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Game of Thrones: final episode!

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Winner is…

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May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

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Game of Thrones finale predictions

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Final episode of the series on Sunday. UPDATED!

I predict …

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May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

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The important lesson to be learned from Game of Thrones

Just because you’re a hot babe, and you’re immune to fire and have magical super-powerful dragons that obey your command, that doesn’t mean you are intelligent or wise or good at anything not having to do with fire resistance or dragons or being a hot babe.

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May 13, 2019 at EDT am

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Game of Thrones, penultimate episode!

OK, here’s my review:

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May 12, 2019 at EDT pm

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Jon Snow not qualified to be King of Westeros?

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May 6, 2019 at EDT pm

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Game of Thrones, S08E06

Spoilers ahead

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May 6, 2019 at EDT am

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The Orville, season 2 finale, “The Road Not Taken”

This episode is better if you don’t know anything about it before watching it, so go watch it before reading any further.

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April 26, 2019 at EDT pm

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Sansa Stark must have been reading my blog (GoT S08E01)

At the end of last season, I wrote:

This is the season in which Tyrion became stupid.

In previous seasons, the idea was presented that Tyrion was actually the smartest and most capable of the Lannister siblings, and if only old-man Tywin wasn’t so prejudiced against Tyrion’s physical disability, his family would have greatly benefited.

But in this season, all of Tyrion’s advice was bad advice. Being the smart guy, and supposedly knowing his sister Cersei better than anyone else, he should have been the one who played her, and not the other way around.

It was Tyrion’s idea to attack Casterly Rock, but Cersei and Jaime tricked him by pulling out their army. Only after that, when Daenerys ignored Tyrion’s advice and rode her dragons into battle, did she win a decisive victory against Cersei.

But then Daenerys threw everything away with the foolish expedition to capture the undead. Which Tyrion supported. If, as a viewer, it was ridiculously obvious that Cersei would only join a truce or alliance or whatever with the intent to double-cross, why wasn’t it obvious to Tyrion, Cersei’s own brother, the guy who is supposed to be smarter than her?

In tonight’s episode, upon hearing from Tyrion that Cersei is going to “help” them defeat the undead, Sansa Stark disdainfully says, “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.”

I guess they can get away with all of the raunchy trigger-warning-inducing locker-room talk between the male characters by showing that the men are stupid compared to the women.

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April 14, 2019 at EDT pm

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Russian Doll

It’s like Groundhog Day, but with drugs, lesbians, and lots of f-bombs. And it takes place in Alphabet City, which is pretty cool.

And it’s racist against Asian men. While one of the supporting characters is a lesbian Asian woman, and we see a few other Asian women in the background at the party, there’s not a single Asian man to be seen anywhere. Thus the show, which otherwise goes out of its way to be hyper-diverse (in contrast to Groundhog Day which was a very white movie), perpetuates the stereotype that Asian men are too nerdy and uncool to be part of this show’s scene.

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April 7, 2019 at EDT pm

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The Orville, S02E11, “Lasting Impressions”

The Orville is a great show. Even an objectively mediocre episode is fun to watch. Nearly all of the plot holes or technological inconsistencies inherent in this episode can be chalked up to the show being a homage to Star Trek, and Star Trek (TNG, especially Voyager, and even DS9 to a lesser extent) had a lot of “holodeck” episodes that didn’t make any sense. In TNG, Data was supposedly so advanced that he was considered a sentient person and could be a Starfleet officer. But the holodeck could always spit out holograms that acted a lot more human than Data and appeared to be no less self-aware. The Orville’s version of the holodeck being able to scan a four-hundred-year-old smartphone and recreate that person and her life is totally consistent with what Star Trek did, even though it may not be realistic. And as if to remind us of that, they bring in as a guest actor the guy who played Tuvok on Voyager.

Why is Gordon’s holo-woman any different than when Isaac programmed a hologram avatar to have sex with Claire? And Gordon actually brings that up. Why is Isaac considered self-aware, but not his holodeck program? I have to agree with Gordon on that one. (In other words, I think they are both clever computer programs and neither is self-aware in the way that humans are.)

With sexbots and VR being part of the predictable real-world future, we can’t have too many sci-fi episodes addressing this topic.

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March 25, 2019 at EDT am

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