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  1. Jessica Jones season two. It was solid enough but I felt it took a long time to get going and then, funnily enough, too long to resolve. I'd have liked to see 8 tighter episodes instead ... but a lot of people say that about a lot of the Marvel Netflix shows. Jessica commits way, WAY too many crimes in this season for my tastes, though - both in present day and flashback. Giving the odd break and entry and assault pass because of genre convention is one thing - nobody invites Batman in to snoop around their warehouse and knock their guards out, after all - but some of the things done this season would be justified with actual serious jail time. I know it was a thematic point - she said herself the line kept moving and she kept stepping over it - but it still bothered me a bit.
  2. Hopefully they're not going to rely too heavily on The Haitian's power negation power overcoming a fully powered Sylar. Er.... sub in Team Flash, Nega-Nurse, and Thinker as needed.
  3. I eliminate the +30 effect (capping the max effect at the +20 level) and limit them to once per turn per target. That fixes most of the RAW problems - in this situation when faced with the glory of Tako Bell the team would have missed their phase in segment 12 in horror, taken their lumps from some sort of nasty attack to capitalize on their 1/2 DCV, weathered it, and rallied. With 23d6 he would have made the team skip another full phase sometime in turn 1 and probably in turn 2 (22) and 3 (21) if he made it that long. I would have used those skipped phases to take a recovery action to keep the fight going as befits such a powerful opponent. Nobody can claim that possibly making your enemiies skip a full phase and be at half dcv as a free action once per turn isn't powerful enough.
  4. Exactly. Rightly or wrongly (wrongly in my opinion) people will judge the movie not on its merits but by the virtue that it doesn't star Harrison Ford. Even a digitally de-aged Harrison Ford. Star Wars is at its best when it's used as a vehicle for new stories, in my opinion: Rogue One. The Old Republic series of computer games. I'm looking forward to the possibility of a new trilogy - the less it draws on the existing three the better.
  5. It's because it had the least boxes to check (as in.... one box: get plans to rebellion by end of movie.) That granted the writers a lot of freedom. Han Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi's solo movies will have a lot more baggage than Rogue One.
  6. It was all over the moment a popular host basically said (paraphrased) "Ok, so that wasn't true... but it FELT like it could be true, and that's the real problem with <target of news> " before resuming the attack. "Feeling" it "could" be true about a broad demographic of people has led to some of the greatest atrocities in human history. Knock it off.
  7. In truth I think a detachable head would make your body absolutely suck in combat - even if you can still sense the body (sense of touch, proprioception) your point of view and hearing would be completely shot (though at least nobody would sneak up behind your body) If you were across the room watching I would think the best you could pull off is clumsy meat puppet. If you weren't in the same room the body would just be fumbling around in the dark without even a sense of hearing to try and figure out its surroundings. And that's assuming that the 'hyperspace neck' allows the body to benefit from the sense of balance that is one of the ear's biggest tasks. Otherwise it's faceplant time.
  8. Seeing how clothes actually look on you (no mirror, no camera)? Showering on days you don't want to wash your hair without getting it wet? Cleaning the compost bin without having to smell it? Since it obviously flies in some manner... finding your car in the parking lot? Getting a better view of the stage at a concert? I could think of worse powers.
  9. Really, the fact that his 'widow' - who was largely responsible for the incarceration in the first place due to her tearful performance about how dangerous Barry was - didn't instantly break down in relief (or at least call out his name happily and rush to him) - wasn't suspicious? And will Ralph compound things by actually 'co-operating' with the police to try and piece together his 'absence'? Or will it be the case that after Barry walked his victim - mysteriously back from the dead - was suddenly just as mysteriously never seen again? If this is all they need to do from the beginning they could have used HR's image device from last season at any point (or did they bury it with him out of respect? That would be a little shortsighted. More likely in a case like the Flash's helmet.) It's not a legal drama. I get that. Still.... I don't think it's unreasonable to 'try' and put together a plausible conviction and a plausible release if you decide to make that a chunk of your season. I liked the breakout, though (until the end). Most of the convicts managed to be more interesting crammed into half an episode than when they were the focus of one.
  10. This season's silliness has gone plaid. I was excited for the Thinker, in a way - with hopes of him maybe forming a kind of reverse Team Flash with himself in Wells role. Nope. Let's see how this all plays out but...
  11. Alright, let's see how they wrap this up. Liked the season so far, overall, but there are aspects of the closed loop that bother me. So... time for them to break into cyberdyne systems to get the arm and processor chip and throw them into a vat of molten iron.
  12. Congratulations, Barry. By breaking someone out of prison on camera you've earned a legitimate 2-10 year sentence. (Mind you I guess that pales in comparison to all the breaking an entering, assault, destruction of private and public property, kidnapping, and unlawful imprisonment charges Team Flash should have accumulated over the years ...but it still feels different than the standard 'Batman should have a rap sheet longer than some of his rogues' legal suspension of disbelief you need to enjoy superhero comics, shows, and movies at all) Well, if the Thinker's plan was to frame Barry for a crime he didn't commit knowing that eventually he'd actually commit a crime in jail.... mission accomplished?
  13. As an aside I remember during BSG's new run how the use of 'frak' in the show was so obviously meant to be a replacement for the big F and used so heavily, often in a clearly sexual manner, that some censors started getting concerned about it. If everyone knows what you meant what defines the vulgarity of a curse? Time its used by a culture? Is the F-Bomb taboo where Frak isn't because of depth of cultural linguistic penetration? Could one day with enough adoption could frak be as censored as its predecessor? ... in any case, no using the f word. Easy rule to follow and appreciated - I'm one of those people who keep the censors on in an MMO. Not because I'm offended, per se - I just prefer that expletives be saved for times which deserve their emphasis (you know, like the cancer exception. Or falling off a cliff.)
  14. For a long time there was the notion that a population in Southern Africa (sub Saharan) didn't have any DNA markers from other homo species that failed to make the cut. It's still true for neanderthal in their bloodline but evidence was found of non-neanderthral markers in this population more recently, though. In any case - migration from Eurasia back to Africa was wide spread and continuous. Wander out, interbreed with other things that looked compatible for a few thousand years, wander back. Eventually adapt enough that the place you wander back to in generational wandering isn't as far away. That basically sums up human pre-history (and modern, really) in a nutshell.
  15. It hurts hearing Motley Crue or Guns and Roses on classic rock stations. Not because it makes me feel old but because they're just... not to me. I like both bands a lot. I don't understand the hate that GNR's music gets (anger towards individual band members, though, I mostly get). Motley Crue's Dr Feelgood was a great album for the genre and half its tracks are still on my main Spotify list. Nothing either did, though, can hold a candle to anything the true giants of rock from the 70s did. Again, that's not a knock against them - most of those giants of rock can't hold a candle to anything they did themselves in the 70s - but it's a feeling I can't shake. There are a few exceptions, of course - Rush being one - but to find that spirit of the prog rock / 'classic' rock you mostly had to wander to the edges of perception, like Oingo Boingo. It's funny, though, that that's where my tastes turned. I was born in 75 and 3/4 of the music I listen to now predates my going to kindergarten. I grew up with the 'hard rock' and hair metal of the 80s and somehow tracked my way backwards (mostly through covers, I think). And Who Made Who from AC/DC - one of the first albums I ever bought with an allowance. I 'blame' some of the tracks you have to grow into (like Ride On) for broadening my horizons.
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