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    I finished Altered Carbon and generally really enjoyed it, sure things have to change for the screen and I think they handled the transition well.

    However, the shift of Envoys being SF/INT operators designed specifically to quash uprisings to being pseudo-hippie freedom fighters was a bit jarring. It worked out okay in the end but it was bloody odd.
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    Kovacs in the books is directly described as being a sociopath with little apparent goal in life apart from drifting from one planet to another looking for ways to get paid, laid and high. It's because of the mantra that the audience is supposed to be able to relate to the main character that this was changed.

    Much to the detriment of the character as a whole, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
    The story line was, by and large compelling. The cliff hanger ending was interesting too. My biggest objection is the 90's setting. It was more 90's nostalgia as opposed to actually being set in the 90's. That show made me understand why the original hippies disliked Woodstock 2 so much, it was hippie nostalgia aimed at entertaining a younger generation. Everything sucks is like that.
    I feel most entertainment recreations of past periods fail in that regard, being more staging of the nostalgic popular elements than real attempts at historical verisimilitude. But... that may be the commercial appeal ultimately. Was it Happy Days that began the popularity of such kind of shows? American Graffiti in movies?

    What show really nailed faithfully the actual Zeitgeist/essence of a past decade?

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    And my most recent binge-watching is ARCHER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksennin View Post
    And my most recent binge-watching is ARCHER.
    Best cartoon there ever was. Oh man, it's like watching Danger Man or the Prisoner, but without the soul-crushing Cold War surrealism and paranoia.


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    A recent movie that raised my eyebrows at the depictions of a bygone gone was HIDDEN FIGURES, where the offices of the NASA engineers showed not a single slide rule in evidence, most glaring in a movie about people making mathematical calculations. Probably the people involved did not even know such tools existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    Best cartoon there ever was. Oh man, it's like watching Danger Man or the Prisoner, but without the soul-crushing Cold War surrealism and paranoia.
    I started binge-watching it in Netflix, so of course it is going to be removed from the available content on March 14. So it is binge or go for the parrot on the shoulder lifestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksennin View Post
    A recent movie that raised my eyebrows at the depictions of a bygone gone was HIDDEN FIGURES, where the offices of the NASA engineers showed not a single slide rule in evidence, most glaring in a movie about people making mathematical calculations. Probably the people involved did not even know such tools existed.
    Is that really true? I could have sworn they were in some of the office scenes, not as active props but background ones. You could be right, and it might make more sense that people would rather believe someone can do it all in their heard Rainman style, vs. pull out a slide rule and have 98% of the audience go "what the hell is she doing" and having to hear Sheldon explain how a slide rule works, which is about as exciting as using one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksennin View Post
    I started binge-watching it in Netflix, so of course it is going to be removed from the available content on March 14. So it is binge or go for the parrot on the shoulder lifestyle.
    There are other worlds than Netflix. Hulu has a 30 day free trial.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ksennin View Post
    A recent movie that raised my eyebrows at the depictions of a bygone gone was HIDDEN FIGURES, where the offices of the NASA engineers showed not a single slide rule in evidence, most glaring in a movie about people making mathematical calculations. Probably the people involved did not even know such tools existed.
    They are definitely hard to come by, these days. It's a sellers' market, for sure. There is real money in vintage units. I recently inherited a Faber Castell 2/83 in great condition, circa 1955. Bonus - purchased from Ferreteria Bolivar in Ojeda, Venezuela, which still exists - or it did until recently. Nice leather pouch stamped with the store's name. Yeah, my family is an oil family.

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