It's because the Iron Spider suit had the nano-tech in it and that nano-tech slowed down the dusting process. So Tony Stark gets to watch Spider-Man die slowly and painfully because the kid is wearing a suit that in an attempt to repair the damage is actually prolonging Peter's suffering.
  2. S01.E03: Stained Glass 2018.06.14

    Short version: we started with Tandy's perspective and when we cut back to the crash it was from Tyrone's perspective. Tandy started tripping balls because she got a knock on the head (Voodoo Auntie said that was the other way to get there), Tyrone was tripping balls from the voodoo bath he took. They got a good but mostly metaphorical look at each other's traumas. Tyrone recognized the church Tandy lives in (from his vision) and decided to wait for her there so they could compare notes.
  3. 24 in the Media

    I just watched a new episode of 24. It had a battle-scarred veteran going undercover and then revealing himself to go into combat. There were threats and hostage situations and torture and some really gory scenes. There was family drama and a betrayal by a lieutenant. There was a truckload of elite commandos with state of the art gear. There was even a couple of people who were blindfolded and driven into the woods to be shown a shocking secret that changed their lives. I am of course referring to the new series Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back. It is bizarre how much it resembled an episode of 24. It even had split screens and the beep boop beep as the clock ticked down. I hope I'm not the only one who noticed this show is 24 set in a random restaurant except instead of a dirty bomb the threat is a dirty walk-in freezer.
  4. S03.E12 Elmsley Count 2018.06.10

    I think Axe has too much class to do something like that but I noticed Wags went for a gendered insult right away, calling Taylor a bitch. Bitch can certainly be a gender-neutral insult but tends to be associated more with women. The ending scene felt earned to me. Compare for example why Brody and Carrie could possibly be working together in Season 3 of Homeland. The answer is because Brody was supposed to be killed off in the first season but the producers liked the pairing of Damien Lewis and Claire Danes so they kept contriving up plots that would force the two of them back together. Consequences were a big theme all this season and this episode put a nice bow on it. Chuck and Axe got to where they are by stepping on the people beneath them, not realizing that those people would not necessarily stay loyal. Chuck was able to placate Sacker on the Lugo case by having her set up the war room but when he went to her father against her wishes it was a step too far and Chuck even acknowledged it at the time, saying something like "I'm glad you're on my side at this moment". Last episode he took her to dinner at the living meme restaurant. Turns out that isn't enough to overcome her objection to having her family put in danger. Dake and Connerty were both humiliated by Chuck but humiliation isn't a vanquishing and they end up turning up at the worst possible time. As for Axe, he failed to anticipate that scooping Taylor's investment would lead to resentment, he casually used Maffee's integrity in a scheme (and although I am sure Maffee had no idea what was actually going on, he knew something was up) and he got his firm in deep with a Russian gangster. Taylor called it when talking to Wendy. Axe really does think loyalty and integrity and all of that are commodities to be bought and sold. My heart goes out to Chuck's (former) secretary. That lady acted the hell out of the few lines she had and I could feel how devastated she was by the whole situation.
  5. S01.E13: Memento Mori

    Wasn't that the same park where Frank's family was killed? If so, that's why Russo did it, for psychological shock value. Russo knows that while he's been running a mostly bloodless business, the Punisher has been out there doing his thing day in and day out. He knows Frank is the better soldier so he wants any edge he can get to tip the scales in his favor.
  6. Billions of Quotes

    Douchebag: You're a real son of a bitch. Chuck: Oh, a lot of people hate me. Tell 'em why they hate me, Carl. Carl: You're a real son of a bitch.
  7. Cobra Kai Quotes: Just Words

    My favorite Johnny bit was when his female student was describing the online bullying. "Oh my God..." (and here is where you think he's about to have a moment of genuine empathy) "What a bunch of PUSSIES!"
  8. S03.E25: Boo Normal; Once Upon a Time

    As far as a finale went, THAT WAS SOME BULLSHIT! I did not know there were episodes beyond 3x24 and I wish it had ended there! I enjoyed seeing more about Ella but we could have done that mid-season!
  9. S03.E09: Icebreaker

