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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (netflix): Just finished this. All I can say is ....WOW! Not even an anime/manga fan but this series was absolutely incredible. by Bluest_waters in television

[–]Amanoo 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Perfect it is certainly not. It has pacing problems in the beginning. It's kind of made with the assumption that you've seen the original 2003 series, which at first uses the same story, but did its own thing once it caught up to the manga's storyline, which wasn't yet finished at that point. So they kind of rush through it, and in so doing sometimes miss certain emotional beats that the 2003 did much better.

FMAB is the definitive version, but both versions have certain quality aspects that the other unfortunately did not.

‘Westworld’ Creators Insist They Have an Ending In Mind, Aren’t Just Making Things Up as They Go by BunyipPouchTrailer Park Boys in television

[–]pantsmith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Me: “I dont think Im enjoying this anymore”

My SO: “OH MY GOD thank you! Im not either!”

Went from a show we made a point to watch together to a show neither of us cares about.

At least we were able to bond over our disappointment.

TITANS - Official Trailer - DC Universe by indig0sixalphaUtopia in television

[–]iamtheonlyphil 2016 points2017 points  (0 children)

You could tell me Shadow the Hedgehog shows up in episode 3 and I would believe you.

In response to Jimmy Kimmel's latest 'Can You Name a Country', here's a piece of television history - Animaniacs 'The Nations of the World' by Yakko by Tourgott in television

[–]tsudecimo 3889 points3890 points  (0 children)

Remember watching this as a kid. Me and my siblings were all surprised and happy that he said 'Sudan' at the end lol. Like ''omg we exist''

With his nomination for The Good Place, Ted Danson is now the most nominated performer in Best Comedy Actor breaking his tie with Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer. by hatramroany in television

[–]haysoos2 105 points106 points  (0 children)

Hmm... that is a good point.

Okay, Ted Danson, Jason Alexander, and any kid under six.

Here is one of my all time favourite Muppet videos as evidence to support your theory:


Outed as Transgender on Reality TV: Survivor’s Zeke Smith Says ‘I Just Wanted to Be Known for My Game’ by nyquil32 in television

[–]drewiepoodle 143 points144 points x3 (0 children)

There is no conceivable development path to literally have the mind of another animal, just like there is no development path for someone to literally be Napoleon or Lincoln. Believe in reincarnation if you want, but those things are spiritual/religious and not really a matter of science and medicine.

It's fine if you "identify" as another species, as in you feel some sort of inspiration or connection with them. That's harmless. But if you feel you're a cat and start wandering around naked on all fours, it's no longer harmless and entered the realm of a dangerous delusion.

The primary explanation for trans people relates to how the brain develops. Depending on hormones and genetics in utero, the brain either develops along a masculine or feminine track. Nothing in biology is neat and clean. It's easy to understand that in some cases, things get mixed up a bit and you end up with a brain that is feminized in a masculine body, or a feminized brain in a masculine body. There is not, however, any development path that could somehow give them the same structure that a male sheep would have.

This is biology, not metaphysics. There's actual, real science behind this.

Trans people have the strong feeling, often from childhood onwards, of having been born the wrong sex. The possible psycho-genie or biological aetiology of transsexuality has been the subject of debate for many years. A study showed that the volume of the central subdivision of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTc), a brain area that is essential for sexual behavior, is larger in men than in women. A female-sized BSTc was found in male-to-female transsexuals. The size of the BSTc was not influenced by sex hormones in adulthood and was independent of sexual orientation.

The study was one of the first to show a female brain structure in genetically male transsexuals and supports the hypothesis that gender identity develops as a result of an interaction between the developing brain and sex hormones.

Here are a couple more studies that show that both sex and gender lies on a spectrum:-

Study on gender: Who counts as a man and who counts as a woman

A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality

Sex redefined - The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.

