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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 07, 2016, 09:02:26 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 07, 2016, 07:27:35 AM

I guess so but why was Jesus in the van?  And why was Daryl the only one who seemed to notice him on top of the truck before it left the compound?  Still need some sort of advancement on the storyline, all I'm getting is various setups that are taking way too long to resolve IMO.

I thought someone (Maggie?) asked Jesus to see if he could find the Savior's hideout, it was at the end of the Maggie/Hilltop episode.  No one else noticed him because he's a freaking NINJA!

I need to go back and reread the comics, but I thought I recall this portion "A Larger World" (forgot the exact title) taking place over a longer period of time.  The TV show seems to be building it up in a much shorter time frame, just spread out across multiple locations.  I think the ultimate point will be that they all need to align together to beat the bad guys rather than each going at it alone.  Nothing earth shattering lol, but trying to coordinate will be the toughest part.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 06, 2016, 11:52:14 PM
Don't think that last episode did much to get people back on board, but I enjoyed seeing a Carl-centric episode.  Of course this entire side plot I find a bit ludicrous, from Carl essentially doing a suicide mission (doesn't he give a crap about his dad or sister anymore?) to Negan NOT killing him.  But... from what I recall, the episode really reflected how the entire event played out in the comics.  The big difference was Carl was much smaller/younger in the comics, so it was a little more believable that his judgment would be lacking, and that Negan would find him more amusing.  Anyway it made for a nice showcase for Carl and a little more insight into the Savior's world. 
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 11:47:07 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
What I think is different is that previous episodes they showed that even with "intent" to harm a human, somehow programming overrode it.  So even though they thought they were self aware they weren't actually independently sentient.  Through suffering and/or finding/solving the maze, Dolores broke this last threshold and was able to physically harm William as well as Ford.  I don't know if we're supposed to assume the same is true with some of the others.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 09:25:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2016, 08:34:22 PM


The "center of the maze" stuff felt like a bit of a copout to me.  And what was required didn't follow for me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
How does killing everyone make them self-aware, exactly?  That seemed kind of "we need this for the story" instead of organic.  Maybe Arnold needed it to get Dolores to kill him, but why did Teddy do it?  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought it was that killing a human was the definitive break in being programmed (and controlled) by humans.  Wasn't it a "prime directive" that they could never deliberately harm humans?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 07:02:22 PM
I apparently pre-ordered Last Guardian a long while back, so I think it's coming today.  Unfortunately after reading some of the reviews, I wonder if that was a mistake.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 06, 2016, 07:00:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 03, 2016, 11:37:37 PM

Pro tip #2:  You get to the Warp Points during battle by holding the warp button (triangle on PS4).  I thought you just had to be facing it, and have been endlessly frustrated that I haven't been able to warp to them consistently.

OMG thanks for that.  It's been driving me crazy as well!  The odd thing is I could swear during the tutorial it worked with just a button press instead of holding it down (I assume that's what you meant). 
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 06:56:07 PM
whhhhhaaaaa????  No discussion at all???  My mind was suitably blown.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: December 02, 2016, 12:49:19 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 01, 2016, 08:14:18 PM

Damn, last night's tribal council was epic. The person who got voted out got hosed big-time indirectly by Ken the model, who did something so headscratchingly lame it's a wonder he didn't get eliminated himself.

LOL yeah - but shockingly if you watched the actual final vote, none of the drama mattered.  Will actually stayed with his flip so the outcome would have been the same.  Essentially Adam wasted his hidden immunity idol.  That said, it was a little odd how he decided to play it for Hannah, as you said  it seemed more logical to have gone for Ken for being an idiot.

The interesting thing in the last couple episodes is how Jay suddenly went from hot target to "under the radar."  Sneaky!  He's got the athleticism to win challenges and a couple of free votes on the jury, so why not go for him?

That said, I do think neurotic David can bring a couple of sheep with him and win the whole thing.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DirectvNOW Launches on: November 30, 2016, 09:43:27 PM
https://www.cnet.com/news/directv-now-vs-sling-tv-vs-playstation-vue-channels-compared/

www.directvnow.com

Pretty exciting, I'm cautiously optimistic.  They are missing CBS and NFL streaming rights, so that could be the limiting factor if that can't be solved.  

