It may not make logical sense but Cameron seems to take that same approach in his real life. These days there’s absolutely no reason to put humans in one of those deep sea submersibles rather than use modern ROVs with high-definition cameras. In person you can barely see anything through the crappy small viewport anyway. But Cameron still did that silly Deepsea Challenger project along with doing other manned submersible dives over the years.
It’s been a while since I saw the movie but I don’t think the humans were ever trying to covertly infiltrate the indigenous society or even pass themselves off as members of the same species. For example, all the human avatars had five-fingered hands instead of the usual four because they were engineered from a combination of human/Na’vi DNA. If they’d actually been attempting to blend in then that would be a pretty big giveaway.
Caramba. I really enjoyed this movie. It is one of those hidden gems.
… best Thanksgiving TV special ever
Wow. Two and a half episodes in and 1899 is shaping up to be just as good as Dark if not better (if such a thing is even possible).
I just sent that on to some Trek fan friends. We bought one of them a Cameo from Robert Picardo for her birthday (she had met him at a con years before and he’d been funny) and I have to say he REALLY delivered. He was great. Went above and beyond and it was a gift that really made someone happy.
He’s a geezer. Real deal. Dude. Legit.
That must have been a really fun birthday party!
One of the most successful presents I’ve ever got (ETA I mean given!). Which really makes me happy.
“I can’t use this…”
But, you did, you asshole
Finished The English, and did not see those plot twists coming at all. Despite violent scenes, I’m glad my friend recommended it. It highlighted things glossed over or ignored too often in Westerns and history books. Be sure to watch the credits, too.
re The English:
Yes, nothing in the story is clear until the last episode or two, but it does come together in the end. Until then, it’s just meeting and killing a series of murderous psychopaths.
I finished Wednesday last night, and I must say it was enjoyable. My only quibble is the casting of Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. I like him in many things he does, but not as Uncle Fester.
I do love all the little touches that are added with little emphasis, like how Enid makes little canine-style whines when she’s scared.
Yeah, I thought that was weird, too (just from the trailer, I mean).
Been trying to watch ‘House of the Dragon’.
I have a feeling they’re tring too hard to shock with all the incest and desperate cruelty.
I mean, that was a central theme in GOT, which I enjoyed, but it was at least diluted by a vast cast and multiple plotlines.
This just seems like heavy-handed, ponderous, meh.
I gave up at episode 8.
Watched the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special with the kids. If you’ve seen the preview then you pretty much already know all the major plot points and know what silliness to expect. But a few things stood out:
- Drax wore vests, shirts or sweaters throughout the whole thing. What happened to his famously sensitive nipples? (My theory is that they were just trying to save time and money on the full-body makeup.)
- Groot is grown up and looks very different in his latest incarnation. Much thicker and possibly optimized for a costume character at the Disney parks.
- I didn’t know that Cosmo was telekinetic and had one of those talking collars from Up. was that a thing in the comics too?
episode 8?! you are a trooper!
we only lasted two!
i rather wanted more from Matt Smith than head splitting, rape and a horrible wig.
Yep. I tried the first few episodes of GOT, couldn’t get past those gratuitous “shock” elements.