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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 16, 2013, 11:19 PM »
The Huey was retired in 2011 by the US military.  The last ones were retired in Germany.  That said, I want to say I've seen a recent picture of a couple of them being flown by the 160th SOAR.  I may be wrong and I don't recall a date on the picture.  Anyway, they have been retired from mainline service.  If they are still being used, it would probably be by some SOF organization.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: October 16, 2013, 11:16 PM »
My daughter and I DVRd it and then my wife joined us and we watched it over supper.  Good and funny and of course Pixar provided us with some adult jokes. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:42 AM »
I try to suspend belief these days any time I go to the movies.  As a historian by trade and practice, I have a really hard time doing that with historical movies.  Obviously Gravity wasn't historical but simply Sci-fi.  I loved it and really enjoyed the story and the visuals.  I skip on most 3D movies because they usually look like crap, but my wife and I saw it i 3D simply because that's all that was available when we went.  I must say I'm glad we saw it in 3D. The movie was great from both a story and visual perspective.  Definitely money well spent in the day and age when most movies seem to suck ass.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:46 AM »
That's what I was thinking last night.  I was wondering what is his significance.  It also makes me wonder if we are going to be dealing some kind of super zombie.  I certainly hope that's not the case.  I love the zombies as the backdrop to the human drama.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:19 PM »
Does anybody watch Meet the Goldbergs? I had moderate hopes for the show and then the first episode was not very enticing but I stuck around for a second episode that was mediocre.  I tried to watch a third last night and made it halfway through before deleting it from the DVR.

It is very Wonder Years like, but not as good.  It was an 80's type show so I was really hoping it would keep my interest.

I loved Clancy's work for what it was, entertainment.  I will miss reading his books.

However, I'm glad we still have Stephen Coonts.  I think he's better simply because he isn't as wordy, develops characters quickly, and keeps the action going.

Still, RIP Clancy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:37 PM »
Anybody watch Falling Skies last night?

Look's like a good season is in the works.  You could tell there is a bigger budget and there have been a ton of off-screen changes.  Looks like the writers may be trying to turn the show into a deeper/darker show with a lot more character development.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:23 AM »
The shows I religiously watch are:

Hawaii 5-0, The Walking Dead, and Southland.  And I got all caught up on Breaking Bad this past fall on Netflix. So I'll be watching this and Falling Skies over the summer.

The shows I end up DVRing and watching later in the week as I have time:
The Office.

Sometimes it takes me a week or two to watch these.  However, it looks like come the next TV season I'll have three of those shows knocked off my list as Southland was not renewed by TNT (a real surprise to a number of people) and Vegas was cancelled. Vegas wasn't really a surprise.  The plot was decent, but the characters were rather cardboard and a bit cheezy.  Revolution is getting better this time around.  However, the acting is still kind of stiff, but again, it's getting better.  I think NBC is really trying to turn it into a version of Lost.  I can't comment too much on Lost as I never watched it.  NBC has been putting so many twists and turns into Revolution that you can sometimes get lost just trying to figure out what is going on.  Maybe it's best with that show just to keep the storyline simple.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: May 18, 2013, 06:18 PM »
This is kind of off the topic of the moment, but a little related...

I was watching a few clips of BSG on youtube over the past couple of days and was reminded of how truly great that show was.  I originally tried watching the first couple of episodes in 2004 when it came out, but just couldn't get into it, largely because of the style it was filmed in.  However, I gave it a chance again last summer on Netflix and absolutely loved that show, from the beginning to the end and everything in between.  IMO, that is the best sci-fi series.

Okay, back to the discussion...

I have a handful of shows I actually watch and a handful I DVR and watch as the week goes on and I don't have something to watch before bed.  I'd be interested in seeing what everyone watches religiously and what you watch just to have something to do.  I'll post a list of my own later after I get back from eating.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:45 AM »
Is anybody still watching Defiance?  Obviously a few weeks ago some folks were.

I'm still into the show and actually enjoy watching it for what it is.  When it first came out, I was hoping for something on the epic scale of Battlestar Galactica, especially when I saw the names of some of the production crew and their credits.  I didn't realize for a while this was a show spun from a video game.

So character development is what it is.  Nothing too deep and very predictable characters, but not all bad IMO.  I've been thinking of this show in the same light as Firefly.  I loved that series and didn't actually watch it until I caught all of it on Netflix last summer.  Defiance isn't really hokey or anything, just a fun show with an easy story to follow, much in line with the idea of "adventure of the week."  I appreciate having just mindless TV from time to time as I don't always want to think about a show.  So much like Firefly, it's somewhat predictable, decent characters that aren't really developed, but you know their feelings and to some degree you care about them.

All in all, I'm liking the series.  I DVR it and watch it later in the week when I've got a chance to sit still for a bit.  I'm not sure how many episodes there are in this season, but I'm kind of hoping for more next season.

Edit to add:  It looks like it was renewed for a second, 13 episode season in 2014.  It looks like the ratings have been pretty good for SyFy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:40 PM »
Is there something I'm missing?  I didn't see anything in the trailer that really wowed me.  It was good... but pretty much standard action stuff.

Agreed.  That said, I'm excited about this movie.  I thought the reboot was beyond awesome and I'm hoping the same for this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:58 AM »
I was sorely disappointed in that episode last night.  There was tons of tension, but I felt it didn't lead anywhere.  I didn't think this episode did much to drive the plot, except to show the lack of total loyalty within Woodbury.  That was displayed by very subtle stuff.  All in all, this was by far my least favorite episode of this season, and probably one of the "worst" of the entire series.  I just can't stress enough how I felt last night was just a wasted, filler episode that could have possibly been combined with last week in an effort to move things along.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 4, 2013, 08:57 AM »
Agreed with the above.  I really enjoyed last nights episode.  I was a bit concerned it was just going to be a filler episode after seeing the previews, but I didn't feel it was that at all.  We did get some back story and probably some more insight into Rick's character, as well as Michonne, and even got to see a little Carl badass come out.  All in all, good solid episode.  I just wish this season were going to run more than 16 episodes.  We're almost done for the season.  Anybody have word on how long season 4 will be?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: March 2, 2013, 06:00 PM »

I'm about 100 pages from finishing, but I'm in the middle of my last class before I begin my thesis, so those pages are on hold for now.  But this is a great, great book.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:24 AM »

I think some people will salivate, then realize rebuilding some of what will inevitably need it, is far beyond their abilities.

This for the win.  I thought about looking around for an older Jeep to build up.  Then I decided my pocket book probably wouldn't be able to handle what my ego said I could do.  So I decided to pass on a salvage vehicle.

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