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simplyTravis

"A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"
I don't post much about my life here (I will soon), but right now all I'm saying is @EvilTw1n is visiting me and bois and girls, good times will be had. Ramen will be slurped. Brisket will be savored. Burgers will be demolished. Tacos will be held properly, with the index and ring fingers on one side, and the thumb in the other.
Y'all should make a trip out to Houston this weekend.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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Austin, day 2

- This was pilgrimage day.
- There are serpentine concrete monoliths surrounding Austin. These are the road system, whose job isn't to separate old from new, but might as well be.
- The topography of Texas finally shows up past the overpasses. It. Is. Flat. I'm an east coaster; it's kinda disconcerting to see the land stretch on forever, unbroken by hills.
- It turns out my idea of Austin was really my idea of Lockhart. It is, depending on who you talk to, the beating heart of Texas barbecue.
- Black's Barbecue in Lockhart is special. I have eaten a lot of barbecue, but nothing else like this. You know that flavor you get from the char/bark? Imagine an entire slab of brisket that tastes like that the whole way through.
- The drive back was low key, save for one iffy traffic light (seriously, why put traffic lights on a 70 mph highway?), and the barbecue hitting my friend and travel companion Brian hard. A barbecue coma exists, friends.
- To decompress back at the apartment, I played Dark Souls on Alex's honking big projector. Beat the gargoyles on my second try.
- The end of the day was a trip downtown to actual Austin, to see a band at Antone's, the legendary music bar.
- Before getting there, we hit a mezcal bar. Which happened to have the best tacos I've ever eaten.
- Antone's is half hole-in-the-wall dive bar, half respectable. The music was exceptional: a quartet playing a sparse samba-folk music with extraordinary harmonies, then a larger Latin-jazz band.
- Stupidly, after a pair of mezcal cocktails, and a pair of beers at Antone's, I thought I'd cap the night with an Old Fashioned. It was the stiffest, most potent drink I've had in a long time.
- That drunk pushed me into two or three other bars (although my stumbling kept us out of one), where I stuck to water. This drunk lasted through the bus ride home. And through my sleep. But fuck it, man, I got to go to Antone's.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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Austin, day 3

- A.K.A. "the hangover day"
- That Old Fashioned didn't wreck me entirely, but it changed my plans. I could have otherwise gotten up to do something, even go to work if I had to. But listen to loud motorcycles in the Austin sun? Nope. Had to sit out the practice sessions.
- Instead, Alex introduced me to Torchy's tacos, and they make perhaps the greatest hangover food of all time: Trailer Park Hillbilly style. And I quote:

Fried chicken, chorizo, chopped bacon, green chilies, green chile queso, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and poblano ranch on the side. Served on a flour tortilla.

- You want this, my friends. You need this.
- This led to a long conversation between how much "authentic" food counts. The best traditions will live on (I had a fantastic, more traditional pulled-pork taco at Torchy's, too), but places like this make new traditions.
- Austin has a couple of cool arcades. We went to one that was a neat mix of old and new, from wifreframe classics to Nintendo apparently holding out on us during the Wii U years (there was a new Cruis'n game we never heard about?).
- Met up with my buddy BP, who did make it to the practice sessions. He was a little sunburnt, and literally turned his shoe insoles into ragged pieces of detritus. We went to Lucy's for fried chicken. Like a moron, I got a smoked chicken sandwich, which was merely OK. BP got the fried chicken, which was awesome.
- Night cap with 'Lex at a pub. I couldn't dehydrate much, given that I'd be in the sun very soon.
 

EvilTw1n

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Austin, day 4

- So that sun? It didn't show up that morning. After scrambling to get into Circuit of the Americas (I forgot my printed ticket, then remembered it was emailed, too), BP and I walked into a British track. Overcast, cold, and just nasty. And then the clouds opened up, we got semi-soaked, and morning practice was canceled.
- Thankfully, the storm passed. There would be no practice racing sessions, though: the riders had to go straight into qualifying. This sucked for the Moto 3 riders, who had to go out when the track was still wet. I saw a dude crash and skid into the first turn.
- Premier class MotoGP was next, with a much more dry track surface, and much faster bikes. Marc Marquez is a madman. He hit the brakes so late into turn one that I thought he was going straight into the wall.
- Marquez qualified first, but ye olde legend, Valentino Rossi, qualified second. I came to watch these two duke it out, and it looks like I won't be disappointed.
- During qualifying, the sun got ever more punishing. I said eff it, time to buy a hat. Alas, too late. Some damage had already been done. Don't mess around with the sun down here.
- After Moto2 qualifying, and half of a Moto Superbike race, we called it a day.
- Back at Lex's place, I chilled for a few. He had me play Monster Hunter World for a few minutes, and damnit man, why does it have to be this good? It really is a great refinement that still feels like MonHun.
- The weather had gotten damn windy, and u unseasonably cold, to match. A night to stay in? Nah, a night for another pilgrimage.
- Alex had talked up Ramen Tatsu-ya for years. We drove down there and were met with an hour-and-a-half line. Or, it would have been, if the hipsters didn't bail in front of us. Too cold? Not our fault you didn't come prepared.
- We met two folks in line, Anna and Nick. Nice enough, but they also sat with us. Again, nice people...but talky.
- I ordered some pork dumplings, which turned out to be unnecessary. The Ramen portions here are more than generous.
- Main event: Tonkotsu Sho-Yu. Essentially pork bone broth and pork belly. The first few bites honestly weren't fantastic. The noodles hadn't had time to loosen up and soak in that broth.
- By mid-bowl, it was pretty much perfect. The broth is utterly insane. When you think of Ramen, you think of noodles, but that ain't the point of this dish. It's all about the broth, and it is a bowl of heaven.
- The end of the bowl? Ramen past the point of reason. So much intense umami that I nearly broke into a sweat. It put me into a food coma. The good kind. Alex talked up this Ramen for like 5 years, and it delivered.
- No night cap, just watched Alex put on a show in a few rounds of Smash.
 

