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September 18th, 2008


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11:28 pm - What Manner of Chicanery Is This?
A post! About television shows! HOW NOVEL.

Entourage

Who's still watching Entourage? Come on, it's still fun! I'm loving E the Suit, with his own agency and his two +1 clients. And I like motivated Vince! I want to see him play the game and charm the pants off more than just sexy ladies, although he can still keep doing that, because damn. Entourage is sort of the ultimate male fantasy show, isn't it.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

After the robots and car flips and explosions of last week, this week was a little slower, but I still liked it. It was definitely a setup episode, although I'm really confused about the high school situation. They found a new house, but is that a completely different school? Is Morris no more? No more mysterious Cheri? Or psychologically torturous graffiti? Instead we get random Riley, who befriends John for no apparent reason and stays the night and builds him a robot and LEARNS HIS SECRET NOT-A-ROBOT SIGNAL. I don't know what her deal is. But she looks like Emilie de Ravin, so I guess she can stay.

I'm loving what's going on with Cameron. When she explodified (tm M.I.A.), she CAME BACK WRONG. Or right. Depends on how you look at it. But given that she manually overrode her TERMINATION order last week, it seems like she's got the robot equivalent of free will. She even cracked a smile after hustling those guys at pool. And now she's thinking about what to do? Yet, through all this, she remains a toaster through and through.

Wall of bloody coded messages! Woohoo. Way to be less direct, The Future.

Weeds

I swear, minutes after I had the thought, "You know, I'd like to see Mary-Louise Parker's boobs"...there they were.

How did people feel about this season? I wasn't a huge fan at first, but once I got used to the paradigm shift, I got into the new story. I'm sad to see where Shane's ended up, but Silas sure has grown. I feel like I should be having sex with Julie Bowen. I don't feel like I should be having sex with Maria the Mermex, though; I was never sure whether we were supposed to actually think she was as "beautiful" as Doug thought she was.

I never considered Andy/Nancy before, but, hey, if any show would go there, it's this one. And Arrested Development.

Fringe

I liked the second episode more than the pilot. It was less boring. And funnier, I think. It's got a definite X-Files vibe to it, which is fine by me. I like that they try to make everything all scientific, even when their pseudoscience is completely bogus. I don't have a Ph.D. in neurology or anything, but I'm not certain muscle relaxants will have an effect on retinal neurotransmitters. Still, whatever, Pacey defibbed a chick with magic electroshock.

So he's a clone? That's the obvious assumption, which means it is the wrong one. But what the hell was that final shot all about?

Supernatural

Murder-of-crows title card!

I was completely unspoiled for the premiere, so I didn't know that it would begin with Dean Buffying his way out of the grave! I figured we would spend some Dean-less episodes with Sam trying to get him back or something. But, no, they even managed to put today's date on the newspaper! Well played, props and scheduling departments! It was a very cool way to do the premiere, with no one knowing how the hell he got out of Hell.

And the answer is...an ANGEL. With shadow wings. That was a really fucking cool way to do that. Well played, show. I love how this show expands its mythology every season, even though it never seems to make sense in retrospect. The world keeps getting bigger and bigger when it's convenient to do so, but one wonders where all these angels and demons (cf. Dan Brown) were the first couple seasons. Now we've got the motherfucking Lord in the house. I can't remember whether we've ever had confirmation regarding Satan. Anyway, I'm sure if you go back over the show with each revised and expanded mythology you'll find inconsistencies, but whatever, it's fun. It's easier to follow when I only need to remember this season's worldview.

Dean Winchester, on a mission from God!

Sam Winchester, on a mission...with Ruby! Who is now a brunette who talks kind of funny. Cognitive dissonance here. I didn't have a problem with Katie Cassidy, so this new girl is weird for me. I don't know what they're doing together (besides dancing around in their underwear), but SAM WINCHESTER CAN KILL DEMONS WITH HIS FORCE GRIP.

