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Old June 25 2013, 03:45 AM   #151
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Re: Falling Skies - season 3

CC calls then "Espheni" or "Esphenni." Can't remember how many "n's."
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Old June 25 2013, 03:47 AM   #152
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Never played Risk. I would have thought you'd have to take down a european country first.

Nah, you need South American because it connects with northern Africa which is your way to Europe. It also connects to North America to cause problems there, yet is small enough to secure somewhat easily unlike Europe.
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Old June 25 2013, 04:15 AM   #153
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Look, I don't doubt that Cochise told the truth about his motivations for fighting. I just doubt that his motive is his people's motive.
And that's what I take issue with. He was clearly explaining his people's motivation, as requested. Whether it's the whole truth, part true, or a complete fabrication is anyone's guess. But since he is the sole link between the Volm and the Humans, and he presented that motivation in the name of his people -- which he clearly had the authority to do, else he wouldn't be their ambassador -- then there's absolutely no evidence that it isn't the reason his people are doing what they're doing.

I don't know what's so hard to grasp about that. It also had jack-all to do with a flower; that was just an eloquent, poetic way of explaining the whole thing, despite your original claims otherwise. And that, in particular, is what I took issue with in your posts. All the flower represented was his personal hope; the rest of the speech was all about his people's reasoning for coming to Earth and fighting however-you-want-to-spell-them.

Cochise might be a good guy, but are all the Volm good guys?
I'm really not sure why you think of any of that really matters to this discussion. Cochise could have been lying through his teeth, though there's still no evidence whatsoever that he was other than a couple of characters assuming all aliens are evil (who, incidentally, also make that assumption without any evidence).

You and, apparently sojourner, just seem to have this misguided and erroneous belief that he was just talking about a damn flower and, somehow, sidestepped the question he was asked. Which is wrong. There's no debate there; it's flat-out wrong.

He sidestepped the President's question.
No. He. Did. Not.

In no way, shape, or form did he sidestep the President's question. He was asked why his people were fighting and helping Earth. He answered it in a manner that came across as completely sincere and believable. So much so that even the President, a man with little reason to believe an alien, was sold.

Go listen to it again. Ignore the flower. Listen to everything else he says.

The President didn't ask him what his people's plans for Earth was after they defeated them. He didn't even bother to ask if they would leave them in peace after doing so. He just asked why they helping them fight. And he got an answer, both for the Volm and Cochise himself. Is it the real answer? We won't know until it's revealed. But it was a god-damned answer.
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Old June 25 2013, 04:37 AM   #154
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Of course there is no evidence that Cochise isn't exactly what he says he is! This isn't a scientific investigation, it's a story. And I expect a fucking twist in it! I'd expect benevolent superpowerful aliens to save us from an evil alien occupation force in real life before I'd expect something like that to happen in fiction! It's too good to be true, dammit! Nothing in fiction is ever what it seems!

If I can catch a rerun of the episode, I will, but I distinctly remember Cochise saying "I'm fighting..." in his eloquent speech, not "we". If I'm wrong, fine. I don't commit episodes to memory on the first airing.
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Old June 25 2013, 05:51 AM   #155
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I ust rewatched the scene,

"That is what I am fighting for Mister president."
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Old June 25 2013, 06:33 AM   #156
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Winston Churchill wrote:
"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone."
I guess Winston Churchill wasn't talking for his fellow countrymen. I mean, he starts off with "I have, myself..." thus, apparently, he couldn't have been, right? It doesn't matter if he referred to the rest of his people during parts of it, just as Cochise did during his. He said "I." It's all rendered moot. Apparently.

How about Chief Joseph when and his tribe (sorry, just he, apparently) surrendered?

Chief Joseph wrote:
"Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our Chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Ta Hool Hool Shute is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my Chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever."
The trend continues throughout numerous other speeches. But it doesn't matter, I guess. If someone says "I" they can't possibly be speaking for their majority of their people. It just isn't possible. They said "I," dammit! Eloquence, symbolism, and poetry can go fuck themselves.
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Old June 25 2013, 06:43 AM   #157
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He slips back and forth between his individual motives and group motives.

