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  1. sigmaforce86

    S14.E16: Don't Go in the Woods

    I must be in the minority - I liked it. Or maybe it's just because it was enough of a monster of the week story and I've been pretty vocal about missing the "saving people hunting things" days. They can't go back to the old days now but those were the hunts I liked and this was pretty close to that, guess that was enough for me. Jack acted like a typical teenager. Get's a little attention for knowing about monsters so brings the whole stack of demon research books to show off (I thought for awhile that Tom would read out loud and accidentally summon something). Get's a little attention for throwing and floating a knife and starts flying it all over to show off. It's the one thing that rang true - kids of a certain age will do some stunt or dumb thing that the other kids admire and they like the attention so much they'll go "now watch this" and do something even stupider. And I have to admit Tom watching Ghost Facers and the little clip of Harry and Ed calling out Sam and Dean was pretty funny. That said they didn't really need to B story with Jack, not sure where they're going with it except for fall out later when the boys find out Jack used his power badly and the possibility that Jack burned off another piece of has half-soul to heal Stacy. I do expect though that Dean is going to go to town for the beer and Stacy is going to flip out on him yelling that he needs to keep that freaky kid away from them. The Canadian filming location was showing this week - The bunker is in Kansas but most of the products on the store shelf where Jack was shopping had both English and French labels (easiest to see on the mac & cheese boxes)
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    They should have had something on the show to fill in the blanks. Rick had to have been given some information so as viewers it would be nice for them to spare even just 30-60 seconds so we could get the basics. At minimum he must have been told these are the people going to tribal. That might have been all, maybe they didn't even tell him if the tribe name or that there are three tribes now........... but he had to know the people so he could decide who to pass the vote to. Even if we saw him with a parchment that said "X Tribe is going to council tonight, you must pass your vote to one of these remaining tribe members" it would have explained a lot. Then, in theory, he would be in a place to save someone he likes or knows or get rid of someone he doesn't like (as in I know Susie will vote for Martin and I want Martin out so I'll help Susie). If he doesn't get back in the game he possibly helps an ally win, if he does get back in the game he can go to that person and tell them what he did giving him an ally for later. That to me is the only way the advantage helps Rick at all but, again, it would have been nice to have seen what was Rick told when it came time to decide who to pass the vote to and what was his logic and thought process in deciding who gets it.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    When they yelled for Julia and she stepped up it was like they snuck a new cast member into the tribe - Who is she, Where has she been all this time, Has she ever gotten a talking head? The invisible player! Unless or until said invisible Julia steps up and we see what she's like I'm going to start cheering for Victoria and or Gavin just because. I also like Rick but he seems like a true long shot at this point. Reem there is still not a single person out there who wants or needs you to be their "mommy". The fact that she's still not only going for that role but forcing it on others and that she thinks she's queen leader of EI beach proves she learned nothing from her initial game play and ouster. The only thing she's managed to do is sulk on how she was wronged and take a big dose of bitter pills. If she gets back in the game it won't even be entertaining chaos (that would be Wendy's role). And yes she "gave" that advantage to Kevin, how can she be unaware that saying hey look what is that will send people grabbing the item, especially Kevin, especially after he ran off to find the items from the first map - she's either completely clueless or doubles down when challenged because she just can't be wrong ever. People always watch sitcoms that take outrageous things and inflate them for laughs and say "that would never happen in real life". The next time we have a hapless character who can't handle sports like Niles from Frasier or Howard from Big Bang when he was throwing out the first pitch and someone says that's so exaggerated, people don't throw like that in real life, that would never happen...........I'm going to show them a loop video of Wardog throwing those bolas about a foot in front of himself and straight into the ground like a three year old over and over (and over). And, one last general Survivor rant - the complaining when players actually play; it happens season after season and I've never, ever understood it but there went Chris and, of course bitter entitled Reem again last night when Kevin ran off. Yes it's "fair", no he's not being "sneaky" and nobody is obligated to wait to go searching for anything. Can we remind these people it's a game and only one of them wins, looking for the idol is not sneaking off, getting a map and going for whatever it's leading you to is not screwing your beach mates. That is how the game is played. In general not just this season but over and over I'm tired of seeing and can not at all understand the mind set of the players that complain when someone actually tries to play the game by getting any advantages, immunity or information that they can. It's not a democracy, there's no voting to act as a group so if Kevin lost that vote he'd be compelled to sit at camp and wait and, most important, if you don't want people running off and getting things you want yourself how about not helping them. Rick was just as much at fault for giving away to the group how to fold the first map as Reem was in pointing out the box from the second map. Kevin wants to win, they gave him an opening and he took advantage, that's good game play or, to borrow a very old phrase, you snooze you lose.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I looked at the picture before I read the title or recipe and I swear I thought it was bannana pudding with 'nilla wafers on top. This is NOT an appetizing dinner - and for someone trying to be a blogger or influencer or whatever on-line attention she's seeking.......does she not realize or has nobody told her that we eat first with our eyes so maybe beige food on a white plate on a brown table is a more than a little monotone and pretty gross looking to boot. Does anyone believe this? Does JILL believe this or is she willfully lying? We decided as opposed to TLC kicked us off is really stretching things. On the other hand months after they were let go her "headship" was still insisting they weren't fired and at one point went as far as to say in an interview that it was not only fully their decision to leave but that TLC actually wanted them to stay on. The only consistent thing that Jill is parroting is the "headed in a different direction" defense which is what Derrick also said multiple times so I guess that's the party line they trot out for their followers.
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    S09.E06: To Grandmother’s House We Go

