Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2019)

The 2018-19 TV season is at the midway point, so here’s our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through early May and includes shows that were on hiatus.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: January 01, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 377 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: movies, music, off-topic, television, whatever else belongs under the rubric of 'popular culture'

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

Page 3 of 4 pages  < 1 2 3 4 > 
   201. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5805810)
THE 50 MOST-WATCHED MOVIES OF 2018, ACCORDING TO THE 221 FRIENDS I FOLLOW ON LETTERBOXD.COM

1. Black Panther 135
2. First Reformed 129
2. Annihilation 129
4. BlacKkKlansman 126
5. You Were Never Really Here 122
5. Hereditary 122
7. Isle of Dogs 118
8. Unsane 114
9. Sorry To Bother You 111
10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 109

11. Mission: Impossible--Fallout 108
11. A Quiet Place 108
11. Ready Player One 108
14. Game Night 104
15. Roma 102
16. A Star Is Born 101
16. Avengers: Infinity War 101
18. The Favourite 99
19. Eights Grade 98
20. Burning 95

21. Incredibles 2 93
22. Widows 92
23. Support The Girls 91
24. Mandy 90
24. First Man 90
26. Leave No Trace 88
27. The Death of Stalin 86
27. Paddington 2 86
29. If Beale Street Could Talk 85
30. Madeline's Madeline 83

31. The Commuter 82
31. Thoroughbreds 82
33. Suspiria 80
33. Solo: A Star Wars Movie 80
35. Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse 77
36. The Rider 76
37. The Other Side of the Wind 73
38. Halloween 71
38. Shoplifters 71
40. Ocean's Eight 69
40. Crazy Rich Asians 69

42. Deadpool 2 67
43. Venom 64
43. Ant-Man and the Wasp 64
45. Tully 63
45. The House That Jack Built 63
45. The Cloverfield Paradox 63
45. A Simple Favor 63
48. Upgrade 60
48. Cold War 60
48. Won't You Be My Neighbor 60
   202. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 15, 2019 at 05:25 PM (#5805817)
Ray Anselmo posted a tweet which is overblown but has some truth to it.
Original Screenplay is often the "shadow Best Picture," it seems - what the Academy would honor if it had the guts.


Some of the Best Original Screenplay but not Best Picture winners:
Sunset Boulevard
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Usual Suspects (*)
Chinatown
Her
Moonstruck
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (*)
Pulp Fiction
Network
The Producers (*)
The Red Balloon (*)
Fargo
Citizen Kane

(*not even nominated for Best Picture)

I didn't check to see which of those movies shoulda won Best Picture by badly out-meriting the real winners. From memory it's not terrible that "Chinatown" lost to "Godfather 2," or that "Sunset Blvd" lost to "All About Eve." But "Around the World in 80 Days" and "The English Patient" can suck it. Give the statue to the balloon!
   203. chisoxcollector Posted: January 15, 2019 at 05:34 PM (#5805818)
Letterboxd sent me a “Year in Review” email, showing various Letterboxd stats.

* My most-watched director in 2018 was Lars Von Trier. Okay.
* My most-watched actor in 2018 was......Anthony Daniels


I love the Year in Review stuff on Letterboxd. My most watched actor was Samuel L. Jackson. That’s no surprise because I did a Marvel marathon last year. My most watched director was a 12 way tie running the gamut from Spielberg to the Spierig brothers.

2018 was a slow year for me, as I only watched 279 films. My personal record is 412 in 2016.
   204. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2019 at 05:53 PM (#5805821)
THE 50 MOST-WATCHED MOVIES OF 2018
Wow. Apparently I'm really not a movie guy. I've seen, I think, four of these.
   205. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 15, 2019 at 06:02 PM (#5805825)
I am a movie guy and I have seen 5. I just see them the next year.
   206. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 15, 2019 at 06:06 PM (#5805826)
It’s possible that the people I follow on Letterboxd are not representative of the movie-going public at large.
   207. chisoxcollector Posted: January 15, 2019 at 06:10 PM (#5805829)
Wow. Apparently I'm really not a movie guy. I've seen, I think, four of these.


Those are just the most watched films of his friends, not the most watched in general. The actual top 50 watched films on Letterboxd:

1. Black Panther
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. A Quiet Place
4. Annihilation
5. Hereditary
6. Incredibles 2
7. Deadpool 2
8. Isle of Dogs
9. Ready Player One
10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
11. BlacKKKlansman
12. Solo
13. Mission Impossible: Fallout
14. A Star is Born
15. Ant-Man & the Wasp
16. Bohemian Rhapsody
17. Roma
18. Eighth Grade
19. Love, Simon
20. Game Night
21. Sorry to Bother You
22. Ocean’s 8
23. The Favourite
24. Venom
25. First Man
26. Bird Box
27. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
28. Crazy Rich Asians
29. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
30. Aquaman
31. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
32. Searching
33. Mandy
34. Halloween
35. Bandersnatch
36. Widows
37. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
38. Bad Times at the El Royals
39. Suspiria
40. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
41. Tomb Raider
42. A Simple Favor
43. The Cloverfield Paradox
44. Upgrade
45. Tully
46. Red Sparrow
47. Ralph Breaks the Internet
48. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
49. Mid90s
50. Beautiful Boy

As of today I’ve only seen 35 of these, but I’ll get to the rest over the next couple of months. EDIT: Except for the Mamma Mia sequel, I’ll probably skip that since I couldn’t even finish the first one.
   208. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2019 at 06:12 PM (#5805830)
It’s possible that the people I follow on Letterboxd are not representative of the movie-going public at large.
Yeah, if your tastes run to neither obscure super-indie films or comic book movies, you're not going to find a lot on that list.

