Urthman

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  1. "Stay spicy" seems like such an average tagline, yet half of America finds it even more annoying than Jake does.
  2. Given that, even accounting for Nick's alleged neuroses, the Thumbs crew are well above average in wealth, health, education (and probably several other good things) for the nation (much less the world), signing on to re-centering the average around one of them seems like it would almost be a moral imperative.
  3. Also I'm baffled by the people who think the fact that Dougie's heroism is on the news means there's something odd about the timeline. Yeah it's two weeks later real time, but in the show it's clearly just the next day. (Compare Albert who is apparently having dinner with the coroner after meeting her that afternoon, which was presumably the same day the FBI flight was diverted after meeting BadCoop who escaped right after meeting with Diane.) You guys would be blown away if you tried to watch 24. "It's been four weeks, but only four hours have passed. WHAT'S GOING ON?!"
  4. That was my impression too. At first I thought the casino sequence was just really funny. Anthony comes in and is the world's worst liar (maybe he's just rattled about the threat of having to kill Dougie himself if this doesn't work?). So then when the Casino Bros sit down with a drink, shaking their heads, I thought sure they were gonna say, "Who does that Anthony guy think he is trying to manipulate us that way? What's he trying to pull on us?" But no! They 100% bought it. They're the dumbest characters in the show so far. I laughed out loud when that guy started talking about "This...Douglas Jones...!" And then of course the hilarious "Fuck us twice" speech. (Also the initial "Now I know how Brando felt" is amazing on multiple levels. Mobsters are notoriously idiots who preen imagining themselves characters in the Godfather, so there's that. But what if somehow he's talking about Wally?!) But here's what I think happened. Anthony shows up at the casino and says he has a message for the boss, they don't want to take him to the boss, so he tells them it's about Dougie Jones, which Candie hears, so she tells him the whole Mr. Jackpots story. So that's why, when Anthony comes in, he's completely rattled and can't get his story out coherently. Lucky for him the Mitchums are such idiots.
  5. That sort of thing seems only relevant to people sleeping with someone they don't know well enough to know whether or not that sort of attention is something they want to wake up to. (Although, sadly, I think there are even some marriages where that is the case or where one partner doesn't care what the other one wants.)
  6. He didn't say Diane's reply was received by anyone, just that she replied. The only inconsistency would be if you imagine Diane ought to know that BadCoop would immediately destroy whatever burner phone he used to send the text. But clearly if BadCoop was expecting a response, he's got some system set up that doesn't require the burner phone he had destroyed after using it.
  7. That judgment goes way beyond the information the show has actually given us and I would argue that we've seen several hints that Doogie/Cooper's internal life is actually quite different from what you say here. And I'd also want to strenuously point out that in real life difficulty or inability to communicate should never be assumed to equate with lack of understanding.
  8. Even though we've seen him use a bunch of magic technology, I still tend to think of DoppleCoop's capabilities in terms of, "How much power and wealth could Season 1 Dale Cooper accumulate in 25 years if he used all his faculties for evil?" a question that my mind answers with, "I can believe pretty much any amount that the plot asks me to believe."
  9. Also did anyone else get the sense that Nadine had her shop window rigged up so with a push of a button she could, whenever the moment was right, part the curtains and reveal her golden shit-shovel? It reminded me of turning on the Batsignal. Like she listens to Jacoby's show until she's so filled with righteous indignation that she has to fly her flag of resistance. (Or maybe RUN SILENT, RUN DRAPES is an official retail outlet for Dr. Amp’s Gold Shit-Digging Shovels?)
  10. I'm not at all sure we can say that about Dooper. The moments where we get some sense of his point of view he doesn't seem vacant so much as extremely focused, like he's trying to push through a dense fog in order to form a coherent thought about whatever has his attention and is barely attending to anything else. The way he thwarted the assassination attempt makes him seem completely capable of putting a stop to something he doesn't consent to. "Victim? That guy didn't act like any victim! He moved like a cobra!" The part I have a really hard time with is understanding Janey's point of view, why she seems so unconcerned about Doogie ignoring her and not speaking to her. It didn't seem like having sex with him was assault--he enjoyed it as obviously and enthusiastically as he enjoys a piece of cake or a good pee--but I have a hard time believing her desiring and enjoying such a disconnected partner.
  11. But it's not a trick! I'm looking at the contents of both boxes, I can see how much money is in each one, and I'm telling you 100% truthfully that you will get more money if you take both boxes. The AI already made its decision. The money is either there or it isn't. I can already see how much is there, and I'm telling you truthfully, there's more total money if you take both boxes. If I see that the million-dollar box is empty, I'm thinking, "Dude, you're not gonna magically make that million dollars appear by taking just the one box. You'd better take both and at least get $1000." If I see that the million-dollar box has $1,000,000, I'm thinking, "Dude, you're not gonna magically make that million dollars disappear by taking both boxes. Why not take them both and get $1000 more?"
  12. I'd say Ben's goodness is contingent on whether he's done anything to try to help the people whose lives he screwed up with human trafficking and burning down the mill.
  13. I guess it seems to me that a deputy would get his ass fired before he got to the place of deserving that much contempt. It makes me wonder if we're going to get a story behind the division between the half of the sheriff's department that has been around since Cooper's time and the younger, more realistic (?) folks working in the other wing of the office.
  14. So what would you say to me if I could see the contents of both boxes and said, truthfully, "you will get more money if you take both boxes."
  15. But the paradox is that once you get to the decision phase, the AI has already either put the money in the box or not. You can't change that by your decision. You can't change the past by choosing just one box, so you might as well just go ahead and take both boxes. Anyone who could see the contents of both boxes would tell you to take both boxes.
  16. But wow, I was cringing at how literal and boring all the lore dumping was in this episode. And belaboring all the details about how the Major's body was only 40 years old...exactly how old he was when he supposedly died [dun dun dun!]...and there's no record of Doogie's existence earlier than...1997 [dun dun dun!] I couldn't even enjoy Matthew Lillard's performance because that stuff he was saying about searching for parallel universes and getting coordinates to find portals to another dimension was so pedestrian, so lacking in any kind of mystery, wonder, or horror. It seemed indistinguishable from some plot involving Don Davis's character on Stargate SG-1. And was anyone else put off by Hawk being so petty as to not bother getting the door for Deputy Chad? Have to admit I enjoyed the antics of the three detectives investigating Doogie. (How is it possible they all have the same face but don't look anything like each other?) And that scene outside with Tammy repeatedly trying and failing to strike a pose as cool as Diane just smoking her cigarette was amazing. That and her compassionately calm interrogation of Hastings really got me liking her character. Also, I thought it was pretty funny that she asks him to pick "The Major" out of a line-up of photos in which Briggs is the only one wearing a major's uniform.
  17. I think 90% of my joy at seeing Bobby turn out OK is thinking how pleased Major Briggs would be (which I imagine is exactly as pleased as he was when he woke up from that dream he related to Bobby). I feel pretty certain that it was the combination of his dad's death and that expression of his dad's confidence in his future that got Bobby's life turned around.
  18. ALSO, JAKE'S THUMB DRIVE PUN: I LOVE IT IN ALL CAPS.
  19. The paradox of the two boxes comes in when you imagine a third party who can see inside both boxes as you are contemplating your decision. The third party, who sees either [$1,000] + [$0] or [$1,000] + [$1,000,000], will *always* advise you to take both boxes.
  20. That's a really good point. Which is more self-indulgent, an artist who makes something that lots of people don't like, or a critic who assumes that, sInce he doesn't enjoy something, nobody else in the entire world could possibly enjoy it except the artist himself.
  21. Chris Remo: There is just nothing in my life that would ever cause me to be aware of the seasons. [five minutes later] Chris Remo: Heirloom tomatoes are starting to be available and will really be in season in a few weeks.
  22. Ok, so confirmed: Gordon Cole just is David Lynch. "NAOMI, ANYONE WHO SITS IN THE HAND OF KING KONG WILL BE A MOVIE STAR FOR LIFE." https://youtu.be/HLreaAQA9kA
  23. Oh! It was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in which our hero spends his time at university loudly denying that he has psychic powers and telling people it is just a crazy rumor that he has ever predicted the future by talking in his sleep. I think he does this just to scam free drinks. He pretends to pass out then mumbles tantalizingly cryptic nonsense, which his credulous patrons greedily transcribe. Except he gets hoisted when something he mumbles corresponds too closely to that year's exam questions and he gets expelled for apparently having cheated by somehow stealing a look at the exam.
  24. IdleThumbs predicted/retroactively created some game or movie by joking about the concept in this episode too, but I forget what it was. Maybe someone else will point it out before I can go back and find it.
  25. I can't tell anymore when Idle Thumbs is predicting/re-inventing dumb pop culture and when they are just gaslighting us about A Bug's Life, but I was leaning towards the latter when Jake and Nick were talking about the Santa team-up movie being a DreamWorks-type thing. https://youtu.be/aPLiBxhoug0 (in which Santa, Jack Frost, and the Easter Bunny team up to save Hoistmas or something)