    Every now and then there's a dose of actual reality in reality TV. Is there anyone who didn't adore Jer's Grandma? Her reaction to meeting Felicity was so genuine and I have no doubts it was her real feelings we saw not something put on or reenacted. I think I saw Jer's Dad tearing up in the background too. Another little thing - did anyone notice how Great Grandma spoke to Jinger? This might not be said well because you need to hear it not read it but- there was something about how GG said Jinger's name that was so warm and loving it struck me as so different from how the Duggar family addresses each other. Maybe because they're used to their talking heads and because (I suspect) a lot of their "announcements" are either staged or reenacted but their excitement is calculated and sometimes robotic. GG's "Oh Jinger" was the adorably loving opposite of that.
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    S09.E14 Scars

    Yes! We're just left with a "that was it?" sort of feeling. All this build up to some super bad betrayal falling out between everyone and the story this whole time was the kids got kidnapped and the world is bad - the governor, the termites, the claimers, the hospital group, the wolves, the saviors apparently didn't teach her that or because it wasn't kids and a former bff involved those groups just weren't as terrible. But this was the big story that we're supposed to believe made her the closed off person she is today? And Daryl helped! He saved Michonne, her baby and the kidnapped kids and had her back the whole time and for that she now barely acknowledges him because................ he's not part of Alexandria I guess? Michonne needs to ask; if the gates are watched all the time and the sewers are barred down how does Judith keep getting out of Alexandria? Does Michonne know she was out wasting bullets and hanging around with Neegan already? Guess not since she was able to steal the gun and wander off yet again - there's a kid sized hole in that wall somewhere. Seems like Judith takes after her brother in the "nobody knows where he/she is" area! Michonne's belly and Alexandria is less built up were pretty much the only clues. Really subtle and not easy to see all the time which made it a bit of a pain because it seemed like we wasted the first 15-30 seconds of each scene looking for the clues on which time it was in. Would have been less annoying to have a really simplistic but helpful "then" "now" tag at the bottom of the screen.
  7. All this talk of makeup plus the Tammy Faye & Jan Crouch pictures reminded me of a quote but I can't remember who to credit (might be my old favorite Erma Bombeck): Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end. Edit: Found the quote - actually Jerry Seinfeld said it.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    Maybe we're getting the first little hints of whatever causes her to be in the hospital or nursing home years from now (from the previous episodes flash forwards to go see "her")? Or maybe she's just shocked and worried and low on energy? Even could be a little bit of both. I was surprised nobody ran to get her orange juice when she stood up and got dizzy - food is good, a donut is ok but that sugar hit won't last long. What a kick in the pants it would have been if Kevin had been drinking OJ and someone grabbed it for Rebecca only to find out he'd made his own screwdriver. I wish Zoe had confronted him, when they hugged I really wanted her to say now dump out that water bottle I know what's really in it, call that rehab facility you were in and talk to them first then we're going to find you a meeting and sponsor. Nobody came off good in this episode, some worse than others. The only thing Miguel was guilty of was clunky ways of trying to help and cheer everyone which wasn't much of a crime. Zoe didn't really have any bad points. Randall has always been a little too optimistic and impulsive but I've never disliked him until now - his demands on Beth were incredibly selfish and tone deaf even after he admitted that Beth had already given up a lot during his campaign. And the whole money thing - Beth didn't sign up to fully support the family with her salary while he uses a months worth of gas in two or three days driving multi hours round trip to Philly every day, I can't imagine where his brain is to think he could ask her to give up more than she already has. Have to admit though, the whole pretzel lady thing was hysterical especially Beth and Randall's little talk about it and whoever thought to amp up the sound on her as she opened the bag and crunched the first few was brilliant.
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    The Passage