Transgender: Evidence on the biological nature of gender identity

Transsexual gene link identified

Challenging Gender Identity: Biologists Say Gender Expands Across A Spectrum, Rather Than Simply Boy And Girl

Sex Hormones Administered During Sex Reassignment Change Brain Chemistry, Physical Characteristics

Gender Differences in Neurodevelopment and Epigenetics

Sexual Differentiation of the Human Brain in Relation to Gender-Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Gender Orientation: IS Conditions Within The TS Brain

People tend to define sex in a binary way — either wholly male or wholly female — based on physical appearance or by which sex chromosomes an individual carries. But while sex and gender may seem dichotomous, there are in reality many intermediates. Biological phenomena don’t necessarily fit into human-ordained binary categories. So while humans insist that you’re either male or female – that you have either XY or XX sex chromosomes – biology begs to differ.

For example, people with Klinefelter syndrome possess an extra X chromosome (XXY) or more rarely, two or three extra Xs (XXXY, XXXXY); they typically produce low levels of testosterone, leading to less-developed masculine sexual characteristics and more-developed feminine characteristics than other men. In contrast, some people receive an extra Y chromosome (XYY) in the genetic lottery, and while they have been referred to as “supermales” that is more sensationalism than science.

People with Turner syndrome have only one X chromosome; they often display less-developed female sexual characteristics than other women. And people with a genetic mosaic possess XX chromosomes in some cells and XY in others. So how do we determine if they’re male or female? Hint: Don’t say that it depends on the chromosomal makeup of the majority of their cells, since women with more than 90 per cent XY genetic material have given birth.

Even if you get the “right” combination of sex chromosomes, it’s no guarantee that you’ll fit into the carefully circumscribed human definitions of male and female.

For example, women (XX) with congenital adrenal hyperplasia produced unusually high levels of virilizing hormones in utero and develop stereotypically masculine sexual characteristics, including masculinized genitals.

Similarly, men (XY) with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome don’t respond to male hormones and fail to develop masculine sexual characteristics. Most live their lives as women. Some historians suggest that Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I and Wallis Simpson all suffered from this syndrome.

Understanding this complexity is critical; misperceptions can affect the health and civil liberties of those who fall outside perceived societal norms. Society has categorical views on what should define sex and gender, but the biological reality is just not there to support that.

Even at the most basic physical level, there is a spectrum between male and female that often goes unrecognized and risks being obscured by stigma.

A growing body of research is showing how biology influences gender expression, sexual orientation and gender identity — characteristics that can also fall outside of strict, socially defined categories. Toy-preference tests, a popular gauge of gender expression, have long shown that boys and girls will typically gravitate to toys that are stereotypically associated with their gender (cars and guns for boys, for instance, or plush toys for girls). While one might argue that this could be the by-product of a child’s environment — parental influence at play or an internalization of societal norms — Melissa Hines, a former UCLA researcher and current professor of psychology at the University of Cambridge, in England, has shown otherwise. In 2008, she demonstrated that monkeys showed the same sex-based toy preferences as humans — absent societal influence.

Sexual orientation (whether one tends to be attracted to men or women) has also been shown to have biological roots. Twin studies and genetic linkage studies have shown both hereditary patterns in homosexuality (attraction to one’s own sex), as well as genetic associations with specific parts of the genome. And while gender identity — the sense one has of oneself as being either male or female — has been harder to pinpoint from a biological standpoint, efforts to understand what role biology may play are ongoing.

Understanding this complexity is critical; misperceptions can affect the health and civil liberties of those who fall outside perceived societal norms. Society has categorical views on what should define sex and gender, but the biological reality is just not there to support that.

West Wing - Isaac and Ishmael by jlewis10 in television

[–]fellowsparrows 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Josh is supposed to be the smartest guy in the room, but in this video he makes several logical fallacies that are quite obvious.

  • There is a huge "No True Scotsman" fallacy throughout his whole demonstration, in the form of "no true Muslim". Just because Josh points out that there are many Muslim Americans serving their country does not mean that terrorists are fake Muslims.

They understand and practice their faith very differently, but those are still Muslims.

  • "Islamic Extremist is to Islamic as the KKK is to Christianity". Poor analogy. From its inception in the late 1860s, the Klan was bent on overthrowing the existing local governments. The Klansmen have committed many terrorist attacks, denounced as crimes by the power structures of the time.

