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Antonious Nikolas said:
Which one?
I'm in the Black Lodge with Dale Cooper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWR7tIvGxUw
 

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RobS said:
Antonious Nikolas said:
Which one?
I'm in the Black Lodge with Dale Cooper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWR7tIvGxUw
Yes!  Sarah's always been permeable to the influence of the Lodge entities.  The "traditional" interpretation before the new season began was that Windom Earle was the one using her here.  Now, with "The Experiment"...or something else being inside of her, who knows?  The question is, was she always a vessel for this stuff to the degree that she is now and kept it under wraps?  Is she the girl who swallowed the locust-frog?  Or, was she just susceptible to this stuff, and the misery of what Leland did to Laura pushed her deeper than ever?
 

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Oh she totally swallowed that frogbug!

So SkyTV is reporting that Part 15 is 70 minutes long. Woohoo!

 

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RobS said:
Oh she totally swallowed that frogbug!
Wow.  And Bob's been tormenting Leland since he was a kid.  And benign spirit Laura was dropped into the middle of that.

RobS said:
So SkyTV is reporting that Part 15 is 70 minutes long. Woohoo!
Nice.  I'm gonna go into withdrawal when episode 18 ends.
 

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Comrade Detective

Available on Amazon Prime


Watched the first 2 episodes and it is hilarious. It is a deadpan spoof with the premise that is that "found footage" of a 1980's Romanian communist crime drama propaganda TV show.  Filmed in Romanian and dubbed into English which only adds to the hilarity.
This was a lot of fun. I thought the finale was a bit lackluster and the change in tone too drastic, but overall I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to a second season.
 

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20/20 on ABC.  Tonight, Matthew Heimbach.  ;D
He's everywhere now. Even the ends of the earth (Finland) and the depths of hell (Pittsburgh newspapers) :eek:
 

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ED AND NORMA TOGETHER 4EVERRRRR

FINALLY! YES!
 

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RobS said:
ED AND NORMA TOGETHER 4EVERRRRR

FINALLY! YES!
You beat me to it!  I was about to post almost exactly the same thing!

And I think we're on our way to getting Cooper back.

And we went to the room above the convenience store.

And we finally saw the present incarnation of Phillip Jeffries.

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And we said goodbye to the Log Lady.  :'( :'( :'(
 

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Antonious Nikolas said:
RobS said:
ED AND NORMA TOGETHER 4EVERRRRR

FINALLY! YES!
You beat me to it!  I was about to post almost exactly the same thing!

And I think we're on our way to getting Cooper back.

And we went to the room above the convenience store.

And we finally saw the present incarnation of Phillip Jeffries.

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And we said goodbye to the Log Lady.  :'( :'( :'(
A teapot!!!

Judy Garland Briggs!

Oh and gotta love that Sunset Boulevard scene.
 

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Judy Garland Briggs!
Cute.  So you think Judy is a codename for Garland Briggs then?  Might be.  We saw a monkey speak Judy's name and then saw Garland speak the words "blue rose" in a later similar scene.  Sometimes I think she might be Naido though.  Probably not.

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Oh and gotta love that Sunset Boulevard scene.
Get GORDON COLE!!!!
 

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Who was the woman who killed Duncan Todd and Roger?

Loved the low quality splatter headshot effect LOL
 

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Edit wow you're right. It didnt look like her.
 

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Ash vs. Evil Dead (Season 2)

Better pacing than the first season
Too many toilet/body fluid gags
Too much fan service and recycled material (there were like a dozen callbacks to the original movie trilogy in the first episode)
They did subvert expectations here and there, kinda... you could see the swerve coming, but the jokes still landed
As for the one-liners, only half of them worked
Watching Bruce Campbell get beat up will never not be funny
Broke the fourth wall in an acceptable way
Still good music and good enough action
Decent enough (intentionally schlocky) practical special effects; cgi was ok as well, I think, probably
Story/themes are still good enough to justify watching more (if you care about the franchise to begin with)

Rating: 7 Kandarian demons out of 10
 

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I just finished watching "Mercy Street Season 2":  The story takes place in Alexandria, Virginia during the American Civil War but I think was fimed in Charlottesville.  It makes all the news about the events in Charlotesville the last few days seem so understandable.
 