EvilTw1n

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Austin, day 5

- Race day, bitches.
- Getting through all of the rain and wind made today pretty much perfect for racing.
- I missed a good deal of Moto3, because BP and I were trying to find a good spot to sit. I saw pretty much all of Moto2, which had some great racing.
- Settled on a spot with a chicane after the front straight, which had a view of the back straight in the distance, and a large screen pretty close by to see the rest of the race. It was a mix of being there and watching on TV.
- Although the temperature was perfect, the sun here is still a bastard. I ended up putting my coat over my head to keep my neck from baking.
- MotoGP start is a good one. Rossi keeps second and is on Marquez's tail. Remains there for the first three laps.
- Then Marquez decided to push really hard, really early. In the next couple of laps he starts adding about half a second each lap. The gap gets up to 4 seconds, and it looks like this will be a walk in the park for Marquez. But...
- He utterly cooked his front tire by riding so hard. Marquez backs off to cool it down, but low-side crashes. Out of the race.
- My boy Valentino takes the lead, and holds it for the next several laps. The crowd has gone full-blown apeshit. Everyone wants to see Rossi finally win here.
- Alex Rins, though, is having himself a day. He and Vale put like 8 seconds (a lifetime in racing) between themselves and the rest of the field.
- Rins takes first from Rossi.
- Rossi passes him on a short straight, but Rins takes it back in the next corner.
- Rossi freaking divebombs an inside corner to take back first.
- Rins cuts back outside to take first. Freaking great racing.
- Rins puts a few tenths on Rossi, up to about 1.5 seconds, and it looks like this is over. But...
- Rossi blitzes the next-to-final two laps. The gap is down to less than a second.
- Vale reels in Rins, but not quite enough. The race ends with Rossi back 0.4 seconds.
- Still, second place, bitches! Me and BP drink a beer in the shade. We got to see the legend race in-person, and it was freaking great.
- Back at the apartment, me and Lex go get some tacos. I will post the spread later, but holy hell, these things were top notch.
- This is the part where we have to point out this food is genuinely gourmet level. If this were a French restaurant, we would have paid and an arm and a leg. But because it's a Mexican restaurant, these amazing tacos with their homemade tortillas are $4 each, tops. Food this good being sold this cheaply is almost an insult to the cooks.
- Night cap? Local Monster Hunter. Me and 'Lex get through HR10. It was awesome, but honestly? Not that much different from playing online. Still glad to play it as it is done in the mother country, though.
 

EvilTw1n

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[Man, being back at work sucks. All the days run together. "Make that post tomorrow" becomes "oh, it's the end of the week."]

Austin, day 6

- Last day in Austin.
- This was the day when "Keep Austin weird" got somewhat weird. This was the day of seeing the Austin that isn't in travel brochures.
- My buddy BP didn't get a chance to experience Austin downtown, really, so I thought Alex and I would take him there for some tourist views, at least.
- Had lunch at a joint where "1/3-pound" burger really meant "1/2-pound burger." Beef was great, cooked well. Just needed less of it; it was sort of eating a ball of meat.
- From there, decided to hoof it to look at the state capitol building, which is truly beautiful. But why the hell did they build the heart of downtown on the only hill in the town?
- OK, so somewhere between toursiting and lunching, we walked past a dude that was completely out of it. Semi-conscious, splayed out on the sidewalk. His shoulder and arm were in the road.
- I was pretty close to calling the cops. The last time I saw a dude with this look in their eyes, they were on fucking PCP. Alex tried to help drag him out of the road, and I almost tried to stop him, because I was worried this guy might bite him or some shit.
- Didn't call the cops, because there was a cadre of homeless folks chilling on a sidewalk behind him, and I thought it would be pretty shitty of me to ruin their day; the sun is punishing and they were in the shade.
- Someone ended up calling the cops, anyway. He wasn't there when we got back.
- About 5 blocks away, there is a solid city block that is a camp of the less fortunate. I thought "well, it does seem like more than back home, but it's a much bigger place, and warmer year round." But then I considered the folks I saw dotted here and there. And the number of people who were behind PCP dude. And then I saw this from a fairly renowned motorcycle journalist who has lived in London (which is bigger than NYC, and not far off from Mexico City) for many years.
- So I read up and, yeah, this is something that is bad and may be accelerating. I hope Austin figures something out. It may not be pleasant for the neckbeard hipsters and yuppie gentrifiers to discuss, but this is part of the city now. They have to figure out how to do something to help these people. Even in April, the angle of the sun is harsh. It can be dangerous out there. You're less than 1/8 the population of London with more land, guys. Do something.
- Sobering side of Austin complete, I had to say bye to 'Lex, which sucked. Life is strange. You never know how long it'll be before you see someone again.
- The plane ride was a 2-hopper, with a layover in Dallas. Good side? Holy shit, the TSA agents are so much nicer here! One of the dudes chatted me up about my 8bitdo controller, since he saw it go through the x-ray.
- Bad side? There was a Whataburger at the Dallas Airport. After the quality food I'd been eating, it was like my stomach was utterly disappointed in me. Also, I had to actually be in Dallas for 2 hours. Fuck Dallas.
- I was almost used to flying by the time I touched down back near home. I used to hate the mere idea of flying, but now I can say I hate the act of flying, too. It isn't fun. It's doable, though.
- My ears refused to pop on the descent. Great.
- Ended up getting about 3 hours of sleep, then had to go to work.

