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I believe it starts on the space station that was designed for the Cylons and humans to meet every however many years to discuss the armistice, and it notes that the Cylons have never actually showed up.

I think the first episode of the actual series is the one where their ship has to jump like every 33 minutes because the Cylons keep showing up and they're all mentally worn down. Not 100% sure on that one, though. I know it's one of the first few episodes of the series proper.
"33" Correct. Amazing episode.
 
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Anyone else watching The Queen's Gambit on Netflix. We started it last night, it's really good.
My wife and I just wrapped it up this weekend -- liked it a good bit. It is visually interesting...fascinating depictions of fringy personalities...good political/cultural subtext.
 

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Literally cannot stop watching The Expanse. In season 3. Pretty sure I made this exact post several days ago. Don’t care. I’m up till 3am watching episodes. Watching on breaks from work. Watching at work.

So pumped theres a new season coming too.
 

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Literally cannot stop watching The Expanse. In season 3. Pretty sure I made this exact post several days ago. Don’t care. I’m up till 3am watching episodes. Watching on breaks from work. Watching at work.

So pumped theres a new season coming too.
Got a favorite character?
 

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Got a favorite character?
Miller.

Couldn't fucking believe they offed him so quick. Less than two seasons in. But it was such an amazing scene I couldn’t complain. Haven’t taken to a lot of the characters, but the UN lady is awesome. I enjoy Alex and Amos, as well.

Holden doesn’t seem nearly as likeable as I recall in the first book which I read most of... not a huge fan. I’m not sure the story is one I see as super character driven like say Game of Thrones... I find myself much more entertained by the machinations and the worldbuilding. But that’s not a gripe.
 

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Any answer other then Amos is the incorrect answer.
Amos is the Sandor Clegane of The Expanse.

Wait... @Chris have you read the books? I thought you had but maybe I was wrong based on your spoiler stuff above.

Either way, if you haven't, holy shit is season five going to be a fun experience for you.
 

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Amos is the Sandor Clegane of The Expanse.

Wait... @Chris have you read the books? I thought you had but maybe I was wrong based on your spoiler stuff above.

Either way, if you haven't, holy shit is season five going to be a fun experience for you.
Just Leviathan Wakes. Then decided to just watch instead, less brainpower :chuckle:

EDIT: actually, I think I didnt even finish LW. Just most of it.
 

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Has anyone watched Turn: Washington's Spies?
Yes -- finished it a couple of weeks ago.

Fun show -- they clearly Hollywooded-up some of the villainy, and took a lot of historical liberties. They made the Culper Ring the Forrest Gump of the Revolution, because those fuckers had their fingers in everything. Then they made George Washington mentally unbalanced, made Simcoe a sociopath...but still. I liked a lot of the characters/actors. Actually thought the portrayal of Tallmadge was very good -- did a really nice job portraying a staff officer.
 

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Yes -- finished it a couple of weeks ago.

Fun show -- they clearly Hollywooded-up some of the villainy, and took a lot of historical liberties. They made the Culper Ring the Forrest Gump of the Revolution, because those fuckers had their fingers in everything. Then they made George Washington mentally unbalanced, made Simcoe a sociopath...but still. I liked a lot of the characters/actors. Actually thought the portrayal of Tallmadge was very good -- did a really nice job portraying a staff officer.
Yeah, lots of liberties. But a well done show I thought. The actor they had to play Washington was very good I thought. Looked like him.

The Simcoe thing is rather hilarious when one looks up the real Simcoe, who has a very good reputation and is a founding father of Canada... Big time abolitionist, worked to help the Indians as well.

Tallmadge was well played. Well portrays these super young officers who are given an enormous amount of responsibility. It is hard to convey to folks who have not been in the military what exactly staff officers do, and what measure of importance they have, but the show does a good job.

There are always two wars going on: The one on the front, and the one at HQ. You can't win without good staff officers, as Napoleon found out during the 100 Days, and they never get the credit they deserve.

What the show did well that is unsaid, is that while some staff officers are important, it is really only the handful of good staff officers that pull the weight for the rest. 65% of staff officers are cast-offs placed somewhere where they can't do harm, and those in-between field commands... that is checked out. Good dedicated staff officers are worth their weight in gold.
 

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Yes -- finished it a couple of weeks ago.

Fun show -- they clearly Hollywooded-up some of the villainy, and took a lot of historical liberties. They made the Culper Ring the Forrest Gump of the Revolution, because those fuckers had their fingers in everything. Then they made George Washington mentally unbalanced, made Simcoe a sociopath...but still. I liked a lot of the characters/actors. Actually thought the portrayal of Tallmadge was very good -- did a really nice job portraying a staff officer.
Also, their take on Robert Rogers was interesting. He is considered the founding father of the Army Rangers and his rules of ranging are on the very first page of the Ranger Handbook.

Also, they did a great job of telling Major John André's story. Most know him as the guy hanged over the Benedict Arnold affair, but he was much more than that, and it isn't an exaggeration to say he was beloved by both armies as the ideal of the perfect gentleman. It was a very bitter thing, and Washington felt it keenly, to see such a man hanged thanks to a base cretin like Arnold.

Speaking of Arnold, another great portrayal. He was a brilliant commander, but a bitter vainglorious brigand. He had real reasons for being bitter, Congress fucked him over (and also fuck the Continental Congress) but he was also a grasping ner-do-well, always looking to make a buck. It is shame he lived and Andrè died.
 

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Yeah, lots of liberties. But a well done show I thought. The actor they had to play Washington was very good I thought. Looked like him.

The Simcoe thing is rather hilarious when one looks up the real Simcoe, who has a very good reputation and is a founding father of Canada... Big time abolitionist, worked to help the Indians as well.

Tallmadge was well played. Well portrays these super young officers who are given an enormous amount of responsibility. It is hard to convey to folks who have not been in the military what exactly staff officers do, and what measure of importance they have, but the show does a good job.

There are always two wars going on: The one on the front, and the one at HQ. You can't win without good staff officers, as Napoleon found out during the 100 Days, and they never get the credit they deserve.

What the show did well that is unsaid, is that while some staff officers are important, it is really only the handful of good staff officers that pull the weight for the rest. 65% of staff officers are cast-offs placed somewhere where they can't do harm, and those in-between field commands... that is checked out. Good dedicated staff officers are worth their weight in gold.
They did clean up Simcoe at the end, but he was a complete shit during most of the series. The portrayal was entertaining as hell, though. Scary freaking dude. I also really liked what they did with Major Hewlitt. Hated him at first, but they did a truly excellent job of humanizing him. I was really rooting for him by the end of the show.
 
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They did clean up Simcoe at the end, but he was a complete shit during most of the cities. The portrayal was entertaining as hell, though. Scary freaking dude. I also really liked what they did with Major Hewlitt. Hated him at first, but they did a truly excellent job of humanizing him. I was really rooting for him by the end of the show.
Yeah that Simcoe actor was great. Like when the Queen's Ranger guy called him out and he simply killed him and they all fall in.

Hewlitt is a good proxy for the complexities of the War. The English were not bad people. Many may have even been sympathetic. It was essentially a civil war.
 

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Yeah that Simcoe actor was great. Like when the Queen's Ranger guy called him out and he simply killed him and they all fall in.

Hewlitt is a good proxy for the complexities of the War. The English were not bad people. Many may have even been sympathetic. It was essentially a civil war.
What I liked about Hewlitt was that he really wasn't cut out to be a soldier at all. He just did it because he didn't have any family money, and was trying to do the best he could. Nice to see in the end that he got what he really wanted out of life.
 

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