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I'm out in the boonies, have an internet connection worse than AOL dial-up, how am I gonna watch this finale with no buffering and higher than a 240p resolution?
 

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GabrieltheCelt said:
Just started 'Longmire' on Netflix.  My faves are Seinfeld, Frazier, Andy Griffith, and King of Queens (mostly because my wife likes that show).  Also close to finishing up Twin Peaks (the first two seasons).  Honestly, I don't watch a lot of TV; I do like documentaries, though.
I love all those. Haven't seen Longmire. Let me know if it's any good.

Selam
Longmire is entertaining - I like the characters - you root for the hero and he doesn't disappoint.

A lot of it is themed in Northeastern New Mexico (Same territory as No County For Old Men) even though the story is set in Wyoming (some of that country looks similar but also quite different than New Mexico).  I used to live "near" there so really like seeing that part of the country.
 

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Well that's going to tick off a ton of people. I thought it was a brilliant way to end the season.

What year is this? (Loved how the Frost/Lynch logo had no electricity sound)
 

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The Twin Peaks two part season finale did not disappoint.  Lynch and Frost simultaneously wrapped up enough of this season's immediate plotlines to leave the viewer satisfied while simultaneously leaving enough of the big questions unresolved to bait the hook for the next go 'round, creating new questions in the process.

I'm thinking Lynch is still leaving the door open for Michael Ontkean to at least make a cameo next season.

Audrey's story is probably the resolution I'll be looking forward to second most, right after the showdown with The Experiment/Sarah.

I loved the floating Briggs head in the Fireman's lair, and the way the Fireman caged Dopple-Coop and re-directed him to meet his fate at the Sheriff's station.

I also loved the reactions of Mitchum Brothers to the weirdness, Coop's getting to the bottom of the noise at the Great Northern, and, most of all, his attempt at rescuing Laura from her fate.  Gotta love Coop and Laura.

I'm also thrilled with the fact that Judy is not Garland Briggs.  I never bought that theory.  I think the fan hype concerning the Wizard of Oz stuff is overrated.  I'm not saying it isn't there, but this isn't Wild at Heart.

Strong ending to a strong season.  This incarnation of Twin Peaks is reinventing TV in the same way the original run did back when I watched it on the old Zenith.  :)
 

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Does anyone else here watch The Strain?

I've had mixed feelings about this current season, but Setrakian's speech before dispatching Eichorst was fantastic.

Also, I liked how an Orthodox prayer rope got worked into a minor plot point.
 

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I've always wanted to watch the Strain. Is that on Netflix or Amazon?

Finished two episodes of Black Mirror, The Entire History of You and Be Right Back. Great stuff.

And I just started Orphan Black which has me hooked. Loving it.
 

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Let me know what you think of the rest of Black Mirror. They kinda reminded me of the old Twilight Zone episodes, where they can be interesting if you focus on the ideas, and can look past the huge plot holes and nonsensical character choices. I watched the first 3 episodes and couldn't see a reason to continue, but everyone always talks up how great the series is.
 

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Let me know what you think of the rest of Black Mirror. They kinda reminded me of the old Twilight Zone episodes, where they can be interesting if you focus on the ideas, and can look past the huge plot holes and nonsensical character choices. I watched the first 3 episodes and couldn't see a reason to continue, but everyone always talks up how great the series is.
You're right that you don't want to miss the forest for the trees. I can get past some of the nonsensical details. They don't detract from the warnings these episodes impart. It's good to see a show revealing the darker side to seemingly innocuous technological advancements.

The first two episodes I didn't care too much for. But the third one I thought was really disturbing. Same with Season 2 episode 1. Something about plausible near-future tech and how that changes human relationships is always fascinating to me, especially if the outlook is bleak. Maybe I'm too much of a pessimist but besides the  obvious warnings, I have gotten from both those episodes is to embrace and love all our human flaws and limitations. Look at the hell the couple live through with memory augmentations or bringing "back to life" a deceased lover in A.I. cyborg form. I'm staunchly against transhumanism and A.I. so these episodes only reinforce my convictions LOL.