I do like this show's fondness for brunettes, by the by. Like that psychic. And Seelix the demon waitress! Too bad they had to lose their eyes. THANKS A LOT, CASTIEL.

Also, Bobby is awesome, but that's a given.

Let's rock, show.
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
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They got rid of Cassidy because she kept getting arrested. For drinking. In Canada. How ridiculous is that? I think otherwise, she probably would have stayed. But WHY they had to cast the chick from Wildfire who isn't right AT ALL, I can't fathom.

Also, I think he's not really an angel, but more of a fallen angel. Because Supernatural is very careful not to step on any religious toes. D'you know who played that guy, though? It's bugging the hell out of me... I recognize him, just not from what.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
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Misha Collins. Maybe you know him from 24? Or ER.

I hope he's an actual angel, though. I mean, what's the point of a fallen angel? They've already got demons answering to Satan, the greatest fallen angel of them all. Last year, they broadened the scope of the nether regions. This year, they can add what's up above.

It's weird that they're creating such a Judeo-Christian mythology in a show that borrows from mythologies and religions the world over, including paganism. But whatever, it's fun.

As for the new Ruby, she appears to be missing the sass.
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 20th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
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Ohhhh, Misha Collins, dur. I recognized him from an episode of Monk. (Yes, I remember these things. And I wonder why my brain hurts sometimes.)

It would be cool for them to go into the whole heaven stuff, yes, and I sincerely hope they do, but... judging from what they've done so far, I doubt it. They had a chance previously to touch on angels, and they completely passed it up, sooo... eh. We'll see, eh? (Though, my sources tell me some demons are searching for Lucifer? 'Cause evidently they don't know if he's real? Or something? It's weird, I dunno, I hear a lot of things.)
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 19th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
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They got rid of Cassidy because she kept getting arrested.

Ha!!! I knew there was a better reason than the budget. If they can afford the chick from Wildfire than they can afford Katie Cassidy. Also, I'm pretty sure that the new Ruby is going to make even fewer appearances than the old one did. Which works for me.
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 20th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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lol Yeah, see, that's what got my friend and I to dig deeper into that. Budget cuts my ass. D :< And I sincerely hope that lamer!Ruby will make less appearances. Especially since Kripke--or someone--was saying that the actress was going to be Sam's new girlfriend, so that means that Sam's fucking a demon. Which is just plain weird, and a little disturbing.

...unless it was all a lie, of course.
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 20th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
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Especially since Kripke--or someone--was saying that the actress was going to be Sam's new girlfriend
Oh, HELL NO! That would be craptacular. Slut!Sam would be preferable to him screwing another version of Ruby. If we have to have more recurring characters (which, to be fair, would relieve some of the pressure on the boys), can't we get some more Bobby? He's always badass.
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 20th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
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I KNOW. That's what I said. Buuut, she DID leave the hotel--the one that looked like it was rent-by-the-hour, btw, did you see that wallpaper--early in the episode dressed like a skank, and there was a bra from unknown sources--I said that it was Sam's to much lulz--AND, if I'm remembering right, Kripke said there was an "exchange of bodily fluids" or something like that. Can't remember exactly like, may be drawing from my own thoughts.

I am very much concerned by this news, and pray for an early character death. Perhaps by Sam's own hands, or perhaps by Dean getting his smack on. Either would be good for me.
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 20th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Sad to say, I could see Sam being self-loathing enough to screw Ruby. Sam's trying too hard. Poor super-special Sammy. I'd like to see Dean get his smack on. Beating the hell out of Ruby for taking advantage of his grieving little brother. It seems to me Dean's been wanting to do that for awhile now.

did you see that wallpaper
Hee. I love the hotel rooms. My favorite is torn between the mod 60's one in "Provenance" and the Christmas ep hotel--the "Kinkade" suite. Heh. Although, the vibrating bed was a classic too. :)
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 20th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Sad to say, I could see Sam being self-loathing enough to screw Ruby.
LOL True that. I could just picture that conversation... "I'm sorry, Dean, but she was there, and you were gone, and I hadn't been laid in a really, really long time..." "Whatever, Sammy." "Dean..." "I said whatever. Now excuse me, I'm gonna go smack a ho."

