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They made less mythology this year than MOW. In fact, I think it's 8 MOW, two mythology. That's what people wanted.  I think on balance, fans probably will like this season.  The narrative is a bit different now because a lot of hardcore fans hated the premiere.  But as this season wears on hopefully people will like what it delivers, and want to see if continue. Scully was a special character, so it might not be as great, but I think they can do fine MOW without her, too.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Well doesn't Disney own it now?  Wouldn't it be up to them if they want to bring it back or not?

Disney bought the movie studio but FOX Network I believe is still separate, as is News Corp.

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ireactions wrote:

... I don't believe.

I don't believe Gillian Anderson. She's repeatedly claimed she was done with THE X-FILES; she said she was done in Season 7, again in Season 8. After I WANT TO BELIEVE, she said she was done with THE X-FILES on TV. She said she was done after Season 10. And now she's saying she's done after Season 11. She's said a variety of things: she wanted to spend more time with her daughter, she wanted to play other roles, she wanted to avoid a TV schedule -- but what she really wants, I think, is to get paid a fair wage.

FOX offered her half of Duchovny's salary for Season 10 which pissed her off. Negotiations for Season 11 were contentious again. I think Anderson is fed up with the studio and the network, but if they start treating her with the respect she's earned, she'll come back.

She just won't come back if she has to battle and demand and pull and howl in order to get the same pay as Duchovny.

I've thought about this a lot myself... but Gillian keeps doubling down, especially at yesterday's event, that I don't think this is a negotiating tactic. The fact that it took them so long to be able to go ahead with a season 11 was a negotiating tactic.

I just wish season 11 wasn't draped in negativity.  People don't like what they have produced (fair).  It's not coming back.  Gillian doesn't want to do it again.  Rather than getting to enjoy the thing while its still alive, everything has become about it's death.

David made a good point yesterday, saying the X Files is essentially a frame.  I agree with that and with so much bad stuff on air, I'd like to see FOX invest in the franchise long term.  With enough trial and error you can find a rhythm and what works. Sometimes invention is messy, and they've had to experience that a bit since bringing it back.  But it can be ironed out.

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I didn't think the episode was perfect but I enjoyed it. But I will never be a big critic of the show, I am just always happy to see it exist.

Now that Gillian has made it clear she's done with Scully, I wonder what you guys think -- would you want to see it continue?  I would, of course, even if it'd be a blow to the content.  There's only one or two other tv shows I care enough to watch live. I love having it back. I think they can find there way if they keep it going but I'm not sure David or Chris would continue.

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Fair enough smile

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I feel similarly, but I also read / listen to what a lot of hardcore X-Files fans say and can't say their hate is unwarranted.  Some just want the mythology to go a certain way (eg less convoluted) others are incredibly offended by how My Struggle III ended.

I thought the episode was entirely rushed from a pacing perspective and wayyyyyy too dense.  It needed another 30 minutes.  It was not good. BUT, I liked the twist at the end. I liked how they referenced an older episode of the X-Files. It gave me a payoff that made the episode overall entertaining.  I was not offended by any of it.  But I respect the position of those who are and can see why.

Either way, I think there may be more too it -- and since they are moving to the MOW stuff until the finale, I think/hope people will be pleased by those stories.  I've seen a couple of good reviews.   As for the finale, I suspect their may be a twist.

I just hate that the narrative has become "Gillian doesn't want to do another X-Files" / "X Files creator says they won't do another season without her" /  "This is the last season for X-Files" etc etc when we basically just are one episode in. Let's enjoy this.  And frankly, X-Files is or has the potential to be one of the shows on TV that we can connect with the characters and have a strong affinity for.  It should not just be thrown away.  Even if Gillian doesn't want to return.  I don't think it has to have her.

I do feel though that David was rough in finding the Mulder character in the first episode.

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Anyone looking forward to Altered Carbon on Netflix?

https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/04/net … de-runner/

It's not Blade Runner but has some of its feel.

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I have a lot of catching up to do on Black Mirror.  If I catch it, I will let you know.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Does anyone watch Mr. Robot?  It's one of my favorite shows on TV right now - really engrossing stuff.  Wednesday's episode was presented as one long take, and it was spectacular.  I don't think anyone shoots TV exactly like Sam Esmail does.

