Highlights from 2018 – 3rd Quarter

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Top Question:

The two top questions of the Quarter (both tied at 99 votes) were Is it possible to ruin one’s career by failing the Kobayashi Maru? and How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth? asked by Robert Columbia and RedCaio and answered by Dr Sheldon and Brian Ortiz (with the highest voted answer) respectively.


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Top Answer:

Alex had the highest voted answer to the question Why didn’t the Order of the Phoenix assist in hunting Horcruxes? asked by Ken_To_2018.


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Most Viewed

Is it possible to ruin one’s career by failing the Kobayashi Maru? has the most views (north of 30K) asked by Robert Columbia.


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Most Controversial

Can we identify all the characters in this “Ultimate Space Battle” poster? , asked by Egor Klyuchnyk, was most controversial, with 20 up-votes and 16 down-votes.


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Jack’s Bad Movies: The Punisher (1989)

IMDB’s description:

When Frank Castle’s family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

The Punisher

Despite what the description says, this movie is not about Frank Castle and his origin story. A better description might be “Frank Castle and his one hundred and one ways to kill people while never using the same weapon twice.”

The movie opens with a mob boss being released from prison. The media is in a frenzy and ask him if he is worried about The Punisher, a vigilante who has been killing ciminals. This mob boss says no, and openly taunts The Punisher. Will he live to eat his own words? No, because he gets killed.

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Jack’s Bad Movies: Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (1998)

IMDB’s description:

Marvel’s hard-boiled hero is brought to TV. He is brought back to fight the menace of Hydra after exiling himself in the Yukon since the end of the Cold War. The children of the former Hydra head, Baron Von Stucker, have taken charge of the terrorist organization. Under the lead of his vicious daughter, Viper, Hydra has seized a deadly virus and threatens the destruction of America. The covert agency SHIELD brings Fury out of retirement to fight the terrorists.

The only version of the movie I could find was in French. Full disclosure, I do not speak French. So instead of rehashing everything that happens in this movie, instead I present you with this accurate timeline based on my observations.

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Jack’s Bad Movies: Generation X (1996)

Originally meant to be a TV Pilot, it was later released as a made for TV movie.

IMDB’s description:

A group of young mutants–humans with a genetic variation that gives them superpowers and makes them feared by the population at large–begin training at a school for heroes. Their studies are interrupted when they must rescue one of their number from a mad scientist who can enter others’ dreams.

Generation X

The opening text has definitions of mutants and mutation, including this:

2. The illegal genetic condition [U.S. statue 5504178], first apparent in puberty, caused by the X factor located in the pineal gland of the brain.

I guess my two questions are: how can a genetic condition be illegal? And who could have guessed the X Factor would have such a lasting impression on society?

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