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Fourteen: Chris’ “Phablet” fits in his pocket, he swears

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We report on the Apple announcement of the Iphone6, 6Plus and Apple Watch.  We establish Christopher likes batteries.

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“The Leftovers” Season 1 Finale delivers on multiple levels.  Storytelling at its finest.  It brings all the Feels.
Andrew is re-watching “Arrow” Season 1 with his lady.  She probably has a thing for Stephen Amell.

Christopher and Patrick discuss most recent “Doctor Who”.  Mixed feelings all around.

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We all slack on “Batman Eternal”
Christopher is through “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #6
While reading “Ready Player One” Patrick reflects on his own gamer experience.  We feel this is a good thing.
Andrew reads the newest book in the Emberverse series.  Its good adventure.
Played:
“Destiny” is played by all
Reviews are good to great, Andrew has no idea what he is doing.  Just likes shooting stuff.
Chris and Patrick have more nuanced reactions.
Trivia:
Andrew bungles it.  The Boys give him appropriate amounts of grief

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Eleven: Palate Cleansers for Your Frontal Lobe

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We remember the great Robin Williams, “Mork and Mindy”, “Aladdin”, ‘Dead Poets Society”, “Good Will Hunting” and “Jumanji” all showed us his wild genius
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Christopher discusses lighter fair this week, he has started “Legend of Korra” as he has realized how dark most of his viewing choices are.
Patrick and Andrew talk “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, decide its just stupid fun.
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Andrew is current with “Batman Eternal” and “Invincible”.
Christopher is finishing “The Strain” Book One.
We encourage Patrick to finish “A Feast for Crows” simply because “A Dance with Dragons” is so good.
Played:
Christopher geeks out and builds a car from a crap movie on “Forza 5”
Patrick plays “Diablo” with his buddies
Andrew plays more Spartan Ops.  All agree crushing crawlers with a Mantis foot is good clean fun.
Barclay’s Premier League returns this weekend.  Patrick’s Manchester City is defending League and Schmaltz Cup Champions.

Trivia.
Boys attempt to name the top 5 Animated films in terms of Box Office.  They get very close.

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Ten: Andrew Actually Plays a Game!

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We discuss Marvel’s Studio’s new film “Guardians of the Galaxy”  Try to place it the Pantheon of Marvel Cinematic Universe Films.

Which is better Avengers or GoTG or C.A. The Winter Soldier?

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The Leftovers is all three of our choice for most compelling show

True Blood needs a stronger villain

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Chris is the only one who is current with “Batman Eternal”.  We are all committed  just slacking.

Andrew will finish “Storm Front” and continue the Dresden Files.

Patrick and Andrew are going to read “Ready Player One”  Chris thinks this is a good idea.

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ANDREW PLAYED A HALO 4 SPARTAN OPS MISSION!  Discussion ensues of Halo franchise greatness.

Chris plays Forza, solves his Divinity issues with a “hack”  MK8 is still great fun

Patrick plays GTA, does crime, flies a helicopter gunship, is a mass murderer.

Trivia:

List all Marvel Cinematic Universe Films in order they are released.  Both Chris and Patrick get achievement.

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Nine: SDCC Return Achievement Unlocked…for some

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Chris and Andrew report on San Diego Comic Con International 2014
First impressions and most memorable experiences after being away for five years.
Chris and Andrew discuss Comic-Con Masquerade.
We debate the “Cult of Personality” aspects of Comic-Con.
Huge shout out to Samurai Comics from the hook up for Badges this year.
Seen:
The Leftovers
Batman: Assault on Arkham watched at Comic Con by Chris and Andrew.
True Blood, Extant, The Strain
Read:
A Feast for Crows ,Storm Front
Superman Doomed #1  Chris downloads on Comixology app at Con while attending Superman comics panel at Con.  Andrew will start on Jon Romita Jr. and Geoff Johns’s run on the title.
Played:
Divinity is beloved by Christopher but tech issues persist.  He also watched  DoTA 2  tournament.  Discussion ensues on Noob Channel aspect of experience and how DoTA has a high “penetration point”
Andrew plays nothing and is lame.
Destiny Beta played by Patrick.  Patrick wants to have its babies he loves it so much.  Normal beta bugs exist but gameplay is wonderful.  Patrick is salivating to play more.
Andrew presents Hercules 12 Labors trivia question in honor of the Rock’s fun, goofy movie.  Patrick and Chris earn partial credit for nearly achieving the required 6 answers.

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The Leftovers

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By Christopher Schmaltz (7-16-14)

“What’s the point?” This is the question everyone asks themselves one way or another in their lives after a profound loss or unexpected tragedy or trauma. It is the distinctly human question that has essentially driven the course of our history, writ large from individual and collective moments of pain, doubt and fear. That question is at the core of the new HBO show “The Leftovers” HBO The Leftovers, and it is the essential question of our time.

3 episodes of the show have aired1 to date. A quick intro summary – on October 14 (no year is given, but it is essentially now), 2% of the world’s population instantaneously disappears. That is approximately 140 million people. The people who disappear run the gamut from infants, 34 yr. old persons with Down syndrome, former popes, to Shaq. The show picks up 3 years after that event, and is an examination of its impact on those who remain, focusing on a group of people in a small American town.

Without question, it is a dark, oppressive show. Watching a single episode weighs heavily and lingers. I had to laugh a bit when discussing the show with my wife, because as entertaining as I find the show (we’ll discuss what I mean by “entertaining”), it is a show that is not “feel good” in any sense of that phrase. If one engages in it, it puts the viewer to the question, and it’s tough. I don’t think my wife will be watching, not because of any desire to avoid the tough questions, as she is one of the strongest people I know, but because, to paraphrase her, what time she has to watch tv, she doesn’t want that time to be a painful chore – Life is hard enough, and filled with enough negativity as it is, to spend time watching a depressing show.   I am entertained by the show however, precisely because its ambition is to explore the larger questions, and by that exploration, examine where we are as humans, and what we have yet to be. And also because it asks, from one character, “I can understand a former pope, but Gary f*cking Busey?”

1 An anachronistic term when referring to a cable television channel like HBO.

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