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    'Tea' as in evening meal. But you probably knew that.

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      I didn't think you could have spaghetti for tea. I thought it was more of a snack a few hours before supper.

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        You're a very rigid man, Reed. What time of the day do you have tea?

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          I just watched the one with Lee and the prostitute and it was like, you had to rearrange all your ideas about him, but it also made total sense as well.
          Yeah, they do that sort of thing quite a lot as the series goes on, and it really makes you appreciate the quality of the writing and characterisation.

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            I've just been reading about Dollhouse. Because of Helo being in it. It sounds amazing. And Helo and Faith! What a great combination.

            I'm also getting obsessed with the parallels between Galactica and Sarah Connor chronicles. Because they both have essentially the exact same plot. I think it took the Terminator series (films included) a while to start addressing the 'why' of it all whereas Galactica had it down from the start with all the God's plan/new life stuff. And TTSCC seems to be coming to the same conclusions, with the increasing religious talk. Because the machines do need to have the same existential problems we do otherwise, what's the point? This is why I never really understood stuff like Tolkein and his many copiers, where all the dark side wants to do is kill and lay waste to stuff - what is the point of fighting to gain ultimate power when having it means having power over nothing very much? It's still a religious fight - ie presented in terms of good v evil - but evil that believes it's *morally* right is the only way to make it make sense. And I think the Terminator people have really realised that machines that are supposed to be more intelligent than people doing nothing but revelling in sheer destruction don't make much dramatic sense.

            Next thing we know, Cameron will reveal that she can have babies...

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              I'm not sure the parallels are quite that strong (and in recent episodes the focus has shifted away from philosophical questions about AI to the psychodrama between Sarah and John), but they are interesting nonetheless. I think I prefer Galactica's approach in that the show (as opposed to the Colonials) more or less assumes that the Cylons have meaningful and complex inner lives - a soul if you will - and then explores what that implies in various contexts. Whereas TtSCC seems to start from a default position that they don't, before hinting that maybe they do. As someone who finds the philosophical zombie argument almost nonsensical, the BSG route makes much more sense to me. Of course Cameron has a soul. Just get on with it and show it to us!

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                Well, I mean, parallels in basic terms eg humans create AIs that then cause a nuclear holocaust to try to wipe humans out, the surviving humans have to fight a war with them, they are infiltrated by machines looking like people with their own agendas (happening more now in s2 of TTSCC - Shirley bloody Manson, for heaven's sake!) and all stuff about how interesting is it that the machines seem to want to mix human/robot either in "cybernetic organisms" or actually in a new hybrid species; do the machines think of themselves as doing what humans did to the world ie make it extremely hostile to other species, etc, etc.

                But yeah, I was trying to say the same thing essentially about Galactica doing it in a more satisfying way.

                Spoiler for TTSCC s2e4

                Perhaps Cameron's soul is going to be Alison's in some way?

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                  The latest beautiful people American comedy TV series that I've watched is Chuck. Any fans here? There's plenty of cracking one-liners from Casey and gorgeous people to ogle for both sexes. Pretty much zero thought required but I've been entertained by the first season.

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                    I thought the premise was too stupid. Comedy bits not funny enough, action bits not exciting enough, whole thing really unwieldy.

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                      I wouldn't argue too strongly with you. It didn't help that episode 2 was the weakest episode in the season. They realised quickly that the action bits weren't good enough and made them more comic based.

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                        Ah, I only saw eps 1 + 2. (And didn't get to the end of either.)

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                          Lyra?? What was that you said about In Bruges??? It's fantastic!!! Four exclamation marks!!!! No, make that five!!!!! It's a minor masterpiece, in fact.

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                            Nico Rijnders wrote:
                            The Mail didn't need to bother, that paper have done it for them:
                            Blimey, so they have. It was the Peter Bradshaw "official" review (no play on words intended) that I'd read.

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                              I missed Lyra's comment the first time round, but I'm with wingco all the way.

                              !!!!!