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So. That was that. Takeaways?

1) Alex and his brother are stupendous and gracious hosts.
2) You may go hard, Austin, but I was technically too drunk for you on my second night. Get on my level.
3) I do like the place. It has a distinct feel. I'm an east coaster, and I need things to be more dense, but I'd like to visit again one day.
4) The tacos and barbecue lived up to the hype. Ramen exceeded it.
5) If/when I get back, it may not be for another race at COTA. It was gnawing at me in the back of my mind, "I could have seen Rossi actually win one...he had that." But then I read that all of the riders were scared to death of the bumpiness of the track. Sure enough, I watch the playback on TV, and you don't see the suspension on the bikes moving that much from far away. But zoomed in on a TV? The track is in pretty bad shape, and I have no idea how these guys did it. The top speed of the week was 215.4 mph. Utterly mind boggling.

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Alright CT. For god's sake, talk about other things.
 

mattavelle1

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@EvilTw1n the only other thing I got right now is............really this is my first commercial like this! And it just went live on Costello Building Stone (not Costello Stone LLC) FB page.........but I bring my peeps the goods! Let me know what y’all think

 

EvilTw1n

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Well, I don't really know what to say about Endgame except that, as a devoted MCU fan who has seen every movie in the franchise multiple times each, I absolutely loved it.
I have a couple quibbles with it, but I mean...as a capstone to an 11-year long, 22-movie project? Holy hell. To not completely and totally faceplant here is a borderline miracle. I still think Infinity War > Endgame, but that the finale worked at all, especially with the plot they chose, is really something. And now, to the spoilers.
When Captain America summoned Thors hammer, I had to use all my might to hold back from screaming "FUCK YEAH!". So good!
I was, unfortunately, in a pretty dead crowd. But even the heavily subdued audience I was sitting with cheered when Cap wielded Mjölnir. Ditto the BAMF-ness of standing up alone versus Thanos and an entire Chitauri army.

That aside, the aforementioned quibbles? Yes, the time travel. Don't get me wrong, they actually did a better time travel plot than most movies that attmempt this. But:
-Unless I've missed a logic leap, they had to have created one alternate timeline. 2014-ish Thanos traveling in time and dying in 2023 means there is a 2014-and-onward reality in which Thanos leaves and dies before ever uniting the Infinity Stones and using the gauntlet for the Snapocalypse. That 2014, now-Thanos-less reality is never dusted. Which means Tony and Nat are still alive there and don't need to sacrifice themselves. Still, that's presumably OK, a happy timeline.
-There is the possibility of another alternate timeline, in which Loki escapes with the Tesseract. Depends on if Cap returns it in 1970, then makes a pitstop in 2012 to prevent that scenario from happening. This timeline is...potentially far less happy.
-Cap choosing to stay behind might present a problem. Just depends on when he decides to reunite with Peggy. If he visits after she's already had kids and a relationship? That presents no continuity problems. Ditto if Steve visits her, has his dance, spends some time with her, then moves on to live his own life at another point. If Steve and Peggy end up married, though, and living happily together 1945-onward...I dunno. I'll need to watch Agent Carter one day to see if this causes problems. But it wouldn't be like Steve Rogers to live peacefully and quietly in a world where he knows he could help people, and do nothing.

But, enough quibbles.

-Tony and Nat dying are such great redemptive stories. Tony has been trying to make up for making dangerous lethal weapons and being an unwitting arms dealer. Although we don't know the full extent of Black Widow's prior crimes, Nat has spent her life trying to eliminate that red ledger.
-They both sacrifice themselves for the mission. And for their families. For Tony, it's to protect Pepper and their kid. But for Nat? The Avengers are her family. I wasn't a fan of killing her off until I thought more about it. TBH, it's really the right end for that character arc: she did terrible things, had nothing after, worked on the side of Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. as a quasi-compartmentalizing spy, finally finds something of a family, and does everything to protect it.
-Nebula and Tony are the perfect odd couple. I'd watch that TV series.
-They might've gone a bit too heavy-handed on Thor as comic relief, but for his character, it does kinda work. He lost more than anyone in the lead-up to the Snap, then views himself as the biggest failure for not preventing it. He's postively shattered. It makes sense for him to have that trauma.
-Everyone understands Strange's plan now, and why Tony had to survive on Titan. Only the modular, nanotech suit could have improvised a gauntlet.
-Marvel might try to one-up the final battle in the future with a Galactus storyline, but they really shouldn't. Was Endgame's big fight heavyhanded? Full of fan service? Obvious? Yes, yes, and yes. Also completely necessary for a story this big.
-"Avengers...assemble." Fucking right.
-I was wondering how the hell they were going to get back to the Chitauri invasion and broken-Cap shield vision from AoU. Doesn't match up 1:1, but they had the rough outline of where they were going.

Eh, could keep going, but I'll see the movie again before doing so.
 
I have a couple quibbles with it, but I mean...as a capstone to an 11-year long, 22-movie project? Holy hell. To not completely and totally faceplant here is a borderline miracle. I still think Infinity War > Endgame, but that the finale worked at all, especially with the plot they chose, is really something. And now, to the spoilers.

I was, unfortunately, in a pretty dead crowd. But even the heavily subdued audience I was sitting with cheered when Cap wielded Mjölnir. Ditto the BAMF-ness of standing up alone versus Thanos and an entire Chitauri army.

