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    I think if they took such issues seriously on that show Dan would never see the light of day again.
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    Probably true--though at the end of that episode, he realizes that coerced consent isn't sufficient for him and makes him uncomfortable, so I guess that's something?
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    I've been watching Reverie, another one of those cancelled-after-a-season shows that come as part of my cable TV contract. Tech company sells lucid dreams; company also employs a person to go into the dreams to get people out who have become trapped in their dream in various ways. It was a nice open-ended story concept, with some potentially interesting character arcs, but shaky in execution.

    Curiously, in the first episode it uses the mistaken idea that "Vader" means "father" in German as a plot element. It's astonishing that the old nonsense about Darth Vader's name every had legs in the first place, let alone that it's still rattling around out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I've been watching Reverie, another one of those cancelled-after-a-season shows that come as part of my cable TV contract. Tech company sells lucid dreams; company also employs a person to go into the dreams to get people out who have become trapped in their dream in various ways. It was a nice open-ended story concept, with some potentially interesting character arcs, but shaky in execution.

    Curiously, in the first episode it uses the mistaken idea that "Vader" means "father" in German as a plot element. It's astonishing that the old nonsense about Darth Vader's name every had legs in the first place, let alone that it's still rattling around out there.

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    I rewatched Inception a couple of nights ago, in this slow news period, and I do like the working of that Lucid dream idea. As you say the lucid dream with another “player” is a great idea for fiction and tantalisingly close to being a reality. The Matrix take the whole even further and the series left questions to be answered. I can see how with a touch of hallucinogens one could prefer dreams to waking. ( i avoid saying reality !) or even come to question where reality lies. Some people in the floating state have lucid dreams, although I never have.
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    Yesterday I turned on the TV and saw a poorly done movie about an insurrection in Washington DC, unfortunately none of my favorite movie stars were starring in it. The movie seemed poorly produced and a bit too surreal to watch so I changed the channel, only to find out it was on every channel. So I decided to read a book instead, Alice In Wonderland, which seemed a bit less fantasy like.

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    I actually ended up watching the process of certifying the election for the first time ever. It was boring, but I felt as though I could use boring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    I rewatched Inception a couple of nights ago, in this slow news period, and I do like the working of that Lucid dream idea.
    Yes, Nolan applied "dream logic" to great effect in that movie. Unfortunately, he continued to apply dream logic to Interstellar and Tenet, both of which would have benefited from a dose of logical logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I actually ended up watching the process of certifying the election for the first time ever. It was boring, but I felt as though I could use boring.
    So did I. I never really even knew about that process, until now.
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    I watched it too, up to the second objection debate. I didnít see the final bit. Astonishingly repetitive and long winded - I sat there thinking of ways to do the same thing but much faster.

    Also, I changed channels part way through. I had been watching CNN but I really donít like the current fad of editorializing newscasters. Bring in speaking heads if you must, but I want the newscasters themselves to maintain objectivity as much as possible. When they freely mix news and personal opinion I have to work to decide if I am hearing well supported objective material or hot air.

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    I watched on C-SPAN because I wanted to watch the process, not the commentary.
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    I spent Wednesday mostly watching YouTube videos! Including a good many old ones. Avoiding the news, of course.

    One was a race from the current America's Cup preliminaries in NZ. The boats are weird, the racing was dull. Bring back displacement hulls and spinnakers!
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    Tonight trying to stay up late enough to see Alex Trebeks last Jeopardy episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Tonight trying to stay up late enough to see Alex Trebeks last Jeopardy episode.
    I haven't watched one since he died. I just can't.
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    This morning, Waking Before The Kids Are Up Theatre presents Chimes at Midnight. Which I suspect would bore them more than anything. I'm not a huge Falstaff fan, so it's missing part of its appeal to me, but it is beautifully filmed.
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    i recorded the first two episodes of The Watch from BBC America last week but haven't watched it. Should I? Has anyone seen it? I cringe every time I see a preview with Angua as a waif.
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    I'm watching Bills Colts game. I am somewhat nervous because Colt's Coach Frank Reich played a game simply called "The Comeback". He was the Bills back up quarterback and boy, was that an epic comeback. I don't mean "epic" like a superhero movie, I mean "epic" like The Iliad. I've never seen a football player play so hard.
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    The Boon Companion and I watched Dunkirk tonight. A moving evocation of the event, we thought.
    (But if Spitfires had been able to carry that much ammunition, with that shallow a glide angle, the Battle of Britain would have been a pushover.)

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    Re-watching the old Justice League DCAU. The majority of it has held up pretty well.
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    I caught a bit of the recent Justice League this w/e (where Batman forms the League and reanimates Superman). There's a scene in it where Wonder Woman warns him about bringing Supe back to life and how he wants to do it because he feels guilty about his death. Batman chides her about her feelings for Steve Trevor's death and she knocks him into a wall.

    Her reaction takes on new meaning after seeing WW84.
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    In a few minutes the first episode of the remake of All Creatures Great and Small on masterpiece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    i recorded the first two episodes of The Watch from BBC America last week but haven't watched it. Should I? Has anyone seen it? I cringe every time I see a preview with Angua as a waif.
    I got about halfway through the first episode. Flashbacks within a flashback, too much thrown at the viewer at once, very thick accents. Above all, not very like Pratchett's watch at all.

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    Yesterday morning, I watched Lady Jane. The history is so-so in places and downright bad in others, but it's still a lovely and sympathetic portrait of one of the few prominent figures I really feel sorry for from that era. One of the others, who was her sister-in-law, never appears in the movie.
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    I guess it Ken Jennings for now on Jeopardy.
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    Not the news. I'm burned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Not the news. I'm burned out.
    I’ve rather liked a number of news items in recent days. I’ve laughed a number of times, one time I laughed so hard I had tears. It’s a real change of pace.

    What I’m not watching are apocalypse movies or shows. I was tired of them years ago, and now I’m just fed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    i recorded the first two episodes of The Watch from BBC America last week but haven't watched it. Should I? Has anyone seen it? I cringe every time I see a preview with Angua as a waif.
    I saw a couple of trailers and one teaser (after Doctor Who special) and.. I can't nope any nopier than nope. Nope.

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    We're watching Call Me Kat, which is a probably will keep watching version of the AWESOME British show, Miranda (Miranda Hart is an Exec. Producer). I generally like Mayim Bialik's performances, but in this she (and the others, even Swoozie Kurtz) seems a bit forced. Acting is best when it doesn't look like acting, and there's a lot of evident acting in this show, in my opinion. But it's early in its premiere season, so I'll give it a go. I expect it's a better show to those who haven't seen Miranda. I've seen that show in its entirety at least 4 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    i recorded the first two episodes of The Watch from BBC America last week but haven't watched it. Should I? Has anyone seen it? I cringe every time I see a preview with Angua as a waif.
    I tried. I gave up.

    Even if i could shift my mental images of the characters from the books...it just didnít work.

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    I made it part way through the first episode of The Watch, may try again later. Call Me Kat has promise but it does look forced. I am enjoying Mr. Mayor. Ted Danson is great (the character is a riff on Michael from The Good Place) and Holly Hunter is wonderful. The two play well together. The supporting cast is solid. The humour is about "a half bubble off plumb." (Everybody's crazy.)

    The latest episode had celebrities playing "themselves" at a town hall meeting and obviously having fun doing so. David Spade and Andie McDowell were very good but Chrissy Teigen was superb! "He's always singing. All day long, he won't stop singing. And you do know his last name's not really Legend, don't you?"
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    I need to at least start watching The Watch just to see whether to record it again on Sunday.
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