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Anyone watching Manhattan?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mwhip, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Jul 31, 2014 #61 of 181
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, not necessarily major...reminds me of Colm Meaney on ST:TNG, playing Transporter Chief on a recurring basis. One day, he saw a script with Transporter Chief O'Brien, and assumed he'd been replaced. :D

    These characters could just be regular background characters.
     
  2. Jul 31, 2014 #62 of 181
    Jon J

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    Nice one. ;)
     
  3. Aug 1, 2014 #63 of 181
    mattack

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    Didn't realize it was about the Manhattan project until Wil Wheaton mentioned it on his show.. set SP..
     
  4. Aug 2, 2014 #64 of 181
    TiVo'Brien

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    Liking it. Pretty well written, interesting topic. Hopefully we learn something more than a sub-kindergarten level of the science involved. SP safe.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2014 #65 of 181
    pdhenry

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    That's the reason the middle A is in parentheses.

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  6. Aug 2, 2014 #66 of 181
    pdhenry

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    IMO they've already met that benchmark.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2014 #67 of 181
    mr.unnatural

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    Just watched the first episode last night with the wife. Looks like a keeper (both the show and the wife ;) ).
     
  8. Aug 4, 2014 #68 of 181
    TiVo'Brien

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    Decent episode last night. You knew that pipe implosion thing was going to fail. It looked so thrown together. Poor Asian guy :( He never had a chance once the secret police got hold of him.

    I guess Liza has a pet name for Frank: 'Mark' - or maybe that's his middle name. I wish writers wouldn't do that because it's confusing, but it makes me wonder if these are actual people from history or fictional characters. Obviously, Oppenheimer was real. I know that much. :p
     
  9. Aug 4, 2014 #69 of 181
    DevdogAZ

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    I never heard Liza call him Mark. Are you sure it wasn't just Olivia Williams accent making Frank sound like Mark? I watched with closed captioning on and I think I would have noticed if someone was being called Mark.

    And as far as I know, Oppenheimer is the only real-life historical character.

    So in the pilot, Winter's team was disbanded, but he saved the team at the last minute by turning in Liao.

    In the second episode, Winter makes a deal that he'll prove the implosion theory in 24 hours, or they can disband his team. The experiment is a failure. So doesn't that mean Winter's team is again on the chopping block? Are they going to do this every episode? I think we know from the fact that the series is focused on Winter, and that implosion is the ultimate method used in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that his design will win out. So it's already getting kind of tiresome to have them constantly jerking the viewers around making us wonder what will happen to Winter's team.
     
  10. Aug 4, 2014 #70 of 181
    eddyj

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    What happened in the last few minutes? My recording cut out with Liao at the camp gate and the phone ringing.
     
  11. Aug 4, 2014 #71 of 181
    DevdogAZ

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    Remember earlier in the episode, Winter had overheard an MP asking to be transferred to where the real action is? That MP was on the other side of Liao's car, and when the main MP wasn't going to let Liao through, Liao reached for his gun, and the MP that wanted more action saw the gun and shot Liao in the head.

    Don't remember if anything really happened after that.
     
  12. Aug 4, 2014 #72 of 181
    Jonathan_S

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    Actually only the Nagasaki bomb a plutonium implosion design (Fat Man); well that and the Trinity test bomb. The Hiroshima bomb was the uranium gun design (Little Boy). (And it was called Little Boy in comparison with the size the original calculations seemed to show was needed for a uranium bomb, aka Big Boy)

    In actuality the Manhattan project, when presented with two or more ways to proceed, simply choose to take all the routes. That's why the ended up with a uranium and a plutonium designs, and why Oak Ridge had several uranium enrichment plants of wildly different design. (Now in practice some of them ended up combined with one plant acting as a first stage for another; but the original plan was to set up completely independent enrichment plants along wildly different approaches, so they didn't risk taking an approach that didn't pan out). And then Hanford built reactors to breed plutonium in case uranium proved impractical to enrich or the bomb design unexpectedly failed to pan out (though the plutonium design was higher risk)


    So the drama about picking one design over another probably didn't play out much because they decided fairly early to try both. (And allowed a few of the scientists to work on Super, the hydrogen bomb design, in parallel as well)
     
  13. Aug 4, 2014 #73 of 181
    mattack

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    I don't mean I actually watched it. I had seen the *title* of this thread, and maybe heard the name somewhere else.. I had suspected it was some soap opera!
     
  14. Aug 4, 2014 #74 of 181
    Howie

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    So at first I thought Liao shot himself. OOPs, can we say that here? I'll spoiler it. Who was the guy that shot him? All I could come up with was some overzealous guard.
     
  15. Aug 5, 2014 #75 of 181
    aaronwt

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    I wouldn't call him overzealous. What happened is what I would expect in a highly secure area. For being a physicist the guy was very stupid for doing that at the gate.
     
  16. Aug 5, 2014 #76 of 181
    murgatroyd

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    Well, it is some soap opera. Only with physics.

    The SP's probably going to hit the bit bucket here. Too much soap opera, not enough physics.

    If we want Manhattan Project angst, we can just pull out our DVD of Doctor Atomic and watch that again. ;)
     
  17. Aug 5, 2014 #77 of 181
    TiVo'Brien

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    I swore she said Mark, but turns out it was "Don't go and work" not "Don't go, Mark." You're right - it was the accent.
     
  18. Aug 5, 2014 #78 of 181
    TiVo'Brien

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    Starting to feel the same way, but hope not!
     
  19. Aug 5, 2014 #79 of 181
    aaronwt

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    I enjoyed the second episode. Manhattan is now the second show I watch from Sunday nights. I watch it after watching The Strain. And before I watch The Leftovers.
     
  20. Aug 6, 2014 #80 of 181
    Jon J

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    I thought the babysitting daugher first getting high on booze then on payote was an interesting touch. ;)
     

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