That aside, the aforementioned quibbles? Yes, the time travel. Don't get me wrong, they actually did a better time travel plot than most movies that attmempt this. But:
-Unless I've missed a logic leap, they had to have created one alternate timeline. 2014-ish Thanos traveling in time and dying in 2023 means there is a 2014-and-onward reality in which Thanos leaves and dies before ever uniting the Infinity Stones and using the gauntlet for the Snapocalypse. That 2014, now-Thanos-less reality is never dusted. Which means Tony and Nat are still alive there and don't need to sacrifice themselves. Still, that's presumably OK, a happy timeline.
-There is the possibility of another alternate timeline, in which Loki escapes with the Tesseract. Depends on if Cap returns it in 1970, then makes a pitstop in 2012 to prevent that scenario from happening. This timeline is...potentially far less happy.
-Cap choosing to stay behind might present a problem. Just depends on when he decides to reunite with Peggy. If he visits after she's already had kids and a relationship? That presents no continuity problems. Ditto if Steve visits her, has his dance, spends some time with her, then moves on to live his own life at another point. If Steve and Peggy end up married, though, and living happily together 1945-onward...I dunno. I'll need to watch Agent Carter one day to see if this causes problems. But it wouldn't be like Steve Rogers to live peacefully and quietly in a world where he knows he could help people, and do nothing.

But, enough quibbles.

-Tony and Nat dying are such great redemptive stories. Tony has been trying to make up for making dangerous lethal weapons and being an unwitting arms dealer. Although we don't know the full extent of Black Widow's prior crimes, Nat has spent her life trying to eliminate that red ledger.
-They both sacrifice themselves for the mission. And for their families. For Tony, it's to protect Pepper and their kid. But for Nat? The Avengers are her family. I wasn't a fan of killing her off until I thought more about it. TBH, it's really the right end for that character arc: she did terrible things, had nothing after, worked on the side of Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. as a quasi-compartmentalizing spy, finally finds something of a family, and does everything to protect it.
-Nebula and Tony are the perfect odd couple. I'd watch that TV series.
-They might've gone a bit too heavy-handed on Thor as comic relief, but for his character, it does kinda work. He lost more than anyone in the lead-up to the Snap, then views himself as the biggest failure for not preventing it. He's postively shattered. It makes sense for him to have that trauma.
-Everyone understands Strange's plan now, and why Tony had to survive on Titan. Only the modular, nanotech suit could have improvised a gauntlet.
-Marvel might try to one-up the final battle in the future with a Galactus storyline, but they really shouldn't. Was Endgame's big fight heavyhanded? Full of fan service? Obvious? Yes, yes, and yes. Also completely necessary for a story this big.
-"Avengers...assemble." Fucking right.
-I was wondering how the hell they were going to get back to the Chitauri invasion and broken-Cap shield vision from AoU. Doesn't match up 1:1, but they had the rough outline of where they were going.

Eh, could keep going, but I'll see the movie again before doing so.
I think every timeline they went into ultimately splintered off into a new timeline of its own. It was my understanding that they were returning the stones not to prevent the timeline from separating, but rather making sure the stones were available in those timelines for when they were needed so save their respective storyline (Guardians 1, Doctor Strange, etc). More to the point, I suspect they are planning on using those alternate timelines as a way to tie in the TV series without directly contradicting the main MCU. Hence, for example, Loki escaping probably factors in the Loki TV show (Yes, that is apparently a thing in the works).

Off the top of my head, and comparing to Infinity war (part 1) the only thing that bothers me is that rocket never got Buckies arm, and that would have just been a fun joke; nothing plot breaking. I am still geeking out every time I think about Captain America getting Thors Hammer, and pretty much every thing else was perfect fan service. I guess I was a little disappointed by how little the Hulk got to, well, hulk out during the final fight. I was hoping for a rematch with Thanos considering how much he got trounced in the first film.

My mind is all over the place when it comes to this movie, but pretty much all of it is about things I loved. It is beyond rare for a film to be this hard for my mind to find glaring flaws with.
 
More fan-service spoilers for Endgame.

I loved how many perfect throw backs to the previous movies and comics were stuffed in this movie.

-Steve rogers mirroring the elevator scene from Winter Soldier, and the comics by tricking them with "Hail Hydra".
-"Professor Hulk" was a fun nod to certain stories in the comics.
-Thor feeling "Unworthy" initially (aside from matching the plot) references some of the comics as well, plus joining the guardians is awesome
-Tony's breakdown referencing Civil War
-Hank Pim and Starks father both fit perfectly in their scenes

I know there is more, but I am brain dead at the moment.
 
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I have a couple quibbles with it, but I mean...as a capstone to an 11-year long, 22-movie project? Holy hell. To not completely and totally faceplant here is a borderline miracle. I still think Infinity War > Endgame, but that the finale worked at all, especially with the plot they chose, is really something.
The Lady and I both said the same thing when we walked out of the cinema: as a movie in its own right, it's not as good as Infinity War, but as a celebration of the last 11 years of the MCU, they couldn't possibly have done a better job. It's ridiculous.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Oh my goodness! We saw it on Saturday, and I went social media blackout from Thursday evening till after the movie on Saturday. I did not want a second of that spoiled.

We were very lucky to be in an audience that didn't talk during the movie (like conversations), but they did react/yell, shout during exciting or shocking parts. Perfect audience actually.

You guys have already gone over a lot. Yes, time travel can be confusing, and as an X-Men comics fan, I've learned to just go along with the ride and not nit-pick. If it makes enough sense, it's good enough.

