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  1. France were cautious above all else, a testament to the Deschamps approach of containing, restricting, then letting his flair players off the leash for a few minutes in order to grab a goal or two. They were never wedded to a particular or a pure style of play, they did different things in response to their opponents' qualities to nullify and overcome them, and to be fair they never really looked in danger of losing. There were times when I really wanted to see them take off the gloves and blitz the opposition, because I believe this side could do just that to almost any international opponent at present, but I suppose, looking at the list of recent World Cup winners, all the coaches were pragmatists or demonstrated considerable pragmatism during the competition. Overall though, an entertaining tournament. Only a few genuine dud games and some goals of majestic quality. A plucky underdog in the final, old favourites going home early. And most importantly of all, despite all the fears beforehand, no trouble.
  2. For something that's ostensibly aimed at a family audience, the show continues to impress in its handling of weighty subject matter. We saw it last year with Alex coming out and they're on form again with the J'onn and M'yrnn stuff, a storyline that could have been a terrible mess had they gotten it wrong. Some of the Mon-El stuff felt like the writers acknowledging complaints, but not necessarily admitting mistakes. It was satisfying though to hear Kara tell him to shut up and call him out on what a berk he was in S2.
  3. It was an odd one, because the rampage definitely wasn't what I expected. Maeve went on one in S1 to get out of Westworld, which we then learned was just code, but her breaking that code to escape and find her 'daughter' felt like a real turning point for the character. Dolores seemed to reach a similar turning point, only to go straight into 'kill all humans' mode. I guess it all goes back to the question of whether Ford is still pulling the strings in some way, although I'm not sure if it's really necessary that the consciousness of the robots is still in question at this point.
  4. So, S2 picked up right where the story left off. Dolores is a strange one, she actually seems more like a robot now than she did at the beginning. Maeve too, but maybe to a lesser extent. It was tough to get on board with the theory that if a robot became fully self aware it would instantly go on a murderous and sadistic rampage, that just felt a little too much like a sci-fi trope to me. Overall though, I thought it did a good job of following up with the characters while also laying the groundwork for whatever the new, ongoing story arc is going to be.
  5. Finally saw it last night, 'twas watchable but not what I'd call good. Alicia Vikander did a commendable job with what she was given and has good emotional range, it just felt somewhat wasted in an otherwise mediocre story. There's a chance, if the movie makes its money back, that we may see a stronger sequel. There are different strengths in different media of course, but it would seem that Hollywood is still mostly clueless on how to take a genuinely good video game and turn it into a genuinely good movie. For some reason they can do it with books, but not games. Perhaps one of these days, the right director will come along and work it out.