Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

It's not lupus.



I'm Dr. Greg House for Halloween. Christian hasn't watched House because he sucks. He probably wouldn't like it anyway because, again, he sucks. My other costume consideration was J.D. from Scrubs. I absolutely love Scrubs, I think everyone alive today (with a Netflix subscription) should watch the first seven seasons of Scrubs. I have watched them many many times. The only series I've honestly considered doing another solo review blog for is Scrubs. Everybody loves the show, but no one really talks about why, outside of "Dr. Cox is awesome." There's so much going on, including my long standing theory that Elliot is the best character on the show, and I have so much to say about every episode of seasons 1 through 7. Season 8 is bad. Season 9 doesn't exist.

But anyway, I also adore House, but it wouldn't be that fun to review. Everyone knows why House is awesome, and its flaws don't require any real analysis to understand. On the other hand, I think I have a lot of interesting things to say about Scrubs.

Anyway, happy Halloweenday everyone. I'd love to see your costumes.

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  1. Full disclosure. My first thought was Professor Lupin who had somehow gotten Mad-Eye Moody's walking stick.

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  2. I'd be more than happy to share my costume later tonight.

    That said, if you review Scrubs, I will DEFINITELY watch the show along with you.

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    1. Oh boy...you realize everyone's going to laugh at us? Then again...never stopped us before. We still got those pics from the long-lasting costumes from senior year? They'll like those...

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  3. At first I thought you were saying you considered J.D. Salinger which sounds awesome. But then I saw it was J.D. from Scrubs. And actually one time we watched an episode of House in a class for some reason now that I think about it. I'm not sure why.

    Haven't chosen a costume yet. Last night I just went out in the suit I had to wear for my show that night, tonight I suppose I actually need to go to a costume shop.

    IN HONOR OF HALLOWEEN DON'T FORGET TO MARATHON THROUGH "WHO'S AFRAID OF CORY WOLF?" "THE WITCHES OF PENNBROOK" and "GIRL MEETS WORLD OF TERROR"(S)!

    Nah, I'm kidding. Just watch "And Then There Was Shawn" and call it a day.

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    1. Actually Christian all those episodes are playing on MTV2 this morning. Don't miss them.

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    2. Nah, I have no strong feelings about Salinger. Seems like everybody either loves or hates him, but I don't get it.

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    3. Don't get it? He wrote Perfect Day for Bananafish! What's there to get?!

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  4. Andy Dufresne right here!

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  5. Your costume doesn't scare me

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  6. I have Scrubs through even to Season 8 on DVD. I also suffered through the abomination that followed. If this series was going to run itself into the ground, I was going to follow them all the way in.

    I didn’t think as highly of House. But I never stopped watching. That might be a case where I was watching a show almost solely for an actor’s performance (same with The Blacklist now, though that is a more extreme example).

    I’m going to a friend’s house later to watch a bunch of “seasonal” movies. No costumes will be involved.

    Happy Halloween, everyone.

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    1. House's transformation into crap was pretty complete by the last season.

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  7. Clips for Forgiveness for Halloween. Go here: https://instagram.com/makeluck/ and start right after the promo and work your way up.

    Looks good. If I find the entire episode I'll let everyone know.

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    1. Oh God...Shipping Wars showed me some....

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  8. Totally unrelated but I feel like this kinda got lost in the Texas comments

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUBJHjaVns

    So there is totally BMW music playing in the campfire scene in Texas Part 2. It's like the really sad theme they use when something tragic happens. You'll know it when you listen for it

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  9. I don't know how to post pictures and I'm not sure it's even possible like this, but if anyone's interested to know...Shipping Wars and I dressed up for our supermarket today. I was Captain America.

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    1. you could just put it on imgur or something

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  11. Oh, all it needs now is a prescription bottle. Loved how Hugh Laurie chomped on his pills.

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  12. Ok folks, I deliver again! Go here https://www.younow.com/Alylucaya video in the top marked forgiveness. Go 7 minutes into the video to get to the start of Forgiveness. Fair warning - it is terrible quality with a 13 year old girl interjecting and a dog barking seemingly whenever Kermit talks and she ends it like 20 seconds from the finish, but all we need to see is there. If I find something better I'll be sure to post it.

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    1. Looks like the link is dead now, so I hope folks got to see it while it was up.

