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Good to know.


BTW, how is it someone in Sonoma County knows so much about LA?
That's pretty geeky.
After spending the first 2 yrs of my life in Oakland the family moved to LA where I spent the next 25-30 years working at and eventually becoming the VP of a now-defunct transportation company. Many of my early years there were spent driving all over the LA basin area(including trips as far north as Cambria/Hearst Castle and south into the FTZ in Tijuana), I don't think there is any town or city in the area that I haven't been to.
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The disappointment for me was the hopeful tone of the ending felt unearned and betrayed what went on before. Rust spent the whole show in a existential black hole and then, what, found religion, had some kind of epiphany because he saw some light? never mind his history of drug use and hallucination. they just ignored the conspiracy and neither main character even mentioned it. It's like they found Hannibal Lecter was part of a cannibal cult of powerful people that'd been killing and eating women up and down the state, caught buffalo bill, and said awesome, let's limp off into the sunset together.
Exactly. It was pure nonsense and blatantly stole key segments from films like and Silence of the Lambs and The Shining. It essentially ignored the well-established themes of the previous 75% of the season by choosing to end with a regurgitated storyline that everyone had seen before multiple times. It was slammed hard as a result because everyone realized it ruined the season.

The good thing that came of it was the low expectations it set for season 2. Episode 1 has been slammed hard by the majority, which is no surprise considering how poor Season 1 turned out to be, but maybe things will only improve from here? Who knows..
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Thats the name I was unable to come up with, Vernon. The State at one time did have an investigative arm of I believe Justice DEPT. Like that that TV show. The CHP guy could drive the car for them. I have spent a lot of time on PCH and I cannot recall any place in LA county with just a one lane in each direction, thats what it look like to me.
There are several state highways with just single lanes when you get towards the edges of the county lines. Topanga Canyon is a state highway and I'm pretty sure it's still single lane. That section of PCH in the final image is just a single lane each way, it's that way for quite a stretch in fact. The actual spot is in Ventura County, but I think we're supposed to accept that it's still LA County at that point to fit the story, the location being used for the dramatic imagery. Although, I do recall some mention of Ventura during the lead up to the premiere so maybe there will be some Ventura involvement somehow.

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There are several state highways with just single lanes when you get towards the edges of the county lines. Topanga Canyon is a state highway and I'm pretty sure it's still single lane. That section of PCH in the final image is just a single lane each way, it's that way for quite a stretch in fact. The actual spot is in Ventura County, but I think we're supposed to accept that it's still LA County at that point to fit the story, the location being used for the dramatic imagery. Although, I do recall some mention of Ventura during the lead up to the premiere so maybe there will be some Ventura involvement somehow.

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Good one. About the only place on PCH that is one lane. It looks to be just south of where 101 and 1 splits. I was into cycling big time for many years and road about everything both north and south of the LA county line that was coastal.
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There are several state highways with just single lanes when you get towards the edges of the county lines. Topanga Canyon is a state highway and I'm pretty sure it's still single lane. That section of PCH in the final image is just a single lane each way, it's that way for quite a stretch in fact. The actual spot is in Ventura County, but I think we're supposed to accept that it's still LA County at that point to fit the story, the location being used for the dramatic imagery. Although, I do recall some mention of Ventura during the lead up to the premiere so maybe there will be some Ventura involvement somehow.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Po...8ff70a!6m1!1e1
Earlier in the show it looked like Las Posas or Hueneme Rd., which is close by. (The daytime shot with the agriculture in the background.) We used to do top speed runs on Las Posas. Seal level and cool. Speaking of cops in Malibu - you don't want to get a ticket there. Big fines and they don't wanna hear about your excuses.
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As other's have said, the opening theme is terrible. Coming from one of the best themes from season 1, to this, is distracting...
All this talk about the opening theme amuses me (and not just in this thread/show). Do you folks really watch the opening credits each week? We have a practice in our home... We watch the opening the first episode of the season. After that, we fast forward right through it no matter the show. With all the shows we watch each week, I can probably gain at least a 30 min show or better by skipping the intros.

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Good to know.


BTW, how is it someone in Sonoma County knows so much about LA?
That's pretty geeky.
Like Keenan, I'm in Sonoma County. We both grew up in the LA area. My late mother in law worked in Vernon many years ago.....

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Earlier in the show it looked like Las Posas or Hueneme Rd., which is close by. (The daytime shot with the agriculture in the background.) We used to do top speed runs on Las Posas. Seal level and cool. Speaking of cops in Malibu - you don't want to get a ticket there. Big fines and they don't wanna hear about your excuses.
When they hit the video porn house? Yes, it did look like that area though it could have been up in the Santa Paula area also. I'd have to watch it again to see if there are any landmarks.




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Good one. About the only place on PCH that is one lane. It looks to be just south of where 101 and 1 splits. I was into cycling big time for many years and road about everything both north and south of the LA county line that was coastal.
Yes, it connects back up with 101 about Oxnard.

