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He's on the quest to get a silver sword. Again.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I'm more bothered with why does he only have one sword?

Apparently in the novels and stories, he keeps his silver sword on his horse so it doesn't get dinged up.

Now why they decided to recreate his game armor look, I have no idea, unless there is some really intense descriptive detail in those novels and stories.

Honestly, the two swords thing always felt superfluous. Pretty sure humans still cut up real good with a silver one.

The story I had in my head was silver would bend easier being a softer metal so using it against armored humans would not be very effective. However since monsters don't have armor it works great for them.

They did the opposite of Game Of Thrones. There's a character that has a famous sword in the books, but got 2 normal swords in the show. Double sword action FTW.

Things I never thought I would hear: a pop version of Head Like a Hole called On a Roll (which apparently Trent Reznor loved when Charlie Booker showed him the lyrics).

Things I never thought I would see OR hear: Miley Cyrus singing the actual Head Like a Hole.

BadKen wrote:

Things I never thought I would hear: a pop version of Head Like a Hole called On a Roll (which apparently Trent Reznor loved when Charlie Booker showed him the lyrics).

Things I never thought I would see OR hear: Miley Cyrus singing the actual Head Like a Hole.

In a similar vein, "Call Me a Hole"

I don't know what any of this has to do with Netflix, but I'll seize on any opportunity to share:

On a whim I turned out Forbidden Kingdom because it was Jet Li and Jackie Chan and who doesn't love those people? It turned out to be a great little family friendly adventure movie with some fantastic martial arts work in it. Teenager falls into a rift in time and space and ends up in an alternate ancient china where immortals walk the world and the monkey king has been turned to stone. Can our intrepid heroes free the Monkey King and save the kingdom? Of course they can, but the journey there is light hearted, sweet and exciting. Think Jumanji mixed with Karate Kid and with some sweet, sweet, wire work. Recommended!

Fredrik_S wrote:

On a whim I turned out Forbidden Kingdom because it was Jet Li and Jackie Chan and who doesn't love those people? It turned out to be a great little family friendly adventure movie with some fantastic martial arts work in it. Teenager falls into a rift in time and space and ends up in an alternate ancient china where immortals walk the world and the monkey king has been turned to stone. Can our intrepid heroes free the Monkey King and save the kingdom? Of course they can, but the journey there is light hearted, sweet and exciting. Think Jumanji mixed with Karate Kid and with some sweet, sweet, wire work. Recommended!

Sounds like an Eastern “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.”

I’m down. I love Jackie Chan.

Fredrik_S wrote:

On a whim I turned out Forbidden Kingdom because it was Jet Li and Jackie Chan and who doesn't love those people? It turned out to be a great little family friendly adventure movie with some fantastic martial arts work in it. Teenager falls into a rift in time and space and ends up in an alternate ancient china where immortals walk the world and the monkey king has been turned to stone. Can our intrepid heroes free the Monkey King and save the kingdom? Of course they can, but the journey there is light hearted, sweet and exciting. Think Jumanji mixed with Karate Kid and with some sweet, sweet, wire work. Recommended!

Sounds like it might be a good introduction to some sweet Jackie Chan action for my kids.

Sydhart wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

On a whim I turned out Forbidden Kingdom because it was Jet Li and Jackie Chan and who doesn't love those people? It turned out to be a great little family friendly adventure movie with some fantastic martial arts work in it. Teenager falls into a rift in time and space and ends up in an alternate ancient china where immortals walk the world and the monkey king has been turned to stone. Can our intrepid heroes free the Monkey King and save the kingdom? Of course they can, but the journey there is light hearted, sweet and exciting. Think Jumanji mixed with Karate Kid and with some sweet, sweet, wire work. Recommended!

Sounds like it might be a good introduction to some sweet Jackie Chan action for my kids.

At least one of the Drunken Master movies was on Netflix last time I looked...

hbi2k wrote:

I don't know what any of this has to do with Netflix, but I'll seize on any opportunity to share:

That was... something.

hbi2k wrote:

I don't know what any of this has to do with Netflix

Miley Cyrus is in an episode of Black Mirror on Netflix.

BadKen wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

I don't know what any of this has to do with Netflix

Miley Cyrus is in an episode of Black Mirror on Netflix.

The best one of the latest season.

Incorrect!

slazev wrote:

Incorrect!

To be fair. This season set an extremely low bar for best episode.

polq37 wrote:

Watched Blown Away, a glass blowing reality show competition. And it was really good, but the recommendations following afterwards were very strange.

Living in the heart of the glass kingdom in Sweden - it was fun to see an American approach to it. Then again, if you take away all the meagre blah.. each episode takes about 11 minutes to watch. But those 11 minutes are fun

Another season of Last Chance U is up. I'm not one for reality style programming but this series is extremely well done...found myself getting caught up in the players stories and searching for info after the air dates.

