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    sinanju reacted to Hugh Neilson in Captain Marvel with spoilers   
    It could have been enhanced by SI manipulation - letting memories slip where Carol failed (trying to drive her down - she really isn't good for much and needs the Kree/the SI) only to have her recognize that her strength comes not from succeeding every time she tries, but from never giving up - every time she fell, she got back up.  That's strength, not weakness.  That was the sense I got from that final mental montage where every scene we saw previously, (that looked like failure) was extended to her getting back up, ready to keep trying, even while everyone around her was telling her "you can't do it - give up".  Rediscovering that inner strength was her real victory.  After that, she knew she had nothing to prove to Yon-Rogg.
     
    To me, the scene hammered that pretty heavy, and I did not want or need it beaten into my head any more than it already was.
     
    But I would agree no scene in Captain Marvel matched the Wonder Woman scene where she climbed the ladder out of the trench and walked across No Man's Land.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Ragitsu in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    "Not telling your troops the whole plan..."? She didn't even tell them she HAD a plan other than jog away from the oncoming fleet til they ran out of gas. Part of being a good leader is giving your troops reason to trust you even when they don't know your plans. She failed miserably at that.
     
     
     
    He didn't NEED a communicator. He could have APPEARED TO REY (or anyone apparently, as everyone within range could see him as if he were really there) anywhere in the galaxy (apparently) and said, "I changed my mind. Send someone to get me."
     
     
     
    The order had no idea where he was and, apart from Kylo, no other Force sensitives we know about, now that Snoke is dead. (Speaking of which, is he DEAD dead, or only MOSTLY dead like Luke and Yoda and Obi-Wan and Vader?) So they'd have had no way to find him. Why on earth would Leia or Rey "lose contact with the rebellion" if they went to visit Luke? Rey didn't. She had a magic maguffin that allowed her to find Leia (or whoever held the other magic maguffin) anywhere in the galaxy. (And why wasn't Leai being baked alive by the sheer wattage of whatever broadcast that thing was generating to be detectable at galactic distances?)
     
     
    You're assuming the books were destroyed. We don't know that. Rey might have taken them. Yoda may have "destroyed" them with lightning so Luke wouldn't discover that they're gone. Just because the "wisdom" of the Jedi was lacking (which I agree with), doesn't mean that she can't learn from their history--and I'm assuming at least some of those books are histories/logs/diaries/etc.
     
     
    We're not talking about Rey. We're talking about Luke Skywalker, who saw the potential for redemption in a man whose crimes were literally legendary. A man who'd destroyed the Jedi, murdered countless people, and...well, all of it. He confronted THAT man with no intention of ever killing him. He confronted him ready to die in the attempt to redeem him. And THAT man, THAT Luke Skywalker, would never have tried--even for a nanosecond--to murder a sleeping boy because he feared with that boy MIGHT do.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Armory in Avengers Infinity War with spoilers   
    I've seen speculation that the characters who got derezzed are the ones who will all ultimately survive when the credits roll on Infinity War Part 2. The idea being that many of the characters left alive at the end of this film--Iron Man and Captain America, primarily--are, as has been said, on the downside of their contracts. (Evans is about done, and RDJ's contract was up several movies back but there's no guarantee he'll stick around.) So...MAYBE resurrecting the "dead" heroes (and the countless trillions all over the universe who died with them) will require a sacrifice by one or more of the survivors of THIS film. If Captain America or Iron Man have to die, doing so in order to save half the universe is not a bad way to go.
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    sinanju got a reaction from DasBroot in The Flash   
    And it could so easily have been derailed.
     
    Mrs. DeVoe: "Judge, that man is an imposter! My husband is buried in XX Cemetary. I don't know who that is, but he's lying! Test his DNA! Let me ask him questions about our life together!"
     
    So, apparently Barry is a legal formalist. Yeah, the judge released him (though of course it isn't that quick or easy), but it was based on fraudulent testimony by an imposter. But hey! Legal!
     
    Also...how dumb are those metahuman crooks? Look, it's Barry Allen, recently incarcerated former Central City CSI tech and metahuman. A speedster, no less! And NONE of them came to the conclusion that he was the Flash?
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    sinanju got a reaction from Armory in What Have You Watched Recently?   
    Yeah, I very much hope they get a third season of Travellers.
     