Other than that, I've been playing around and it's pretty impressive thus far.

$35/month at launch for 100 channels (live streaming + VOD).  If you pre-purchase 3 months you can get a free Apple TV.  $5/month to add a single HBO channel.  Otherwise you can try it out for 7 days free.  
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: November 29, 2016, 06:06:24 PM
This season has been fantastic.  Last week's 2-hour episode was pretty epic, ending with stones being drawn.  I don't remember the last time that happened and it just seemed insane in this episode.

I can't say there's any one member I really love, but as a whole I like that just about everyone on the show is really playing.  Of course some harder than others but for the most part there are very few complete sheep.  I think they mentioned it on the show as well, it's almost like a cast of veterans.

I seem to recall early on Jeff making a comment about the final (?) having people you wouldn't have expected, so I'm guessing neurotic David and some form of his alliance ends up making it all the way. 
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 29, 2016, 05:56:50 PM
I think it was said or implied that the whole reason Heath and Tara were out scouting was primarily for weapons, so Rosita's desperation for a lead was fairly justified (though it did seem a bit too specific when she phrased it).  Food of course too, but I thought one of them was specifically talking about ammo.  Then again, from their perspective they should have just got a bunch of crap from the Saviours, plus Eugene has his factory, so it doesn't make that much sense.

Anyway, this period again reminds me a lot of what happened with Lost in Season 3 and 4 (or thereabout).  The writers got so enamored with back stories on new characters and spent weeks apart from the core cast, and ended up re-treading the same period in time (with different cast members) over and over.  Diehard fans might appreciate this type of storytelling and even eat this kind of thing up, but general fans tend to get impatient and annoyed.  Personally I could go either way.  As someone who has watched the entire Lost series multiple times, I do feel the show was "deeper" and more involving overall because of the additional content, but plays a whole lot better when you binge watch the whole thing over a short period of time.  I suspect TWD will feel similar.  The key difference though is Lost was always planned with a story end in mind, whereas the TWD comic/story has no end in sight thus far.

I didn't realize the ratings had dropped so much, maybe the show has really reached its peak, and as the article mentioned people were likely pissed at the double death, even more so when they realized it was just the beginning of a more arduous period of waiting for them to get their mojo back.  I still give them kudos for being willing to take chances on (possibly) one-shot character/story episodes that may or may not affect the "main" plot.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 27, 2016) - Cyberdemon Monday Edition on: November 28, 2016, 06:35:13 PM
FF15 pre-ordered...

Also interested in this one:  "More Early Access garbage"   icon_wink
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 28, 2016, 06:33:40 PM
Thanks for the review of the reviews Gratch, I also give a big thumbs up to the Kotaku review lol.

Looking forward to the game, I'm sure I'll never finish it but it looks like it will be fun while it lasts.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 28, 2016, 06:25:44 PM
This one was a pretty nice surprise for me.  I have not been a Tara fan at all, so I thought giving her an entire episode was a pretty risky move.  For most of it I thought it was going to be another Beth-special where they would kill her off at the end.  But instead they did a really nice side story with her, and it does seem like it is a setup to add to the eventual Saviour-rebellion.  I still don't like the Tara character that much, but it certainly helped make her a little more interesting.  I liked hearing she did all her own stunts after just coming back from having a baby, so gets plus points for that.

"Two episodes left" sucks!  I can't recall another ensemble show that has this many interesting characters and fully has the ability to just take a few episodes off to feature one or two of them each time.  Lost was maybe the closest thing, and maybe The Next Generation?  Anyway, I do believe they will be ramping things up as they head to the "winter finale."  Note that Daryl is the special guest for the finale so there should be something big happening soon.  At least the wait won't be as long this time, they are back in February for the back half.