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                                You're a very rigid man, Reed. What time of the day do you have tea?
                                I thought tea was like an afternoon snack to tie one over until supper. Spaghetti would be too heavy for that purpose, I'd think.

                                In that sense, I don't always have tea, but sometimes I have a snack like some pretzels and a diet coke in the mid-afternoon and then I have dinner around 6:30 or 7. Sometimes I actually have some tea at my tea, but I don't drink much tea. It's not usually very good here.

                                I like Chuck. It's pretty mindless but it's easy on the eyes and it's funny sometimes.

                                I'm surprised that Wingco and I agree so emphatically (assuming he's not being sarcastic). I thought In Bruges was one of the best movies I've seen in the last few years.

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                                  Lyra?? What was that you said about In Bruges??? It's fantastic!!! Four exclamation marks!!!! No, make that five!!!!! It's a minor masterpiece, in fact.

                                  in protest at wingcos reprehensible use of exclamation marks i am posting in a crude way without use of the punctuation desired so as to resemble the idiot texts sent in by football fans to tabloid sports pages that go along the lines of hur hur you everton clods ar gunna get beet on satrday this is our yeer gerrard is god from jimbo

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                                    I've kept this quiet for a while but it's time to confess. I'm pretty much addicted to Gossip Girl. 95% of it is pure garbage but I can't stop watching.

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                                      Reed, no I wasn't being sarcastic. In Bruges is great.

                                      Tonight, set your whatevers for True Stories which is all about Ali-Frazier's last fight, told very much from a pro-Frazier standpoint. It's fascinating.

                                      Incidentally, have opinions been expressed here on 30 Rock? I saw the pilot and found the Tina Fey character a bit irritating, insofar as she seemed to be created simply to point up the obvious foibles of the other characters. Should I persist?

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                                        I saw a few eps and didn't enjoy them, but I seem to be almost alone in this.

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                                          Very much looking forward to the Frazier documentary.

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                                            I've kept this quiet for a while but it's time to confess. I'm pretty much addicted to Gossip Girl. 95% of it is pure garbage but I can't stop watching.
                                            The women on the show are nice to look at but I can't stand it because of the guys on the show, especially the one with the weird eyebrows. He creeps me out like a twelve-cylander, super-charged creeping-out machine.

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                                              We recently acquired that clever IQ gizmo allowing us to record series with a couple of button presses.

                                              The good side is I am now able to record all episodes of (nerd alert) Voyager. I was also really enjoying NYPD Blues until the dickheads at Foxtel suddenly took it off air.

                                              I have however, now discovered the Sweeney is on. I love that theme tune, love it.

                                              On the down side the wife has a backlog of Medium and Dead Zone to get through so I might have to go on holiday.

                                              Time Team's okay, but don't tell her I said that.

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                                                wingco wrote:
                                                Incidentally, have opinions been expressed here on 30 Rock? I saw the pilot and found the Tina Fey character a bit irritating, insofar as she seemed to be created simply to point up the obvious foibles of the other characters. Should I persist?
                                                I absolutely love 30Rock. Fey's got a great line in self deprecating humour. It's quite an old fashioned sitcom in many respects but it's 'modern' and so brilliantly written. As you get to know the characters it gets better and better. I love Kenneth

                                                Anyway I came on to see if anyone was talking about the new Screenwipe. Seems not so I'll start. Brooker spot on about the Brand/Ross debacle but the joke about him being a sad old man in front of the TV is wearing thin.

                                                But the main thing I'm raising is the little interlude from Tim Key. http://www.timkey.co.uk/

                                                Seems he's been on before but this is the first I've seen or heard from him. I didn't get it AT ALL. Complete shit. Seemed like wannabe, trying too hard BlueJam to me. Am I the only one? Can someone explain what's good about this to me?

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                                                  Getting back to Terminator, the latest episode does some really interesting things with the time travel paradoxes.

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                                                    Anyway I came on to see if anyone was talking about the new Screenwipe. Seems not so I'll start.
                                                    Ahem.

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