What was the last show you binged, and was it worth the time?

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Wife and I got some time back last night so we used it to get caught up on season 3 of "The Boys." If you are not easily offended, this may be the best show on TV. But you've been warned: it is MESSED UP!!!
Our son got us totally HOOKED on this and yes, if you are not easily offended, then you might like this. Anthony Starr is such a screwed up 'human' in this and Karl Urban just steals the show for me. Jack Quaid looks EXACTLY like his dad. LOVE this show.
 

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Religious and cult stuff fascinates me. I had read Jon Krakauer's book on which it was based and thought the series was, aside from being a show about a mysterious murder investigation, a pretty good primer on just how creepy and odd the Mormons take on life and religion can be, not that they have cornered the market on strange, obsessive (to me) behavior in the name of "Heavenly Father" AKA God.

Watching that came on the heels of a semi-related documentary recently released on Netflix called "Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey" which was a very well done inside look at the incredibly
bizarre and heinous Warren Jeffs' fundamentalist/polygamist cult. One particularly haunting thing about the series was that these folks shot a ton of film of their own kids doing
musical shows and singing in Church and so forth and it vividly shows a fully brainwashed culture who do not have the capability to reason for themselves. It shed light on a totalitarian
state, existing right here in these United States whose primary currency was, to put it bluntly, underaged pussy. It was a human cattle auction.

Creepy is an adjective which is somewhat subjective, but it's hard for me to imagine a guy who embodies creepiness more than Warren Jeffs. He discovered early in his life that
people were complete fools and all you had to do to get exactly what you wanted is to tell them that you talked directly to your good buddy God. And God wanted Fathers (Mothers don't get to have opinions in that cult) to give up their innocent, young Daughters to Jeffs' control so he could hand them out like party favors. And, astonishingly, they would do exactly that and
probably still do behind gated fences and closed doors.

Sickening? Sure, but it was memorable and expertly crafted. An engrossing train wreck.
We just watched episode 3 of keep sweet, insane stuff.
 

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For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone would choose that life for their children.

Women must obey? That's not what I was looking for in a wife and not the life I want for my daughter and I wouldn't want my son to grow up thinking the little voice (intuition) in his head was freaking God, in most walks of life that's evidence of severe mental illness.
 

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Religious and cult stuff fascinates me. I had read Jon Krakauer's book on which it was based and thought the series was, aside from being a show about a mysterious murder investigation, a pretty good primer on just how creepy and odd the Mormons take on life and religion can be, not that they have cornered the market on strange, obsessive (to me) behavior in the name of "Heavenly Father" AKA God.

Watching that came on the heels of a semi-related documentary recently released on Netflix called "Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey" which was a very well done inside look at the incredibly
bizarre and heinous Warren Jeffs' fundamentalist/polygamist cult. One particularly haunting thing about the series was that these folks shot a ton of film of their own kids doing
musical shows and singing in Church and so forth and it vividly shows a fully brainwashed culture who do not have the capability to reason for themselves. It shed light on a totalitarian
state, existing right here in these United States whose primary currency was, to put it bluntly, underaged pussy. It was a human cattle auction.

Creepy is an adjective which is somewhat subjective, but it's hard for me to imagine a guy who embodies creepiness more than Warren Jeffs. He discovered early in his life that
people were complete fools and all you had to do to get exactly what you wanted is to tell them that you talked directly to your good buddy God. And God wanted Fathers (Mothers don't get to have opinions in that cult) to give up their innocent, young Daughters to Jeffs' control so he could hand them out like party favors. And, astonishingly, they would do exactly that and
probably still do behind gated fences and closed doors.

Sickening? Sure, but it was memorable and expertly crafted. An engrossing train wreck.

OK. Religious cult experiences are very much of interest to me and it does not appear to be solely limited to the religious. We see it in worship of politicians, actors, musicians, authors, poets and much more.

There is it appears a common thread in all of this and it impacts a shit ton of things.

I was born of parents who met in a Christian cult. A very large one at the time, The Worldwide Church of God. The study of that organization is fascinating to me. They went in depth with scholars translating the original biblical texts, studied the history of all of it and much more. Some value was to be had there. Yet a destructive cult it was nevertheless.

An interesting contrast in thinking, psychological or whatever,. When the top rung leaders were found to have terrible feat of hypocritical clay my dad after being initially broken as he lost his reality which he had given to the church to provide, he went on a deep dive exploration of truth beginning with great self reflection. My mom did not and until the final moments of her life which are happening now she sees very little negative from that life she grew up in.

There is a great deal of understanding and in effect sight which could change a great deal by studying cults no matter what sector of society they live in.

I watch barely anything but lectures and things of that nature, these days preferring to read. Thank you. I have some screen time to grab.

 

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We're all caught up on Stranger Things and this show is still holding up strong.

My current, favorite show is "The Boys" and episodes from season 3 were recently dropped.

Yeah, I somehow missed season 2, and am almost caught up with season 3 by now.

Got to admit, I should have put Homelander in the greatest villains thread, or any Vought executive for that matter.
 

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Yeah, I somehow missed season 2, and am almost caught up with season 3 by now.

Got to admit, I should have put Homelander in the greatest villains thread, or any Vought executive for that matter.
Omg my eldest granddaughter and my son watch it faithfully I actually binged to get caught up as I watch the first season.... damn I missed a bunch.

