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[S2E8] Returning Point

Mills holds the walkie up to Indira. Indira begs Jadis to let her people live, but Jadis instead orders Mills to kill everyone. Will jumps out and starts shooting at CRM soldiers. Dennis and Silas show up and join the fight. Dennis grabs a CRM grenade and throws it at a building. The explosion kills the remaining soldiers. Dennis tells Silas to get everyone to the rendezvous point, then drops to the ground from a gunshot wound.

[S2E8] Returning Point

We are down to the final stretch of "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" and the stakes have been raised appropriately. The last few episodes were focused on bringing tensions to a boiling point. Secrets were spilled, characters were forced to choose sides, and new threats came out of the woodwork. This week's episode, "Returning Point," feels like we've now reached the beginning of the end. The hour was propulsive and tense and finally brought the war between the Bennetts and the Civic Republic Military out into the open.

Obviously, if you don't like time loop episodes, you'd probably find this one tiresome, as Ezekiel ended up loosing track of the number of times he reset to the beginning. Once he realized that the reset was actually a return to a "save point," things went completely off the rails in hilarious fashion.

It was definitely a cheat of them (albeit an extremely predictable one) to make Ezekiel forget his experiences of the time loops. There wasn't a complete loss in the character development department, though, as Colonel Baird pointed out:

Unfortunately, her joy is short lived; after touching down in Jeju, Yumi receives a call from an apologetic Section Chief Nam, who had belatedly found out that the position was no longer available. Despite her attempts at putting up a cheery disposition in front of Bobby, Yumi finally lets her disappointment and emotions wash over her, as he comforts her in his arms.

Back at the crime scene, John's phone indicates that there is only 10% charge left; Grace Sawyer calls to wish him a happy birthday, but just after the call ends, the phone's battery gives out. There's a visitor at the entrance to the crime scene, Ellroy Basso, who identifies himself as "Bioremediation" - "crime scene cleaner" - and he and Nolan hang out while waiting for the detectives to arrive. (They never do.) At one point, while theorizing about the crime scene, Elroy and Nolan investigate an adjoining unfinished space and find the body of the prime suspect.

As this episode points out, there is a danger to getting lost in these artificial feelings of love. Isaac is a well-loved member of the crew, even though he does not pretend to love them back. He bluntly points out he has no emotional attachment to the crew. Isaac tells them attachment is a cognitive defect. How more deeply would the crew have been attached to him if he had pretended to love them back?

Patrick Stewart stars as Picard, reprising his role from the series Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as other Star Trek media. Alison Pill, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Orla Brady, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Brent Spiner also star. A second season was in development for months before being officially announced in January 2020. Matalas and Goldsman replaced first-season showrunner Michael Chabon. The time travel story was conceived by Matalas and connects to Picard's struggles with his own history. Matalas and new production designer Dave Blass returned to the visual style of the Next Generation and brought back key designers from that series. Delayed from a planned June 2020 production start by the COVID-19 pandemic, filming began in California in February 2021 and lasted until September, shooting back-to-back with the third season. Location shooting took place around Los Angeles. The second season features special guest stars returning from previous Star Trek media, including John de Lancie as Q and Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan.

In early December, co-creator and showrunner Michael Chabon signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios to create several new series for them, beginning with an adaptation of his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon was expected to remain with Picard as showrunner until he had to shift focus to Kavalier & Clay at some point in 2020, at which point he would still be creatively involved in Picard as an executive producer.[21] A week later, the series was informally green-lit for a second 10-episode season after being allocated $20.4 million in tax credits by the California Film Commission for the production to continue filming in California. This was the most any television series had been awarded by the program since its expansion in September 2014.[22][23] An official renewal from streaming service CBS All Access (later rebranded Paramount+) was expected once a showrunner for the second season could be confirmed.[23]

