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I just came back from the bar and I am in no state to discuss this, but I opened this thread so now someone has to post in it so tomorrow it'll show up in new posts and we can talk about this because I've got opinions.
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Oliver, you should respond to this thread.

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He'll respond in 25 years.
Did someone say Twin Peaks? The Return came out on BluRay this week, and I won't be getting it because money. I do have both of the Mark Frost books, however. And all of the Twin Peaks Pop! Vinyls. I'm still pissed off about (SPOILER) Audrey's storyline, or lack thereof. She definitely deserved better. Frost explained what happened to Audrey in the Final Dossier, but it really didn't satisfy me at all. I'm really sad that (SPOILER) they turned Agent Jeffries into a giant fucking tea kettle.

Am I the only one who likes Tammy? So much hate for her in various forums... :/

I know that Lynch has said that Eraserhead is -- at least in part -- about (SPOILER) his daughter Jennifer being born with a club foot, and his anxieties regarding that.

As far as the (SPOILER) Monica Bellucci dream, I think it's just Lynch finding an excuse to put his crush on the show. Not complaining, though.

Any thoughts on Inland Empire?
You know I'm not a saint...

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The Expanse is very likely the best science fiction show this decade, and somehow it seems to get better each season. I can't possibly hope to do justice to everything going on in it, but the writing, acting, direction, cinematography, effects, and other aspects are about as good as anything on television right now.

Overall, I'll cop to being way behind on my TV viewing, though. About 70% of my viewing is just late-night comedy these days. Another 10% is probably MSNBC. Recent scripted TV shows I've watched and enjoyed:

The Orville - I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. The jokes occasionally fall flat, but not all that often, and it's not as if jokes are really the point of this show anyway. Much as this was marketed as a parody of Star Trek, it's really more of a tribute with occasional jokes thrown in.

Star Trek: Discovery: Like the Abrams Trek films, this doesn't really feel like Star Trek, but also like the Abrams Trek films, it's still really enjoyable, helped out by a strong cast. I started off listing people I felt were highlights and then realised I had most of the cast listed. It's dark for Star Trek, but it still tells a compelling story, and somehow manages to bring itself back 'round to the idealistic side by the end of the season.

Instinct: This reminds me quite a bit of Castle, but without the romantic tension between the leads (obviously, since Alan Cumming's Dylan Reinhart is gay). It's actually kind of shocking to me that it took this long for an American network to make a scripted show with a gay lead character. To CBS' credit, they don't milk too much drama out of this; it's an important part of Reinhart's characterisation, but it's probably only about #7 from the top. Apart from this, it's a pretty standard police procedural, but it's fun, and sometimes that's just what I need.

Lost in Space: Was legitimately not expecting to like this as much as I do. I'm only about one and a half episodes into it so far, but it has a lot of heart to it. It seems to have kept the best aspects of both the original TV show and the film (both of which were not exactly great works of art, but still had redeeming features) while adding some new modern elements that work.

Bull - I think I might've given a cursory review of this when it premiered. It was... OK in its first season - enough that I watched it when it was in the queue, but I didn't feel bad about missing episodes. Michael Weatherly was the main reason to watch it at that point. It's gotten a lot better in its second season, to the point where I make it a point not to miss episodes anymore. The characterisation has gotten a lot stronger and the show now does a commendable job dramatising some serious issues with our legal system.

There are a few other long-runners I'm still watching - Modern Family, NCIS, etc. And there are several scripted shows I watch on my own that I'm... honestly way behind on. Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, The Blacklist, etc. For that matter, I'm also way behind on shows I watch with just one of my parents - Archer, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, etc. Notice that some of these have ended or been cancelled, and others haven't aired new episodes in months or longer. And this isn't a complete list of these.

Beyond that, there are plenty of other shows I want to watch but just haven't gotten around to. (In some cases it doesn't help that I don't have the networks that air them - usually Starz or Showtime.) Maybe I'll list some of these later.

