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[S1E4] If I Can't Write My Chocolate Song I'm G...

Kimberley Deal is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for The Breeders and bassist (and lead/backup vocalist) of the alternative rock band the Pixies.

[S1E4] If I Can't Write My Chocolate Song I'm G...


As we write this list, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is still a very new show, only halfway through its first season, thus it's hard to fully gauge it as yet. What we've seen though shows plenty of promise, and even though there are definitely some issues with the series -- those ever-annoying Battle Droids perhaps chief among them -- the show consistently delivers solid action and fun. More importantly, a couple of the early episodes, especially "Rookies" and "Cloak of Darkness" have been true standouts, telling dark and moody stories in the Star Wars universe that are among the best the Expanded Universe has offered. Guided by talented uber-Star Wars fan Dave Filoni, and using notable writers like Batman: The Animated Series's Paul Dini, The Clone Wars has had to overcome cynicism from older fans and those who feel the 2003 Cone Wars series can't be outdone -- and slowly but surely, it's battling past those obstacles and proving to be a quite entertaining series in its own right.

"Eye of Thundera... give me sight beyond sight." We all know the spiel. Lion-O was about to use his magic sword to spy on the action-packed goings on that were happening... elsewhere. There was no time to lose. He and the remaining feline survivors of the dead planet Thundera, Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Wilykit, Wilykat, and Snarf, had battles to fight against Mumm-Ra and The Mutants. Never had so much different source material been mashed into one show. There were aliens, mummies, beastmen, android teddy bears, demon priests, reptile phantoms, and cyborg pirates. There were pyramids and castles mixed with spaceships and laser beams. It tackled issues of destiny, extinction, furry fetishes, and elongating phallic power swords. Plus, Lion-O gave us some of the best distressed inner monologues ever. He thought all of his pain. "Water... filling lungs... can't breathe." "Must... escape... quicksand... sinking... to my doom." Thundercats was a rousing adventure series that had us all glued to the set as kids. Plus, Snarf was part of a race called... The Snarfs. And his name was Snarf. And all the Snarfs said "snarf" over and over again. That's amazing. Plus, you know who was hot? Cheetara.

"SPOOOOOOOON!" Nuff said? Probably. But for those of you who've never seen The Tick, or read the Ben Edlund comic book series that it's based on, you sure missed out on some rich chocolate, because it was the first great lampooning of the superhero genre. Sure, we've read Spider-Ham and Groo the Wanderer, but they didn't hit the nail on the head like The Tick. Combining the comedy stylings of Mel Brooks, Monty Python and... we dunno, maybe Emo Phillips... the Tick was ready to protect "The City" at all costs. Which city? Why, the one with all the ridiculously costumed heroes and villains of course. Like a guy who dressed up like a giant blue tick, and yet exhibits no powers or abilities that have to do with ticks. Or the dude who's got a chair for a face and is named Chairface. But the best part of this show was the Tick's own personal harebrained hero rhetoric. Some of our favorites include "Mucal invader! Is there no end to your oozing?" and "Evil is out there making hand-crafted mischief for the swap meet of villainy! And you can't strike a good deal with evil. No matter how much you haggle!" And of course... "You wouldn't lie to me, would you, Little Wooden Boy?"

According to Richard Winters, he did do it, even if it didnt happen at the time and place shown in the series. It was portrayed that way because the scriptwriters didn't really know. Later, the true story emerged. From page 160 in "Biggest Brother" by Larry Alexander, a biography on Richard Winters: "Winters knew the tough officer had executed six German POWs on D-Day, and on D-plus 2 he had shot one of his own sergeants through the forehead for twice refusing a direct order under fire."Speirs' actions can be seen in a wider context, where it was sanctioned that prisoners weren't to be taken.From "Parachute Infantry" by David Kenyon Webster (on D-Day in HQ Company, 2d Battalion, 506 PIR, 101st Airborne), page 21: "Above all, kill 'em! We can't be dragging a lot of prisoners around with us at night." (Said by a captain during a briefing prior to the mission.)From "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose, page 73: "(General) Taylor told Malarkey's platoon to fight with knives until daylight, "and don't take any prisoners."Regarding the shooting of the Sergeant, Speirs committed the act because the Sgt refused to hold position while US forces were bombing German positions onto which they would eventually advance. Speirs feared that the men would die by act of 'fratricide' if he advanced them too early. It's stated that the platoon Sgt refused to hold fast due to 'fatigue and disorientation' upon which Speirs shot him in the forehead. He thereafter reported his actions to his CO who immediately drew up court martial papers. However his CO was killed in action the following day before the papers could be processed and no more happened.In an interview with Richard Winters, he was asked if the stories about Spiers were true. While he didn't outright say "Yes.", Winters relayed that the stories about Spiers were put in to the Band of Brothers novel, but the publisher feared a lawsuit and so Stephen Ambrose asked Winters to get in to contact with Speirs to ask for his confirmation that the stories were true. Speirs then happily confirmed the stories and even signed a legal document to allow the stories to be published. Edit

Going through the security camera footage, Aria hands him a bottle of water and asks if he's seen anything, and he tells her, "just you arriving at my door". Aria can't believe that he still has a camera in the hallway, but Ezra tells her "it makes sense with all the research material here". Aria comes to the conclusion that whoever dropped off the picture had to of done it after she arrived, but before Tanner came, and with Ezra agreeing, he puts the video in fast forward. Aria tells him she's been thinking, and that perhaps he should tell Tanner the truth about Shana, "you know, that she was the one who shot you". When Ezra asks where this is coming from, Aria tells him that he lied to the police and that he could get into serious trouble. Ezra reminds her that if he tells the truth now, they're going to know he's covering something up. Sighing, Aria says that she hates that she's dragged him into this mess. Grabbing her hand, Ezra tells her she didn't, "I dragged myself into it when I decided to write a book". Placing her hand on Ezra's, the two share a look before Ezra notices something on the security camera footage. Rewinding and going through the footage in slow motion, they spot who left the envelope, and when Aria asks Ezra if he knows who the person is, Ezra tells her that it is Eddie Lamb, "he works at Radley, and he's one of the people I interviewed for the book". Recognizing the name, Aria mentions that Eddie Lamb was the one who Spencer talked to earlier, and that "he wouldn't tell her a thing. That it was against Radley policy", and when Ezra says that he must have had a change of heart, Aria questions why he left the picture for Ezra, but Ezra doesn't know. 041b061a72


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