It's hard to say I "watch it" because its so dense, it really requires one's full attention to viewing it and taking it in.  So I really only watched the first season (binging it) but I've had the last couple of seasons on in the background sometimes while I'm doing other stuff, typically through on demand.  It's just so beautifully shot, I love the "surveillance" feel and the writing is always interesting even if you don't fully know what's going on.

I did have on that episode you mentioned on live though -- it reminded me a bit of the X-Files one they did on the ship. I actually think I recognized one of the locations (assuming this was shot in NY?) http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-135-ea … 42402.html

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

The Orville has been renewed for Season 2.

yep!

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I saw this episode and thought the same thing. It was like an episode of Sliders, and surprisngly, didn't feel that different despite the 2017 production and higher budget.

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Anybody here see it yet?

BR has always been one of my favorite movies, if not the favorite.  I remember watching it on TV as a kid and just being entranced by the world that I saw -- something that was believeable as "real" and yet was so different than our own.  I remember being fascinated by the mix of futuristic, 80s and 40s styles.  It was intoxicating.  I loved the moodyness -- the music, the steady drumbeat of the rain.  I did often find the story to be weak and uninspired.  But of course, Rutger Hauer / Roy Batty saves it at the end.

BR 2049 to me was a monument of a film.  It definitely was built for a BR audience -- not necessarily the general movie goer who may not have had a strong affection for the original.  And as a piece of work intended to honor the original and the audience that was fond of it, I felt they did the impossible.  They lived up to everything a fan could hope for and more.

I give a tremendous amount of credit to Alcon, the production company on that, because they really focused on making a film that would not be a black mark on a title that has such a strong legacy. Had they been focusing on profit only, they would not have given the team all the resources they needed financially to pull of what they did.

That said, the BR audience was never a mass audience. It required you to essentially be a viewer who could watch something to be intoxicated by the visuals.  This is not everyone.  And so this follow up has fallen short at the box office, as the new material was built as a follow up to keep with much of the original.

I think however the film is going to stand the test of time like its predecessor.  And that the audience will keep building for this film.  If there's anyone who has seen the film and/or love the original, I'd love to hear what you think.

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this sort of stuff sickens me so much
https://theintercept.com/2017/09/25/tex … execution/

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Informant wrote:

A lot of the MacGyver stuff was BS though. Just saying.

Fun fact: I can't watch MacGyver anymore! In 2009, I decided to sit down and watch the first episode on Netflix. While watching, I was informed that my father had suffered a severe stroke (which ended up throwing the lives of a few of us into complete chaos, which never ended).

A while later, the initial trauma of that stroke died down and life went on. So we decided to sit down and watch an episode of MacGyver. Good times, right? Except, my father wound up in the hospital again that night (I forget why... Possibly a seizure, which we weren't familiar with at that point).

So, the show is officially considered cursed in my family. Nobody is allowed to watch it at this point.

omg.  get away macgyver!

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RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:
RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

btw, it is sad to see dimensionofcontinuity.com is no longer with us..

Unfortunately, this is still the case..

Now it's completely offline.  Hope the great TF (http://sliders.tv/bboard/viewtopic.php?id=121) brings it back.

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TemporalFlux wrote:
RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

I was just looking at the IMDB. The rating is decent, but I also noticed it was created by Danny Bilson (I think that's rachel bilson's dad).

Ha!  And his father was a director best known for work on the Get Smart tv series (for which he won an Emmy).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Bilson

On a side note, Bilson and DeMeo also wrote a six issue arc of the Flash comic in 2006:

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/The_Flash:_Lig … n_a_Bottle

It passed the mantle of Flash to Barry's grandson Bart Allen after Wally disappeared during Infinite Crisis; and the story featured Tina McGee from the 90's show.  In the arc following Bilson's, Bart was beaten to death by the Rogues, and Wally returned as the Flash.


Cool.   Bilson has also done a lot of video game stuff.

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Grizzlor wrote:

Ohhhh, I didn't know he was on a new show.  Didn't remember me, he meets thousands of people I'm sure.

A guy with a Sliders t-shirt outside a broadway show?  Seems pretty memorable to me smile  Although you are right, he does meet a ton of folks. 

Carter is a series from Sony that went into production for their international TV channel. It actually got picked up by Bravo not long after. It's a different sort of thing for Bravo to do but Jerry got a lot of exposure and interest from his Live with Kelly gigs, and Andy Cohen seems to love him, so I guess they are taking a chance on it for him.