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Second-Half-Walking-Dead-Season-6-Super-Intense-According-Norman-Reedus-101977.html

Oh yeah, I think ratings have been holding fairly stable at around the 10 million mark, which is pretty fantastic for a cable show in its 6th season.  I think a lot of people like to save episodes up and then binge watch them all together, so the finale numbers should see a nice spike.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: November 28, 2016, 06:13:34 PM
I can't really figure out what's going on, but I am totally intrigued.  I don't know about some of those more complex theories, though.  Even at face value the storyline(s) are kind of hard to follow, they may risk losing people entirely if they make it even more complicated.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 23, 2016, 09:56:10 PM
New rumors abound that Carl may be the next to go.  His father recently tweeted a thank you at the end of his son's seven year contract (then removed the tweet), and then Chandler Riggs just tweeted he was accepted into college.  Could be negotiating tactics for a contract renewal?  Or maybe he just really wants to move on to college and the rest of his life given that he's spent a huge chunk of it fighting zombies.

But... turns out that the college is Auburn, which I see is very close to Atlanta, so my guess is that he'll just move to Guest Star status and just be in the show less, maybe only film during summer break or something.  Shouldn't be too difficult to pull off given the number of characters they have floating around now.

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 21, 2016, 10:26:32 PM
Loved seeing Maggie again, I liked this storyline/location better than the last couple.  Happy they let her have some action even though she's preggers.  Jesus was super cool too, I'm hoping they hook him up with Aaron eventually but I guess that would be kind of too obvious.  Carl's pretty long hair is driving me nuts but I did enjoy his scenes with Enid.

This period reminds me of some other series (maybe Lost) where each week you only got to see a subset of the stars, so it would be pretty hit or miss whether you really enjoyed the episode depending on which characters you got to see.  I suspect this is going to keep going a while until they start to unify with the other groups.  Perhaps Carl's road trip will be the impetus, I forgot what it was in the comics.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 21, 2016, 10:19:01 PM
But most importantly, what happened to your tooth?!?!

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I started Tyranny as well, but just scratched the surface.  The character creation "Choose Your Own Adventure" was pretty fun on its own, kind of like that recent game that came out for iOS (sorry can't remember the name off the top of my head) where you make choices about your kingdom.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 18, 2016, 07:02:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 18, 2016, 05:43:49 PM

And it looks like I may be getting a surprise root canal today as well.  Woke up yesterday with a massive toothache, seeing a orthodontic specialist in an hour.  Boo.   crybaby

ouch ouch ouch good luck!  As someone who has suffered through many horrible tooth problems I hope it gets taken care of today!
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 17, 2016, 05:58:46 PM
Sorry to belabor the point, but another good article on the Electoral College, why it should change (but probably never will, and hey, even Donald Trump agrees!):

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-electoral-college-20161117-story.html

In the mean time, the lead is currently around 1.2 million.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Tyranny on: November 15, 2016, 09:02:54 PM
I couldn't find a separate thread for this, surprised as it seems like the type of complex RPG that would be really popular here.  

Edit: Looks like quite a few people were planning to pick it up in the 11/6 Buying thread.

Anyone have any thoughts on it?  The reviews I've read have been pretty positive.  I'll prob pick it up soon.

https://www.tyrannygame.com


22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 12:28:13 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 14, 2016, 08:26:47 PM

It just seems counter productive to blame the electoral college when it cannot reasonably be changed due to its constitutional protections. 

Constitutional protections for who?  Slave owners?   icon_twisted

Some interesting reading:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/electoral-college-slavery-constitution/

http://people.uncw.edu/lowery/pls101/wilson_chapter_outlines/The%20Proslavery%20Origins%20of%20the%20Electoral%20College.pdf

As they mention, it is an inherently *undemocratic* system that no other country uses.  Sure there might be some complex system you could come up with to try to appease different factions, but ultimately someone would find something to bitch about, and what could be more truly democratic than having EVERY VOTE COUNT? 

You could argue all sorts of different ways about how such a system favors such and such, but the fact is you don't know what would happen, because we've never had this system.  No one can say exactly how it would affect voter turnout, and even what candidates rise to the top.  But there's no doubt it would be a more accurate representation of the true will of the people.

23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time + Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on: November 15, 2016, 12:05:00 AM

Quote from: sgoldj on November 12, 2016, 12:05:01 AM

If anyone else is still watching this: Most Disfunctional Family Ever.

