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« Reply #645 on: September 28, 2007, 10:03:48 AM »

Reaper:

Because of the interesting reviews, I watched (or attempted to watch) this show.  The only person worth watching is Ray Wise as the Devil.  This show is boring as hell and so are the actors.  It sounded like a fun show (in a wierd way like Dead Like Me except they were to escort people to wherever they are going to) and not like Reaper where he is to retrieved escapees from Hell which is too crowded.

BORING!

And Damages now threw in a new red herring in the form of a stalker after Ellen's fiance. Did she or did she not kill the fiance?  This show is so disorganized and yet I can't stop watching.  Bizarre.
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« Reply #646 on: September 28, 2007, 10:32:29 AM »

To my surprise Reaper was on again last night, So I got a chance to catch this retrospective of the Kevin Smith filmography.

The show is about a guy who turns 21 and finds out that the Devil had made a deal with his parents for the soul of their first born child, when he turned 21. The devil comes to collect and he employs the youth to be his bounty hunter for souls that escaped from Hell.

Gee, this sounds more than a little bit like the dilema plotline of Dogma.  The kid works in a dead end job with other losers... More than a little bit like Clerks and there is a pretty girl who shouldn't work there but who does and who is the unrequited love interest of the protag.

The Devil, it turns out, has a fairly well oiled machine running up here and there is a thriving business in soul deals. (One soul bought was the doctor who told the parents that they couldn't have children, which they didn't want to because they had sold the soul. Surprise!).

So here we are, in 2007 with a TV show where the devil is being portrayed as just a stiff businessman with a corporate mentality. (This is a conversation that could be had in most of the files here, from TV to Religion and Politics to Science and Religion to Sports, he even mentions that he has a favorite hockey team as he is punishing a zamboni operator for breaking his promise to the Devil, thus indicating to our boy that he does not tolerate failure!)

There is a scene early on where the devil is making the argument to the boy that this is not a bad thing that has happened to him by saying "I've seen this story, I know how it ends, God wins."

For some lame reason, guy tells two guy friends what happened (and even takes them along on the bounty hunt) but won't tell girl. Lame secret identity, Clarke Kent Lois Lane dynamic then being set up, it's very annoying, especially given that the guy friends aren't smart enough to keep a secret from the girl, who is also a friend.

Interesting that Silent Bob is Jay in this go round. He's fat, he's scruffy, he never shuts up.

If they keep this show on Thursday night, I'll watch it some more. It's not great acting, it's not great writing, it's better than needed Special Effects. It's amusing, I'll give it a 2 &1/2 out of 5.

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« Reply #647 on: September 28, 2007, 11:47:38 AM »

Obert, the theme to Secret Agent was one of the few things I learned to play on guitar, as a youth.  Great tv theme and one that is repeatedly refreshed in the public mind by it's usually-ironic use in film comedies.  Someone in Canada was telling me recently that the series was released as "Danger Man" in Canada. 

Great CSI last night -- the only CSI that I watch, the original is still by far the best.
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« Reply #648 on: September 28, 2007, 01:06:16 PM »

Anyone remember what a person "would rather fight than switch" for?

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« Reply #649 on: September 28, 2007, 01:07:09 PM »

Benson and Hedges?
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« Reply #650 on: September 28, 2007, 01:18:43 PM »

I think Tareyton (Tarlton?)  But what was "a silly millimeter longer?"
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« Reply #651 on: September 28, 2007, 01:20:21 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNN0L2UoPvQ
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« Reply #652 on: September 28, 2007, 01:22:21 PM »

LOL....even better!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAExoSozc2c&mode=related&search=
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« Reply #653 on: September 28, 2007, 01:29:38 PM »

Benson and Hedges?

Nope, that was "a silly millimeter longer" than Tareyton cigarettes which to some "taste[d] good like a cigarette should" (can you name that one?).

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« Reply #654 on: September 28, 2007, 01:30:27 PM »

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« Reply #655 on: September 28, 2007, 01:32:26 PM »

What are the lots that you get to like in a Marlboro?
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« Reply #656 on: September 28, 2007, 01:43:40 PM »

 LOTs: filter, flavor, pack or box?
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« Reply #657 on: September 28, 2007, 01:44:43 PM »

Winston
correct!

How about "My wife. I think I'll __________ "? And the product?
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« Reply #658 on: September 28, 2007, 01:46:49 PM »

...keep her.  Geritol.  One of the actors in that series was Wayne Maunder.
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« Reply #659 on: September 28, 2007, 01:49:31 PM »

Cool, Tigger.

Do you remember what got you so clean your own mother wouldn't know you?
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