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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2009, 09:25:33 PM »

I can't stand 24.  It's like watching a propaganda film.  I did watch the first season, but lost interest.  I tried watching the first episode of this season and was sickened.  I mean, it started out with Bauer blowing off an investigation into his and others' illegal torture, etc.
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2009, 09:29:08 PM »

I just re-watched this series not long ago, "The League of Gentlemen", from the BBC.

Described as "Dark Comedy/Drama/Horror".. it'd be too hard to explain (far beyond quirky though). But almost all characters (and there are plenty) are played by 3 actors. Lots of side stories alongside the leading plot.

There are 3 seasons of 6 episodes each, one Christmas special & one movie. The first two seasons are more comedy and have a laugh track but season 3 is much more dark/dramatic, no laugh track. The shows are guaranteed to stick with you. Completely funny characters, pathetic characters.. I was laughing at times, totally creeped out at others.

If you think you'll dig it, skip this video. It's the last portion of the final episode that gives a feel for how the show is shot and shows many of the main characters. Still can't believe it's only 3 guys..

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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2009, 09:32:56 PM »

Once you have a replicator and there is no scarcity, economics pretty much goes out the window.

I disagree.  The StarTrek tech (beaming, replicators, holodeck, etc) reduces the cost of manufacturing and shipping quite a bit, but not to stone-cold zero, and it creates new markets in the service sector in the process.  The human economy will shift to different things eating up the majority of the GDP.  We're already seeing things like manufacturing decline in importance, while engineering and especially health care increase.

People tend to be very picky about looking good, feeling good, and not dying...  So, if people on Star Trek are too smart for economics, why was Dr McCoy moving so slow at the tender age of 137?  Couldn't they just replicate him a new body or something?  Why not?  Why would free market incentives not be useful in bring such a procedure to market?
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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2009, 09:52:37 PM »

Lost, for it's writing, production, and acting.

For comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

My other favoriter pay series are The Sopranos, and Big Love.
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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2009, 09:53:55 PM »

Once you have a replicator and there is no scarcity, economics pretty much goes out the window.

I disagree.  The StarTrek tech (beaming, replicators, holodeck, etc) reduces the cost of manufacturing and shipping quite a bit, but not to stone-cold zero, and it creates new markets in the service sector in the process.  The human economy will shift to different things eating up the majority of the GDP.  We're already seeing things like manufacturing decline in importance, while engineering and especially health care increase.

People tend to be very picky about looking good, feeling good, and not dying...  So, if people on Star Trek are too smart for economics, why was Dr McCoy moving so slow at the tender age of 137?  Couldn't they just replicate him a new body or something?  Why not?  Why would free market incentives not be useful in bring such a procedure to market?


Sure, I didn't mean that economics would be meaningless.  However, it's easier to believe that traditional conceptions of wealth, etc. wouldn't apply as they do today...and this is how the show is set up.
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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2009, 09:55:07 PM »

I can't stand 24.  It's like watching a propaganda film.  I did watch the first season, but lost interest.  I tried watching the first episode of this season and was sickened.  I mean, it started out with Bauer blowing off an investigation into his and others' illegal torture, etc.

It is a propaganda film.

But I think Bauer is the closest thing to Kirk on the tube these days.

I like the hell with the rules attitude.  And after watching this season, I think it is a good thing that torture is getting some exposure.

Disclaimer - I got an Ipod about a year ago and pretty much turned off the TV so I don't really know what is on the tube.  I either download the episodes from I tunes or watch them on the web.

The "be afraid" theme of broadcast TV was really starting to get to me.  

Be afraid because:
its raining
its snowing
the terrorists are coming
its cold
its hot
its windy
the sun is out
the pollen index is too high
the food will kill you

That list is pretty much endless.

Oh, I forgot, if (fill in the blank), call the government.

Government torture just seems more realistic.
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2009, 10:51:29 PM »

The Foundation series
The hitchhikers guide series
the odyssey and illiad

All awesome reads.
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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2009, 10:56:52 PM »

Ford Prefect is gay.  That's why he never got laid and kept Arthur around.
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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2009, 11:00:58 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2009, 11:23:01 PM »



All awesome reads.