Favorite things: Cap going back and spending his life with Peggy. This was the happy ending I always wanted. From past movies, we know that Peggy married a man in the mid 40s who Cap had saved. Peggy went to run SHIELD and have two kids with this man. From this, I am assuming (and this is my happy ending for them, so I'm keeping it) that Cap went back, he pretended to be this man that cap saved, he and Peggy had two kids, and Peggy still went on to run SHIELD. He knew he had to stay quiet and let SHIELD handle the heavy lifting without him so as to know hurt the timestream.

Other favorite thing: All the badass women coming together in the fight scene with Thanos. My theater went ape shit. One black lady in the audience yelled "Yaaaaasss! Bad bitches to the floor! That's what I'm talkin about!"

Of course, loved with Cap got the hammer. Just a great scene.

I'm a sucker for scenes in movies when "everyone works together", so the whole thing with Strange brought everyone to the field and Avengers Assemble, I started happy crying so hard. (I have other examples of movies past of the "everyone working together" that get me to cry too."

I cannot say enough good things about this movie. There has never been a film series like this before that has been so well executed with such a huge pay off. 21 movies leading to a 22nd 3 hour tour de force! Just wow.
 

EvilTw1n

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The Lady and I both said the same thing when we walked out of the cinema: as a movie in its own right, it's not as good as Infinity War, but as a celebration of the last 11 years of the MCU, they couldn't possibly have done a better job. It's ridiculous.
Yeah, the more I think on it, the more I agree with the bolded part. Really, Infinity War was the "every single thing comes together here" moment. Endgame was a sort of victory lap for what they accomplished, and a bit of a love letter to people who stuck around for it all. "You stuck around for Thor 2? OK, we're making that important."
I think every timeline they went into ultimately splintered off into a new timeline of its own. It was my understanding that they were returning the stones not to prevent the timeline from separating, but rather making sure the stones were available in those timelines for when they were needed so save their respective storyline (Guardians 1, Doctor Strange, etc). More to the point, I suspect they are planning on using those alternate timelines as a way to tie in the TV series without directly contradicting the main MCU. Hence, for example, Loki escaping probably factors in the Loki TV show (Yes, that is apparently a thing in the works).

Off the top of my head, and comparing to Infinity war (part 1) the only thing that bothers me is that rocket never got Buckies arm, and that would have just been a fun joke; nothing plot breaking. I am still geeking out every time I think about Captain America getting Thors Hammer, and pretty much every thing else was perfect fan service. I guess I was a little disappointed by how little the Hulk got to, well, hulk out during the final fight. I was hoping for a rematch with Thanos considering how much he got trounced in the first film.

My mind is all over the place when it comes to this movie, but pretty much all of it is about things I loved. It is beyond rare for a film to be this hard for my mind to find glaring flaws with.
They way that Bruce and the Ancient One spoke made me think there wouldn't be a ton of alternate timelines; one would only be generated by a fairly big shock to the events in question - like removing an Infinity Stone. Bruce said they would return them at the exact moment they were taken, and thus no branch. Then Cap goes back to prevent that from happening at the end, including returning Mjolnir to Asgard. That seemed tidy, but with the 2012-Loki-with-Tesseract and 2014-Thano-less branches the ones that could not be trimmed.

And then the Russo brothers dropped this yesterday.
https://ew.com/movies/2019/04/30/avengers-endgame-russo-brothers-captain-america/

Someone created this, which I would've though was too complex by half for the plot they were going for, but it depends now, I suppose.



I still think most of the branches were preempted by returning the stones to their correct place. But since the Russos have confirmed that Cap did not just do time jumping, but essentially dimension jumping? Gets convoluted quickly. I would think Cap, at the very least, spent some time in the Thano-less alternate 2014 to take out Hydra, then moved to 2012 to make sure he could guide events there to prevent an alternate Snapocalypse. Then he goes backwards in one of those timelines to live with Peggy...which is where it gets even more confusing and yeah, I'm stopping before my head hurts. I was always a big Back to the Future fan, but this non-butterfly-effect rule of time travel puts us in some pretty trippy many-worlds interpretation/theory.

Anyways.

Moving away from the timelines question, I felt the same thing about Hulk at first. But...his part in this play was the reverse Snap. Like Natasha insuring the Soul stone would be delivered, it's not as satisfying (although I will fight anyone saying Black Widow's death was problematic - she was always a hero who did the hard, dirty work behind the scenes, and she did the hardest work of all here). But those two things are huge, necessary parts of Strange's plan.

Oh, and speaking of him, I hope the Doctor has some other thoughts on how to defend reality. Because his job is now immeasurably harder without the Time stone.
Oh my goodness! We saw it on Saturday, and I went social media blackout from Thursday evening till after the movie on Saturday. I did not want a second of that spoiled.

We were very lucky to be in an audience that didn't talk during the movie (like conversations), but they did react/yell, shout during exciting or shocking parts. Perfect audience actually.

You guys have already gone over a lot. Yes, time travel can be confusing, and as an X-Men comics fan, I've learned to just go along with the ride and not nit-pick. If it makes enough sense, it's good enough.

Favorite things: Cap going back and spending his life with Peggy. This was the happy ending I always wanted. From past movies, we know that Peggy married a man in the mid 40s who Cap had saved. Peggy went to run SHIELD and have two kids with this man. From this, I am assuming (and this is my happy ending for them, so I'm keeping it) that Cap went back, he pretended to be this man that cap saved, he and Peggy had two kids, and Peggy still went on to run SHIELD. He knew he had to stay quiet and let SHIELD handle the heavy lifting without him so as to know hurt the timestream.

Other favorite thing: All the badass women coming together in the fight scene with Thanos. My theater went ape shit. One black lady in the audience yelled "Yaaaaasss! Bad bitches to the floor! That's what I'm talkin about!"

