The Tris

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  1. The Tris

    Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    This certainly goes on the Mount Rushmore of unbelievable skins FO moves. I’m so angry I can’t think straight right now. This is a bonafide Jim Fassel moment.
  2. For conservatives overreacting, I found view from the scotusblog this interesting:
  3. Considering that the individual mandate was struck down under the commerce clause, this ruling should specifically prevent goverment mandation of products such as your Nissan. Unless you actually think this opens the door for national product specific taxes, which is ridiculous. That might have been possible had this been ruled constitutional via the commerce clause, but not now. Roberts will probably add some very limiting language regarding commerce items for use in future decisions as a result of him upholding the mandate. Kinda a brilliant move.
  4. Absolutely not. It was incredibly good, but no one watched. To be honest, the only reason I watched is because my girlfriend, who loves dogs, thought a dog would be prominently involved. FX didn't market it great unfortunately, and unless you started from the beginning, you probably weren't going to get to know the characters well enough to make it DVR-worthy TV. Anyway, I bring it up for a couple reasons - 1) I think FX is doing a much better job of trying to do HBO-quality shows on basic cable, 2) Terriers is the type of shows that AMC should be doing - not necessarily "Important TV" on the surface, but just really well done TV that becomes "Important" because its good. Terriers is a goofy story about basically ametuer PIs, but by sticking to its lane, there is a real emotional connection that I simply don't have with a show like WD. I cared about Terriers because it was solid TV. I don't really care about WD, because it is ****ty TV, and 3) One of the main characters from Terriers was the guy from Philly who Rick shot, and in that limited scene, became the best actor on the screen. I loved the bar scene, and I think it was because there was actually a good actor, and his mere presences elevated the acting of Rick, Glen and Hershel. Shame they had to kill him off so quick. I guess it would have been bad if this new character blew the acting doors off the leads of the show. Long story short, you should watch Terriers if you are able (its on Netflix instant right now). They got to do a whole season, and even though it wasn't intended, it feels like they wrapped the show up in a really satisfying manner.
  5. Yeah, I don't think your opinion is uncommon, and definitely wasn't trying to be critical. The problem is the WD simply doesn't have the same quality of cast and crew as MM and BB, and they need to accept that, and move on. You can still have existential themes emerge in a way that isn't forced and clumsy, while also focusing on your strengths - source material and tension. ****, you can make it popcorn TV and it will ironically be of higher quality than the forced philosophical drivel that is on now. If it is well done, it will be "Important TV". If it is not well done, it won't matter how hard your try and shoe-horn in abstract high-minded themes. Conn, did you watch Terriers on FX last year before it was cancelled?
  6. I've been absent from this thread since the mid-season finale last fall. There was nothing really to add - the shows issues are so screamingly obvious, and they are either impossible to fix or if fixable, the show is disinterested in doing so. And at the end of the day, does it matter about fixing a broken leg if you have an inoperable tumor that is killing you? (for the record the inoperable tumor is the majority of the cast is horrible and I want them to get eaten) AMC has (though we may be saying had soon enough) their first real cash cow and unfortunately the show is trending more and more towards terrible. What sucks more is that it still manages flashes of brilliance that keep me invested, unlike other AMC shows that I have quickly dropped. I'd like to talk about AMC for a second, partly because of the above, and partly prompted by Conn's below quote: I think this is the popular opinion of AMC, its the home of great TV - HBO quality TV on basic cable. Even their relatively recent slogan "Story Matters Here" attempts to set the standard for the type of original programing you will find on AMC. Certainly that is incredibly deserved with their grandslams of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. They remain two of the best - and I would probably say THE two best if not for Justified's incredible past two seasons - shows on TV. They get **** ratings, but allowed AMC to establish a brand that says "if a show is on here, if nothing else, you are going to get quality." Thus the idea that most shows on AMC have a crack writing staff and great cast. But since Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, AMC has trotted out the following series - Rubicon and the Walking Dead in 2010, and The Killing and Hell on Wheels in 2011. Rubicon wasn't for me, but those who I talked to liked the idea but the painfully slow pacing did it in after one season. A good swing and an acceptable miss after MM and BB. The Walking Dead - huge hype, huge promise, and I think its safe to say a huge disappointment. Terrible acting, writing, and plot. The Killing - one of the worst TV experiences of my life. Veena Sud reeled me in over 13 hours only to take a massive, steaming **** on my face. Hell on Wheels - As a fan of westerns, I couldn't have been more pumped. And after 4 episodes, I was out. A prefectly average show. Average acting, average plot, average cast. Of course, it is AMC's 2nd highest rated show. What I am getting at is that I view the "Stories Matter Here" slogan to be a complete myth. I think the AMC brand has been tainted by their recent choices in production, and that they have not put out a quality show in going on four years now. We think that every show on AMC has quality writing and acting, but in reality, most of them don't. No one bats 1.000, but if you are trying to hang your hat on quality, then first and foremost thats what you need. They have two mega stars that make them no money, and several crap shows that make them a truck load. I am not surprised that they have dialed up four reality pilots for 2012. I'd rather them take swings at unique, quality shows like Rubicon and fail, then try and turn a zombie show into Breaking Bad: Rural Georgia. Just because you share a network with Don Draper doesn't mean Rick and Lori's scene chewing scenes will be anything like Don and Peggy's. Walking Dead and The Killing and Hell on Wheels want to be Mad Men with guns, but it doesn't work like that. You need really smart people and really good actors to recreate that, and those shows have none of that.
  7. Shane would have pulled the trigger when she got close enough to attack, when the decision to pull the trigger ceased being a choice and became a fight or flight instinct. Kinda like pulling your hand from a hot flame. That's not the same as stepping forward to act immediately. Big difference. Also, I don't think anyone but Otis knew she was in the barn. Herschel wanted them gone. Why would he withhold what he assumed to be their major reason for sticking around? It does not make sense.
  8. Considering he's the only one that moved a finger to react, that maybe true. To assume that Shane, etc would have done something is conjecture and is not supported by anything we saw. I have no doubt Shane could have done it, though I doubt it would have been before his own life was imminently in danger. However, he, like the rest of the group, passed the buck. An ultimately that fell on the only person who actually did something, and someone who is constantly deferred to when tough decisions need to be made. Shane certainly could have pulled the trigger, just as he could have asserted himself to make the tough decisions throughout the show. But he did not, and up until now, has not. Thus the only one we absolutely know has the sack to make tough choices is Rick. Again, could Shane have that ability, sure. But until it is demonstrated, it is far from a certainty. (I don't consider throwing a tantrum and ripping the barn open a tough decision. I consider it an impetuous one, one that despite positive (unintended) consequences - concluding the search for Sophia, could have potentially disastrous ones. Being on the road is FAR more dangerous than being on the farm, and Shane very well could have punched their ticket out of the relative safety thus far this season.)
  9. The main point though, is not who could have killed Sophia, it's who did kill Sophia.
  10. I'd happily cheer if Lori herself was aborted from the show.
  11. We've had our ups and downs this year WD, but that was a heck of a half season finale. A faith restorer.
  12. Rehashing the same conversations over and over is not character development. I'd be fine with Rick and Lori getting wiped out next week.
  13. I think they are going to merge together as the show progresses. I always get that feeling at the beginning of a large period piece show. You know Bohannan and the chick with the maps are going to start banging. My biggest gripe is that Durant is such a poor man's version of Al Swearengen (right down to the monologues to nothing) that I almost don't take him seriously.
  14. Only took two episodes for HoW to surpass this show. A bit sad. So much promise flushed away.