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  13. Do it! Also Television Without Pity did House to death when both of those things were still around anyway.

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    1. I saw a couple episodes of House back in high school for my anatomy class. Didn't get the appeal. Sure the CGI recreations were pretty cool, but Dr. House was just a straight-up unpleasant person.

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    2. The appeal for everyone beyond the core audience really disappeared by Season 3. The core element of the show had been about how House was such an unrepentant asshole...but at the end of the episode, he'd show just enough humanity and repentance to suggest that by the end of the series he'd change into someone who isn't a complete dipwad. Unfortunately as is the way of Flanderization his character degraded into "well he's an asshole because being an asshole is cool."

      The last few whole seasons were kind of painful to watch.

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    3. There was an interesting Reddit thread concerning characters from other shows meeting each other.

      Everyone got a chuckle out of the antics Cory and Shawn would have if they met JD and Turk.

      But there was actually a rather in-depth debate over what would happen if Dr. House and Dr. Cox met one another. The general consensus was that Cox, having a heart deep, deep down inside, would DESPISE the narcissistic House.

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    4. House was the most watched show in the world in 2008, when it aired seasons 4 and 5. The original Eurodata post with that data is apparently gone, but you can still find other news sites linking to it. Season 5 has a 77 on metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

      I agree that the first three seasons are the best, by a lot, but you might be slightly talking out of your ass about the "appeal" disappearing.

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    5. "The original Eurodata post with that data is apparently gone, but you can still find other news sites linking to it. Season 5 has a 77 on metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
      I agree that the first three seasons are the best, by a lot, but you might be slightly talking out of your ass about the "appeal" disappearing. "

      Hmmm...Is it possible that House had a very niche audience and that it remained popular through its run? Scrubs had a devoted fanbase, yes, but was it perhaps more mainstream?

      But then, you said "most watched in the world." That's a bit perplexing. I'd have pegged it to be a reality show, if only for carbon-copy series in various nations being counted together.

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    6. It definitely wasn't a niche audience. "In 2008, House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 81.8 million worldwide, it was the most watched television show on the globe and far surpassed the viewership figures of the leading TV dramas the previous two years (CSI and CSI: Miami)"

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    7. Of course, the fact that CSI and CSI Miami won the previous two years means that this isn't a measure of QUALITY, but my point was just that the audience was massive all the way through season five, contrary to what Unknown said.

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    8. 81.8 MILLION WORLDWIDE!?!?

      HOLY *NICE TRY, STILL NOT GOING TO SWEAR*!!! That's incredible! Really, really incredible!

      Hmmm...how many viewers do you think that "Good Looking Detective, Eric Matthews" would get?

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    9. Five and a half?

      Nonsense. There'd be at the least Riley, Auggie, Maya and Farkle (Under the assumption Riley hid the remote from Maya and Farkle owes her a favor) from the new group alone. Add in Mr. Feeny, Rachel and Tommy and we're up to seven viewers.
      Oh, and Jack Hunter would watch out of sheer disbelief for at least the pilot. And in spite of himself, he'd continue to watch because Eric is just that magnetic.

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    10. Cryptid you just nailed that. Well done.

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    11. "I agree that the first three seasons are the best, by a lot, but you might be slightly talking out of your ass about the "appeal" disappearing."

      It was a bit long ago in my defense (the show ended when all the current crop of Disney Channel shows were either brand-spanking new or not even conceived yet) so it probably remained broadly high in quality longer than I can remember. But I still stand by my comment that the last few seasons were painful to watch.

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    12. It's fine. I'm very defensive about my Housey House.

      And yeah, season 8 of House is like season 8 of Scrubs. I watch it, because I have to, but I'd rather not.

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    13. "And yeah, season 8 of House is like season 8 of Scrubs. I watch it, because I have to, but I'd rather not."

      So...like the Topanga-Gives-Up-On-Love-Entirely Arc from Season 7 of Boy Meets World?

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    14. Oh, and about "Good Looking Detective, Eric Matthews."

      We can't forget Jason, Eric's first sidekick. He'd watch. Heck, he'd probably guest star for a voice-over role.
      And then there's Lonnie. She'd probably watch. So would Kelly and Ryan, from "Uncle Daddy."

