Official Episode Discussion:Battleground(episode 1)

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    danharr

    [1]Jul 12, 2006
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    First of tonights episodes please discuss here.
    Edited on 07/12/2006 7:02pm
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    mtjaws

    [2]Jul 12, 2006
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    I really enjoyed the first episode of the series.  It started a bit slow, but greatly improved when the first shots were fired.  The lack of dialogue was strange, but then again, he didn't really have anyone to talk to.  Those soldiers were relentless but the guy got what he deserved.
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    colinmoon

    [3]Jul 12, 2006
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    Fantastic episode, and the perfect episode for a Henson picture.

    But why is Henson so very interested in CG these days? This and Mirrormask have me missing puppets.

    Not that this episode could have worked with puppets--the camera tricks they used to make the soldiers appear plastic and fake were brilliant; not all of it was CG.
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    meshfresh

    [4]Jul 12, 2006
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    I thought that the Non-speaking worked great for the episode. I laughed at how we was opening the package.

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    cindylynn23

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    I really enjoyed tonight's episode.  I agree that it started very slowly, but it definitely picked up.  Great ending.  I thought that it was kind of weird that there was no dialog, but it worked very well.

    Edited on 07/12/2006 9:57pm
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    archangelcory16

    [6]Jul 13, 2006
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    Boo, I missed this one.
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    dh4645

    [7]Jul 13, 2006
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    meshfresh wrote:

    I thought that the Non-speaking worked great for the episode. I laughed at how we was opening the package.



    haha, yeah me too.

    so he was just a normal hitman hired to kill the toymaker? but why?
    and the soldiers were sent to him by the same person who signed that one picture on the toymakers office desk.

    i need a little more explanation since i wasnt watching that closely at first.
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    ypolynice

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    one word : Toy soldiers the movie
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    walrus_8463

    [9]Jul 13, 2006
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    This was a pretty good episode. I was curious about the absence of dialogue, too. The little picture that was on the card with the box was exactly like the one on the picture of the toymaker's mom. She signed that picture with that little fireball with eyes. Did she send it? Is she alive or dead? Makes for some interesting questions.
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    walrus_8463

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    [This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]
    Edited on 07/13/2006 11:37am
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    cobe2001

    [11]Jul 13, 2006
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    This one wasn't scary at all.
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    danharr

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    Well I was a bit skeptical after the last Stephen King branded tv movie, kingdom hospital, but compared to that mess this series is starting off great. As you guys said the lack of dialogue was great since i'm guessing most of what should have been said was in the book and only would've worked in that format. Till the end I was waiting for the bad guy to get it and the typical King twist a replica nuke given real powers by the dead toy makers enchantress. For me it was an extra bonus seeing William Hurt again since I just watched A History of Violence 2 nights ago. No it wasn't scary but not all the time Kings work is scary so that didn't bother me at all, a nice quirky story i'll chaulk it up too.
    Edited on 07/14/2006 6:35pm
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    scace369

    [13]Jul 13, 2006
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    I found Battleground absolutely thrilling. What an excellent hook for the beginning of the series. I kept thinking a rather naughty thought when Hurt was in the pool, thinking he had conquered his challenge: I thought the "extra surprise" was going to be a submarine entering his rear then blowing up
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    dh4645

    [14]Jul 14, 2006
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    scace369 wrote:
    I found Battleground absolutely thrilling. What an excellent hook for the beginning of the series. I kept thinking a rather naughty thought when Hurt was in the pool, thinking he had conquered his challenge: I thought the "extra surprise" was going to be a submarine entering his rear then blowing up


    haha, nice
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    DocMartigan

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    This was the first thing of Stephen King's I ever read.

    My mom had the book "Night Shift" and let me read that story. I was probably 10 or 11 at the time, and I have been hooked on King ever since. One thing though... I don't remember... was their dialouge in the story? I thought there was. The non speaking thing seemed like a really big gimmick, and they had to try pretty hard to make it work sometimes (the girl delivering the package, the plane). It was very good, but I really think it would have been better without the gimmick. As it was, it was just a huge distraction.
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    DocMartigan

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    cobe2001 wrote:
    This one wasn't scary at all.


    I know they are pushing it as a lot of horror.

    (Don't know if you are a Stephen King fan or not)

    But a lot of King's stuff isn't strictly "horror" or "scary" Sometimes it's just weird, or creepy.

    This one wasn't a nightmare... it was one of the dreamscapes
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    cobe2001

    [17]Jul 15, 2006
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    DocMartigan wrote:
    cobe2001 wrote:
    This one wasn't scary at all.


    I know they are pushing it as a lot of horror.

    (Don't know if you are a Stephen King fan or not)

    But a lot of King's stuff isn't strictly "horror" or "scary" Sometimes it's just weird, or creepy.

    This one wasn't a nightmare... it was one of the dreamscapes
    I like this one, cuz it wasn't scary. After I saw the second one, I couldn't sleep all night.
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    Fossilbone

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    Don't know if anyone picked up the reference Chris Matheson/Stephen King made to Richard Matheson's 1975 TV movie "Tales of Terror" The camera cuts to a small African doll from that movie which is later blown up by the soldiers. The movie starred Karen Black and was a trilogy, the doll part was real scary at the time!! not sure how it stands up today.
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    MacSlacker

    [19]Jul 24, 2006
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    Mia Sara (of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") played the "Beautiful Passenger" in this episode. Someone with Level 2 or higher access to tv.com should update the cast list accordingly.
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    Pharmacopoeia

    [20]Aug 1, 2006
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    scace369 wrote:
    I found Battleground absolutely thrilling. What an excellent hook for the beginning of the series. I kept thinking a rather naughty thought when Hurt was in the pool, thinking he had conquered his challenge: I thought the "extra surprise" was going to be a submarine entering his rear then blowing up

    I thought it was a submarine to, but I figured it would just shoot at him, not go in him. Anyway, I liked this one, it was cool for the first one.

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