    I liked Wild, Wild West as a kid. Yeah, parts hold up and parts don't. My favorite villain was always Dr. Miguelito Loveless. But my favorite line from the whole series came from Victor Buono. He has captured West and has him strapped to a table. On a table next to him is, like, every gadget he's *ever* used on the show. All of which, presumably, they took off him while he was unconscious. Buono says, "Mr. West, I'm surprised you don't clank when you walk."
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    sinanju got a reaction from Armory in What Have You Watched Recently?   
    I'm mainlining TRAVELERS on Netflix right now. I'm halfway through the second season. I really hope it gets picked up for a third season.
     
    Time travelers from a horrible, apocalyptic future are downloaded into the minds of people in the (our) present--hundreds of years before their time--who were about to die. They take over their bodies and lives and work as teams to perform various missions that they hope will allow them to prevent the awful future, or at least improve it. It's a one-time, one-way trip. The nature of time travel generally prevents "do-overs" so if a mission fails, it fails. There's lots I could say about this series, but SPOILERS.
     
    I really like this show.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Armory in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    "Not telling your troops the whole plan..."? She didn't even tell them she HAD a plan other than jog away from the oncoming fleet til they ran out of gas. Part of being a good leader is giving your troops reason to trust you even when they don't know your plans. She failed miserably at that.
     
     
     
    He didn't NEED a communicator. He could have APPEARED TO REY (or anyone apparently, as everyone within range could see him as if he were really there) anywhere in the galaxy (apparently) and said, "I changed my mind. Send someone to get me."
     
     
     
    The order had no idea where he was and, apart from Kylo, no other Force sensitives we know about, now that Snoke is dead. (Speaking of which, is he DEAD dead, or only MOSTLY dead like Luke and Yoda and Obi-Wan and Vader?) So they'd have had no way to find him. Why on earth would Leia or Rey "lose contact with the rebellion" if they went to visit Luke? Rey didn't. She had a magic maguffin that allowed her to find Leia (or whoever held the other magic maguffin) anywhere in the galaxy. (And why wasn't Leai being baked alive by the sheer wattage of whatever broadcast that thing was generating to be detectable at galactic distances?)
     
     
    You're assuming the books were destroyed. We don't know that. Rey might have taken them. Yoda may have "destroyed" them with lightning so Luke wouldn't discover that they're gone. Just because the "wisdom" of the Jedi was lacking (which I agree with), doesn't mean that she can't learn from their history--and I'm assuming at least some of those books are histories/logs/diaries/etc.
     
     
    We're not talking about Rey. We're talking about Luke Skywalker, who saw the potential for redemption in a man whose crimes were literally legendary. A man who'd destroyed the Jedi, murdered countless people, and...well, all of it. He confronted THAT man with no intention of ever killing him. He confronted him ready to die in the attempt to redeem him. And THAT man, THAT Luke Skywalker, would never have tried--even for a nanosecond--to murder a sleeping boy because he feared with that boy MIGHT do.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Armory in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    There's absolutely no evidence for the notion that the dreadnought was actively "hovering" rather than operating in orbit, nor that any other vessels were doing so.
     
    This battle was just as non-sensical as every other space battle in Star Wars. (I mean, seriously--bombers? That can only drop their payloads at knife-fighting range? Maybe if they'd used missiles, or even just flung the bombs from a distance, they might not have had the whole bomber force wiped out.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Grailknight in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    "Not telling your troops the whole plan..."? She didn't even tell them she HAD a plan other than jog away from the oncoming fleet til they ran out of gas. Part of being a good leader is giving your troops reason to trust you even when they don't know your plans. She failed miserably at that.
     
     
     
    He didn't NEED a communicator. He could have APPEARED TO REY (or anyone apparently, as everyone within range could see him as if he were really there) anywhere in the galaxy (apparently) and said, "I changed my mind. Send someone to get me."
     
     
     
    The order had no idea where he was and, apart from Kylo, no other Force sensitives we know about, now that Snoke is dead. (Speaking of which, is he DEAD dead, or only MOSTLY dead like Luke and Yoda and Obi-Wan and Vader?) So they'd have had no way to find him. Why on earth would Leia or Rey "lose contact with the rebellion" if they went to visit Luke? Rey didn't. She had a magic maguffin that allowed her to find Leia (or whoever held the other magic maguffin) anywhere in the galaxy. (And why wasn't Leai being baked alive by the sheer wattage of whatever broadcast that thing was generating to be detectable at galactic distances?)
     