They all don't want to see that flower, but they only want to kill the enemy slightly more than they want to go home.
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Old June 25 2013, 07:22 AM   #158
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I enjoyed this episode. I thought we got some pretty good devleopments for all of the stories.
As for the debate about Cochise's speach, I thought it was pretty clear he was speaking metaphorically about his people as a whole, not just himself. And I do not doubt that the Volm are on Earth for exactly the reason Cochise says, they do want to help the humans fight the Espheni (that's the spelling on wikipedia) and want to do get them off of Earth. The question in my mind is what then? Will they just leave or do they have their own plans for Earth?
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Old June 25 2013, 08:37 AM   #159
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If Espheni continue to rule the Volm's home planet, wouldn't that make the Volm the alien version of the WW2 free french forces. Liberating one occupied territory at a time, till they gather enough resources and manpower for a push towards their home planet unless of course, the Espheni had already destroyed the Volm's home planet and the Volm are out to get them out of vengeance.
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Old June 25 2013, 09:27 AM   #160
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No sir, Cochise said that the Aspheni were unprepared for their level of technology, therefore the Aspheni were repulsed from the Volm homeworld, but what he didn't extrapolate further was admitting that no one gets away with getting away from the Volm. No one. You fuck with the Volm and you die. Then your family dies, then your friends die, then your enemies, and then your entire species dies. If it takes a thousand years, every one dies. This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass.

It's not uncommon in the real world, there are still manic assassins out there still tracking down Nazis for trial and execution 68 years after the fall of fortress Berlin.

I can see Tom not agreeing to this.

"They're running from you? Hundreds of years ago they gave you a bloody nose and you've spent every minute since then decimating their race into a dysfunctional sliver. There's what, a handful of them left and rather than let it go, you light such a fire under their asses that they feel compelled to enslave entire worlds to defend themselves from you? How many worlds have been crushed between your crusade to mop up the last half Dozen Aspheni who are no doubt the great, great, greatgrand children of the actual monsters who attacked your world? Maybe if you stop chasing them, the next world will be spared this happening to them, you are the only reason that this keeps happening because despite all your talk about superior weapons you don't have the drive or wit to force home a lock out and end this finally and forever."
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Old June 25 2013, 10:04 AM   #161
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No sir, Cochise said that the Aspheni were unprepared for their level of technology, therefore the Aspheni were repulsed from the Volm homeworld, but what he didn't extrapolate further was admitting that no one gets away with getting away from the Volm. No one. You fuck with the Volm and you die. Then your family dies, then your friends die, then your enemies, and then your entire species dies. If it takes a thousand years, every one dies. This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass.

It's not uncommon in the real world, there are still manic assassins out there still tracking down Nazis for trial and execution 68 years after the fall of fortress Berlin.

I can see Tom not agreeing to this.

"They're running from you? Hundreds of years ago they gave you a bloody nose and you've spent every minute since then decimating their race into a dysfunctional sliver. There's what, a handful of them left and rather than let it go, you light such a fire under their asses that they feel compelled to enslave entire worlds to defend themselves from you? How many worlds have been crushed between your crusade to mop up the last half Dozen Aspheni who are no doubt the great, great, greatgrand children of the actual monsters who attacked your world? Maybe if you stop chasing them, the next world will be spared this happening to them, you are the only reason that this keeps happening because despite all your talk about superior weapons you don't have the drive or wit to force home a lock out and end this finally and forever."
That sounds very vindictive. I seriously don't think that is Volm policy. The narrative does not match. Cochise strikes me as more of a Civil Affairs army officer who is on liaison duty with the natives which is us.
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Old June 25 2013, 03:21 PM   #162
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I guess Winston Churchill wasn't talking for his fellow countrymen. I mean, he starts off with "I have, myself..." thus, apparently, he couldn't have been, right? It doesn't matter if he referred to the rest of his people during parts of it, just as Cochise did during his. He said "I." It's all rendered moot. Apparently.
Churchill was the leader of his people and had the authority to set policy. If evidence is so important, then where is the evidence that Cochise is leader of all the Volm and has the authority to set policy for them? As far as I can tell Cochise is just a soldier leading a small group of scouts.
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Old June 25 2013, 04:37 PM   #163
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In Real Life, Australia is a continent called "Australia." Has been for years.
Wikipedia wants to make you it's bitch.