Go away. 

No reading for us. We prefer idiot box!

Idiot box, idiot box!
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Re: Your favorite series.
« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2009, 11:31:59 PM »

I prefer audio-books.  They're the only reason I get any exercise and my eyes haven't had a communist revolution yet.

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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2009, 11:46:23 PM »

South of Nowhere - Sort of edgy teen drama about lesbian teens in high school. Does not have as much sex in it as you'd like it to have. It lasted only three seasons because . . . well, it was a teen drama about schoolgirl lesbians. Got Screwed by the Network.

Remember WENN - Drama series put out by AMC in the late 90s set in a 1940s radio station. I don't remember too much about it now but I liked it very much back then. I'm not sure if there's a DVD set or even a torrent of it out there.

Knight Rider - Michael Knight . . . Knight Rider. If you've never seen this it's concentrated awesome.

The A-Team - Also concentrated awesome. Perhaps the best weekly adventure series ever, until the last season. Has Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, George Peppard (I think) and that guy who played Barclay in Star Trek TNG and Voyager. They go around in a van kicking ass.

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2009, 12:04:42 AM »



All awesome reads.

Go away. 

No reading for us. We prefer idiot box!

Idiot box, idiot box!

I've been reading since you were an infant. 

You do not impress me, and it will take a lot of personal growth on your part before you can.  That is not to suggest that you will, impetuous whelp. 

Any further posts from you will be deleted.  Don't forget your hat. 
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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2009, 08:06:51 AM »

South of Nowhere - Sort of edgy teen drama about lesbian teens in high school. Does not have as much sex in it as you'd like it to have. It lasted only three seasons because . . . well, it was a teen drama about schoolgirl lesbians. Got Screwed by the Network.

Remember WENN - Drama series put out by AMC in the late 90s set in a 1940s radio station. I don't remember too much about it now but I liked it very much back then. I'm not sure if there's a DVD set or even a torrent of it out there.

Knight Rider - Michael Knight . . . Knight Rider. If you've never seen this it's concentrated awesome.

The A-Team - Also concentrated awesome. Perhaps the best weekly adventure series ever, until the last season. Has Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, George Peppard (I think) and that guy who played Barclay in Star Trek TNG and Voyager. They go around in a van kicking ass.



The A-Team is a pretty fun show.
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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2009, 08:21:31 AM »

South of Nowhere - Sort of edgy teen drama about lesbian teens in high school. Does not have as much sex in it as you'd like it to have. It lasted only three seasons because . . . well, it was a teen drama about schoolgirl lesbians. Got Screwed by the Network.

Remember WENN - Drama series put out by AMC in the late 90s set in a 1940s radio station. I don't remember too much about it now but I liked it very much back then. I'm not sure if there's a DVD set or even a torrent of it out there.

Knight Rider - Michael Knight . . . Knight Rider. If you've never seen this it's concentrated awesome.

The A-Team - Also concentrated awesome. Perhaps the best weekly adventure series ever, until the last season. Has Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, George Peppard (I think) and that guy who played Barclay in Star Trek TNG and Voyager. They go around in a van kicking ass.



The A-Team is a pretty fun show.

I watched Knight Rider as a kid. Thought it was "concentrated awesome" at the time, but would never watch it as an adult. I say this because I have recently watched a few episodes of A-Team, Voyagers and Buck Rogers with the kidlets. It was awesome in the nostalgic sort of way, but nowhere near as good as the memories of "concentrated awesome" from the rose-colored glasses of childhood.

I do enjoy watching Burn Notice and Leverage. Leverage is very A-Team, and Burn Notice has the added DIY elements of MacGyver.
I look back at the formula of rescuing the damsel in distress in the older shows, and think how nice it is to see strong female characters in both series.

Of course, I do wonder if we ought to be slightly concerned that my daughter wants to take up martial arts and is becoming increasingly interested in anything to do with demolition. (She's a fan of Fiona.) International arms dealer, mercenary for hire, assassin, art thief... are these acceptable career paths?
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