I'm still watching but I'm a few weeks behind.  This is my goto relax show, it's nice to have episodes sitting around if The Walking Dead or other shows are too intense  icon_smile
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 14, 2016, 07:18:22 PM
Shoot, for some reason I thought Final Fantasy was coming out this week!  Bah!

I finally got my shiny (or not so shiny) PS4 Pro set up in anticipation, but I guess I have a few more weeks to wait.  I'll look into those new VR games but other than that probably nothing.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Arrival on: November 14, 2016, 07:15:41 PM
Gonna highly recommend this one.  Easily the best movie I've seen this year, and probably going on my all-time best sci-fi list. 

Reminded me a lot of Contact, with elements of Interstellar and Inception.  As some of the reviews have said, it's a very personal and "intimate" sci-fi story. 

It is fairly cerebral and definitely does not have much "action" per se, so you might need to be in a particular frame of mind to enjoy it as much as I did.  For me, it was the perfect antidote for some of my post-election anger and bitterness, kept me completely engaged for the entire two hours, sometimes literally on the edge of my seat.  It's been a long time since a movie absorbed me like that.  YMMV.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 14, 2016, 07:11:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 14, 2016, 04:37:47 PM

I think Negan's great.  Most interesting TWD villain for me, by far.  Frankly, I don't really even want a backstory on him.  I'm sure we'll at least get hints of something, but I wonder if that won't weaken him.

Agreed!  But I think you're gonna get a Negan backstory fairly soon, and I'm guessing it will humanize him somewhat.  In the mean time, I think he's exactly the kind of leader to keep all those crazies in line.  I love how he is constantly testing/goading his people (now including Rick), leaving obvious openings for them to try to backstab/attack him. 

As for Daryl, I suspect he is going to be pivotal as an inside man eventually.

From an emotional standpoint, I really liked Rick's Judith reveal, I thought he played the moment beautifully.
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 14, 2016, 07:07:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 11, 2016, 09:57:27 PM

Never say never but I can't see the Electoral College being rescinded since it will need 75% of the states and 66% of the House and Senate to change the system.  In no way would the lower population states prefer to see the system change to a popular vote system no matter how logical or sensible it may seem.   That L.A. times article mentions some states want to send all their votes to the winner of the popular vote but look at the breakdown of this election and all those red states across the country, why would they cede power to the mass population centers?  It is a strange system but we aren't getting anything else anytime soon.

I agree it's not gonna change anytime soon, but it needs to be looked at by *anyone* who feels "disenfranchised".  I read over the weekend over 4 million votes from California hadn't even been counted yet, but were considered "inconsequential" to the outcome.  How can you convince people that their votes actually matter in such a system?  Do I have to move to freaking Ohio (no offense) to have a vote that "counts"?
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 11, 2016, 09:30:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2016, 06:26:59 PM


Quote
4. Keep clinging to the popular vote number. She's got a lead of something like .2%.  Insignificant. 200k out of 110 million votes.  Let's tear down the electoral college over this!

I haven't seen that suggested here.  It is a data point, however, which I hope those in power remember as they make policy decisions.  

The electoral college system is significant because it affects voter turnout.  It's an antiquated "all or nothing" system that can be strategically gamed and doesn't truly count everyone's vote equally, and really has no place in today's world.  So many people I know did not vote for president because they disliked both choices and/or felt like their vote didn't "count" anyway.  And in California, that's pretty much true.  I started laughing when CNN called California before polls had even closed.  Anyway, here's a fairly informative article that talks about the origins of the electoral college system:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-electoral-college-20161110-story.html

In a year where voter turnout was at a 20-year low, I'd say it was definitely a significant factor.  Honestly the numbers could still have swung either way, but I'd much rather see a system where I felt my vote actually meant a little more and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.  I think this is a solid topic where the millennials can start exercising their numbers to demand change.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/politics/popular-vote-turnout-2016/

Frankly this may just be me, but I'd like to see the electoral college abolished, and as a consequence re-mold the two party system into something more/different.  As has been suggested in many of the above comments, I don't think many of us fit neatly into either of the two choices as they are currently represented.  If people really want to see a change, that's a great place to start.
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM
Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 6, 2016) - Fate of the free world edition on: November 07, 2016, 07:05:07 PM
I just wanted to say I absolutely love the title of this week's edition  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Probably nothing this week, although I may be tempted by Dishonored 2.  The commercials look fantastic.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: November 07, 2016, 07:01:02 PM
Saw it Saturday and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!