I'll watch the others soon after I finish up Orphan Black. Just finished Season 1 and it's unbelievable how great of an actress Tatiana Maslany is. Each character she plays is totally distinct, like I'm watching different actresses. I'm glad she has a lot of characters because the other cast members are pretty second-rate in comparison.
 

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Antonious Nikolas said:
The Twin Peaks two part season finale did not disappoint.  Lynch and Frost simultaneously wrapped up enough of this season's immediate plotlines to leave the viewer satisfied while simultaneously leaving enough of the big questions unresolved to bait the hook for the next go 'round, creating new questions in the process.
The only unresolved plotline that bothers me still is Audrey's. I'm not satisfied it ended her in a white room looking at a mirror in shock. I'm not asking for a complete exposition but that did demand more of an exploration of her condition. I'm fine with everything else that was left unresolved and up to speculation. The less the show explains the better.

However that does lead me to a criticism I have of the show, now that's ended and I can look at it as a whole.

There is a lot of filler. And I mean a lot. All the nighttime driving, broom sweeping, french girl leaving the hotel room with Cole, the Fireman waiting forever to turn off the noise in the tower etc. never created any mood or atmosphere. It's like Lynch is trying as hard as possible to exhaust the viewer with tedium. I was perfectly fine with the glass box in NYC slowly unraveling itself because of how mysterious it is, but the show needed some serious editing. Lynch got too self-indulgent for my taste. His masterpiece is still Mulholland Dr, it has the perfect balance.

All said and done I have a lot of mixed feelings. Some things I loved, others I liked, and others that agonizingly bored me to irritation. And I'm someone that can watch a 10hr Holocaust documentary with no issues.

This incarnation of Twin Peaks is reinventing TV in the same way the original run did back when I watched it on the old Zenith.  :)
One thing is for certain, this Twin Peaks is nothing like the Twin Peaks I know and love. That's not a knock, just what it is.

I don't know about reinventing TV. On one level it is probably one of the worst written TV shows I've ever seen but considering how anti-Twin Peaks the Return is, gotta wonder if that was the point...
 

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Nothing right now. Finished what was available of Gotham on US Netflix* maybe a week ago and haven't gotten hooked to anything else. I guess it's a good thing. More time to do normal things.

*My VPN service gets me by geographic restrictions.
 

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Antonious Nikolas said:
This incarnation of Twin Peaks is reinventing TV in the same way the original run did back when I watched it on the old Zenith.  :)
And our lives continue to parallel each other in strange ways.

No TV shows por moi to report. I was checking out this thread for ideas.
 

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Watched a lot of hurricane coverage yesterday. Then tried to normalize myself with baseball.

Tonight it'll probably be the same thing.
 

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hecma925 said:
Rick and Morty on Youtube.  Pretty funny.
+1

Cognomen said:
Antonious Nikolas said:
This incarnation of Twin Peaks is reinventing TV in the same way the original run did back when I watched it on the old Zenith.  :)
And our lives continue to parallel each other in strange ways.
One of us is obviously a tulpa.

:) ALL

Does that do anything for you?

RobS said:
The only unresolved plotline that bothers me still is Audrey's. I'm not satisfied it ended her in a white room looking at a mirror in shock. I'm not asking for a complete exposition but that did demand more of an exploration of her condition. I'm fine with everything else that was left unresolved and up to speculation. The less the show explains the better.
They've gotta bait the hook somehow.  Audrey's story came online so late, it was kinda obvious they weren't gonna give us too much this season.  And that tease with the arm - the little girl who lived down the lane stuff - hinting that there's some lodge business involved, that was brilliant.  If Showtime doesn't pick them up for another season, that will be criminal.  The question is, are Lynch/Frost interested and can they fire off another season in standard TV time instead of taking another four years?

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However that does lead me to a criticism I have of the show, now that's ended and I can look at it as a whole.