EDIT: Although the actual top 50 only gets me up to five.
   209. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 15, 2019 at 07:40 PM (#5805848)
I've seen seven from that list, but I didn't make it to the end of three of them, so not sure if those should count.
   210. McCoy Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:20 PM (#5805856)
In the case of around the world in 80 days it appears they did give it to the balloon
   211. McCoy Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5805858)
Ive seen 14 but have a bunch them waiting to be watched.
   212. McCoy Posted: January 15, 2019 at 09:27 PM (#5805867)
Saw bad times at the el royale. Goes on a little too long. Drags at times but is clearly one of those films that actors like to sign on to because they get that one scene where they just get to go wild and act it up.

For Hamm it's the opening scene where he gets to play vacuum salesman. Hemsworth gets to cure it up in the lobby. Bridges gets to let loose telling his story, so on and so on.

It's the type of movie I could see being made in the 90's after pulp fiction came out.
The movie also had a ton of subtext and symbolism.

Hoover is good. California and Nevada statesv representing heaven and hell. Hamm being an angel who becomes fallen when he decides to help man. Hemsworth being the false prophet. So on and so on.
   213. PreservedFish Posted: January 15, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5805875)
I've seen four. Don't get to a lot of movies these days.

Sometimes I lurk the Criterion forums, where members publish consensus lists of members' top movies. The top is usually a mix of the brainier Hollywood fare with the highest profile foreign and art house stuff.

The Top 10 right now:

01 First Reformed
02 You Were Never Really Here
03 BlacKkKlansman
04 The Other Side of the Wind
05 Roma
06 Burning
07 Annihilation
08 Zama
09 Sorry to Bother You
10 Unsane

I've seen none of them, but I'd like to see most or all of them.
   214. McCoy Posted: January 15, 2019 at 10:10 PM (#5805880)
Carol Channing died and Costas is out at NBC
   215. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 16, 2019 at 11:16 AM (#5805965)
I always hated Carol Channing's voice. Bob Costas's voice was fine.
   216. chisoxcollector Posted: January 16, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5805977)
01 First Reformed
02 You Were Never Really Here
03 BlacKkKlansman
04 The Other Side of the Wind
05 Roma
06 Burning
07 Annihilation
08 Zama
09 Sorry to Bother You
10 Unsane


I’ve seen 7 of those. 6 of the 7 ranged from good (Unsane) to great (the other 5) I just couldn’t get into You We’re Never Really Here. I haven’t seen Zama, Burning (I really want to see this), or The Other Side of the Wind.
   217. Hot Wheeling American, MS-13 Enthusiast Posted: January 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM (#5805996)
6 of the Criterion forum list. Got to try to see Burning.

25 of the Letterboxd list in #207. Of the ones I haven't seen, I think I'd just like to catch Eighth Grade, Crazy Rich Asians and Isle of Dogs before I close my book on 2018.
   218. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2019 at 01:52 PM (#5806045)
I've seen the trailers and read the articles, but at this point, a movie about a tortured, conflicted priest really tires me out just thinking about it. Like zombies, I really don't feel that there's anything left to cover there.
   219. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 16, 2019 at 02:00 PM (#5806048)
I get where 218 is coming from, in a sense, but at the same time, I laughed a bit at the idea that Hollywood is making too many small dramas about the spiritual conflict between faith and doubt. “You’re kidding, there’s ANOTHER dark and gritty Saint Augustine reboot coming out?”
   220. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2019 at 04:06 PM (#5806113)
Hollywood ain't the only one who tells that story.
   221. manchestermets Posted: January 17, 2019 at 08:46 AM (#5806248)
Is this the right thread to talk about non-baseball sports that don't have their own OT threads? Good, good. I went to watch some snooker last night, and they sell little earpiece radios so that you can listen to the TV commentary. Unbelievably, about a third to a half of the audience had them, and were listening along, which just strikes me as extremely odd, as one of the best things about attending a live sporting event is not having to listen to the commentators talking crap.

It's also very annoying sitting in a silent audience but with the hiss leaking out from lots of low quality earphones.
   222. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: January 17, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5806286)
I've never done it, but I've always quite liked the idea of going to a cricket game with the commentary on the radio - I suppose much easier now with smartphone coverage. Cricket probably lends itself a lot better to that kind of thing, though, as from many seats it's hard to pick up swing, seam, and spin movement except from inference. Plus cricket commentary being famously relaxed about events on the field.

Snooker, like bowls and golf, seems to me an odd event to attend live - but there are plenty of odd things I do like, so it's maybe just not for me.
   223. Lassus Posted: January 17, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5806291)
They have a snooker table at the local pool hall. I'm dying to play again, it's been awhile. Also, I'm not really that great.
   224. Howie Menckel Posted: January 17, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5806313)
Snooker, like bowls and golf, seems to me an odd event to attend live

Professional golf would be a fun event live if casual fans "knew how to do it."

more variety of options than other sports:
- stake out a good seat in small bleachers a half-hour ahead of the marquee groups, then watch as the stars go by.
- get to the first tee as your favorite player kicks off his round, and walk all 18 holes with them.
- walk a mile or two into the course, and find a spot with few spectators venturing that far. stand along the ropes maybe 10 feet from the pros as they hit their shots. and that's with a mere general admission ticket.

- choose a mix of those options if you like.

   225. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5806316)
Is this the right thread to talk about non-baseball sports that don't have their own OT threads? Good, good. I went to watch some snooker last night, and they sell little earpiece radios so that you can listen to the TV commentary. Unbelievably, about a third to a half of the audience had them, and were listening along, which just strikes me as extremely odd, as one of the best things about attending a live sporting event is not having to listen to the commentators talking crap.

When I was a kid it was very common for people at ball games to listen to the radio broadcast of the game in the stands. This seems kind of the same thing.
   226. Nasty Nate Posted: January 17, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5806318)
It's cheesy how half the golf tournaments on the tour call themselves a "championship." All these events can't be championships or else the word has no meaning.