     
    You're assuming the books were destroyed. We don't know that. Rey might have taken them. Yoda may have "destroyed" them with lightning so Luke wouldn't discover that they're gone. Just because the "wisdom" of the Jedi was lacking (which I agree with), doesn't mean that she can't learn from their history--and I'm assuming at least some of those books are histories/logs/diaries/etc.
     
     
    We're not talking about Rey. We're talking about Luke Skywalker, who saw the potential for redemption in a man whose crimes were literally legendary. A man who'd destroyed the Jedi, murdered countless people, and...well, all of it. He confronted THAT man with no intention of ever killing him. He confronted him ready to die in the attempt to redeem him. And THAT man, THAT Luke Skywalker, would never have tried--even for a nanosecond--to murder a sleeping boy because he feared with that boy MIGHT do.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Hermit in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    "Not telling your troops the whole plan..."? She didn't even tell them she HAD a plan other than jog away from the oncoming fleet til they ran out of gas. Part of being a good leader is giving your troops reason to trust you even when they don't know your plans. She failed miserably at that.
     
     
     
    He didn't NEED a communicator. He could have APPEARED TO REY (or anyone apparently, as everyone within range could see him as if he were really there) anywhere in the galaxy (apparently) and said, "I changed my mind. Send someone to get me."
     
     
     
    The order had no idea where he was and, apart from Kylo, no other Force sensitives we know about, now that Snoke is dead. (Speaking of which, is he DEAD dead, or only MOSTLY dead like Luke and Yoda and Obi-Wan and Vader?) So they'd have had no way to find him. Why on earth would Leia or Rey "lose contact with the rebellion" if they went to visit Luke? Rey didn't. She had a magic maguffin that allowed her to find Leia (or whoever held the other magic maguffin) anywhere in the galaxy. (And why wasn't Leai being baked alive by the sheer wattage of whatever broadcast that thing was generating to be detectable at galactic distances?)
     
     
    You're assuming the books were destroyed. We don't know that. Rey might have taken them. Yoda may have "destroyed" them with lightning so Luke wouldn't discover that they're gone. Just because the "wisdom" of the Jedi was lacking (which I agree with), doesn't mean that she can't learn from their history--and I'm assuming at least some of those books are histories/logs/diaries/etc.
     
     
    We're not talking about Rey. We're talking about Luke Skywalker, who saw the potential for redemption in a man whose crimes were literally legendary. A man who'd destroyed the Jedi, murdered countless people, and...well, all of it. He confronted THAT man with no intention of ever killing him. He confronted him ready to die in the attempt to redeem him. And THAT man, THAT Luke Skywalker, would never have tried--even for a nanosecond--to murder a sleeping boy because he feared with that boy MIGHT do.
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    sinanju got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Star Wars 8 complaint box   
    Dislikes:
    Agreed--General Haldo took way too long to react to the attack on the transports. WAY too long.
    So...the Rebellion spent years fighting to overthrow the Empire and succeeded...only to get their asses kicked, and get nearly wiped out, by The Order only a few years later. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I guess the idea is that the rebels always have to be the underdogs, but it's getting really old. Plus, I don't care who they have on their side, a group that could fit comfortably in my living room is very unlikely to succeed at liberating a city, much less a galaxy. At least they didn't drag out another Deathstar-like superweapon (the battering-ram beam doesn't count).
    The endless, endless, endless battle scenes. I almost left the theater at the two-thirds mark because I was bored by them. As far as I was concerned, the battle scenes were like videogame cutscenes. Nothing of consequence to our heroes was going to happen in those battles, so I don't really care about them. I stuck it out, and was glad I did because I got to see some other interesting stuff, but my personal fan-edit of the movie would drastically cut the battle scenes in favor of the more personal stuff.
     
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    Snoke is dead. These obnoxious, arrogant, physically-deformed Evil Emperors are getting old. Kylo is at least normal looking.
    "I want every gun we have trained on that man!" "Do you think you got him?"
    I like Rose.
     