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tom2point0 wrote:

So check it out guys! Episode one AND two of our Flash 90 Rewatch!

http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/rw136- … of-control

http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/rw-136 … ng-thieves


We'd love to hear from ya all and let's face it, you need something to hold you over until the Flash is back in October so join us, won't you, and Rewatch John Wesley Shipp in his original iconic role! Use the phone number at Golden Spiral Media or post here and  let's hear your thoughts on the episodes too.

I'm actually very impressed so far with the stories and all. I was worried but I'm loving it!

I'll have to try to check it out as well as the podcast.

I was just looking at the IMDB. The rating is decent, but I also noticed it was created by Danny Bilson (I think that's rachel bilson's dad).

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Grizzlor wrote:

FWIW, I was in the Toronto airport on Saturday morning, heading to the Fan Expo downtown, and spotted Jerry O'Connell there reading a script!  Briefly said hello and exchanged pleasantries.  A lot of science fiction is shot there now, so he could be popping up in something soon....

That's cool. He films in North Bay, Ontario (for a new series Carter), and I think he commutes back home every weekend, so he's probably in the airport quite a bit.  Did he remember your encounter with him at all for the broadway show? (Once Upon a Sandwich or something?)

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RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

btw, it is sad to see dimensionofcontinuity.com is no longer with us..

Unfortunately, this is still the case..

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Informant wrote:

Healthcare isn't a right, it is a business.

The problem with this is when someone walks into an emergency room, whether they have health insurance or not, public hospitals are not allowed to turn them away. I have a hospital near me that went out of business.  Hospitals are public institutions and someone will always end up paying any way.  We have to accept that people without medical insurance are going to inevitably want care when someone urgent has come up and their will be costs around society for that.  We need to build a model that spreads those costs.  And we need to focus on driving down healthcare costs (it's out of control here, and life expectancy is lower than many other countries) which are playing a role in such large insurance premiums and deductibles. 

I just don't see the healthcare industry as a business, to be treated the same way.  People are going to always want it when trouble comes whether they have bought insurance or not and human beings have that great thing called empathy -- developed over thousands of years by evolution because its in our best interest -- that makes it unreasonable to think all of a sudden we are going to start barring people from emergency care.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Well the Democratic Party is a mess too.  Recently, a poll came out, and the Democrats don't seem to stand for anything but "not Trump" which is weird because the Republican Party has recently just been "not Obama"

(This is probably a good time to say that I think both parties are spinning their wheels).

And a lot of this is more people I see talking on social media.  There were a handful of somewhat-prominent liberal celebrities saying stuff like "well, John McCain wants to take away people's health care, I guess it serves him right that he got brain cancer"  There's just so much hatred toward people who have (slightly?) different beliefs.  It's really crazy to me.


America is extremely diverse. To the point where what may be good for one state is bad for another.  But our union is so intertwined that it's difficult to just let each state do what it wants without others being affected (even though I recognize that was part of America's design -- but we have to keep in mind a lot more technology exists today that makes travel/communication completely different than it was centuries ago, creating a social and economic impact).

Point being, when you have such diversity, people are going to look at things different.  You can either try to "win" and get your way knowing others will suffer as a result or you can go into it trying to compromise.  Once we have very passionate beliefs and want to completely win, then it becomes a game... and as part of that game we start using tactics that are useful for short term gains.  But then it creates a long-term mess.  So the question is the human species intelligent enough to not take the candy and wait for more candy later, or will we always be trying to grab the candy now, like little children?  As great as the human species has been, at times we are not the most impressive bunch and I am not sure what that means for our long term survival.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Ugh, there is so much "Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad" in government today.  The story being reported is that the Democrats have beaten the Republicans in the Health Care debate.  That's simply not true.  The Democrats and a group of Republicans beat a Republican-led initiative to overhaul health care.  The side led by Democrats won, but this was a bi-partisan effort.  If it was United Red vs. United Blue, then Red would have won.  It took Republicans to defeat the "Republican" bill.

I don't think anything is being made of the Republicans who crossed the line and voted with the Democrats.  In the Senate and in the House.

There's just "Republicans want people to die" and "Democrats are the only decent humans in Congress."  The whole thing makes me nauseous.

I haven't gotten this sense at all.  Everything that has come our sure seems like (1) Republicans don't have anything close to consensus on what healthcare should look like -- you have people within the party who want it very very different than others  (2) the ACA has increased in popularity among the public and now the constituents of some Republicans are making it known they are worried about the new bills, which analysis of from the CBO and other institutions has not been positive.

If the Republicans had agreement with what healthcare would look like, the Democrats would't stand a chance.  But the Republican party is almost like two parties on this.  I really haven't gotten the sense the media has seen this as driven by the Democratic Party at all.

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tom2point0 wrote:
RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

Very cool! Will that be part of the Rewatch Pod feed or somewhere separate?

Unfortunately not. Cory actually does a Doctor Who podcast already with some others called the Pod Doctors and while they cover the new episodes as they air, he wanted the Rewatch Podxast to focus on shows that arent ongoing.

For example: he had thought that we might do a Twin Peaks Rewatch but then when they announced the sequels episodes, doing a Rewatch of it would mean we would cover the new episode as well, changing it from a Rewatch.

I'd love to do a Who podcast myself but again the problem would be TIME! If I only had a Tardis...

A Twin Peaks rewatch would have been great! Perhaps you'll get to it once this season finishes.  I don't think there will be anymore so it will fit into the Rewatch brand.

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tom2point0 wrote:

Thanks RC_L! Yeah the podcast and real life keep me busy! Plus, I have suddenly become a huge Doctor Who fan. BingeWatched the whole reboot from 2005 onto the present day in the last six months, enough to get caught up and buy the season pass for the current season AND see the premier episode in theatres. Now I'm into the Classic Who as well, starting my own Rewatch with the original 1963 Season 1!

Very cool! Will that be part of the Rewatch Pod feed or somewhere separate?

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Why are people mad that Ed Sheeran guest starred on Game of Thrones?

maybe because it breaks the fourth wall sort of thing?  It's mixing universes!

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Tom, we have missed you around here.  It seems like your Rewatch kick has taken you away from us!  Glad though that the dynamic duo is still at it. You guys are great.  I'll definitely give it a try.

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Transmodiar wrote:

It's still online; it just looks like someone is converting it to a content management system. Be patient, young ones...

good to know!

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btw, it is sad to see dimensionofcontinuity.com is no longer with us..

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TemporalFlux wrote:

If I'm paying $1200 for a phone, it's going to be this one:

https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0713/09/sliders-original-timer-replica-full_360_3dbfc18ff53d6e81403e4ed8388729d3.jpg

Nice! Is that an original prop?

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Informant wrote:

I agree with that. That's the problem with our system right now, and why we need term limits. I think that there are some who would actually work to make a difference, but they don't have the power to do it.

Term limits for senators was one of the things trump actually had on his 100 day agenda.  I do believe it could do some good, but also think there's a learning curve and a know how to the role, so I have mixed feelings about it.  I'm not sure if career politicians is a good thing though.

Anyway, Trump wanted to set some very short limits.  But not surprisingly, nothing has happened with it.  It would be hard for anyone to pull off.

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TemporalFlux wrote:
RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

Well, this is something else

https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/8 … 3880429568

Trump's comments are very odd to say the least; but whenever I think of Mika, I think of this:

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/xx_factor/2012/09/12/vanity_fair_profiles_mika_brzezinski_and_joe_scarborough_guess_who_poses_on_top_of_a_table_/1347389953723.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large.jpg

I have no sympathy or respect for someone who allowed themself to be marketed as a piece of meat on a butcher block.  I mean, literally - a butcher block.  This is supposed to be some kind of journalist or respected authority on women's rights?

I just googled pictures of butcher blocks, and I'm not sure that is literally supposed to be one.  Maybe its just a table.  I think the whole photo could be interpreted differently.  But regardless, she can pose like that and hasn't lost any of my respect. I don't think she thinks of herself as a piece of meat at all, it's not like she's some guest on howard stern, she has a political talk show.

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Informant wrote:
RussianCabbie_Lotteryfan wrote:

Well, besides the fact that what he did feels quite wrong, one has to wonder if he's focused at the job at hand, at all.  It's almost as if he's in it for himself, and not the country, or even his supporters.  You get the impression with him it's as if the only reason he appreciates his supporters is what they do for him.  Like they are some tool.  Sad!