~Dee~
 

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Wasn't too impressed with The Boys, though Karl Urban is fantastic in that role. It's...fine. They need to add a "shockfare" subgenre to pretty much every genre at this point. The Boys seems like "another one of those," Game of Thrones-y, just with superheroes instead of fantasy. It never hooked me.
 

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OK. Religious cult experiences are very much of interest to me and it does not appear to be solely limited to the religious. We see it in worship of politicians, actors, musicians, authors, poets and much more.

There is it appears a common thread in all of this and it impacts a shit ton of things.

I was born of parents who met in a Christian cult. A very large one at the time, The Worldwide Church of God. The study of that organization is fascinating to me. They went in depth with scholars translating the original biblical texts, studied the history of all of it and much more. Some value was to be had there. Yet a destructive cult it was nevertheless.

An interesting contrast in thinking, psychological or whatever,. When the top rung leaders were found to have terrible feat of hypocritical clay my dad after being initially broken as he lost his reality which he had given to the church to provide, he went on a deep dive exploration of truth beginning with great self reflection. My mom did not and until the final moments of her life which are happening now she sees very little negative from that life she grew up in.

There is a great deal of understanding and in effect sight which could change a great deal by studying cults no matter what sector of society they live in.

I watch barely anything but lectures and things of that nature, these days preferring to read. Thank you. I have some screen time to grab.

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Had I known of your personal experience I likely would have not brought that FLDS thing up. That must have been some tough sledding for you, but at least your folks weren't
FLDS. I'm glad that my parents were casual Catholics and never really bothered me much on the topic. I sympathize with what you likely went through, but I can't empathize because
I really can't imagine what it would have been like growing up with a lot of religious doctrine.

I'd heard of the Worldwide Church but don't know anything about their particular sidewalk act. However, based on your description, it had a very common element that a lot of cults
have-- a founder claims that they know the REAL story based on finding a particular document or piece of key information and therefore they are big boss of the ONE TRUE CHURCH.

Arithmetic is not my specialty, but if there are 400 different groups claiming that they are the only One True Church then at least 399 of them are mistaken.

No offense to anybody here that is actually part of the real and actual one true church. Hey, congratulations, you beat the odds. 👍
 

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Omg my eldest granddaughter and my son watch it faithfully I actually binged to get caught up as I watch the first season.... damn I missed a bunch.

~Dee~

ok just saw he season 3 episode when they were in Russia.

definite Baldur’s Gate easter egg.

”Go for the eyes Boo, go for the eyes!”
 

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ok just saw he season 3 episode when they were in Russia.

definite Baldur’s Gate easter egg.

Go for the eyes Boo, go for the eyes!”
Now that’s what I taught my daughter she didn't respond well....

~Dee~
 

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Had I known of your personal experience I likely would have not brought that FLDS thing up. That must have been some tough sledding for you, but at least your folks weren't
FLDS. I'm glad that my parents were casual Catholics and never really bothered me much on the topic. I sympathize with what you likely went through, but I can't empathize because
I really can't imagine what it would have been like growing up with a lot of religious doctrine.

I'd heard of the Worldwide Church but don't know anything about their particular sidewalk act. However, based on your description, it had a very common element that a lot of cults
have-- a founder claims that they know the REAL story based on finding a particular document or piece of key information and therefore they are big boss of the ONE TRUE CHURCH.

Arithmetic is not my specialty, but if there are 400 different groups claiming that they are the only One True Church then at least 399 of them are mistaken.

No offense to anybody here that is actually part of the real and actual one true church. Hey, congratulations, you beat the odds. 👍

Thank you.

Maybe I didn't expain it right. There was pretty much no religious indoctrination in my upbringing. My dad, by mostly example gave me the gift of respect for reason which has done wonders.

It's actually my dad who deserves most of the props. Born and raised Catholic in the Lithuanian drunken and often abusive Lithuanian Village of Brockton. Catholic school and the such. No intellectual nourishment growing up.

He is truly an astounding example of the sadly rare man of self made soul and beyond.

I really had nothing to unlearn or break free from, he did and that's why I'm interested in the cult issue. Against all odds he pretty much nailed it.

Thanks man. ✌
 

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Watched the first episode of Dark Winds. I wasn't impressed. I'll probably stick it out for another episode until Dwight shows up and see if it gets any better.
2nd episode was good. Next Sunday Dwight shows up...I think. He was in the preview anyway.
 

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"Squeaky wheel gets the kick!"

Is it my imagination or did the hamster actually look like this.

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And before you say anything, yes they can have different colors.

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Is it my imagination or did the hamster actually look like this.

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And before you say anything, yes they can have different colors.

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Oh God, it get's worse.

I did some googling today to see if the reference to Boo was cited as an easter egg by anyone, and apparently everyone thinks it was a reference to the Rabbit of Caerbannog, from Monty Python's Holy Grail. :wtf:
 

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Just started "Churchill's Secret Agents: The New Recruits" on Netflix.

It recreates the recruiting and training program for Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII. They claim to use the same training and tests as what was originally done.

SOE was a spy and sabotage organization that infiltrated people into mainland Europe to make life "difficult" for the Germans.

Pretty good so far.

Interesting some of the training and testing they did on these people. Clearly designed to have people be creative in their thought process and how they address any give test/challenge.

For example, one test has each team being told to retrieve a radio from a floating platform in a pond. They are given rope, wood, barrels, etc. and the obvious thing is to build a raft to go get it.

However, for one of the teams, a member walked around the pond and found a fully assembled raft that they used to go get the radio.
 
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