Of course, loved with Cap got the hammer. Just a great scene.

I'm a sucker for scenes in movies when "everyone works together", so the whole thing with Strange brought everyone to the field and Avengers Assemble, I started happy crying so hard. (I have other examples of movies past of the "everyone working together" that get me to cry too."

I cannot say enough good things about this movie. There has never been a film series like this before that has been so well executed with such a huge pay off. 21 movies leading to a 22nd 3 hour tour de force! Just wow.
I'm a 100% movie crier, but if you wanna set me off? Yeah, have friends arrive to help their friends. I was a mess during the portals.

On the female Avengers moment, I've read people call it pandering, but I mean, the whole final act was pandering to us fans. The only thing I wished is that someone would've hit Danvers' pager before she showed up.

But yeah, I keep coming back to "how the hell did it work out this well?" There's a lot of bad movies out there. Even the worst Marvel movies - IM2, TtDW, AoU - weren't terrible. And the best were damn good. Most trilogies faceplant on the way out, but Marvel worked up a freaking finale for 21 movies. Others will try to top this, but good luck.

I'm going to try to see it again tomorrow. I'm sure there are easter eggs I missed.
 

simplyTravis

"A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"
Hey folks, I got another episode of Lamer Gamers if y'all wouldn't mind taking a listen!

"simplyTravis and Rowdy5000 talk about the games they've played recently, they critique and pick apart why the Sonic Movie Trailer is so bad, Days Gone/SteamWorld Quest Impressions, Rowdy5000 tries to convince simplyTravis to buy a PS4 Pro, PS5 Rumors, and Is Sony Turning Into Nintendo From the 90's? "

You can find it on Transistor.fm
https://share.transistor.fm/s/310556eb

or Youtube -

or Spotify! - https://open.spotify.com/episode/1qzVneElrhw1CkwAeTQVwx?si=WIjXKvQbRyyNZETugVXvKw
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
So, after way too long away from the game, last night on the drive home, a thought popped in my head "I should play Splatoon 2" tonight. So, after 15 minutes of downloading an update (from 2.1.1 to 4.7.1 or something like that), then downloading the Octo Expansion, I started playing, and after a few minutes, I found my groove again. Damn, that game is just so fun! And the graphics for the Octo Expansion got a huge upgrade. I was impressed. I think I'll definitely be playing Splatoon 2 for awhile, doing the two solo things and some turf war in between.
 
Well I finally saw Infinity War. Yeah I'm pretty slow with Marvel movies, I was just tired of the same formula repeated. They're not bad movies or anything, I enjoy most of them, it's just I never felt compelled to keep super up to date. I do find it annoying how a lot of classic villains don't feel important.

I'm happy with Infinity War though. It felt refreshing and new. I was invested the whole time and Thanos was actually badass as hell. I was not expecting a lot of plot points. A lot of moments also made me feel sad too.

I know I'm a slowpoke, but eh, at least I finally saw it.


More importantly though, Godzilla King of the Monsters hits this month. I hope to shit they don't fuck it up.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
So, after way too long away from the game, last night on the drive home, a thought popped in my head "I should play Splatoon 2" tonight. So, after 15 minutes of downloading an update (from 2.1.1 to 4.7.1 or something like that), then downloading the Octo Expansion, I started playing, and after a few minutes, I found my groove again. Damn, that game is just so fun! And the graphics for the Octo Expansion got a huge upgrade. I was impressed. I think I'll definitely be playing Splatoon 2 for awhile, doing the two solo things and some turf war in between.
First shovel knight and now this Sjm!?! You and I are on the same wave right now, the past couple of nights I’ve had sometime and found myself playing splattooner2 also. And your right again on man that game is badass!
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
First shovel knight and now this Sjm!?! You and I are on the same wave right now, the past couple of nights I’ve had sometime and found myself playing splattooner2 also. And your right again on man that game is badass!
Great minds think alike!
Oh, and bravo on that shower your company did! I saw it on facebook. That was gorgeous. I was up on Long Island this weekend for a wedding, and I was showing everyone at the wedding the stone work you did on the shower, and everyone was blown away. Bravo!
 
I need someone who likes Godzilla to explain this to me. The trailer for the new one shows Godzilla as the hero. Is that a thing? Is Godzilla always supposed to be the hero?
I haven't seen the new trailer. What with trailers these days giving away so much I tend to only watch the debut.

That said, Godzilla has many incarnations. The original series from 1954-1975 had him start out as a villain then a kid-friendly defender of the planet. The second series from 1985-1995 is similar, started out as a villain but turned into a "lesser of two evils" whenever he had to fight another opponent (but the humans usually tried to stop him as well).

The third series from 1999-2004 is bizarre. There's no real continuity with these ones except two. Each time the series got rebooted in Japan it usually treats it as a sequel to the original 1954 and ignores the previous series. So 1985 is a sequel to 1954, and 1999 is also a sequel to 1954 ignoring the 80's and 90's. The third series is almost nothing but reboots. The third "series" has him as a villain, to a defender, to a complete bastard again, to humanity's last hope.

These new American ones seem to have him as a defender of the planet again.

There was also a 2016 Japanese one where he's straight up the bad guy again.


Sorry, I can talk about giant monsters and such for ages. TL;DR version is Godzilla has been a villain and a good guy and everything in between through the years and many different continuities. One constant though is Ghidorah (the three headed dragon), Godzilla always goes against Ghidorah.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Great minds think alike!
Oh, and bravo on that shower your company did! I saw it on facebook. That was gorgeous. I was up on Long Island this weekend for a wedding, and I was showing everyone at the wedding the stone work you did on the shower, and everyone was blown away. Bravo!
HELL YEAH SJM!!!!! YOUR THA MAN!!!!! I’m glad that got them all fired up that’s awesome! And I always notice when my TNE guys see my work I always notice your likes
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
I haven't seen the new trailer. What with trailers these days giving away so much I tend to only watch the debut.

