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  1. I think it's a little early to say. Let's see how season three goes, many shows that start out well (as many seem to think about this one) lose their focus and momentum after a few seasons. It's got enough critical acclaim that it will stick around for at least season four I think. Time will tell, but if it does, it won't be predictable from anything on the table now: this series could go up or down from where it's at now.
  2. I think people deserved a rest from the intensity of the season 2-3 cliffhanger series. In his podcast (which I find to be quite illuminating from a story perspective), Ron Moore talked about the latest round of one-off episodes as necessary to balance the show's budget. I also think you need some time to move the characters and relationships forward after the season three opener (as in the boxing episode and the Tigh arc) and there are other threats out there (as in last week's episode). Nonetheless, I'll be glad to see the Cylons assert their continuing menacing presence
  3. What an actually disappointing article. There's nothing that actually answers the question except the complaint that there's a dearth of the appropriate software. That's a business problem, not a linux/windows problem. Is that because of the kind of business model you have in Linux? Is it because of Linux's software in some way? I didn't find this very informative.
  4. The iron resolve bit was about putting the Galactica in atmo knowing full well that the ship is a brick with no maneuvering and it would hit the ground. You have to launch vipers and then jump again or the whole thing's over, and you're doing it without having studied the variables involved. The very next time we see the ship, it's a mess, and I take it that the fact that they survived at all is something significant. It's not the act of a a super intellect, but of a hard commander who's got the stones to risk a lot to make things happen. I feel like the show's got integrity insofar as he's got to pay for it though. It was because they did something that risky that they lost the Pegasus, which was a serious loss considering its more effective combat power relative to Galactica. So that's what I mean by "iron resolve," just that they do the job by putting themselves into a more dangerous position, and it's because they pay for it most of the time (and know that they will) that I enjoy it. It takes character to do that I think, and that's what I enjoy. Also, I don't think I was claiming that you didn't care for the characters, I was just saying in general that if someone doesn't care for the characters, then they lose some investment in the show (which I think is a rather uncontroversial claim). If you care for some of the characters, then you're probably partly invested (at least since you apparently keep watching). That said, who do you not like, and why? And what bits of acting did you feel were "b" material?
  5. If you don't care about the characters, you don't care about the show. Action in that show works because you have a stake in the people. I think the latest episode is the latest of many examples that the action isn't about outsmarting the bad guys with some preternatural intelligence or tactics. It's about iron resolve to put yourself in harm's way and throw yourself into the breach. It costs the characters something to do that each and every time, but it's the right thing for them to do, and we cheer when they do it.
  6. Hey Eclipse. Try holding your third mouse button and mousing up or down. I thought that changed it for me in ground battles. I could be wrong.
  7. quote:Originally posted by Eclipse: ...Camera rotation is locked in ground combat making it hard to get the view you need.There's a control in there for this, I've rotated and zoomed the camera often. Also, I think the idea of the unit cap was to promote combined arms since you have to make sure that you have the right ratio of different kinds of units. (At least that's the way it forced ME to play.) This is an aesthetic issue however, and I didn't like it in Warcraft 3 for the same reason then. Try the imperial side if you want lots of space stuff, the tie squadrons are once the destroyers are deployed.
  8. Hmm, big screen, wireless, subscriptions instead of individual song purchases, works with existing formats, Microsoft's budget and built-in OS support... What am I missing here besides Apple's head start?
  9. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: I think that Edward Norton is the most underrated actor or our time.Here, here. I will see pretty much anything with him in it because he's not just talented, he's good at picking projects to work on. I'm also pretty sure that most of the time his movies aren't going to be same old formula stuff. Good stuff all around, nuff said.
  10. Okay, just got back from seeing this. It's in limited release right now, but it was excellent. Great performances by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Jessica Beals was okay. She didn't add anything amazing but she didn't drag the movie down either. I enjoyed again seeing one of my favorite under-appreciated actors, Rufus Sewell (see Dark City if you haven't). I don't have the technical resources to be too specific about how the lighting and cinematography worked, but I thought everything looked really good. 9/10
  11. I'm going to give it better marks as well. Being about "story" is not an instant turn-off for me. I DO think that he should have cast someone else instead of himself in that role, but I thought that the reason I watched it was for the reasons Aramike suggested as well as the fact that the scenes between the characters were lots of fun. 7/10
  12. ontopic: "A Scanner Darkly" is the title to Philip K. Dick's book, and is an updated reference to the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:12. "For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know, even as also I am known." Paul's referring to the next world, but Dick's novel is about a deep cover narcotics cop and what he "sees" in the course of his work. I've read the book, and I'll be interested to see if the movie is as smart. Don't judge a book...
  13. I'm also Christian, and I'm not sure what theology would be compromised by Jesus' having had offspring. I'm not interested in entertaining a theology discussion here, so I'll just leave it at that, but I think the thing that Christians get riled at Dan Brown for is that his book seems to take a lot of cheap shots at organized religion as such, and one might feel properly defensive about such broad strokes as I'm told his writing makes (I haven't read it yet). Find me any human institution (religious or not) that survives a thousand years with that degree of social power that doesn't have its ups and downs. I tend to think Christianity has done about as well as anyone could ask relatively speaking. As far as the movie went, I enjoyed the mystery of it, although I agree with the reviewer from AICN who said that when McKellen appeared that we got too much too early. I'm a bit of a pushover too though since I'm not so demanding as long as I'm entertained.
  14. Rubbish to the tune of approximately 77 million according to box office headlines I'm reading.
  15. Of all the things to get in pissing contests about... Sheesh! These characters appeal to people for different reasons, and liking both is possible, but they're apples and oranges. Superman's great because he's NOT dark Scriv. Superman will not be a gorefest with hardcore sexuality or terrifying and depraved departures into mental aberrancy. (Not that such things describe Batman, but I'm anticipating one of Scriv's normal reviews.) Believe it or not, that's NOT because the directors and editors were censored by Hollywood execs afraid to stir the moral center of the American middle class! The flying man in blue tights has lasted in spite of the blue tights (not because of them) because we like to see wonder and goodness. That's not what's great about Batman, but it's good enough for my nine bucks.
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