Also, if they have a car on a platform in a water hazard, it makes their tournament, sorry-championship, look like crap.
   227. Master of the Horse Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:26 PM (#5806355)
   228. aberg Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:42 PM (#5806359)
01 First Reformed
02 You Were Never Really Here
03 BlacKkKlansman
04 The Other Side of the Wind
05 Roma
06 Burning
07 Annihilation
08 Zama
09 Sorry to Bother You
10 Unsane


I also had some trouble stickign with You Were Never Really Here. Acting was good and story was interesting, but the unreliable narrator stuff and the lack of explication left more to the imagination than I would have preferred.

BlacKKKlansman was good and would have been among my favorites for the year if Spike cut the last 10 minutes of bashing the viewer over the head with the movie's metahporical meaning.

Roma was so dire. Beautifully made, but you have to be in the right frame of mind.

Sorry to Bother You was probably my favorite on this list. Super creative and funny. That Armie Hammer character is memorably loathsome.

Haven't seen the others on this list. Favorites that weren't on the list: The Favourite, Widows, Ballard of Buster Scruggs (Tom Waits as Old Prospector!), Isle of Dogs.
   229. aberg Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5806360)
Recipe for what is described as greatest mac n cheese ever


This chef is a friend of a friend and an outstanding guy from what I have heard. My wife and I went to his *other* restaurant for our anniversary last year (the flagship one doesn't take reservations). We had a burrata and nectarine salad that I can still taste right now when I think about it.
   230. BrianBrianson Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5806361)
There's nothing particularly shocking about that recipe. I assume it's just that Americans aren't really familiar with cheeses other than "American", "Cheddar", and "Basically Cheddar" that makes it seem like any kind of revelation? Like "make your oatmeal with clotted cream", or "sweeten your tea with maple syrup", or "put as much anchovy paste as you can manage in your tomato sauce, without people realising you've added anchovy paste"?

   231. aberg Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5806362)
There's nothing particularly shocking about that recipe. I assume it's just that Americans aren't really familiar with cheeses other than "American", "Cheddar", and "Basically Cheddar" that makes it seem like any kind of revelation? Like "make your oatmeal with clotted cream", or "sweeten your tea with maple syrup", or "put as much anchovy paste as you can manage in your tomato sauce, without people realising you've added anchovy paste"?


I had a similar thought. That paprika is a good reminder but not all that unique. Then again, my preference for mac and cheese tilts toward simplicity. I do fish oil instead of anchovy paste in pasta sauce. Similarly good for the texture and a little less pungent.
   232. Howie Menckel Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:54 PM (#5806363)
It's cheesy how half the golf tournaments on the tour call themselves a "championship." All these events can't be championships or else the word has no meaning.

the 2018-19 season has
16 Championships
11 Opens
8 Classics
2 Invitationals
2 Tournaments
2 Cups
2 Challenges
1 Shootout
1 Pro-Am
4 uniques: Masters, RBC Heritage, AT&T Byron Nelson, Northern Trust

ah, the things you get done while awaiting a phone call
   233. Hot Wheeling American, MS-13 Enthusiast Posted: January 17, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5806365)
When I was a kid it was very common for people at ball games to listen to the radio broadcast of the game in the stands. This seems kind of the same thing.

Samesies for New York Jets games (with the occasional handheld tv).
   234. BrianBrianson Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:26 PM (#5806366)
I have to admit, I don't typically have fish oil in my (where does one even store fish oil?) So I can't really compare.
   235. aberg Posted: January 17, 2019 at 04:53 PM (#5806389)
where does one even store fish oil?


I keep it in the refridgerator, but maybe that's not even necessary. We're really covering a lot of fish oil territory here.
   236. McCoy Posted: January 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5806904)
Have started prepping today to make the Mac and cheese recipe tonight. One thing I can tell you is that the serving size are way off. I cut it in half and I think it is still large enough to feed four people.
   237. McCoy Posted: January 20, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5807018)
Made it and I have to say I am not a fan of the addition of Camembert. The wife liked but didn't think it was anything special.
   238. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:54 PM (#5807127)
Any Discovery fans? Or is everyone else too smart to let CBS extort them in order to watch one freaking television show?

I really liked the first episode, even if I don't love how closely tied everything is to the TOS. This season sure looks like it has a whole lot of potential. I'm very curious to see if we'll actually get to know the bridge crew beyond Saru and Burnham this year.
   239. Lassus Posted: January 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5807141)
I'll sign up to watch the Picard show showing the actual future of the future. I can't stand prequel shows and history of the future we've already seen shows. They just bore and irritate me, subjectively.
   240. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 20, 2019 at 10:18 PM (#5807171)
That's fair.

My biggest concern about the Picard show is that it will effectively canonize Nemesis and the timeline events that kick of the new movie trilogy, which is not ideal from my point of view. Nemesis should be discarded and ignored but now we are stuck with a universe in which the end result of the Dominion War was ignored (and the fate of the Romulan Empire is incoherently decided by a few people and like 4 starships), Data is dead and I guess Romulus later blew up. That sucks. Nothing good writing can't overcome, but I sorta doubt CBS has great ideas for Discovery, the new Section 31 show (bleh, is this really going to be DS9's only legacy in this universe?) and the Picard series, plus maybe an animated show.
   241. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2019 at 09:26 AM (#5807247)
There’s no canon but what’s in your heart.
   242. BrianBrianson Posted: January 21, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5807251)
Uhm - judged only by it's first season, Discovery is the 2nd best Star Trek show. The episode "Magic to make the sanest man go mad" is probably the 2nd best episode in the first season of a Star Trek series. So, that's promising. Tilly I like as a character. And there's no Star Trek series other than DS9 where I liked more than one character coming out of season 1. So, uhm, good. The character development is pretty decent except for Michael, who's wildly inconsistent. At least, I like Tilly. There's some more technical bits that work really well. Magic to make the Sanest Man go Mad is good like that. The the Wolf Inside - Vaulting Ambition - What's Past is Prologue arc is a lot of fun.