There is a lot of filler. And I mean a lot. All the nighttime driving, broom sweeping, french girl leaving the hotel room with Cole, the Fireman waiting forever to turn off the noise in the tower etc. never created any mood or atmosphere. It's like Lynch is trying as hard as possible to exhaust the viewer with tedium. I was perfectly fine with the glass box in NYC slowly unraveling itself because of how mysterious it is, but the show needed some serious editing. Lynch got too self-indulgent for my taste. His masterpiece is still Mulholland Dr, it has the perfect balance.
To each his own, I suppose.  I don't want to say "You're watching it wrong", but I couldn't disagree more about what you think of as "filler" not being atmospheric.  Lynch definitely has a reason for each moment he allows on screen, and he definitely has enough plates spinning that there's no reason for filler for its own sake.  As far as exhausting the viewer goes, I guess that depends on each viewer's personal reaction to those scenes.  I heard a lot of people carping about Cooper (Richard) and Laura (Claire)'s drive from Odessa to Twin Peaks, but I loved every minute of it.  It was immersive and atmospheric and all get out.  I felt like I was in the car for a late night long distance drive.  It was very familiar.  Very atmospheric.  I loved it.  Mulholland Drive was great, but I hesitate to call it Lynch's standalone masterpiece.  I'm thinking this series might be his magnum opus.  Speaking of Mulholland Drive though, how awesome would it be if Lynch/Frost brought both Donnas back and made a plot point out of that a la Mulholland Drive or Lost Highway?  ;D

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All said and done I have a lot of mixed feelings. Some things I loved, others I liked, and others that agonizingly bored me to irritation. And I'm someone that can watch a 10hr Holocaust documentary with no issues.
I know what you mean.  I can't stand it - for example - when they do those kind of "jokes" (using the term loosely) on Family Guy or whatever, where Peter holds his injured shin and inhales sharply for ten minutes, or they cut away to Conway Twitty for a whole song.  I just think what Lynch wsa doing was different.  Watching his films is sort of like staring at a painting or a sculpture to me.  It's going to evoke all kinds of primal feelings.  That's how I read those scenes.

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One thing is for certain, this Twin Peaks is nothing like the Twin Peaks I know and love. That's not a knock, just what it is.
Yeah, but you have to expect that.  Television has moved on a great deal since the original run, and if they just indulged in heavy nostalgia and trotted out the same tropes as last time, it would be terrible, and satisfy no one but a few sad souls who dress up in Log Lady sweaters and Bob vests and wish they could date Kyle McLachlan or Sherilyn Fenn.  I'd say the soul of the show is the same.  We're just getting a more direct look at what was always bubbling beneath the surface in the town.

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I don't know about reinventing TV. On one level it is probably one of the worst written TV shows I've ever seen but considering how anti-Twin Peaks the Return is, gotta wonder if that was the point...
I think the writing is perfect for what it is.  You could make the same criticism of the writing in the original run, or Wild at Heart, or any other number of Lynch projects, but like you said, that's kind of the point.  Lynch's work - to me at least - is more about feeling that anything else.  The writing doesn't try to be Shakespeare and the CGI effects don't try to be photorealistic, but they don't have to to accomplish the artist's purpose.
 

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Finished what's available of Black-ish last night. One of the best *network* sitcoms right now.
 

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Today, it's "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries," and probably some more "Endeavour" later.
 

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Homeland

Really just another American drivel show

The lead lady is awful, really can't stand her, or maybe it's the writers I can't stand

Their perception of women sucks

Their values suck

Hated watching her seduce a Muslim youth to exploit him for political purposes, then his Taliban uncle shots him in the forehead for being a traitor, whereupon the bipolar Lithium barbiturate sodden lead lady, watching it all happen with drone cameras, starts screaming to blow everyone up including the previous director of the CIA (and her friend and champion) who is being held captive by the Talib an

Her command is stayed by her sidekick Quinn who has just suffered a breakdown including binge drinking and screwing an obese woman.

This counts as edgy and existential despair in American telly apparently

Their 'good American evil terrorist' theme was thoroughly worn out by the  Bush administration

Much prefer Nordic noir character development and sets

The Guardian says Brits hold the shows in equal regard

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