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  1. I voted for Threshold, but my first pick would have been Force of Nature. Many episodes of ST are terrible, but at least they're usually terrible for interesting reasons you can laugh about (like people becoming salamanders). But Force of Nature was just dreadfully dull. I even support the politics of the allegory they were making, but the episode was soooooo borrrrrring.
  2. FWIW, with a current RT score of 23, Dark Phoenix is not only lower than any other X-verse movie, but also lower than any superhero sequel movie other than: Ghost Rider 2 - 18 Crow 2 - 12 Batman & Robin - 12 Superman 4 - 9
  3. I wonder if there was ever an option to let D&D go do their thing and let GoT continue with a different showrunner? Maybe the contracts made that impossible - I have no idea how that stuff works - but if D&D already had the SW gig signed, sealed, and delivered, I'd think they'd be fine with letting someone else take over. Even after season 7, I'd think that if someone else took over and the ending didn't go well, the blame would be on the new person, not D&D. Seems pretty win-win for them. Whereas now they're known as the guys who finished things up hamfistedly.
  4. I actually kind of rolled my eyes at that shot. But not as much as I rolled my eyes at the hackneyed trope "What brings us all together? STORIES!" Sooooooo played out.
  5. Latest notion bumping around the tubes: after the failure of the White Walkers, the Children of the Forest created the Three-Eyed Raven as a second attempt to retake the realms of men. And this time it worked. Now Bran/3ER is ruler for life (which could be centuries, based on the previous 3ER). And he's off to warg up Drogon.
  6. Yeah, they conveniently did a time skip over the period where the Unsullied and Dothraki reacted. I wonder exactly what Jon did after leaving the throne room. Did he immediately go and confess? With no body and no murder weapon? He could've said that Dany melted down the throne and flew off (she's randomly flown away before, so it's not implausible).
  7. This is a great article about what kind of show GoT was and what kind it became when it outran the books - a sociological story vs. a psychological story: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-real-reason-fans-hate-the-last-season-of-game-of-thrones/ The appeal of a show that routinely kills major characters signals a different kind of storytelling, where a single charismatic and/or powerful individual, along with his or her internal dynamics, doesn’t carry the whole narrative and explanatory burden. Given the dearth of such narratives in fiction and in TV, this approach clearly resonated with a large fan base that latched on to the show. In sociological storytelling, the characters have personal stories and agency, of course, but those are also greatly shaped by institutions and events around them. The incentives for characters’ behavior come noticeably from these external forces, too, and even strongly influence their inner life.
  8. At one point during the destruction of King's Landing, I had a flashback to the execution of Ned Stark. In re-watching, I get it. There was a moment right after Dany went ham and Grey Worm followed when the camera was on Jon and he was clearly like "WTF, I was honorable and whatnot, yet everything went to hell?" At that moment, the sound of everything around Jon went mute and all you could hear was his breathing. Looking back at Ned's execution, the exact same thing happened. It's like that's the moment when each Stark man realized that being true to his word led to a complete clusterfuck.
  9. I guess it's because the last time they fought, one of the dragons was killed (and they didn't play up the idea that it was because he was injured - in fact, the way it was shot made it look like it could have just as easily been Drogon's fate) and then Dany fled in fear, allowing her entire fleet to be ripped to shreds. So Dany thought they were a fearsome threat then... she didn't. And they didn't explain why her mindset changed. So yeah, people will ask questions.
  10. Yikes, the radically different treatment of the scorpion threat this week makes it even more clear that they totally screwed up Rhaegal's death. They just needed to make it clear that he was targeted so easily because he was beat down from the battle at Winterfell. Dany still could have freaked out at the loss of her next-to-last 'child' and fled (as she did after Viserion was killed), leaving the Grey Worm fleet to get sliced and diced by Euron. Then it would make more sense that Dany/Drogon can wipe the floor with the Iron Fleet etc as long as Drogon is healthy and they get the drop on the scorpion-wielders rather than vice versa.
  11. I was thinking the easiest time to do it would be right after Tony did his snap. Everybody's focused on Tony. If, let's say, T'Challa stepped up to tend to the gauntlet while others tended to Tony, nobody would think much about it. So if it turned out that was a future T'Challa coming back to borrow the gauntlet to fight future Galactus or whatever, easy peasy.
  12. Going back in time did change things in their universe. It let them get the Infinity Stones, allowing them to bring back half of all life in the galaxy. That's a pretty significant change! I get that it didn't let them make the original snap never happen, but it allowed them to do exactly what they wanted to do - bring back all the snapped people. I agree about not being able to go back and prevent Galactus from arriving to the planet after he eats the Earth, but if Galactus shows up and is about to eat the Earth, they could go back in time and snoop around his ship to find some sort of weakness, then return to the present to bring him down. Heck, even after he eats the Earth, they could go back and grab the Infinity Gauntlet again to snap the Earth back into existence. The only downside would be that it would probably kill the person who snapped the Earth back, but relatively speaking, that'd be a small price to pay. Maybe this will crystallize the issue: the time machine gives you access to the Infinity Gauntlet, and the Infinity Gauntlet gives you access to do literally anything. That's a loophole they'll need to close.
  13. Except it totally did work? It did everything they were hoping it would. They went back in time and fixed the Thanos problem, then Cap went back in time to (seemingly) fix the timeline problems. It worked. They got what they wanted. To put it another way - do any of the Avengers think that using the time machine wasn't a good idea in retrospect? Of course not - it was a great idea. So far, we haven't seen any negative consequences. Is it possible they've screwed over some other parallel timeline? Maybe! But they don't seem too worried about that possibility at the end of the movie. Why wouldn't they use the time machine to fix the next catastrophe when it worked so well this time? I mean, I think it will turn out that there are more problems than they're currently aware of - the Loki thing being a big one - but as of right now, there's no reason for them not to use the time machine again. And that's an issue that will have to be addressed, since you don't want the "why don't they just use the time machine?" question hanging over everything.
  14. I was surprised to see some people (several pages back) say that the time travel in Endgame makes it less likely that Kang is the next big bad. To me, that makes it more likely. The good guys now have a time machine. So now anytime anything bad happens, the question will be "Why not just go back in time and reverse it?" The MCU is going to need to close that loophole. They'll need to show that messing with the timeline has really bad consequences in order to explain why they don't do it anymore. That doesn't require Kang, but he'd be one way to get there.
  15. I feel like they had a nice metaphor with the killing of Rhaegal -- who was barely able to fly -- as a symbol of Dany's foolish failure to wait and allow her forces to heal up. But the way it played out didn't even involve Rhaegal's weakened state. There are a bunch of ways they could have blocked out the Euron ambush that would have been better logically and thematically. After the Night King was killed, I was thinking that the only logical thing for the Dany crew to do would be to wait. They needed to heal up, re-stock, re-arm, etc. Nobody was saying that they needed to get to King's Landing ahead of the winter, right? I'd have liked it if the Golden Company was still assembling and getting ready to head off to King's Landing and the Dany group was trying to get to King's Landing first, with the idea that if things were well in hand by the time the Golden Company got there, the GC would realize they weren't going to get paid by Cersei and turn around. That said, I can buy Niners' explanation - that Dany feels like the clock is ticking before people decide they want Jon on the throne instead of her. But it's harder to buy that Dany's people would accept it so easily. She didn't even give any sort of plausible excuse, and nobody said "But why?". I guess that will likely play into the schism between Dany and her people, but I wish she'd had some sort of cover story, even if it's not a great one.
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