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Riverdale

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I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and there’s a second season starting in October, I can hardly wait. This is a nearly spoiler-free review. I can’t help but drop a few hints about things that happen in episodes later in the season, however nothing major has been given away.

Riverdale is like a cross between Pretty Little Liars and Twin Peaks.

The series is based loosely on Archie comics, however it’s not based on the comics from the 1950s, or the really bad Saturday morning cartoon from the late 1960s (do they still have Saturday morning cartoons?), but rather it’s based on a re-imagined modern comic book series.

In practicality, all this means is that the main characters have iconic names like Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. It was also great when the town’s all-girl band, Josie and the Pussycats (reimagined as being three black girls) performed a hip-hop influenced version of Sugar Sugar.

And above we have Archie and Veronica performing that great hit from 1980, “Kids in America,” and if you watch the video you will catch a glimpse of Molly Ringwald! The actress famous for playing a teenager in 1980s movies is now playing the mother of a teenager. Plus I already mentioned that Luke Perry plays Archie’s father. These homages to the past are so incredibly cool, but sadly they go right over the heads of today’s teenagers who are watching the show.

They never tell you where Riverdale is, but I assume it’s in upstate New York. Maple syrup is the town’s number one industry, and it’s mentioned that it’s close to Montreal, and there’s always snow on the ground during the winter, so all signs point to upstate New York.

But now, let’s get to the bad news. In order to enjoy this show, you’re going to have to deal with some extreme political correctness indoctrination.

One of the characters in the show is an openly gay kid, and you have to put up with a lot of gay making out and kissing. I know, gross! The interesting thing is how no one is ever allowed to say anything negative to him about him being gay. You’d think that in a show where you have football jocks being assholes, someone would at least call the kid a “fag,” but that never happens. The kid’s father, the town’s sheriff, and an incredibly bad sheriff at that, is fully supportive of his son’s gayness.

And while the gay kid is a presence in every episode, his purpose is just to be the gay kid, and unlike every other major character, he has no character development, and barely much of an arc, he’s just a gay accessory because someone decided the show needed to have a gay kid for some reason.

Although the town is almost entirely white (which is normal for a small town in upstate New York), mysteriously the mayor, the high school principal, and the high school football coach are all black. So three of the town’s five most important people are black. The two whites at the top of the town hierarchy are the sheriff who ineptly runs a one-man police department, and Cliff Blossom who is the richest man in the town and also a creep who’s up to no good.

Josie, of Josie and the Pussycats, dresses down Archie for having white privilege, and only after Archie admits his white privilege to Josie is he allowed to have an audience with her. But considering that Josie’s mother is the mayor, and her father is a famous musician, it’s hard to see how she is less privileged than Archie whose non-college-graduate father runs a small-time construction company on the verge of bankruptcy. Josie, and her fellow pussycat Valerie, both act like stuck-up bitches most of the time. (The third Pussycat, Melody, doesn’t get much screen time at all so I am unable to judge her. But I miss the ditzy blonde Melody from the old Saturday morning cartoon.)

The only Asian in town is a tall buffed up football player who is Archie’s main rival on the football team. Well, there have been enough portrayals of Asian men as sexless nerds, I guess the Asians are entitled to finally have one of their guys playing the town hunk.

The criminal element in town is an all-white gang called “The Serpents.” They wear biker jackets, but are never actually seen riding motorcycles.

Veronica is played by a Latina actress. She’s a coconut. Brown on the outside, but 100% white on the inside. Veronica is the hot sexy sophisticated girl from the city, while Betty is the small-town girl next door. Who is prettier? Ginger or Mary Ann?

I have my usual complaints about how the kids are supposed to be sophomores in high school, but everyone looks old enough to at least be in college, if not old enough to be a college graduate. And why can’t they hire a real lawyer to consult on the show so that characters playing lawyers don’t make statements about the law which are completely incorrect? And hasn’t anyone heard of the felony murder rule?

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September 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

The Orville S01E02

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I think this episode struck a great balance between being a parody of Star Trek while at the same time being its own episode with its own story.

The parody aspect of the show is what allows us to overlook the fact that everyone in the Galaxy speaks English. The Orville is making fun of other science fiction shows that have that absurdity.