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“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold; we can no longer describe happy man, nor make any celebration of joy.”
-Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

“I never knew a man could tell so many lies
He had a different story for every set of eyes
How can he remember who he’s talking to?
’Cause I know it ain’t me, and I hope it isn’t you”
-Neil Young, “Ambulance Blues”
I’m armed to the teeth
Like a fucking animal
I ruin everything
I get my bony hands on

And here we go now over the bridge of sighs
We will get a cross like Christ, crucified
It’s like a birth but it is in reverse
Never gets better, always gets worse
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Vaulting, veering, vomiting up the values that victimized me, feeling vast,
feeling virginal... was this how he felt? This verve, this vitality... this vision...

La voie... la vérité... la vie.
The Dead Flag Blues
The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel, and the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides, and a dark wind blows. The government is corrupt, and we’re on so many drugs with the radio on and the curtains drawn. We are trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death. The sun has fallen down, and the billboards are all leering, and the flags are all dead at the top of their poles.

It went like this: The buildings tumbled in on themselves; mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble and pulled out their hair. The skyline was beautiful on fire, all twisted metal stretching upwards, everything washed in a thin orange haze. I said, “Kiss me, you are beautiful; these are truly the last days.” You grabbed my hand, and we fell into it like a daydream or a fever.

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down; for sure it’s the valley of death. I open up my wallet, and it’s full of blood.
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Smashing Pumpkins
we can watch the world devoured in its hate.
The late prophet Bill Hicks
I’m so sick of arming the world and then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms, you know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries then we go and blow the shit out of ’em. We’re like the bullies of the world, you know. We’re like Jack Palance in the movie Shane, throwing the pistol at the sheep herder’s feet: “Pick it up.” “I don’t wanna pick it up, mister; you’ll shoot me.” “Pick up the gun.” “Mister, I don’t want no trouble, huh. I just came downtown here to get some hard rock candy for my kids, some gingham for my wife. I don’t even know what gingham is, but she goes through about ten rolls a week of that stuff. I ain’t looking for no trouble, mister.” “Pick up the gun.” Boom, boom. “You all saw him. He had a gun.”

moar I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. “I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.” “I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.” “Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!” “Shut up! Go back to bed, America! Your government is in control. Here's Love Connection. Watch this and get fat and stupid. By the way, keep drinking beer, you fucking morons.”

All governments are liars and murderers. Go back to bed, America! Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America! Your government is in control again. Here, here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up! Go back to bed, America! Here is American Gladiators; here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom! Here you go, America: You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!

The Supreme Court says pornography is anything without artistic merit that causes sexual thoughts, that’s their definition, essentially. No artistic merit, causes sexual thoughts. Hmm… Sounds like… every commercial on television, doesn’t it? You know, when I see those two twins on that Doublemint commercial? I’m not thinking of gum. I am thinking of chewing, so maybe that’s the connection they’re trying to make.

I have this feeling man, ’cause you know, it’s just a handful of people who run everything, you know… that’s true, it’s provable. It’s not… I’m not a fucking conspiracy nut; it’s provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scumfucks who got you in there. And you’re in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down, and a big guy with a cigar goes, “Roll the film.” And it’s a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you’ve never seen before that looks suspiciously like it’s from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, “Any questions?” “Er, just what my agenda is.” “First we bomb Baghdad.” “You got it…”

They don’t want the voice of reason spoken, folks, ’cause otherwise, we’d be free. Otherwise, we wouldn’t believe their fucking horseshit lies, nor the fucking propaganda machine of the mainstream media and buy their horseshit products that we don’t fucking need and become a third world consumer fucking plantation, which is what we’re becoming. Fuck them! They are liars and murderers. All governments are liars and murderers, and I am now Jesus, and this is MY compound.

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun for awhile. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “hey – don't worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride…” And we… kill those people. Haha. “Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. Jesus murdered; Martin Luther King mudered; Malcolm X murdered; Gandhi murdered; John Lennon murdered; Reagan… wounded. But it doesn’t matter because it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defences each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace. Thank you; you’ve been great.

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