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  1. Danielg342

    S02.E08: Identity, Part I

    I wouldn't like that, especially a show that has built its characters as well as this one. What's the point of rooting for any of them if you are constantly worried their next scene will be their last?
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    S05.E07: Ace Chemicals

    I don't really want to talk about this episode specifically, because it was a waste of time. I mean, we've got five episodes to go and no coherent story...or any real story at all. I think back to "Penguin, Our Hero" that teased an episode of Bruce and Selina teaming up and kicking ass (which didn't happen) and I think about how I would have written this series. A series of Bruce and Selina kicking ass and taking names, all while they slowly drift apart...I'm sold. Anyway, my origin would have involved this: It still starts with Thomas and Martha getting shot, but they're shot by a gender-flipped Joker...let's name her Trinity, which is the name a Joker/Lolita type character I'm working on for my own stories. Anyway, Trinity kills Thomas and Martha in a robbery that went bad. She would have killed Bruce too but Selina's right there to save him, so Trinity gets away. Bruce and Selina help Jim find and eventually arrest Trinity, and Bruce meets her in jail. He instantly falls in love with her, but he fights it off, as best as he can. He never does shake it off, so when Trinity comes back and strikes again, Bruce steadfastly refuses to kill her, simply because he loves her. Meanwhile, Bruce and Selina also develop feelings for each other, but slowly drift apart because Selina sees the logic in killing the Joker and Bruce refuses to...all because love makes him blind to it. I had other things I would have incorporated into the story- I'm a big Soul Calibur fan, so the thought of Bruce getting intertwined in the "Battle of the Two Swords" because of Ra's al-Ghul would have been a fun theme to explore too, and Hugo Strange being the one responsible for the Ninja Turtles (and Donatello later helping him with his research)...lots of weird stuff in my head. Weird stuff I may or may not write down one day...we'll see. I don't know how interesting this is to anyone, but it's what I thought about watching this episode, since this episode was all about redoing The Pilot, and I'm not at a loss for how I would have done this show differently. I'm in this until the end, but it still doesn't change this series has a lot of missed opportunities.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Episode 02.16, "Pride" (Aired: February 21, 2019) Really thought this was an uneven episode that had no idea what direction it wanted to go in. Did they want to do a war between right wing extremists and left wing extremists? Did they want to do an episode where a left wing extremist takes a right winger hostage and they have to save the right winger, even if they may not want to? Did they want to do an episode of righties attacking lefties? Or was this going to be the episode where Deacon finally learns he's not indestructible? So many different things to wrap my head around tonight...clearly, this episode had no focus. I was initially pumped about this episode because it appeared to be an episode where a left wing extremist attacks a right winger and the right winger is the one who needs saving. It's the kind of "rock and a hard place" situation that just makes for some great storytelling. On the one hand, you have a guy you hate and, in your thoughts, you'd love to put a bullet through his head. On the other...SWAT are the law and they have to save everyone, even those they may not like to save, because that's what the law says. That, and you get to explore questions about whether or not "the good guys" really are "good guys" if they're so cavalier about the lives of "the other side" and if the left wing can be just as hate-filled as the right-wing (yes, they can, but that's a debate for another thread). Oh, and how the left wing hostage taker played into the right winger's attempts to paint himself as a martyr, and how the left winger killing him would prove him right. Talk about your conflicts. Instead, we got...this. I don't know what to say. I'll make a few side points. Great emotional turns from Hicks and his son. They really nailed what was otherwise a rather soapy drama. Poor Street and his mom. I'd say I hope she's OK but it doesn't look like it. Wish they did more with the LGTB shooting club. They could have been interesting. Kind of figured Deacon's issues would come to a head tonight...they laid it on so thick, and now he'll be out of action for quite some time. I figure he'll be a desk jockey for a few episodes before he goes back on to the field, to really hit his troubles home. That said, they've really done well selling Deacon's pride this season.
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    S02.E08: Identity, Part I

    It all really happened at the end, but...wow. That's an ending. We went from middling and plodding to OMG! What the heck is going on?!? in a matter of five minutes. Well done, show. So I guess the Kaylons have become this show's version of the Borg. I mean, they even have a cube...er, cylinder. Also, is it any coincidence that said cylinder actually looks like a viral spore? Talk about your deeper allusions...because, if you think about it, the Kaylons- just like the Borg- spread and destroy other planets just like viruses destroy cells. Those last ten minutes of this episode was really on point. Only quibble I'll say is that this would have been a much better season finale...think about it...a whole summer to wonder what the Kaylons are up to and to ponder Earth's fate. Or...rather, a whole summer to chew on the Kaylon killers and see just how Issac reinserts himself into the crew and how the crew saves Earth, but still. Side note- seeing those armed Kaylons was super creepy, and transformed a previously nonthreatening robot into something really scary. So again, well done, show.
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    Criminal Minds In The Media: Media Liaison

    There goes my preferred ending for Reid- where his final scene ends just as he meets her for the first time. Oh well. Rachael Leigh Cook is a pretty good actress to be paired up with, so I think this could work out well. I may even get as close as I can to my other preferred Reid coupling, him and Zoe Hawkes (still gone too soon).
  6. I agree. Though I would watch a series where Reid and Cat go toe to toe together and try to outwit each other, with their sexual tension driving their interactions. It would be a twisted version of "opposites attract", with the "good" side trying to rectify their love and keep from going to the bad side.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    The simple fact about the Krill is that, in every episode they've been in, they've played the antagonists. I don't believe the show has done enough- even with Ed portraying Seth- to change the framing of the Krill as "the bad guys". I grant, and maybe hope, that there will be a story where Ed pleads to the Union to try diplomacy with the Krill, and I do hope some Krill characters (maybe Teleya?) become actual sympathetic characters. I would want to see how that plays out first, though.
  8. Danielg342