    Going by the show only not the books b/c I haven't read them I think they could stick with the same actress using the logic of the viral blood and the so called cure keep her alive either forever (immortal) or for a much, much longer period than a normal lifespan so she will age but not as quickly as a normal human. That way she could be "older" next season and, with luck, the following season and they could write it off as her hitting a vampire growth spurt. Not sure if that logic would work for everyone but it would sound like a reasonable explanation to me. I agree about being disappointed with Carter going all in on the rampage, he did seem like he could come in second place to Amy in the controlling yourself department and he did come across as having some guilt about what he was doing but did it anyway. That said I was missing one thing I'd love to have seen him do - go home and have the first person he goes after be Rachel's husband. If he's going to kill everyone in has path anyway I'm not opposed to him dispensing a little poetic justice for the reason he was on death row in the first place. Great finale, they went all out on the action in the first half and the ending was just closed enough that it could serve as the end of the series and we won't feel like we were left hanging. But just open enough to lead into Season 2. All info is the ratings were a little low for the last episode but I really hope Fox sticks with it and we get season 2 and beyond especially since the announced plan was to go only 3-4 seasons and not stretch out the material infinitely.
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    Spoilers and Speculation

    OK I think this comment answers the question I came to ask - I don't own the comics so I can't go back and reference them but I've read them and I don't remember the Highwaymen or any characters like them but with a different name. So these guys are a TV show only creation with no apples to apples comic character to compare them to right? If that's the case I get the fuckery comment, what's the point in introducing them? The only ideas I can think of, (and I still like a little surprise as I watch so trying to go with speculating without really spoiling)........................., they're cannon fodder to be killed in place of some of the characters we know the Whisperers kill or they're new special characters to stay living and take the place of people the whisperers kill. Neither makes much sense to me though, as much as I want them to deviate (further) from the comics this time and leave Ezekial alive I think they're heading in the "kill him" direction. But if a few Highwaymen take their place on the pikes instead why would the viewers care when they're new characters and we have no real attachment to them yet?
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    S09.E05: The Abbie Gown

    I'm going to start with the good because there's so little of it and it's easy to get it over with: All on the Laredo group, Felicity is adorable, her face in the jump-up was so cute, Jeremy seems like a good hands on Dad even if I allow for some of it to be just put on for the camera's, I love that they have Jake the cat and, last but most important, the kid is allowed to wear pants too and I see a lot of loosening of the Gothard standards and a swing toward more mainstream Christianity/living in that house. Second place goes to Abby who at least said she's OK wearing scrub pants even though she could wear skirts and others at her work do that. It show's a little bit of thinking for herself and being practical based on the activity (yeah) As for the rest - Say it in big, red, glowing letters: The. Waste! The incredible, hypocritical, don't you buy used and save the difference WASTE. A pop up dress shop with mannequins is bad enough but making a platform and a giant mirror too. I don't care if Miss Renee or TLC production paid for it, it still comes across as indulgent and wasteful especially when you compare it to the thrift store make your own detergent ways they try to advocate. And the flour bombing; gas for the plane and of course the flour itself, what an over the top wasteful activity. If they keep trying to one-up themselves by the time Justin or Jackson get's married it'll be "We're flying to Mt Everest where we'll jump out and para-glide from the summit, we'll then land directly on a pack of camels with saddles which we'll race across the Gobi desert, the first three across the finish line get to go to dinner at Applebees Honolulu" (yes I know none of those things are near each other but the Duggar's don't know geography anyway so....) Jessa really let her bitch flag fly in this one. Even when she was unpacking the mannequins and said something like "it's really skinny". I know it could just be a comment not a dig at Abbie but it comes across as a dig and there's just an undercurrent of everyone else is beneath me in nearly everything she does and says. She has to go with the I and Me statements; when I was breastfeeding, at My wedding. She has to pull attention to stay relevant and part of the show and, to me at least, she increasingly comes across as queen bitch / ace narcissist of the family.
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    S09.E13 Chokepoint