On the other hand, what Josh describes as "islamic extremism" is actually the version of Islam that is officially practiced in Saudi Arabia ("women aren’t allowed to attend school or have jobs. They’re not allowed to be unaccompanied, and oftentimes get publicly stoned to death for crimes like not wearing a veil").

Josh states very forcefully that "It’s not Arabs. It’s not Islamics", but then proceeds to describe the beliefs and customs of a country with 30 million Arabs in it. Iran could also be added to the list.

  • Interesting to note that Josh states that Christian fundamentalists are not the same thing as Islamic extremists ("Guys, the Christian right may not be your cup of tea, but they’re not blowing stuff up").

But then he describes the official policies of Saudi Arabia, with wahhabism as their ultraconservative and... fundamentalist version of Islam ("strict adherence to a particular interpretation of 7th century Islamic law as practiced by the prophet Mohammed").

Not all Saudis are terrorists, but wahhabism is the doctrine that Osama bin Laden followed faithfully, which lead him to "blow stuff up".

Wahhabism is not all of Islam, but it is still a bit more mainstream than what Josh is saying. He is constantly dancing between "Islamic extremism has nothing to do with Islam / Muslims" and "Islamic extremism is rooted in Islam". And yes, those two sentences are contradictory statements.

In short : Sorkin is not really at his best in this scene.

'South Park' changed basically nothing when it parodied a scene from 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey', and the comparison is priceless. by BowserBandit in television

[–]SaveRana 2709 points2710 points x2 (0 children)

While it's not the genesis of reality tv, Reality TV exploded during a time period where the Writers guild was fighting tooth and nail with hollywood to give writers more agency, more credit, and better treatment. The writers strike was immediately answered by a huge upswing in reality production with every network ordering shows that didn't require them to deal with the writers guild. Part of the reason that these programs don't use hard scripted content is that reality TV doesn't fuck with the unions at all. You don't need to pay writers or 'talent'. If reality shows had to follow the same scale rules that scripted shows do for actors and writers, it would balloon costs ridiculously. The unions ensure that their members are compensated for every extraordinary element of production, from long hours and hazards to mistreatment and even little things like the presence of smoke on a set or a 15 minute delay before industry required breaks for meals and such. Production is a hectic and exhausting endeavor, 12-16 hour work days are the norm, and in deadline focused environment it makes sense to squeeze every bit of productivity out of your cast and crew. In reality TV, especially shows that take place in a house with a captive cast, work is pretty much 24 hours, your 4am trip to the fridge to grab some peanut butter may turn into a focal point for a story arc (see real world season 3, puck and the peanut butter incident). If production had to comply with union rules, they'd be paying through the nose for every shot. Same goes for writers, every rewrite comes with a minimum fee for work rendered, and the hectic nature of reality programming would probably lead to constant rewrites.

In the outset reality was really appealing because it was inexpensive and in some exceptional cases could reach respectable ratings levels. The cost of one episode of a scripted show could pay for a whole season of a simple unscripted docu-drama format. MTV led the charge with reality when the real world debuted and solidified the viability of the genre with the highly successful third season of the show. Shows like Survivor and American Idol were 'event' television, with large budgets both for production and promotion; but the 'slot fillers' like the various 'of love' shows, dating shows, workplace and family drama type reality shows became an inexpensive way to jam time slots with viable content that would hold enough viewers to make some decent ad revenue.

I've worked in reality for over a decade, and I've seen lots of permutations with formats, trends in 'feel' and 'vibe', and there have been massive changes during that time where what was once considered to be an evergreen concept or the defining characteristic of a type of show be thrown out the window in search of some other vague objective. While most of the time reality TV is viewed as lowest common denominator programming, there is a lot room for exploration and innovation because it is relatively inexpensive. What tends to happen though is every successful show becomes a trend or a fucking mandate that all the successive shows have to follow leading to the constant cloning of an idea or a format until it's a miserable pile of shit. Also TONS of shit television gets made because why the fuck not, for the cost of one episode of breaking bad you could make a whole season or two of a bunch of angry people shouting at each other in a restaurant.

