Manhattan

Manhattan

Season Two

DVD - 2016
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It follows the tangled lives of the residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico, as they race to create the first nuclear bomb in history. Locked away in the world2s most secretive city, the scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another, the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon, all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate,, [2016]
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (622 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Manhattan (Television program)

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

--We have a working design.
And in the space between a working design and a weapon that works, empires burn.
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When a horse won't take the saddle, you can send it to the glue factory.
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20 old men out of 2,000. Win the confidence of the Indians, chiefs will fall in line.
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I see. It's for her benefit. A bit of Kabuki theater to impress a girl.
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And what is the nature of your sin?
--I don't know.
Yes, you do. It's weakness. God buried an atom under a million tons of rock so that America could split it in two and redraw the maps of the world. And you want to run off to Dayton because some girl didn't ask you to the prom?
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When you've lived in a place where borders have no meaning, borders come to mean a great deal. 20 years I've lived in this country, yet still I keep a packed suitcase by the front door.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

W.A.M.D.s?
--Weapons Adaptable to Mass Destruction. They'll be looking for our German sister city. A place just like this building a W.A.M.D.
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Did you know that Liza Winter kept bones in the house?
--Well, she's a biologist. If you saw Darwin's cupboard, you'd think he was a mass murderer.
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All my life, I felt like I was walking around with food in my teeth, and no one would ever tell me. But you have been my majordomo ever since.
--A majordomo is a butler.
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I mean, we practically invented implosion. G group's going to test it. The culmination of 300 years of physics and we're going to be sitting here polishing our slide rules.
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I found "War Times Tiddlers," designed to stiffen the resolve of our service members.
--Well, I found something way better. Wollensak Fastax eight millimeter. Why just watch a film when you can shoot your own?

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

"Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you as yet but knock, breathe, shine and seek to mend. That I may rise and stand, overthrow me and bend your force to break, blow, burn and make me new."
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There's these mice. They have a serious problem. This cat, see, is making their life very difficult. So all the mice gather together. They're full of ideas about how to handle the cat, but this one mouse, he has the answer. Attach a bell to the cat and they'll always know when he's coming or going. This is a good mouse, a smart mouse. And his plan wins out. He gets a ribbon and little bell all his own. Out he marches, hero of all mice. What do you think happened next? The cat ate him up.
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For the millionth time...I'm not a businessman.
--Well, no, but you have the best products on the market... your brain.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

He doesn't want me to see you. Says we're more trouble together than we are apart.
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Gaseous diffusion, thermal diffusion, electromagnetic separation. Three methods for enriching uranium, only nobody knows which one is best or if any of them even works.
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Americans are a funny lot. They poke fun at cricket, you let them play, they have a few lucky bowls and they act as if they invented the damn sport.
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War is no longer a question of artillery or trenches or how many tank divisions you can marshal to outflank your rival. Information is the new gunpowder. Iformation is the future.
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"It would be a hulking task for a deity. But these are not gods. These are mortals. These are men. They have hopes and dreams, needs and desires. They have fears and misgivings for what the future may hold. They are the makers of a coming history we are all headed toward."

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

"History is too often not what happened, but what was recorded. A lie set down on paper with wet ink becomes a truth when dry. Such is the case of this history, here in the quiet desert. Here we find men whose achievements will be snatched for the glory of others, whose sacrifices will be forgotten as detritus. The cleanest telling would draw one great man in whom we could find a teachable narrative, an exemplar of what, should we give it our all, we could become. But those stories are myths. This is, as best I understand, that honest story. It is not simple, and few emerge untarnished. It is a story of the unknowable future and all the gnarled turns the present takes on its journey toward the world of tomorrow."

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

"If you want something done right, do it yourself."
--Well, I can't do that right now. Not while I'm wearing this uniform.
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Did you know that there aren't just 10 Commandments? There's 613.
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“***Spoiler Alert***”How do you catch a Communist? Hold a meeting. Not a joke, actually, a real tactic. … The best blacklists, Frank, are the ones the traitors sign all by themselves.
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… What does that tell you as a scientist? Ignorance is forgivable. It's what comes next that is not.
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You so much as jaywalked, I'd have a dozen well-meaning bigots in here calling for your head. In my experience, bigots don't often mean well.
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Sometimes you have to burn what you've built if you want to grow.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

I have money. I have more money than I'll ever need, and I would like them to have it.
--Buying penance. The Catholics tried that for a while. Didn't work out.
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Any ignorance from here on out is willful and won't be forgiven.
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Look at you. Your fancy handbag. Cute little hat. I bet your family's been paying people off for generations.
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The work you've been doing on compressed neutron generators...Do you know what that could do for you?
--Yeah, zilch. It's worthless as a bomb initiator.
Yeah, but it's worth millions if you're looking for oil. The president of Texaco, he doesn't care what's between your legs. It's what's in your noggin that's gonna buy him a yacht.
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Yeah, I'm the flaw in that system. Call it human error. I'm still working on fixing it. I haven't been husband of the year.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

You come here believing that you're here to save lives. And you tell yourself you sacrifice the few to save the many. Pretty soon...everything's negotiable and you can't remember what you came here for in the first place. It's all turned around.
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We've both stumbled. Now we can stand up straight together. We can do the right thing. You're a leader. People look to you for guidance, so guide them. Convince the Target Committee to demonstrate the bomb on an uninhabited island. Show the world our power and our restraint.
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Hirohito isn't Harry Truman. His people think he's a god. Gods don't bow to armies. You think he's just gonna fold after a warning shot?
--It's not a warning shot. This is not even another bomb. It's a second sun. The emperor is not surrendering to the army, he's surrendering to the... The power of the universe.
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If we don't show mercy with our wand in this war, how can we expect anyone to show our children mercy in the next one?

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

Do you have the schematics for the circuits?
--I don't need the schematics. I built the circuits.
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I'm keeping him safe from you just like you should've been kept safe from your father!
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A Soviet spy in the hand is worth ten in the ground.
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We do one terrible thing tomorrow, but then no one ever has to again.
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But the truth is...We can be loved...Or we can have peace. Not both. … As a species, we lack in imagination. We can't conceive of the big nightmares... Genocide, mass starvation, or atomic war until we live it. We have to drop our bomb on a city in the heart of Japan. Because people need something to be afraid of. Fear is now and has always been the only thing that keeps the peace. The only thing that changes the world, changes anything, anyone. We have to be monsters today to stop the monsters of tomorrow.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

Whoever it was that sent you on a suicide mission...
--No, they sent me on a homicide mission.
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One bullet. One bullet in Sarajevo. 17 million dead. That was the First World War.
If you die in this room, xyz, you won't end the second. You will start the third.
We'll invade Japan. Not to fight the Japanese, but to throw out the Russians. And from there, Korea, Manchuria, casualties in the hundred-million range, and it'll drag on for years. And by then both sides will have one of these. More than one.
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God, I keep rationalizing all the lesser evils, hoping they'll add up to a greater good. But it's just... It's just bad math. There's always some variable you didn't account for. So I'm through. I'm through trying to predict the future.
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Somebody had to save the world from the guys who were saving the world.
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See you on Jupiter?

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

A bit disappointed in the very little science in Season Two but rewarded with many intriguing twists in politicking, mostly on morality of WMD deployment, and cloak & dagger in the high dessert. Tons of biting dialogue, see quotes. After some slow setups, the story rammed up to high gear quickly and turned white hot in the finale at Trinity. Nice close for the series.

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