In February 2019, Whoopi Goldberg stated that she would like to reprise her Star Trek: The Next Generation role of Guinan in Picard.[47] That July, Robert Picardo, who portrayed the holographic doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, said CBS had expressed interest in him returning for the second season of Picard.[48] In January 2020, while promoting the first season of the series on the talk show The View, Stewart officially invited co-host Goldberg to appear in the second season, an invitation which Goldberg accepted.[10] By April, LeVar Burton had discussed reprising his Next Generation role of Geordi La Forge on Picard, and said there was a possibility he would appear in the second season,[49] while Gates McFadden said in June that there was a "good chance" she would be reprising her Next Generation role of Beverly Crusher in the season.[50] In July, Picardo praised the series and expressed interest in guest-starring in it in the future, but said there were "absolutely no plans" for him to appear in the second season.[51] In May 2021, McFadden said "things have changed a lot on different levels" and she would no longer be appearing in the second season, expressing her disappointment at this,[52] though in April 2022 she was revealed to be reprising her role in the third season of Picard instead, alongside Burton and other members of the Next Generation cast.[53]

After reprising his Next Generation role of Data in the first season, Brent Spiner said in March 2020 that he would not do so again as he felt that story was a fitting end to the character. He expressed interest in returning as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, who he began playing in the first season two-part finale,[54] and Goldsman later admitted that Altan Soong was created in part so Spiner could return following Data's death.[36] Chabon expressed interest in first-season recurring guest stars Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady, and Jamie McShane returning for the second season, respectively as Voyager's Seven of Nine and Picard's Romulan staff-members Laris and Zhaban. He said a relationship between Seven and Raffi that was teased at the end of the first season would be explored in the second.[31] Ryan confirmed in May 2020 that she was returning for the second season,[29] and she, Brady, and Spiner were revealed to be main cast members in April 2021.[3] Zhaban is revealed to have died since the end of the first season, and Laris becomes a love interest for Picard in the second.[11] Brady also plays Tallinn, an ancestor of Laris's who is a Supervisor like the Star Trek: The Original Series character Gary Seven.[4] Spiner's contract stipulated that he not portray Data again,[55] and he instead plays a new Soong ancestor in 2024 named Adam.[56][57] Briones portrays his daughter, Kore, which helps to explain who Data was inspired by for the appearance of Briones's Soji in the first season (Soji is Data's synthetic "daughter").[5]

Those first days in the White House show the beginnings of the relationship between Cyrus and his current husband. He uses James to write a story that sabotages any change of Sally Langston's choice for the Supreme Court from ever being confirmed. The VP knows Cyrus is behind this. She will be looking out only for herself from this point forward. In other news, Olivia contacts a dirty, big-bearded Huck to find info on a Jesse Tyler who has been looking into things with Hollis Doyle, who says he'll handle the problem. A short time later, Jesse and six of his fellow employees at Cytron are killed in an explosion.

Later, Cersei holds court at a meeting of the Small Council by announcing that she will be advising Tommen until he comes of age and chooses a Hand for himself. She proceeds to name Mace Tyrell as the new Master of Coin and Qyburn as the new Master of Whisperers. But when she tries to appoint her uncle, Kevan Lannister (Ian Gelder), to the position of Master of War, he rebukes her by declaring that he returned to the capital to pay his respects to his brother, Tywin, not to serve as one of her flunkies. He goes on to say that he does not recognize her authority and will be waiting for word from the king at Casterly Rock. Cersei silently fumes over his insults.

In 9-1-1's Winter finale, the breaking point is more about the people our first responders serve than them. Thus giving us an episode that lacks the drama for anything with the word "finale" associated with it.

They sync their watches and plan that in precisely three hours Caroline will upload the virus. That gives Gavin enough time to get past the security lock. Caroline makes a point of explaining that the virus has to upload at least 85% to shut down the sinkhole. To shut the machine down, it needs to complete its upload. (You just know that 85% figure is going to come back into the story, right?)

And thus, the plan continues and the team continue to scare him to the extent that he ends up making his way to Do-gi, even coming to the point of forcefully meeting the latter after being rejected once. His faith in Do-gi is slowly built by the efforts of the team which scares him and pushes him to the point where he has no choice but to believe. 041b061a72


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