But I certainly understand the hate - I get why people get the feeling Discovery won't honour the Star Trek universe, beyond a vague recollection of the original series. A lot of the press talked about how it's grittier and darker than Star Trek was previously, and DS9 was literally set on Planet 50 Years of Holocaust, Tasha Yar grew up on a planet where the primary form of government was the rape-gang, and such. And they hyped it as the diversy-est Star Trek, and it's really not. It's by far the most "In the future, everyone in American. Diversity!" of Star Treks. When other Star Treks through in a couple people with non-American accents (or ####, even Trip or McCoy), it gives it a far more diverse feeling than when there's a couple women and a couple black people (pretty sure that's not, uhm, new) and everyone speaks with a standard American accent, is from America, even the British guy does an American accent. So, the marketing definitely caused a lot of hate. I really only hate the marketing, but I hate it a lot.

Also, turn the lights on so I can see what's happening. Okay, I also really hate the lighting.

And, of course, internet has a whole "Discovery vs. Orville as the legitimate Star Trek" successor, which isn't helpful, because you end up having to push back against everyone. And Orville is really good - maybe starts slightly shaky, but like, the transgender episode is really thoughtful Star Trek ... which, uhm, surprise?!
   243. Lassus Posted: January 21, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5807255)
I know it's probably inescapable, but if they had somehow done a set and costumes for Discovery that could have possibly grown INTO the mid-century-future design for the classic series, that would have been amazing. Also impossible, but still amazing.
   244. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2019 at 09:47 AM (#5807257)
   245. BrianBrianson Posted: January 21, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5807258)
Enterprise figured out how to explain the TOS Klingons' appearance in a way that makes total sense in context and really honours the Star Trek canon. And it's a great episode arc.

You can certainly do it, if you want. They just don't want to.
   246. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 21, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5807262)
There’s no canon but what’s in your heart.

Yeah, you say that but then they go make TV shows based on it and it can be a drag. It is what it is, I don't consider it to be a dealbreaker or anything.

Uhm - judged only by it's first season, Discovery is the 2nd best Star Trek show.

Out of curiosity, what do you think is the best?

And they hyped it as the diversy-est Star Trek, and it's really not. It's by far the most "In the future, everyone in American. Diversity!" of Star Treks.

I'm not really convinced it's more "diverse" than DS9. I'm not really sure how one measures that but there were only two white male regulars in DS9 and one was in costume the entire time as a changeling. You had a black captain (with a black son to boot!), a female first officer, a female science officer (who, one could argue, is transgendered) and an Arab doctor. I guess Jews don't count for diversity but Armin Shimerman and Aron Eisenberg are Jewish. Michael Dorn becomes a regular in season 4 (that's two black male commanding officers), Penny Johnson becomes a recurring character in season 3.

Meanwhile, so far nearly ALL of Discovery's actual cast (the ones who talk) is white as snow, including Lorca and now Pike, Tilly, Rappaport (I mean, those last two are possibly the palest people on TV but one is gay, which is nice to see). So I guess we're supposed to be giving credit for the entirely silent bridge crew having a couple of black folks and cyborgs? I'm all for representation of the entire human race, the Expanse does an amazing job of just doing this, but I'm inclined to agree that Discovery has a lot bluster about diversity without necessarily backing it up.

People really just don't want to remember DS9, which is unfortunate for so many reasons.
   247. BrianBrianson Posted: January 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5807274)
Uhm - judged only by it's first season, Discovery is the 2nd best Star Trek show.

Out of curiosity, what do you think is the best?


Deep Space Nine. I suppose if one really, really, really, really heavily timelines, you can make arguments for the Original Series. I don't think it's possible to make an argument for any of the other ones.

I mean, I'm not sure how to count aliens in a "diversity checklist" sense. It makes more sense to me to look at the humans. And all the humans in Discovery are supposed to be (generic) Americans. Like, really, even one human with a non-Northern American accent would give it a bit of feel. Every human on Discovery grew up on the same street, went to the same schools, started working the same job. Except perhaps Georgieu (and then ... SPOILERS!). So, no, I think it's no more diverse (and probably less so) than other Star Trek. Which I wouldn't complain about much, if they didn't use it as so much of their marketing.

But they do, so here we are.
   248. Obo Posted: January 21, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5807278)
There’s no canon but what’s in your heart.

I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
   249. Lassus Posted: January 21, 2019 at 10:48 AM (#5807281)
We're not going to listen to the Odo from the mirror universe.
   250. Baldrick Posted: January 21, 2019 at 02:32 PM (#5807381)
Uhm - judged only by it's first season, Discovery is the 2nd best Star Trek show

I didn't watch it, but my friend did and painstakingly described it to me, and there is a 0% chance this is true.

Also, ban prequels.
   251. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2019 at 02:39 PM (#5807386)
How dare you deny us of WICKED.
   252. BrianBrianson Posted: January 21, 2019 at 03:15 PM (#5807399)
Hey Baldrick

Go back and watch seasons 1 of Voyager and Enterprise. Maybe even TOS and TAS. You can watch season 1 of TNG, but I don't recommend it.

After that, simple regression to the mean will show you it's likely Discovery has the 2nd strongest first season. Really, there's nothing wrong with Discovery other than the marketing and the set lighting.
   253. Baldrick Posted: January 21, 2019 at 04:08 PM (#5807415)
I now realize you meant that it had the second best first season, while I interpreted you as saying "it's only one season in, but right now it's the second best." Very different things. My apologies.

I still think there's no way it's true, but the hurdle it has to clear is much lower than I thought, so it's back into the realm of "you're entitled to your opinion, and I'm entitled to think it's wrong."
   254. BrianBrianson Posted: January 21, 2019 at 05:00 PM (#5807426)
Oh, yes, if you get to use 3rd season TNG episodes against it (for example), then Discovery has no chance. I'm just not convinced that's a fair comparison.
   255. PepTech, the Legendary Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:23 PM (#5807447)
I'm trying to remember if I hated TNG Season 2 as a whole, or just Pulaski. I'm sure it had high points. But it didn't seem to kick in as a series for me until S3.

   256. Baldrick Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:37 PM (#5807452)
I'm trying to remember if I hated TNG Season 2 as a whole, or just Pulaski. I'm sure it had high points. But it didn't seem to kick in as a series for me until S3.