Just noticed that season 3 of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) has popped up! The first 2 seasons kind of wrapped up the story so I'm curious where they're gonna go with it. Can't wait to watch it. I watched the first 2 by myself and then sold my wife on it and watched it again with her. I think she might be more excited about the new season than me.

Infyrnos wrote:
slazev wrote:

Incorrect!

To be fair. This season set an extremely low bar for best episode.

Correct!

Vega wrote:

Just noticed that season 3 of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) has popped up! The first 2 seasons kind of wrapped up the story so I'm curious where they're gonna go with it. Can't wait to watch it. I watched the first 2 by myself and then sold my wife on it and watched it again with her. I think she might be more excited about the new season than me.

Just came to post this!

It's an absolutely fantastic Spanish heist show where you cheer for the bad guys (well, maybe just some of them). It does a wonderful job meshing a meticulously planned crime with a good old fashioned bottle psychological thriller.

I almost finished the documentary 'Abstract' on Netflix.

Though I found it pretty intresting in fields of art / abstracts I don't know (cars, illustration, typography and so on), I found myself screaming in anger on the episode about photographer Platon - which is probably due to the fact that I know something about photography and about the subject he was trying to do in Africa.

Then again, maybe some goodjers who knows a thing or two about cars or typography hate these episodes.

All in all heartily recommended!

Infyrnos wrote:
slazev wrote:

Incorrect!

To be fair. This season set an extremely low bar for best episode.

One man's low bar is another man's carpet.
This season left me confused. Did they forget they had to start filming the next morning and started writing all three episodes the night before?

Hobbes2099 wrote:
Infyrnos wrote:
slazev wrote:

Incorrect!

To be fair. This season set an extremely low bar for best episode.

One man's low bar is another man's carpet.
This season left me confused. Did they forget they had to start filming the next morning and started writing all three episodes the night before?

The whole season is actually a meta-episode about what happens when writers are replaced with AI.

As per usual, XKCD to the rescue
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After finishing it last night, I must agree that this season of Black Mirror is not up to snuff. I watched it backward and it got gradually worse. I enjoyed the Ashley O ep, but the acting is kinda weak, except for maybe punk rock girl. That episode is worth it just for the pop version of Head Like a Hole (cheerfully titled "I'm on a Roll").

Smithereens has a cool premise and a strong emotional gut punch, but it could have easily fit in half the time. At least the acting is good.

Striking Vipers has a fantastic premise. One of the best in any season of the show, I think, but the execution is pathetic. It could have said so much more about the characters and their relationships. Instead it feels queer hostile (though as a straight white dude, I'll let others opine on that). The perfunctory "no homo" scene is misguided and awful. Also, it could have easily fit in a quarter of the time. The narrative is thin and the pacing is ponderous. Great cast, at least?

I read a think piece on Striking Vipers (I think on Polygon?), and it pointed out that the scenario in the story could never happen because a) games don't work that way, and b) if games did work that way, governments would shut them down pronto because of the obvious implications of mature participatory material anonymously available. Still, it's an interesting thought experiment. Too bad so little thought was seemingly put into the script.

Watched the latest season of La Casa de Papel.
Right up until the end, this was a fun, though unnecessary season. However, that ending got me interested in another season.

BadKen wrote:

After finishing it last night, I must agree that this season of Black Mirror is not up to snuff. I watched it backward and it got gradually worse. I enjoyed the Ashley O ep, but the acting is kinda weak, except for maybe punk rock girl. That episode is worth it just for the pop version of Head Like a Hole (cheerfully titled "I'm on a Roll").

Smithereens has a cool premise and a strong emotional gut punch, but it could have easily fit in half the time. At least the acting is good.

Striking Vipers has a fantastic premise. One of the best in any season of the show, I think, but the execution is pathetic. It could have said so much more about the characters and their relationships. Instead it feels queer hostile (though as a straight white dude, I'll let others opine on that). The perfunctory "no homo" scene is misguided and awful. Also, it could have easily fit in a quarter of the time. The narrative is thin and the pacing is ponderous. Great cast, at least?

I read a think piece on Striking Vipers (I think on Polygon?), and it pointed out that the scenario in the story could never happen because a) games don't work that way, and b) if games did work that way, governments would shut them down pronto because of the obvious implications of mature participatory material anonymously available. Still, it's an interesting thought experiment. Too bad so little thought was seemingly put into the script.

I agree that both Striking Vipers and Smithereens could have been cut to half their running time, and I would have enjoyed them much more. I found both of them way too slow and repetitive, and at no point did I care about any of the characters. On the other hand, Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too made me care about the main character immediately... and I also found Ashley O's situation compelling and I wanted her to be able to do what she wanted (I won't spoil anything). Plus, it was fun from beginning to end, and I thought both takes on Head Like a Hole were great.

All that said, this has been the most disappointing Black Mirror season so far, and I hope the next one goes back to the greatness achieved in season 3.