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    Current Timeline: News and Media

    This show pretty much is Quantum Leap though, both shows involve time travel where in each episode they need to "fix" something before they can leave that time period. There are differences to be sure: Dr. Sam Beckett has no control over his leaps and he has no clue where he is going and no idea about his goals, whereas the Time Team can control where they are going (even though in a larger sense they don't control where they are going cause all they really do is chase the Mothership), and know exactly where they are going and (using a knowledge of history) can at least guess at their goal (or more accurately guess at Rittenhouse's goal.) Dr. Sam Beckett never returns home, and the Time Team does continually go home. However it could be argued that in a larger sense they also never return home because they always end up in a timeline where things are slightly (or drastically) different. Both shows are equally as formulaic though. They leap, put right what once went wrong and leap again. You do have to balance confusing viewers with advancement of the plotline. I think they did make a good choice not including Future Lucy in the pilot. But I think they skewed way too far to the other side. The second season was way too stagnant, they didn't really advance the main plot at all, they just kept replacing it with side plots. This whole "Get Rufus Back" is just that, a side plot. It's not going to advance the main plot of stopping Rittenhouse at all, beyond the fact that having Rufus is better for their prospects then not having him.
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    That's true, but Fringe also started laying the groundwork really early on. Even in Season 1 they were gearing up to take the storyline big and laying the groundwork to make it work in Season 2 and beyond. Shows like this that are quirky and complex know that they can't get too far down the rabbit hole or they'll lose the audience. So they play the first season like a procedural and then hit the audience with the hook at the end of season 1, or midway through if they write a half season and that goes very well. I thought that's what they might have been doing here with the whole "Lucy's mom is Rittenhouse!" deal in the Season 1 finale. They could've easily played a lot of Season 2 (maybe even the whole season) with Lucy on the side of Rittenhouse, and the Time Team trying to get her back (this also would've allowed Jiya and Flynn to be more involved without that stupid installing a 4th chair sideplot), only to have her reveal at the midseason mark that she's gone native and really is working for Rittenhouse! But instead she's back with the Team at the end of episode 1 and we're back to rinse and repeat with the story of the week nonsense. Of course to make this believable they would've had to paint Rittenhouse as less cartoonishly evil. They really had the chance to make a complex nuanced enemy that was doing bad things for good reasons, in an "ends justify the means" sort of way, but instead they made them a bunch of Male Rights Activists with Time Travel technology. Honestly the more I think about it, this show (that was exceptionally well acted, and nicely produced) had the storyline of a 1990's Saturday morning cartoon.
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    Is it? It seems pretty formulaic. They find out the Mothership has gone somewhere, they chase it. They try to find out what Rittenhouse is trying to do there and stop whatever that is. In the first season there was a much higher emphasis on not damaging the timeline and trying to make sure things transpire exactly (or as close to exactly as possible) as they should. In the second season they seem to be totally fine about imposing their own morals into situations and essentially don't care at all about messing with the timeline, as long as Rittenhouse's goal is foiled. But in both seasons there isn't really an overarching storyline or anything. There's no progression ever in either sides' plans. Rittenhouse keeps trying to screw with the past (in an effort to I guess make the present/future better for white males?) and the TimeTeam keeps trying to stop them, and in the end things end up exactly the same (even in the second season where they are just jumping rope with the timeline in certain cases.) How much more procedural can you get? Don't get me wrong, I like the show a whole lot, but that doesn't make it any less of a cop procedural with the added wrinkle of time travel. I was hoping for the series to kind of transition. Look at a series like Fringe. The first season was very much a "Case of the Week" style show, and it was very much a procedural in the spirit of The X-Files (another series which moved from a procedural format to include a more expansive storyline), but then it transitioned into a show with a more expansive storyline with story arcs going over the entire season and then series. In this sense it feels like they missed a big opportunity with the second season. They started messing with the timeline very early on. They should've been causing massive changes, why not have them go back to find out that they have drastically damaged the world they know, and then send them time hopping to try and fix it? They could even have someone who used to be on their side no longer on their side. Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus think they are always doing the right thing, but what if they come back to the present to find out they are now being hunted by Agent Christopher because of the changes they have been making to the timeline? They could've even brought in the concept of multiple timelines that they have created, and histories that deviate from what we know, but they never did, in actuality each episode ended in the same place it started.
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    The NBA

    I don't really care who ruined the NBA, the point is the NBA is ruined.
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    The NBA