That said, Godzilla has many incarnations. The original series from 1954-1975 had him start out as a villain then a kid-friendly defender of the planet. The second series from 1985-1995 is similar, started out as a villain but turned into a "lesser of two evils" whenever he had to fight another opponent (but the humans usually tried to stop him as well).

The third series from 1999-2004 is bizarre. There's no real continuity with these ones except two. Each time the series got rebooted in Japan it usually treats it as a sequel to the original 1954 and ignores the previous series. So 1985 is a sequel to 1954, and 1999 is also a sequel to 1954 ignoring the 80's and 90's. The third series is almost nothing but reboots. The third "series" has him as a villain, to a defender, to a complete bastard again, to humanity's last hope.

These new American ones seem to have him as a defender of the planet again.

There was also a 2016 Japanese one where he's straight up the bad guy again.


Sorry, I can talk about giant monsters and such for ages. TL;DR version is Godzilla has been a villain and a good guy and everything in between through the years and many different continuities. One constant though is Ghidorah (the three headed dragon), Godzilla always goes against Ghidorah.
Thank you! The only thing I really know about the Japanese ones is that it is a Man In a Suit.
I remember, as a child, seeing some of the ones from Japan, but I don't remember anything about them, just that I saw a few of them.
But then I saw the US one in the 90s that was in NYC and Madison Square Garden, and then I last year saw the newest US one.

So, in my teen years, I knew Godzilla as a villain, and I just assumed that's what Godzilla was.
So when I saw the new US one, and they had his role different than what I "knew" it to be, I was left with a bad feeling.

But hearing that it really depends on the writer/director as to where he falls on the hero/defender/villain spectrum clears up a lot. Thanks!
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Two things of Note for Friday:

1) Reggie is in my town all this week meeting with the next generation of video game developers. In Sarasota, we have the Ringling College (named after the circus family because of the money they donated to get it started and keep it going), and Ringling College focuses a lot on artists (we have many that have gone on to work for Pixar and Dreamworks) and video game creators. Reggie is giving their commencement address today. It will be streamed live. Unfortunately, I have not seen him out and about in town this week.

My first instinct was to tweet him to invite him to dinner, then I realized... just because it feels like I know him personally does not mean I actually know him.

2) We saw Detective Pikachu last night, and it was fantastic!!! I was impressed with the design of the characters, the writing, the acting. Just a great movie.

There was this guy and his mother sitting next to us. He was in his mid to late 20s, and she was the person whose basement he would be living in if Florida homes had basements.
Anyway, this couple in their early 30s comes up to their seats and say "Ummm, I think you're in our seats".
The guy next to me, who looks a lot like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons says "Umm, it doesn't matter. We've been here for an hour. I think these are ours. Go sit somewhere else. Just pick another seat."
The guy from the couple says, "But these seats are reserved. If we go somewhere else, we'd be taking someone else's seats and just making the matter worse. Can you just check if these are your seats?"
CBG says, "Fine. But like I said, we've been here for an hour so we could get these seats."
He checks his tickets. Obviously, they are in the wrong seats. CBG says, "Yeah, our seats are down at the end of the row. I prefer to sit in the middle, and like I said, we've been here for an hour to get these seats." CBG's mother is nodding along the whole time.
The guy from the couple says, "That's not how it works. You reserve the seats in advance. I was actually the first one to buy tickets for this showing, and those are our seats."
CBG says, "They are just seats. Sit in ours." He points. "Down there."
The girlfriend finally speaks up and says, "Honey, it's fine. Let's just go sit in theirs. Obviously this guy and his mother are having a very romantic date night to the Pokemon movie, and we should help them make it as special as possible." And she grabbed his hand and walked away.
I tried not to laugh, but I would have bit through my tongue.
CBG muttered some things about "Bitch" and "Asshole" under his breath. His mother said, "Honey it's fine. You got the seat you wanted. It's fine."
Then he said, "But it's not a date."
I laughed again, but this time at least tried to cover it with a cough.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Two things of Note for Friday:

1) Reggie is in my town all this week meeting with the next generation of video game developers. In Sarasota, we have the Ringling College (named after the circus family because of the money they donated to get it started and keep it going), and Ringling College focuses a lot on artists (we have many that have gone on to work for Pixar and Dreamworks) and video game creators. Reggie is giving their commencement address today. It will be streamed live. Unfortunately, I have not seen him out and about in town this week.

My first instinct was to tweet him to invite him to dinner, then I realized... just because it feels like I know him personally does not mean I actually know him.

2) We saw Detective Pikachu last night, and it was fantastic!!! I was impressed with the design of the characters, the writing, the acting. Just a great movie.