      Harley would probably watch after hearing Riley and Farkle talk about it. Frankie Stechino (sic) might watch if there's nothing else on.

      Alan and Amy watched Eric as a weatherman, so they'd watch him as a Good Looking Detective. And by extension, Eric's old co-workers at the station would watch too.

      And Mr. Turner would for likely the same reasons as Jack, sheer astonishment and then in spite of himself due to Eric's charisma.

      Eli Williams would only watch it if "Good Looking Detective, Eric Matthews" is airing on the channel that his news station is an affiliate of.

      So altogether, that's probably good for at least thirty or so.

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    15. I imagine Good Looking detective would be very popular ;)

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    16. Did Eric ever say anything other than it would star a Good Looking Guy?

      Would it be buddy cop in the style of...um...hmmm, there haven't been many pure buddy cop shows in a long time...21 Jump Street? (That was a show back in the '80s, right?)
      Or a crime/court procedure drama like Law & Order?
      A group of cops like Rookie Blue?
      A family drama like Blue Bloods? (Very underrated, highly recommended. God bless Tom Selleck).
      Or was it just supposed to be Eric, the Good Looking Detective Who Works Alone?

      I think it would do well, especially if Eric teamed up with whomever Good Looking Detective is, for a buddy cop show. I'd say, hmm...ten seasons, ending when Eric is promoted to Captain.

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    17. Personally I see Eric Matthews, Good Looking Detective as sort of an Inspector Gadget type. He wouldn't be able to solve any crime without help from his younger brother Josh and their robot Farkle.

      Eric would have a hard time finding his way out of a phone booth without assistance.

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    18. And then what, 1960? Robot-Farkle wants to become a real boy after falling in love with Good Looking Detective's niche, Riley? Riley would actually fit better as the "Penny" if Good Looking Detective is Inspector Gadget.

      That's not as far-fetched as it sounds. actually. While I meant it as a joke, I do remember reading a short story in high school about a supercomputer that falls in love with one of his technicians after helping a second technician write a love poem for her. If I recall, it was called "E.P.I.C.A.C."

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPICAC_%28short_story%29
      The Wikipedia article doesn't do it justice. It was downright tragic.

      Oh, and did you hear about the reboot of Inspector Gadget? I think it's on Netflix in the United States.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Gadget_%282015_TV_series%29

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    19. Found a PDF of EPICAC, if anyone's interested. And even now it made my eyes water.
      http://www.bestlibrary.org/files/epicac-2.pdf

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    20. I always pictured "Good Looking Detective" as a throwback to the old private eye shows, where they often worked alone. I could also see it as a "Remington Steele" type of show, if he had a female partner who was smarter.

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    21. I'm with Kit, the good looking detective doesn't want a partner.

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    22. But that's the point! Good Looking Detective doesn't want a partner. He's still grieving the loss of his old mentor, Senior Detective Awesome Deep Voice and doesn't want anybody to get close to him anymore.

      For the last seven years Good Looking Detective has worked alone, refusing to get help from anybody unless he absolutely needs it. Most of his help comes in the way of various professionals whose services are needed to analyze evidence or court officials who authorize warrants. Good Looking Detective may be a self-induced lone wolf, but he isn't about to flaunt the laws he is sworn to uphold.

      And then one day, his Captain, a short man named Handlebar Mustache, assigns him a partner. As it happens, on his last assignment with Detective Awesome Deep Voice, Good Looking Detective saved the life of a young woman. Her college-aged brother vowed to join the force and is now Junior Detective Great Hair.

      Good Looking Detective must learn to trust again as he works with Junior Detective Great Hair to keep the city safe. And Good Looking.

      Whaddya say, we pitch this to ABC? Wolf's got NBC locked up tight and CBS has Criminal Minds and NCIS.

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    23. I never pictured "Good Looking Detective" as being a police detective. I always saw him as a private eye, a shamus, a gum-shoe.

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  14. Oh and rather than posting a picture of my Halloween costume I'll just shamelessly self-promote my blog with a link to my blog article about my costume: http://nickanddisneyreviewed.blogspot.com/2015/11/happy-uh-day-de-los-muertos.html

    Spoiler alert: I was lazy about the costume too.