Continental Australia.
Wiki has tried that before, but since it's trapped in the computer it makes the procedure difficult to say the least...
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Old June 25 2013, 07:49 PM   #164
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I loved Cochise reaction to the beach plane. Quite realistic. "You expect me to fly in this thing?"

How long will Moon Bloodstone be out? I wonder if they filmed bits and pieces for the next few episodes, just enough to keep that plot line going. Will the people in Charleston believe the President's (er, Professor's) wife has been abducted? Again we see the border of Charleston isn't quite secure since a mother and her baby can walk past unnoticed. Once again Hal is also able to slip through the lines. His wanderings might be acceptable though, since he is a solder. Much harder to explain why Anne would take the baby into enemy held territory.

Speaking of land area... Earth is 92.5 million square miles of land. How many alien invaders would be necessary to control and occupy the Earth? Now, granted, a lot of that land is rugged or desert and therefore not worth occupying, but there should still be sufficient land available for resistance to hide out in and life to go on unnoticed by the alien invaders. It took the US almost 10 years to find Bin Laden and he was hiding out in a relatively small region of the planet.

It would be interesting to see stories from other resistance groups around the globe.

Back to Charleston and the sudden assaults. Is Lourdes dead? Is Dr. Kadar dead? Will these assaults be linked to Anne? How long before anyone finds Dr. Kadar?
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Old June 25 2013, 08:50 PM   #165
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I loved Cochise reaction to the beach plane. Quite realistic. "You expect me to fly in this thing?"

How long will Moon Bloodstone be out? I wonder if they filmed bits and pieces for the next few episodes, just enough to keep that plot line going. Will the people in Charleston believe the President's (er, Professor's) wife has been abducted? Again we see the border of Charleston isn't quite secure since a mother and her baby can walk past unnoticed. Once again Hal is also able to slip through the lines. His wanderings might be acceptable though, since he is a solder. Much harder to explain why Anne would take the baby into enemy held territory.

Speaking of land area... Earth is 92.5 million square miles of land. How many alien invaders would be necessary to control and occupy the Earth? Now, granted, a lot of that land is rugged or desert and therefore not worth occupying, but there should still be sufficient land available for resistance to hide out in and life to go on unnoticed by the alien invaders. It took the US almost 10 years to find Bin Laden and he was hiding out in a relatively small region of the planet.

It would be interesting to see stories from other resistance groups around the globe.

Back to Charleston and the sudden assaults. Is Lourdes dead? Is Dr. Kadar dead? Will these assaults be linked to Anne? How long before anyone finds Dr. Kadar?
Doctor Kadar, yea, they made a point of pointing out he doesn't get many visitors, so, yea, it's likely after a whack like that he won't survive.

Lourdes, we don't know if she was poisoned to death or just poisoned to sleep. She's been in most of the episodes, so, that'sa pretty cruddy death to give her (And I believe she's the only other Medical personnel, isn't she?). So, she'll probably be found and survive (Or Anne only knocked her out, they've been close friends all along, so, I can't imagine she'd kill Lourdes unless there was no other way)

I think someone posted a page or two back that Moon Bloodgood went on Maternity Leave for the rest of the Season, so, she probably won't return until next Season. It's possible it will be like "Pregnancy Comas" in Soap Operas, where they filmed little scenes ahead of time to splice in, to show what's going on with her in the remaining 6 episodes. I suspect though, that we won't see her until possibly a quick cliffhanger in the finale or not until Next Season
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