I hate to sound like I'm dismissing something that is obviously not good, but I have to say once again that Trump isn't even unusual for a President, aside from the fact that he's less graceful in dealing with the press. Obama's ego easily matched Trump's. It became such a joke that people started keeping count of how many times he mentioned himself in every speech he gave. He was petty. He was more interested in himself than any part of the general population. He went after his enemies, and used government departments to do it... sometimes quite illegally. And to make matters worse, the press was totally cleaning up after him, keeping all of his big stories buried down as far as possible. By the end, you had them praising him for going eight years without a scandal, which is ridiculous to anyone who has actually been following the news.

It's not just Obama. I mean... this is just politics. They didn't base House of Cards on Donald Trump, after all.


Like I said, I'm not dismissing the fact that this is bad, but people are acting as though Donald Trump is somehow the worst that there's ever been, and he's not. While he is very undignified in terms of how he presents himself and how he deals with people, his actual actions as President aren't even that bad when compared to others. Some part of me even appreciates the fact that there is absolutely no filter on him, because it saves me the time and effort of having to figure out the normal political double-speak.

I know that to people who just got off of eight years of having someone they liked in office, it must seem like a train just went off the rails. Not only do you have to deal with someone who has the personality of a Brillo pad, but you disagree with him on every issue, and then you have the press doing its best to make people feel like Dr. Evil was just elected and the world is doomed... it would suck to be a democrat these days. But, aside from the press creating stories and trying to cause panic in the public, you're pretty much just dealing with what the other side had been dealing with for eight years prior.

I'm not a fan of Donald Trump. I don't like him at all, actually. But I'm coming from a totally different direction from you. At times it might sound like I'm defending him, but the truth is that from where I'm sitting, Donald Trump is still a step up from where we were, and a hell of a lot better than where we could have gone.

Sorry to tell you this, but that sick feeling in your stomach isn't going away anytime soon. Believe me.

Forget Trumps problems and how he went about his issue with the Morning Joe folks.  It just seems like he's dicking around in the White House, the way an angry old dude would be living in a senior home, ranting at the tv. He's the president, and this stuff seems to be too large of his focus, get him way too riled up.  It's like he is constantly watching tv hoping for some sort of approval.  What about the people?  I just don't think truly doing the day to day of being a president really fits with his interests or capacities.  Moreover, I'm not sure he realizes the opportunity he has sitting in that role to do good. It's become an embarrassment at this point how disinterested he seems to be with the job and how much this whole thing is about Donald.

I don't feel like we have a president right now, at all, and I doubt most of America does either.  Hopefully we do some self-examination at what got us into this mess, and change for the better, but it will likely take much longer than an election cycle or more to get this whole Republican-Democrat, Coastal-Inland thing worked out.

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Hillary-Donald II would be a heck of a ratings draw.  Hopefully, though other quality candidates on both sides step up.  That's what tends to happen when things get terrible, the best people realize they are needed and step up.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

Well, that sorta goes into what I was saying.  The guy is a kid, both mentally and emotionally.  If he wants to spend all day tweeting and golfing and being mad at people who were mean to him....isn't that exactly what we want?  If he's a bad leader....shouldn't we want him wasting his time?  It's embarrassing but he's going to be an embarrassment either way.  Wouldn't we rather he be an embarrassment that gets nothing done?

Well, sometimes I'm glad for it, but other times, I'm quite concerned.  I get the idea of not doing anything means no harm done, but there are people that are struggling and they need people in power to be working for them, rather than having to wait it out four years.

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Informant wrote:

Yeah, that's bad (if it's true), and unacceptable. But let's not act as though Trump is the first President to do something like this. Are we going to suddenly start acting shocked and outraged when a President targets his political enemies? (That is not me condoning it or excusing it. But I ran out of pearls to clutch a long time ago)


Bright side: at least he didn't use a federal agency to do his attacking! Using a tabloids must have saved taxpayers a ton of money!

Well, besides the fact that what he did feels quite wrong, one has to wonder if he's focused at the job at hand, at all.  It's almost as if he's in it for himself, and not the country, or even his supporters.  You get the impression with him it's as if the only reason he appreciates his supporters is what they do for him.  Like they are some tool.  Sad!

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Well, this is something else

https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/8 … 3880429568

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Nice piece on the original Blade Runner, with a roundtable interview from some of the experts

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/h … =hootsuite

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

That's just my guess.  The dude is in his mid-70s so it's hard to expect too much from him these days.


other than crashing planes, yea.

