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1.07 Cease To Resist


  • TV Version
  • Blu-ray
Release: Aug 05, 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)

- 31 differences, including 1 scenes with altered audio, 3 scenes with alternate footage & 2 recuts
- Length difference: 193.2 sec (= 3:13 min)

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 1x07 ("Cease To Resist") is approx. 3 minutes longer and most of the additional footage are rather redundant plot scenes. But contrary to other episodes, we are not talking about important scenes here. Then we have the usual censored audio and there are some scenes with both censored audio and removed footage in order to get rid of some "nasty" swear words. Last but not least, Ed's sex scene with Opal is a little longer but that is rather unspectacular as well.

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

05:29 / 04:36-05:03

The shot of the vehicle begins slightly earlier in the TV Version (no screenshots). On Blu-ray, this shot is much longer plus Sadie gets to Emma waiting in the car. She brings some fruit.
Sadie: "God, I haven't been to San Francisco in centuries."

Blu-ray 26.7 sec longer

05:47 / 05:22-05:23

Small cut before Emma asks why Maria was not at the camp with them.

1.2 sec

07:42 / 07:18-07:19

Ditto when Sam is walking the studio lot.

1.1 sec

Censored Audio
08:18 / 07:55

When they enter the house, a comment of Sam's has been redubbed after Ed says the guy used to be a star.

TV Version: "I'm not sure that rubs off once you're dead."
Blu-ray: "I don't care about that kind of shit, give me a list."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

10:58-11:01 / 10:35

In the TV Version, Sam takes another look at the picture.

+ 2.8 sec

11:01 / 10:35-11:36

The Blu-ray contains an additional scene with Brian and Kristin instead.

Brian comes in and says: "Arnie? All I want is a kiss, a sandwich, and a 12-hour nap.
He spots a bunch of chicks in the dining room: "Ooh. Hey."
Kristin in a different moment in the dining room: "Sorry, I thought I mentioned book club."
Brian: "I'm just, you know, a little dead after a night shift. Not exactly social. Where's Bernadette?"
Kristin: "The babysitter's. Mrs. Lopez."
Brian: "The expensive one?"
Kristin: "Baby, I need to spend a couple of hours a week speaking adult English."
Brian: "Sure, okay. I get it."
Kristin: "Do you?"
Brian: "I'm gonna kiss you now."
Kristin gets on his lap: "Oh, great. Why are you warning me?"
Brian: "'Cause afterward, I'm gonna pass out. I wouldn't want you to take it personal. But in my head... I'm doing dirty things to you."

63.5 sec

11:34-11:36 / 12:08-12:19

In the TV Version, the shot of Emma and Sadie going inside is slightly longer and the following dialog begins off-screen.

The Blu-ray shows this from a different angle plus looks mysteriously for a second before she shuts the door. The following dialog inside is completely on-screen.

Blu-ray 8.8 sec longer

12:27 / 13:10-13:13

Emma slightly longer before Mary gives in.

2.4 sec

13:56 / 14:42-14:46

Sam comments on the crime scene photo: "Struggle and everything got knocked over."

4.4 sec

For some reason, the aspect ratio of the subsequent shot is different.

TV VersionBlu-ray

14:25 / 15:15-15:33

The Priest asks Sam about the son: "How's Walt? I heard he enlisted."
Sam: "He did. And he's-- he's okay."
Priester: "Ah. You hope. I know. I keep him in my prayers."

18 sec

15:07 / 16:15-16:16

Slightly extended shot of Sam and the Priest on their way out.

1 sec

16:16 / 17:25-17:26

Charmain hesitates a bit longer.

1.3 sec

16:23-16:24 / 17:33-17:36

Charmain longer on Blu-ray before Ed hands over the files. As compensation, said shot of Ed starts earlier in the TV Version.

Blu-ray 2 sec longer

20:33 / 21:45-21:50

The coversation starts a little earlier.

Sam: "So you liked Novo."
Bert: "He was a nice man, a good man. I really believe that."

4.8 sec

21:52 bzw 22:38-24:02 / 23:08-24:47

After Sam's conversation with Bert, the scene at the station in which Ed nags about Charmain, who is not present at the time, a little earlier on Blu-ray. In the TV Version, that scene follows Sam questioning Raymond's alleged wife.

23:21 / 23:51-24:05

Here, young colleague Matt mentions the incident with Charles. Ed attemps to trivialize it.

Matt: "True, true, just I was wondering how you're, you know, doing."
Ed: "How's it look? I'm fine. What is that? And look, honestly, until you started flapping, I forgot all about it."

14.4 sec

22:38 / 25:33-25:34

The last shot of Sam's interrogation is insignificantly longer.

0.5 sec

26:35-26:36 / 28:07

Sam slightly earlier in the TV Version.

+ 0.6 sec

27:50 / 29:21-29:23

Extended shot of Katie looking at Charles after he offered her to Roy as payment.

1.6 sec

28:15 / 29:47-29:48

Brian briefly longer.

1.1 sec

30:28 / 32:01

The medium long shot is a bit longer resp. the F-bomb in Sam's comment is missing: "It wasn't, but you're so fucking jumpy."

0.5 sec

31:20 / 32:53-32:54

Earlier beginning of the shot resp. another missing swear words - this time by Brian's superior: "But I don't give a rip shit what Cutler..."

0.8 sec

31:49 / 33:23-33:26

Charmain longer plus the shocked superior.

2.8 sec

32:12 / 33:49-34:02

Charmain longer: "Look, no one around here exactly loves me. And I'm sure you know that Cutler has been treating me like the maid, and I'm sure you're not surprised, because, frankly, he learned it from you."

The previous and subsequent shots are trivially longer in the TV Version (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 13.5 sec longer

35:52 / 37:42-37:48

The sex scene between Opal and Ed starts sooner. Apparently, he can't get it up: "I-- no, wait."
Opal: "Okay, almost. That's okay."

6.4 sec

36:15-36:16 / 38:12-38:14

On Blu-ray, Opal puts on her top in the sam shot resp. one gets to see her breasts for a brief moment: "Let's get dressed."

The following shot of Ed starts slightly earlier in the TV Version (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 1.8 sec longer

36:17 / 38:15-38:31

Only on Blu-ray, Opal offers to make dinner. Then she clings to Ed again: "I am gonna make you some dinner. One night this week."
Ed: "Really?"
Opal: "Yeah. Come and get it."
Ed: "Oh, yeah?"
Opal: "Yeah."

16.4 sec

36:20 / 38:34-38:36

Slightly extended medium long shot before Ed gets up.

1.5 sec

37:51-37:54 / 40:07-40:10

The TV Version contains an additional close-up of Sam when he faces Brian. On Blu-ray, the previous distance shot is longer.

TV Version 0.4 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

38:26-38:27 / 40:42

Sam slightly longer in the TV Version.

+ 0.7 sec

39:17 bzw 39:56-42:11 / 41:33-43:39

The scene with Charles and Mary's return a little sooner on Blu-ray - before the scene with Ed at the station to be more specific.

41:44 / 43:21-43:22

Emma and the others a bit earlier.

1.4 sec