That's a good name for the offspring. "Circles". I like it!
The writing was all over the place with these past two episodes. One thing has bugged me from the get-go with this one. How is it that Violet responded to Jason's betrayal by at first giving him a "night to remember"? Doesn't seem to be true to her character, given her trigger temper. Or true to any character in real life. The minute you put your ear to the door and hear your significant other getting it on with someone else - probably the last thing that crosses your mind is the thought "well I'd better fix this by being a better lover".
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 08:58
Lettie Mae has got to go. Her story was over long long ago.
Comment modified at July 28, 2014 20:20
I'm getting the sense that the GR are all about nihilism. They give Tom a card that says that everything important about him is inside, and inside there's ….nothing. Jill gives her mother a lighter with an inscription and, since Laurie feels she's nothing, drops the keepsake into the sewer grate. There's no redeeming value to these smoking mutes. None whatsoever. They're not about salvation. Makes me wonder why they even bother to exist as a group.
If I recall correctly, Heller already instructed someone to make the arrangements for transfer of power to the Vice-Preaident as soon as he gets back home.
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 09:01
Chris!!! Your ode to Alcide left me howling! Nicely done.
Comment modified at July 28, 2014 20:19
I hear you! The gathering and management of real time patient information is rife with objections and (most importantly) the inherent confusion that comes with cross-platform multi-formatted patient records. It's a huge task - here in Canada, the effort is there, but it's a constant uphill battle. Halo wasn't being touted as an information-gathering device, so much as a health device. They put the emphasis on that, which made it more palatable to the masses. Although Travis' transmission which interrupted the halo presentation shouldn't have come as much of a surprise to the audience. The pitfalls of a Big Brother device like that should have been obvious from the get-go. Still, I maintain that there is a mass innocence/willful ignorance about devices in general. Many people are starry-eyed at the prospect of new technology and will go out of their way to get their hands on it. I know I'm repeating myself a bit, but look at the buzz around the iWatch: it too is being touted (probably leaked by Apple) as a new wearable health device. In fact, it's the *ultimate* health device, making others obsolete. It's going to transmit your data to your other iDevices, I think - and therein lies the hole. If it transmits to the cloud, where else can it go? Most people I know tend not to think about such things. As to your question: no, binge-watching didn't answer all of my questions about Brad, and it for sure didn't shed much light about the traveller. I think your guess as to it being future Kellog is brilliant - and it's something I hadn't considered. It makes sense - the man is far more nasty and opportunist than either of the young Alecs (or old Alec) were.
I binge-watched the last four episodes, primarily because it was otherwise hard to follow. So many different plot lines, to go along with the various timelines, just made it a chore. Binge-watching actually helped a lot: I'm guessing that this series - especially the final season - would have done much better with ratings if had been posted all at once on Netflix. That said, the writing was otherwise quite good, as was the acting. As a native of Canada, I can tell you that we don't take kindly to being tracked. We're probably on a par with America that way. But, like America, I think we take a lot of gadgets for granted, and don't stop to consider the many ways in which our metadata is put out there. As a prime example: Facebook. As another: smartphones in general. Both of these mediums track a heck of a lot of our collective data - data that we trust is not being used against us. Enter NSA and yadda yadda….now our governments have the ability to know everything about us. I didn't find the Steve Jobs-like auditorium deal hard to believe at all. Remember when the first iPhones came out? People did exactly like the show described: they missed work, and they lined up outside of stores just to get this new gadget. Watch the same thing happen when the Google Glass product launches, or when the new Apple iWatch makes its debut. We love technology - all of us, not just Canada - and we'll trample each other in an effort to be the first one on the block with one.
I loved the introduction of the wolf at what would be the end of Lorne's life. We saw it in two scenes: the first when it stopped Gus in his tracks (coincidentally at the cabin in which Lorne was staying) and then later when Lorne saw it just before Gus shot him. Beautiful.
Comment modified at July 28, 2014 20:22
I'm not at all surprised it's being renewed, site unseen. It's got Vince Gilligan at the helm - and he's more than proven his worth. I think he may have put AMC on the map, actually.
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