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#51 OFFLINE   Henry

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

We watched 2 or 3 episodes of season 1 before it lost our interest. Glad it'll be back, though. We might give it a second go.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:48 AM

This is exactly what happens when you drop acid. No kidding.

Humans survive in their environment by constantly predicting the near future, often subconsciously "if I want to turn right here I will need to turn the steering wheel at a point in time just this far into the near future". They also rely on past experience to guide them "I know just when and how much to turn the steering wheel because I have done this before". Daily existence is a balancing act of constant prediction of the near future and constantly relying on history. We can't really do much about what is happening in the present other than endure it, so we survive mostly by concentrating on predicting the very near future and relying on what we have already learned in the past; we pretty much ignore the present because we have no control over it and we need to pay attention to constantly predicting the near future and constantly relying on what the past has given us, to survive.

When you drop acid, the past ceases to exist for you (your ability to regard it is impaired), and the future ceases to exist for you (same impairment). You can only regard and react to the present. This is why that experience is so profound; it is completely different than everything else we know and do. I do not recommend trying it, however. The stronger the dose, the less you can regard the past and the future. If you take enough to impair them completely, you become a quivering mass, unable to function at any level other than autonomic (respiration and heartbeat). This is sort of an indicator of how important those two processes (prediction and referral to past experience) actually are for us to survive.

Technically the present is of course the only one of the three that actually exists, making the above quoted statement sort of a "Captain Obvious" pronouncement, but we know the future will exist, which is why we need to predict it constantly (at least the very near future) and we know the past did exist, which is why we can still draw on those experiences to guide us through the present, and into the future, even though it will still only be the present for us.

It is pretty ironic that the past (relying on what we know) is important, the future (prediction of) is important, but the only one of the three that actually exists, the present, isn't really important to us at all.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:02 AM

They let the Canadian writers slip a bit this week. We don't have any "Leftenants" in the US! My spell checker can't even figure out how to spell it that way. ;)


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

Well, Kellogg and Kiera have mentioned several times that she cannot expect to return to the same future they came from.


But they don't really know whether or not that's true.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

But they don't really know whether or not that's true.


Right. I'm just saying that the writers aren't ignoring the issue.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

Have you personally tried LSD?

Rich

Uh...

Yeah. Many moons ago. In the interests of full disclosure, and since I still have never lied on the internet (believe or don't), I must admit I have. Not proud of it, and wished I never did, actually. Had trouble finding my keys and my shoes for a couple years there.

You know you may have chosen the wrong path when you go into one room to check the time so you can set a clock in the other room, but by the time you get there you forget what the first clock says...eight times in a row (just one example of what really happened). Thankfully, that was temporary........I think. And that did not happen under the influence, that was what things were like after not being under the influence for some time. Again, I recommend against that. Be curious, but best be curious about something else.

It does seem to answer certain universal questions we all have about the universe, but we will all probably get those answers in due time anyway.

But then that explains a lot, doesn't it :grin:

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:48 PM

So far, this second season, in my opinion, is stinking up the airwaves.

 

It seems to have lost the plot.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

So far, this second season, in my opinion, is stinking up the airwaves.

 

It seems to have lost the plot.

 

We stopped watching two or three episodes into the first season.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:49 AM

I haven't seen last nights episode yet but so far I'm entertained by season 2. :cool:



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:17 AM

I'm a little lost this season.  But for some reason, either my series link somehow changed, or syfy changed their air date information.  Only the first episode recorded.  It took me until this week to figure it out, then try to find out how many I have missed.  Was last night ep3 or 4 of this season?   I had to record one VOD and then I got last nights back on the recording schedule.

 

Some of my confusion is from not being sure if I have seen them all in order or not.  The rest is because the plot is strange now.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:37 PM

 Was last night ep3 or 4 of this season?  

 

Last night was episode 3.



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:15 PM

The funniest part of this season is the boy genius working at the TV version of Best Buy complete with a jerk boss.  I wonder if they are using the set that was used for "Chuck"?  I laughed and laughed when the boss couldn't figure out what happened to the network which now produced all his reports automatically and sent them to "headquarters".  When he found out, he ordered everything put back the way it was!!


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

Not the same set as Chuck since Continuum is filmed in Vancouver and Chuck was filmed in LA.

 

As for the season, I'm enjoying this season as much as last, but the flow isn't quite as good.  Lots of jumping around from one thing to another.  The chase scene was great .. old-school carnage rather than CGI (well, the missle might have been CGI .. :lol:)

 

i can say one thing .. I think I miss the mole.  It's distracting that it's not there which is quite weird to me.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:18 PM

OK. I admit I was skeptical. So I recorded all of both seasons so far.

 

After monitoring this thread, I thought I'd give it a try this Summer and we loved ep 1 and 2. It may be the best scifi show on TV in 2013.

 

It's been four years since "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", the last potentially great scifi series produced in the U.S. but not produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, was cancelled by the world. Sigh.

 

Of course,, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot gave us "Lost", "Alcatraz", and "Fringe" plus is giving us "Person of Interest" and "Revolution". Despite the argument I've gotten here that "Person of Interest" is not futuristic enough, so far I don't think we've got the computer capacity or algorithms yet and I think it is a meaningful scifi premise given the current controversy.  I don't like "Revolution" but my wife does so we watch it. Maybe I'll like next season after the world is blown up.

 

But "Continuum", like "Haven", makes me think it is possible to have a scifi show on TV even though it requires the energy of the Canadians. I'm not sure what scifi TV show aficionados would do without Canada. Thank you Canada.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:02 PM

I enjoyed Season 1 quite a bit, but season two is pretty disappointing so far.

 

The best scenes in S1 were with Alec in his lair helping Keira in the field. Their interaction was the best aspect of the show.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:38 PM

 

Despite the argument I've gotten here that "Person of Interest" is not futuristic enough, so far I don't think we've got the computer capacity or algorithms yet and I think it is a meaningful scifi premise given the current controversy. 

 

You never know.  Wait until they catch Snowden and see what other information he has stolen... :contract:


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