There was still a lot of bad in S2, with Pulaski being at the head of the parade. But there was a lot of good. Measure of a Man and Q Who are top notch, and there are probably 8-10 other solid episodes that fit perfectly well into the ouvre. And there are only 4 or 5 that are just wretchedly bad.

Whether that's enough to justify saying the show really got started in S2 is probably a matter of taste.
   257. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5807453)
Season 2 of TNG has the first Borg episode, which is amazing. There are a few other good ones,I think the Federation ear worm conspiracy is season 2, but the show doesn’t really hit its stride until season 3. Pulaski is horrible.

FWIW, I also believe Discovery’s first season was second best. TNG’s first season was rough, including at least a few old Trek holdovers that were terrible and one that was borderline racist. Voyager started sucking almost immediately, discarding the Marquis tension and churning through shuttles by the fourth episode. Enterprise has the worst everything, Discovery already has a better second season than Enterprise. I can’t stomach most of TOS and the first season is no different.

Edit:Ear worms are season one. Measure of a Man is great though, good call Baldrick.
   258. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2019 at 07:26 PM (#5807471)
Is Cookie Monster’s last name Monster? In Michael Muntean’s novella Cookie Soup, Cookie Monster refers to “delicious old Monster family recipe.” But I’m not sure if that’s canon.
   259. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 21, 2019 at 07:34 PM (#5807474)
Could be. None of the other monsters on sesame street have monster as a second name. Could be like a Michael Mann situation.
   260. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: January 22, 2019 at 08:14 AM (#5807582)
Is Cookie Monster’s last name Monster? In Michael Muntean’s novella Cookie Soup, Cookie Monster refers to “delicious old Monster family recipe.” But I’m not sure if that’s canon.


Cookie Monster's relatives turn up in Avenue Q, after all.
   261. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: January 22, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5807597)
Could be. None of the other monsters on sesame street have monster as a second name. Could be like a Michael Mann situation.

What about his cousin Telly Monster?
   262. jmurph Posted: January 22, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5807601)
Could be. None of the other monsters on sesame street have monster as a second name. Could be like a Michael Mann situation.

My younger son has an Elmo/Grover book wherein there is purportedly a monster at the end of the book (SPOILER ALERT: they are, each of them, the monsters at the end of the book), and at one point Grover, in attempting to prevent Elmo from turning the pages and bringing them closer to said monster, says something to the effect of "it might not be a good monster like you or me or Cookie."

Now that I've typed that I realize it doesn't actually answer the question but it seemed like relevant information 2 minutes ago.
   263. BrianBrianson Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5807610)
Season 2 picks up about halfway through - A Matter of Honor (Riker does an exchange on a Klingon Ship) is followed immediately by "The Measure of a Man" both of which are very good (but not great - I understand the premise of the latter is great, but the execution is sloppy). A few later ones (Q Who - which has great elements, but terrrrrible pacing), Peak Perforance ... while season 1 has basically nothing. de Lancie's performances are brilliant, but that's all that's great in season 1.

one that was borderline racist.


The episode where the Enterprise travels to the Dark heart of Africa and demands exotic medicines from the primitive mud tribes living there, but cannot extract that medicine until Picard can answer Warlord Mandingo's riddle: "Where all the white women at?" is not borderline racist.

Although season 2 has Up the Long Ladder, which is only less racist in how well feel about being racist against the Irish rather than the Africans. But in season 2, really only that, The Child - where Troi raises her child who is also the being that impregnated her while she was asleep (i.e., raped her), and then dies like Jesus so we can feel bad for it, but nobody gives a #### about Troi, her pregnancy, or her raising her rapist except Riker's peeved he's not the one who knocked her up, The Outrageous Okona (where the score a big win by getting Joe Piscapo to guest star as a hologram of himself to teach Data humor), and Shades of Gray (okay, clip shows made some sense in the 80s, but haven't aged well). Otherwise, season 2 varies from "okay" to "very good". Whereas the best episodes in season one just touch okay (I mean, I've seen We'll Always Have Paris a dozen times, and can't remember anything to complain about, or praise...)

Nothing is really a truly epic, possible top ten episodes among Star Trek until season 3, where Yesterday's Enterprise, The Offspring, Sarek, and The Best of Both Worlds are all easily 10/10, and Deja Q, The Defector, Sins of the Father, etc. are all very high level Next Gen.

Enterprise has the worst everything


Hey, whoa, season 4 of Enterprise is epic. Sure, it has enormous amounts of fan service, but as a fan I've never been serviced harder or faster and I'm not apt to complain ...
   264. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5807621)
Oscar Nominations:


BEST PICTURE
"Black Panther"
"BlacKkKlansman"
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"The Favourite"
"Green Book"
"Roma"
"A Star Is Born"
"Vice"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams, "Vice"
Marina de Tavira, "Roma"
Regina King, "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Emma Stone, "The Favourite"
Rachel Weisz, "The Favourite"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala Ali, "Green Book"
Adam Driver, "BlackKKlansman"
Sam Elliott, "A Star Is Born"
Richard E. Grant, "Can You Ever Forgive Me"
Sam Rockwell, "Vice"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Capernaum"
"Cold War"
"Never Look Away"
"Roma"
"Shoplifters"

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
"Black Sheep"
"End Game"
"Lifeboat"
"A Night at the Garden"
"Period. End of Sentence."

