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6 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 0 replies · +3 points

First time commenting again in a LONG time! I started this show when I learned Mark would be reviewing it. Of course I ended up zooming ahead, so, spoilers below through S3, E2:

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8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'The Next... · 0 replies · +12 points

I'm not a linguist or anything, but I do think it's possible that the Tamarians could have a language that doesn't involve communicating simple concepts like "I'm hungry" or "I am flying on a spaceship" to use your examples.

One of my favorite shows is QI*, and there's an episode where we learn that the ancient Greeks did not have a word for the color blue. They called the sky "bronze-colored" and the ocean "wine-colored." Stephen Fry went on to explain that the ancient Greeks apparently didn't think it was overly important to refer to things using color as a descriptor, because other characteristics were more important, so they had no consistency in their color descriptors and their preferred word choices were often, I suppose, more metaphorical in nature. (I'm extrapolating but maybe they thought the ocean was wine-colored because the sea is tumultuous because of Poseidon and stuff, which reminded them of wine and drinking? I have no idea but hopefully the point is there.)

^This all seems ludicrous to me because of how things are now, and I can scarcely imagine a society where this is the case -- but I do kinda get it based on that explanation! So for the Tamarians, maybe they just don't have a need to ever communicate simple concepts. It would never occur to them to say out loud "I'm hungry," unless it could be expressed in way they would understand!

*I know lots of facts on QI are exaggerated or sometimes later found out to not be true, but I think in this case, it's still a widely accepted fact!

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches \'The Nex... · 0 replies · +4 points

It's nice to see some of the background actors are still putting in the effort. Well done.

I know what you meant but of course this is all I could think of in response:

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Predicts 'The Nex... · 0 replies · +3 points

When you used the title "Unlimited Data Plan," I have to share that I literally went BPFFFFFFFT out loud at my desk. Thanks for all your posts!

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Doctor W... · 0 replies · +4 points

I can't believe I missed that that was John Sessions! I love him from QI (also how I knew who Frank Skinner is, though he's only appeared once or twice!)

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Doctor W... · 0 replies · +2 points

DID MARK RESPOND BECAUSE I HAD THE SAME THOUGHT *chinhands* On Facebook, he was kind enough to "like" one of my statuses about it so I know it's on his radar!!!!!!!!

So the ridiculous thing is that the reason I have seen it three times is because I have actually won the lottery three times. THREE. TIMES. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have entered a total of 26 times to date, but now unfortunately have to scale back my efforts significantly, since summer is over and real life has started up again, and therefore I can no longer reliably leave work by 5:15 pm and hustle it to Times Square by 6:00 every day. On July 13th when previews opened and 700+ people entered the first lottery, I was like o.0 o.0 o.0 and thought, I HAD to buy a ticket since I knew it would sell out and I might never ever win the lottery. So I splurged on a very expensive nice seat in the orchestra for my birthday in October -- but then I was like BUT I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL OCTOBERRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

Luckily I don't think quite that many people have entered any of the subsequent lotteries, but the odds are still virtually impossible -- something like 400 people almost every day! So therefore it's utterly absurd that I have now seen it three times (I guess 4 if you also count off-Broadway too!) And I will see it again in October. I've now seen it exactly once a month since it opened, haaaaaaaaa! 2 wins were for the regular front row and then my most recent win last weekend was standing room -- never have I ever been more excited to stand for three hours straight!!!

I haven't been obsessed with a Broadway show since RENT and Noise/Funk in middle school. I'm certainly a Broadway fan, but it's not something I'm super focused on most of the time -- I haven't usually made the effort to see things with any regularity. There's never EVER been another show I've loved as much as Hamilton, and which I feel the need to see as. many. times. as. possible. forever. and. ever. I WORSHIP *every* cast member. Especially Leslie and Chris and Daveed and Renee. And Lin OBVIOUSLYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! I hope you get a chance to see it again because I CANNOT imagine only seeing it once!!! xD

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Doctor W... · 2 replies · +3 points

This is such a tangent but I've been meaning to let you know, SadCypress, that I have been seeing you in the Hamilton musical tags and tweets to Lin-Manuel Miranda over the last several months!!! I recognized your handle from Mark's sites. I saw the show the same night you did in August! (and.... two other times.... and counting........)

To make that more relevant to this thread, I also love Matilda and saw it twice (once in the UK and then in NYC last summer!) Go Bruce Bogtrotter!!

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'The Next... · 0 replies · +1 points

I actually love Waterworld. If it's on TV, I will watch it. I even have a copy of the novelization of the movie which I bought at a Salvation Army many years ago!

I contemplated bringing it for Mark to read at the first event of his I was going to attend back in 2013. But I didn't, because, as far as novelizations of bad movies go, it's actually pretty good! It would not have fit the bill for something terrible at all, compared to other things that have been put forth in the past ;)

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'The Next... · 1 reply · +4 points

From Mark's review above: "Picard points out that Shelby’s behavior here is exactly like Riker’s was when he was hired to be the First Officer of the Enterprise."

So when Riker was acting the same exact way that Shelby was, he was apparently rewarded for that behavior by being chosen for First Officer, rather than dismissed or disliked for it.... whereas the show seems to be written in such a way that we're supposed to dislike Shelby for exhibiting the same behavior. If they were both exhibiting the same behavior and a man was praised for it while a woman was disparaged = that is where some folks are seeing the distinction.

8 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Supernat... · 1 reply · +9 points

I thought I would post this general SPN fannishness for you all: my good friend Annie is a professor of English and Digital Humanities at SUNY New Paltz (and she and her husband came to Mark's most recent NYC event, yay!) Some of Annie's students had some very cool and relevant final projects this year, including mapping out Supernatural over the last 3 seasons to look for patterns (they discovered that witches are usually located in the Pacific Northwest, and not many events happen in the Bible belt). Thought you all might be interested! :) (link contains spoilers for seasons 8, 9, and 10):

Also, just for (more) fun: another group of her students analyzed the Death Eaters from Harry Potter with an elaborate archive, visualizations, and timeline, and analyzed the results!: