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To boldly go where you’ve already gone before… [OT]

Cidu Bill on Sep 24th 2017

In honor of tonight’s premiere of Star Trek: Disaster…

Has there ever been a good prequel? I’m not talking about the odd cases such as Godfather 2, where they were simply filming another section of the novel, but stories (such as “the first Star Wars trilogy”), written years later, that lead up to the original.

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OT: Roku, Fire TV, or something else?

Cidu Bill on Dec 21st 2015

My Roku is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

Any recommendations for a replacement?

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Cidu Bill on Dec 11th 2014


(For the record…)

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How I Met The Woman In Whose Womb You Gestated And Who is Otherwise Unimportant To The Story

Cidu Bill on Mar 31st 2014

Perhaps not as badly written as the BSG and Lost finales, but in the end so unpleasant.

I was going to resurrect the earlier Worst Finale Ever thread, but this one requires its own discussion.

So using this awful episode as a baseline, can anybody name anything worse?

Filed in Bill Bickel, How I Met Your Mother, television | 38 responses so far

Worst-Ever Television Show Finales: Save the Date

Cidu Bill on Mar 10th 2014

We last revisited this discussion almost 4 years ago. The discussion will resume on April 1, following the finale of How I Met Your Mother, which seems to have no possible ending that isn’t a train wreck.

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“August 29, 1967: The day the running stopped”

Cidu Bill on Aug 26th 2012

It’s been 45 years since the final episode of The Fugitive aired (45 years?? Holy crap!), and I will go out on a limb and say that no television program before or since has had a greater final scene (though the second Newhart series comes close). I’m not talking about a final episode, mind you (though The Fugitive’s final episode as a whole was pretty damn good as well), but the very final scene: Kimble leaving the courtroom, Bob waking up.

I am, of course, open to opposing opinions…

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Chaz Kant Danz

Cidu Bill on Sep 5th 2011

Can anybody explain to me why there’s so much controversy about Chaz Bono competing on Dancing With the Stars? What’s the mindset here: “OMG, an LGBT person dancing? You allow that, and next thing you know you’ll have gay professional dancers!”

Filed in Bill Bickel, Chaz Bono, DWTS, Dancing With The Stars, LGBT, television | 43 responses so far

Worst Reality Show EVER

Cidu Bill on Sep 6th 2010

What’s really scary is that Put Him in Camp Bucca is probably giving Fox ideas.

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Lost Unanswered Questions

Cidu Bill on May 26th 2010

Michael posted this in another thread, below, but I thought it needed to be brought up top.

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Things really have changed since the Flintstones’ time

Cidu Bill on May 26th 2010

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Best Endings

Cidu Bill on May 24th 2010

I am still in shock over how mind-bogglingly awful last night’s Lost finale was — especially since for a show that’s essentially a multi-year puzzle, the final episode makes or breaks the entire run. Still, this is where to discuss that.
Just to get the ashen taste out of my mouth, I’m reposting the 2008 discussion about best endings…

(Warning: Even though this is the wrong thread for discussions of the Lost finale, there are in fact spoilers below) Continue Reading »

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bob Newhart, Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, Frumpy the Clown, Fugitive, Judd Winick, Lost, Magnum P.I., Preteena, Sledge Hammer, St. Elsewhere, comic strips, comics, humor, television | 73 responses so far

Worst Endings Ever, and Sunday’s Lost Finale

Cidu Bill on May 21st 2010

jack.pngSunday night, Lost ends.

I’m hoping for a good send-off — the writing has certainly improved over the past couple of seasons — but realistically I don’t think there’s any way they can tie everything together in a way that makes any sense: they spent too much time throwing in everything including the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and the toilet down the hall. Maybe they’ll just streamline the ton of series mythology, ignoring 95% of it. Maybe they’ll try to fit all the pieces together and end up with an X Files type mess.

Or a Battlestar Galactica style “Yeah, we really have no idea either.”

Or maybe the writers actually had a plan all along (though isn’t that what they said about the Cylons, until they didn’t?), and we’re in for a glorious, stunning finale.

I’m not holding my breath, though.

A couple of years ago, we discussed worst-ever television endings. There were 68 comments and to spare anybody from repeating themselves now, I’m tacking this onto the old discussion rather than starting a new one.