    Miscellaneous:
    Was what Kylo told Rey about her parents true? I think it was, in essence if not in detail. She was clearly abandoned (no matter how desperately she wanted to believe otherwise), and she has no pedigree worth mentioning.
    I thought it was funny how attached Luke was to the Jedi manuscripts given his history. I've seen it commented on elsewhere (tumblr, mostly) that Luke was successful as a hero mostly because he *ignored* the well-meant training of Obi-Way and Yoda when it went against his sense of right and wrong...whereas Anakin became Darth Vader because he tried so hard to be the perfect Jedi. I did like Luke's comment that the history of the Jedi was one of failure and hubris. Yes. Yes, it was.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finished?   
    Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 5. (Also Volumes 1-4). Most of them are westerns, unsurprisingly, but one collection is devoted to crime stories and boxing stories (and half and half), and another is adventure stories. He's known for the details in his stories, and rightly so. The incredible variety of settings is remarkable (a zillion desert stories, and every one is different from the last aside from the heat and lack of water), and stories vary a lot as well. Well worth reading.
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    sinanju got a reaction from bigdamnhero in Supergirl   
    I liked the colder, darker Supergirl. I wouldn't want it as a regular thing (god knows we get enough angst from CW shows as it is), but it was nice change. I never liked Mon-El, and never bought the love story between him and Kara. She always had far better chemistry with Cat or Lana than I ever saw with the interstellar frat boy. And I know she mostly talked about the loss of Mon-El, but I think a big part of her reaction had at least as much to do with losing her whole world as a child.
     
    It tends to get glossed over, but that is the biggest difference between Clark and Kara. He was too young to remember Krypton. She isn't. Earth is Clark's home in a way it can never be for Kara. She remembers the day everyone she loved, everyone she knew, and everyone and everything in her world was destroyed. There's no counterpart on earth for that experience. People have been displaced. People's families killed. Cultures conquered or enslaved or wiped out. But not a whole world. Given what she experienced, it's remarkable that she's as happy and well-balanced as she is. But some of that is repression, I'm thinking, and the loss of Mon-El allowed her to express a little bit of that.
     
    And even then, she did it in a very responsible way. She didn't dramatically toss her Supergirl costume in a trash can in an alley, as Spider-Man has done numerous times. She didn't give up on saving people. She didn't goof off on a months-long bender. She didn't start breaking people when capturing them. She may have been ever-so-slightly less gentle with them, but that was it.
     
    This being a CW show, I am always on the look-out for tragedy. I'm prepared for Maggie to get killed off at any moment (especially after "Love you. Forever.") to give Alex some major angst. At the same time, I find it hard to believe the producers (of this show in particular) would be so tone-deaf as to kill off one of the lesbian lovers after all the grief it rained down on The 100 and other shows. But...angst. It's what CW does.
     
    I see they've sidelined Cat again, this time as mouthpiece for President Wonder Woman. I know this show has always been very liberal, but if I wanted to be preached at about contemporary real world politics, I'd watch CNN. I hope they tone down the "sly" digs at Trump. Also, can we just get on with the hot Lana-on-Kara action, already? 
     
    And a mysterious new character with superstrength! Who could it be? (Seriously, I have no idea.) What will this mean for Supergirl and her friends? I guess we'll see.
     
    We have a new villain in Morgan Edge. Boy, that actor really gets around, doesn't he?
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    sinanju got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Supergirl   
    I liked the colder, darker Supergirl. I wouldn't want it as a regular thing (god knows we get enough angst from CW shows as it is), but it was nice change. I never liked Mon-El, and never bought the love story between him and Kara. She always had far better chemistry with Cat or Lana than I ever saw with the interstellar frat boy. And I know she mostly talked about the loss of Mon-El, but I think a big part of her reaction had at least as much to do with losing her whole world as a child.
     
    It tends to get glossed over, but that is the biggest difference between Clark and Kara. He was too young to remember Krypton. She isn't. Earth is Clark's home in a way it can never be for Kara. She remembers the day everyone she loved, everyone she knew, and everyone and everything in her world was destroyed. There's no counterpart on earth for that experience. People have been displaced. People's families killed. Cultures conquered or enslaved or wiped out. But not a whole world. Given what she experienced, it's remarkable that she's as happy and well-balanced as she is. But some of that is repression, I'm thinking, and the loss of Mon-El allowed her to express a little bit of that.
     