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  15. SUCH a random and off topic post, but remember that bizarre rebel kid from Girl Meets Friendship that suddenly set behind Lucas and was never seen ever again? Well, he's on this new AMC show called "Into the Badlands," and after seeing the promo, I knew I'd see him somewhere until realizing he was "rebel boy" or whatever. From the promo, it seems like he has a pretty significant role. Not bad for a GMW alumnus.

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    1. He was also in the Ender's Game movie. That was such a good book, not such a good movie though.

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    2. He actually said that he didnt really like working on girl meets world

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  16. I watched just enough House to turn myself into a hypochondriac and then called it a day on the series. Laurie was, as everyone knows, amazing.


    Also if you do a Scrubs review, let me know. I'll read it devotedly. Anything you review, to be honest. Love your reviews and comments and am glad at the idea of having more to read in the future!

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    1. Tim I need to give you an enormous hi five. Like one of the ones where we jump super high, after a running start, and hi five a hundred feet in the air.

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    2. Is there really any other way to do it? Let's just make sure to hell Eagle when it happens!

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    3. Shipping Wars and I have watched some of Scrubs on Netflix and we got a kick out of EAGLE!

      "Tim I need to give you an enormous hi five. Like one of the ones where we jump super high, after a running start, and hi five a hundred feet in the air."

      So you mean a hi five like the kind two morphed Power Rangers could give each other?

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    4. I am also obsessed with Scrubs and would love to read a blog on it if you decide to do it! It'd be great to finally have somewhere to discuss it with the maturity and thought that goes into everyone's comments on this blog.

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  17. Episode 1 of Cheryl Texiera's new web series: Confessions of a Bartender is up. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUHuCtrXmnQ

    It seemed like something folks here might want to take a look at.

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  18. Deleted the pic of my costume to keep my name anonymous. If I make an Imgur account, I'll post it there.

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  19. You look like a complete asshole, which is what you are, you dumbass motherfucker.

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    1. Hahaha well handled, Sean.

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    2. What's smaller Sean? Your brain or your dick? Be sure to tell the lying hypocrite asshole Unknown that he's a giant pile of shit. His IMDB account has now been completely removed by the administrators after I personally reported every single one of his posts as a violation on IMDB's ban on posting advertising. How do you shitheads like that?

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    3. My dick is smaller, definitely. Like, REAL small.

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    4. Unknown continues to keep his real identity unknown, but bans anonymous comments. How hypocritical can you get? Anyway, fuck you. And you also Tim, you jackass.

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    5. Everyone's dick is smaller than their brain, I think, right? I think that's just science. I think even the dude with the biggest dick in the world, it's gotta be smaller than his brain, right? Like in terms of sheer mass? It has to be, no?

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  20. I know i'm late, but halloween doesn't factor into my country's culture....

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    1. Oh really? If you don't mind my asking, where is that? Halloween is big in the United States and Canada, and Britain has the inspiration from All Hallows Eve. But other than that, I know very little.

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  21. I'm the same anonymous from above. Sean and Tim, I'd like to apologize for my behavior which has been severely out of line and immature. I shouldn't have allowed my disagreement with Unknown to get the better of me by bringing it to this site and attacking you and one of your readers. I'm sure you're a nice guy and that both your brain and your dick are normal. I don't watch this show, so this will be my last time coming here, but you seem to have a nice layout and a devoted readership. Best of luck in the future.

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    1. Wow man. That's really cool of you to say. Not many people do stuff like that. No worries on my part buddy. Take it easy!

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    2. The internet is a weird place.

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    3. No worries, Anonymous. I commend you. You saw you took it too far and apologized. That says a ton about you as a person, believe it or not. I apologize for anything I had to do with any of this. That's all that needs to be said. Don't let it worry you.

      And Sean, amen.

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    4. Well, this all seems very exciting. I'm not quite sure why this Anonymous cat's here, but, uh, glad you worked through all this. Can we go back to talking about GMW now?

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    5. Sure.

      Anyone have a link for Forgiveness Project?

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    6. link here http://tinyurl.com/nortbhm

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    7. Must resist clicking on link. Must wait until Friday so I can see episode properly.

      Watch episode properly and see it high quality. Watch episode now...well, not now, I gotta go to work pretty soon....watch episode early, lower quality but no cheesy commercials...
      Decisions, decisions.