    I've always disliked Brett Butler but when she first came on the show I didn't even recognize her and, at least for the few episodes she's been in, I like her character and how she's playing it. I enjoyed the funny in the episode, Jerry whispering to Ezekiel then the sword request, Carol's slow build to get their interest with the movie offer and lead Highway Man's "Seriously?" delivery. I've seen the preview with lead Highway Man walking around The Kingdom multiple times and honestly never thought about it hinting at more new people or a new group because every time they showed that I thought it was Luke I was seeing. It was nice that, for once, things were dealt with quickly and fairly reasonably my hope is these guys just turn out to be a group that needs a purpose and become friends not just another foe of the week the group(s) have to fight. There was some discussion in the Sigma household whether Beta is dead or not but we decided to go with not dead, not a walker. We based on, first, what we saw on the show - when he got up his movements were more purposeful than a walker's would be and there was none of the gah ger noise they make. And second just because none of us believe they'd cast Ryan Hurst in that role then waste him on two episodes (as a human even if he popped up again as a walker). That sort of casting is either a one off cameo or multi episode character. As much as I'd love to see Beta wander into the Whisperers camp as a walker I believe he was alive at the end of the episode. Now whether he should be and whether he should have more than a few broken bones and a decent head injury from that fall well that's a different thing that might need a little TV magic hand waving to get past.
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    S09.E16: Past Tense

    I know I have to suspend belief when watching this show and I usually do because it's mostly entertaining and I like the actors on it but they really stretched it this week - are we supposed to believe that when the Mother was murdered there were the first police on the scene then some backup officers who had time to put up the yellow tape and call the detectives. Then the detectives had to get to the apartment too and in ALL of that time nobody cleared the apartment or even thoroughly searched it? So the daughter sat in that closet for how long unnoticed by everyone until Danny heard her crying? Seems like that was some sloppy reprimand worthy police work there. This was hey it's that guy week too - Had just finished watching The Passage where James Le Gros recurs then moved on to watching Blue Bloods (I know I'm way behind on my DVR shows!). Had to do some quick brain shifting to go from his Passage character Horace (who I am sincerely hoping is killed) to the Blue Bloods character Don.. Then I got a looks familiar vibe from the sister Heidi who turned out to be the actress who played young Christina in Mommy Dearest which makes me feel very, very old.
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    Proven Innocent

    I don't mind the podcast - it reminds me of something, movie or TV show I can't remember it's like a hazy "this is familiar/was used before" thing, maybe that's why I don't mind it. I'll start by saying I actually like this show, I agree with @Chaos Theory, I"m enjoying it week to week and there are more characters I like than don't like even the nasty ones. Where I agree with you is the different direction or tone down - I do think it'll come and we're only on episode 4 so it's probably too soon but at some point they have to do a case where Maddie is right but no matter what she does she loses anyway or (even better) one where she goes all out to prove the person should be released and the person was playing her and has been guilty all along. I think the writers are aware that shake ups and balances are needed and they can't maintain a scenario of we take on case, we win case, person goes free week after week. There's enough story there though that I'm more than willing to give it time and can, so far, see the potential. If I had one complaint I'd say Heather is either written as or acted as very over the top but even then I'm still not sure if that's an accidental or purposeful thing - accidental because she's written or acted badly or purposeful because her "the lady doth protest too much" persona is to lead us, rightly or wrongly, to think Heather is involved in Rosemary's murder in some way.
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    S02.E17: Breakdown