And the vibrating bed is my fav, I gotta say. XD Though the newest, rent-by-the-hour one is a close second, if only for the lulz factor. I mean, mirrored ceilings? How much better can ya get? haha
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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I could just picture that conversation...

HA!!! I really hope Kripke gives us a little of that at some point. My friend and I have been cackling over that image for a few minutes now.

The vibrating bed and the ensuing discussion over the lack of quarters will remain one of my favorite Supernatural moments.
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From:moogleybacon
Date:September 21st, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
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And it's totally cannon, too, you know it. There will probably also be some sort of STD joke slipped in there, because the scene wouldn't be complete without one. :]

The vibrating bed and the ensuing discussion over the lack of quarters...
Oh man, yes, YES. That had me almost rolling in seizure fits of laughter. I love all the snark between the brothers. Best Snark Ever. Srsly. <3
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 21st, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
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There will probably also be some sort of STD joke slipped in there
A demonic infection. Heh.
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From:latropita
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
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For future SCC episodes, I am hoping for more Shirley, less Riley. Doooowngrade.

muscle relaxants will have an effect on retinal neurotransmitters
Hahahaha, what. Jabrams! Never change, you crazy bastard.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
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I mean, I was totally onboard for the whole "the last image you see is permanently etched on your retinas" business because that's a cool idea, but I was very suspect of the muscle relaxant/neurotransmitter connection. But I went with it.

Besides, this is the man who gave us a SATELLITE THAT CAN MEASURE YOUR BRAIN WAVES FROM SPAAAAAACE.

More Shirley! Less Riley!

Edited at 2008-09-19 06:53 am (UTC)
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From:latropita
Date:September 19th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
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Ahahahahaha. I loved that idea when it was in Wild Wild West and it sounds just as awesome/hilarious in Fringe.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:September 19th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
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See, that's the thing with me and Fridge. I thought the second episode was even more boring than the first. Sure, I'm enjoying Pacey and loving Denethor and the big floating letters. But everything else, from the junk science to the conspiricy dujour is leaving me meh.

The next episode better knock my socks outta the park and into next week, or it's the first casualty of the new season.
From:birdsarecalling
Date:September 19th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
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I didn't think it was possible for a show featuring Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, and Kurt Acevedo to be mediocre, but Fringe is apparently determined to prove me wrong.

Not that I'll stop watching. I like the cyborg lady and her crazily impractical office space.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
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"Here is my desk, and here is the reeeeeeeeeeeeest of the room. And a giant window."
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From:harper47
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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"But given that she manually overrode her TERMINATION order last week, it seems like she's got the robot equivalent of free will.'

Oh I like that observation. That does seem to be what she got. And Riley does look like Emile. I kept wondering why she looked familiar.

Supernatural was beyond awesome. I loved that they were willing to go there and take chances. And though this whole brother against brother aspect has always been there, lurking in the background, I guess I never thought they would bring it out in such an epic way. Well done Kripke.

I read in another journal the observation that when they were apart, Dean chose a white car and Sam was driving a black car. Cool. It's the little things.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, that's neat.
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 20th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
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I read in another journal the observation that when they were apart, Dean chose a white car and Sam was driving a black car. Cool. It's the little things. I totally didn't realize that and I should have. It's the little things that come back to bite us (and them) in the ass. I'll have to second your "Well done Kripke."
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From:emmiegray
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Not watching True Blood? It's prettty good imo.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm already watching a lot, even having dropped a couple shows, and I've heard mixed things about True Blood. If it turns out be really good, then I guess I'll catch up on it later.
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From:pidgehuss
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I definitely feel like that's where they're going with Cameron. She has more of a personality, she seems to be making choices. While I am, of course, totally freaked by robots evolving, I love it, and it gives Summer even MORE to do (even though she was rocking the role with all of the limitations, perhaps because of them). Bring it, Terminator.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:September 19th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Chirp!
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From:sneaker328
Date:September 19th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Damn. You beat me to it.
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From:homegoddess
Date:September 19th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Mr. Homegoddess and I are still watching Entourage. I think it's usually pretty funny. Vince is my least favorite character, though. I think he's the least interesting and kind of whiny. Love E and the rest of the gang. Ari always cracks me up.

