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Aquarius

1.03 Never Say Never To Always

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  • TV Version
  • Blu-ray
Release: Jun 19, 2016 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the censored US TV Version on NBC and the uncensored Blu-ray Version (German Blu-ray by New KSM)


- 65 differences, including 5 scenes with altered audio, 3 scenes with digital alterations & 20 scenes with alternate footage
- Length difference: 45.2 sec



Compared to the two other characters he is famous for, Fox Mulder and Hank Moody, David Duchonvy plays a rather nice L.A.P.D. cop in Aquarius. Here, he has to deal with the hippie community of Charles Manson. The initial situation is quite interesting and the characters evolve during the first season. Similar to the Netflix shows House of Cards and Daredevil, the entire season was made available in May 2015. But contrary to the two mentioned shows, Aquarius also aired on NBC at the same time. These TV Versions are als the versions one got to see online. As the topic already implies and as seen on Hannibal recently, some things were too explicit for US TV - especially the sexual references.

While the differences on Hannibal are rather redundant but with Aquarius, the situation is entirely different. Here, there are absurd alterations like removing swear words such as "God!"/Jesus!" or bare breasts but in addition to that, a lot of further alterations for the TV-14 rating have been made. Also, the TV Version lacks a few plot scenes. For that reason, it is quite delightful that the uncensored versions are available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Episode 1x03 ("Never Say Never To Always") once again contains numerous alterations that caused a headache resp. one might as well ignore the small-written alterations because these frame cuts are completely irrelevant and superfluous. But there are some alterations with censorship background as well: Apart from scenes with altered audio (sometimes with alternate footage, so basically there are more than the listed "5 scenes with altered audio track" while the footage itself remains unchanged), there is some nudity on Blu-ray - either in additional or alternate shots. Curiously enough, there are also scenes in which clothes have been added digitally in the TV Version.



Time index refers to
TV Version in NTSC / Blu-ray
Missing recap in the Blu-ray Version (no screenshots) which explains the length difference.


Altered Audio Track
01:57 / 01:02

In the TV Version, Ed says "Hands high, jerk-off!". On Blu-ray, he says "Hands high, asshole!" instead.

Screenshot to illustrate the scene




Alternate
02:24-02:25 / 01:29-01:31

A comment has been slightly altered resp. an alternate take has been used (only recognizable by the different lip movements).

TV Version: "Jeez, what's wrong with you?"
Blu-ray: "Jesus, what's wrong with you?"

Blu-ray 1 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
02:30-02:31 / 01:36-01:37

Alternate shot when Sam says "How long?" - no censorship.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
02:35-02:42 / 01:41-01:50

Alternate dialog and also a little longer on Blu-ray.
Ed says: "Look, you want me to end it, it's over."
In the TV Version, says resplies: "Cut, I don't give a crap."
On Blu-ray, the bold-marked word has been replaced with the word "shit".

Blu-ray 2 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




06:07-06:11 / 05:15

When Charles tell Ken to toss the money, only the TV Version shows Ken actually do it.

+ 4.4 sec




Alternate
06:31-06:33 / 05:35-05:37

The Blu-ray also contains frontal nudity (breasts only though) while the TV Version sticks to the implying shot from behind.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Altered Audio Track
06:59 / 06:03

When the woman at the station smashes Charmain's head on the table, only the Blu-ray contains the term insulting to lesbians. She says: "You like that, dyke?"

Screenshot to illustrate the scene




Alternate
09:24-09:26 / 08:27-08:30

The Blu-ray contains an alternate take of Brian when Sam makes the costume comment.

Blu-ray 0.5 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




10:04 / 09:08-09:09

The first look at the apartment has been redundantly cut.

0.7 sec


10:18 / 09:23

Same goes for the Ed's dialog with his colleague.

0.8 sec


Alternate
10:50-10:51 / 09:55-09:57

The Blu-ray sticks a bit longer with Sam while the TV Version shows Ed slightly earlier.

Blu-ray 0.7 sec longer




Alternate
11:22-11:30 / 10:28-10:37

Different take of Sam on his way to the car - for whatever reason.

Blu-ray 0.5 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




11:34 / 10:41-10:42

Insignificantly longer shot of Sam.

0.7 sec




Alternate
11:40-11:44 / 10:48-10:53

Alternate take of Rick swearing that he is innocent.

Blu-ray 1.1 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




Altered Audio Track
11:52 / 11:01

Before they drive off, Rick mumbles "Shit, please, man--".

Screenshot to illustrate the scene




Altered Audio Track
12:02 / 11:11

Do not screw with God: "Goddamn narc out there trying to use our colors."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene




Alternate
12:38-12:41 / 11:47-11:50

Alternate take to keep television free of the F-word.

TV Version: "We'll do to him what you did to my knee."
Blu-ray: "We'll do to him what you did to my fucking knee."

Blu-ray 0.3 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




12:44 / 11:53

Earlier beginning of the shot.

0.7 sec


13:03-13:04 / 12:12

Roy a bit earlier in the TV Version...

+ 1.2 sec




13:05-13:06 / 12:13-12:22

...and longer on Blu-ray. He says: "A something-for-nothing kind of guy, huh?"
Brian pauses, then Roy goes on: "That's for pussies anyway. What do you need?"