    I looked at that and the previous scene where he confronted Dr Han and asked myself for the 1000 time - why doesn't this guy have an Emmy yet!?!? I agree with this but also I feel like I need something more from this storyline. Maybe Han is leading Shaun on or forcing him along purposely and that's why this detail is missing but for me it's not just "you can't be a surgeon go work in pathology" - It's: Why pathology in the first place? Why does Han get to decide Shaun's specialty? Why aren't Han or Shaun or even the other Doctors and his friends looking into other specialties where he could be the most use? My first thought was Shaun would make a great diagnostician because he sees the big picture and all the possibilities (but I don't know how realistic or TV realistic that specialty is). And why can't Shaun work both pathology for diagnosis and work surgery without patient contact if it's the "human touch" that bothers Han? A lot of questions but mostly the one that gets me is the first one - why are they all acting like if Shaun can't be a Surgeon then he has to be a Pathologist, those are the only choices and Han gets to decide? I'm usually a fill in the blanks sort of viewer but this hole in the story has me stumped and a little annoyed because I feel like if they addressed that it would better explain why Han is right or show why Shaun should be given another chance.
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    S38.E03: Betrayals Are Going to Get Exposed

    Wardog, it's "Lost her marbles" or "Off her rocker". But his "Lost Her Rocker" comment did give me one of the best laughs of the night and it probably fits Wendy better. This is not a person playing to win unless she's going with a sort of drag the colorful but non-threatening character to the end strategy. However they determined there was a rooster there were also multiple chickens and they declared they'd only eat one and use the rest for eggs so why is she so determined to release them all. Did the tribe explain the egg plan to her? Could we have seen that? And stealing the flint to get her way was a dick move. Wonder what the cast thought watching that episode and seeing how it really went down. Reem you are NOT the den mother here, did you learn nothing at that tribal. She's going to revert right back to what she was day 1 and wonder why they still don't like her. On the flip of that though it's a different dynamic with the cast offs, no challenges or tribals they know of just lot's of time to stew and complain to each other about how they were wronged or who they're going to "get" when/if they return to the game. Wentworth has resting bitch face multiplied by 1000 and seems to be on a "how dare anyone vote for me" run. I hate that I'm enjoying Aubrey especially her idol find because I never liked her before but in the reverse of I-Deserve-It-All-Wentworth I thought Aubrey was so genuine and happy to find that idol and she deserves all credit for it. There's nobody to really, really root for so far though; part of the problem is three episodes aren't enough to get to know everyone and part is the Manu losing streak means Kama just doesn't get the same screen time and we don't really know much about the personalities there. I'm starting to wonder about the invisibles and maybe they're the ones to watch, like Victoria (knit hat aside) and Gavin. Well next week: maybe that'll shake up the one tribe streak and give us some new dynamics and the chance to see who some of these background players really are.
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    S09.E04: Love and Loss

    I have to eat sugar free and can't even use fruit like applesauce or banana (pumpkin is OK though luckily). I'm not gluten free but do have restrictions on types of flours I can use. Example I made muffins yesterday with Spelt flour which isn't gluten free but also with Stevia to sweeten. It's the Stevia that does the aftertaste, it's a weird sweetener, You have to use far less than regular sugar, it's not 1:1 then make up the bulk with other things. But it also has a sort of tipping point where this amount is just right and the food tastes fine, this extra 1/4 or 1/2 tsp puts it over the edge and the food is now bitter. Plus it does take some getting used to, if JD goes off sugar entirely living with Abbie I'd bet in 6-12 months he'd find regular cakes, cookies etc too sweet. It occurred to me where the other Duggar boys seem to "fill out" when they married JD is already pretty filled out and I'm wondering if her dietary needs plus her nursing background might mean better nutrition for him where we'll slowly see a change for the better in his health and physique? I don't know why the grooms cake had to fit her needs, you'd think that would be JD's choice but they haven't said what they're planning for the regular cake or dessert either - I wonder will it be something she can eat and hope the rest of the guests like it or multiple choice. I can't figure out Lauren, last night I had almost decided she just has resting bitch face that makes her talking heads look weird. But watching the full interview it seems like more than that; is she a drama queen or does she over react/act because she doesn't know what to do in front of the camera or is she milking it because she's enjoying this new "celebrity" she has..........I don't know but her hesitations between sentences and dramatic sighs and purposeful fundie statements come across as phony and off putting. Kendra is fun to watch and seems genuine, Abbie I haven't seen enough of yet, Anna is who she is plus she's not on often anymore, but Lauren - I'm not sure I could ever warm up to her and I wonder what she's really like as a SIL to the Duggar girls.
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    I Am the Night