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After spending the first 2 yrs of my life in Oakland the family moved to LA where I spent the next 25-30 years working at and eventually becoming the VP of a now-defunct transportation company. Many of my early years there were spent driving all over the LA basin area(including trips as far north as Cambria/Hearst Castle and south into the FTZ in Tijuana), I don't think there is any town or city in the area that I haven't been to.
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Yes, yes and yes!
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Norco is somewhat odoriferous.
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All this talk about the opening theme amuses me (and not just in this thread/show). Do you folks really watch the opening credits each week? We have a practice in our home... We watch the opening the first episode of the season. After that, we fast forward right through it no matter the show. With all the shows we watch each week, I can probably gain at least a 30 min show or better by skipping the intros.
If it's a great theme/opening I'll watch it every week. Gets me in the mood for the show. GoT, for instance. Plus, it's a game to see if it changed this week from last based on where the action will be taking place in that episode. Watched 'Mad Men's opening every time. Justified too. Heck, most all of of 'em I guess. But increasingly, shows won't even have a theme/opening montage. Takes valuable commercial time away.

My favorite theme song in recent years was from the short-lived but brilliant 'Rubicon' on AMC. I'd listen to that anytime.

But if I'm binging on more than one episode, I'll skip the opening for every one after the first. Them's the rules.
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Yes, yes and yes!
And how about...
Been there?

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After spending the first 2 yrs of my life in Oakland the family moved to LA where I spent the next 25-30 years working at and eventually becoming the VP of a now-defunct transportation company. Many of my early years there were spent driving all over the LA basin area(including trips as far north as Cambria/Hearst Castle and south into the FTZ in Tijuana), I don't think there is any town or city in the area that I haven't been to.
Ah, OK...makes sense.


I was born in Oakland too, lived in Vallejo for 10 years, moved to Azusa for 4, left for the Imperial Valley for a couple, went east to Phoenix for 3 more and on and on...

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And how about... The Norconian Resort Been there?
Never, not sure I even recall actually knowing it was there in fact. I read the Wikipedia page on it, interesting history.
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Yeah, sort of the precursor odor to what you'll get from the same source later in the Vernon area.
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Ah, OK...makes sense.


I was born in Oakland too, lived in Vallejo for 10 years, moved to Azusa for 4, left for the Imperial Valley for a couple, went east to Phoenix for 3 more and on and on...
The Imperial Valley is certainly an interesting area. It also has some seriously screwed up water history that's going to continue to cause problems for all of the SoCal area far into the future.
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We used to do top speed runs on Las Posas.
There's a few nice single lane twistys near us--San Francisquito/Bouquet/Little Tujunga Canyons are a blast.
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If it's a great theme/opening I'll watch it every week. Gets me in the mood for the show. GoT, for instance. Plus, it's a game to see if it changed this week from last based on where the action will be taking place in that episode. Watched 'Mad Men's opening every time. Justified too. Heck, most all of of 'em I guess. But increasingly, shows won't even have a theme/opening montage. Takes valuable commercial time away.

My favorite theme song in recent years was from the short-lived but brilliant 'Rubicon' on AMC. I'd listen to that anytime.

But if I'm binging on more than one episode, I'll skip the opening for every one after the first. Them's the rules.

We watch most openings to our shows for the same reason as you. It gets you in the mood. Considering how good GoT is, it's surprising how cheesy and out of place the intro is to me. My wife, on the other hand, likes it very much. I think my favorite opening in recent memory has to be True Blood. By the time that series closed shop, the opening was basically the only part we looked forward to.

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Didn't hate the first episode and all the people that got pissed for getting trolled last season are out. More room for me.

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I need some help here —

I missed the subtleties of the CHIPS officer's suspension. Why was he suspended? The girl he stopped was offering him a good time if he turned her loose, but I think he refused. So what occurred?

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I disagree with the majority opinion on the Leonard Cohen theme song. I found it perfectly dark, cynical and foreboding to fit the story lines here. His poetry/song style in that growling voice is off-putting for many I suppose, but hits me hard. Below is another from the same album of the same vein for those like me. The craft in the music backgrounds is outstanding (you'll want to expand visuals on this one) —

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^ The implication I got was that the girl or her lawyer claimed the officer offered to let her go if she gave him a"good time," but she refused so he arrested her. Basically the opposite of what happened.
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I disagree with the majority opinion on the Leonard Cohen theme song. I found it perfectly dark and foreboding to fit the story lines here. His poetry/song style in that growling voice is off-putting for many I suppose, but hits me hard. Below is another from the same album of the same vein for those like me. The craft in the music backgrounds is outstanding (you'll want to expand visuals on this one) —

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Took out an off-topic tangent and removed some colorful language. Remember that while TD is definitely not a family-friendly show, this board is. So, have fun with the euphemisms ("She gave him a Lewinsky good time") but leave the hard-core language out, please.

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As a big Leonard Cohen fan I loved the opening theme.
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As a not so big fan I liked it pretty well myself. It got better the second time around.

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Everyone wants to be a critic. . Season 1 was one of the best seasons of TV in my opinion too (in my opinion really hit its stride a few episodes in). I dig what we saw in the premiere of Season 2, want to see where it goes next.

Great mood/atmosphere.

As far as the opening theme song, yeah Season 1's was great, this one not so much but very seldom do I watch that more than a time or two. Some exceptions like The Sopranos.
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Always found myself listening to all of the theme song for The Chicago Code and usually for Justified...well, always for Justified because my wife insisted.

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