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Defiance Review: New Beginnings

Doc Yewll? I wonder if that's a reference to Dune's Doctor Yuie, the man who betrayed Duke Atreides because his wife was being held captive by the evil Baron.

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The Following Review: True Lies

I wasn't saying, BTW, that killing off Roderick was a good move. Sean is right that he was the most compelling bad guy out there, certainly more than Joe. And what Sean didn't add was that Roderick getting all whiny didn't fit. Exploding and beating people up? Sure. Whiny? No. And being insufficiently paranoid? Don't think so. Still, the most amazing part of this episode was the twice-as-egregious-as-usual incompetence of the FBI. It mostly doesn't bother me much, but this time? GRRRR. Weston sees Rod but hesitates, doesn't go for backup, doesn't shoot, just lets the guy get away. Weston has backup when he comes to help Ryan ... but they're sitting somewhere far away. What???? And then there's the totally ineffectual pat-down followed by the syringe in the eye. The bad guys need to be smarter than the good guys for this show to work. That's OK. But it takes a lazy bunch of writers to give the bad guys average intelligence and make the good guys dumb as rocks. It's truly maddening.

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Defiance Review: New Beginnings

Very disappointing. Makes "Revolution" look smart and well-written. It's a predictable snoozer with lots of funny makeup and fancy CGI bits. Thanks, Syfy. They remind me of a company I used to work for whose unofficial motto was "You'd be surprised what people will put up with." Jim G.: "[t]he first true sci-fi series since switching their branding to broaden their show selection." Huh? I don't understand the sentence. In any event, "Stargate Universe" debuted AFTER the rebrand it was both FAR BETTER than this show appears to be and had a much firmer grip on the SCIENCE part of sci-fi. "Caprica" also debuted after the rebrand, as did "Alphas," which has at least a semi-plausible claim on being sci-fi.

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The Following Review: True Lies

I disagree with Sean. There is real movement. The FBI is about to find the Slaughter House. Joe is cracking. Roderick, who was the COO of the whole deal, is off the board. Joe is either going to dispose of Claire or lose her, and Joey is free. The Joe-ists are having doubts. We know from the give-away-too-much preview for next week, the FBI is going to hit the House and take a bunch of Joe-ists into custody. Unfortunately, we know that the FBI will woefully underestimate the resources they need to handle a bunch of Joe-ists and will get handed their asses for the umpteenth time. The lesson of this show seems to be that all it takes for evil to triumph is for incompetent men to join the FBI.

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P.P.S. Glad to see "Orphan Black" chugging along. Sarah's ineptitude as a police officer/Beth impersonator makes her almost convincing as an imposter in the station house. (What's still not convincing is her partner and other close associates buying that she's who she claims to be.) Excellent to learn who the "hunter" is, and cool to learn that it's not what we expected, but also a letdown to know that the killer is a crazy person. Conspiracies are more fun. But this does suggest that either (a) the clones have been fully abandoned their makers, or (b) the clones are doing exactly what their makers intended -- making their way in the world. Not surprising that Sarah would be shaken, but silly that she is in active denial. She's also been backed into a corner by the killer -- the forensic evidence of the clones' existence is building up! -- and it will be interesting to see how she & her sisters finesse this. I'll bet the solution includes somehow recruiting Art, Beth's partner.

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P.S. It has been noted elsewhere that "Hungry like the WOLF" is a coded message, again linking Clara back to Rose. (Remember "Bad Wolf"?) It has also been noted that Clara is a bit of an empty character -- she likes to do "stuff"; she doesn't know the wi-fi password or the Internet, she doesn't have much going on. More mystery.

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The producers/writers seem to be getting caught up in classic Who nostalgia as the 50th anniversary approaches. The Ice Warriors are major adversaries from the classic series. The bad guy in "Snowmen" and "Bells of St. John" was the Great Intelligence, also a newly resurrected classic adversary. I find classic Who to be unfunny, cheesy, and deadly boring, so I don't consider this a positive development. They're not doing themselves any favors by stretching out the mystery of Clara/Oswin. She was a lot more interesting in her first two episodes ("Dalek Asylum" and "Snowmen"). Her best qualities are her bossy certainty and her ability to call the Doctor on his B.S., and those qualities have been toned down in the three most recent episodes. If the writers/producers don't do much better in the remaining handful of episodes, I'm going to be very, very disappointed.

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So if they nanobots are absorbing electricity, how are people managing to stay alive? Isn't the human body run by electrical impulses? I've wondered that from the start. The answer is probably something like "they only affect current higher over a certain voltage threshold like 1V or 0.5V" (current in the human body is on the order of 0.01 to 0.1 volts).

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@Melissa: Where did Tom get the nail that enabled him to escape?? It occured to me that maybe Jason left it with him just because he is his father and couldn't turn his back on him completely. Am I way off? There was a shot right after Miles left the room that showed Tom noticing the nail. It was there long before Jason came along.

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1. Nanites ate the electricity. Um, OK. I'm not sure how plausible that is, but I'm willing to let it lay for now. What if flesh-eating nanites had gotten out of control instead? I guess everybody in the post-collapse world should be grateful that Flynn was willing to settle for a non-lethal weapon. 2. Way to guard your high value target, rebels! 3. After Neville escapes, and after the rebels lose several people on a failed raid that reveals Monroe now has a nuke, Charile goes up to her mother and asks "Anything wrong?" Gee, what could be wrong? 4. How is Monroe in charge of anything? If Flynn is so ambitious, why did it take him so long to come forward? Does Monroe have so many devices that he can really afford to keep throwing them away? I thought he only had a handful.

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