I've got a hate/hate relationship with reality TV. I don't like it, I rarely watch it, especially the shows that I work on, but I also despise the fact that it's not being used to it's potential of telling real stories of real people when it can. It's a constant disappointment when a project someone brings to me has the potential to be important, relevant, touching, powerful, or educational, and it ends up being a clone of whatever the... wow I got way off topic here.

Anyway TL;DR - Writers and actors are expensive, reality is cheap.

Showtime Prepping Sacha Baron Cohen Series by magikarpcatcherAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in television

[–]Mr_Mandrill 1490 points1491 points  (0 children)

“I actually can’t tell you, it’s a big secret...you’ll see.”

Yeah, I actually know, if you don't mind spoilers. You know he has done multiple movies where he's in some kind of character making interviews. He did Ali-G, Borat, Bruno. But at this point he is way too famous, so he can't do that kind of stuff anymore. So, this time, they hired one of the best make-up companies in the world, and put basically all the budget on this character's make-up. I know this because I caught it pretty early on, when the character started making public appearances (he's become super popular since then, I'm sure you all have already seen it). With previous characters, it's always quite obvious once you're seeing the movie, but I get how for the people he interviews is not so obvious. But now this character is so ridiculous, so unrealistically dumb and absurd, I don't understand how people hasn't find out yet, people even voted for him as their president. Can't wait to see the show.

'The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Asks Fans To Stop Showing Up At His House Unannounced by BunyipPouchTrailer Park Boys in television

[–]Portr8 3346 points3347 points  (0 children)

Go to Scott Gimple's house instead and tell him he ruined the show.

'The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Asks Fans To Stop Showing Up At His House Unannounced by BunyipPouchTrailer Park Boys in television

[–]WarCarrotAF 231 points232 points  (0 children)

Me either honestly. Side note though, he’s probably pretty upset about it and we should head over to console him.

EDIT: Awesome! Thanks for the gold!

Flight Of The Conchords announce HBO special by new_handle in television

[–]munk_e_man 694 points695 points  (0 children)

Murray: Okay, band meeting. Jemaine?

Jemaine: Present.

Murray: Bret?

Bret: Present.

Murray: And Murray, prese- Bret, what's that you have on your hand there?

Jemaine: It seems to be a fashionable glove of some sort.

Bret: Yih, oh this? That's just my cast. Broke my hand earlier.

Murray: Aw Bret, what'd you go and do that for? That wasn't a smart idea, now was it? You could have had a gig tonight.

Jemaine: We have a gig tonight?

Murray: No, Jemaine. But what if you had?

Bret: Well, I was thinking maybe this would be a good new look for the band. Maybe we could do the hook for a hand thing. Like pirates.

Jemaine: Yis. Pirates.

Murray: Don't you remember when you wore an eye patch and couldn't see properly? What happens when you lose a hand, Bret?

Jemaine: Are you saying that Bret... may lose the ability to feel properly?

Murray: No, Jemaine. I'm saying that it's going to be hard for Bret to play a guitar with only one hand.

Jemaine: Oh.

Murray: This is a four handed band, and now we're down one hand. What have you got to say for yourself, Bret?

Bret: Sorry, I suppose. [Beat of awkward silence] Th-there have been a lot of advancements with prosthetics, though.

Jemaine: Yis, we can maybe approach it from a cyborg perspective.

Murray: How are we going to afford that, Bret? I just spent 25 dollars from the band budget on these double sided flyers. You see that? Now when they get ripped down and fall on the front side, you'll still get the message out.

Bret: Ah yih... that's good.

Jemaine: So what is left in our budget then?

Murray: Let me just check right here... annnd, ah! Negative 20 dollars. That's right! I took 20 dollars from Greg's wallet with the intention of returning it later, but spent it on these flyers.

Bret: They really are lovely flyers.

Netflix Is No. 1 TV Viewing Choice, Ahead of Broadcast, Cable, and YouTube by Gato1980 in television

[–]evilpenguin9000 7673 points7674 points  (0 children)

Binging Netflix is so much more satisfying that watching an hour of commercial filled bullshit, only to have to wait a week to find out what happens next.

But real talk, Netflix, you need to stop playing the shitty music or trailer when I'm scrolling around looking for something to watch. it sucks.

Edit: Thanks for the gold kind stranger!