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  1. I like the idea of picking two books that are similar in some respects and comparing them in the podcast. A pair you might be interested in would be Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene and The Tailor of Panama by John le Carré. The latter is directly inspired by the former, which is why both have a very similar premise, namely, a westerner living abroad is contacted by an agent with an offer of work but the person eventually starts fabricating intelligence causing all sorts of trouble. On the other hand, the focus and writing style of Greene and le Carré differ in many interesting ways. It is also quite intriguing that both authors worked for MI6 at one point.
  2. The fact that they did not show any gameplay footage (?), and that the game suddenly features some sort of a simulated solar system shared by the players in one way or another. The original cinematic trailer was released almost 10 years ago and while it was clear that the game was in a weird development hell for a long time*, at least I knew that when finally committing to it, Ubisoft can whip up a 3rd person action adventure game in a decent amount of time. Sure, this new game will probably be released too eventually, but I feel like it could be a while. * I remember someone at Ubisoft actually accidentally denying that the sequel was ever announced after the leaked gameplay footage.
  3. I was traveling during the E3 so I'm just catching up with the content. So far most of the things that have caught my attention are related to Nintendo. Good for Nintendo, I guess. Scattered thoughts: - Looking forward to playing a Metroid game for the first time ever. - That Mario and Rabbids thing seems surprisingly fun. I hope it is balanced enough to be enjoyable. - Holy shit Super Mario Odyssey looks good! I need this now. - Ubisoft managed to make Beyond Good and Evil 2 ever being released feel even less likely by actually (re-)revealing it in the conference. That is pretty impressive.
  4. Kyle MacLachlan and Naomi Watts are both doing a great job in this series! I wish Cooper would wake up already, but I'm also afraid that this would mean that we would have to say goodbye to Janey-E. I expected to detest the Asshole Horne driving over a kid thing, but because the actual scene focused mostly on the emotional side of the tragedy and not the fact that Horne got himself into trouble, I was fine with it. I did not enjoy the assassination scene, though.
  5. I noticed that too, but when nothing came out, I thought that it was probably just wind or something. Who knows with this series, though.
  6. I never bothered to check the name of the actor, but yeah, I'm never gonna forget that face. That scene was brilliantly constructed and he did a great job. That scene was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me. Usually, I don't like seeing a smile slowly turning into a frown, but in this case it would sort of have been a blessing. Amanda's character being angry/horrified at her boyfriend using so much cocaine felt like a glimpse of a way out for her, but that was short-lived because she decided to do some herself and feeling "good" again. I was also expecting something terrible to happen during the grinning scene, but nothing happening was pretty horrible too.
  7. Yeah, that scene was super uncomfortable for these reasons. Very well put together, but I cannot take much more in one episode. I wonder many keywords (owl, coffee, gun, agent...) Cooper still needs to find before he is able to return to normal.
  8. Really interesting episode! I have read all of the Philip Marlowe novels except for Playback, and The Long Goodbye is definitely my favorite. It is also the darkest and most melancholy of Raymond Chandler novels, very likely because of the situation he was in at the time: his wife was terminally ill and he himself was devastated and suicidal. Before reading any of the Raymond Chandler books, I assumed that Philip Marlowe would be the sort of hardboiled detective who got all the women, had the best wisecracks, and was incredibly competent at what he does. Chandler may maintain that impression for a couple of pages, but it quickly becomes apparent that, at best, the women may show interest in him in order to use him, that his wisecracks amuse nobody and regularly lead to him getting his ass kicked, and that even if he is not cracking wise, he is often so incompetent in basic sleuthing that he gets his ass kicked regardless. This, combined with the occasional glimpses into his revulsion about how the world and he himself operates, makes Marlowe a really fascinating character to me. I find Chandler's writing style pretty incredible. It is hard to find a paragraph in his books that doesn't have dry, humorous sentence I would be so happy to have come up with, stuff like "She had wide blue eyes and eyelashes that didn't quite reach her chin," or "His suit fitted him like a stable fits a horse." As the novels are written in first person, you almost get the impression that Marlowe has gone through the events over and over again in his head and created the most wise-ass version of the narrative just to amuse himself. He seems like that sort of a guy. Chandler's writing is also very efficient in many ways. A good example of that is Marlowe's interest in chess problems, which is mentioned briefly in several several of the books. It is such a small thing, but as mentioned in the podcast, it tells a lot about the character. The discussion about the effect of World War II on the characters was really good. It would be interesting to go back and read The Big Sleep, which was published in 1939, to see if makes any references to the current world events. I also find it so hard to reconcile that Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie were contemporaries (with Christie's being active both before and after Chandler's career). The world of Christie's novels, with perhaps few exceptions, feels so distant to me, while Chandler's feels merely like a slightly outdated version of the world we live in.
  9. Niiice! Amazing work as usual!
  10. This is a really sweet thing. Thanks for linking.
  11. After being pretty worried after two episodes, and cautiously optimistic after the third, I'm happy to say that I absolutely loved this episode. It is not just that it has more humor, it is more that it has something to care about (Cooper, Gordon Cole...). Take Five spit-take to be precise. That scene was fantastic! I really hope we get to see Naomi Watts' character's reaction to revitalized super-confident Cooper in the next episode. Man, Kyle MacLachlan's performances have been great. Also, that Michael Cera bit was so fucking awkward. I loved it! Yeah, I'm with you. To me they feel like guest spots in this huge production and not something that adds to the overall atmosphere of the series. I can't pinpoint what makes them feel that way for me. Anyway, fortunately, it is not that big of a deal, at least for me.
  12. Haha.. Just watched the episode. You are totally right.
  13. I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the previous two. I hope this means that the plot "normalizes" a bit at least for a while, because all that red room stuff was getting a bit numbing. The one thing I actively disliked in this episode is the drug addict mom and her child. I hope that they at least go somewhere with it and not just use the imagery as a cheap way to highlight how fucked up the world is or whatever. Also better brush up on my knowledge on numerology I guess.
  14. Looking forward to extensive discussion on analog glitches on Windows surface laptop in the next podcast episode. Still feel like I should watch a couple more episodes before trying articulate my feelings towards the show. Scattered thoughts: - Very atmospheric, most of the time. - I'm wondering if this series will actually introduce someone to relate to or root for or whatever. So far everyone feels very distant which is the polar opposite of the original run. - I like that they let Amanita Design design the Arm. - I hope there will be a bit less Red Room bullshit in the following episodes. - I wish the song at the end had felt either more or much less fitting for the scene. I think I would enjoy the song on its own quite a bit, but in the context it felt like a slightly overproduced tribute to Twin Peaks bar music (which I guess it kinda is). This wasn't helped by the fact that the song is very synth heavy, but no one was playing one. Unfortunately, this didn't create that jarring sensation Lynch is so good at conjuring up. To me it felt like a fan video made by combining a song and a sort of fitting scene in a TV series.
  15. I have a feeling that I need to watch a couple of more episodes before it makes sense to comment on the series. I'll just say this: The first episode definitely got the oppressing atmosphere right, but I hope they will introduce more humor and warmth in the later episodes, because that was what really made the dark bits of the original run so effective.