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Free Solo"
"Hale County This Morning, This Evening"
"Minding the Gap"
"Of Fathers and Sons"
"RBG"

ORIGINAL SONG
"All The Stars" - "Black Panther"
"I'll Fight" - "RBG"
"Shallow" - "A Star Is Born
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" - "Mary Poppins Returns"
"When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" - "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Incredibles 2"
"Isle of Dogs"
"Mirai"
"Ralph Breaks the Internet"
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
"BlacKkKlansman"
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
"If Beale Street Could Talk"
"A Star Is Born"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"First Reformed"
"Green Book"
"Roma"
"The Favourite"
"Vice"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Christian Bale, "Vice"
Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"
Willem Dafoe, "At Eternity's Gate"
Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Yalitza Aparicio, "Roma"
Glenn Close, "The Wife"
Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born"
Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"
Melissa McCarthy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

DIRECTOR
Spike Lee, "BlacKkKlansman"
Pawel Pawlikowski, "Cold War"
Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Favourite"
Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma"
Adam McKay, "Vice"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Cold War"
"The Favourite"
"Never Look Away"
"Roma"
"A Star Is Born"
   265. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5807623)
Black Panther also got nominated for Original Score, which I'm happy about, without having enough context to say whether it deserves to triumph over the other nominees (BlackKklansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, Isle of Dogs, Mary Poppins Returns).
   266. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5807627)
Nothing for SMALLFOOT. Unbelievable.
   267. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5807629)
Has anyone seen Green Book? Is it as awful as it sounds?
   268. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5807635)
Giving a Best Cinematography nomination to an obscure German movie (“Never Look Away”) is a pretty bold move. I’m gonna have to see that one.
   269. manchestermets Posted: January 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5807662)
The whole of the UK is pulling for Olivia Colman, she's a hugely popular actor here.
   270. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 22, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5807672)
Colman was great in Broadchurch. I also liked her in The Night Manager (with Hugh Laurie playing against type) and The Lobster.
   271. BrianBrianson Posted: January 22, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5807691)
Are those just really horrific typos of "Hot Fuzz" and "The Peep Show"?
   272. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 22, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5807738)
Are those just really horrific typos of "Hot Fuzz" and "The Peep Show"?


Hot Fuzz was my least favorite of the Cornetto trilogy. Never saw Peep Show.
   273. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5807739)
Is it just me, or do the best picture noms seem really weak?

Current Best Picture nominees by Metacritic score:
A Star Is Born - 88
BlacKkKlansman - 83
Black Panther - 88
Bohemian Rhapsody - 49
The Favourite - 90
Green Book -70
Roma - 96
Vice - 61

Average: 78.1

Compare to last year:
Call Me by Your Name - 93
Darkest Hour - 75
Dunkirk - 94
Get Out - 84
Lady Bird - 94
Phantom Thread - 90
The Post - 83
The Shape of Water* - 87
Three Billboards - 88
Average: 87.6

And the year before:
Arrival - 81
Fences - 79
Hacksaw Ridge - 71
Hell or High Water - 88
Hidden Figures - 74
La La Land - 93
Lion - 69
Manchester by the Sea - 96
Moonlight* - 99
Average: 83.3

And the 88th Oscars:
The Big Short - 81
Bridge of Spies - 81
Brooklyn - 88
Mad Max: Fury Road - 90
The Martian - 80
The Revenant - 76
Room - 86
Spotlight* - 93
Average: 84.4

And 87th:
American Sniper - 72
Birdman* - 88
Boyhood - 100
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 88
The Imitation Game -73
Selma - 88
The Theory of Everything - 72
Whiplash - 88
Average: 83.6


Yeah, not just me. Green Book is the fourth worst reviewed nominee in the last five years, and Vice isn't the worst reviewed because Bohemian Rhapsody has to be the worst reviewed nominee almost ever. And unlike Lion, who was lucky to just be nominated, those three have been doing well at the awards shows. Green Book is a legit Best Picture contender after getting the Producers Guild award and Rami Malek won a golden globe for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Hilarious how after a full year of #MeToo that Bryan Singer is getting major Oscar nominations. Christ, we haven't learned anything.
   274. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 02:50 PM (#5807742)
Are those just really horrific typos of "Hot Fuzz" and "The Peep Show"?


Peep Show is excellent if you have tolerance for a self-immolating level of cringe humor (some people just don't enjoy that type of humor, and that's fair). The Lobster was from the director of the now Best Picture nominated The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos and is one of my favorite films of the past decade. And Shaun of the Dead was the worst of the Three Cornettos trilogy and anyone who disagrees can fight me.

Giving a Best Cinematography nomination to an obscure German movie (“Never Look Away”) is a pretty bold move. I’m gonna have to see that one.


Also a best director nod to Pawlikowski for "Cold War" which is definitely on my list of films to see. That Farrelly, McKay, and Singer weren't nominated and that none of those films have a cinematography nod makes me think those films aren't that great. But that they all have editing nods makes me think that they could win Best Picture anyways because the Academy loves middlebrow garbage.
   275. BrianBrianson Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:05 PM (#5807746)
For balance, The World's End is the worst of the Cornetto trilogy.

Probably. I've only seen it once. While I watched Shaun of the Dead on Saturday, and Hot Fuzz on Sunday (wait, if those two are on Netflix, does that mean The World's End probably is too? I should check tonight ...)
   276. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5807747)
TWE didn't improve with repeated watchings.
   277. jmurph Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:12 PM (#5807751)
Is it just me, or do the best picture noms seem really weak?

I'm well behind on my viewing, but the nominees present easily the shortest list of movies I'm actually interested in seeing in as long as I can remember.
   278. BrianBrianson Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5807752)
I'm prepared to take that risk.
   279. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:18 PM (#5807753)
Hilarious how after a full year of #MeToo that Bryan Singer is getting major Oscar nominations. Christ, we haven't learned anything.

Game recognize game. Singer kept his mouth shut.
   280. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:45 PM (#5807759)
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody weighs in on the Oscar nominees
2018 was an extraordinary year for movies, and some of the year’s best movies even showed up in the roster of Oscar nominees. The gap between the industry at large and the art of the movies is growing increasingly wide, and many in the industry seem well aware of it—that’s why there was a move, widely decried and quickly walked back, by the Academy, last year, to inaugurate a new category, for Best Popular Film. My own choices for who should have been nominated suggest just how large the gap is; it’s also the increasing gap between making good movies and making good money. It isn’t only the Academy that is self-servingly and self-defeatingly behind the times; it’s Hollywood over all.
   281. Lassus Posted: January 22, 2019 at 03:57 PM (#5807762)
...it’s Hollywood over all.