    I read it more as hubris. The might of the US government couldn't take him down and that has left him feeling invincible. But to join up with a Russian mobster? That's dangerous right there and Axe should know that from 30 some years of Russian mob mooks as bad guys on TV. They have certain characteristics: They are ruthless - check, John Malkovich already threatened Axe's family. See also the story about gang-raping a random woman and leaving her son for dead. They have lieutenants who do the dirty work for them - check, directly referenced by JM and indirectly referenced by Hall saying couldn't protect Axe. They change the rules at random - check, JM already tried in wanting a direct line to the Secretary of the Treasury. They cannot be stopped, only killed - check, JM just got out of jail. Russian jail. Now I have no idea how this plot is going to play out but I cannot imagine Axe successfully invests the mobster's money, everyone gets a great return on investment and nothing goes wrong along the way. JM has already set the red line, do not lose my money. So that by necessity means Axe will be wrong about something, billions worth of gangster money is going be lost (or seized or stolen) and we're going to find out in short order what happens to investment guys who think they are better crooks than actual crooks.
  10. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    In that case you must have loved the ending. Too soon?
  11. Danny did have one great moment in this, following the trail of destruction left by Steve's loving tribute to the endless fight in They Live. Danny looks out the busted window (that he knows Steve and Mook-ski went out) and sees them laying on the ground. Normally this would be where a cop would show some concern for his partner so Danny's offhand "Steve... you good?" was hilarious. Danny has seen Steve do so much crazy stuff that this is just another day at the office. Very well played. I also found it strange that while Steve and the bad guy were kicking the shit out of each other all the other 5-0 members were apparently admiring the furniture or something. Junior calls the Russian sub an attack sub but then says that it can lay waste to the island. Attack subs do not carry nuclear missiles, missile subs do. I think Junior was just exaggerating (although I am sure an attack sub would have a complement of cruise missiles). Russian boomers do not range that far from home, The Hunt for Red October notwithstanding. A boomer would also be wider and flatter to accommodate the missile tubes (thanks Tom Clancy!). It's been a while since the Plot Generator has been used on this show. Let's see, this time we had The Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, They Live, The Americans, 24 (storming an embassy with little to no consequences) and Dumb and Dumber: Restaurant Edition. We also have Tani confronting the flexible ethics of 5-0 in trying to decide if she should assist Adam in covering up a murder because Adam helped her brother out. Junior: Do the right thing Tani! Tani: But I don't want to! It's the whole reason I joined 5-0 in the first place!
  12. S05.E22: Sutton Ross (No. 17)

    I also miss the crew from Redemption and I wish at least one of them would show up already! I know we had Tom's mom on babysitting detail but that whole team was a bunch of mercenary killers and by and large they liked Tom so where are they? I think it's how casual he is about it that stuns them. He just blows someone away and they're standing there thinking "did he really just do that?" while he saunters off. Of course in real life if you are holding a juice box that looks even slightly like a gun a dozen cops will blow you away if you point it in their general direction but who ever said this show resembled real life? In all fairness Samar was only in that coma for 42 minutes or so! Except for the part where an FBI black site has ventilation ducts that two people can crawl through. I'll call it a Die Hard reference and say fair enough. That was absurd! Half the hospital staff standing around in awe because they've never seen someone wake up before! I liked how the guy took his kids to see the movie old enough to be public domain, hence free for the show to re-broadcast. Come on dude, take your kids to see Infinity War! Edit: I also loved the contrast between Lizzie and her sister at the end. There's Lizzie in her leather jacket of vengeance trying to look badass. She looks childish compared to Fiona Dourif who looks like a boss even in a fuzzy blue sweater!
  13. That was silly along with Junior having a big-ass grenade launcher on his rifle that he totally forgot about. These Hollywood SEAL teams always just go for gunfights and totally forget about grenades, claymores, drone strikes, etc. I found myself raising an eyebrow at the leap to conclusions they did here as well. "The suspect has German grandparents!" means of course they were Nazis who plundered. Now I am not German by any means but if I were I might find this kind of stereotyping offensive. Indeed! I suppose this show wants to establish that the military community in Hawaii is a close-knit one but in reality I am pretty sure a former Navy SEAL cannot just go up to the staging area for a mission and interrupt the planning to say "hey, can I come too? I used to be a SEAL and this mission (that I shouldn't even know about) is really personally important to me!" I am pretty sure Steve and Junior would both be in the stockade for a stunt like that.
  14. S05.E21: Lawrence Dan Devlin (No. 26)

    I suppose it could have been the Blacklister's specially-trained body disposal bear. And I have to thank this show for not going the gory route after showing us the extensive collection of insects the guy had. I guess if you don't like rats this episode would have been pretty horrible but at least no one got eaten alive by bugs! Of course knowing this friggin' show Samar could have a hundred FBI agents guarding her and a bad guy will rip a loud fart at the other end of the hall. All 100 agents go running off, the bad guys make off with her ring. Seriously, schools should use this scene to teach this lesson. See how there's an object stuck in there but no blood coming out? And see now, once the object is pulled out, how the blood gushes everywhere? I had about five minutes of first aid training twenty years ago and even I know that one!
  15. S03.E08: All the Wilburys

    Since I work in a billing department it was satisfying to see Axe confronting Lara with "you didn't read the fine print, did you?" And who wants to bet that the contract she signed without looking at gives her a discount on fees at some other significant price? Folks, always read the fine print! I appreciated how Chuck got so worked up when firing Connerty that spittle was actually flying. But Connerty is a bulldog and if he's free from the constraints of government service... well, I don't think he'd do as poorly at Axe Capital as Spiros. Speaking of Spiros, is there any way that his inside information isn't a trap for Dollar Bill? Not a legal trap, just a way to get Dollar Bill chasing bad investments. Same with Axe and Danny Strong's character. All of a sudden your enemies want to make nice and help you? Taylor was pissed but they must realize a billion dollars is a big ask. Take what Axe gives you, parlay that into a billion and go from there. At least they got a new car out of the deal. That is an interesting progression since when we first met Taylor they were offended by the pedestrian trappings of too much money. Looks like they have gotten over it!