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    8. Watch both! and When do you imagine the review will be posted sean?

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    9. Don't worry about clicking that link, Cryptid. You can do it! Resist it! It's just a link to the past.

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    10. The review will be posted Friday. According to the legend, anyway.

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    11. But that's the thing--the legend says it will be posted on Friday. But which Friday do they mean? There are over fifty Fridays in any given year and we know not how long the Western World will continue to use the Gregorian Calendar.
      And when on Friday? The Earth may run on roughly a 24-hour cycle for one complete revolution of its axis--what we call "Friday" may yet be Saturday in some parts of the world, or else Thursday in other parts of the world.

      And I thought the prophecies in the Book of Daniel were hard to understand.

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    12. I'm not sure why you're worried about watching the episode "properly." I posted a VERY high quality link.

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    13. I'm content to let the show come to me. I'm paying for HD so I'm going to watch HD, and while 10:30 pm sucks, Friday otherwise generally works for me. It's still nice to have the option, so thanks for the link.

      On an unrelated note, what happened to this comment thread?

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    14. It's complicated, Milestones. It's complicated.

      Oh, and make sure you have tissues for Friday night. You'll need them. I saw a couple of clips. You think "Rileytown" was jarring?

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    15. I figured, Cryptid. Probably the less I know the better.

      I'm steeling myself for Friday.

      Only two episodes into Season 2 of BMW, and they were pretty good. Really good, actually.

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    16. I fell for that Sean. Well played. Can't wait for this episode. Love that this site exists so I not only have the show but also chatting about it with you guys to look forward to!

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    17. I love how we all bring different perspectives into this beautiful blog.

      Remember how "Creativity" led to a discussion of the value of the arts and how our very technological world allows for easy access to virtually every topic imaginable?
      Or how Milestones and 1960 bring something valuable to the various episodes centered on the familial relationships on the show?

      I love this blog and everybody on it.

      We got "Belief" coming up, and while I'm not looking forward to the episode in itself, I am somewhat looking forward to the conversations that will come up.
      Speaking for myself, I do have a couple of points to make on faith in media in general.

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  22. I'm a different anon from above but I just wanted to apologize about making a female commenter of yours uncomfortable the other day. i was trying to be funny but i see now that it was inappropriate and i mentioned details about her private life that werent appropriate to say in a public place like this. i have apologized to her but i dont think she will be back and thats my fault. sorry.

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  23. The 5th of November - Happy 16th Anniversary Cory and Topanga.

    Also some guy in England tried to blow up Parliament way back when.

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    1. "Some guy"... I never get credit for anything.

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    2. History lesson! *Yanks on History Minor Hat*

      The man you are referring to is named Guy Fawkes, a radical who envisioned not just reinstating the Catholic monarchs but putting the Catholic Church in total control of England.
      In popular culture, Guy Fawkes masks were popularized by the film "V for Vendetta."

      You read that right, those would-be anarchists of Anonymous and more than a few of the Occupy Wall St. protesters are using the legacy of a theocratic zealot as a way to identify themselves. Oops.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes

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    3. I was quite aware of exactly who the "some guy" was that I was talking about. Since it wasn't on point to anything _MW, I didn't want to get too far off topic, but since I love "V for Vendetta" I did want to mention it in passing.

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    4. Yeah I think everybody knows who Guy Fawkes is, Cryptid.

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    5. Well, a Guy Fawkes refresher is hardly the most wayward commentary on this post...appropriate even, given the Halloween theme.

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    6. As it happens, I never actually saw "V for Vendetta" and am in no particular hurry.
      And I don't recall learning about Fawkes in high school--I read a throwaway reference on a blog post criticizing OWS and got curious.

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  24. And the "Meets Belief" clips have started. Pretty much the entire prologue and who knows how much more by the time you actually go look: https://instagram.com/rauraausllygmwvids/

    Looks good so far. As always if I get a link to the entire thing, I'll be sure to post it.

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    1. Damn, they aren't wasting time are they?

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    2. Pretty good set-up. Reminiscent of "Meets the Truth" in a way. Oh, and congratulations Shipping Wars, you had the one hundredth comment.

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    3. I don't quite see how they'll transition from that opening into Meeting Belief.

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    4. Most of the episode is floating around Instagram. Next week will be fun..

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