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Slider_Quinn21 wrote:

I have a feeling that Ford won't be in the movie all that much.  Might just be a minor part towards the end.  All the scenes he's in look like the same set piece, right?

that's a good point, i didn't think about that. i can't believe they have him wearing a grey t-shirt too.

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Informant wrote:

The movie does look pretty cool. I'm curious to see where the plot goes.

As for casting... I'm not a huge fan of either Gyllenhaal. I think they're both approaching Matt Damon/Leo DiCaprio levels of over-rated. So I prefer Ryan Gosling by far. smile

I'm surprised you prefer Gosling. To me, he seems like a choice of the studio to maximize the revenue potential on this flick, but he seems all wrong for the franchise.  Blade Runner takes place in a very gloomy environment. You need someone with some gruff and who can do downtrodden far better. I just don't think Gosling is right for that at all. Gynllenhaal would be excellent, imo, take a look at him in Prisoners.  Which is directed by the guy doing 2049. 

It's too bad though Ridley couldn't come back - he had to do the next Alien which of course bombed.

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Are there any Blade Runner fans here?

The new video looks pretty cool.  I don't love the cast (Jake Gyllenhaal should have starred) but the new footage has me more excited for the film than I was after the trailer first came out.

http://ew.com/movies/2017/06/21/blade-r … mentweekly

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Yep, there are ways to do different time periods even with the Sliders concept.

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Very cool! Another one of your legendary encounters!

Did you mention Sliders to Sasso? If so, what'd he say?

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I found the interviews really the only thing of value.  I'm not sure what the show recaps/synopsis offered all that much value in today's internet era. But the interviews were cool. Nothing explosive but there's definitely some unique stuff.

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I got it on Amazon for cheaper. I would get it from there.  It's not quite worth 20. However, it'd be noble thing to reward any bookstore that carries it, so if you have the $, it's worth taking that into consideration.

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Informant wrote:


It's amazing how much of this post is made up of me trying to explain a rather obvious opinion in a way that doesn't set off "racist" alarms in peoples heads. It should  have been a three sentence post! smile

Yes, I agree we can't have honest conversations to the point where it interferes with problem-solving.  And a lot of people just stay out of the conversation because the upside isn't worth it. And then some people take the risk and do so and it becomes a mess.  Humans aren't always the most impressive species.

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ireactions wrote:

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In other news, I listened to half of the latest Sliderscast and... did not finish it. It was fine, there was nothing wrong with it.

The last portion of that episode was one of the more interesting conversations I think we've seen on the podcast so far.  Starts at about 1:12:45 mark.  I found it engaging, at least.

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Informant wrote:

I don't mean to make light of these attacks, but I find it absolutely baffling to see people carefully stepping around the extremist elephant in the room as they discuss how we should be addressing terrorism going forward. Some have the nerve to say that we should get used to it, or we should have sympathy for the hardships that the terrorists have faced. Screw that. All of my sympathy is tied up elsewhere.

A lot of it just comes down to what makes us safer, and the debate around that. I think everyone generally understands the problem similarly, but there's disagreement on how to deal with it.

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I do think Sliders was a bit ahead of its time.  The problem was perhaps it wasn't quite the mass, mass consumer product FOX needed to support its ratings requirements.  Sliders at its best was clever and the team-work aspect of it appealed to bright people -- but not all of America is super bright... and that's why they pushed it into the adventure, dinosaur, movie-of-the-week template. To appeal to a "broader" audience.

Nowadays, on another network, Sliders wouldn't have to draw stupendous ratings but could find its audience - folks of above-average intellect who like the teamwork aspect of the show and not always resorting to guns/brute force to solve problems.  When Sliders moved to cable, SyFy's household reach wasn't quite as significant as it is now.. "cable" wasn't quite "cable" yet... so of course that impacted the budget, and its not like they could produce a lot of quality.
 
I just think the problem back then was you either needed to be huge or it was unstainable, or small and cheapish.  The spectrum for different models wasn't quite there. So yea, I think it was ahead of its time. It's why we all love it still but it just couldn't make FOX money. And if you look at some of the episodes that did well in the ratings, FOX wasn't necessarily wrong about what drove tune in.  A lot of the crap in season 3 got some of the higher ratings. 

This is why X-Files was really such a gem. It was smart but also got great ratings. Hard to do.