Thoughtful as always Mark. First let me say, I hope you are working on a screen play in addition to your Forbes writing. Very twisty and clever plotting on your part!! As to the box office and overall reception of this movie I'm very disappointed. I've seen three big reboots this summer--Mad Max, Jurassic World, and Terminator--and I think they all stand nicely together. True I would give the "best of" nod to MM and "most surprisingly entertaining" to JW but the public disdain towards Terminator seems overdone. But, the market speaks! If I could build on one of your comments--I was definitely excited to see Emilia Clarke in this role. She is fantastic in Game of Thrones. But, I didn't "see" any of that character. Do we think they deliberately buried Daenerys to let this character shine? Could it be that Ms. Clark has the ability to disappear into a role--to create a character--and because of that ability those of us that were looking for Daenerys2 were disappointed? I'm just not sure how to frame her performance here...different but good in it's own way? My other thought after reading your review--I didn't mind Jai Courtney so much. Sturdy performance, mission accomplished. Oh well, thank goodness for overseas box office. Perhaps this will provide enough revenue for Genisys - 2? Speaking of missions...the trailer for Mission Impossible is THRILLING!!!!