    And even then, she did it in a very responsible way. She didn't dramatically toss her Supergirl costume in a trash can in an alley, as Spider-Man has done numerous times. She didn't give up on saving people. She didn't goof off on a months-long bender. She didn't start breaking people when capturing them. She may have been ever-so-slightly less gentle with them, but that was it.
     
    This being a CW show, I am always on the look-out for tragedy. I'm prepared for Maggie to get killed off at any moment (especially after "Love you. Forever.") to give Alex some major angst. At the same time, I find it hard to believe the producers (of this show in particular) would be so tone-deaf as to kill off one of the lesbian lovers after all the grief it rained down on The 100 and other shows. But...angst. It's what CW does.
     
    I see they've sidelined Cat again, this time as mouthpiece for President Wonder Woman. I know this show has always been very liberal, but if I wanted to be preached at about contemporary real world politics, I'd watch CNN. I hope they tone down the "sly" digs at Trump. Also, can we just get on with the hot Lana-on-Kara action, already? 
     
    And a mysterious new character with superstrength! Who could it be? (Seriously, I have no idea.) What will this mean for Supergirl and her friends? I guess we'll see.
     
    We have a new villain in Morgan Edge. Boy, that actor really gets around, doesn't he?
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    sinanju reacted to Hermit in The Flash   
    All I could think of was "Oh, the big bad this season doesn't look to be another  Speedster? THANK GOD!"
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    sinanju got a reaction from DasBroot in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And the fact that the Antifa showed up armed shows intent and malice aforethought. THAT'S the equivalency.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And many of the people attacked by the hateful bigots of Antifa were peacefully protesting. Everywhere Antifa goes, violence and rioting follows. That's not an accident.
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    sinanju reacted to Pattern Ghost in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It seems to me that Antifa helped stir the pot, and helped put the peaceful counter-protestors at risk. There's a disturbing trend of smaller agitator groups inciting violence at protests, and it looks to me that Antifa is in that camp, or at least some subset of them is.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    With the exception of the guy behind the wheel of that car, neither did any of the protestors. Unless you know something nobody else does--in which case, you have notified the cops, right? Hateful bigots attacking other hateful bigots: equivalency.
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    sinanju reacted to Nolgroth in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Okay (and let me try to word this delicately), please stop equating Antifa with the brave soldiers of WW2. Antifa are not fighting a war against some genocidal axis of evil. They are merely a group dedicated to using tactics like violence, disruption of public order, destruction of property, and instilling fear to further their own ideological agenda. That the Neo-Fascists/Nazis are on the opposite side does not make Antifa better, it merely makes them the lesser of the two evils between the two extremist groups. I will happily and enthusiastically condemn the Neo-Fascists and all of their ilk but I think Anitfa should be held accountable for all of their transgressions as well. They just haven't outright publicly murdered anybody (to my knowledge) yet. I expect that it will not take long before they do.
     
    This whole ideological/political climate stinks. Perhaps it is the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, but I used to be able to identify with something. Now everywhere I look, all I see are bad guys. It kind of crushes hope and enthusiasm.
     
    Think I better take a break for a few days. 
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    sinanju got a reaction from pinecone in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And the fact that the Antifa showed up armed shows intent and malice aforethought. THAT'S the equivalency.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And the fact that the Antifa showed up armed shows intent and malice aforethought. THAT'S the equivalency.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Sociotard in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And the fact that the Antifa showed up armed shows intent and malice aforethought. THAT'S the equivalency.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Grailknight in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    No, we can't. 
     
    Using the threat of violence--or actual violence--to intimidate and stifle the speech of people you disagree with is beyond the pale, no matter who you are. No matter who THEY are. If you want to claim to be better than Nazis and white supremacists, then be better. Don't pretend that some folk on your side aren't doing exactly the same things. Don't try to tell us it's different when you do it. It isn't.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    How extremists (of any stripe) take his words is not Trump's responsibility--or any other politician's responsibility, when extremists take their words to mean whatever they claim. Extremists will hear what they want to hear, or claim to hear it. Some of those extremists will be on the other side, and will use those alleged words of tacit support ("dogwhistles") to villify the politician who spoke them.
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