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Apr
17
comment How did Stannis neutralize the overwhelming superior head count of Mance Rayder's army?
Re: point 1: In the rock-paper-scissors of ancient battlefields, infantry beats cavalry. If your infantry have spears, they plant the butts of their spears firmly against the ground at an angle, and it will disrupt the heck out of any cavalry charge. It's bad for your mount's health to charge a formation like this, even if you're a knight with a lance and an armored horse.
Apr
15
comment Was the first season of Leverage shown out of order?
Interesting. The Two-Horse Job definitely feels right, tone-wise, at #3, but IMO after that nothing really jumps out as a good reason to rearrange the sequence.
Apr
15
comment Are more movie stars acting in TV shows nowadays (and if so, why)?
@Oliver_C: Jim Caviezel doidn't seem to have any trouble making a handful of movies over the past 4 years, during which time he's been a lead in Person of Interest, running 22-23 episodes per season.
Apr
15
comment When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?
It definitely started well before 24 and Lost and the advent of DVRs; I'd be more inclined to point to the huge success of The X-Files, Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 back in the 90s, but there might be earlier examples too.
May
21
comment Why is J the only person who remembers K?
@saurabhj: The Men In Black series has always been a genre parody. (The second movie lost a lot of its funniness because it took things too far and crossed the line into self-parody, but that's another matter.) In a work of parody, half-baked plots and silliness are expected; they're part of the narrative structure.
Mar
25
comment Identify a mystery movie about foreknowledge of memory loss
Yes, that's the one. Thanks!
Mar
16
comment Where did the Tribble noises come from?
Wow. I came so close. I looked at the Memory Alpha article for Tribbles, but not the episode they appeared in! *sadface*
Mar
16
comment Have Finch's back problems been explained?
The exact circumstances surrounding the accident have yet to be explained, though...
Jan
30
comment Toy Story 3 in Spanish
@Phong: My personal favorite is from the Spanish translation of the first Men In Black movie. At the scene at the beginning with the illegal immigrants from Mexico, when K outs one of them that doesn't actually speak Spanish, the Spanish version handles it differently. Because this is the Spanish translation and we're playing by a translation convention that everyone's speaking Spanish normally, K calls the alien ugly, then when he doesn't respond appropriately, declares that he must be deaf as well!
Sep
30
comment Did one actor ever play two distinct characters in one scene in the Star Trek franchise?
Why didn't I think of that? Data and Lore are essentially "alternates"--and in fact Lore impersonated Data at least once--but Data did appear together with Dr. Soong, also played by Brent Spiner.
Sep
30
comment Did one actor ever play two distinct characters in one scene in the Star Trek franchise?
I tried to tag this as "acting-for-two", but apparently I don't have enough rep to create a new tag. Would someone mind doing that for me?
Sep
7
comment How did Jaws get metal teeth?
Did anyone else see the title and think it was about a shark?