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

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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

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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”

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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

The Orville, S02E10 “Blood of Patriots”

All spoilers ahead

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March 10, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

Luke Perry dead at 52

I enjoyed watching him in his role as Archie’s dad on Riverdale.

His death is a reminder that the grim reaper can come for any of us over the age of 50 without any forewarning.

Horrible news.

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March 4, 2019 at EDT pm

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The Orville S02E09, “Identity, Part 2”

HUGE spoilers

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March 1, 2019 at EDT pm

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The Orville S03E08 “Identity, Part 1”

I just got around to watching.

Holy! That was totally unexpected.

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I think this is the best episode of The Orville up to this point in the series, so I should write some more. Spoilers ahead.

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February 24, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

Jussie Smollett written out of last 2 episodes, but NOT fired

From Fox News:

Jussie Smollett’s character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox’s “Empire,” the show’s executives said Friday.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” co-creators Lee Daniels and Brett Mahoney and executive producers Danny Strong, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer told Fox News.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” the statement continued.

Big media was so quick to fire Roseanne Barr for a dumb but legal tweet, but only reluctantly does Fox write Jussie out of two episodes, with the implication that they hope he only gets a slap on the wrist so they can use him next season.

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February 22, 2019 at EDT pm

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The Orville S02E06 “A Happy Refrain”

The ship’s doctor, Claire Finn, gets romantic with Isaac, the robot.

This was the most hilarious episode of a science fiction series that I have ever watched.

This season, The Orville is at is best when it’s a workplace dramedy in space. And at its worst when it tries to do earnest science fiction, like the previous week’s horrible episode about The Orville visiting a planet that believes in astrology.

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February 4, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Star Trek, Television

Star Trek Discovery S02E02

Better than the first episode of the season, but I don’t like where they are going with the religious crap, nor do I like Pike’s weird interpretation of the Prime Directive.

They find a planet with fugitives from Earth. That’s NOT an alien planet, that’s a planet with our own people on it, so it would not violate any version of the Prime Directive I’ve ever heard explained to provide them with answers about Earth and technological support. I have no doubt that Captain Kirk would have done the right thing. And this show is supposed to take place before TOS and not during the more uptight and morally preachy TNG error.

Also, Captain Kirk would be pissed off at aliens passing themselves off as “angels,” and not in any way moved or awed by it. Remember the lesson of Who Mourns for Adonais? “Mankind has no need for Gods.”

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January 28, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

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