    S02.E07: Deflectors

    Well, the Krill are unabashedly portrayed as antagonists in whatever story they appear in. Sympathetic opinions of them are few and far between.
  9. Best case scenario for Reid/JJ is this: Reid and JJ have a discussion about JJ's declaration. JJ hasn't told Will about it and asks Reid if she should. Reid tells her not to. Reid also confesses that he loves her too but knows things just wouldn't work if they pursued a romance, because they've both built too much in their lives that a romance between the two would just destroy all that. JJ realizes he's right because she still loves Will a lot and doesn't want to destroy her family. Then she turns to Reid and notes that he doesn't have a family of his own, to which he says he's still building the foundation to get there. We then get to Reid's final scene. He's at a restaurant, he's sitting by himself waiting for his guest. It's then that we meet his love interest for the first time, and he greets her by telling her that "Alex told me about you", implying it's a blind date and that he still talks with Blake. She sits down, they start talking and the scene ends with them in conversation, with perhaps some laughter showing that they're both having a good time. Then the scene ends and we're left to our own conclusions about whether or not it would have worked.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    The Orville wouldn't have to do that- there would likely be encyclopedias and other reports on Moclan culture done by researchers that would give them all that information. Just like how in our world we don't need Saudi Arabia to fill out a form- we already have information on them via research. Also, the Orville's primary function is research, so I'd imagine they'd have volumes on at least the major cultures, like the Moclans.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    I wouldn't mind the Moclans written the way they were if the story about them is that they and the Union are trying to find a way to co-exist. Then, at least, you have the Moclans struggling to rectify their more reprehensible actions and the Union struggling to find some way to tolerate their arrangement, with everything that happens being fit under that context. The story would be a great way to show the struggle of co-existence, and that tolerance can be possible but only if you work at it. Instead...all we get are lazy strawmen.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    Just to clarify, I- and I assume others with the same argument- are not suggesting that the Union tolerate the Moclans' bad behaviour. Rather, I want the Union to simply understand why the Moclans are the way they are. It's problem-solving 101: you can't fix the issue without understanding what is causing the issue in the first place. You can't fix a leaky pipe by randomly slapping tape on it- you have to find the source of the leak and apply the correct plug first. This method also recognizes that the Moclans are sentient beings who think things through and make choices out of those thoughts. They're not animals that should be "destroyed". No, we need to recognize only some of their thought processes are faulty. Once we understand the thought process that led to the faulty decision, only then can we figure out how to correct it by showing how that process is faulty. Bottom line is that you have to treat people like people...only then can you hope to see eye to eye.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    I know he's written a few (like the Pilot), and the episodes feel like they're al written the same. This one is credited to longtime Family Guy and Futurama writer David A. Goodman.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    @shapeshifter- do you want to bet we're going to get the "feminist episode" where the Moclans are shown that they don't have to be so male-dominant to make their society work? That seems to be the next thing to ding the Moclans on, and I'm not sure I am comfortable with any more dings against them. I compare the treatment of the Moclans the most with Season 1's "Cupid's Dagger", because it has the same idea but with a different execution. I don't want to reignite the debate about the episode's effectiveness, but I do want to touch on the fact that the episode's primary point is that "other species do things differently than humans do". In "Cupid's Dagger", the attempt was made to say that the Retepsians weren't bad for how they thought or acted- they were simply "different". Not only did the episode try to understand this difference, the writers even used it for the characters' benefit and tried to sell that move as a "good" move. The Moclans, on the other hand, may be acknowledged as "different" but there's no attempt at understanding them- they are just simply painted as "backwards" and "wrong". I get that a lot of the subjects explored with the Moclans are not easy ones to explore, but it doesn't make up for what is truly lazy, lazy writing. I shouldn't need to explain how damaging the Moclans' portrayal has been because that is obvious. The other part is that, with less "acceptable" targets, preachiness alienates (no pun intended) a lot of viewers, and the truth is preachiness is just not engaging or challenging for the viewer. In short, if you want to change a mind, you gotta make them feel like they're not being forced to do it. You need to give them something to think about and wrestle with, which doesn't always guarantee success but you'll get further than with a more forceful approach. Like Alara and her dad- he never did change his mind no matter how many times Alara told him he was wrong, he only realized it when Alara saved his life requiring all of training to do it- and, even then, he still had reservations. I think it boils down to- and I gotta be honest- Seth's limitations as a writer. For all the plaudits I give him for understanding continuity and characters, his stories are pretty basic and straightforward- there's not much depth or exploration. We've seen it multiple times on this series where we see a scenario and ask "why did things go the way they did?" Well, the Doylist in me would say it's because Seth doesn't typically think about broader implications- he's going to tell his story and he's not going to waste his time worrying too much about "how it might look". Which is not necessarily a bad thing- a lot of Hollywood writers could learn "keep things simple"- but it only goes so far. Simple works with light-hearted episodes and characterization, it doesn't work when you need to get serious, because in order for that to work you need to think about broader implications. Which leads to another point- tackling a social issue requires challenging that belief, and I'm not sure Seth really "challenges" himself. If he's not willing to challenge his thoughts and examine where he could be wrong, how can he expect the audience to be challenged themselves?
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    S.W.A.T.

    (S02.E15, "Fallen") Though the case had too many clues lifted out of thin air and was a bit predictable (I knew David Wong would turn up as a baddie), the show did very well to sell what was happening to the cops and how it affected their families and, ultimately, the people whom they wrongly framed. It was a great, well-balanced approach that struck all the right notes- it just needed a bit more coherent storytelling. Oh, and Deacon again with the fakeout over Annie's baby...man, does he know how to build tension before that happy reveal. I really did think Annie or the baby was a goner, so well done Deac.
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