Definitely if you like 3D/IMAX or whatever this is a great movie to see in the best format you can.  I tried DBox again (the motion chairs) and it was a lot of fun.  The seats aren't too comfy unfortunately but even with my motion sickness issues it was a lot of fun.

What amazed me the most is that midway through the movie, I kind of forgot I was watching a "Marvel" movie.  This is where Guardians succeeded as well, almost creating it's own new sub-genre (but still contained solidly within the Marvel Universe).  And this is coming from a Dr. Strange comic fan from way way back.  I thought they did a great job modernizing the storyline but keeping the spirit of the comic intact.  Tilda was absolutely fantastic as The Ancient One, and Cumberbatch won me over even though I had a lot of doubts when they first cast him.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 07, 2016, 06:54:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 07, 2016, 02:55:02 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 07, 2016, 02:25:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 07, 2016, 06:41:28 AM

One question, though: I couldn't make out what was in that photograph.  I assume we were supposed to be able to tell what it was.  Can someone clue me in?

I'm pretty sure that was a picture of the remnants of Glen. Dwight told him that what happened to his friend was his fault, then gave him the picture. Daryl broke down because it was his outburst that led to Negan killing another person after Abraham.

That was my hunch, but I couldn't make out anything.

Couldn't make anything out, but yeah the presumption is it was the polaroid they took of Glenn.

Generally I like these kind of side episodes, but I actually found myself a little bored last night.  I know they had to establish the Dwight character and storyline at some point, and I'm sure Daryl fans were happy to have a full episode dedicated to him, but I just didn't get too into it.  I think I would have liked it more if I had actually recognized the actress playing his wife or had better recollection of the episode where they introduced her, but I had no clue until after they discussed it on Talking Dead.

Looking forward to getting back to the main group again next week, and unless I heard wrong we are getting 90 minutes!
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 31, 2016, 05:33:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 31, 2016, 04:04:02 PM

Carol's reaction to Renaissance Fairburg was pretty perfect, although I was surprised to see her back to her old fake-nice ways, given the dramatic shift she went through at the end of last season (which is clearly still going on, given the zombies-as-people hallucinations she's experiencing).

It was nice seeing the Bullshit King see straight through her bullshit.  However, I have to wonder if his artificial throne will be able to hold up over multiple episodes, from a viewer standpoint.  Maybe Carol will rub off on him (and vice versa), and he'll stop with the pretentious verbiage.  It just seems silly, honestly.  Carol called that out immediately, though, so the creative team is certainly aware of it.

And maybe Carol and the King are going to hook up, being two sides of the same coin, but damned if I wasn't seeing some Morgan Carol love forming in this episode, which is something I wouldn't have thought much about previously.  I could definitely see them growing old in the apocalypse together (certainly it's a better pairing that Rick and Micchone...blech).

Loved the pomegranate stuff. Bitter on the outside, but sweet inside and worth the effort...who does that remind me of?

Hehe, good catch.  I didn't notice it until the actor who played Ezekiel pointed it out on Talking Dead.  Speaking of which, nice ep of TD with the tiger costume and the scrotum tie, it was hilarious and a nice way to exhale after last week.

I'm pretty sure they are setting up Ezekial + Carol, based on the actor's response last night.  Plus he was with Michonne in the comic so it makes sense a suitable replacement would be a character that died in the comics and is extremely popular smile  Daryl will have to get some other younger chick lol.  
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 28, 2016, 08:56:52 PM
That's a mighty pretty thumb, BJ!!   icon_twisted icon_twisted icon_twisted

I've tried a number of clear cases, and I just can't seem to settle on something I really like.  I want something that I can see the jet black finish but the cases I tried all seemed to add some weird glare or giant bubbles, etc.  Presently I just have a "skin" on the back and a shield on the front, then use a thin bumper around it.  It's not bad but the back skin I chose is not working out well.  I think I just need a simple back shield that's similar to the front and keep the bumper.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: October 27, 2016, 09:19:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 27, 2016, 02:56:15 AM

Buh-bye, Bryan Fuller!! Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised to see this killed off before even premiering.