I already like Isaac, the robot science officer, a lot better than I ever liked Data. A robot who thinks he’s superior to humans is just a lot more fun to watch than a robot with a big inferiority complex about being a robot.

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September 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

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Jenny Garth has not aged well

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http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Jennie+Garth/Jennie+Garth+Dave+Abrams+Go+Out+Shopping+Macy/DFKZtkxC7im

So sad.

And she apparently can’t afford to shop at a more exclusive store than Macy’s.

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September 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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Where did the time go?

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Watching a high school drama, and Luke Perry is in it, but he’s not playing a high school student, he’s playing the father of a high school student.

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September 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

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Star Trek Voyager S02E02 Initiations

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I watched another episode of this series so I could compare if it’s better or worse than The Orville, and I’d have to say that it’s worse. A lot worse.

The episode starts off with Chakotay doing some American Indian religious ritual alone aboard a shuttlecraft. How is it that, in the future, all of the major Earth religious like Christianity, Islam and Buddhism have completely disappeared, but some obscure hokey American Indian religion still lives on? Why would they let Chakotay take a shuttlecraft for such a silly reason? Up until the Voyager series, the impression I had is that the Federation supports freedom of religion for lesser alien species, but it’s heavily looked down upon for Starfleet officers to participate in such primitive beliefs.

And it does not seem like a bad idea to allow Chakotay to wander around alone in a dangerous sector of space with a precious shuttlecraft? If it’s destroyed, how will they get more? And yes, it does get destroyed. But somehow the Voyager has infinite shuttlecrafts, with no explanation as to how that’s possible.

The young Kazon kid was so obviously the same actor as Nog from Deep Space Nine, it made the episode very hard to take seriously (despite the fact that the show tends to take itself ridiculously seriously). You keep thinking, how did Nog wind up in the Delta Quadrant looking like a Kazon instead of a Ferengi?

Chakotay is supposed to have previously been a fighter in the Marquis, which is an anti-Cardassian terrorist organization. He must have killed many Cardassians. So when encountering an alien species like the Kazon, who appear to be just as poorly behaved as the Cardassians, if not more so, why wouldn’t Chakotay shoot first and ask questions later? But of course that’s the opposite of what he does. He should have gotten killed for it, except that Voyager always preaches to us that as long as you do the morally right thing, then everything will work out in the end. This moral preachiness is why I really can’t stand this series. Why did I torture myself my watching another episode?

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And in other news, The Orville is the Donald Trump of science fiction, hated by the elite critics, but loved by regular viewers. See Rotten Tomatoes.

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September 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

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The Orville

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Instead of the United Federation of Planets, Captain Mercer works for Planetary Union Central. Instead of a Warp Drive, his ship has a Quantam Drive. There was a holosuite, but no transporter. The enemy race, the Krill, look a lot like the Jem’Hadar from Deep Space Nine.

I don’t think it’s as bad as the negative reviews. But I also don’t think it’s as good as I had hoped. The jokes weren’t as funny in the context of an episiode as they were in the trailer. It’s worth giving it a few episodes to see if it gets better. How many bad episodes of Star Trek: TNG were there before Riker grew a beard? And even after he grew a beard, it still sucked. The best TNG episode, “The Inner Light,” didn’t happen until the end of the fifth season.

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September 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm

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Can’t we call an anemometer an anemometer?

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Seen flashing across the bottom of the screen on CNN: “The winds were so strong they destroyed instruments used to measure the speed of wind.”

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Is Joe Bastardi, meteorologist and climate change skeptic, reading my blog?

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September 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm

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The Orville

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New Star Trek clone coming to Fox, on Sunday. This is almost as exciting as a hurricane! It can’t be any worse than Star Trek Voyager. I’m looking forward to it.

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Every review has trashed this series, but I think the reviewers forget how bad Star Trek Voyager was, or how bad Star Trek TNG was in the first two or three seasons, yet those shows managed to last.

This could be Star Trek without the baggage of Star Trek. There is no doubt that Star Trek: TNG took itself way too seriously, and that there was way too much Prime Directive sermonizing. I remain optimistic.

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September 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

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More thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 7

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August 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

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Game of Thrones, season 7 episode 7, The Dragon and the Wolf

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August 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

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