In the TV Version, the followinng shot of Brian stars a bit earlier instead (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 7.3 sec longer




13:37 / 12:53

Emma slightly earlier...

0.7 sec


13:41 / 12:57-12:58

...and longer.

0.4 sec


15:46 / 15:03

The shot of Roy coming in is longer.

0.6 sec


16:10 / 15:27-15:28

Brian longer.

1 sec


16:23 / 15:41-15:42

Charmain a few frames earlier.

0.5 sec




Alternate
16:30-16:32 / 15:49-15:51

When Charmain is telling his story, the TV Version shows the other girls while the Blu-ray shows Brian.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




17:32 / 16:51-16:52

Charles earlier.

1.1 sec


Alternate
18:21-18:22 / 17:41-17:42

The shot of Roy is longer when he makes his BJ comment (which is identical in the TV Version).

no difference


Alternate
19:48-19:50 / 19:08-19:10

The shot of Ed is longer in the TV Version. On Blu-ray the subsequent shot starts earlier.

Blu-ray 0.8 sec longer




Digital Effect
20:08-20:09 / 19:29-19:30

A blanket has been added digitally in order to cover the woman's naked butt.


TV VersionBlu-ray




Digital Effect
20:16-20:18 / 19:37-19:39

Same here (this also goes for the guy's butt) from another angle.


TV VersionBlu-ray




21:21 / 20:42-20:43

Brian longer.

1.1 sec


21:50 / 21:12

Charles a little earlier.

0.5 sec




Altered Audio Track
22:38-22:40 / 22:00-22:02

Curiously enough, only the TV Version lets Roy say "Vickery's a known associate." when he comes in.

Screenshot to illustrate the scene




23:51 / 23:13-23:14

Charmain slightly lšnger.

0.5 sec


24:19 / 23:42

Ditto.

0.5 sec


24:24 / 23:47-23:49

Brian hesitates at first.

1.3 sec


25:25 / 24:50

Sam's conversation with Ed is slightly shorter.

1.3 sec




26:46 / 26:11-26:13

Another shot of Emma.

1.7 sec




27:28 / 26:55-26:56

The last shot of Emma is a little longer.

0.8 sec




Alternate
28:19-28:25 / 27:47-27:53

Alternate footage of Sam's arrival at the village. Only the Blu-ray shows a woman with bare breasts walking by.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
28:45-28:50 / 28:13-28:17

More missing nudity in the TV Version.

TV Version 0.5 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
28:54-28:57 / 28:21-28:26

Longer shot in the TV Version. As a result, it is only implied that Sam becomes a witness of oral sex acitivity in the room next door.

The Blu-ray cuts to a closer shot of Sam instead. Followed by another shot that shows the bedroom action more explicit.

Blu-ray 2 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
28:58-28:59 / 28:27-28:28

More sex between the shots of Grace. On Blu-ray, one gets to see naked breasts.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Digital Effect
29:09-29:14 / 28:38-28:43

Barely recognizable: In the TV Version, some darkness has been added to make seeing the breasts of the woman already standing in the shadows almost impossible.


TV VersionBlu-ray




30:10 / 29:39-29:40

Grace earlier.

0.7 sec


30:13 / 29:43-29:44

The girl earlier.

0.7 sec


30:39 / 30:10-30:11

The shot of Sam and Grace leaving the house is longer: Two of the hippies are watching them leave.

1.4 sec




Alternate
33:56-33:58 / 33:28-33:30

Before the shot of Emma with bubbles, the TV Version contains a slightly longer shot of Charles and a harmless shot of the others.

The Blu-ray contains two shots with naked breasts instead.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
34:06-34:07 / 33:38-33:39

Another alternate shot after cutting to Sam and Grace.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




Alternate
34:11-34:12 / 33:43-33:44

Ditto.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




34:31 / 34:03-34:04

The shot of Charmain's witness is slightly longer.

0.9 sec


34:50 / 34:23

Redundant.

0.6 sec


35:00 / 34:33-34:34

Ditto.

0.5 sec




35:07 / 34:41-34:43

After Ed's condescending comment, the Blu-ray shows the colleagues whose attention he got with that comment.

2.3 sec




35:24-35:25 / 35:00-35:04

The Blu-ray shows Ed for the first time and Charmain makes a comment about the pants: "Like those."

In the TV Version, the following shot of Ed begins a bit earlier (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 2.8 sec longer




35:29 / 35:08-35:11

Ed leaves. At the same time, there is more dialog in which Charmain acts more dominant.

The witness explains she did not have to spell her name: "I can write it."
Charmain: "I'm happy for you. Spell it, please."

2.7 sec




37:30 / 37:12-37:13

Emma longer.

1 sec


37:51 / 37:34-37:35

Now Grace.

0.8 sec


38:00 / 37:46-37:47

Now Sam.

0.8 sec




Alternate
38:52-38:54 / 38:37-38:39

Hidden audio alteration: The TV Version earlier cuts to Grace while Sam finishes his comment with "...to back up this bullshit about you getting sick?" on Blu-ray.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray




39:00 / 38:45-38:46

Cut right befoore Grace's answer regarding the severeness of the desease.

1.5 sec


39:08 / 38:54-38:55

Same here.

1 sec


39:37 / 39:24-39:25

Same at the end of the scene...

1 sec


39:40 / 39:28-39:30

...and also after the exterior shot of the following scene.

2.3 sec
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