I've DVR'd Fringe, but haven't watched it yet. It seems like my kind of show.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 19th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Vince is definitely kind of whiny. But my least favorite is easily Turtle. He's such a waste and a hanger-on. At least he's a decent friend, I think.
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From:homegoddess
Date:September 19th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I love Turtle. I enjoy his interactions with Drama. I like that sometimes, even through his pot induced haze, he can be a problem solver. Plus, he's very loyal. Vince can bug me. He does have a certain charm, but I can't stand people who use their looks to get what they want, although I do understand that this is the way of the world. Still, develop a personality. Maybe it's just that I prefer a little quirkiness.
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From:upanashad
Date:September 19th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Boo! I miss Entourage.
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 20th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
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Supernatural was the shit!! I was kind of interested that they went there with the mythology. I hope they explore that a little bit. I'd rather see it done on Supernatural than Touched by An Angel or something of that nature. Yikes. I'm kind of excited to see where they're going with this angel thing. Now Sam is casting out demons so I'm curious as to which way they'll go with that as well. Also, I've heard some rumors that the boys will be getting laid more often, so maybe some of the angst will be spread out. :)


I was completely unspoiled for the premiere, so I didn't know that it would begin with Dean Buffying his way out of the grave!
That's exactly how I described what Dean did for someone today at work. He hadn't ever watched Buffy of course, so it went completely over his head. But that was the first analogy I came up with.

I recorded True Blood and I'm not sure if I like it or not. I like the books, but this show is pretty freaking weird. It has its moments. Although, I always love Anna Paquin.
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From:sterope
Date:September 20th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
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Dean-less episodes of Supernatural should never be allowed. I actually liked the brunette psychic lady. I was thinking they'd keep her around, but then they scalded her eyes out. Oh well! And I'm glad I wasn't the only person who thought new!Ruby's voice was odd.
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 20th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
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Dean-less episodes of Supernatural should never be allowed
Amen.

I actually liked the brunette psychic lady
Me too! I was hoping they'd keep her. I kind of miss Ellen, and this psychic lady is one chick that could have been a fun addition.
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From:soundingsea
Date:September 20th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
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I'm still watching Entourage! It's silly, but fun. ironchefjoe agrees with you that it's a very "guy" show.

I love Came Back Wrong Cameron.

Wall of bloody coded messages! Woohoo. Way to be less direct, The Future.

Hee.

The final shot in Fringe was Mad Scientist's Kid, versions 2 through 4.

Sam totally has Force Grip. Awesome.
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From:loopychew
Date:September 20th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
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I'm still watching Entourage! It's silly, but fun. ironchefjoe agrees with you that it's a very "guy" show.

One of my friends made a spot-on observation that Entourage is Sex and the City, but for guys. I mean, four friends, one of them a celebrity, they crack wise and spend tons of time spending money on outrageous stuff?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 20th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I wonder who that could be...
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From:loopychew
Date:September 20th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I missed a New Show Squee entry!

(It was a friend of mine in NYC this past weekend, trying to get me hooked onto the show. But now I'll have to remember you said it first!)
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From:electricmonk
Date:September 20th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
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Haha, Andy and Nancy? Really? I'm behind a few episodes, but maybe I should go ahead and watch those. I was sort of uninterested in Mexican drug kingpin dude, frankly.

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