    It seems sad and weird to say this today because we (mostly) know better but in 1965, nobody cared. She was, in everyone's eyes, a black girl living with a single Mom then living in Watts with relatives. To the authorities she was nobody. Segregation had just ended in 1964 and the so called summer of love didn't happen until 1967. Even in progressive or enlightened cities racism wasn't just rampant it was normal. The police that did notice she was out and about during the day could stop and hassle her but would probably just write her off as another lazy black person. The attitude of the times plus creative license for a TV show. Jay got the ticket money from Peter. The flying isn't too unusual either, those were the days when you needed no ID to fly and walked out to the tarmac to board the plane using stairs. Again depending on your age it's weird or impossible to think of it now but the only security was an xray machine, they left cockpit doors open (and invited visitors) and smoking on board was common. With no ID not even a drivers license required they wouldn't know she and Jay weren't related, people back then even flew using another persons ticket because nobody checked them. Slightly off topic but true story just to illustrate how crazy lax people were then - my Grandmother flew to Hawaii in the early 60's, lived there several years and came home in 1965 with my Grandpa who was a Marine and had been stationed at Kaneohe Bay. On her way to HI with a high school friend they had a layover in Los Angeles, the two of them actually went to Paramount Studios and demanded to see Michael Landon (he was starring on Bonanza at the time) then sat themselves down in the studio offices. You'd be arrested for this now assuming you could get past security at the front gate! Anyway the studio finally told them Landon wasn't there that day which was the truth he wasn't but they'd give them a tour of the Ponderosa set which was just the yard and false front of the house. We still have the pictures they took. I've heard that story more than once and find it crazy, I can't imagine what a 20-30 yo would think of it compared to the hyper-secure world we live in now. Jay was smart to have Fauna wait in the car but dumb for not picking up on the desperation in Peter's voice and realize something was up. What were they going to do with Fauna if she had gone in the restaurant with Jay? What will happen to the pictures Jay took in Hawaii, will all his proof disappear in wonder? I'm not sure Jimmie Lee is definitely dead, she was moving until just before what's his name picked up the phone, maybe she will die but maybe they'll have her survive. I still can't figure out how this is supposed to end - the fantasy is they bring it all out into the open and George and all the rest go to jail in disgrace, they reality is he's probably going to get away with it all but my curiosity on how they end it with Jay and Fauna will make me watch the final episode. I have a feeling though I'm going to be disappointed in how this is wrapped up.
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    The Passage

    There aren't a lot of "bad guys" where I actively root for them to die but I agree with both of you and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come with a good dose of cocky assurance on mustache guy's (Horace) part. Some sort of I can handle this hey crazy monster guy you really want to negotiate and work with me don't you. With luck that's followed by things like What are you doing, why are you running at me, ouch stop biting me and lots of screaming. And he is quite a stereotype with that whiny nerdy fake voice to go along with the fake attitude and sympathy. I love how everything Amy says is twisted into "Did you know that because you saw it in a vision". The screw you was great but I really wish Amy would just whip around and say No asshole I know that because you're not fooling anyone, you don't need a psychic to see through your act and a two year old could tell you're a lying manipulative sack of crap.
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    Joy and Austin: This One Time At Family Camp

    Gideon is one of those babies that has the wizened old man look instead of the chubby cheek look, in our house we call that an Uncle Fester kid. I don't think there's anything wrong with that it's just how some kids are and he doesn't seem underfed or anything. He's still a pretty cute kid though. I don't see the problem with being away for his actual birthday, we delay celebrations all the time if it falls midweek or similar and it's not like the kid will know or remember if the party was a few days later. Honestly I think parents go way overboard with the first birthday parties when the kid is pretty much on the level of "smash fist in cake, shove cake in mouth". At this age the party is more for the adults and the picture memories. The cake was cute but it got "Under The Sea" stuck in my head - not that it's likely Joy knows what that's from.
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    S01.E17: Goodbye