    I agree, that's why I think the MLE itself should be eliminated. There's way too much opportunity for abuse. I'm honestly shocked that this is the first time it's happened. Also why should capped out teams get a benefit to sign role players? They already have a benefit over the other teams, that benefit is that they can spend to the cap. Oh poor rich team can't sign a player? Well tough, you should've been more mindful. I don't hate the Warriors, or DeMarcus Cousins, they are using their smarts and means to win, that's what they are supposed to do. I'm mad at the NBA, they should be making the sport fair and even, really they just make it easier for the top teams to abuse the rules.
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    The NBA

    This is how rules evolve though. Before it was never expected that a team in the lead would just pass the ball and hold possession for minutes. Boom! The shot clock was introduced. This was intended to be used on role players, this is the first time it has been horribly abused. Now hopefully they'll fix it.
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    The NBA

    Restructure the CBA. The NBA has a lot of well meaning rules that the Warriors are taking advantage of. Kudos to them, it's impressive and smart, but the NBA needs to respond by closing these loopholes. The Warriors are using the MLE right now in a way it was never intended to be used, FiveThirtyEight has an article on it right now: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-warriors-are-making-a-mockery-of-the-nba-salary-cap/ The NBA should close that loophole, it was designed to let capped out contenders add role players, not stars. If the Warriors want to ruin it for everybody the NBA should take the toy away. No MLE for anyone, and you can thank the Dubs for that. It's the same thing the NHL did. When the teams tried to get smart and sign players to 15-20 year front loaded deals that everyone knew they would retire long before the deal expired, in order to lower the annual average value the NHL responded. They didn't say "Oh too bad those are the rules." instead they changed the rules, 7 year contract limits, and you can't distribute salary in a lop sided way anymore AND if an player who is 35 or older signs one, the salary cap is not alleviated when he retires. Now they are dealing with a whole new issue where the team claims that the player is injured instead of retired, but I'm sure that's gonna be worked out in the next CBA.
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    The NBA

    I think you mean the League is over. Nobody in the East is stepping to the freaking Monstars. The Celts with Kyrie might fare better then the Cavs did this year, but I'd be surprised if they even pushed it to 7. I really hope that happens, because then maybe Adam Silver will finally do something about this joke of a league.
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    Current Timeline: News and Media

    And it's officially over, atleast hopes for a 3rd season are. I guess we'll sit around and hope for a 2 hour movie on NBC, I'm not holding out much hope for that either though. Maybe I'll be pleasently surprised.
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    The NBA

    Awesome. I really hope Lonzo gets traded now. That would be the most delicious end to this ridiculousness.
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    NHL Thread

    Hooray! My Leafs signed John Tavares! I've been waiting pretty much my entire life for the top free agent to choose Toronto, and it finally happened. Young player, easily the most sought after UFA and a former #1 pick choosing to come home to TO. This must be a less potent version of what Clevelanders felt when LeBron came back. Obviously not the same, because as good as John Tavares is, he is not the best player in the league, and he doesn't instantly transform us into a Finals contender, but he does make us a whole lot better, and we were pretty good this year without him. I am so happy. Happy Canada Day everybody!
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    You shouldn't be, it's very 11th hour, most networks and streaming services have already planned out their upcoming slate, and as entertaining as Timeless might be it doesn't have a lot of perks for a streaming service to pick up. For starters ratings have never been very strong, it got cancelled in season 1 for a reason, and they didn't improve for season 2. Add that into the fact that they have very high production values, and thus very high production costs. Finally while technically Timeless has 2 seasons, they actually only have 26 episodes in their back catalogue, which is pretty much just one seasons worth for most shows. Streaming services like to pick up a show with lots of episodes so subscribers will binge it. That's why stuff like Lucifer gets picked up, which has almost 60 episodes over it's 3 previous seasons. Netflix picks up the tab for 10 episodes and essentially get almost 70.
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    The NBA

    If LeBron goes to LA, I would be shocked if Lonzo is not shipped out. LeBron is one of the only players who will become the defacto GM on any team he joins, and he's not the biggest fan of the Big Ballers.
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    Current Timeline: News and Media

    Well that's a shame. I guess I have one more hour a week in which to try and be productive and fail.
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    Reverie

    Fair. But when I fantasize I usually still look like myself in my fantasies. Like maybe I'm a bit more in shape, but I don't fantasize that I look like Idris Elba or anything.
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    Reverie

