AppleTV’s Dependecies

I’m very irked by the recent update to AppleTV. There are three new “apps” on my TV for History Channel, A&E, and LifeTime. The trick is that they are hobbled unless my cable company is DirecTV, Optimum, or Verizon FiOS. Since I do not subscribe to any of those, I’m locked out of the main content. Come on guys. Can’t we figure this out? I’m paying over a thousand dollars a year for a Dish so I can see those channels but that’s not good enough?

Big Bang Timeliness

I went to watch this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory off the DVR and notice that the episode number was not sequential from last week’s episode. Dish showed The Indecision Amalgamation as episode #161 followed by The Relationship Diremption as episode #164. I doubled checked the dates and only saw a 7 day gap. Then as the episode opened, I realized they were talking about recent news of the discovery of gravitational waves from the Big Bang. Upon hearing the news, Sheldon begins to question his career choice, thinking of it like a relationship. Hence the episode title.

di·remp·tion [dih-remp-shuh n]
noun. a sharp division into two parts; disjunction; separation.

This all could be coincidence. The Chuck Lorre Productions card at the end of the two episodes were sequential, #451 and #452 but that may be put on to match the airing. I was quite impressed that they were able to adapt an episode that appears to be from later in the season to fit the new event in just a couple of weeks. Once again the show demonstrates that it tries to include real science especially when it relates to one of the fields of the characters.

Hopefully we won’t get confused about the deep character development arcs. Last week’s episode was a Raj’s character was the focus last week and they seemed to have skipped ahead in that relationship. Tune in next week.

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Captain America 2

The latest entry in the Marvel universe is the sequel to Captain America. Unlike Iron Man, the Captain Rogers series uses a subtitle instead of a number. This episode is called The Winter Soldier. It is a very strong entry in the series. It is full of plot and character development. We meet some new characters that we can expect to see again in the future. Black Widow and director Fury both have ample screen time dedicated to them.

The previous movie called The First Avenger introduced us to Captain Rogers. Through flashbacks that storyline is refreshed for the audience. I highly recommend re-watching that movie before going to see this new one. You will be rewarded. There are references and throw away lines referring to the previous movies and the other unseen heroes to remind you that this is the same world. If you are a fan of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show then this move takes place off screen between the April 2nd and April 8th episodes. If you don’t want any spoilers, see the movie before watching this week’s TV episode.

I really liked the new Falcon character. You have a mini genesis story as a secondary plot. The Winter Soldier also is a more three dimensional character.

I didn’t bother seeing this movie in 3-D after reading that it was done in post-process. I’ve been disappointed with other Marvel 3-D products. The movie had plenty of action and portrayed the machines and places with spectacular imagery.

I recommend seeing this movie on the big screen. Stick around for both stringers after the credits.

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