    I don't have a problem with the 9/11 connection. I had a family friend on the flight from Boston that went into the towers, in a freaky coincidence her first name was Barbara. I still think of her at random times not just the anniversary and wonder what her final moments were like, how much did she know about what was happening, did she see they were about to hit (it waffles between hoping she realized very little and fearing her final hour was terror filled). Would someone who missed one of those flights hold it in all those years then do what Jon did? I don't know but I think it's possible and the variations of grief are complicated enough that it's not a totally out of left field trigger. Did not see the PJ thing coming at all, not at all, they definitely tricked me with that one. That said there is something wrong with Barbara's husband. If he calmly said .. Hey, PJ will be home soon and gee I don't want him to see you two crying I'm not sure what we'd say to him......that's one thing. But to not even try to think up a lie or half-lie and angrily demand that Delilah get out is weird and controlling. It wouldn't have even needed a lie - If I was a teen and came home and found Mom crying with some stranger and my parents said to me "This is the wife of Jon, an old college roommate of your Mom's, he died and his wife was just looking up some of his old friends" - That would sound normal to me and I wouldn't have thought it was weird or suspicious at all. Best parts of the episode - Human: Katherine taking Hunter down so calmly and effectively. Non-Human: That dogs reaction to Maggie petting him. Happy pup right there. Rome & Regina - They need to establish whether Regina is opposed to being pregnant or being a Mom. Because if it's just pregnancy and maybe newborns aren't for her (responsibility for feedings, diapers etc) there are ways around it, if the issue is having kids of any age around, that she doesn't want to do the "Mom" thing then Rome has to respect that. There are other ways to raise kids, Rome should realize if Regina doesn't want a pregnancy or a newborn but is open to having a child around then fostering or adopting an older child could be on the table especially since older kids are so often passed over. If Regina doesn't want to be a Mom at all Rome should explore if his need could be fulfilled by mentoring or being a big brother. Eddie is going to tell Katherine about the baby for sure. Positive side; he's right about no more secrets and they can't reconcile if there's something that big hanging out there that she could find out in the future. Negative side; there's a real possibility that this will be the final straw and she'll tell him he can't move back yet or she no longer wants to even try and she's filing the divorce papers after all. Honestly; every character on this show needs some sort of therapy; Eddie and Katherine included. Katherine should have made couples therapy a condition of him moving back and trying for the marriage again.
  22. sigmaforce86

    S38.E02: One of Us Is Going to Win

    He didn't imply it he actually said it, not an exact quote b/c I don't remember the exact words but basically "Good luck winning challenges without me". As a parting shot it was about as stinging as the classic "Oh Really" True but at the same time it's Outlast and it's impossible to outlast and avoid council when one tribe member is five minutes behind everyone else in the challenges especially if they have to wait and all be on the mat or touching the bamboo or whatever before they can move on. It wasn't solely because of swim ability but the Ulong tribe lost every time and ended up with Stephanie just boating over and joining the other tribe because she was the only member left. I think a balance between being careful about bringing strong people to the end where they can win individual immunity and keeping the strong and letting the weaker ones go to win tribe immunity is fairly logical game play. I can't remember if Sandra struggled with swimming. Contestant mix up, the rest of this paragraph is actually about Cirie (thank you to Eolivet for pointing out I got the two mixed up): I do remember her Cirie in the first few days freaking out about everything and saying she was afraid of leaves at one point. I though Oh Boy this one is not made for this game she's not going to last. She wound up being one of my favorite players though. Keith's cliffhanger was underwhelming, I hope it's just the game and this indecisive panic isn't how he is at home. He can't know for sure but he has to realize at some point stay in the game means fight for your place in the game so I wonder if some of the reason he's unsure is (despite his parting shot to the tribe) deep down he knows the physical part isn't his strong suit especially if it involves water and is he willing to suffer more only to lose again and be out permanently. This is a new twist to the game so I think the unknown aspect of it is going to weigh on people to some extent - like anything else in life I'd guess some are going to just say hell yes and grab that torch and some are going to think and debate what this could mean like Keith is. The editor who decided to string all of Aubrey's conversations together was brilliant but for pete's sake Aubrey change up your wording and conversations a little. Sure they aren't watching on TV and don't have the inside info we do but they're going to talk and when even one of them says "Aubrey said I remind her of her" it's guaranteed three or four of them who hear that will look up in shock and blurt out she said the same to them. Being sneaky and disingenuous is the game, doing it in an obvious way and getting caught can be the kiss of death.
  23. sigmaforce86