    Oh this is a Reverie for you? I assumed you were worried about how you would be represented in someone else's Reverie. Since the hardware is implanted directly into your brain you don't need to worry about your own Reverie; you are probably represented by exactly how you perceive yourself. I guess if you have really low self esteem (or a high degree of vanity) that could result in a "you" that was very different from reality but most people would probably be pretty close to the genuine article.
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    Community had a lot of interaction with its fanbase. Deliberately working in bits that their fans came up with, and frequently poking gently at them. I've never seen a show this motivated to get renewed though. At the same time I can't recall a time that a network has kept a show dangling this long with no news.
  18. True, but all of these had a novel/graphic novel/years of comics to provide the story framework. It's like you think Zack Snyder is a good film writer cause 300 turned out good, but then he puts out Sucker Punch and you're like "Oh, so that's what happens when he is left to his own devices" Obviously A Song of Ice and Fire has a lot of lore and stories to draw upon but the Battle for the Dawn and the Long Night are purposefully left ambiguous by Martin in order to cement their mythic status. Any one making a series about it is gonna be working without a map, unless Martin decides to provide one.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    It's hard to assume anything. If Sansa is involved it's probably as a spectator, unless we're buying into that (IMO very unlikely) "Sansa kills the Mountain" fan theory, and if she's just a spectator they could've easily filmed her parts already and just need to do the actual fighting, a stand in could probably be used if they want someone with her colouring in background shots.
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    The NBA

    Gee what a fantastic finals, NBA. Thrilling and unpredictable. Thanks for encouraging teams to skyrocket over the salary cap and not doing anything to encourage parity in this league.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I don't really think any of us can say what being burned alive is like. I'm sure it is more painful then a beheading. We hear Dickon and Lord Randyll scream and we see them writhe in the flames. Was it quick? Arguably, but not as quick as a swift stroke to the neck. Was it painless? Absolutely not. She never actually does offer him the Black either, Tyrion suggests it but Randyll points out that she has no way to compel him to the wall, as only someone he has sworn to obey may do that. They also don't show Jon's reaction, but is that so he doesn't paint her as an enemy in our eyes, or is that so he can feel comfortable swearing allegiance to her afterwards? To me that scene was important because she doesn't get into specifics, she tells Jon that "she has fewer enemies now" but she doesn't tell him she publicly executed a House by Dragonfire, she instead paints her actions as the same as Jon's killing of the Bolton men at the Battle of the Bastards. IMO, if we are building to a Jon/Dany standoff at some point, which I don't think is out of the question, it makes sense for him to see her cruelty later, so that he can lose faith in her. He can't exactly lose faith in her if he doesn't have faith in her to begin with. Dany chooses to burn people alive, either slowly or quickly, or feed them to her literal monsters, or lock them in a vault and let them slowly starve to death, or disembowl and crucify them in eye-for-an-eye style of justice. She seems to do this, not for any real reason, but because she likes to do it this way, or possibly to cow the populace into following her through fear in a move straight from the Emperor Palpatine playbook (Fear will keep the local systems in line.) She seems as psychotic as anyone in the series so far, save for the Boltons or the Mad King.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    So should the Boltons be allowed to skin people alive until they die? Should the Ironborn be allowed to drown them? Should the Arryns be allowed to huck them out the Moondoor? All these people are rightly seen as at best insane, and at worst mustache twirling cartoonish villains. I don't have issues with Dany performing executions, the Tarlys were in open rebellion and said very clearly that they would never not be. But there's such a thing as a clean death, a beheading, a knife to the heart etc. This is why Ned and the Starks are seen as honourable in the eyes of both the characters and the audience. They don't take their criminals and let wolves eat them alive, because they aren't crazy. Burning people alive does not fit into the category of a clean death. It doesn't matter if it's tradition, it doesn't matter if "her dragons are part of her." It's cruel and unusual and sane people don't burn other people alive. Dany has a history of this too, she doesn't simply execute someone, she goes for a cruel and unnecessarily showy death, such as disembowling 100+ people or locking two people in a vault to starve to death. She's a freaking psychopath.
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    The NBA

    Yup, and people still watch so the NBA has no reason to change its format. Turns out basketball fans (at least most of them) don't want parity, they just want to see the same two teams meet up year after year.
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    NHL Thread

    I wanted more hockey. Not because I wanted the Knights to win or the Caps to lose, I just wanted more. Oh well atleast my Marlies are still playing for the Calder Cup. Congrats to the Caps, finally broke through after 40+ years. Congrats to Ovi, never made it past the second round before this year, but he only needed to do it once to make it all the way.
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    Reverie

    In the first episode they said just unplugging someone from their Reverie can cause catastrophic neurological issues. It does seem negligent that they wouldn't be working to develop some kind of way to safely end someone's Reverie if they refused to exit though. But at the same time it seems like Reverie is in some kind of beta test at the moment, so they haven't worked out all the kinks.
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