Jesus H. Christ, New Yorker, take care of the beam in thine own eye, FFS.
   282. BrianBrianson Posted: January 22, 2019 at 04:27 PM (#5807780)
Hilarious how after a full year of #MeToo that Bryan Singer is getting major Oscar nominations. Christ, we haven't learned anything.


Is he, or just the movie he got fired from, like any serious number of progressives are going to come down on giving an Oscar to the Freddie Mercury biopic?
   283. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 04:44 PM (#5807788)
   284. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 22, 2019 at 04:56 PM (#5807793)
Has anyone seen Green Book? Is it as awful as it sounds?

It was light and as predictable as anything I've ever seen, but I thought it was well executed fluff. Moved at a brisk pace, elicited a handful of laughs.

It's not by any means Great Art, but I don't think it was awful at all.
   285. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 05:21 PM (#5807799)
Jesus H. Christ, New Yorker, take care of the beam in thine own eye, FFS.


Richard Brody in particular is a massive twit.

Is he, or just the movie he got fired from, like any serious number of progressives are going to come down on giving an Oscar to the Freddie Mercury biopic?


Good point! I'd somehow blocked that out of my memory.
   286. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 22, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5807829)
Including this year's nominees, in the past six years, 51 films have been nominated for Best Picture. I've seen one of them.
   287. Baldrick Posted: January 22, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5807846)
Including this year's nominees, in the past six years, 51 films have been nominated for Best Picture. I've seen one of them.

Was Arrival nominated in whatever year that was? If so, then I've also seen one.
   288. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 06:26 PM (#5807849)
Including this year's nominees, in the past six years, 51 films have been nominated for Best Picture. I've seen one of them.

And so what did you think of Philomena?
   289. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 22, 2019 at 06:43 PM (#5807878)
Was Arrival nominated in whatever year that was? If so, then I've also seen one.


Yes, it was.
   290. Cowboy Popup Posted: January 22, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5807886)
The episode where the Enterprise travels to the Dark heart of Africa and demands exotic medicines from the primitive mud tribes living there, but cannot extract that medicine until Picard can answer Warlord Mandingo's riddle: "Where all the white women at?" is not borderline racist.

LOL, fair. I have intentionally skipped that one for years now and I wasn't sure just how bad it was or if I had exaggerated it in my memory. The other two you note, the 45 minute Irish joke and the Troi rape are also on the skip at all costs list.

Nothing is really a truly epic, possible top ten episodes among Star Trek until season 3, where Yesterday's Enterprise, The Offspring, Sarek, and The Best of Both Worlds are all easily 10/10, and Deja Q, The Defector, Sins of the Father, etc. are all very high level Next Gen.


Just reading those titles makes me want to throw on season 3 right now.

Hey, whoa, season 4 of Enterprise is epic. Sure, it has enormous amounts of fan service, but as a fan I've never been serviced harder or faster and I'm not apt to complain ...


Sorry dude, they lost me at alien Nazis. Which, I guess means they lost me at the very end of season 3 (which I thought was the best Enterprise season and contained the only really good Enterprise episode, where Archer loses his memory and humanity is exterminated). Then you throw in nonsensical encounters with the Ferengi (TNG made first contact, although that episode was horrific) and the Borg (as discussed above). The Terran First movement or whatever was interesting in theory but never really captivated me and the last episode SUCKED. SUCKED SUCKED SUCKED.
   291. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 22, 2019 at 08:30 PM (#5807958)
Let's face it: however many token "foreign" contenders they throw into the mix – or even give awards to – the Oscars' approach to non-US/UK productions has always been totally nonsensical. Is the Academy Awards a ceremony for the best United States films of the year? If so, that'd be perfectly legitimate, and I guess it'd be reasonable enough in that case to have a special booby prize category for best foreign-language or international production (many explicitly national film awards like the Césars and the AACTAs do this). But if it's supposed to be a global ceremony (which I suspect is kind of what they want it to be perceived as), why are the vast majority of nominees Hollywood productions? Are they saying that the norm is for great films to come from America, but that occasionally a foreign-language film is so good that it actually reaches that lofty standard of cinema? Because that kind of seems to be what they're saying.
   292. chisoxcollector Posted: January 22, 2019 at 10:35 PM (#5808012)
It’s a joke that Ethan Hawke was snubbed for First Reformed. I’m also surprised that Won’t You Be My Neighbor wasn’t nominated.

I watched Cold War on my flight home from London this past weekend. It’s a gorgeous film, and the lead actress is great, but overall I was slightly underwhelmed.

I still need to see The Favourite, Vice, and Green Book Before I can truly comment on the nominations. The only nomination that I find completely ridiculous at this point is Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Picture. It wasn’t even good, let alone Best Picture Worthy.

It’s also a bit silly that Black Panther got a Best Picture nomination.

At this point I think I’ll be rooting for Roma, though I wouldn’t be upset with A Star is Born taking home some hardware.

   293. manchestermets Posted: January 23, 2019 at 06:10 AM (#5808042)
I used to live over the road from Shaun's flat in Shaun of the Dead. Near the start of the film, when he comes out of the flat, crosses the road and goes into the shop, it's the house next to the shop he goes into.
   294. Greg K Posted: January 23, 2019 at 07:55 AM (#5808047)
I've fallen into the habit of watching TV while drifting in and out of sleep from about 2am until I get up around 6. For the past month or so that has meant watching about 4 hours of TNG a day (though I'm only consciously aware of about 15 minutes of it). It's ok though, since I've seen each episode about a million times, I can fill in the blanks.

I'm coming around on the high points of season 2. My advice to first time viewers used to be to skip the first two seasons entirely, but there are some important episodes in 2.

I've been thinking of coming up with essential episodes. My friend did this a few years ago when he was trying to get me into Dr. Who. We'd just watch the really important episodes and zip through a couple seasons. But after about 8 I noticed that we hadn't skipped any yet. His "essential" list did not make many cuts.

