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  1. Quite enjoyed the emotional music when Lukas Podolski was subbed there. As much as I'd like to see us try it while replacing Seb Larsson with Donald Love, I can't really see it catching on.
  2. @ghostops117 @CrazyGEN This is still a bit of a work in progress at the moment. Going forward, we should be able to swap the current preview pics (which are being randomly assigned) out for more carefully selected ones.
  3. You always have to take the rough with the smooth when you watch Arrow, but this latest season has been a real refresh from the direction of the previous one (which wasn't good at all save for Neal McDonough's performances as Damien Darkh). I would go so far as to say a couple of the episodes have been genuinely excellent.
  4. Hard not to feel for that Russian ambassador guy, he's obviously been cursed with such an appallingly dull personality that no one seems to have so much as the slightest recollection of ever meeting him.
  5. Happy birthday Mahi!

     

  6. Also, I have to say in episode six...
  7. I'm a longstanding fan of Cloak and Dagger, ever since you could summon them in the old Spider-Man and Venom game for the SNES. Also, they’re high school-age kids from different sides of the tracks who live on their own and fight injustice, which suits the 'young adult' market down to the ground.
  8. Mine too. For me, Jessica just has the edge over the first season of Daredevil, although they were very different of course and probably equally good in their own ways.
  9. The first two episodes are quite drearily paced, but it starts to find focus afterwards and gains some real momentum by episode four. Again, not the best of the Marvel Netflix shows, I'd probably put it roughly on a par or perhaps slightly below Luke Cage.
  10. I need to finish the sixth episode later on. On the one hand, I do agree that this might be the weakest of Marvel's four Netflix shows. The action scenes are less visceral and emotive than the ones in Daredevil and Luke Cage and the characters are less well-developed than Jessica Jones, so I probably wouldn't put it up there with those three. On the other hand, judged on its own merits as a straight-up superhero story, the quality is sufficiently high enough for me to have really enjoyed watching so far, and have my expectations raised still further for Defenders.
  11. While the only really grim performance we've turned in since the Palace victory was in the following game against Southampton, where conceding two quick goals led to us capitulating horribly in the second half, we've looked devoid of pace and attacking thrust for long stretches. On paper, Moyes' decision in January to cash in on Van Aanholt and replace him with Oviedo was the right one because the latter is by far the better all-round player, but it also removed our only secondary goal threat. Now, with half chances falling instead to crapkickers like Rodwell and Jones, it's hard to see how we're going to score if Defoe isn't firing.
  12. Of course, the irony is that somewhere along the line, in the midst of all the hand-wringing about whether political correctness has gone mad, anti-political correctness has gone even madder. Which is interesting, because identifying as something other than American is a trait widely associated with American people. So one could argue that if someone describes themselves as African-American, Latin-American, or 37.5% Irish, a quarter German, a quarter Scottish, a sixteenth Dutch and a sixteenth French, that person is actually living up to an American stereotype way more than someone who just identifies as American.
  13. Unable to beat Burnley at home despite creating a host of chances in the second half. If there's one thing I've learned from our previous scrapes, it's that making predictions is a mug's game, but at the same time, there are only so many ways to keep your head above water. It's starting to look like we might have finally exhausted them all.
  14. By the way, Colleen is awesome. I'd be all for her getting a bigger role in Defenders.
  15. Three episodes in now. I can't help thinking that if this had arrived before Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the reception would have been rapturous. With it instead having to follow those two shows, as well as something like Legion which has raised the bar for comic book adaptations higher still, there's really no getting away from the fact that it doesn't offer anything genuinely original. For the most part though, it's perfectly serviceable superhero stuff and an enjoyable extension of Marvel's Netflix universe. I'll be sticking with it.