Ever since the TNG movies ended, I've been begging for a new forward-moving Star Trek show set in the timeline around or after those shows.  Yet all we've been given is prequels and reboot BS.  I can't imagine I'm the only Trekker who wants to see "bold new" adventures instead of one rehash after another.  Isn't the whole point of Star Trek to allow us to encounter the unknown frontiers of space?  Why are the producers/writers to afraid of venturing into new territory?

I say kill that show off and give the franchise to SyFy.  Let them make a cheaper version or something if necessary, at least they aren't afraid to take some risks.  Has anyone watched Dark Matter?  I love that show.  Sure it's been cheesy at times, but it's so refreshing to have a ship-based show that isn't afraid of its own shadow.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 24, 2016, 04:55:21 PM
I guess I was "lucky" that I was pretty much emotionally prepared for the outcome (see my Spoiler predictions above).  I don't know if it would have been better to watch it "cold" with no expectations, or if it would have just been too heart breaking.  Either way it was still a pretty incredible piece of television, just riveting from start to finish.  With all the arm-chop teases throughout, I thought for sure poor Carl was gonna take it for Rick.  The acting and direction was just all around fantastic.

I really appreciated the extra long Talking Dead to help bring the emotions to closure, it would have been hard to process all that without it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the biggest thing for me was Steven Yuen saying he wanted the death to stay with Glenn, as it was so pivotal in the comics he didn't want to give that up to another character.  Who knows if he really meant that completely, but I appreciated the sentiment.

I have to disagree that the show is just following into the same repetitive themes.  I think as this season unfolds, it will play out differently than people might imagine.  Sure there are some shared elements with the Governor storyline, but really he was small potatoes compared to Negan.  Basically our "star group" is discovering the world outside is a lot bigger than what they thought.  Their experiences having survived "outside" for so long has made them pretty awesome in our eyes, but not so much in the bigger world.  Don't forget they spent a lot of time just hunkered down in camps, Hershel's farm and the prison with very little outside interaction.  How they fit in and adapt and eventually help to evolve within a society filled with actual people are all major thematic changes from the earlier seasons. 

As the producers mentioned last night, this episode was kind of the reset button to help launch and emotionally drive the next big set of storylines.  And I think fans are really going to enjoy it.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on: October 21, 2016, 05:23:44 PM
That was awesome, what I wouldn't give to bear hug Chris Pratt!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 18, 2016, 05:21:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 17, 2016, 05:14:23 PM

Falling Water seems interesting thus far, but I'm not ready to make a recommendation.  I've watched about 1.5 episodes, and it definitely has some intriguing elements.  I just don't know if it's sustainable though.  There's a bit of the Netflix Sense 8 vibe in terms of different characters interacting in dreams, but far less sexy. 

Finished the rest of ep 2, and the show is definitely moody and interesting and seems to have a lot of mysteries to solve.  I guess my question is whether they are just too interested in being moody and mysterious and don't follow through with a coherent plot.  There are so many dream sequences it's hard to tell when you are watching something that's "real".
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 17, 2016, 05:14:23 PM
Falling Water seems interesting thus far, but I'm not ready to make a recommendation.  I've watched about 1.5 episodes, and it definitely has some intriguing elements.  I just don't know if it's sustainable though.  There's a bit of the Netflix Sense 8 vibe in terms of different characters interacting in dreams, but far less sexy. 
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 14, 2016, 08:12:39 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 14, 2016, 04:52:40 PM

The acting is Designated Survivor is pretty bad.  It feels like a Summer TV series more than a flagship series.  Keifer is alright, but everyone else is so cliched, and bland.  I think the would have been a better summer series than a regular series.

Well... as much as I love Kiefer, I never considered him that good of an actor.  There's a few things he's good at, but that's it.  Ditto on Maggie Q.  In this case it really boils down to how much you enjoy the premise, and/or the basic persona/charisma of the main leads.  For me I would pretty much watch either of them in ANY show, so having them both on one is a bonus.
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