For TNG I figure you'd need the great episodes (obviously) but also some world building ones. I thought maybe season 1's "Heart of Glory" to introduce Worf as a Klingon. But thinking about it, "A Matter of Honor" (the Riker Klingon exchange one) actually does a better job of introducing Klingon culture and explaining a bit about Worf, even though Worf himself doesn't have a big role. Riker actually is a good conduit for learning about Worf in the later episode where Worf asks him to help him commit suicide too.

Anyway, it's a fun thought experiment. Because I often want to tell people to watch TNG. But just starting with the first episode and working your way though the whole show is not the answer. What kind of crazy person would watch season 1 and think, "yeah! I look forward to seeing 6 more of those!"
   295. Greg K Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:01 AM (#5808048)
Season 2 of TNG has the first Borg episode, which is amazing. There are a few other good ones,I think the Federation ear worm conspiracy is season 2, but the show doesn’t really hit its stride until season 3. Pulaski is horrible.

Ear worm (or rather Neck worm) conspiracy is actually season 1. (And one of the few season one episodes I enjoy re-watching).

Although it always feels like the season finale, Conspiracy is actually the second last episode. The last one of season one is the one where they find the people who were cryogenicly frozen in the 21st century, while at the same time dealing with Romulans accusing the Federation of attacking their outposts. It's a weird episode where the A and B storylines seem reversed. The Romulan stuff is happening in the background and the goofy "fish out of water" people thrown into the future is at the forefront. Also, they never solve the mysterious force that is destroying Romulan and Federation outposts. At times I've thought it was supposed to be a foreshadowing of the Borg, but in season two they heavily imply that the Borg only discover humanity when Q throws the Enterprise in their path.

Anyway, TNG doubled down in season 2 and went with an even odder season finale in the Riker clip show.

Then in season 3 they come up with one of the best season finale's on TV ever!
   296. BrianBrianson Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:44 AM (#5808050)
Sorry dude, they lost me at alien Nazis. Which, I guess means they lost me at the very end of season 3 (which I thought was the best Enterprise season and contained the only really good Enterprise episode, where Archer loses his memory and humanity is exterminated). Then you throw in nonsensical encounters with the Ferengi (TNG made first contact, although that episode was horrific) and the Borg (as discussed above). The Terran First movement or whatever was interesting in theory but never really captivated me and the last episode SUCKED. SUCKED SUCKED SUCKED.


Yes, the Archer loses his memory is one of the strongest Enterprise episodes. I probably enjoyed In a Mirror, Darkly more, but it's perhaps not better. The Borderlands-Cold Station 12-The Augments arc is great, and honors the lore very, very well. It's really, really thoughtful, fun, etc. And the 3 episode Arc that followed, with T'Pol and Trip went to Vulcan investigating terrorism works really well. The Romulan War arc makes me real sad we never got a season 5 with Shran as a regular crew member.

And, I sort of get why people didn't like These are the Voyages, but I think the concept (A Star Trek finale for TNG-Enterprise having been on the air for 20 years), but the details weren't that well worked out. It needed to be more epic, more crossovery, not less. The end of it, with Kirk/Picard/Archer doing the voiceover, that still yanked my heartstrings hard.

Then in season 3 they come up with one of the best season finale's on TV ever!


It's probably not even the best season finale in Star Trek: The Next Generation!
   297. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 23, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5808056)
On Black Panther - it was the best blockbuster superhero picture (not a genre I'm into) I've ever seen and by some margin. While that doesn't necessarily qualify it for best picture, doing a complicated thing very, very well at least makes it worth discussion.
   298. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: January 23, 2019 at 09:23 AM (#5808057)
Call to Arms is an underrated season finale, at the end of DS9 S5. Sisko's baseball, mining the wormhole, "And the simple fact is, I have nowhere else to go," the Defiant approaching the fleet as the closing shot.
   299. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 23, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5808063)
If the purpose of the Oscars is primarily commercial, than of course it makes sense to reward and advertise those movies that made a lot of money (like Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody).
   300. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: January 23, 2019 at 04:32 PM (#5808313)
Ay
Page 3 of 4 pages  < 1 2 3 4 > 

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
James Kannengieser
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (February 2019)
(219 - 10:40pm, Feb 20)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)
(75 - 10:38pm, Feb 20)
Last: spivey

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread, v.2019
(269 - 10:35pm, Feb 20)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Kahuna

Sox TherapyHappy Pitchers and Molinas* Day!!!
(14 - 10:28pm, Feb 20)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Kahuna

Hall of Merit2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(162 - 10:01pm, Feb 20)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogYoung Yankees fan really didn't want Machado in New York - ESPN Video
(2 - 8:01pm, Feb 20)
Last: Bhaakon

NewsblogBREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.
(156 - 7:59pm, Feb 20)
Last: BrianBrianson

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2019
(22 - 7:58pm, Feb 20)
Last: RMc's Daps of the Dope Artists

NewsblogThe clock is ticking for pitchers, and there are concerns
(29 - 7:57pm, Feb 20)
Last: Powderhorn™, arrogant local sailing champion

NewsblogMLB Set to Pass New Rules Designed to Crack Down on Sign Stealing
(17 - 7:54pm, Feb 20)
Last: RMc's Daps of the Dope Artists

NewsblogBraves want you to get excited about ‘monetary yield’ and ‘glide slope’
(8 - 7:41pm, Feb 20)
Last: Colin

NewsblogMike Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee
(3 - 7:22pm, Feb 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogNow one level away from majors, Cole Tucker looks to make an impact | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(1 - 7:20pm, Feb 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogTrevor Bauer Is More Concerned With Being Right Than Being Liked
(76 - 6:45pm, Feb 20)
Last: Brian

Gonfalon CubsSpring Training
(36 - 6:15pm, Feb 20)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

Page rendered in 0.6602 seconds
46 querie(s) executed