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So Grandpa Jim will remain on death’s door for eternity. How uplifting.

This monstrosity made me think about the worst television endings ever. I doubt there are many Star Trek fans who wouldn’t name Enterprise’s finale as one of the worst ever. Quantum Leap was another stinker.

Of course, a great many television series simply go off the air and don’t have finales at all — and some go on for too many seasons and stink so bad by the end that any finale is a mercy killing (I’m sure some of you are thinking FBOFW falls into this category, so I’ll save you the trouble of pointing that out) — but the question before us here is: Worst television finale ever (or to put it in a more trendy way, worst. television. finale. ever.)

Filed in Battlestar Galactica, Bill Bickel, Doug Bratton, Enterprise, For Better or For Worse, Lost, Lynn Johnston, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, Quantum Leap, Star Trek, X Files, comic strips, comics, humor, television | 117 responses so far

At The Risk of Sounding Stupid…

Cidu Bill on May 6th 2010


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Cidu Bill on Apr 19th 2010

Ever notice how just about every comic strip and television show containing teenagers works in at least one storyline about the kid running up a monstrous text messaging bill? Is there a single American family with teenagers and cell phones that doesn’t take the unlimited texting option (which every wireless company offers)?

Are the writers so divorced from reality that they aren’t aware of this? Or is this like the “look at all the snow; so much for global warming, ha ha ha” gag where they just assume their audience is ignorant?

(Just for the record, without unlimited texting, my 16-year-old son’s average monthly bill would be about $350)

Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones, comics, comics strips, humor, television, texting | 45 responses so far

One Last Observation About the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien Imbroglio

Cidu Bill on Apr 12th 2010

Mostly because it’s so rare to be able to use imbroglio in a sentence.

A few months ago, the prevailing narrative was that NBC and Jay Leno were eeeeevil because NBC wanted to give Jay Leno his 11:30 timeslot back and shift Conan to midnight. Today we hear that TBS has signed Conan to do an 11:30 show. George Lopez currently hosts a talkshow on TBS during that time; but that’s okay, they’re going to shift him to midnight.

So far there’s no indication that either Conan or his vocal supporters sees any irony here.

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Billo’s Advice to Conan

Cidu Bill on Jan 19th 2010

(language advisory)

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Television Logic I Don’t Understand

Cidu Bill on Jan 1st 2010

A pivitol Doctor WHo episode was aired in England today — if you’re a fan you know what I mean and if you’re not, there’s nothing gained by explaining — which won’t be shown in the United States and Canada for a couple of months. What I’m not understanding is why they don’t broadcast it on this side of the Pond (on BBC America) today as well. This question applies just as well to other programs, of course.

What is the possible downside of letting this air on American television on the same day? There’s no technological or logistical problem, of course. It’s not taking anything away from the BBC or the British public. And in the specific case of Doctor Who, it’s a safe bet that 97.3% of all American fans know how to and will simply download the episode tonight — which is what I’m doing — rendering the eventual American broadcast rights virtually worthless. My wife discusses Doctor Who and Torchwood (a spinoff) episodes online with friends and no exaggeration, not one of them is aware of when any of the episodes ran on American television.

If BBC America showed today’s episode tonight, they’d have a huge audience (by BBC America standards). Two months form now, American fans will be downloading and watching the start of the following Doctor Who season.

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R.I.P. Soupy Sales

Cidu Bill on Oct 23rd 2009

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When Turkeys Fly

Cidu Bill on Nov 26th 2008

Off-topic, of course, but… Can anybody think of a single line, used only once in a single television episode, that’s as memorable (and capable of evoking memories of the entire episode) as “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly“?

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No Accident

Cidu Bill on Nov 17th 2008

Something to do with the traditional “throw a brick through the window” thing. I guess.

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Are They Ignorant, or Just Hoping We Are?

Cidu Bill on Apr 14th 2008

Not comic-related, but this ties into my longstanding complaints about comic strip writers constant use of the “If there’s global warming, why is it so cold?” gag.

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Bones, and you plan to, then please ignore the rest of this. Otherwise… Continue Reading »

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This is Only a Test

Cidu Bill on Mar 28th 2008

Okay, how old do you have to be to have seen these on anything near a regular basis? For that matter, I’d imagine the window of opportunity for seeing test patterns in color must have been fairly brief.

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