There was this guy and his mother sitting next to us. He was in his mid to late 20s, and she was the person whose basement he would be living in if Florida homes had basements.
Anyway, this couple in their early 30s comes up to their seats and say "Ummm, I think you're in our seats".
The guy next to me, who looks a lot like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons says "Umm, it doesn't matter. We've been here for an hour. I think these are ours. Go sit somewhere else. Just pick another seat."
The guy from the couple says, "But these seats are reserved. If we go somewhere else, we'd be taking someone else's seats and just making the matter worse. Can you just check if these are your seats?"
CBG says, "Fine. But like I said, we've been here for an hour so we could get these seats."
He checks his tickets. Obviously, they are in the wrong seats. CBG says, "Yeah, our seats are down at the end of the row. I prefer to sit in the middle, and like I said, we've been here for an hour to get these seats." CBG's mother is nodding along the whole time.
The guy from the couple says, "That's not how it works. You reserve the seats in advance. I was actually the first one to buy tickets for this showing, and those are our seats."
CBG says, "They are just seats. Sit in ours." He points. "Down there."
The girlfriend finally speaks up and says, "Honey, it's fine. Let's just go sit in theirs. Obviously this guy and his mother are having a very romantic date night to the Pokemon movie, and we should help them make it as special as possible." And she grabbed his hand and walked away.
I tried not to laugh, but I would have bit through my tongue.
CBG muttered some things about "Bitch" and "Asshole" under his breath. His mother said, "Honey it's fine. You got the seat you wanted. It's fine."
Then he said, "But it's not a date."
I laughed again, but this time at least tried to cover it with a cough.
My 10 year old is goin out tonight to see that movie he’s pumped!!!!
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Two things of Note for Friday:

1) Reggie is in my town all this week meeting with the next generation of video game developers. In Sarasota, we have the Ringling College (named after the circus family because of the money they donated to get it started and keep it going), and Ringling College focuses a lot on artists (we have many that have gone on to work for Pixar and Dreamworks) and video game creators. Reggie is giving their commencement address today. It will be streamed live. Unfortunately, I have not seen him out and about in town this week.

My first instinct was to tweet him to invite him to dinner, then I realized... just because it feels like I know him personally does not mean I actually know him.

2) We saw Detective Pikachu last night, and it was fantastic!!! I was impressed with the design of the characters, the writing, the acting. Just a great movie.

There was this guy and his mother sitting next to us. He was in his mid to late 20s, and she was the person whose basement he would be living in if Florida homes had basements.
Anyway, this couple in their early 30s comes up to their seats and say "Ummm, I think you're in our seats".
The guy next to me, who looks a lot like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons says "Umm, it doesn't matter. We've been here for an hour. I think these are ours. Go sit somewhere else. Just pick another seat."
The guy from the couple says, "But these seats are reserved. If we go somewhere else, we'd be taking someone else's seats and just making the matter worse. Can you just check if these are your seats?"
CBG says, "Fine. But like I said, we've been here for an hour so we could get these seats."
He checks his tickets. Obviously, they are in the wrong seats. CBG says, "Yeah, our seats are down at the end of the row. I prefer to sit in the middle, and like I said, we've been here for an hour to get these seats." CBG's mother is nodding along the whole time.
The guy from the couple says, "That's not how it works. You reserve the seats in advance. I was actually the first one to buy tickets for this showing, and those are our seats."
CBG says, "They are just seats. Sit in ours." He points. "Down there."
The girlfriend finally speaks up and says, "Honey, it's fine. Let's just go sit in theirs. Obviously this guy and his mother are having a very romantic date night to the Pokemon movie, and we should help them make it as special as possible." And she grabbed his hand and walked away.
I tried not to laugh, but I would have bit through my tongue.
CBG muttered some things about "Bitch" and "Asshole" under his breath. His mother said, "Honey it's fine. You got the seat you wanted. It's fine."
Then he said, "But it's not a date."
I laughed again, but this time at least tried to cover it with a cough.
CBG status: rekt
 
Two things of Note for Friday:

1) Reggie is in my town all this week meeting with the next generation of video game developers. In Sarasota, we have the Ringling College (named after the circus family because of the money they donated to get it started and keep it going), and Ringling College focuses a lot on artists (we have many that have gone on to work for Pixar and Dreamworks) and video game creators. Reggie is giving their commencement address today. It will be streamed live. Unfortunately, I have not seen him out and about in town this week.

My first instinct was to tweet him to invite him to dinner, then I realized... just because it feels like I know him personally does not mean I actually know him.

2) We saw Detective Pikachu last night, and it was fantastic!!! I was impressed with the design of the characters, the writing, the acting. Just a great movie.

There was this guy and his mother sitting next to us. He was in his mid to late 20s, and she was the person whose basement he would be living in if Florida homes had basements.
Anyway, this couple in their early 30s comes up to their seats and say "Ummm, I think you're in our seats".
The guy next to me, who looks a lot like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons says "Umm, it doesn't matter. We've been here for an hour. I think these are ours. Go sit somewhere else. Just pick another seat."
The guy from the couple says, "But these seats are reserved. If we go somewhere else, we'd be taking someone else's seats and just making the matter worse. Can you just check if these are your seats?"
CBG says, "Fine. But like I said, we've been here for an hour so we could get these seats."
He checks his tickets. Obviously, they are in the wrong seats. CBG says, "Yeah, our seats are down at the end of the row. I prefer to sit in the middle, and like I said, we've been here for an hour to get these seats." CBG's mother is nodding along the whole time.
The guy from the couple says, "That's not how it works. You reserve the seats in advance. I was actually the first one to buy tickets for this showing, and those are our seats."
CBG says, "They are just seats. Sit in ours." He points. "Down there."
The girlfriend finally speaks up and says, "Honey, it's fine. Let's just go sit in theirs. Obviously this guy and his mother are having a very romantic date night to the Pokemon movie, and we should help them make it as special as possible." And she grabbed his hand and walked away.
I tried not to laugh, but I would have bit through my tongue.
CBG muttered some things about "Bitch" and "Asshole" under his breath. His mother said, "Honey it's fine. You got the seat you wanted. It's fine."
Then he said, "But it's not a date."
I laughed again, but this time at least tried to cover it with a cough.
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