    S09.E03: Sleepless in Laredo

    If they really wanted to show Ben having the kids calculate he should have included converting things like all those TBS and TSP to cups or ounces (i.e recipe calls for 2 TBS paprika, times 10 is 20 TBS there are 16 TBS in a cup how can we convert this to make it easier to measure?). Maybe he did but you'd think they'd show it and at least it would have been taking the easy part of the lesson 2x10 a step further. Jessa lost her math book and it took Mom three days to notice? Maybe I'm not up on home school schedules and she didn't use it daily but it seems like if she was third grade or around 9 at the time Michelle wasn't exactly monitoring them closely. I''m fuzzy on the timeline. And I feel like I want to tread carefully here because however Josiah and Lauren might have jumped the gun on announcing pregnancy, even if they had kept it to themselves for a few more months they were still really excited and it's still a loss so no snark there but...............Jessa is now posting on-line like she and Lauren were pregnancy buddies, she even said they had the exact same due date. Apparently they're going to address the miscarriage next week but going by show time not real time Jessa hasn't said anything about being pregnant so to me it's odd and awkward how and when that fits in. They're not shy about sharing so I wish Jinger had expanded on why she gave up coffee - made her jittery, acid was giving her stomach problems, caused headaches or breakouts? Just curious and it seems like something that isn't exactly private or secret (compared to, say, something like circumstances around Sam's birth). Haven't we seen that the Duggar's have a compound with multiple buildings including a shop? Ben's apartment was behind the shop wasn't it? So why in the world did they have to put that arbor together in the living room and why did they have to set up benches and make a fake church out of it to accurately see what it would look like. I have two theories on it and if voting I'd say the answer is both theories are true 1. They couldn't do it half way then say "picture it" because these kids are so sheltered most of them have little to no imagination and can't see what isn't laid out for them and 2. Because the show producers told them to do it that way and Jim Bob will do just about anything for a good TV moment.
  24. sigmaforce86

    S01.E16: The Rosary

    I used to go jogging without my phone all the time, just too lazy to carry extra things - until I took a bad fall on a trail and had to limp half a mile before I could get help (severe ankle sprain, sliced knee with stitches and broken hand from trying to brake my fall). I'm now banned by my family from ever leaving the house without a phone, they even gifted me with several ugly but practical fanny packs to carry the the phone & a few other just in case essentials. I suppose I might have been in the minority on that but the no phone thing was pretty common for me until last year. That said it was weird that Sophie didn't have a phone either or a note feature on her music player or even a voice or video recorder on it so she couldn't just say hey give me your number and I'll pass it to my Mom. Definite semi-clunky plot device there.
  25. sigmaforce86

    S01.E16: The Rosary

    I agree about Theo, I don't think he was being a brat I think he was being a kid having a bratty moment. It's normal, kids don't express their feelings in an "adult" way so it comes in an outburst. They learn how to manage that better in the way we react to it so I thought Katherine's response was very good to. Plus kids take their cues from the adults, if Theo knows Mom and Dad are up to something but they "play nice" when he's around he may have absorbed that to mean he has to play nice and put on a smile in front of them even if he's actually worried about the situation. If so that builds up and, again, bratty outburst. If he was a demanding brat all the time like that was his default personality I'd have a problem watching but.........once in awhile? That's OK with me, kids aren't perfect, they should act up and get in trouble once in awhile (not that I'm advocating for rude kids, it again it goes back to how the parents react, teaching why it's rude and not letting them get away with it). I swear that first moment when she leaned out the car window I thought it was Maggie and they'd slipped into a flashback. I feel sorry for Regina, she left the catering job because she was sidelined creatively, not appreciated by her male boss and expected to let male customers basically feel her up, she gets her own place puts everything she has into creating dishes and ends up taking the backseat to a man yet again. She should have been all over that newspaper to print a retraction or correction even though those rarely do much good. Funniest part of the episode was Eddie and Rome acting as the cheering section for Gary's attempted apology to Maggie's Mom, their yea! and oof! reactions were great.